journalist traveling the world, uncovering one hidden gem at a time


My mornings start with a cup of coffee, with a splash of cream, and my journal in hand. Better yet, I hope to be on a vacation, blogging somewhere with a wanderlust-worthy view.

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I’m Martha a full-time freelancer and blogger. I started traveling when I was just a babe, at 1-year-old, and my parents took me on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park. Every year after that my family would embark on adventures all over the United States. Then I started embarking on solo adventures.

As I jetted across the United States, then the world, I took my work in tow. I started as a newspaper reporter and then transitioned into a freelance journalist and blogger. No matter where I was trotting off to I had Minnesota to call home.

Why did I embark on the path of becoming an entrepreneur? I wanted a challenge. Driven and engaged are two words that describe me well. Every morning I wake up with the intention of conquering challenges. And one early morning, while pondering over my journal and chewing on my pen, Quirky Globetrotter came to me.

Quirky Globetrotter is a local’s travel guide, written by an outsider. My blog offers tips and tricks for travelers to enjoy the country’s best, hidden spots. Whether it’s pristine views or cultural hot spots, I scout them out and report back to my readers. Finding the untouched, hidden gems of a far-off place is my passion.

I also branch outside my typical tips and tricks blog posts and write deeper, connecting stories. I started a journal entries portion on my blog where I document my inner head musings while I’m abroad. It started with my first international, solo trip to Puerto Rico.

To learn how to collaborate or work with me, view my “Let’s work together!” page.


What else should you know about me? 

  • While I’m working furiously on my many projects I always have a freshly brewed cup of tea within arm’s reach.
  • I’m also a chronic list maker who constantly is digging up new things to add to my bucket list. (I’ve nearly checked off ‘visit all 50 states’ from the list — only six more to go!) I also aim to eat pizza in every state.
  • When I turned 23, I decided to start traveling internationally. So far I’ve visited five countries, by the end of the year it should be 11!
  • Most of my travel inspiration comes from Pinterest, Instagram and the dog-eared novels that clutter my tiny apartment. I was born a storyteller and aspire to write a novel while in the depths of the jungle someday.

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