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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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Amulets Made by the Tai Dam People in the Loei Province of Thailand, March 2015.
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Travel to Thailand: Dancing with the Tai Dam People

During my March visit to Thailand, I tossed aside my inhibitions and danced with the Tai Dam people in Ban Na Pa Nat of the Chiang Khan district in the Loei Province. And yes, I did it without the assistance of good libations.

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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 […]

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Dining Review: Chilled Cork Restaurant & Lounge in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

“Deliciously eclectic” is how I simply describe the Chilled Cork Restaurant & Lounge in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. Located in the fab Retro Suites Hotel the restaurant’s menu includes a mix of seasonally fresh local fare, exotic notes and modern twists on traditional and familiar flavors crafted by Executive Chef Dylan McLay.

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Follow the North Star in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, to Discover What You Didn't Learn in High School
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Follow the North Star and Find American History in Chatham-Kent, Ontario

Eying the Big Dipper in the evening sky the other night, I held back tears. Don’t worry, it was all good, I’m just a sentimental baby sometimes. Earlier this month I followed the North Star to Chatham-Kent located in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, and learned it was more than just a terminus to the Underground Railroad during the mid-1800s.

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Travel to Toronto: Scared of the CN Tower’s Glass Floor

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” I’m not sure what level of scary Eleanor Roosevelt intended but while in Toronto this week, I did something I didn’t realize I was afraid to do. Please don’t think less of me with this confession. I was on the verge of peeing my pants and crying […]

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On My Way to Follow the North Star in Ontario

I’ll be following the North Star in Ontario next week and I couldn’t be more excited! No, it’s not another NASA thing I’m involved with it’s a travel blogger thing. I’m attending the Annual Travel Blog Exchange Conference (which means I’ve attended every North American #TBEX) in Toronto, June 1 and 2 and as a […]

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Cottonelle Puppy’s TBEX 2012 Adventure in Photos

It’s been a month, yet the feeling of Colorado’s cool hug and fresh mountain air is still vivid from my trip to attend the TBEX Conference in Keystone. (Travel Blog Exchange) If you followed by Twitter stream during the conference, you know I didn’t travel alone (nor lonely).

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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 […]

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TBEX 2012 Rasied the Professionalism Bar for Travel Bloggers

“Travel bloggers deserve a professional conference,” TBEX CEO Rick Calvert told attendees of TBEX ’12 at the conclusion of the 3-day travel blogger conference in Keystone, Colo., Sunday. I’ll admit, travel bloggers sometimes get a bad rap as being unprofessional. There are a few bad eggs out there who don’t deliver on commitments, act disrespectful […]

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