Kerri Westenberg | Star Tribune
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.


As world tourism rises, finding ways to authentically engage

I recently returned from Italy, and it's a great place to visit. Just ask the more than 58 million other international tourists who traveled there…


Why did the Netherlands rank higher than Italy in the World Happiness Index?

I recently spent a few evening hours strolling along the canals of Amsterdam. The visit was a surprise. My flight from Italy had been delayed…


With solo flights and empty airline seats, are we in a new 'golden age' of flying?

When word spread that a lucky Lithuanian was the sole passenger on a mid-March flight from Vilnius to Bergamo, Italy, it lit up the…


How to find local lunch spots in New York: Ask the shop clerk

On New York’s Upper East Side, we walked up a narrow stairway to reach the restaurant, and then a second, narrower stairway to get to…


Delta, other airlines fight human trafficking in the air

Two weeks before Super Bowl LII, I was flying from New Orleans to Minneapolis when an unusual trio sat nearby. Two young women occupied the…


Will you need a visa for Europe? Nope

Beginning in 2021, U.S. citizens heading to most European countries will need authorization first — but the European Union wants everyone to know that this…


Note to Spring Breakers: Security Alert issued for Mexico

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City warns visitors to use extra caution, citing recent violence in the area.


Ice skating on Lake Superior? Rare conditions make it possible on Minnesota's North Shore

At Naniboujou Lodge, northeast of Grand Marais, Minn., conditions were perfect. The rare confluence of calm waters and super chilly temperatures had turned the usually…


How to land a spring break deal

Haven't booked a spring break trip yet? This could be a good thing


4 fun ways to play in the fresh Minnesota snow

More than 20 inches of big, soft snow has fallen so far this month in the Twin Cities area. Instead of dull, dormant grass, the…