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…

TRAVEL READS – September 2016

So yes, I seem to have skipped right over summer, during which I had managed to pop by London (and Windsor), Paris (first time in 13 years!), Brussels and the Alsace region of France. But most of my free time was spent hopping across the beautiful countryside around Moscow. Please enjoy my IG illustration of those weekend getaways, along with…

TRAVEL READS – May 2016

Another month of not writing… but I feel like I might be getting closer to that mental place where I might write again, soon? Will June bring the magic? We shall see. But for now, have yourself some good reads, with my Instagram round-up of Spring finally coming to Moscow:  Ever since Russia and South Korea…

TRAVEL READS – April 2016

Perhaps a couple of you have noticed that I haven’t blogged much for the last, six months, but I haven’t fully disappeared into the abyss — just fallen through a wormhole and now trying to climb out. In the meantime, here are some good reads that have kept me tethered to the world of travel (oh,…

ON THE INFLUENCE OF TRAVEL BLOGS: A CASE STUDY IN SELF

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…

STRANGE NEW FOODS I TRIED IN GERMANY

One of my favorite things to do while traveling is trying weird local foods, especially the kind of stuff I can’t get in Moscow or New York or London. I might not always love what I’m eating, but I always have fun experimenting. Here’s what German exploration (which apparantly was so fun that I forgot to take…

BEST THINGS I ATE IN GERMANY

Food in Germany surprised me. I didn’t take to the things I purposely came to eat and I loved some really unexpected dishes. I chased salads and wine instead of my beloved beer and sausage. Here’s what clicked — and what didn’t. Best Things I Ate In Germany Stawberry-Mozarella-Chicken Salad Hands down the best meal I had in…