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Yeee Haw…Alabama

Greetings from the South – Alabama to be specific. I didn’t have a lot of time to write about this trip before I left, but it doesn’t mean I haven’t been looking forward to it!

I’m testing my ability to avoid fried food and eat healthy for the next five days on my first full media tour. A media tour – also called a FAM – short for familiarzation trip – is a group trip that brings together writers from various places and shows them around town. It’s not the most ‘independent’ type of travel, and it certainly isn’t cutting edge, but they can be a lot of fun. Destinations can be famous hotels and resorts (who get a lot of publicity on their own and only offer media trips to the New York Times, Lonely Planet types) to off-the-beaten path roadside diners (who go through a PR group to offer trips, as is the case of my trip).

In return for the tour, trip, hotel-stay, lunch or whatever, the company/restaurant hopes that you’ll write favorable articles about them, generating traffic. I plan on calling it like I see it, but I’m assuming that will be more good than bad!

For this particular trip, I’m visiting a whirlwind group of sites. I’m most excited about Tuesday’s schedule – an educational tour of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center followed by a shopping Mecca (yeah!) called the Unclaimed Baggage Center. It’s a shop that sells – you guessed it – unclaimed luggage items. In the past, they’ve discovered a 5 carat diamond, 30 carat emerald, trunk full of runway fashions and a suitcase full of ancient Egyptian artifacts.

That night, to top it all off, we’re staying at Gorham’s Bluff, the “Most Romantic Spot in Alabama” according to Southern Living magazine. I’m looking forward to the view!

However, for right now, it’s 1 a.m. and I’m totally beat.

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-1 responses to “Yeee Haw…Alabama”

  1. Mika says:

    Mmmm…. southern food…. I used to go to Atlanta a bunch for work and I loved it. Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Cornbread, Ribs, BBQ Beans. My mouth is watering! Course, it could be a veggie’s nightmare… I also liked to drive around and check out all the civil war history and old architecture.

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