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2013 Travel Trends, from ETC ’13

by Chris on January 27, 2013

What is the state of the American traveler? A few trends that I heard at the annual ETC conference in Orlando.

I spent this weekend at the annual conference put on by the Educational Travel Community (ETC), a place where tour operators and destinations can connect with universities and other entities that offer learning vacations for their alumni. If you’re like me, you’ve probably seen trips like this advertised in the back of your alumni magazine. This conference […]


New Gig: The Adventure Collection Blog

by Chris on October 16, 2012

Announcing my newest gig: Blogging for Don George at the Adventure Collection.

When legendary travel writer Don George asked me to become a contributor to the Adventure Collection blog, I laughed. I am not what you’d call an outdoors woman. Let other travel writers mock terms like “glamping;” I see tricked out cabins and outdoor excursions that include wine with dinner as unalienable rights, not luxuries. I would […]


Road-tested: Renting an XCom Global MiFi device, which turns you into your own mobile hotspot.
MiFi personal hotspot mobile device

Keeping up with my constant stream of email and social media while traveling internationally has been the bane of my semi-nomadic lifestyle. As a freelance writer with constant deadlines, I need to be able to answer questions from editors quickly, no matter what the time zone.  I have yet to master the art of the […]


Wondering how you’re going to handle TSA airport security during the holidays? A regulation refresher of what you can and can’t bring.
TSA Airport Security

This post previously appeared on “TSA bans holiday cheer,” read a tweet issued from a Transportation Security Administration ( spoof account at the beginning of December. And that’s not so hard to believe, as passengers struggle to endure the busy travel season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. What maddens people most? Long lines at security checkpoints […]

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Dreaming of St. Petersburg? Tips for navigating the lengthy Russian tourist visa application.
Church on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg

This article previously ran on It’s inspired by the application process that I went through for my September trip to St. Petersburg. Because we were traveling independently – yet still as a group – we had to get Russian visas. Several in our group found the process took so long that they weren’t able […]


Looking for help sharing your vacation photos on Facebook? A few tips that will have you using Facebook like a pro.

This post previously appeared on Pre-Internet, few invitations were more tedious than ones soliciting you to look at vacation photos. Now Facebook allows you to view your friends’ trip pictures from a safe distance, without having to pretend that you’re interested. Sharing photos on Facebook still comes with social mores, however. Just because you have the […]

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How to Use Social Media to Share Vacation Photos

by Don Faust on November 9, 2011

Want to share your travel photos using social media. Some tips to help you get started.

No one enjoys flipping through hundreds of disorganized vacation photos. Follow these tips to organize your best photos and learn how to share travel photos effectively with friends and family. This post previously appeared on Everyone gets a little snap-happy on vacation, some people more than others. On our recent Alaska Inside Passage cruise […]


Going Pro, at BlogWorld Expo 2011

by Chris on November 2, 2011

All about my upcoming session at BlogWorld Expo in LA. Will I see you there?

I’m attending BlogWorld Expo for the first time this year. I’m a little nervous about it, honestly, and to make matters worse, I’m speaking. At a session called “Going Pro.” Yeah, no pressure or anything. The reality is that I’m not a professional blogger, not really, in the sense that I make the majority of […]


Thinking about a career break or change that involves travel? Then plan on attending Meet Plan Go! 2011
Entrance to the Bent Pyramid, Dashur Egypt

Looking down the 138 steps inside the Bent Pyramid, I feel a little dizzy. My guide has left me to make the descent into the ancient artifact at Dahshur by myself, and I’m not sure I’m up to the task. A hint of ammonia wafts from the necropolis’ entrance; I’ve been told that the smell […]


In which I try – and fail – to digital detox for a week.
Alaska, digital detox for a week

 My biggest challenge on my InnerSea Discoveries expedition cruise in Alaska wasn’t the extensive kayaking or glacier hiking or even fishing (which I did for the first time in Wrangell). No, I knew I’d have the most trouble with unplugging, in what was about to become a weeklong digital detox.  The InnerSea Discoveries website makes […]