#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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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 […]


More on the relationship between public relations professionals and bloggers, based on my time spent at the PRSA Travel & Tourism conference in Aspen last week.

I spoke at PRSA Travel & Tourism conference in Aspen last week, as part of a panel entitled “Reaching Key Influencers Where They Live (Online).” I felt lucky to be included in that definition. Of those of us on the panel, which included Kara S. Williams of The Vacation Gals, Johnny Jet and Rich Beattie […]


Checking in on Foursquare, on 4SQ Day

by Chris on April 16, 2010

It’s Foursquare Day and users of the location-based game are enjoying discounts and freebies from participating vendors. Should you join in?

It’s Foursquare Day and users of the location-based game are gathering in various cities, enjoying discounts and freebies from participating vendors. (On Twitter, the hashtag is #4sqDay). I’ve been playing around with Foursquare over the past few weeks, just to see what the fuss is about. My verdict is that while the service doesn’t have […]


For #TravelTuesday, Fotobabble allows me to present the story behind my travel photos. This week: Muriel Seaton-Paul, the herb lady of St. Kitts

It’s Travel Tuesday on Twitter – which means it’s time for my latest periodic feature. Using the new Fotobabble service (available FREE on the web or as a phone app), I’m going to tell a story about one of the photos from a trip.


Twitter contests: Am Ex trip to Jumby Bay

by Chris on February 20, 2010

American Express is the latest company to offer a travel Twitter contest, this one to Jumby Bay. It’s great for readers, but should bloggers participate?

Getting customers to do your marketing for you is the mantra behind corporate social media these days. And among the travel industry, it seems, no PR offering  is more effective than a Twitter-based trip giveaway. In the past few months, I’ve seen travel companies jump on the bandwagon with some outstanding prizes. Orbitz, for example, ran a Tweets for Tickets  […]


Least Favorite Places

by Chris on September 30, 2009

What travel destinations do you like the least? Worst travel experiences

Last week, I asked people to list the places that they would visit again and again. Paris was a popular answer, as was Vermont (read more answers from the Twitterverse here). And one of my Twitter buddies, @thenotoriousmeg (I love her name, it sounds so gangster), had an even better question: Where are the places […]


Paris, c’est bon!

by Chris on September 24, 2009

Paris, c’est bon!

My “where you would return?” post yesterday sparked some good answers, not only here, but on Twitter. Paris scored big among the responses – everyone, it seems, wants to lose themselves in the City of Lights. (And I do too….Paris would have definitely made a Top 10). Back here in the US, Vermont also scores […]