Text-Based Walking Tours

This game-like travel project was a ton of fun.

I was tasked with finding 10 different landmarks in a city — all within walking distance and all related by a common theme — then writing quippy descriptions for each.

Each stop was associated with explicit walking directions, a little information about the area and location, plus some media to keep things interesting. Lots of memes, gifs, and emojis kept this one fresh.

The first city scavenger hunt, Mad-Town Sugar Rush, featured some of the best desserts downtown Madison has to offer. We explored classic restaurants, up-and-coming coffeehouses, custom chocolatiers, and everything in between. And yes. I was absolutely starving by the time I finished this one.

Here’s how it starts out:

I continued with my food-loving tour with The Mmm in Madison. This walk explored the state capitol’s wide range of international cuisines.

For the next project, You’re a Poet and You Know It, I focused on Iowa City’s Literary Walk. This time I went all in with the theme and actually wrote a poem to point the walkers in the right direction. The poem was never going to win any Pulitzers, but it did add an element of active participation, don’t you think?

This walk touched on downtown Iowa City’s classic literary walk stops — including The Haunted Bookshop, Dave’s Fox Head Inn, and a few sidewalk plaques — as well as some of my personal favorite spots. The walker was given ample opportunity to shop, eat, drink, or just relax on a bench.

After writing three successful walks, I soon started editing other projects including those in London, Amsterdam, and Santa Fe, NM. This included punching up the banter, double-checking the directions, and making sure everything ran smoothly.

Sadly, this project was canceled after the owner suffered a personal tragedy.

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