Travel editor

Travel editor Kerri Westenberg has twice been named Travel Journalist of the Year by the Society of American Travel Writers. She previously worked at Bon Appetit, Cooking Light and National Geographic magazines.Westenberg’s writing has appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Real Simple and other national publications.

During Westenberg's tenure, which began in 2004, the society has named the Star Tribune's Travel section among the top three in the country many times. She is also the author of "State of Wonder," a book that celebrates Minnesota and derives from a series that first appeared in Travel.


What Brexit means for U.S. travelers

After years of threats and, essentially, attempted divorce proceedings, Britain finally departed the European Union on Jan. 31.How has the shift altered travel to the…


Will the coronavirus sink cruising?

“A large, floating Petri dish:” that’s how a reader referred to cruise ships last week, which was a particularly bad week for cruises. The new…


Escape winter without getting on a plane: drivable destinations that will warm your bones

On a February day, the temperature neared 10 degrees. Yet there I was, soaking up the sun in a swimsuit. Nearby, my young companions splashed…


As coronavirus concerns grow, should you board that plane?

As the novel coronavirus spreads, so do precautions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises against nonessential travel to China. The U.S. State…


Tackling a controversial question: Should you paint the woodwork white?

That is the question for home sellers in an era when white woodwork is preferred by many prospective buyers, especially younger ones.


From dark skies to cruises to camping, travel trends for the new decade

Five of the latest travel trends lead to Minnesota — and beyond.


New rule would limit emotional support animals on planes. Here's how to give your input.

Roosters have boarded airplanes. So have turkeys, ducks and monkeys — all in the name of service. These animals allegedly helped their owners stay calm.…


Viking cruises will sail the Great Lakes with a stop in Duluth

The cruise line discovers the Port City, names Minnesota explorer Ann Bancroft a ship godmother.


Tips for thriving when traveling solo

Traveling solo has always been rewarding — and it has also sometimes been uncomfortable. I've encountered wimpy locks on hotel doors, felt unease when lost…


Mourning the remake and price hike at a favorite hotel

My family returns to Santa Monica, Calif., almost annually. But since we moved from there to here 15 years ago, the place has gone posh.…