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Brendan Iglehart, Founder

The man with a van and a plan

  • I really wanted to be a mailman when I was 4 years old
  • I love traveling - I've been to 43 states and more than 30 countries, and I'm an avid couchsurfer
  • Orange is my favorite color

I'm 27 and I started altSTATES in 2017 because I'm passionate about connecting people with the coolest parts of my native Quad Cities region and the surrounding Midwest. 

My life started with a bang when I was unintentionally born in the kitchen of my parents' house (sorry, Mom - I just couldn't wait to get out into the world). I was then raised in Davenport, Iowa, a city located on the mighty Mississippi River. I went to college in Indiana from 2009-2013 and moved to Wisconsin for a job as an IT consultant. Office life quickly wore on me and I quit my job and ended up back in Davenport in late 2017 - I'm a Midwesterner to my core!

If you have any questions about your tour or altSTATES, please let me know. I hope to see you on a tour soon! #vanlife


Callahan Herrig, Blog Contributor

The good, the bad, the weird

  • I want to live in a cabin in the middle of the woods
  • I enjoy bourbon on the rocks and a tasty BLT
  • Occasionally I wear cowboy boots to be taller

I was born and raised in Davenport, IA and am still enjoying the Quad Cities today. I graduated from Western Illinois University in Moline, IL with a bachelor's degree in English. I've held a variety of jobs; my favorite one was being a tobacconist. I currently work as a freelance writer and at a library, which I love.

In my free time, I enjoy reading, camping, and hanging out with my two cats, Arwen and Ragnar. For writing inquiries, email me at callahan.herrig@gmail.com


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