Explorer’s Log

2016: A Year in Review

Earlier this week, I shared some of Olio in Iowa readers’ favorite posts from the past year. But when I sat down to look back on my year in travel, I realized there were so…

Olio in Iowa's Best of 2016

Olio in Iowa’s Best of 2016

It’s been a bit of a crazy year—both personally and from a travel perspective. I’ve traversed across the Midwest and explored new areas of the south in my trusty old Acura (RIP, old friend) and…

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How I Plan a Road Trip

When it comes to planning a road trip, I fully understand that the process can seem a bit daunting. Unlike a destination vacation or an all-inclusive getaway, there are a lot of variables to consider when heading out on the open road. So in order to help make your planning process a little easier, I’ve decided to share what I do when I’m prepping for a road trip…

2016 Bucket List

Olio in Iowa’s 2016 Bucket List

Unlike most new years, I started off 2016 in the midst of a road trip. Waking up in new cities and driving through more than a half dozen states when all was said and done definitely set the tone for all of the adventures I hope to have this year…

Best of 2015

Olio in Iowa’s Best of 2015

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the end of the year. I feel like I blinked at some point this summer and suddenly it was December. Regardless of how fast it all felt, this was a great year for adventures…

New Orleans

Ringing in 2016 in New Orleans

Happy holidays and (almost) new year! It’s been awhile since my last big road trip and lately I’ve been itching for a new adventure. So when our year-end days off created a serendipitous four-day weekend, I knew it was time to plan another cross-country trip…


What’s new?

Testing… Testing… Is this thing on?

Olio in Iowa has been radio silent for the past few months while I figured out exactly what its future looks like, and, I’ve got to say, I’m pretty excited to share it with you.

So what’s new?