Can Travel Bloggers Influence Americans to Use Their Vacation Time?
Nov01

Can Travel Bloggers Influence Americans to Use Their Vacation Time?

Can travel bloggers influence Americans to use their vacation time? On average, they travel 88 days out of the year, compared to the average American who has 12 days of vacation time.

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Germany to Tampa is Easier with Lufthansa’s Tampa/Frankfurt Route
Oct26

Germany to Tampa is Easier with Lufthansa’s Tampa/Frankfurt Route

Flying to Germany from the Tampa Bay area is much easier now that Lufthansa German Airlines launched new nonstop service between Tampa and Frankfurt last month.

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Project Time Off: It’s Your Vacation Time. Use It. Every Minute of It.
Jul26

Project Time Off: It’s Your Vacation Time. Use It. Every Minute of It.

What’s a work martyr? They’re that person who says they can’t use their paid time off (PTO) because the office will go to hell in a hand basket while they’re away.

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10 Things that Surprised Me About Thailand
Apr12

10 Things that Surprised Me About Thailand

Oh, Thailand. I had no idea how in a short period of time I would be so smitten with your wonderful kingdom. My visit was only a week long and definitely not enough time to call me an expert. I admit, I didn’t do the proper research before hitting the ground running in Bangkok and Loei Province and in my naivety, here are 10 things that surprised me about Thailand.

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Bangkok’s Governor Welcomes TBEX Travel Bloggers to Bangkok
Mar22

Bangkok’s Governor Welcomes TBEX Travel Bloggers to Bangkok

“On behalf of the people of Bangkok…we welcome all of you to Bangkok.” You know you’re part of something big when a governor shows up at an event to welcome attendees. That’s what happened when Bangkok’s Governor, Mr. Sukhumbhand Paribatra, welcomed organizers and bloggers for the Oct. 15 – 17, 2015, TBEX Asia Conference (Travel Blog Exchange) during a reception this evening at Bangkok’s...

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Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?
Jul01

Will Sending My Elected Officials Postcards from State & National Parks Make a Differnce?

Is it a crazy idea to send my elected officials postcards from state and national parks during my summer travels?

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Seeing How Soap is Saving Lives in Guatemala with Clean the World
Jun05

Seeing How Soap is Saving Lives in Guatemala with Clean the World

I participated in a soap distribution trip with Orlando-based Clean the World to see how soap is saving lives and knew we would be visiting some of the Guatemala’s poorest areas.

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Tourism Cares Invites Travel Industry Pros to Volunteer in Miami, May 29 – 30, 2014
Dec29

Tourism Cares Invites Travel Industry Pros to Volunteer in Miami, May 29 – 30, 2014

Travel and tourism professionals from across the United States will volunteer to preserve Miami Marine Stadium May 29 – 30, 2014 during the 7th Annual Tourism Cares project.

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What’s the Key for Hosting a Successful Travel Blogger FAM Trip? Expectations
Dec16

What’s the Key for Hosting a Successful Travel Blogger FAM Trip? Expectations

What’s the key for hosting a successful travel blogger FAM trip? Expectations with a capital E. Bloggers are a hot commodity and DMOs (destination marketing organizations or tourism offices) are working with these online influencers to share their message to their followers.

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How to Get Your Public Relations Efforts Noticed by the Nationals
Jun05

How to Get Your Public Relations Efforts Noticed by the Nationals

Have you ever opened up Southern Living magazine, MSNBC.com or USA Today and wondered how a travel article born? I hate to burst your bubble but they just don’t magically happen. In most cases, a publicist is behind the effort. Last month the Central West Coast Chapter of Florida Public Relations Association and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance invited me to lead three roundtable discussions on how public relations campaigns...

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Reflections of TBEX 2012: Keystone Took My Breath Away
Jun20

Reflections of TBEX 2012: Keystone Took My Breath Away

I’ve had a few days to reflect on my Travel Blog Exchange 2012 experience in Keystone, Colo. Not only was the professionalism bar raised over last year’s TBEX but so were bars for conference content and functions. Importantly, the conference site location rocked. Almost literally. Sitting at more than 9,000 feet above sea level, we met in the mountains of Keystone Resort which has all the necessary conference amenities. It...

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Wordless Wednesday: Travel Matters!
May09

Wordless Wednesday: Travel Matters!

Happy National Travel & Tourism Week! As I’ve mentioned in a post last month, May 5 – 13, 2012, is the day to celebrate the power of travel. If there’s anything you should remember about this week is tourism means jobs. In fact, one out of nine jobs in the United States depends on travel and tourism. That’s a lot of people, don’t ya think? Photos were taken at the Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel...

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So, You Want Work in Yellowstone National Park? Here’s What to Expect
Apr23

So, You Want Work in Yellowstone National Park? Here’s What to Expect

Thousands of seasonal workers spend the summer employed in Yellowstone National Park and can anticipate everything from answering “odd” questions to feeling geysers rumble and sitting in a bear jam to counting twinkling stars in a pitch black sky. I was once one of those employees and if you’re interested in working in America’s first national park, do it! It will change your life. Following are a few tips on...

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T is for Travel and Tourism Week, May 5 – 13, 2012
Apr23

T is for Travel and Tourism Week, May 5 – 13, 2012

Ready to do something fun? May 5 – 13, 2012, is National Travel and Tourism Week and the perfect opportunity to get out and be a tourist in your own town. Established in 1984 and presented by the U.S. Travel Association, National Travel and Tourism Week celebrates and educates the public on the economic and social value of travel through events in communities nationwide. Travel & Tourism Means Jobs! Why is travel and tourism...

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Scrape Hotel Soap at Clean the World and Save Lives during an Orlando Vacation
Dec19

Scrape Hotel Soap at Clean the World and Save Lives during an Orlando Vacation

“I feel like I’m peeling potatoes,” I said to the Clean the World worker while using a dinner knife to scrape the outer layer off a used bar of hotel soap. She smiled and handed me a vegetable peeler. During a recent business trip to Orlando, Fla., I planned my itinerary to arrive a few hours earlier to spend a couple of hours volunteering at Clean the World, a nonprofit organization that recycles used hotel soap to...

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