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Travel Find Tuesday: Are We Losing the Moment by Capturing the Moment?

5 Jun

I can’t help but wonder that when I look at this video of a couple during their vacation to Spain and Morocco. It’s a beautiful video, don’t get me wrong but…

By always being behind the lens are we forgetting what’s in front of us?

I struggle with this constantly because I work in social media in the travel industry. It’s also really difficult to turn off the gadgets in downtime. I think that’s why it’s so important to unplug and actually have a vacation. Actually, I’m seeing this trend with a few travel bloggers right now and I wonder if it will continue. I don’t think we’ll (“we” as in “travel bloggers” or people in social media as one subset; there’s also the “workaholic” subset as well) ever be able to completely “turn off” but at least living may lead to a better story and less a montage of photos.

So I vow this: one day during my trip in downtime to Portland and San Francisco, I am not going to be on the computer  at all (Twitter, Facebook, blog,the shebang). I’ll even turn off my phone. Gasp!  I can’t promise I won’t take photos. That might be hard. But except for my digital camera for one day, I will not be on any computer  Deal?

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#FriFotos: Earth Day

20 Apr

To be honest, I didn’t think I’d have enough material for this week’s Fri Fotos. I don’t work for a recognizable pro-environment company. I’m not one of those gung-ho enivronmental evangelists nor do I need to laud it over people’s heads. But I do what I can with what I’m aware of. (If that makes any grammatical sense whatsoever.)  My dad taught me to turn off the lights and he always used to chastise me about it and saving energy in that simple sense became a habit. Now when I see other people leave the lights on at unnecessary times, I get annoyed and always turn off the light. I recycle. I’m a good citizen. I won the environmental challenge in Grade 8. They even gave me a pretty certificate. Does this count?

But seriously, how in the h-e-to-double-hockey-sticks can I be a better traveler in that sense? Right now I don’t have the time to do a voluntourism type of vacation or take a few months to save the children in Africa. Sorry, not trying to sound sarcastic here but I would love to hear your tips. Here are a few photos I came up with.

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#FriFotos: Spring!

22 Mar

Spring is...smelling the flowers. Wychwood Barns, Toronto.

It is spring! And in Toronto, the sun is OUT. The locals are hoping this lasts for a while (we’re hoping the rain is minimal!). Here are my interpretations of spring from Near and Afar.

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Win a Travelocity Roaming Gnome Part TWO!

15 Mar

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Update March 27: The winner of the Hawaiian Roaming Gnome is MARIE ELENA MARTINEZ for her VERY helpful suggestions on planning Buenos Aires. Thank you all for participating!

As you may know from my travels, that I love me my Travelocity Roaming Gnome.
As explained in the first contest I had to win him, he’s a great little travel companion.

The winner who left some very detailed comments (and more than one) was JENNY SERWYLO. Congrats Jenny! And thank you to all of you who have left me some really great comments (contest or no contest).  Continue reading

Contest Time: Win a Travelocity Roaming Gnome!

27 Feb

My homie, Gnomie.

Let’s tell a story, shall we?

So. Exactly a year ago, I was in San Francisco (an amazing trip that I won). From there, through the powers of Twitter I was able to go to a Travelocity tweetup and sip gnome-tinis and get my very own Travelocity Roaming Gnome.

Their marketing is quite genius and let me tell you, that roaming gnome was the perfect travel companion and ice breaker. It made for so many great travel photos and memories and put my creativity to the test on the road. Love! Continue reading

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