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Travel Tuesday: The Ultimate Travelista Weekend

Tuesday, May 22, 2012
OneBrownGirl in Paris
This fall, I'm doing it again.  I'm renting an apartment in Paris for six weeks.  In Le Marais even.  (Don't hate me.)

Château des Milandes
Source:  Wiki

My husband will show up at the start of my third week. I will have recovered from jet lag, been to Josephine Baker's former chateau in Dordogne (another story entirely), and will then be on my way to London for a quick trip before I scurry back to Paris for my November guests and a side trip to Morocco. This travel stuff makes my heart go pitter patter. I'm excited.

(L to R) Oneika, Tracey, Monique
I'm making plans to host a private meet-up in London at local hot-spot Caribbean Scene with help from fellow travelista and Huffington Post travel contributor Oneika Raymond during World Travel Market London, a collosal global travel conference described as a "must-attend four-day business-to-business event, presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals." #thatwouldbeme

Social media buddies in the Webosphere, Oneika and I met face-to-face at WTM London last year and along with Air France / KLM travel blogger Monique White Rubin hatched a plan to meet up in London again in 2012. The only difference this year is the group of rock star travel bloggers that will be joining us! WTM won't know what hit it.

I'll be staying in a lovely three-bedroom London flat with some of those same rock star travel bloggers: Carol Alvarez Cain, Monique White Rubin, April D. Thompson and Tawanna Browne Smith for what I think will be The Ultimate Travelista Weekend.  We are going to share our very own London apartment courtesy of Go With Oha European apartment rental agency based in Barcelona Spain.  Check out our apartment:

Cute, isn't it?  Besides the conference and seeing some of the local sights, we're going to talk travel, make Go With Oh videos and binge on cupcakes our very own London flat.  I'll be coming in from Paris, Monique will be coming from The Netherlands, April from Jamaica and both Tawanna & Carol will be coming from the US.  Some will even be meeting for the first time.  And since none of us will know exactly where we're going on The Tube, it oughta be a hoot.  And of course we'll be sharing every moment.   

You all know that I love a luxurious hotel just like everyone else, but there's something far more local about hanging out in your own apartment, having your own kitchen, and actually feeling like you're a part of the landscape, which is why I rent apartments for all of my guests in Paris every year.  As you can imagine, partnering with Go With Oh to London simply made sense.

The purpose of this post is to simply go on and on about introduce you to The Ultimate Travelista Weekend made possible by Go With OhApril, Carol, Monique and Tawanna will all add their own point of view in the months that lead up to our time abroad.  In fact, April is going to share her 5-point wish list for the perfect London apartment next, so be on the lookout for that.

I'm looking forward to London this year - more than ever because of Go With Oh, a fun meet-up, and my rock star travelista roomies - and hope you'll come along for the ride, whether online or in person.  In the meantime, *Cheers* to travel and ultimate travelista weekends.  ;-)

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Go With Oh, the European apartment rental agency that will be providing our London digs during World Travel Market London this year.  All opinions are my own.


April D. Thompson on: May 22, 2012 at 12:00 PM said...

The ULTIMATE Travelista Weekend indeed! It will be my first time in London, first time at World Travel Market and my first time meeting a group of some of the best women in travel in real life! You would think it couldn't get any better than that and then Go with Oh gets added to the equation! I don't know if London is ready...

Many thanks!

Oneika the Traveller on: May 22, 2012 at 1:50 PM said...

I can't tell you how EXCITED I am to meet up with you guys later on this year!

Tawanna Browne Smith on: May 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM said...

I'm very excited to be returning to London after..ohh, I don't know how many years (nor do I want to tell). The last time I was there I stayed at the flat of a co-worker from our London office. Actually, it was with 3 other women friends in the financial industry where I was active at the time. And look at me again - bunking with co-workers of sorts! Yippee!! Ok, totally excited and looking forward to that unique experience that only comes with staying in a real flat vs a hotel. See you soon!

Carol of NYCityMama on: May 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM said...

So exciting for all that this gathering represents : )) Excited to see those of you whom I know again, and looking forward to meeting those of you whom I haven't! xoxo

Monique of Mo Travels on: May 22, 2012 at 11:19 PM said...

I've always adored London, and didn't realize that it could get any better, but this is as good as it gets. See you ladies soon!

Monique @ Mo Travels on: May 23, 2012 at 5:13 AM said...

@April, London better get ready, because it is O(h)n!!

Nailah on: May 23, 2012 at 7:55 AM said...

This is wonderful. I'm sure you guys will have an amazing time. I'm doing my best to be in London for this event so hope to meet you all in person (and reconnect with April).

ebonyblu on: May 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM said...

I am so jealous but so happy for you Tracey. Enjoy!

Unknown on: June 6, 2012 at 10:09 AM said...

April's post = "My 5 Point Wish List for the Perfect London Apartment >

2girlsbikini on: June 7, 2012 at 11:57 AM said...

OHHHHHH - I can not WAIT to read/see what comes of this weekend!

You ladies R-O-C-K and inspire!


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