About Me

The Traveling Cheesehead

Welcome! My name is Dannelle and I am “The Traveling Cheeseehead.” I am a serial entrepreneur who has a lot of ways to share my love of travel with people.

Dannelle Gay Headshot
Dannelle Fraser Gay, without the hat…

My Sites

There is so much more to me than this lil’ old travel site. I have multiple travel websites that are more niche specific.

This site and all of those are syndicated on Microsoft – so I have a reach of about 1.3 Billion readers.

My Books

My websites are just the start of what I do. I also write travel books!

When Covid shut down the world in 2020, I had an idea: Travel wouldn’t be dead, it would be different. We were all locked in our states and it was pretty clear that outside experiences were going to be the only way to move forward.

That is when I pulled camping articles and cave articles off this site to create the other two sites I mentioned above: World of Caves and Crazy Camping Girl.

It gets better – I wanted to bring other people together for a group project! I hit up my friends in the Midwest Travel Network to write a book about Midwest road trips. Writers who knew their own state, loved their community, and were the best in their state that I could think of to work with. I built a ‘dream team’ of talent and we ended up with a best seller that just went into its 2nd Edition.

Midwest Road Trip Adventures takes travelers along some of the most storied highways and byways in the nation, including The Great River Road and Route 66. Stops include historic lighthouses along the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio, canyons in Kansas, crystal clear springs in Michigan, Underground Railroad history in Illinois, Mount Rushmore in South Dakota, and authentic fish boils in Wisconsin’s Door County. Movie fans can visit the ballpark from A League of Their Own in Indiana or tour Iowa’s covered bridges showcased in “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Our Midwest Dream Team is currently working on a NEW group project – all about Midwest State Parks.

100 Things to Do in Wisconsin Before You Die

My latest one is 100 Things to Do in Wisconsin Before You Die – with Reedy Press. It is coming out in early 2023. You can see current book info on the tab that says My Books. You will see this cute little “featured in” graphic occasionally as you peruse my Wisconsin Articles.

But wait, there is more…

I Freelance for a few different travel sites! You can find my byline on Travel Awaits – a site for travelers over 50, written by travelers over 50, Go RVing – the hub of all things camping and RVing, and even 365 Traveler – which is also syndicated.

Did I mention my Coffee?

My traveling cheesehead coffee label

So, I had this fun little ‘travel tips” video where I held up a Ziplock bag of Kcups and mentioned how a lot of hotels had Keurigs now, but crappy coffee – so I always take my own.

It got a few million hits…and I knew I had to take this step! I have my own line of custom gourmet coffee that ties in with my travels and different destinations. With 12 flavors in our initial launch, we have 65 planned out so far – it is just another way to partner with the destinations that I adore. Get a sneak peek at a few flavors on the horizon:

They cover my travels – like my visits to Door County Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Dells, Chase County Kansas, Opelousas Louisiana, Janesville Wisconsin, Mason City Iowa, Bismarck North Dakota, and so much more!

Some labels are fundraisers – like the Day of the Dead Coffee will help feed families in a camp in Mexico and the King Cake Coffee will help a living history museum in Louisana.

The bottom line

I love to travel, meet new people, and learn about the food and history of the area. If you are interested in partnering with me on any of that, or dog-friendly travel, reach out to me.