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 […]


The latest meme circling the blogosphere: 7 favorite posts and why

On 7/7, it’s only appropriate that I take part in the 7 Links meme that’s floating around the travel blogosphere (#My7Links). Spearheaded by Tripbase, the exercise is meant to resurrect old posts that may have fallen deep into your archives, and expose some of your best work to new  audiences. One of my favorite travel […]


Don Faust Joins Chris Around The World

by Chris on April 30, 2011

I needed a partner – and luckily, I have one in house. Why my husband, Don Faust, is now a partner in Chris Around The World.

A lot of suitcase activity went on in our house this past week. Only it wasn’t me packing up my things this time. My husband Don Faust is taking his first solo trip this year, boarding the Carnival Magic tomorrow as it sets off on its inaugural cruise in the Mediterranean. Don’s voyage marks a crossroads for […]


Going to TBEX in Vancouver? Enter to win a free trip to Victoria, the British Columbia capital, from Vancouver.
Parliament Building with Queen Victoria statue, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Note: A winner has been chosen. Congrats, Wesley Tomchuk!! Travel bloggers of all sorts will be descending upon the Pacific Northwest this June for our annual conference, TBEX ’11. I wanted to introduce bloggers to one of my favorite places near Vancouver: the cute town of Victoria on Vancouver Island. And thanks to the folks […]


USA TODAY Travel Alliance: I’m All In!

by Chris on January 10, 2011

Today USA TODAY announced the members of their newly formed USA TODAY Travel Alliance. Here’s what it means for me and readers of my site.

For the past two months, some of you may have noticed ads for companies such as cruise lines appearing on my site. That’s because in November, I signed a contract with my old employer USA TODAY to join their Travel Alliance. How does that work? According to the official release put out today: “This alliance […]

2011 Resolutions: Taking Back Control

by Chris on January 2, 2011

My resolution slogan for 2011: Taking Back Control – after a year that kicked my butt in so many ways.
Resolutions 2011

Warning: this post doesn’t have much to do with travel. As with all resolution posts, it’s going to border on self-indulgent.  But as 2010 came to an end, I found myself thinking quite a bit about the year, which will always stand out as one of my most challenging, both personally and professionally. It’s the […]


Win an XBox 360 + Kinect gaming system – and do good at the same time! It’s all part of the 2010 Passports with Purpose travel blogging fundraiser, which is raising money to build a village in India.
Passports With Purpose 2010, Win an XBox 360 & Kinect

I’m not a video game person. But the new XBox 360 and Kinect game system – which lets you play without hands – looks so cool that even I want one (and I’m not just saying that because MS pays my bills). Now you have a chance to get a XBox 360/Kinect system of your […]


A big thanks to all my readers, who helped me win a Lowell Thomas travel writing award as one of the best travel blogs.

I’m trying to play things cool today. But inside I’m jumping up and down like a kid. I won, I won, I won! (a silver Lowell Thomas award for best travel blog) The Lowell Thomas travel writing awards, sponsored by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, are the main writing awards in the travel […]


#SunsetSunday – Seattle

by Chris on September 5, 2010

My entry into #SunsetSunday, a Twitter hashtag where travel bloggers share their best sunset photos, founded by Craig Zabransky of StayAdventurous.
Sunset over Seattle, #sunsetsunday

One of the best things about interacting with other bloggers on Twitter is that people are always coming up with new ideas. Craig Zabransky, who blogs as Stay Adventurous, started Sunset Sunday on Twitter as a way to show off his fabulous sunset photos from around the world. Check them out here. On this holiday […]

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Attention travel bloggers: Now’s the time to sign up to take part in Passports With Purpose, a fundraiser aimed at helping the lives of the Dalit caste in south India.

Attention travel bloggers: Looking to inject a little activism into your routine? Then Passports With Purpose, an annual fundraiser organized and promoted by a diverse group of travel bloggers, is looking for you! Last year, the group – led by Debbie Dubrow of Delicious Baby, Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick, Michelle Duffy of Wandermom and Pam […]

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