Six months of Quirky Travel Guy

Quirky Travel Guy has now been providing silly anecdotes and sometimes-useful information on U.S. travel sites for six months! And it still feels like just the beginning.

This anniversary means it’s time for a retrospective. This post follows a format somewhat similar to Tripbase’s awesome “7 Links” project that was all the rage among travel bloggers last month, but of course I’m not nearly modest enough to limit my retrospective to just seven links 🙂

Whether you’re a loyal reader or a newbie on the Quirky Travel Guy bandwagon, thanks so much for reading, and here’s a summary of what you may have missed over the past six months.

Also, now would be a good time to Like us on Facebook and follow on Twitter!

My first post:

Five cool urban hipster attractions

I wanted to introduce the blog with something fun and useful. Of course, being that it was written so early, few people read it. Come on, you know you’re curious about Voodoo Doughnuts and the Junkman’s Daughter’s Brother!

Posts that didn’t get enough love:

The Death Valley ghost town: My visit to Rhyolite, Nevada

Free booze on the St. Louis Budweiser Brewery Tour

Rhyolite was cool because I’ve always wanted to visit a ghost town. My visit there was really fascinating. And free booze – who can turn that down?

Budweiser brewery tour bus

Best Quirky Attractions:

Giant Jesus and Mary statues

The Field of Dreams movie site

Rutgers grease trucks

The tree that owns itself

Deciding to feature quirky attractions every other Friday was one of my best blogging decisions so far. I’ve been able to profile some really strange places and can’t wait for you to see some of the wacky places I have lined up for future posts.

Useful information:

9 Things You Didn’t Know About Yellowstone

Visiting Graceland for free

Five things to see and do at Death Valley National Park

Once in a while, I provide information that is not just trivia to fill up your brain cells with but can actually assist you while traveling 🙂

Silly but entertaining:

A redneck holiday at the Greeley Stampede

Previewing the zany Seattle Fremont Fair and Solstice Parade

Hang with (wax) celebs at Madame Toussauds Hollywood

Some of the sillier posts I’ve done about interesting destinations and festivals. I think the Solstice Parade in Seattle may be my favorite, but the wax museum was a lot of fun too.

wax jack nicholson

Road-trip posts:

The best road trip songs

Tips for sleeping in your vehicle while traveling

Three must-have gadgets for the budget road tripper

I first got into travel and blogging when I took a four-month trip across the U.S. and slept in my van. The RV/vandwelling communities are friendly and fun and I love focusing on these topics when I can.

Music posts:

L.A. in Songs

See rock & roll history at Sun Studio in Memphis

Review: The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles

Besides travel, music is my other passion. Combining them both is a win-win. The Grammy Museum is an interesting destination. Don’t forget to sneak your cameras in!

Wildlife posts:

Camping with coyotes in Death Valley

Return of the California condor

Seeing a California condor in the wild at the Grand Canyon was one of my favorite wildlife sightings ever.

California condor Grand Canyon

Where I’m traveling next

I’m currently saving and planning for a handful of trips. By this time next year, I hope to have taken new trips (fingers crossed) to Miami, Mexico City, Alaska, Phoenix, Washington DC, central Canada, and all the national parks in Utah.

Quirky Travel Guy is currently a U.S.-focused travel blog, but it won’t stay that way forever. In the not-too-distant future, I plan to begin pursuing overseas travel, perhaps including a round-the-world trip. There’s been talk of a Thailand excursion in the spring, but we’ll have to wait and see.

I know this: As much as I love Chicago, there’s too much out there in the world for me to stay put.

A sampling of upcoming articles:

Why I will never complain about airline fees

The story of my travel van getting set on fire and blown up

A stroll through the Mormon Church grounds

Quirky Attraction: The Dukes of Hazzard Museum

I no longer have my travel van, and it’s time to tell the reason why. I’m also excited to share a different perspective on the issue of airline fees.

Upcoming Featured Destinations

My Featured Travel Destinations column runs every Monday. In the first six months, I’ve highlighted St. Louis, Death Valley, Memphis, Los Angeles, Yellowstone and Boston. Upcoming featured destinations include New Mexico, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and possibly Austin, Seattle and the Grand Canyon.

Are there any specific areas of the U.S. you’d like to see featured in the future?

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

17 comments on “Six months of Quirky Travel Guy

  1. Seven links are overrated – I’m glad you included more in this post!! I really enjoyed the L.A. in songs post – coming from there myself I don’t really realize how many songs there are about it, but looking at your list (and then Wiki’s) made me smile! 😀

    ~Heidi

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