Yesterday, Liam and I spent the day hanging out with travel bloggers at Travel Blog Exchange ’09 (TBEX). For us, it meant a day full of insightful conversations about travel and blogging that ended with our heads are spinning with ways to improve the Irish Fireside.
For you, it means we have several new resources to share. For starters:
Michelle Duffy – www.wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/wandermom – This Ireland native now lives in the US with her family and is author of Traveling With Kids. I’m sure if we ask her nicely, she’ll join use here at the Irish Fireside and share some tips about traveling the Emerald Isle with kids in tow.
Heather Poole – www.gadling.com/bloggers/heather-poole and www.HeatherPoole.com – This flight attendant and blogger has been crowned the unofficial spokesperson for Laviators (a term she coined for people who take photos of themselves in airplane bathrooms = Lavatory + Aviator). Don’t start thinking this is some perverse fetish. Heather’s post lays it all out for you… it’s like the Mile High Club only completely G-Rated. On your next flight to Dublin or Shannon, don’t be surprised when you find yourself wondering which passengers might be Laviators… or, better yet, end up taking your own camera into the bathroom with you. We won’t tell the folks at Aer Lingus 😉
www.travelpod.com – TravelPod provides a site where anyone can start a blog about travel without having to know all that techie stuff. Poking around the site, we already found a few posts about Ireland we want to pass along – Thehills visit Dingle and Zento attempts to cover Irish history. They’ve also some travel forums that may come in handy when planning your next trip.
www.BootsnAll.com – The BootnAll Travel Network has an entire collection of articles about Ireland just waiting for you and your comments. Our favorites include one on Gaelic Football and another travellog called Don’t Eat the Sheep. BootnAll also has overview info for each country and forums.
www.tbexroadtrip.com – To get a sense of the type of people were were hanging out with you can check out the group of bloggers who made a roadtrip from Seattle to Chicago to be with us.
We also scored some great goodie bags courtesy of TBEX and their friends and sponsors, as well as from www.MomMost.Traveled.com. As is the Irish Fireside tradition, we’re giving it away to our readers and listeners (except for the backpacks… we like them and can’t afford the postage to send bigger items like that). I’ll sort through the bounty and see what we can add to the giveaway list by Wednesday.
Remember, more interaction = more chances to win, so keep commenting on the blog, Facebook and YouTube and keep retweeting & mentioning us on Twitter.
Hat’s off to the crew at www.travelblogexchange.com for an excellent conference.