TO GUIDE OR NOT TO GUIDE? What You Get (& Don’t Get) with Organized Travel Experiences

Food tours, street art tours, cooking classes, architecture tours, pottery making, ghost tours, yoga with a view, literary tours, ruins pub crawls, photo tours, sketching classes, fashion tours. There is a smorgasbord of thematic experiences on offer in every corner of the world. Websites like AirBnB and WithLocals make these activities a purview of not…

WHAT’S YOUR TOURISM SLOGAN?

Let’s talk:   The folks from Family Break Finder, a UK travel service, have put together a map of every country’s tourism slogan (go here to see the entire slogan list in alphabetical order by country). To me this is totally fascinating from both a travel perspective and international communications perspective. How does a country see…

DO TRAVEL INFLUENCERS REALLY INFLUENCE TRAVEL?

Do travel blogs actually influence travel decisions and drive income to destinations and services? There are many ways in which travel blogs are monetized: website advertising, affiliate sales, sponsored content, press trips and external travel writing or photography engagements among them. To be hired, a blogger has to prove their worth, which usually comes down to…

TRAVEL DREAMING

This is not a post about my “Bucket List.” Oh how I hate the use of this term by travel bloggers*. You guys do know what it means, right? Things to do before you “kick the bucket.” Before YOU DIE. Which, barring a tragic accident, is about half a century away for most of you.…