Entries in ‘Blogging’ Journal

Blog Your Way to Antarctica – What a Trip!

Wednesday July 1, 2009 at 9:09 PM | 1 Comment

Want to visit Antarctica in February compliments of Quark Expeditions? Bloggers have a chance to win a 12 day, all expense paid trip on the cruise ship Lyubov Orlova, a 112 passenger ship. You can join me in entering the contest, or you can vote to send me on this adventure of a lifetime.

Here’s what I had to say in my official entry:

“Toto, we must not be in San Francisco,” remarked Nancy Brown, as she awoke from her dream. The northern California adventure travel writer was still reeling from the news that she had been selected to be the official Quark Environmental Blogger for the February 2010 Expedition to Antarctica.
Brown, a blogger and social media fanatic, was looking forward to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and sharing her discoveries with her What a Trip readers, as well as her Twitter, Facebook and YouTube friends from across the globe.

She’d often fished the wild rivers of Alaska, and felt at home on float planes, helicopters and Zodiac rafts, but the adventure traveler had never been on a cruise ship to Antarctica for an up close encounter with penguins.

“I see the Quark Expedition as an amazing opportunity and am honored that I was selected. There was a huge response to the call for entries and there was quite a lot of competition among the well qualified participants. I look forward to blogging about my experiences and hope this mission will be part of the continuing global effort to protect our environment.”

Asked how her family felt about her upcoming 12 day adventure, Brown shared that her husband has always been extremely supportive of her travels. The family’s two teenagers have learned to become self-sufficient during their mother’s journeys and always look forward to her return.

However, Nancy can’t go on this expedition unless she receives enough votes. So do your part. Vote for Nancy D. Brown. And, yes, you do have to register to vote.



I Heart My City: Nancy D. Brown’s San Francisco

Tuesday March 17, 2009 at 8:08 PM | 2 Comments

"San Francisco Heart Union Square"

“Balloon Journey” heart on display in San Francisco’s Union Square

 One of my favorite travel blogs, intelligent travel, is published by National Geographic Traveler magazine. Intelligent Travel has amazing photography and the editors feature engaging writers. The magazine is celebrating cities in their March issue and they’ve asked readers to share what they like about their town. No surprise, I submitted San Francisco because I heart my city!

Here’s what I shared with Intelligent Travel readers and bloggers:

San Francisco is My City

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Fisherman’s Wharf. While this may not be MY favorite place to visit, tourists enjoy this area and always ask to go to Fisherman’s Wharf.

When I crave dim sum, I head straight to Chinatown. Take Wok Wiz Chinatown Tours for an Insider’s Look at Chinatown.

To escape people I head to Angel Island.

If I want to shop, I go to Union Square.

The Passage Sculpture in front of San Francisco Bay Bridge.

If you come to San Francisco, get your picture taken in front of the Golden Gate Bridge or the lesser known Bay Bridge.

If you have to order one thing off the menu from a restaurant on Fisherman’s Wharf, it has to be clam chowder.

The Ferry Building by Embarcadero is my one-stop shop for great food. If you like cheese, try something from the Cowgirl Creamery or stop at the Slanted Door.

If my city were a celebrity it’d be Oscar-winner Sean Penn – San Francisco can take on many personalities and welcomes both gay and straight people.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to one of the many local, organic Farmers Markets.

For a splurge, I go to Nancy Oakes’ Boulevard restaurant. My personal favorite is the lamb.

Photo ops in San Francisco include cable cars, sailboats, tall ships and sea lions. The best vantage points are from the waterfront and Pier 39.

The most random thing about San Francisco? The Gay Pride Parade is very popular, as is Bay to Breakers. The run/walk race starts downtown with tortillas flung into the air to start the race.

San Francisco has the most single, professional women wishing there were not so many gay men.

In San Francisco, an active day outdoors involves running or walking up hills and swimming in the San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco’s best museum is the de Young. If you have kids, you’ll want to visit the Exploratorium.

My favorite jogging/walking route is the Marina Green.

You can tell a lot about San Francisco from attending local street festivals.

You can tell if someone is from San Francisco if they were sweatshirts in the summer. It can be COLD in the summer in San Francisco.

In the spring you should visit Alcatraz or Tulipmania.

In the summer you should pack a sweatshirt and jeans for your visit to San Francisco – especially if you are going to the beach or the San Francisco bay.

Things to do in San Francisco, California – Ride a Cable Car

In the fall you should ride the Powell Street Cable Car.

A hidden gem in San Francisco is Stow Lake.

In the winter you should send the night in San Francisco and go ice skating.

For a great breakfast try Sears Fine Food.

The best way to see San Francisco is by Zeppelin with Airship Ventures.

If my city were a pet, it would be a Labrador Retriever; lots of energy, loves the water and has an easy going personality.

The best book about San Francisco is San Francisco Earthquake 1906. Visitors will enjoy Frommer’s San Francisco Day by Day.

When I think about San Francisco, the song that comes to mind is “When the Lights Go Down in the City” by Journey.

Just outside of San Francisco you can visit Muir Redwoods – you’ll need a car to get there.

If I didn’t live in San Francisco, I’d live in Lafayette, California. The suburbs are only a BART ride away.

Where are your favorite places to visit in San Francisco, California?

Related Posts:

Airship Ventures Zepplein Tour over San Francisco, California

Say yes to San Francisco airport layover


Photos by Steve W. Lee and jrodmanjr via Flickr.







I’m Speaking on the Travel Panel at BlogHer in Chicago, IL

Sunday February 22, 2009 at 3:03 PM | 5 Comments

Posted by Nancy D. Brown

I feel like the football player who won the Superbowl only I'm not going to Disneyland, I'm going to Chicago, Illinois to speak about Travel Blogging at the BlogHer conference! Our track is about passion and travel bloggers as boundary breakers. I'm not sure about breaking any boundaries, but I can tell you, without a doubt that I'm passionate about travel!


I Heart San FranciscoLast year was my first time attending the BlogHer conference as it was held in my hometown of San Francisco. I was only able to attend the Friday session because I had a travel event the next day. My favorite part about the day was attending the travel blogger meetup led by former BlogHer Travel Writer Suzanne Reisman. Our meetup could have gone on for days.

I was absolutely floored that BlogHer didn't offer a travel session at the 2008 conference. However, I was very happy that the BlogHer leaders listened to member feedback and acted on our reqest for a travel blogger panel in 2009.


I'm very excited to be sharing center stage on Saturday, July 25 from 10:45-12:00 p.m. with the following travel bloggers:

BlogHer Travel Writer Pam Mandel:Pam writes at Nerdseyeview,she is also the Hawaii blogger at WorldHum.

Rosalind Cummings-Yeates: Rosalind writes Farsighted Fly Girl

A. L. Venable: Venable writes a place blogging site for Portland, Oregon and blogs at Dimple and a Smirk.



If you are a budget traveler, as I am, you'll want to sign up for the BlogHer conference before the early bird pricing ends on February 28. The conference will take place at the Sheraton Towers in downtown Chicago. BlogHer attendees receive special pricing and complimentary internet access.







Chicago photo credit: Kevin Dooley Flickr