Diann Bayes

I’ve made a career of working in some capacity in the travel and tourism industry for more than 20 years. I am the Vice President of the San Angelo Convention & Visitors Bureau. Prior to moving to San Angelo, I worked as the Senior Vice President of Membership Services and Development for the Texas Travel Industry Association, now the Texas Travel Alliance. I’ve also worked at convention & visitors bureaus in McKinney and Hillsboro in Texas and Manhattan, Kansas. I serve on the Texas Travel Alliance Board of Directors, the Texas Forts Trail Board, and previously on the Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus’ Board of Directors. I am past chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth Area Tourism Council. I first started my career in travel and tourism working in the hotel industry in Fort Worth.

Just the facts…

I’m Diann Bayes and I’m not your average blogger. In fact, according to statistics I’ve read, only around 7% of bloggers are over the age of 51. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, traveler, road warrior, and proud Native Texan. Apparently, I’m ancient in the blogging world.

Travel is my love, particularly on the open road. In 2016, I took a year off to experience the southwest in an RV along with my husband, Dan, living as Eccentric Nomads.

As an amateur photographer, my quest is to discover the vast size of Texas. I enjoy great food, meeting interesting people, and sharing my stories of the Lone Star State.

My Passions




Native Texan

Where else can you find me?

My Flickr Account

I’ve been shooting amateur photography since 2012. Most of my photos can be found on my Flickr account. While they’re not just of Texas, a significant portion of them are. Photographs I’ve taken around the country have been used in almost 100 on-line articles including TripSavvy.com, TownandCountryMag.com, TexasMonthly.com, HoustonChronicle.com, DeepSouthMag.com, Fodors.com and HuffPost.com

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