It’s time for Passports with Purpose 2012, the annual travel blogger fundraiser for charity. This year, I’m giving away a half-day tour of Woodlinville wineries from EverGreen Escapes.

Frequent readers of this blog know that visiting wineries is one of my favorite Value Luxury activities. The types of wine that a region serves give insight into the topography and geology of an area, in a more enticing way than than lecture. Plus on site visits allow you to pick up a few bottles […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Updated Travel Links/Trip Planner Page

by Chris on October 28, 2010

Updated Travel Links/Trip Planner Page

In the past two weeks, I’ve spent some time updating my Travel Links/trip planner section of this website. I originally put the page together because people would often ask what services and resources I used to plan my trips. By putting them in one place, I hope that y’all get some use out of them. […]

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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 […]