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.


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.

Ask The Wanderer: Best Texas Town to Live In?

Help some poor Californians out (figuratively and literally).

Weekend at Boerne’s

There’s more to this former German colony than bratwurst and giant pretzels.

Treasure This

Every spring and fall, thousands of buyers head to Round Top Antiques Week, looking for the object of their dreams—or just a cheap doodad to hang from the rearview mirror. A field guide to separating the corny dogs from the nineteenth-century armoires.

The Texas To-Do List: Visit the Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center

Spring is here, and with it another entry for the Texas To-Do List: meet one of Texas’s oldest living things, a 1,230 year-old cypress tree growing in Orange.