This is the Chicago I saw in 2017. A city of stoicism, secrets, strife, sadness and surprise. All iPhone 7 for @benvanloon.jpg.
Provincetown, Cape Cod, Boston, Georges Island. No particular order. No particular need for order.
For the second time in as many months, my wife and I headed back to the high New Mexican desert to see some new sites and find ourselves at some … Continue reading New Mexico Road Trip
Taos is a small town of about 5,700 people in the high desert of northern New Mexico. It’s home to artists, ranchers, naturalists, vagrants and the oldest inhabited indigenous community … Continue reading Taos, New Mexico
A few months ago I spoke with writer Matt Alderton providing some not-for-tourist travel destinations in Chicago for USA Today. Read the full piece here and read my contributions below:
World Nomads is currently running a travel writing contest for a two-week trip to the Balkans. Comes with free flights, €1000 for a 10-day tour, apparel, a train pass and mentoring … Continue reading Two-week trip to the Balkans? Count me in
Over the past two months, I found myself headed out of Chicago every two weeks, first to see family in Boston, then for a long weekend in Venice Beach, and finally, … Continue reading Colorado
I recently took a long weekend to hang out in Venice Beach, the Land of Lebowski. No itinerary. We ate some good food, rode some shitty bikes, stayed in an … Continue reading Venice Beach
As a native Midwesterner, New England has always seemed full of secrets to me. But none as surreal as the Babson Boulders, a seemingly random collection of massive boulders with … Continue reading Babson Boulders
To ring in the end of a busy summer, and get away from the familiar noise of the city, I recently went north to Ontonagon (on-tuh-noggin), a small town of … Continue reading Porcupine Mountains
I took an eight-day drive with my wife and partner Sarah around Iceland’s famous and rugged Ring Road. It was like a weeklong movie filled with mountains, swamp gas, lucid … Continue reading The Iceland Ring Road: Part I