Sunday, June 17, 2012

Travel blogger takeaways from TBEX 12

Sadly, there's no travel in the horizon for me this year. But not traveling does mean I have plenty of time to wander through cyberspace, reading, listening, and watching others on their journeys throughout the world.

Such is the case with TBEX 12, billed as 'the world's largest gathering travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators'. I may not be there physically but I'm there virtually, chasing around the internet, tracking down posts about the conference.

Thanks to, who are providing video coverage, a chatroom, and streaming updates, I've just been watching Rand Fishkin's informative talk on SEO Without Selling Your Soul (see video and also slide presentation)

Rand talks about how 'branding is key', even for travel bloggers and that you need to start thinking of your travel blog as a brand.

This TBEX presentation led me to Rand Fishkin's SEOMOZ website and his extremely detailed SEO 101 for Travel Bloggers, a must read for anyone serious about travel blogging.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Video: Travel Writer Lee Foster talks...

Travel Writer Lee Foster talks at the April 2012 meeting of the Bay Area Travel Writers organization.

The video quality isn't great and the first 4-6 minutes are full of introductions and meeting formalities but if you skip forward to Lee's talk you might find some helpful tips on getting published as a travel writer

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The search is on for England's biggest fan... is searching for a budding travel writer / broadcaster / social networker to take an all-expenses paid 70 day trip around England.

The chosen 'biggest fan' will take a trip around England in a van, following on the heels of the Olympic  Torch Relay

Requirements for the position are simple - you have to be a real England enthusiast who would be able to entertain England with videos, photos, blog posts, facebook and twitter updates.

According to the enjoyEngland website, the perfect fan is...

  • is a go-getter who instinctively knows where the action is, and uncovers the best stories
  • can write like a dream. All the better to blog with…
  • has an mean eye for photography
  • is charismatic, with a great sense of humour when things don’t go to plan…
  • is utterly engaged with the task, and engaging by nature
  • has a full, clean UK driving licence
  • is over 21 years of age
  • is available for adventures countrywide between 14 May – 27 July


All you need to do is send VisitEngland 100 words on your favorite place in England along with a photograph by April 9th.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

'The Next Great Storyteller' Competition closes soon...

National Geographic and Matador Network have teamed up in a competition to find 'The Next Great Storyteller.'

Think you have what it takes to a great travel storyteller?

Can you move, touch, surprise, and entertain with your stories?

Then this is the competition for you.

Here's what you have to do.

Submit a story in any of these four categories by March 31st...

Blog (300 words or less)Magazine Article (700 words or less)Video (No more than 3 minutes)Photo Essay (5 photos or less on a single subject)
The First Prize winner in each category will be...

"...invited to a “Storytellers’ Day” with the National Geographic Traveler editorial staff at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, DC. Airfare from any location in the US and one night in a hotel will be paid for by NGS for each winner. Each winner will also receive a one-year subscription to National Geographic Traveler magazine."
There's not much time left.

To find out more and to enter, head over The Next Great Storyteller page.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A conference for family travel bloggers...

Family travel bloggers might want to check out this dual Family Travel Expo and Conference being held in NYC on 6th and 7th of May 2012.

According to the official website, the schedule is as follows...

Day 1 - Sunday May 6, features a family travel expo (bring the kids) with exhibits from fabulous resorts, tips from experts, and chances to win dream vacations!  Discover amazing travel experiences, take advantage of great offers and deals, win trips and prizes, and more.  You’ll hear travel tips from experts, learn about great new products, and discover how you can make your dream vacation a reality.

Day 2 - Monday May 7, kicks off an amazing day of keynotes, seminars, networking events and more for established and aspiring family travel bloggers.  With content designed specifically for travel bloggers, attendees will take part in sessions on topics such as resort-blogger relations, blog design, pitching resorts & products, photography, building your readership and more.

For more information head over to the Macaroni Kid's Family Expo and Conference page.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Overnight Buses Travel Magazine looking for submissions....

Overnight Buses, a App based magazine is looking for submissions

To find out what they are looking for, download the Overnight Buses Travel Magazine App for iPad. There's some great featured essays by award winning travel writers such as Michael Shapiro, Marcia DeSanctis, Nathan Comp, and Ayun Halliday in the first issue. 

According to their guidelines, they want...
" essays, literature, travel journalism and personal narratives; the stories of your adventures in far-off places that changed you in ways you didn’t expect. We’re looking for the stuff that will make our readers laugh, cry, shout and say “Damn! That was a darn good read.” We take pride in the fact that we publish the articles that other magazines don't. The gritty stories, the trips to the middle of nowhere, the personal narratives that really make you think, the hard-hitting journalism. If you've got it, we want it.
Articles should be in English, with American spellings (color, not colour). Non-fiction, obviously. 1000 words or more in PDF or Word format (.doc, .pdf). 4000 words is the sweet spot, long enough to draw our readers in, short enough to read in an hour."

Send submissions via email to Tom at submissions [at]

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Video: Dr. Seuss’s ‘Oh, the Places You'll' at Burning Man...

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”
– Dr. Seuss in Oh, the Places You’ll Go

Here's an amazingly unique presentation of  Dr. Seuss’s famous graduation present book Oh, the Places You’ll Go! . It incorporates the strange but happy weirdness of Burning Man while reminding everyone that  you are free to go in any direction you choose...

This video by Tedshots

(via Flavorwire)

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