travel blogging

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Here Comes Everybody: TBEX ’10

by Chris on June 29, 2010

Here Comes Everybody: Lessons learned from the second annual Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) conference, held in New York this weekend.

On the long plane ride from Seattle into New York for TBEX, I grabbed a book that I had been meaning to read for years: Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. Turns out I couldn’t have made a better choice. The Travel Blog Exchange conference, now in its second year, personifies Shirky’s theory that social […]


Getting to know you, TBEX-style. A Q and A for travel bloggers, courtesy of Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View.

Tomorrow night I head out on a red-eye flight to attend the second TBEX conference in New York City. TBEX is short for the Travel Blog Exchange, an online gathering of travel bloggers big and small. I’m excited to attend, even though I’ll miss out on the Friday night socializing. I remember reading all the […]


I’m packing, yet again. My new job at Microsoft starts Monday. What I’ve learned these past six months and what I’ll do going forward. Yadda yadda yadda.

I’m packing, again. No news there. In the past six months since I’ve left USA TODAY, I flung myself full force into the out-of-a-suitcase life of a travel writer. And hell yeah, it’s been fun. I went on two small ship sailing cruises throughout the Caribbean, dined at four-star Michelin restaurants in Paris and explored […]