My name is Megan and I’m a Chicago native turned willing Iowan. For the past decade I’ve called Des Moines home, and have truly come to love everything the Hawkeye State has to offer.
I started Olio in Iowa in 2012, originally as a way to get out and explore my new hometown. But along the way, the blog has become a home for all of my roadside adventures and a way to share the stories that make me love roadtripping.
Since then I’ve driven coast to coast discovering unique small towns, roadside attractions and “world’s largest” things along the way. No matter the destination, I firmly believe that getting there is half the fun.
In August of 2020, my first book, Iowa Supper Clubs, will be released through Arcadia Publishing.
GET TO KNOW MEGAN
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Olio (ˈō-lē-ˌō) means a miscellaneous mixture or collection. Yes, I’m aware it’s also very close to the Italian word for “oil.”
This blog started as a miscellaneous collection of stories and, in my experience, that same hodgepodge is what makes up all of the best types of adventures. My preferred style of travel is all about serendipity, spontaneity, and unexpected detours so Olio seemed like the perfect fit.
I currently live in Des Moines, Iowa! Before you start imagining endless miles of cornfields, let me change your mind.
A lot! It’s actually my goal to visit a “world’s largest” attraction in every U.S. state. You can follow along with that adventure through my Wandering the World’s Largest series.