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Cover to Cover: Passports with Purpose 2011

If you are reading this article, that’s wonderful! It means two things to me: 1) you were given the opportunity to learn such a skill, and 2) you have had some type of access to real hand-held books at certain points in life. Though I spend a great portion of my time reading, much of it is now from online sources. I sigh as I pass the collection of bound printed paper calling out for attention. Most display bookmarks somewhere within their depths. All are begging me to pick up them up where I’d left off. I sigh again as I tell them ‘hopefully tomorrow’…

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Vagabond Explorer Magazine Unleashed!

Wade Shepard of Vagabond Journey has just unleashed Vagabond Explorer Magazine. Yes, he used flattery in his request but also gave me several very good reasons why I should become a contributor, reviewing travel blogs I consider worthy of recognition. My real life job is reading travel blogs daily and there are an amazing number out there just ripe for the choosing. But, the magazine is so much more and has wonderful contributors. Definitely check it out! You won’t be disappointed. This is a magazine for every type of traveler – from armchair to nomad.

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Passports with Purpose

I sit here in my little “home office” staring at 3 monitors most every day. As I do, I also think about the world around ME. The things that I would like to have repaired – my sagging porch, my leaky garage roof, my leaky laundry room roof and replacing a 13 year old Neon with 230,000 miles on it. But, when it comes to the “bigger picture”, all of that is trivial. Though my roofs may leak, I have one (well, more than one). Though my car is old, I have one. I live a life of luxury compared to so many others.That statement alone brings me back to reality.

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New York City: Why Are We Here?!

Recently I, along with my husband and 298 or so others, attended the Travel Blog Exchange 2010 Conference (TBEX10) in New York City. I was advised to approach this gathering with an “open eyes, open ears and an open mind” philosophy. I hope I succeeded in heeding said words of wisdom. Though I have attended/presented at conferences ranging from 20 to 20,000 participants over the years, none have pertained to travel and/or the industry itself. So, for me, this one was unique, very informative, suffered a small case of the hiccups (from which there was recovery) and was ultimately a rather sizeable success in my mind.

Support Passports with Purpose 2009

Passports with Purpose is back for another year, this time with the goal of raising $13,000 to build a school in rural Cambodia, through American Assistance for Cambodia.

Passports with Purpose, for those of you who haven’t heard of it, is an annual fundraiser organized by four travel bloggers: Debbie Dubrow of DeliciousBaby, Pam Mandel of Nerd’s Eye View, Michelle Duffy of WanderMom and Beth Whitman of Wanderlust and Lipstick. It works as a raffle, with travel bloggers sponsoring a prize which donors can nominate as their preferred prize.

Last year, the Passports with Purpose fundraiser raised $7,420 for Heifer International. With this year’s goal set at $13,000, the stakes have been raised.

99 of the Best Travel Blogs

Travel blogs are a dime a dozen these days. But finding the good ones, that’s the challenge. You know, the ones that inspire you with a burning desire to dust off your old suitcase, stuff it with some clothes and gadgets, and buy an open-ended ticket to somewhere far far away.

Those are the kinds of blogs we feature on TravelBlogs. And we’ve uncovered plenty of gems over the past few years. As TravelBlogs is about to feature its 100th blog, I thought it would be an appropriate time to stop and heap praise upon the 99 excellent travel blogs already featured.

The Best of TravelBlogs in 2008

2008 was a year of tremendous growth for TravelBlogs.com. If you’ve been following along for a while, you may have noticed a shift in focus around the middle of the year, as we started inviting the bloggers we feature to share their stories and advice in guest posts or panel discussions. As editor, I have enjoyed working behind the scenes, coming up with ideas and putting together some great – in my humble opinion – content.

With 2009 just around the corner, I thought I would share the 10 most popular articles on TravelBlogs in 2008.

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  • The Guy: I think Dave and Jodi raise some very valid points and they are consistent with my perceptions based on over...
  • Jay Daviot: Epic list! There are some great blogs there. Would love to see a few more blogs from photographers though...
  • John: I’ve always wanted to hitch hike across the USA.
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  • John: Great advice, I always buy charcoal tabs in case I get an upset tummy.
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