Michael J. Solender travels the road less taken sharing wondrous cultural, culinary, and historical discoveries with his readers. Solender's travel writing is featured at Ocean Home Magazine, Southern Living, Carolina Bride, Carolina Mountain Life, Connect Magazine, Travel Connect, the Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News & Observer, SouthPark Magazine, Lake Norman Magazine, and others. Solender's up close and personal essays explore the personalities, back stories, and character behind destinations revealing intimate snapshots of life often missed by visitors on heavily scheduled agendas. His favorite destinations include Iran's Persepolis, the magic kingdom of Bhutan, Irkutsk, known as the "Paris" of Siberia, and his adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Solender is an active member of the Society of American Travel Writers. Read more from him at michaeljwrites.com.