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.



In this high-desert hub just north of Big Bend National Park, you’ll find Western artwork, Mexican handicrafts, and the unexpected snow cone.

Fort Worth Stockyards

Fort Worth Stockyards.

In Our Backyard

The faces—and voices—of eighteen Texans who are living the debate over illegal immigration.


Anchored by a lively square, this Hill Country haven attracts artists, musicians, and spirited shoppers.

The Yellow Cheese Hall of Fame

Mex-Mex has the purist vote wrapped up, but these Tex-Mex bastions win hands down when it comes to comfort food and customer loyalty.


Make like a whooping crane and head south to this coastal hot spot to indulge in seafood and collect treasures for your nest.

Historic Downtown Abilene

You can eat a good steak here in cowboy country—and take in some fine art while you’re at it.


Flower lovers drawn to the Rose Capital of the Nation will find snazzy frocks and spicy guisado de puerco amid the petals and thorns.


This Hill Country town founded by Freethinkers and abolitionists offers unique artisanal wares, first-rate antiquing, and a tasty $8 hamburger.

Girl Gone Wild

How I learned to (sort of) love camping.

San Antonio’s North River Walk

The two-year-old extension of the famed promenade offers Roman antiquities, Roman delicacies, and plenty of opportunities for roamin’.