Just a brief post today explaining what I have been up to in the last few weeks, which goes hand-in-hand as an explanation for why I haven’t been doing any posting here for the last few weeks.
I am back in London, which as you may recall is a comfortable place for me. Although right now I am sitting here with a cold, in the cold, and thinking that the comfortable place portion of the U.K. may be more of a summertime thing.
So, I was in London for a rather major travel conference last week, World Travel Market. Yes, I was supposed to be in South Africa, but I had a little travel glitch there (I’ll be talking about it more in my newsletter, along with other news if you’d like to subscribe and check it out later this week).
World Travel Market, otherwise know as WTM, is a rather large travel conference bringing together tourism boards from around the world with tour companies and others, increasingly including a larger and larger dose of travel bloggers looking to strike up business opportunities.
I was there with Ayngelina of Bacon is Magic to talk to a couple dozen people about working with our new joint travel blogging concept, Navigate Media Group. A few months ago, nine full-time travel bloggers formed up that group to see about the possibilities of doing some collaborative travel blogging and marketing projects. WTM was one of the conferences where we talked to a number of destinations and companies about the possibility of working with us.
Bottom line — this concept is being received rather nicely. What that means for you, my loyal readers, is that I’m liking going to be doing some travel in the next year that I wasn’t originally planning on, but that I’m positive will be worth following along on this site, my newsletter, and a few other places I am going to be writing for.
Exciting times are afoot.
One project I can tell you about, after a few months of secrecy, is that the Navigate Media Group is working with Samsung Mobile all this month. We all have been given the new Samsung Galaxy SIII phones to test out and try all month, and in fact, I’ve had mine for a few months.
I am truly impressed with the camera on this phone.
I’m not sure I have actually taken my Nikon DSLR out of my backpack in the couple months I have now been using the Galaxy SIII. For sure, I will still be using it to do my time-lapse photography, but for 80-90% of the photos that I need to publish on the web, this Galaxy SIII camera is pretty effective… and a lot easier to carry around.
Next week I will be headed to the South Tyrol region of Italy on behalf the wonderful folks at Samsung. In a bit of a different twist on my normals travels, I decided that I am going to do a bit of luxury spa travel in that area of the world.
I’ve been working pretty hard this year and I deserve it. Well, I think I deserve it, so I’m going to indulge.