Jordan Breal

A Fort Worth native, Jordan Breal is a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and joined Texas Monthly in February 2005. As the magazines resident travel writer, she spends most of her time on the road in search of Texass most interesting sights, best hotels, and notable eats.
Jordan chronicles her adventures in her monthly column, The Wanderer, as well as a blog of the same name. She has also written about her home state for Fast Company, National Geographic Traveler, and Whole Living, among other publications.


French Connection

Paris, Texas, has a lot more to offer than just jokes about its famous namesake. (But those are fun too.)

Lucchese Like a Fox

Our unofficial state boot maker works to reposition itself as a luxury brand.

A Room With a Brew

Even if you’re not staying the night, these five watering holes are worth a visit.

Bar None

Houston’s Market Square is one of the state’s most historical spots. Lately it’s also one of the hippest places in the country to get a drink.

InstaTexas: Looks Like Fall

It’s officially leaf-peeping season. Here’s where to catch the spectacular spoils of fall.

By the Starlight

You may go for the solitude, but in the stark expanses of far West Texas, you’ll still find plenty of friends.

The Texas Canon

Turns out the charming town of Gonzales is just as spirited as when it launched the Texas Revolution.

Southtown and Down

Remember the Alamo, but don’t forget San Antonio’s stately historic district and flourishing creative community.

Come Padre

Whether man-made or natural, the charms of South Padre Island are pretty much impossible to resist (especially after a couple of turbo piña coladas).

Take Me to the River

The Comal may be the shortest river in Texas, but it’s long on R&R.


Hiking rugged trails and slurping milk shakes in Palo Duro, Texas’s only slightly less grand canyon.

Taking Stock

Sometimes, even the Wanderer has to play tourist in her own hometown.