We're Michael & Therese

Travelers | Photographers | Award-winning Journalists

We are Michael Hodgson and Therese Iknoian, the husband-and-wife team behind the HI Travel Tales curtain – and, yes, despite travel’s occasional travails, we remain happily married and always look forward to the next trip together. We are veteran journalists, photographers and award-winning writers. We have taken our lifetimes of globetrotting, leveraged our journalists’ chops and innate people skills, and added a dash of humor and playfulness.

We offer our readers insider looks at uncommon places, plus insights into the more well-traveled. We find adventures to share everywhere, from mountain trails and remote islands to urban neighborhoods or small villages. Our personal stories paired with concrete advice, outstanding photography and compelling videos blend to create a travel blog that brings readers back again and again.


We love sharing stories from other travelers, too, and have a growing slate of wonderful contributors. We are also surrogate parents to a rather large and still growing family of stuffed animals who all have names and invariably fight over who gets to go on the next trip (Michael sometimes insists two go, hiding one in Therese’s carry-on.)

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Recent Travel Posts

We are travelers. Always have been. We engage. We explore. We immerse ourselves everywhere we go. We are both uber-curious and enthusiastic about sharing our experiences. Here are a few of our latest travel adventures.

7 best things to do in Niagara Falls – American side

While a visit to the Niagara waterfalls is a must, there is so much more to do in and around Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. We’ll show you the seven best things to do in Niagara Falls (American side) plus recommendations on where to eat and stay.

What to do in Budapest: The ultimate Budapest city guide

Wondering what to do in Budapest? Our Budapest City Guide will help you visit the Jewish Quarter, City Park and Heroes’ Square plus Castle Hill, Hospital in the Rock, Cave Church, an array of museums, and glorious buildings that crown the Budapest hillside.

Review of the new TWA Hotel at JFK: Almost awesome

I was excited to stay at the retro-themed new TWA Hotel at JFK Airport in the former TWA Flight Center. I really was looking forward to the promised awesomeness. What I got was a night at a not-quite-ready TWA Hotel in room 666 – really.

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Michael Hodgson

Co-Conspirator at HI Travel Tales
Winner of a 2018 Silver Medal from the North American Travel Journalists Association for travel writing excellence, Michael has authored more than 16 books and penned many hundreds of feature articles over the years. His bylines have appeared in Backpacker, Men's Journal, Men's Health, Outside, The San Jose Mercury News, Portland Oregonian and more. His travels have taken him to all seven continents. He is a member in good standing of the North American Travel Journalists Association and the Professional Travel Bloggers Association.
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About Us: Meet Michael & Therese