Welcome! My journalism career and curiosity about the world started while working as a copy boy for the Wall Street Journal. I’ve logged over a million miles in my travels across the globe, from Morocco to China, up to the Arctic Circle and across Southern Africa. In addition to overseas destinations, I often feature destinations around America focused on people, culture, arts, music, history, food, wine and spirits.
Most of the posts featured here are expanded versions of my regular KCBX/NPR Digital Media Podcast shows from the Lowell Thomas Award-winning podcast and on-air show, Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, featured on KCBX.ORG, iTunes, NPR One (app), NPR.ORG Podcast Directory, player.fm (UK) and other podcast channels around the world.
Thanks for being here–Enjoy the trip!
Recent Adventures and Musings
When people think of Tennessee, Nashville and Memphis get the prime spotlight, and they most often make the top of the to-do list for travelers. But Knoxville has an abundance of attractions that... READ MORE
Following a pitch-black night drive along on a gravel road, we have arrived at Teddy’s Juke Joint for a visit with Lloyd Johnson Junior. Known fondly throughout the South as Teddy, the 73-year-old... READ MORE
Niall Gibbons, CEO of Dublin based Tourism Ireland shares his passion for exploring Ireland and experiencing the 1,600 mile-long Wild Atlantic Way on the NPR One Podcast. Second half of the show we’ll... READ MORE
As a 15 year-old in 1965 I painted houses on weekends throughout the school year. My dad knew I really wanted to go to Hawaii so he arranged for me to live with... READ MORE
Texas Hill Country based Country Western musician John Arthur Martinez has written more than 700 songs, and produced 13 albums including his latest, San Antonio Woman. One of Martinez’s songs went intergalactic—accompanying the... READ MORE
After two years of construction, the new $39 million San Luis Obispo Airport terminal opened on November 1, 2017. One year later, the airport has been named the fifth-fastest growing airport in the U.S., and the... READ MORE
If you’re not familiar with Wisconsin, look at a map of the state and you’ll notice a jutting peninsula (locals fondly refer to the peninsula as Wisconsin’s thumb) on the eastern flank. That’s... READ MORE
Tim Nichols’s family has been making Appalachian moonshine for more than six generations. Join Tim at Appalachian Heritage Distillery in Bristol, Tennessee for the inside story–and discover how the former NASCAR race driver morphed... READ MORE