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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:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from November 2013

12.05.13 Posted in Blog by

I spent the first ten days of November in Ecuador, visiting the Galapagos Islands with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic aboard the Endeavour. This trip was beyond incredible, and I’m still processing photos and stories so that I can share what I experienced with family, friends and readers. In summary, though, if you ever have the opportunity to visit the Galapagos Islands, you should do so. It’s a destination unlike any other in the world.

My work from November can be found in the following places:

In print and online for Nevada Magazine:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from October 2013

10.31.13 Posted in Blog by

October is one of my favorite months in Las Vegas, and I didn’t stray far from home this month because there were so many festivals and events to occupy my time in my own backyard. One of the best new additions to the city is the Life Is Beautiful festival, a two-day, all-encompassing arts event that is changing the way the world defines Las Vegas. The few short excursions I took included a quick day trip to southern Utah, which happened during the government shutdown, so we stuck to Snow Canyon State Park instead of venturing into one of the many national parks in this part of the country. I also drove to Palm Springs, California, for a three-day conference. I’d never been to Palm Springs before but I loved it! The color, the laid back vibe, the old-school signage around town. I’d like to return someday for a legitimate vacation.

My work from the month of October can be found in the following places:

In print and online for Travel Weekly:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from September 2013

10.09.13 Posted in Blog by

September came and went before I even had a chance to realize what had passed me by. Nonetheless, I did manage to squeeze in a bit of traveling during the 30 short days that marked the month. I spent a long weekend in Quebec City covering the Grands Prix Cycliste and enjoying outdoor activities in the area early in the month. Over the last weekend of September, my husband and I scooted off to Boston to catch up with a close friend and attend a wedding.

During the month of September, my work was published in the following places:

In print for Highroads, the AAA magazine for Arizona, which is also available online:

In print for Travel Weekly, and now available online as well:


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from August 2013

09.02.13 Posted in Blog by

… and then summer came to an end! Seriously, where did the summer months escape to this year? I can’t believe we’re already running headlong into the school year.

But before I get pushed too far into fall, here’s what went down in August …

We’ve been big fans of southern Utah since moving to Las Vegas, and we make a few trips to our favorite places in the state every year. In August, however, we spent five days and four nights checking out what the Cedar City/Brian Head area had to offer with a variety of outdoor adventures, cultural activities and local meals. I’m looking forward to visiting again sometime soon so we can explore the Kolob Canyon area of Zion National Park and maybe even go skiing at Brian Head Resort in the winter.

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

In print and online for SilverKris, the in-flight magazine for Singapore Airlines:

In print for Travel Weekly, and now available online as well:


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One of Those Days

08.26.13 Posted in Blog by

Last week I had One Of Those Days. You know, that day where everything seemed to be just a little bit off. No one would let me drive through a four-way stop, I had to deal with a few PR folks that made me want to strangle someone and I hit my head on a wall that has obviously been a part of our house since the day we moved in. It was just One Of Those Days.

On those days, I want to log out of my email, turn off my computer, put my pajamas back on and curl back up in bed. I know we all have days like this. Heck, my husband had one just the day before I did. It was a day when he buried his head in his hands and just wanted the world to right itself before he looked up again. Yep, we all have days like that. Read More…


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Writing, Traveling and Updates from July 2013

08.06.13 Posted in Blog by

I spent most of July at home, but it wasn’t necessarily a quiet or boring month. At the beginning of the summer, my husband and I made a list of major projects we needed to tackle around the house before our new foreign exchange student arrives in August. This included major tasks like painting and redecorating, deep cleaning and purging every room of the house, and buying a new car. When I haven’t been pounding away at deadlines or working on my latest client’s book, I’ve been busy cleaning closets, going through every corner in the house and generally reorganizing our day-to-day life.

We did take a brief trip in July to the very famous San Diego Comic Con. It was a bit overwhelming for me, but we had a lot of fun and I’m glad I pulled on my geek gear to make an appearance. While in San Diego, we also visited the San Diego Zoo and the beach. It wouldn’t be a visit to California without squeezing in some sun, surf and sand!

During the month of July, my work was published in the following places:

Online at Viator:

In print for Travel Weekly, and now available online as well:


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