About Me

Andy Rhodes: I'm a Texas-based writer currently working in Austin as managing editor of the Texas Historical Commission's magazine The Medallion. I also actively pursue freelance projects, including cultural writing, photography, and copyediting.

My updated Texas travel guidebook has been published! My regional guidebook, Moon Handbooks: Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, is also currently available.

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My Books

Visit my official author page and my
Moon Handbooks page to learn more about my books.

My Writing

Browse through my online portfolio containing samples of my travel guidebook and recent magazine writing.


My travel guidebook update is available for purchase!
Moon Handbooks: Texas
features new destinations, spotlight attractions, and color photos throughout the book. To purchase a copy for $20, click the PayPal link below. I'll cover the postage - just send your mailing address via the Contact tab. Thanks in advance!
• My travel article about Texas is featured in the September 2019 issue of Wanderlust. It’s an honor to be published in “The Original Travel Magazine.”
• I wrote a Texas series for Wanderlust UK, covering the entire state along with Houston, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio. I enjoyed tackling Texas travel from a different perspective.
* I wrote an article about Praha's famous Painted Church for the Winter 2019 issue of Authentic Texas magazine. Check it out below!

* My article about the official State of Texas herds was published in the November 2018 issue of Texas Highways. Learn about how longhorn and bison have had an impact on Texas' culture and history.
• The research was tough, but I managed to write an article about the best barbecue in Central Texas for Moon Travel (July 2017).
• Dive in to my story about Texas' historic swimming holes in the Summer 2017 issue of The Medallion. From Barton Springs to Balmorhea, these iconic spots will help you beat the heat!
• I submitted my updated manuscript for Moon Handbooks: Texas in March 2017. Get a sneak peek of the cover (and pre-order) at Amazon.
• My article about historic dance halls in the Spring 2016 issue of The Medallion has generated renewed interest in preserving these iconic Texas treasures.
• An article I co-wrote about heritage tourism in South Texas was published in the May 2015 issue of the Texas Municipal League's magazine. Check it out below.
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• The updated version of my Texas guidebook is now available! Moon Handbooks:Texas includes a fancy new cover design (at right), along with plenty of fresh content, updated listings, and new photos. Order a copy to plan your next Texas excursion or as a gift for your favorite traveler.
• I wrote a
travel article
about Austin for a collector's edition of American Cowboy magazine
(Fall 2014).
• After much research and writing,
I submitted my updated manuscript in March 2014 for Moon Handbooks: Texas. You can already pre-order it (and see the fancy new cover) on Amazon!
• My new book was published on October 18, 2013! Moon Handbooks: Houston and the Texas Gulf Coastcovers all the best places to visit in Bayou City and the coastal region.
• I wrote a guest blog post for Moon's Summer 2013 "Beat the Heat" series highlighting Houston hot spots.
• I was honored to serve as a travel
expert for The Guardian's June 2013
Live Q&A about visiting Texas and
New Mexico.
• I wrote an article for the Daily Yonder about South Texas' historic Mexican-American dance halls.