Adventuress

#Adventuress Twitter Travel Chat

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I'm starting a Twitter chat!  (If you're not on Twitter and you just said "huh?" keep reading....)

One of my favorite things about joining Twitter has been participating in chats on various travel topics. Not only have I gotten to know a lot of amazing travelers, bloggers and members of the travel industry, I have learned so much more about traveling our world.  I have also won some fantastic prizes in chat giveaways:  a $500 Expedia coupon from #ExpediaChat (Wednesdays at 1:30 pm EST) and a $100 Visa gift card from the #TravelSkills chat (Fridays at 12:00 pm EST)!

The topic of my weekly Twitter chat will be the Adventuress Travel Chat, using the hashtag #Adventuress.  Every Thursday from 11-11:30 am EST/8-8:30 am PST, we will cover a different aspect of women's travel.  Don't worry if you aren't an adrenaline junkie (I'm not!) - the word adventure covers all types of travel, even spa and shopping!  And don't worry if you aren't a woman either - we always like to have the male perspective.

Let's say you aren't on Twitter and have no idea the purpose of a hashtag but still want to participate in the #Adventuress travel chat.  Register for an account on Twitter and pick a "handle" or name.  (My Twitter handle is @msadventuress.)  Once you are registered, it's easy to join in a chat.  At the appointed time (30 minutes every Thursday starting at 11 am EST/8 am PST), visit @msadventuress Twitter page and/or type #Adventuress (don't forget the extra "s"!) in the Twitter search box.  You will then see all the tweets involved in the chat because they add the hashtag #Adventuress to their tweet.

As the host of the chat, I will ask questions that are labeled Q1, Q2, Q3, etc.  Answer each question by beginning with the corresponding question/answer number - A1, A2, A3, etc.  Then type your answer and add #Adventuress to the end of the answer.  Here's an example:

@msadventuress:     Q1 What is your favorite island in the world and why? #Adventuress

@yourcleverhandle:  A1  I love Maui.  Best surfing ever! #Adventuress

In addition to talking all kinds of travel topics, I will occasionally have some fun co-hosts join me. Not to mention there will be some pretty cool giveaways.... you must follow @msadventuress (and any co-hosts that week) and participate in the chat to be eligible.

See you on Thursday, March 6th for the first #Adventuress Travel Chat!  

What is an Adventuress?

Merriam-Webster defines an Adventuress as "a female adventurer, especially one who seeks position or livelihood by questionable means."

I define an Adventuress as "a female adventurer, especially one who seeks a life filled with excitement in all corners of the world."

Let's go with my definition, shall we?

Another way to put it is one of my favorite quotes by Jane Austen: "If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad." Which is basically how I stumbled into my own quest for adventure - by leaving my "village" at a young age.

When I was 10 years old, my family moved from our small Tennessee town (pop. 15,000) to Nashville. To say it was culture shock would be an understatement.  In an attempt to ease my growing fear and anxiety, my mom began framing every new experience as an adventure.  "What adventure is this?" she would ask me.  "It's adventure number... 322!" she would exclaim, making up an arbitrary number.  I would giggle and somehow the fear would subside, even if just a little.

And so, an Adventuress was born.

I call myself Ms. Adventuress as a play on one of my favorite words: misadventure. While the word misadventure typically has a negative connotation, I love the sense of spontaneous, thrilling adventure that the word imparts.

This blog will follow my travel (mis)adventures, showcasing my favorite cities and countries, fashion and food, hotels and resorts that I find along the way.  Hopefully while reading about my adventures and travel musings, this blog will inspire you to take some adventures of your own.  

So as my mom would say, what adventure is this?  It's adventure number one.  Stick around.  There are many more to come.