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Writing, Traveling and Updates from September 2014

10.20.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent several days traveling in September, in a manner I haven’t traveled in quite some time. First, I was in northern Wisconsin exploring the Apostle Islands, though we unfortunately had horrible weather, and so I wasn’t able to participate in water sports as I had hoped. Immediately after arriving home, I hopped a flight from Las Vegas to Zurich, Switzerland. Once in Switzerland, I took advantage of the Swiss Rail system (which I love!) and visited both Zermatt and Basel. Per usual, it was a whirlwind trip, but it was nice to see parts of Switzerland that I’ve never visited before.

When I finally returned stateside, I was terrible behind on just about everything, but that’s like, I guess. Even as I travel, I managed to work full time. You can find my work from September in the following places:

In print forĀ Travel Weekly:

Read More…


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from August 2014

08.20.14 Posted in Blog by

Coming off a major trip throughout much of June and the early part of July, I didn’t travel in August. That was okay with me, however. It was nice to settle in at home as we welcomed another foreign exchange student into our family.

Throughout the month of August, my work was published in the following places:

For the print edition of Travel Weekly:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from July 2014

08.01.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent about half of the month of July in Europe, exploring parts of Austria and Germany with a quick side trip to Prague in the Czech Republic. Beyond our European adventures, there’s been a lot of exciting activity going on in Las Vegas this summer, so my schedule has been packed with media events.

Throughout July, my work was published in the following places:

For my bi-monthly Travel Weekly e-letter:

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from June 2014

07.01.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent the vast majority of June settled in Las Vegas, basking in the summer weather as it creeped into our days. We’ve turned our backyard into an extension of our home, and we eat almost every meal outside, which I thoroughly enjoy. In late June, we took off for a family vacation in Europe, where we spent two full weeks exploring Austria and Germany, two countries I have never visited.

During the course of the month, my work appeared in the following places:

In print for Travel Weekly:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from May 2014

06.04.14 Posted in Blog by

In the month of May, I did something I’ve never done before. I took two weeks completely off from work. During one of these weeks, I traveled to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, where I spent seven days rafting 187 miles on the Colorado River with Arizona River Runners. It was an absolutely incredible experience that I’ll never forget. For reasons that I won’t detail here, I took the week following that trip off from work as well. Because of that, I didn’t publish as much work as I normally would in a month, but what I did publish online and in print can be found in the following places:

In print for Travel Weekly:

For my Las Vegas Travel Weekly e-letter:

For Viator’s Las Vegas blog:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from April 2014

05.26.14 Posted in Blog by

April is always a whirlwind of a month, with lots of traveling because of Spring Break. This year, my family traveled to Southern California to enjoy classic attractions like Disneyland, the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Universal Studios. We also made it down to San Diego, where we spent time at the beach. In April, I also took a jaunt to the outskirts of Zion National Park in Southern Utah, where I participated in a relay trail race with seven other teammates.

I spent the vast majority of April fact checking a guidebook, which took up a lot of time. However, in print and online, my work appeared in the following places:

For Thrillist:

In print for Travel Weekly:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from February 2014

03.01.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent the better part of February firmly planted in my office chair with occasional excursions into the great unknowns of Las Vegas. It was a welcome change to be home for awhile, though I imagine the flurry of springtime travel will be on me again before I know it.

Here is where my work was published in February:

For AFAR Media:

In print and also online for Nevada Magazine:

Online for Viator:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from January 2014

01.31.14 Posted in Blog by

I spent about half of January working from my home office and half working from the road. Over the course of the month, I spent a week cruising the Caribbean with Holland America. I immediately flipped 180 degrees after this trip and went skiing in New Mexico for the better part of a week. To cap that trip off, I spent a weekend in Mesquite, Nevada, with my family at the Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival. It was a fun month filled with lots of interesting and diverse experiences. When I travel like this, the month passes by fast!

You can find my published work from January in the following places:

Online with AFAR Media:


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100 Challenge: 2013 Complete!

01.29.14 Posted in Blog by

Once again, another year flew by before I even had a chance to settle in. It was a fun year with lots of opportunities to try new things both at home and abroad. While tucking new experiences under my wing, I also managed to knock a couple things off my Life List in 2013: Spending the night in a yurt and checking out the wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Stay tuned for another awesome year of new experiences as I kick off a new 100 Challenge.

2013 was the fourth year I participated in the 100 Challenge. Check out what I did in 2012 and 2011. (I didn’t record 2010’s list online.)

  1. sports carAttended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
  2. Wrote about automotive technology.
  3. Submitted a speaker proposal for a conference.
  4. Watched a handball tournament.
  5. Ate latkes.
  6. Made dumplings.
  7. Saw Anything Goes.
  8. Got stitches while I was completely awake.
  9. Made a heart-shaped pizza.
  10. Saw Linkin Park in concert. Read More…

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Writing, Traveling and Updates from December 2013

12.30.13 Posted in Blog by

December is always a rush of activity, so I certainly kept busy throughout the crazily packed 31 days that made up the month. For the holidays, my family traveled to the bone-chilling Midwest, where we visited extended family and friends in Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota. This trip was less about exploring the sites and more about enjoying the people we were with, though our foreign exchange students did tuck a few new experiences under their belts.

Throughout the month of December, I had articles published in the following places:

Online at AAA Highroads:

In print and now online at Travel Weekly:


Portrait of JoAnna Haugen Freelance writer, globe trotter, former Peace Corps volunteer, avid recycler, creativity connoisseur, idea inventor and planning my next great adventure.