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.


Breaking Away

Quick! You still have time to get in a great vacation before school starts and summer ends. And with this handy—and extremely thorough—guide to five perfect trips, all you need to do is fill up the tank, buckle up the kids, and go.

Historic Downtown McKinney

Snap up vintage finds, fancy footwear, and sweet treats as you stroll around this tree-lined square.

Norah Jones


David Lee Garza


East Main Street, Fredericksburg

Narrow your focus to these two blocks of the city’s famed shopping stretch.


On (and off) Route 66, Amarillo.

Impersonating Elvis

Donny Edwards on impersonating Elvis.

Gift Giving

Ginger Reeder on gift giving.

Main Street, Salado

Veer off I-35 to explore this lively stretch of boutiques, bistros, and gift shops galore.

Downtown Llano

Handmade crafts, homey cafes, and cowboy couture make this Hill Country hamlet a browser’s paradise.