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Best Of The Rest – The Weekly Roundup

by Tony · 6 comments

Food and wine in Umbria

Kash leads Ali and Heather in a toast to Umbria

After a ridiculous 8 days in Umbria, Italy, most of which was spent learning, eating, and drinking at the Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU) conference, we are finally recovering. We met some tremendous people who taught us a great deal and inspired us even more.

So while my belly, liver, and brain are in full detox mode, let me introduce you to a few excellent articles written by some of the extraordinary people we met while at TBU:

  • Kate gets first mention because she emphatically told us to go to TBU way back in Boston before we had even left to start our adventure. She also introduced us to Cinemagram on her iPhone… which just might be the gateway app that finally forces us to buy one. Check out how closely she listens to her readers as she visits Madrid for a day based on the outcry by her earlier comments saying she wouldn’t have time.
  • Jodi is a former Canadian lawyer that has been traveling for 4 years. Have you ever met a Canadian you didn’t like? Neither have I and Jodi was no exception. She was just lucky that I had yet to read about her interview with Scott Jordan, a co-founder of ScotteVest, when we met. I am a ridiculous fan and am usually wearing my ScotteVest pants and Jacket around like a uniform. This guy is a genius and the pants are pickpocket proof!
  • Brooke is fantastic, although possibly a little too sympathetic towards Meg for having to deal with my ridiculousness, and so is Pat, who has just the right amount of ridiculousness in my opinion. She had the perfect article for us NOT to share with my parents who are meeting us in Istanbul in June… something to do with bad weather, bad driving, and hoping to stay alive.
  • Kash from BudgetTraveller is enormously fun and always making sure times are good. He is also at the start of a fantastic project trying to chronicle the top luxury hostels, something that is beyond perfect for a couple traveling together.
  • Akila is endlessly enthusiastic about travel and dogs… how could we not like her? Just check out this mind-bendingly good article on Truffles and the truffle hunt she went on. Did you know truffle hunting dogs eat up to 5 grams of truffle a day? Put a collar on me and sign me up!
  • I love Elin, I love the name of her blog, and I love everything she is about. Traveling slow and eating slow food. If working in a food safety lab all day didn’t make Elin fearful of germs and wary of food, nothing will! Check out her awesome recipe for Thai Lentil Balls.
  • As someone who studied entrepreneurism in college and dreams of having my own business, Janice is beyond inspirational. Having already started, grown, and sold a previous business, Janice is now following her passion for travel and sharing it beautifully with others. You have heard me say it many times before, but travel now because you never know what later might bring. Read how Janice dealt with her stay or go-travel decision and why she has no regrets.
  • Kirsten is the iPhone queen and someone that just kicks ass. Check out her awesome iPhoneography and beautiful writing on her website where she is able to do things like turn one little quote that caught her eye, “someday this pain will be useful to you,” into something super inspirational.
  • What about Ali? No big deal… just someone that looks at one of her fears and decides to do exactly that! She has a fear of the open ocean and the things that live in it, but that did not stop her from swimming with Whale Sharks. That just got added to my travel to-do list!

About Tony
Quit his job to try actually following his dreams for once... and is currently loving it. He is working hard to to make this life-style permanent by writing about his adventures and brainstorming money making opportunities with his partner-in-crime, Meg.

Kirsten April 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

Awh man, you two rock. Thank you soo much for the sweet mention. It was a supreme pleasure to meet you both at TBU but even more so to get to travel with you and get to know you better on the blog trip.

I hope our physical paths cross again one day and I wish you two the very best of life on the road. XOXO

Tony April 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

Thanks so much, Kirsten! If we don’t see you out on the road, maybe back in NYC in 2013? We love the city and my sister moved there so we have tons of excuses to go!

Magz April 29, 2012 at 11:27 am

Truffle hunting dogs?!??!!? I’m shocked my amazement. I NEED.

Tony April 29, 2012 at 11:56 am

Yeah… and wait for the dogs we are going to show you next week. ENORMOUS chocolate labs that we met at this farm that were unbelievably awesome… you’re gonna freak out!

Akila May 1, 2012 at 5:16 am

Awww, you guys are the best! Thank you —- had such a blast meeting you both and hanging out with Group 1. Group 1 is number 1! I’m still working on my email to you about Istanbul because I’ve got a few more places to try in the next few days that are supposed to be super veg friendly but, either way, I definitely want us to meet up again! :)

Tony May 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

GROUP 1 IS #1!!! Thanks so much for giving us a mini to do list for our Istanbul trip. I know my parents will love some good veggie recs. You’re the best!

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