The Bestest: My Favorite Travel Bloggers

One of the best things about moving into the travel blogging world is meeting so many wonderful fellow travelers.

I recently spent time in Huntsville, Alabama at the TBEX conference: a place where travel bloggers meet, share information, learn, and network — both with one another, and with travel bureaus, companies, and destinations.

Huntsville, Alabama, really went all out for the travel bloggers at the TBEX conference in May 2017. Swing orchestra, drinks, and dinner under the Apollo rocket at the Davidson Rocket Center. Photograph, Ann Fisher.
Huntsville, Alabama, really went all out for the travel bloggers at the TBEX conference in May 2017. Swing orchestra, drinks, and dinner under the Apollo rocket at the Davidson Rocket Center. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

I loved TBEX! And who wouldn’t? Meeting other travelers focused on writing and photography was wonderful, and the city of Huntsville rolled out the red carpet for us. One amazing event that week — the reception at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center — with dinner and swing music under the Apollo rocket.


As I get to know more people engaged in travel writing, this article will become a growing, evergreen list of my favorite bloggers, listed in alphabetical order.

Pat Wetzel does the Cancer Road Trip.

Cancer Road Trip

CancerRoadTrip, a mission for health and healing, is part travel blog, part inspiration. As a blog, it explores healing and adventure in different cultures. For inspiration, we plan to give healing journeys to others.

Follow #CancerRoadTrip, and the journey of one woman (and her friends) as they forge forwards, even in the face of cancer. Laugh, explore, cry. Join us: It’s a very human journey.

Great starting point to “hook in” to this blog? Find out about Pat’s cross-country trip with her sail plane Whiskey Oscar by reading Pat’s post on Adventure (summary): I am always up for a bit of adventure. I think it comes from my childhood. I travelled extensively with my parents. I found myself in cities where I didn’t speak the language, sometimes without an adult. 

Pat Wetzel and I are planning a joint Florida road trip for fall 2017. Look out! I see fine times and adventures ahead!

Jenn and Ed Coleman of Coleman Concierge.
Jenn and Ed Coleman of Coleman Concierge.

Coleman Concierge

Hi! We are Jenn and Ed, aka Coleman Concierge. Let us serve as your guide to inspire you to get out, expand your world, and to seek adventure in all its forms. Currently, home is on the beach in Southern California, but we have lived all over the deserts and mountains of the Western United States.  Told with our unique perspective and personality, our site will provide tools and tips for you to experience heightened adventure in your own life. –– Ed and Jennifer Coleman

Just after I met Jenn and Ed, they headed off for a Tennessee adventure, in and around the city of Chattanooga. Start with their trip overview, that has links to focused articles, like their visit to Ruby Falls in Lookout Mountain cave. Loved the cave picts! Chillin’ in Chattanooga – the Guide to Good Times  (summary): Do you know the dixie dynamo city where cotton meets corn that’s the birthplace of tow trucks? It’s none other than Chattanooga Tennessee. Situated on the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, it’s the gateway to the mountains for much of the Southeast.


Luggage Drawing for Email Subscribers

Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 21 Inch Express Spinner Suiter
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 21 Inch Express Spinner Suiter

I’m pleased to announce a second quarter give-away for my email subscribers in the USA and Canada. Thank you for following my travels and my writing! 

My July 2017 drawing will be for a Travelpro Platinum Magna 21 inch Spinner suitcase. Travelpro has a great reputation for making quality luggage, and I’ve chosen it because, hey, I’d enjoy having it this bag.

What do you need to do to enter?

Simply be an email subscriber to my blog: either via the bright green button below, or by clicking Follow Ann Via Email in the sidebar to the right. What’s the difference between the two? The green “subscribe” button will put you on Mail Chimp list, which I’ll email once a month. Follow Ann Via Email is a WordPress email list which automatically gets an email whenever I post a new article.

WordPress Reader followers will not be included in this drawing. Why not? As I move towards earning money from my life and travel blog, the email following is an important metric for me.

Already an email subscriber? Great — then you don’t need to do anything :-), you’re entered.

I typically publish posts four times a month, so don’t worry, you won’t get over-emailed. Also, I will never sell or give away my email list, and of course, you may unsubscribe at any time.

When is the drawing?

Promotion ends Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. (Central Time (US & Canada)). I’ll conduct a random drawing and notify the winner via email within two weeks of the end of the drawing. Once I’ve heard back from the winner, have a mailing address, and have shipped the Travelpro spinner via Amazon, I’ll publish a blog post announcing the winner. If I do not hear back from the winner within a few days of my email, I will re-draw. See official contest rules for full information. Travelpro contest rules.

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Ann in Castolon in Big Bend National Park. Photograph, Jim Stevens

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