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A Couple Dozen Random & Fun Facts About Me

Hello friends and followers! Recently reading some random and fun fact posts from other travel bloggers, I’d thought it would be cool to share some random and fun facts about me. I write mostly about travel and coffee as many of you know, which is highlighted of course some below. The goal though is to also show who I am outside of this blog. Well without further ado.

  1. I like to cook. Stuffed peppers, Filipino corned beef hash, sweet fried rice, bacon wrapped anything on the grill and no bake cool-whip pumpkin pie are just a few of my favorite things to make.
  2. Random and fun facts about me, grilling wrapping everything in bacon
  3. My favorite vegetable is the onion. I cry some when cutting them up. It’s because they are so beautiful.
  4. My favorite ice cream flavor would be cookies and cream (wait not coffee!).
  5. My favorite drink has varied from time-to-time. Right now I’d say a basic whiskey and coke, preferably made with Canadian Club.
  6. Ok I’ll admit I enjoy the colorful, fruity, good-looking cocktails you find at bars as well. A pumpkin spiced martini? You bet.
  7. Growing I was hooked to the Sci-Fi television show, Sliders.
  8. I listen to a lot of Metallica. Of course that would be prominent on a road trip playlist.
  9. My favorite color is blue.
  10. About me elATLboy - along blue Lake Michigan with blue skies above
  11. Got to pay the bills right? By day I am in the IT, web development and e-commerce world. When I’m working at the coffee shop, it’s not all photo processing and trip daydreaming. I’m working on WordPress, PHP and solving computer issues.
  12. I love, love, love coffee even more than I let on. I probably drink too much of it on a daily basis.
  13. I have a little toddler running around at home who is my favorite person in the whole world, along with the love of my life. I can’t wait to take him on the road with me. The coffee will have to wait haha.
  14. Random and fun facts about me, my little man
  15. It’s PC with me not Apple, Samsung Galaxy not the iPhone.
  16. Before the Internet became a thing I got excited as a kid every week waiting for that next addition of Sports Illustrated to come in the mail.
  17. I wanted to be weatherman growing up. My favorite TV channel is the Weather Channel which is what you will find on in the morning as I am having my first coffee.
  18. Favorite place I have been to -> New Zealand. Need I say more?!
  19. I have one younger brother who experiences New Zealand every day, as he lives there full-time.
  20. I was extremely shy as a kid. I’ve become more extroverted as an adult. You’ll even find me mingling with sheep.
  21. About Me elATLboy, mingling with sheep in New Zealand
  22. My favorite cities are Atlanta (hence the ATL part in my name), San Francisco and Chicago.
  23. ATL is in the name, but I spend the majority of my time now in Michigan. I return to Atlanta as often as I can.
  24. I love pizza. I could eat it every day. The more toppings the better!
  25. My favorite movie(s) is The Back to the Future trilogy.
  26. I love being on the road, but what makes for a great evening now days is lying low and spending it with my family.
  27. What’s at the top of the travel bucket list? I’d say Seattle. Why? One publication says they have 1,692 coffee shops. I’d try to explore them all!
  28. Since I was a kid, the Denver Broncos have been my favorite professional sports team. I grew up idiolizing John Elway and have travelled to see them play in several stadiums.
  29. About Me elATLboy - watching the Denver Broncos play the Detroit Lions at Ford Field

I hope you enjoyed getting to know me a little better.

Cheers!
Aaron

Travel Video: Luquillo, Puerto Rico

A few weeks ago I wrote about my friend and fellow travel blogger Maria Alexandra of latinAbroad.com 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 latinAbroad.com!

My friend Maria Alexandra, a fellow travel blogger at latinAbroad.com, 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. 🙂