In 2017, I inherited money from my dad and was able to do a whole lot of traveling. Since I became interested in journalism by keeping diaries of family vacations, I decided to the same for those trips.

While the trips were a mix of both work and play (San Diego and Denver, in particular, mostly were work), I did have time to enjoy my destinations.

In addition to writing several unpaid travel blogs, I wrote dozens of paid travel pieces for Parachute by Mapquest in 2016, too. Most of the pieces focused on day trip destinations within a short drive of the Quad-Cities, where I live.

I also wrote a several-piece branded content series for Diamond Resorts International that appeared on all the Tribune papers’ websites, including Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Chicago Tribune. The topic: Vacations are good for your health. Unfortunately, those links no longer are live.

Mapquest

VIDEO: Crybaby Bridge and other haunts near the Quad-Cities

Take a trip to Hell and back and live to talk about it

Politics and Pie Shakes: Iowa City’s Hamburg Inn

American Gothic House makes tiny Eldon, Iowa a global draw

By airplane or by car: Tips for traveling with kitty

Healthline

Travel safely with a chronic condition this summer

Oil boom helps fuel surge of HIV in North Dakota

Fort Lauderdale

Sunrise over Atlantic, mermaid show, snapper with friends. Best vacation ever.

B Ocean Bonus: Living under the same roof as the U.S. Men’s Soccer team

Savannah, Ga.

Trip to Savannah a lesson in life, love and happiness

Second stop on ‘Rainbow Tour’ proves to be another B-eautiful Hotel

My first taste of grits. Where ‘Forest Gump’ was filmed, no less.

Denver

A ‘pub crawl’ or sorts, but no idiots because we’re stoned instead of drunk

Feeling a ‘normal’ in Denver long lost: Marijuana helping with PTSD

Village Inn corporate HQ, famed pot hotel next door neighbors

San Diego

Hotels.com deal on my San Diego trip for doctors’ conference a sizzler

Free day in San Diego offers surprise around every corner, giggly Michigan doctor