When I began participating in Twitter chats I loved the amount of interacting and great information I was seeing. I also noticed that most chats were about travel. While I love traveling, I am more of an adventure junkie and enjoy local activities like camping and hiking and the occasional road trip. So, I started my own Twitter chat called #adventurechat on Monday’s at 10 am pst. It’s a fun and informative way for me to learn from everyone else’s adventures. I’ve had more than one person ask me for a blog transcript so here we go. I’ve taken out all retweets and responses that are confusing as well as putting all Q and A’s in order. While the pictures were beautiful I do not have the right to include them here but they are all a part of the full transcript on Travelogx.com. The 26th chat was all about my favorite topic, HOLIDAYS! Here are the questions and transcripts from the chat.
- What is your favorite holiday and why?
- Do you travel for the holidays or try to avoid the madness?
- Do you try to find new and exciting things to do each year or stick to the same old traditions?
- What are some of your holiday traditions?
- Do you find ways to enjoy the outdoors during holiday breaks or stay cozy inside?
- What is your favorite holiday memory? Least favorite?
- How do you prepare for the madness of the holidays?
- What is a dream holiday adventure you'd love to go on?
- With Halloween coming up...Do you dress up? Party? Hand out candy? Hide from the crazies?
- Share your favorite holiday photos!
@monicagoesshow: It's #adventurechat time! Who's with us to talk all about the holidays?
@59NationalParks Here Miss Monica! #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: checking in from chilly Defiance Ohio. #AdventureChat
@tripcipe: We're excited for the chat this morning! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Alright let’s get this party started, we may be a small group but we’re mighty! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q1: What is your favorite holiday and why? #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: A1: I gotta go with Christmas! Especially in Michigan with all the snow and twinkly lights! #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: Christmas. Family time. Winter hiking. No matter where you are people are in a good mood.
@59NationalParks: No question it's Thanksgiving. Family, deep fried turkey and the annual pumpkin chunking contest.
@tripcipe: Bundling up on Christmas eve and day is the best! Hot cocoa, warm blankets and family #adventurechat
@mittieroger: A:1 DOTD!! No question!! #dayofthedead #diadelosmuertos #mexico #adventurechat http://t.co/6eilDCM0Gq
@Landtripping: Christmas! Hands down. #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: A1 definately xmas: the lights, songs, traditions and foods! #adventurechat
@Daijie_Huang: A1: Thanksgiving, when the travel expense is not as high as Xmas.and the happiness can last to Xmas. :)
@CeecesTravel: A1: The one filled with doing things for the first time, taking chances,meeting life changing people & being
@HommilyInc: A1 Christmas! Friends and Family! and Presents so much presents! gimme gimme #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q2: Do you travel for the holidays or try to avoid the madness? #adventurechat
@59NationalParks: Just depends. Once we took a Caribbean cruise over Thanksgiving. Was lots of fun. A2 #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: A2: Normally I can’t travel with work and two of us but this will be our 1st christmas together with family back in Michigan! #adventurechat
@Shoparound: A2 I always travel for holidays, it's the easiest time for me to get away. LA at Thanksgiving, Europe at Xmas
@Adven_Chica: A2 usually stay put but this year we are going skiing for the first time in NC for the holidays #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: I'm usually home or at family's houses. #AdventureChat
@59NationalParks: Last year I #LiveTweeted the whole deep fried turkey event. #adventurechat Think people were hoping for a fire.
@mittieroger: a2. Depends on the festival & yr travel mood. off season is my fave, but fun to go to certain festivals, esp as a 1st timer. #adventurechat
@Daijie_Huang: A2: Break from the routine and do something adventurous. #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: i hv gone 2 netherland, belgium & paris 4 xmas. All definately understand the holiday spirit #adventurechat
@CeecesTravel: A2: I try to make #Travel a lifestyle not a holiday but do enjoy both peak and non peak seasons for reasons
@InnTownCamp: A2: Working in hospitality makes it so we take our trips at non busy times @monicagoesshow
@tltravel: A2: #adventurechat I always make it home for Christmas but never holiday. Did it once & was delayed for days!
@HommilyInc: A2 Travel before the holidays! Everything looks great and is getting ready! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q3: Do you try to find new and exciting things to do each year or stick to the same old traditions?
@monicagoesshow: A3: I do a little of both! Love finding new things and creating new traditions but love my childhood traditions too! #adventurechat
@tripcipe: A little bit of both, my family still plays Eye Spy with the ornaments on the Christmas tree! #adventurechat
@Daijie_Huang: A3: definately something new. So, I call it travel instead of a vacation. #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: it varies year to year. Some same old traditions some mixing it up. #AdventureChat
@59NationalParks: A3 A blend of traditions and new stuff I'd say. Maybe we will watch Animal House this Thanksgiving.
@SGSwritereditor: #Quirk and I are here, hoping #Halloween comes up in #adventurechat http://t.co/9z5U3H1iBo
@Shoparound: A3 I try to see a new destination each year & often accomplish that Xmas week, so maybe that's my tradition.
@CeecesTravel: A3: New and exciting, that is the tradition :-) There is always something to discover and explore :-)
@mittieroger: a3. #DiadelosLocos and #DiadelosMuertos are my constant Everything else changes -> #seeker #mexico #adventurechat http://t.co/dINoGKQC75
@Adven_Chica: A3: A mixture of both: incorporating new things but still continue to honor our old traditions! #adventurechat
@Landtripping: Q3:We alternate holidays spent with family each year, so traditions change depending on which family were at.
@HommilyInc: A3 New and Exciting things! get out of that comfort zone! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q4: What are some of your holiday traditions? #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: A4: We watch the Lions on Thanksgiving and shop all night Black Friday, Tamales for Christmas
@CeecesTravel: A4: That's a loaded question for any South African! Many cultures, many traditions :-) #AdventureChat
@59NationalParks I always look forward to the "airing of grievances" A4 #adventurechat
@tripcipe: we always have 2 Thanksgivings, one with the whole family & one with immediate family.Can't get enough pie!
@BenOnAdventures: As I said in past chats: taking my little cousins hiking at my grandparents on Thanksgiving
@Adven_Chica: A4: Xmas eve dinner with friends and family and Church mass. Xmas morning: open our gifts and EAT some more! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: THIS CHAT IS MAKING ME SO EXCITED FOR HOLIDAYS!!! (can you tell?) #adventurechat
@SGSwritereditor: A4: Our #holiday tradition is #Quirk brings the #Xmas gifts instead of Santa. #adventurechat http://t.co/qxN84AK5xD
@CeecesTravel: I am not really big on the "Christmas" thing but I do enjoy the yearly repeat of #DinnerForOnce
@Outside_Inn: Scaring all the children with our haunted pathway for #Halloween @monicagoesshow #AdventureChat http://t.co/4UfHSiiXbm
@HommilyInc: A4 Movie with the family! and bike ride! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q5: Do you find ways to enjoy the outdoors during holiday breaks or stay cozy inside?
@monicagoesshow: A5: When I’m in Michigan I like to stay cozy inside, maybe go sledding. In LA, we go to the beach because we can #adventurechat
@CeecesTravel: A5: Both! Days outdoors, evenings inside with summer rains :-) #AdventureChat
@59NationalParks: A5 Hard to beat a snowy hike around Christmas. #adventurechat http://t.co/6nKjoUCtMp
@Landtripping: A5: Sledding! It's a must. Also, the #KansasCity #CountryClubPlaza on Thanksgiving night is a KC tradition.
@BenOnAdventures: it varies. I hiked in -50 weather 2 years ago here in NW Ohio. #AdventureChat
@monicagoesshow: And in the fall I like to find new adventures like this awesome pumpkin patch and Oktoberfest! https://t.co/C3KlugkL62 #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: but I love being indoors with Christmas movies or music on and having great homemade food with family
@mittieroger: A5. Love the outdoors - hiking, camping and bonfires!! #adventurechat http://t.co/WvIRRlBg6l
@Daijie_Huang: A5: it depends. If I am going for ski, snow and cold is not an issue. Otherwise, stay cozy inside.
@Shoparound: A5 I love my Thanksgiving trips to LA; just as it's starting to get cold here in NYC I visit someplace warm.
@justme_Soo: A5: Going outdoors holiday skiing makes being cozy indoors even better après-ski! #adventurechat http://t.co/SMtHHFtwRC
@HashTagKCMO: A5: Sledding! It's a must. Also, the #KansasCity #CountryClubPlaza on Thanksgiving night is a KC tradition.
@Adven_Chica: A5 Mostly staying cozy inside with some vino! #adventurechat http://t.co/eT9JR5dqvf
@HommilyInc: A5 Never stop exploring! Holidays are a great time to go outdoors! #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q6: What is your favorite holiday memory? Least favorite? #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: NY2011 was spent in Cape town over looking 12 Apostles in Cp Twn #adventurechat http://t.co/nidZkE3dgY
@BenOnAdventures: Along with the homemade food & family time, another tradition we do is go to a local Christmas tree farm & cut our tree down #AdventureChat
@BenOnAdventures: my favorite is every holiday. They're all so unique in their own ways. #AdventureChat
@mittieroger: a6. Best: building the #dayofthedead altar for my grandmother in #mexico Worst: dealing with xmas decoration in october #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: A6: Fav Memory: decorating the xmas tree as a family as a child. Least Favorite: Being drag to midnight mass lol #adventurechat
@59NationalParks: One of my grandfathers fell off his chair from too much holiday cheer once. Best of times, worst of times
@monicagoesshow: This year will be the best! Halloween in New Orleans, Thanksgiving with in-laws in LA, Christmas with family in Michigan! #adventurechat
@CeecesTravel: A6: Least favorite, as a kid being expected to look after other peoples kids. Not my scene. Lol
@Landtripping: A6: Any holiday surrounded by family and friends is my favorite holiday. #adventurechat
@Thorlos: Make sure feet are comfy & protected during those invigorating snowy hikes! #adventurechat 😊👣 https://t.co/3mv2MkUpHI
@InnTownCamp: A6: Spending a Christmas on the beach in Nelson, New Zealand @monicagoesshow #AdventureChat http://t.co/GJ0GMcQD2v
@Shoparound: A6 Many years ago, I spent Thanksgiving in Hawaii visiting a friend that had moved there. It was fantastic.
@Adven_Chica: @monicagoesshow good 4 you! 4 me: Thanksgiving in #Senegal, Christmas in #North #Carolina with my son & NY in #Haiti Solo #adventurechat
@HommilyInc: A6 I got a Nintendo!! yeah!!! #adventurechat
@SKVoyager: A6: My favorite has to be visiting Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity on Christmas Eve. #adventurechat http://t.co/jPt9PtORgA
@monicagoesshow: Q7: How do you prepare for the madness of the holidays?#adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: A7: I try to plan as best I can and then relax and go with the flow! And when in doubt…drink more wine!
@monicagoesshow: Wanna host an #adventurechat? DM me and we’ll get it going!
@InnTownCamp: A7: Buy more wine @monicagoesshow #adventurechat
@59NationalParks: A7 I avoid the madness by using http://t.co/4OYD4kd9tx #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: I just relax, don't look at the clock and take it easy. #AdventureChat
@monicagoesshow: My mom freaked out about the turkey one Thanksgiving. I taught her the joy of wine in cooking (and putting some in food) #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: going ski this holiday for the 1st time! Looking fwd 2 it...Need proper gear #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: got to love the vino! Needed to deal with family during holidays #adventurechat
@mittieroger: A7. By leaving town. Ha! I rarely get the holiday experience. always on the road #volunteering 4 #charity happens anywhere #adventurechat
@HommilyInc: A7 Get everything done early. So you can enjoy the holidays! #adventurechat
@SKVoyager: A7: My family has started getting away for the holidays. We'll be in Jamaica for Christmas this year!
@monicagoesshow: Q8: What is a dream holiday adventure you'd love to go on? #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: A8: I would love to get a cabin for Christmas one year and the New Years ball on Catalina Island would be fun #adventurechat
@TriSportWorld: Thorlos: Make sure feet are comfy & protected during those invigorating snowy hikes! #adventurechat 😊👣 https://t.co/R8ZKekwDGm
@BenOnAdventures: hmm tough one. I'd say just a safe and healthy holiday with family. Too many options. #AdventureChat
@CeecesTravel: A8: One that becomes a lifestyle, a life or travel, exploration and growth on the road #AdventureChat :-)
@59NationalParks: We want to go to @DenaliNPS in the Winter. Around Christmas would be perfect. A8 #adventurechat
@Adven_Chica: A8 Dream Holiday Adventure is ANYTHING I can do with those I love #adventurechat
@BenOnAdventures: you and everyone on here are becoming long distance family. It'll be great knowing all of you this year!
@ankit1989: A8 Valley of Flowers in India #adventurechat http://t.co/GHDec75qW0
@HommilyInc: A8 Oh I suppose Christmas in Paris, London for New Years and Australia for Easter #adventurechat
@InnTownCamp: A8: Backpacking in New Zealand with the family @monicagoesshow #adventurechat http://t.co/tE3LK1PTvx
@SKVoyager: A8: I would love to experience Day of the Dead in Mexico one day. #adventurechat
@monicagoesshow: Q9: With Halloween coming up...Do you dress up? Party? Hand out candy? Hide from the crazies?
@BenOnAdventures: Usually go to my uncles to help hand out candy aka me eating a lot of the candy #AdventureChat
@CeecesTravel: A9: Besides a few random "club" parties we don't celebrate it in SA really. No Hallow-fever here :-)
@59NationalParks: Hand out candy, yes. Might go as #Bigfoot this year. #adventurechat A9
@monicagoesshow: A9: The theatre girl in me loves dressing up! This year I'll be at VooDoo music fest watching Ozzy! #adventurechat http://t.co/mhsRWPhQeD
@HommilyInc: A9 All of the above! Dress up, Party and Hand out Candy! Its on Saturday! #candy #adventurechat
@InnTownCamp: a preview of our glamping tent getting a makeover for the season #adventurechat http://t.co/ZZ0QjIWaL9
@Adven_Chica: A9 I would much prefer hiding from the crazies! but this one won't let me. He loves dressing up! #adventurechat http://t.co/SusMKCNJQ
@mittieroger: A9 I'm always on a stage for halloween :) #adventurechat #bellydancebadass http://t.co/JtHCw3tdPo
@monicagoesshow: Q10: Share your favorite holiday photos! #adventurechat
@59NationalParks: A10 #adventurechat @monicagoesshow my fave. http://t.co/DxQNUC96P4
@monicagoesshow: A10: here's a couple Christmas photos! #adventurechat http://t.co/gSikEuA7vu
@59NationalParks: A10 Thanksgiving in St. Martin #adventurechat @monicagoesshow http://t.co/AsUN8rDMvn
@BenOnAdventures: I would, but there are too many to choose from! I will send one in the near future! #AdventureChat
@rustysheba: Facing the Rock of Gibraltar a holiday to Portugal and side trip there http://t.co/tGrVlck3Fg
@InnTownCamp: A10: Holiday photo with our vintage trailer at the #InnTownCampground @monicagoesshow #adventurechat http://t.co/2z5bmRhbh7
@59NationalParks: A10 4th of July w @thatoutdoorguy and family at @BadlandsNPS #adventurechat @monicagoesshow
@SGSwritereditor: A10: Here's #Quirk in his #Halloween costume, dressed as the @DArtagnanFoods logo #adventurechat http://t.co/mvtT4hd1rF
@monicagoesshow: What a super fun #adventurechat! So excited for the holidays! Thanks everyone for joining in!
@monicagoesshow: Again, if anyone wants to cohost an #adventurechat, DM me! Until then, I’ll see ya’ll next week!
@Adven_Chica: great #adventurechat today! Takeaway: enjoy family and don't forget to buy VINO.. it will help !!! 'Til next week!
@59NationalParks: Thanks @monicagoesshow for hosting #adventurechat. I will try and stop by more often.
@HommilyInc: thank you! cheers! #adventurechat