What are Twitter chats and how do they work?

You may be wondering, what the heck is a Twitter chat? I wanted to take a moment and explain exactly what Twitter chats are, how they work, and why you should join. Twitter chats are virtual online conversations held via the Twitter application. Most Twitter chats revolve around a particular topic that are of common interest to the attendees, such as travel, culture, health, running, food, business, etc. A typical chat lasts 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the hosts and conversation. The majority of Twitter chats are weekly, and each week the hosts will choose a specific topic that fits within their Twitter chat theme. Within that weekly topic, the hosts will ask a number of questions to the Twitter chat participants. Read on to learn more!

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Twitter Tweet Meets Around The World: Friendships that will last a lifetime

I am incredibly privileged to know some amazing people across the globe. When I think about the people I have met and the stories we have swapped, I cannot help but smile. Thank you to #TRLT and #CultureTrav for introducing me to these amazing people. Read on to see all the amazing tweet meets I’ve hosted in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Detroit, Chicago, and more!

9 Cheap Spring Break Destinations for Travelers on a Budget

Welcome to March … that time of year when we shed our wool winter coats for light outerwear and spend our days in the office dreaming about shorts and flip-flops. Thankfully, spring break is coming up. Spring break is the perfect excuse to pack our bags and set off on a new adventure. It is a week that frees us from the real world and gives us a mental break. I compiled a list of nine fun yet cheap spring break destinations. The article offers something for everyone, whether you are a broke college student looking for a party, a fun-loving family in need of activities for all ages, or a group of friends seeking a cultural alternative to the well-known tourist spots. This post was sponsored by TripStreak.

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LEDs Revolutionize How We Cycle

Amsterdam is the city of bikes. Bikes dominate the city. One of the major differences, though, between Amsterdam and the rest of the world is that cars and pedestrians are used to this lifestyle in the Dutch capital. Nevertheless, safety comes first. Especially in the winter hours, the sun fades fast and lights are a necessity. Jenny Holt of LEDlights.co.uk shares her thoughts in this guest post about the importance of lights in regards to cycling safety.

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Unearthing a Caribbean Paradise on the Island of Sint Maarten – Saint Martin

This past November, Matthijs and I embarked on a 10-day Caribbean cruise. After releasing my book, moving, and doing a month-long Midwest book tour, we felt a vacation was in order! One of the stops our ship made was in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Sint Maarten-Saint Martin is actually the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two different nations, with Sint Maarten on the south side (the Dutch side) and Saint Martin (the French side) to the north. We visited Sint Maarten once before, also while sailing with Celebrity Cruises, but previously we just walked around town. This time, we knew we wanted to spread our wings. We rented a car and drove to the French side, where we did an hour hike to Petite Cayes and discovered a hidden parade. Read on to hear all about our adventure!

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From The Sea To The Rainforest: Celebrating Life, Love, and Friendship While Exploring Saint Kitts

On November 18, Matthijs and I embarked on a 10-day Caribbean cruise. One of the stops our ship, the Celebrity Equinox, made was in Basseterre, St. Kitts. It just so happened that my good friend and fellow author, Savannah Grace, was staying on the sister island of Nevis. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were that our schedules coincided and knew that it was fate; we had to meet up.

Savannah and her husband, Kees, took the morning ferry over from Nevis to St. Kitts to meet us. We spent the day touring the island with Glenn, our guide, who did an amazing job providing interesting tidbits about the island. We visited Wingfield Estate, hiked through the rainforest, saw two oceans at once, and relaxed on the beach. All in all, it was a fantastic day. Read on to learn more about our adventure!

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Falling in Love with Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece

Hello again! As you may have seen from my social media or in my blogs about Chicago and Michigan, I’m in the States for multiple reasons, one of which is a Midwest book tour. However, in the middle of the book tour, personal reasons led me to Pennsylvania to visit family. On the way back from visiting my aunt and uncle, we stopped to see Fallingwater in southwest Pennsylvania. This piece of property – the house included – was love at first sight. Read on to learn about the history of this masterpiece.

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Homecoming: Celebrating The Release of Flavors of Life in the Metro Detroit area

Hello again, and greetings from the great state of Michigan! As you may have seen from my social media or in my blogs about Chicago, West Michigan, East Lansing, and Ann Arbor, I’m in the States for multiple reasons, one of which is a Midwest book tour. I’m incredibly honored to share the inspirational stories from my book, Flavors of Life. I’m from the Metro Detroit area originally, so that served as my home base while on my Midwest book tour. Naturally, I lined up events in the area, as well, including a book club guest appearance, book party and charity event, as well as mini-celebration for Flavors of Life at ROAK Brewing Co. in Royal Oak. Read on to hear more about the events!

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Going Back To School: Book Tour Stops in Two Beautiful University Towns in Michigan

Hello again, and greetings from the great state of Michigan! As you may have seen from my social media or in my blogs about Chicago and West Michigan, I’m in the States for multiple reasons, one of which is a Midwest book tour. I’m incredibly honored to share the inspirational stories from my book, Flavors of Life. I was invited to speak at Michigan State University (MSU), and boy, was it great to be back! I led a discussion at a student luncheon and gave a lecture to a group of Journalism history students. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, home to University of Michigan (U of M), I held a discussion and signing at Nicola’s Books. Read more about my time in these two beautiful university towns!

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Discovering West Michigan: Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Holland, and Zeeland

Greetings from the great state of Michigan! I’m really excited to be back. As you may have seen from my social media, I’m in the States for multiple reasons, one of which is a Midwest book tour. I’m incredibly honored to share the inspirational stories from my book, Flavors of Life. My book tour took me through West Michigan. Read all about my time in Grand Rapids, Holland, Zeeland, and Grand Haven – from Art Prize and a guest lecture at Hope College to a book signing at The Bookman in Grand Haven and craft brewery visits!