Who Is “The Walking Traveler?”
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu
Hello and Welcome! My name is Tony Toto.
I’m a freelance travel writer, blogger and photographer. I grew up in Gurnee, IL, a far-north suburb of Chicago. I still live in the Midwest. Why? I don’t know. I loathe the cold arctic air and snow that comes with winter. My mission is to relocate to a warmer climate, but not before I travel my heart out.
I started blogging in 2008 while in real estate. After the contrived crash that sent the industry into turmoil, I transitioned over to article writing highlighting business for the Milwaukee Business Insight Examiner. As dull and boring as this was, I was determined to practice my creative outlet.
After several years of promoting businesses and scratching my head of the type of writing I really wanted to do, I went searching. During my roller coaster ride on the internet, I came across travel writing. A few weeks of further research led me to MatadorU’s online travel journalism school. I studied the site, asked a few questions and enrolled. Thanks to MatU, I’ve had a travel photo included in a published piece on Matador Network and wrote three dozen articles for a travel company.
Outside of writing and photography, I’m a Sudoku addict, music lover, Eddie Van Halen air guitar master and a lover of trying new foods both domestic and foreign.
Thank you for visiting my site. I hope it is informative, fun and at times makes you laugh.
Fun Facts About Tony
Degree: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration – Western Illinois University
Job: Freelance challenge course facilitator and high ropes course techy. Freelance writer, blogger and photographer
Student: Travel Writing and Photography – MatadorU
Favorite TV Show: 24
Favorite Book: The Creature From Jekyll Island
Favorite Band: Van Halen
Favorite Singer: Sammy Hagar
Favorite Food: Spaghetti and Meatballs
Favorite Season: Summer
Random Fact: I met George Carlin (and got to spend quality time with him) while working in the hotel industry.