Monthly Archives: June 2012

Photo Essay : Lord Howe Island

Posted by on June 15, 2012

Lord Howe Island might just be the most beautiful place on Earth. If not, it is certainly in the running. Home of the world’s southernmost coral reef it is located almost 500 miles off the eastern coast of Australia, Lord Howe is a little visited part of New South Wales. To give you an idea of how special the island is, only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time and there is no mobile phone service anywhere on the island. The islanders have chosen to keep it turned off. It is a place where people introduce themselves as a 3rd or 4th generation islander and everyone knows everyone else.

Getting to Lord Howe is not easy. The only transportation is small propeller plane and the tickets are rather expensive. Nonetheless, it should be on your list of places to visit if you are ever in Australia. Of the few travelers I know who have visited, all have listed Lord Howe as one of their favorite places.


Win a Scottevest Phoebe Dress!

Posted by on June 12, 2012

Guys aren’t the only ones that can use extra storage space for their travels. Women need pockets too! Fortunately our sponsor Scottevest has really expanded their women’s clothing offerings over the last few months allowing you to dress like a traveler and not a “tourist”.

If you are traveling to a cold weather destination, you can check out the new Kelly jacket. It’s basically a transformer jacket with a slimmer cut for women. It converts from jacket to vest in seconds through the power of magnets. What is incredible is not how easy the sleeves come off, it is how easy they snap back into place whey you put them on. It is almost like magic.

But if you are heading to a warmer destination this summer, you can try the new Phoebe dress – Scottevest’s first clothing option with a skirt! It is available in three colors and two lengths, and we are giving away TWO!

There are several ways to enter. Just fill out the instructions in the widget below. A winner will be selected on June 19th. Contest is open only to residents of the US or Canada.

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Monday Travel Update – Going to TBEX Colorado Edition

Posted by on June 11, 2012

After a little more than two weeks in Wisconsin catching up on my photo editing, I’m off on the road again. I’ve whittled my backlog of photos from over 10,000 to less than 1,000.

Today I’m off to Denver for the annual TBEX travel blogger conference. It is sort of the highlight of the year on the travel blogging calendar. I’ll be in Denver till Friday meeting with the folks at G Adventures before heading to Keystone on Friday where the actual conference is taking place.

On Friday I will be doing a live episode of This Week In Travel. Myself and my co-hosts Chris Christensen and Jen Leo will be recording from 5-8pm EDT (2-5pm PDT) and we will be providing a live stream of the show. I will be posting a link here on the blog/Facebook/Twitter just before the stream begins if you would like to listen in. We will be interviewing a host of people from the world of travel who will be attending. We did something similar last year in Vancouver and we had a great time.

On Saturday I will be speaking on a pannel with Deb and Dave from about how bloggers can work with brands. (more…)