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
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
Correspondent Tom Wilmer, reports from Wisconsin where he discovers a last hope option for unadoptable dogs and cats. There are two standard options for dogs and cats that arrive at shelters and pounds:... READ MORE
Shaanxi Province in Northwestern China is just south of Inner Mongolia. Join me for a visit with Paul Su and Simon Zhang as they talk about China’s relationship with countries around the world;... READ MORE
Dolphin Quest at Hilton Waikoloa Village on Hawaii’s Kohala Coast serves as a memorable educational experience for resort guests. But Dolphin Quest’s unsung program is educational field trips for Hawaii’s school children. Kids experience hands-on lessons in... READ MORE