Please nominate your favorite travel blogging personality

Who’s your favorite travel blogger?

After voting on the top 12 Twitter personalities of 2012, let’s turn our attention to the people whose long-form writing, photography and videos captivate us.

You know who they are. Here’s your chance to tell the world.
Read more “Please nominate your favorite travel blogging personality”

How to find your adoring travel blogging audience (and keep it)

Editor’s note: This is part five of my series on becoming a successful travel blogger. Here’s the first one, the second one, the third one and the fourth one. I’ll have the final installment tomorrow.

You’re missing a key ingredient to your super-successful travel blog: your audience.

Notice that I said “your” audience. Not “an” audience or “the” audience. When you become a travel blogger, you will make a deep connection with your users that goes beyond anything you had in old media. These aren’t simply readers, viewers or listeners; they are members of your extended family.
Read more “How to find your adoring travel blogging audience (and keep it)”

So you wanna be a travel blogger? You can do it — here’s how

Editor’s note: Want to be a travel blogger? Almost every day, someone asks me how it’s done. So I’ve decided to spend the next week answering that question. Comments? Please send ’em along or leave one below.

You can launch a travel blog right now, in the time it takes to read this post.

But not so fast! Just like every house needs a blueprint, you don’t want to build without a plan.

The blogosphere is littered with great sites that started with passion and fanfare and then flamed out. Why? They had no foundation, no plan, and ultimately, no reason for being. You don’t want to become a statistic.

I can help.
Read more “So you wanna be a travel blogger? You can do it — here’s how”

The 11 best new travel blogs of 2011

Even though I vehemently deny this is a travel blog, or that I’m a travel blogger, I just can’t look away.

During the last few months, I’ve seen too many excellent new travel blogs arrive on the scene to stay quiet. I have to speak up.

Update: Here’s a list of 12 travel bloggers worth following in 2012 and 12 travel Twitter personalities you should follow in 2012. Also, please see update at the bottom of this post on the survey results.
Read more “The 11 best new travel blogs of 2011”

This is not a travel blog, it’s a …

Let me start by saying this isn’t my site, even though it bears my name. It’s yours.

Always was.

Without you, I would have moved on to the next thing a long time ago. But your interesting questions and lively comments keep this site going. They keep me going.

Thank you for an amazing 15 years as a consumer travel advocate.

I wanted to let you know about some important changes coming to your site, and I wanted you to hear it from me first.
Read more “This is not a travel blog, it’s a …”

11 travel blogs you should bookmark in 2011

Which 11 travel blogs should you bookmark next year?

To answer that question, I consulted my feed reader to find out which travel sites I visit most frequently. It’s a methodology I used for last year’s list, too.

Update: Here’s a list of 12 travel bloggers worth following in 2012 and 12 travel Twitter personalities you should follow in 2012.

(Related: Here are the best new travel blogs of 2011. I’ve also just launched a new travel blog of my own called Away is Home that’s worth checking out.)

This list shouldn’t be confused with my definitive list of travel blogs I like, although I happen to like all of these blogs. (That list is on the left side of this page — see “Friends”.) Nor should it be mistaken for your favorites.

By the way, if you’re not signed up for my RSS feed, you can do that right here.

Here we go:
Read more “11 travel blogs you should bookmark in 2011”

Top 10 travel blogs of 2010

Here are the top 10 travel blogs of 2010.

1. Gadling
2. Johnny Vagabond
3. Brave New Traveler
4. Airfare Watchdog
5. Consumer Traveler
6. BootsnAll
7. Legal Nomads
8. Everything Everywhere
9. The Middle Seat
10. World Hum
Read more “Top 10 travel blogs of 2010”

The other side of the Scottevest scandal: Did Jordan try to get his “beat the system” ad rejected?

It’s hard to find an airline blogger who hasn’t reported on the Scottevest scandal. Late last week, Delta Air Lines’ in-flight magazine turned down an ad for Scott Jordan’s jackets — an ad that offered a way to “beat the system” that requires air travelers pay for their checked bags.

Jordan has been aggressively pitching media, including me. Over the weekend, he left a message on my cell phone that promised “the backstory is more interesting than what’s been printed.” (See an updated comment from Jordan at the end of this interview.)

I was intrigued. Since Jordan has told his story to everyone already, I thought I’d try to get Delta’s side of the controversy. So far, the carrier has only issued terse rebuttals to Jordan’s claims, citing its policy of keeping business transactions confidential. I asked Marialice Harwood, publisher of Delta Sky Magazine, if she could fill in some of the gaps. Here’s our interview.

Can you give me the Reader’s Digest version of what happened?

On Wednesday of last week, our sales rep in New York received an inquiry from an agency, asking if they could get a page in the November issue of Sky. We asked if we could see the actual ad, which is standard when we have a new advertiser, and especially if we can’t tell what the ad is by the name.

We saw the ad, and we approved it.
Read more “The other side of the Scottevest scandal: Did Jordan try to get his “beat the system” ad rejected?”

Is the TSA inviting someone to leak its new security directive?

Talk about déjà vu. It’s a holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration releases a vague new security directive, but it won’t tell us what’s in it. People start talking. Next thing you know, a blogger has published the entire document on his site.

We’ve been there. Are we about to go there again?

The Department of Homeland Security released what it calls “new enhanced security measures” for air travelers this morning. In a prepared statement, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was as clear as mud about what it it all means.
Read more “Is the TSA inviting someone to leak its new security directive?”