Elaine Warner

I feel like a cat. I've lived through several lives: stay-at-home mom, elementary music teacher, theater photographer and now travel writer. I had visions of writing epics about grand trips but my first editor asked for Oklahoma destinations. Although my writing has extended to all 50 states and a number of foreign countries, I'm still learning about Oklahoma and love sharing my discoveries. In addition to my Edmond Sun column, my articles have appeared in AAA publications, the Oklahoman, Oklahoma Living, Association News and others. I've written two books, Insiders' Guide to Tulsa and More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Missouri Women. , ridden in hot air balloons, helicopters and a glider, but I draw the line at bungee jumping.

Posts by Elaine Warner

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  • 1
    What's the most underrated destination in your opinion?

    It has to be Oklahoma. Face it, the press we get is usually for a tornado, earthquake or goofy politician. Not that we don’t have those — we do! But the state is full of interesting things to do, beautiful sights to see and wonderful people to meet. The pace is relaxed and a visit won’t break your budget.

  • 2
    What's your most exciting or surprising travel experience?

    So many – but the most meaningful one was when I traveled with an Oklahoma choir to Italy. We prepared a concert – a Dvorak mass – with a choir in Siena. We’d visited the Duomo that afternoon – the cathedral was fairly dark. We couldn’t even see the ceiling but the striped marble pillars and patterned marble floor were impressive. That night (with full orchestra) as we began the “Hosanna” section of the mass, the lights on the ceiling went on, revealing a beautiful blue heaven studded with gold stars. It took my breath away. It was the moment of a lifetime.

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    Have you ever been somewhere that was so bad you couldn't write about it?

    No, but close. Unless something is a total rip-off, I just won’t write about it. I leave it out and write about the good experiences available. I don’t waste words on bad experiences and I know every place can have a bad day. I’d rather give positive alternatives.

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    What is the most important thing you've learned from traveling?

    I’ve learned that the ambiance is more important than the attractions. I spend more time just walking the streets, people watching and interacting with locals. Often, instead of going to a museum, I’ll go to a grocery store or market. I travel optimistically — expecting to see good things and meet good people. I find you get what you look for.