Posted by Nancy D. Brown

It's the first day of the New Year, 2009, and I've already visited the Leonardo DaVinci exhibit in San Jose's Tech Museum, toured several cities and stopped by southern Spain for a brief update, all before getting out of bed. It's true what they say at BlogHer, "travel bloggers bring the world to us."

I hope to be in Chicago, Illinois, July 24-26 for BlogHer's annual conference.  I went to my first BlogHer conference in 2008 because it took place in San Francisco, a BART ride away. I met a lot of wonderful contacts at the conference and as a new blogger at the time, the seminars were very helpful.  If you live in the Chicago area or are wondering what to do with all those frequent flier miles, I highly recommend you attend.  For those of you watching your budget, the early bird on-line pricing ends on February 28.

Travel Bloggers as Boundary Breaking Evangelists

According to BlogHer, "we are inspired by the idea that Travel Bloggers can truly “flatten” the earth, bringing us closer to cultures and people that seem completely different. We are also inspired by the idea that TravelBloggers can revitalize and revive parts of the world that need it most…from visiting Phuket post-Tsunami to singing New Orleans' praises, to uncovering what’s great about Detroit. We’ll talk to TravelBloggers on a Mission."

I'm proud to say that I played a very small role in helping fellow Travel Bloggers Michelle Duffy, Debbie Dubrow, Pam Mandel and Beth Whitman raise $7,420 for Heifer International via the Passports with Purpose raffle. While the raffle is closed, the travel bloggers on a mission plan to repeat the raffle in 2009.

It's not too early to consider how you can be involved in the 2009 Passports with Purpose raffle. Please contact me directly if you would like to sponsor a raffle prize. I want to do my part in revitalizing and reviving parts of the world that need it most.

Chicago photo credit: Kevin Dooley Flickr


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