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Simon Peter Groebner is Travel editor for the Star Tribune, finally giving him an answer to the question, "What are you going to do with that geography degree?" His general approach to travel is to go to a country/state/region and ask, "Where is the weird island?" He lives in Minneapolis and enjoys cycling, sailing and the Twin Cities arts scene. As special sections editor, he also produces such issues as The Good Life, State Fair Guide and Top Workplaces. Previously he was editor of, the Star Tribune's entertainment magazine, and entertainment editor for

This Costa Rican beach resort is hard to get to and even harder to leave

Hidden on the Pacific coast, Nosara is a spawling outdoor paradise for surfers, yogis and expatriates.

The 10 best Star Tribune reader travel photos of 2021

Minnesotans gravitated to wide open spaces.

Check in, ski out: We tried out lodging options at 3 top Minnesota ski resorts

In search of a cozy ski-lodge experience at Giants Ridge, Spirit Mountain and Lutsen.

What it was like to visit Iceland in 2021, from lava flow to the Arctic Coast Way

Iceland was a hot destination once again in 2021, thanks to the vaccine and the volcano.

The Dakota dozen: 12 must-see destinations in North Dakota and South Dakota

Twelve essential, must-do destinations in the Dakotas, from North to South.

A nostalgic return to South Dakota's Black Hills focuses on two famous names

On a nostalgic return to South Dakota's Black Hills, two iconic names stand out: Crazy Horse and Custer.

Can't find a rental car? What it's like to rent from a car-sharing service

An experiment with car-sharing in Chicago amid the carpocalypse of 2021.

North Coast: The 12 best Midwestern beaches to visit this summer

Don't let the coastal elites tell you that the Midwest has no beaches.

Celebrate a return to travel with these 7 essential U.S. vacation destinations

While travel to many overseas destinations remains restricted, domestic travel is hot.

Florida's wild 'quarantine' island is an escape from Fort Myers' crowds

Away from Fort Myers' crowds, escape to a wild side of southwest Florida.