TBEX 2014 Cancun, Mexico

TBEX 2014 Cancun, Mexico – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Posted by | Blogging, Entrepreneur, Social Media, TBEX | 38 Comments

There are high points in your career that anyone who does something long enough will recognize as turning points. Completing a difficult degree. Earning your first promotion. Landing that dream job. Earning your first published piece with a respected publishing outlet. Landing your first sponsored gig…and then getting to the point where your sponsorships continue to roll in. And for those of you who are in the blogging world, getting an invite to speak at the TBEX travel blog convention is up there on the list.

So for me, personally, it was a definite high point of the year to receive my invitation to speak at the convention as one of the featured speakers covering a session on day one just after the opening keynote on advanced Facebook marketing and management tactics, as well as being able to cover a pair of blog posts for them on Cancun beyond the Hotel Zone and its numerous parks and plazas. But even though the event itself was another notch on the belt in an already adventure-packed series of gigs and opportunities in the past few years, I would be remiss if I didn’t cover both sides of the coin. Read More


Kicking Off Our Travel Blog Boot Camp In Palenque, Mexico

Posted by | adventure tours, Blogging, Destination Freedom, Entrepreneur, Mexico, Palenque, travel blog boot camp | 2 Comments

It’s been awfully quiet around here at the blog. You know why :) We’ve been busy with numerous other projects…the Spanish language product launch + Facebook page and blogging…the Saga of Lucimia MMORPG development team I’m heading….finishing up my TBEX presentation (I’m speaking on the first day; see the schedule here) on advanced Facebook marketing….and then there’s our travel blog boot camp, which kicks off Monday, August 25th and runs through until the 29th. Read More

Latin America

Doing Business In Latin America

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Any time you get into the business side of dealing with another country, you’ll find that things vary dramatically from the way things work in your home country. If there’s one mistake I see bloggers and travelers coming into Latin America make, it’s the #1 mistake in the book: a lack of know-how in navigating cultural differences and the assumption that it will work just like it does in <insert home country/primary audience here>.

What works back home or for your English/French/German/Insert-Favorite-Language-Here audience doesn’t necessarily translate into the Latin way of doing things. And if you plan on making any sort of deals here in Latin America, you are going to have to unlearn everything you think you know about business…because it doesn’t apply.  Read More


Life on the Road – The Business of Travel Blogging

Posted by | Blogging, Entrepreneur, Live Like a Local, Writing | 2 Comments

Is finally here!

After three months of hard work, we’re finally publishing our latest book: Life on the Road – The Business of Travel Blogging.

Forget the Photoshopped and filtered photos and videos that show up as the final result in blog posts. These are the nuts and bolts of blogging that are normally completely behind the scenes; the 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. grind, the morning edits, emails, social media routines, article planning, drafting, editing, photo shoots, planning for video shoots, mosquitoes and sweaty jungle-crawling, blisters from riding a pack-mule through the mountains for three days, scheduling, nightmare rides at night in rickety vans through the mountains, proposals, press tours, press kits, meetings, presentations, negotiations, film shoots, editing film and photos, cutting and splicing, processing and uploading, sharing and networking, public relations and beyond. Read More

Life on the Road Mini

Life on the Road: The Business of Travel Blogging – A Preview

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Since the start of December I’ve been working on producing a 12-part YouTube + blog series for International Travel Writers called, simply, The Life on the Road. The intent was to show some of the behind-the-scenes aspects of running a travel blog. The 12 episodes serve as the foundation layer of our next publication, due out in mid-March: The Business of Travel Blogging. 

You’ve also seen me covering the same topic here at the Marginal Boundaries blog since December, with posts such as Building a Brand – Hobby Blogging Versus Profit BloggingThe Business Side of Travel Blogging, and my interview over at Tim Leffel’s Travel Writing 2.0 website. Since the release of the book is just around the corner I wanted to give you all a preview of what you can expect to see in the final book, which is being dual-published in English and Spanish.  Read More