Arizona Travel Blogger Meet Up!

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Posted on / by Alex Berger

Tempe Town Lake at Sunset by Alex Berger

Howdy friends, it has gradually come to my attention that Arizona is an often overlooked powerhouse for independent, travel minded bloggers and travel based social media personalities. Many of us cross paths online via twitter, blogs or social forums on a regular basis – but seldom put 2 and 2 together/meet face to face.

For a group that highly values social interact, meeting new friends and stories of adventure, this just doesn’t strike me as acceptable. The solution?  An Arizona Travel Blogger meet up. I’m not talking about anything fancy – just coffee or a beer, a few hours of conversation and a chance to share wisdom while putting names with faces, blogs and twitter handles.

Date: Saturday, March 6th at 11:30AM.

Location: Xtreme Bean which is located on the South West Corner of McClintock and Southern in Tempe, near the US 60/101.  Yelp profile here.

Coordination: Use twitter hash tag  #aztw. My phone number is 480.313.2441 if you want to confirm anything or are having issues finding the coffee shop.

Spread the Word: So, here’s the challenge.  Let’s make sure we don’t miss anyone.  Are you aware of travel tweeps, bloggers or industry personalities that might like to join?  Make sure to either send them to this post, or get me their e-mail and I’ll reach out to them.

Arizona Travel Bloggers:

@AlexBerger – Virtualwayfarer – Scottsdale, AZ

@DonnaLHull – MyItchyTravelFeet – Tucson, AZ

@dkeahey – Adventurous Wench – Arizona

@girlfromarizona – Girl From Arizona – Tempe, AZ

@GoSeeAz – AZ Central Travel – Phoenix, AZ

@khegre – Phoenix, AZ

@pen4hire – A Traveler’s Library – Southern Arizona

@roamingboomers – The Roaming Boomers – Scottsdale, AZ

@tomtravel2 – Tom Travel 2 – Scottsdale, AZ

@TravelWriting – Travel Writers Exchange – Arizona

@upupandagay – Up Up and A Gay – Phoenix, Arizona

-Post below to be added to the list.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet you all face to face.  If you have any additional thoughts/feedback/etc. don’t hesitate to shoot me a message or respond here.   Let’s make this happen!

-Alex

Alex Berger

I am a travel blogger and photographer. I also am involved in academic research into the study abroad and backpacker communities.

31 Comments

  • Angela Muniz
    January 29, 2010

    Alex, Nice to meet you. I'm interested in the tweet up. Can you keep me in the loop?

    @girlfromarizona – Tempe

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  • AlexBerger
    January 29, 2010

    Perfect – updated, thanks Tom! Sorry about that!

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  • AlexBerger
    January 29, 2010

    Fantastic! Added to the list Angela. Looking forward to meeting you.

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  • ehasbrouck
    January 30, 2010

    Nice to hear about this – so far as I know, the S.F. Bay Area has been the only place in the USA with a formal travel writers' organization (BATW.org) with regular meetings. I'm in S.F. (@ehasbrouck) but like many others from around the world I'll be in Scottsdale for the PhoCusWright conference this November. The PhoCusWright schedule is always chock-full, but if you held a meet-up the night before it starts, it might be a chance for visitors and local AZ travel writers to meet each other.

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  • tom lewis
    January 29, 2010

    Hi Alex, my blog is at http://www.tomtravel2.com @tomtravel2

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  • AlexBerger
    January 30, 2010

    Thanks Edward, great to learn about BATW – definitely drop me a line when you get into town. Depending on how things go with this, it would definitely be nice to get an organized quarterly meeting set up or something of that nature. Great idea on the Nov time frame.

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  • Keri Hegre
    February 2, 2010

    Hi, Alex, please keep me in the loop! Would love to be there, if my schedule permits (I work nights, but not weekends!)

    -Keri
    @khegre

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  • AlexBerger
    February 2, 2010

    Hi Keri – great to connect with you. Do you operate a blog, or mostly do your travel related stuff via twitter?

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  • Keri Hegre
    February 2, 2010

    I don't blog right now; it's all through Twitter.

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  • AlexBerger
    February 2, 2010

    Sounds good, i'll add you to the list above.

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  • Keri Hegre
    February 2, 2010

    Thanks much!

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  • tomtravel2
    February 2, 2010

    Hi everyone! I have tweeted a few people who might be interested. Well done Alex! It looks like there is a group forming!

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  • Jill Cassidy
    February 12, 2010

    Hi, Alex. I'm on Twitter: @GoSeeAz

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  • AlexBerger
    February 12, 2010

    Added you to the list, looking forward to your tweets!

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  • David Porter
    February 23, 2010

    Hi Alex, Here's is our brand new, shiny travel website: http://www.theroamingboomers.com

    Please keep me in the loop.

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  • AlexBerger
    February 23, 2010

    David, love the site design. Very nice work! I'll add your name and info to the list. Will you be joining us on the 6th?

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  • David Porter
    February 23, 2010

    Alex, thanks for the kind comments. I will have to check with my social
    director. We may well be out of town that day. But, if not, I would love
    to come.

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  • dkeahey
    March 5, 2010

    Hi Alex!
    I'd love to meet everyone at the tweetup, but have a 3-year old's birthday party to attend instead. Can't miss that! (-:

    I'm @dkeahey and my blog is at
    http://www.adventurouswench.com

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  • AlexBerger
    March 5, 2010

    Thanks for the heads up! It's going to be fairly light attendance tomorrow, so I'll definitely be trying to organize a follow up in the future. Adding your info to the list!

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  • tomtravel2
    March 5, 2010

    Hi Alex, I am still planning on attending. Maybe a follow up will be needed.

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  • AlexBerger
    March 5, 2010

    Yep, I'll see you there! Will be fun! Should be a good start to laying a decent foundation for a friendly and connected travel community here in AZ!

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  • thomscrow
    July 8, 2010

    Hey there,

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  • adamgollam
    July 10, 2010

    How did the encounter turn out to be? From your description here it sounds like lots of people met and you had lots of fun.

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  • AlexBerger
    July 11, 2010

    We had a fun time and great people. We'll probably aim for another one late July or early August.

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  • AlexBerger
    July 15, 2010

    Eddie, not exclusively, though mostly limited to active travel bloggers/twitter personalities.

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  • eddiepetosa
    July 15, 2010

    Are these meetings only for Travel Bloggers? I'd like to meet some fellow Arizona bloggers and pick their brains. Any idea if there are any cheap hotels there?

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  • tomtravel2
    July 31, 2010

    Hey Eddie! It is summer in Phoenix so all the hotels are relatively cheap right now. Contact the hotels directly for the best deals or call a travel agent.

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  • tomtravel2
    July 31, 2010

    Alex thanks for moving the ball forward on this! I plan to attend. I have started tweeting out the word so maybe a few others will join in. I have been a bit distracted this year but am getting back in the swing of things. I look forward to seeing you and all the Arizona Travel people out there.

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  • Jane
    January 25, 2012

    This is a great idea! A heads up for all Arizona travel lovers – Conde Nast Traveler is doing a really cool Arizona sweepstakes. Send in a photo of yourself in AZ for a chance to win 8 night stay! Check it out:

    http://cntpromo.com/sp_aot.asp

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  • Michelle
    May 27, 2015

    Am happy to say that the scenario is changing and Arizona is now a favorite destination of many. In fact, at Lake Havasu City, we get visitors round the year these days. 🙂

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