Travel Tips & Adventures

Real People. Real Travel.

About Us

An award-winning journalist who writes for an Arizona newspaper, some of Shelley Gillespie’s best destinations and stories are still to be written.  Shelley, the travel blogger of Travel Tips and Adventures, has lived in and traveled to many destinations in the US, Europe, Mexico, Canada and more.

She is the author of Hiking for the Couch Potato: A Guide for the Exercise-Challenged, a book to help motivate people to get hiking and get healthy.  (Available on

An Arizona resident, Shelley has had the opportunity to travel recently and widely in Arizona and the US Southwest. Favorite destinations include US National Parks and major cities, as well as sites where ancient people have lived.  Before moving to Arizona, Shelley lived in several US east coast states, traveled extensively to major destinations and resided in Germany.

Whenever possible, budget stretchers will be included.  Our focus, though, is not camping, since roughing it is not our style.  We like creature comforts, so we’ll share the good, the bad and the ugly of places to stay, transportation modes, dining experiences, shopping finds and people we’ve met.