Get to know our awesome Texas travel writers.
We have some very talented writers for Texas Travel Talk. Though they are busy with their own lives and writing for other publications, I get to snatch them up now and then. Meet our Texas travel writers and see what they love most about the Lone Star State.
Our Texas Travel Talk Writers
All of us are different human beings with one major thing in common –we love to travel and write travel stories about the state of Texas. We can be found on the beach, on top of a mountain, in a museum, at a library with our noses in a book, and in our favorite restaurant eating amazing food. Social media is our friend, and we have followings.
Adeina Anderson, San Antonio
What do you want people to know about you? That I love being on the road. I have road tripped all over this country, and exploring the small towns of Texas is one of my favorite things to do.
Where is your favorite place to travel to in Texas? Anywhere in East Texas and Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon, TX.
What is the most exciting destination in Texas that you have visited and why? Palo Duro Canyon in Canyon, Texas, is one of my favorite places to visit in Texas. It is open and beautiful, and I could explore for hours. Every time I travel to Colorado, I stop and share this mini Grand Canyon with whoever is road-tripping with me.
Do you have a choice of cuisine you like when traveling? Where can we find it? I love all food, but BBQ is the one thing my husband and I love to check out in every town we visit. Our favorite is a local place in Blanco, TX, called Old 300 BBQ.
Are there any favorite activities you like to do when traveling? I love kayaking any chance I get.
Where is your favorite place to vacation outside of Texas? Montana, I have been there 4 times and plan to visit at least one time every year moving forward. I love the mountains and the absolute beauty of the state.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know? I love traveling with my pups and friends and hitting the road as I head to my next destination. I also love a great sunset; Texas provides some of the most beautiful sunsets.
Adeina’s Articles on Texas Travel Talk:
- Bastrop, TX Glamping Adventures
- Spoil Your Pets In Pet-friendly Plano, Texas
- Pet-friendly Texas Hotels
- Top 4 Getaways From San Antonio
- Small Texas Towns With Big Charm
- Top Things To Do In Port Aransas
- Top Beach Getaways In Texas
- 9 Ideal RV Parks In The Texas Hill Country
- San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter Riverwalk Review
- 7 Destinations For A Girlfriend Weekend In Texas
- The Cajun Captial of Texas – Port Arthur
Brenda Cisneros, San Antonio
Brenda Cisneros is a Hispanic mom living in San Antonio, TX, after spending fifteen years in Dallas. In 2009, she initiated her Lifestyle blog, www.mejorandomihogar.com, aiming to connect with the Latino community in the US.
Brenda encourages her readers to enjoy life by traveling. She shares her family experiences, recipes, travel stories, and other family-related topics.
Brenda’s Articles on Texas Travel Talk:
Chastity Velasquez, Fort Worth
My favorite place to visit in Texas is the Koesler Haus in Muenster. My family and I spend a weekend at the most adorable cabin on 100 acres every October. It’s a weekend filled with fishing, hiking, exploring, s’mores, star gazing, and simply enjoying the slower pace of life.
The most exciting destination I’ve visited in Texas is Austin. The city is energetic, and they have everything from the craziness on 6th St., the football games at the University of Texas, hole-in-the-wall restaurants, parks, and the state capital. Austin is unique and has something fun to do for all ages.
My favorite cuisine when traveling (or any day) is Mexican food. My favorite restaurant is Mi Tierra Cafe in downtown San Antonio. It’s authentic Mexican food and has the best desserts. But be prepared to wait in a long line before getting a table!
My favorite activities to do when traveling are finding the best hiking spots and walking around the town square. Exploring state parks is exciting and a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of this great state. (My favorite state park I’ve visited so far is Palo Duro Canyon.) I’m also a sucker for small towns, so walking around, shopping, and supporting local businesses around the square town is a must-do for me.
My favorite destination outside of Texas is Wyoming. The stunning views of the Grand Tetons, viewing the thermal pools around Yellowstone, watching a moose graze near a stream, and the smell of the sagebrush in the air is unlike anything else.
I honestly feel that travel, learning about new destinations, and making memories is the greatest gift we can give our children. It opens their eyes to new places and people, and they can discover what they want and their priorities in life.
My travel goals are visiting all 50 states with my son before he graduates high school, hiking through every state park in Texas, and taking my son on his first trip abroad.
Chastity’s Articles on Texas Travel Talk:
- 11 Top Texas Gifts (by a Local)
- Your Texas Fall Bucket List
- Ten Amazing Hikes In Texas
- 15 Epic Backpacking Trails In Texas
- 10 Reasons Conroe, TX is a Family Destination
- Best Guided Fishing Trips in Texas
Jennifer and Anthony Edwards, Carthage
We are authors of our first book – Family Travel Hacks and Tips for Any Budget!
The Edward’s Articles on Texas Travel Talk:
- Visit Old Jail Museums In Texas
- Budgeting For A Family Vacation
- The Difference Between Dallas & Ft Worth
- Top Things To See In Dallas If You Only Have One Day
- Restaurants Near The Texas Motor Speedway
Jo Ann Holt, Dallas
Where else do you write about Texas Travel? Focus Daily News, Daily Commerical Record, & TravelAwaits
What do you want people to know about you? I’m a fourth-generation Texan and a proud member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. I’ve been a journalist since high school and editor of my college newspaper. I started working at the Oak Cliff Tribune while still in college, where I was their reporter, then lifestyle editor from 1978-2009 until the 100+ years old paper folded. I was honored as a North Texas Journalism Legend by the Press Club of Dallas in 2013 and a regular contributor to Focus Daily News, covering southwest Dallas and Ellis Counties.
Where is your favorite place to travel to in Texas? Galveston Island is our go-to place, where my husband and I have a timeshare on West Beach. We try to go four times a year. I also love Rockport, Port Aransas, Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and all those Texas Gulf Coast cities.
What is the most exciting destination in Texas you have visited and why? Big Bend area. This remote region speaks to all of us who love nature, breathtaking scenery, and dark skies at night. I’ll jump at the chance to go there. Driving the scenic highway between Presidio and Terlingua, rafting down the Rio Grande, attending Terlingua chili cook-offs, and exploring the national and state parks are fun. I also love the town of Marathon, a gateway to Big Bend with the historic Gage Hotel and its renowned restaurant, the White Buffalo Bar, and a unique B&B at Eve’s Garden.
Do you have a choice of cuisine you like when traveling? I love BBQ, southern-style comfort food, and Tex-Mex. A favorite spot is Baker’s Ribs in Weatherford, where the owners offer great BBQ and free bibles. For the best Tex-Mex, almost any place in my hometown, San Antonio, TX. Try El Rincon del Maiz on Beltline Road in Garland for authentic Mexican food. There’s a Cracker Barrel for southern comfort food in nearly every small town in Texas. You can’t beat their breakfast, grits and all.
Are there any favorite activities you like to do when traveling? My husband (a retired history professor) and I are empty nesters who love taking road trips to small towns with lots of history. We like Palestine and Sulphur Springs in East Texas, Granbury and Weatherford in North Texas, and visiting museums and historical sites there. And, of course, we love trying local restaurants! That’s our activity!!
Where is your favorite place to vacation outside of Texas? I enjoyed visiting Puerto Vallarta, Mexico City, and Cancun in Mexico, and I am eager to return sometime now that air travel is friendlier. Planning a visit to Panama—where my daughter lives in Coronado City is high on my travel list. I can’t wait to go there this spring to see what took my baby away from Texas!
Jo Ann’s Articles on Texas Travel Talk:
- Best Things To Do On The Gulf Coast
- Attractions In South Texas For History Buffs
- The Oldest Towns in Texas – great for history enthusiasts
Kim Croisant, Denton County
I am a native Texan and love road trips throughout my state. And though I’ve lived here all my life, I have yet to see all of the Lone Star State. It’s my goal to do so, but not going to put a timeline on it!
Where is your favorite place to travel to in Texas? The Texas Hill Country. I may retire there – that’s another goal of mine.
What is the most exciting destination in Texas you have visited and why? Besides the hill country, I love to visit East Texas. The pine trees are beautiful, and anywhere I can see Texas Bluebonnets —I’m there!
Do you have a choice of cuisine you like when traveling? It’s a toss-up for me. I like Mexican food but also love fresh seafood from the Gulf.
Are there any favorite activities you like to do when traveling in Texas? My favorite activity is hiking. But if I want more out of life, I will zip line the highest course and trot a horse in open fields. Those two are hard to find on every trip I go on, but kayaking is not, and it’s another one of my favorite activities in Texas.
Where is your favorite place to vacation outside of Texas? I have often visited interesting destinations outside Texas, including New Mexico and Colorado. I visited Quebec City, Albuquerque, and Barnsley Resort in Georgia for press trips in 2022 that were awesome places to travel to. But I have endured trips to Alaska three times and wouldn’t hesitate to go back. I can’t get enough of seeing a mama bear and her cubs on the side of the road, moose in the wild, and salmon jumping in the water. I’m a wildlife lover.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? Texas Highways Magazine is my favorite magazine from which I get lots of inspiration. I’m passionate about Texas and love helping local CVBs, cities, and small towns all over Texas with travel stories about their destinations. That’s what I do for Texas Travel Talk.
Penny Sadler, Dallas
Where else do you write about Texas Travel?
I write about Texas travel for my own site, Adventures of a Carry-on, Inside Hook, and TravelAwaits.
What do you want people to know about you?
I love to travel and love sharing my travel stories. Check out my Instagram. I post regularly about what is going on day-to-day, whether I’m traveling or not.
Where is your favorite place to travel to in Texas?
I adore San Antonio. In my humble opinion, it’s the best big city in Texas.
Do you have a choice of cuisine you like when traveling? Where can we find it?
I’m very much about eating and drinking what is local to the area. That said, it could be Mexican food, BBQ, or German food in Texas. In my home city of Dallas, I love Sachet for the always perfectly prepared food and one of the best wine lists in the city. The vibe is sort of new American but understated. In San Antonio I love La Margerita.
Are there any favorite activities you like to do when traveling? (in Texas).
Well, Texas has some pretty great parks and a lot of history. I recommend visiting as many city, state, and national parks as possible.
We all love Texas, but we also love to see the world. Where is your favorite place to vacation outside of Texas?
I love traveling to Europe. People always tell me I am an old soul…I guess that’s why I love the Old World so much.
Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you? I’m always up for a good chat and a glass of wine. If you see me somewhere, say hello. Also, I’m a certified wine professional, and I’d be happy to help you find the perfect glass or bottle.