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    British Columbia,  Canada

    Made in BC: A Context Travel Review

    After being out of town on three back-to-back holidays, yesterday I decided to play tourist in my hometown of Vancouver, and join the  Context Travel “Made in BC Culinary Stroll” of historic Granville Island. As much as I love a freshly stamped passport, there’s something so rewarding about experiencing my city like it’s the first time, especially when it involves local food! Who is Context Travel? If tours are not your thing, but intimate and experiential travel is, Context is perfect for you. These are not tours so much as they are walking seminars, led by experts in their field of choice. The idea is to engage travelers in a discussion…

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    TBEX 2016 – A Travel Video

    If you’ve been following me on the blog, Twitter or Instagram, you know I’ve just returned from TBEX 2016 down in Minneapolis. Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), is world’s largest conference for travel bloggers, travel brands, tourism boards, and media content creators. There are three conferences in total, each occurring once a year, attracting anywhere from 600 – 1500 people! And because the TBEX conferences don’t run simultaneously, you have the option of attending TBEX in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. My 2016 goal for this blog was to take it to the next level. And to me, that meant educating myself about the business of blogging. While I have attended travel conferences…

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    Travel,  USA

    Midwest Murder & Mayhem: A Wabasha Street Caves Experience

    John Dillinger, Ma Barker, Alvin ‘Creepy’ Karpis, these are just a handful of the infamous names you’ll hear on the Wabasha Street Caves tour in Saint Paul Minnesota. It’s hard to believe that this seemingly sleepy town was once a hotbed for bootleggers, thieves and murderers, but after spending three hours with the Wabasha Street gang, you’ll be swooped up into a stranger-than-fiction tale of love, intrigue murder and corruption. My journey of intrigue began with a walking tour of the Wabasha Street Caves site. Dating back to the 1840’s, located some 100 feet below the streets of Saint Paul, these man-made, sandstone caves were originally mined for silica (used for…

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    Why Every Travel Blogger Should Attend TBEX

    Every travel blogger should attend TBEX, and believe me, I never thought I’d be saying that about a travel conference. I had no clue what TBEX was until this past April when I was hit with a mean case of writer’s block. I turned to social media for some inspiration, and while swiping through my Twitter feed, I came across a post on upcoming travel blogging conferences from a favourite follower of mine, Laura (@GrassrootsNomad). I read through the various options, double-checked my calendar and settled on TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange), the largest networking conference for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, media creators and travel brands. With some encouragement from Laura, I snagged a conference ticket, booked…