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Kelly Westhoff in Mui Ne, Vietnam
Kelly Westhoff in Mui Ne, Vietnam

GoNOMAD Writer Profiles

Kelly Westhoff: Writer, Teacher, Traveler

While a contributing editor at the Minnesota Women's Press, Kelly covered local women in politics, business and the arts. Since then she has gone on to become a frequent contributing writer for many publications, including the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota Bride, Midwest Home and Garden, Transitions Abroad and, of course, She writes about travel, food and drink, home and garden, and sustainable and organic lifestyles.

You can read more of her articles at her website

GoNOMAD readers are familiar with Kelly and her husband Quang Nystrom from their blog Global Roam, in which they chronicled their trip around the world. Now that they are home, they post periodic entries about daily experiences that reconnect them to their roam.

When the Global Roam was over, Kelly started a new blog called The 'er' Files.

Kelly teaches college-level composition courses at the Art Institute International in Minneapolis, and she has taught creative writing classes for youth at the Loft, the nation's largest literary organization. She served as a writer for one of the Loft's writer-in-the-schools programs.

She has also taught numerous subjects in public schools including language arts, geography, English as a Second Language and Spanish.

Kelly has written numerous stories for and in 2005 she was awarded a GoNOMAD Travel Writing Grant for her visit to the secluded coastal village Capo Polonio, Uruguay.

Kelly with a sea lion in Uruguay
Kelly with a sea lion in Uruguay

Here's an excerpt from her story about the trip, Cabo Polonio, Uruguay: In Search of the Fabled Ombu Tree:

Being in Cabo Polonio was like being in a galaxy far, far away. In Cabo Polonio, I was far, far away from any resemblance of my daily life in the United States.

There was not a gas station, a Starbucks or a McDonald’s in sight. There were no newspaper kiosks. There were no cell phone rings. There were no cafes with Internet access. Plus, for the majority of the day, there were no lights because there was no electricity.

Cabo Polonio is not in outer space; it is in Uruguay. It is a small, secluded town in a small, South American country. In fact, I hesitate to even call Cabo Polonio a town. Instead, it looks and feels like the final outpost on the edge of a rugged frontier. And it is. Cabo Polonio is surrounded by rugged frontiers.

Sand whips and whirls throughout Cabo Polonio. It slithers across the beach. It gathers in mounds the size of a VW bug. It settles against the walls of buildings. It would block traffic if it could, except there is no traffic in Cabo Polonio. Cars don’t drive through Cabo Polonio's streets because cars can´t make it past the sand dunes. But monster 4x4 trucks can. Read more

Kelly Westhoff and Quang Nystrom
Kelly Westhoff and Quang Nystrom

Read more stories by Kelly Westhoff:

A Girlfriend Getaway in Glacier Country, Montana

Women with Wanderlust Pen Exciting, Daring Travel Tales

Love the One You're With: How to Travel Together Without Killing Each Other

Las Vegas Spas: Why Gamble When You Can Relax?

Fishing Minnesota's Leech Lake: Finding My Inner Fisherwoman

Mui Ne, Vietnam: A Kelly Westhoff Photo Gallery

Kelly Interviews Rolf Potts About His New Book, Marco Polo Didn't Go There

Donaldsonville, Louisiana: A Road Trip Back in Time

Visiting Ensenada: A Bus Trip to Mexico’s Wine Country

Pack Your Lipstick: New Guidebooks Target Women Travelers

Mini-Apple No More: Minneapolis Steps Into the Spotlight

Girls on the Go: More Books by Women With Wanderlust

Tips on Keeping a Travel Journal

Money, Money, Money: How much does it cost to travel the world?

Packing for a Long Journey: Tips From Kelly and Quang

Capo Polonio, Uruguay: In Search of the Fabled Ombu Tree

Uruguay Photo Gallery

Latin America Photo Gallery

Ten Inspiring Travel Books by Women


Kelly Westhoff

Photographs by Kelly Westhoff Cabo Polonio offers adventurous travelers endless views in every
Mui Ne, Vietnam: A Photo Essay - Page Four By Kelly Westhoff A Mui Ne, Vietnam A
to Bring Your Travel Journal Alive By Kelly Westhoff I am not a diary buff. My last attempt
Mui Ne, Vietnam: A Photo Essay - Page Two By Kelly Westhoff We woke with the sun in Mui Ne
Mui Ne, Vietnam: A Photo Essay - Page Five By Kelly Westhoff The hill was so vertical
Mui Ne, Vietnam: A Photo Essay - Page Three By Kelly Westhoff A A We made our
Mui Ne, Vietnam: A Photo Essay By Kelly Westhoff Vietnam had thrown lots of surprises our way
Dining by the lake, in the serene light of early evening. photos by Kelly Westhoff
Get a good backpack that's the right size for you. Photos by Kelly Westhoff Packing
Westhoff Kelly Westhoff, a GoNOMAD blogger and winner of the second GoNomad grant award
Get a good backpack that's the right size for you. Photos by Kelly Westhoff Packing
Kelly Westhoff and Quang Nystrom in Teotihuacan, Mexico.
. For Khaurangi Park we recommend Ryan Kelly, of Southern Wilderness. The Dutch explorer Abel Tasman himself
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