Category Archives: Blogging

Travel Video: Luquillo, Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago I wrote about my friend and fellow travel blogger Maria Alexandra of and her quest to become the Chief World Explorer in the Jaunt Around the World contest by Jauntaroo.

Guess what?! Out of the 3000 applications, she is one of 50 semi-finalists. Thank you to everyone who voted after seeing her initial video and my post. 🙂

Watch Maria as she gives a thorough tour of Luquillo, a tropical beach town and the Sun Capital of the World, in her native Puerto Rico.

Click on the RED LIKE button on her official semi-finalist entry page to show your support and help her to continue living out her dreams. They will be selecting five finalists next.

Continued success Maria!

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

**You may VOTE/LIKE her video every 24 hours from every browser you got. So if you have Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer, you may vote from each every day, for a total of 3 DAILY VOTES 😉

Go get em Maria Alexandra of!

My friend Maria Alexandra, a fellow travel blogger at, has traveled and lived around the world. Getting to know her through travel chats and hanging out in person I have come to love the unique passion she has for travel and in seeing and experiencing everything the world has to offer.

Right now she is trying to become the Chief World Explorer in the Jaunt Around the World contest by Jauntaroo. What an unbelievable opportunity. Her video entry below shows off that unique passion from volunteering and exploring local cultures to zip lining in the Caribbean and cruising down the Nile.

Check out her official entry page. Click on the RED LIKE button to show your support and help her to continue living out her dreams.

Go get em Maria Alexandra!

You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.

**You may VOTE/LIKE her video every 24 hours from every browser you got ’til OCT 1. So if you have Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer, you may vote from each every day, for a total of 3 DAILY VOTES 😉

My First #TBEX Experience.

My first TBEX or travel conference of any kind is in the books. The weekend went so fast. Tours, sessions, interviews, parties, coffee shop and neighborhood exploration, it was an action-packed non-stop weekend of fun and learning.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TBEX, Metro Toronto Convention Centre

It was exciting to see the amount of people whether it be PR professionals, people representing destinations and brands or fellow travel bloggers. Over 1300 people who share a passion for travel came together!

Everyone loves travel so of course a lot of the weekend would involve tours and sightseeing. I didn’t take a formal tour, but spent the first day in Toronto, roaming the city with Karla of Travelersoul76, Yishyene of Small Crazy and Mark of Mark’s Travel Journal. Mark was a local and Karla lived her before so it was great getting their insider tips on what to see as well as all of us discovering new things. We walked from the heart of downtown to St. Lawrence Market and the Distillery District also snapping photos of everything in between.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TBEX, Distillery District

Earlier, Karla even was so nice as to pick me up at Union Station to help get me acclimated to the city, with some Dark Horse Coffee along for the ride.

Lots of talking and hanging out with travel bloggers and other people in the industry with different interests and travel niches and writing and photo taking styles. It was great putting faces to the avatar or Twitter handle. 🙂 A silly pose by Karla, Lance, myself, Jill, Maria and Mike.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TBEX, credit Nomadic Texan

At the official parties of the conference at Roy Thomson Hall and the Toronto Islands, was great scenery, food, drinks and mingling. It was cool when someone recognized me. They usually asked what coffee stops I’ve made or planned on making while here haha. 🙂

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TBEX

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TBEX

Did I mention the great scenery at the parties?! The Expedia Party on the Toronto Islands had arguably the best skyline views I’d ever seen. People took turns mingling, just staring at Toronto, while others were getting ready to photograph the Toronto skyline as it became all lit up.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Expedia TBEX Party, Toronto Islands

Even an official after party lead to more great eats, drinks and conversations with the likes of Lauren of where in the world is lola? and Derek of The HoliDaze.

The conference itself was a mix of informative sessions that provided tips on SEO, social media tools, writing, press trips, making money and more. Even the smallest of tips caught the eye, realizing how much effect each one could have. For example Ian Cleary said to schedule out the same blog posts over-and-over again on Hootsuite using different words each time.

The two days also provided the opportunity for travel bloggers to talk with people representing destinations and brands through speed dating and an open market place. I didn’t take part in the former, but engaged several companies and destinations at their booths and during the market place.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, TBEX

It’s exciting to see what everyone in this niche is up to and where it’s going. After one week I’m still analyzing everything, looking through business cards, thinking about opportunities and where I can take my passion for travel, writing and photography going forward. I hope to attend more conferences and have more meetups with fellow travel bloggers in the future. It’s an experience that will always be on my mind as I’m drinking coffee out on the open road. 🙂

TBEX Canada: My First Travel Conference.

A couple of weeks to go until my first travel blogger conference, TBEX Canada in Toronto. Excited does not begin to describe it. I will be traveling for starters, taking the train, VIA Rail Canada, in to town in style. I have met some fellow travel bloggers in person, but this will take it to another level. Having the chance to meet, talk, hangout with and see Toronto with other travellers I have connected with online is unbelievable.

Join me at TBEX

Business cards and a media kit will be along for ride as well as an outgoing and upbeat attitude ready to learn from some of the best in the industry. I’ll soak in as much as I can. If I have the chance, giving an idea or tip to someone would be cool too. business card

Besides travel blogging, I also do web development professionally which takes up a lot of my time. Mornings, evenings, weekends, vacation days, working remotely, wherever I can squeeze some time in, I enjoy what I am truly passionate about, traveling. I’m good at the web dev and pick up technology quickly, but my heart is in writing, photography and being out on the open road experiencing everything this world has to offer. Who knows what this trip will do in turns of The Adventures of elATLboy. I’m ready to find out!

Blogging: There’s A First Time for Everything.

There’s a first time for everything. Many of you just received a blog post that I just started working on. I accidentally hit the publish button. 😦

Out of panicking and not knowing what to do, I immediately deleted the post. I quickly realized that even thought it’s gone out of my list of posts, it still went out to everyone who subscribes to my blog. I apologize to all of you. Thank you for following my journeys. 🙂

In hindsight I should have just finished it and hit update. As with anything, you learn something new everyday. I should put some safe guards in place to make sure I don’t accidentally do this again.

Any recommendations for a or .org blog? Any blogger horror stories you’d like to share and how you dealt with?