I went on a great trip last week. I was delighted to go on a cruise to Mexico. It was a special bloggers cruise to sunny Cozumel. I’ve always wanted to go on one. Cruising in my favorite type of travel, but I’ve always wanted to go with a big group of girlfriends, so I decided to treat myself. The Six Sisters were offering a cruise at their conference with my favorite fashion expert Alicia Richmond. They had also booked a fitness expert, who turned out to be the husband of one of the Sisters. What a great opportunity!
So, last week, I flew to Houston and hopped on a ship headed to Cozumel. All by my little self. I would’ve like to bring my husband along, but he didn’t have enough vacation available and we were scraping it just to manage the fare for me. And I knew several of the sisters from their conference the last two years – Build Your Blog Conference. Plus I had modeled a few times for Alicia, so I figured I’d give it a try. Fortunately, I’m pretty outgoing, and I make friends easily, so why not?
As usual – I had a wonderful time. The weather was terrific, the food was delicious (and way too plentiful!), the cruise line was amazing. As usual, the excursions were fabulous, and I had a great time with all my new blogger buddies! There were about 30 other bloggers along, so it made for a nice-sized group with plenty of networking time and lots of one-on-one time with the Six Sisters and their parents. Their Dad Larry, runs a lot of the behind the scenes operation and is a great resource.
The Business of Blogging
If you’re not familiar with The Six Sisters and Alicia – they are some pretty big names in the blogging world. The Sisters are very well-known food bloggers. They’ve published several cookbooks (I won one on the cruise).
Alicia is a fashion stylist who has numerous gigs going with Macy’s, Clinton Kelly (from What NOT To Wear). She does lots of things to teach women how to select clothing and accessories that will fit and flatter them, regardless of their body of budget. She’s not necessarily a fashion blogger, but you can find her site at Chic on a Shoestring.com. Jared from Tone ‘n Tighten – the fitness guy, is married to Camille, the oldest Sister. His blog has tons of great workouts and meal plans.
We had a total of about 80 people in our group including the Sisters, their spouses, kids, and their parents. Many of us were established bloggers, some were more beginning (or aspiring) bloggers. The rest were Alicia’s fashionistas, and some were just along for the ride. So there was a little something for everyone.
We had a daily schedule of hour-long sessions on various topics. Each of the Sisters took a turn leading a session and then Alicia did a fabulous session along with personal fashion consultations for each of us. They are all genuinely sweet girls. I really enjoyed having a chance to spend time with them.
Midweek we took a group tour of of the great pyramid of Chichen Itza. It was AMAZING. I’ve never seen anything like it. I can see why it is considered one of the man-made wonders of the earth. The fact that it took 300 years to build was mind boggling. I look at how much work it is to put together a simple event for our Scout Troop. Can you even imagine the logistics to build something like this over generations of leaders with primitive methods?
I also did something called a helmet dive in Cozumel – it’s very, very cool and something I really enjoyed. It’s sort of like beginner scuba diving – they put a helmet over your head, take you down about 20 feet under the water. There are guides and they keep you safe, take photos, and bring you little sea critters to see.
The best part of it was a late night strategy session we had, literally sitting in a hallway with Larry. He runs the Blogger Network and is extremely knowledgeable about the technical and strategic elements of blogging. I’ve now got a to-do list as long as my arm of changes to my blog and social media.
Back Home Again
If you ever have a chance to go on a blogger cruise or conference, I absolutely recommend it. Nothing really compares with spending time with people who really understand the mechanics of blogging. It was a little hectic combining the blogging classes with all the cruise activities. But it was definitely worth it for all the great friends I met and all the stuff I learned from it. Plus Alicia gave me some terrific and much needed fashion advice.
It definitely was hard to come back to work on Monday – I was starving for one thing. You get used to eating huge meals every few hours. And no one turned down my bed and made me cute towel animals, plus I kept feeling the floor rocking for at least the first few days. The good thing is I’ll be seeing a lot of my new friends in a couple of weeks when the Build Your Blog conference starts in a couple of weeks!
I’ve got a few other posts on cruises that you may enjoy.
This sounds like such a wonderful adventure! I would love to meet and spend time with other bloggers. I have always wanted to go on a cruise too. Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
I hope you get a chance to go someday. Cruises are just wonderful and a bloggers cruise is extra-cool!
Sounds like an awesome time!!!Putting it on my list of things to do!
I hope you get the chance to go on one someday. It was such a wonderful trip.
I had never heard of a blogger’s cruise before. It sounds great!
It was so much fun! If you ever get a chance to go on one, go for it.
I am so jealous! How exciting! The Six Sisters are like rock stars to me I think I would be star struck lol.
Some of the people on the cruise were that way, but really, they are just the sweetest, most down-to-earth girls. And their parents were so much fun! I love people like that who have a genuine desire to help people and teach them new things. Their conference is going to be AWESOME!
This sounds fabulous. I’m retiring this year and hope that I can go to several blogging conferences. A cruise would be fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful trip. Take care.
I hope you do. They really are wonderful. You learn so much and you get to meet so many fun people. It really is great for growing your blog. And the cruise was just gravy on top! Thanks for stopping by!
Oh I love Cozumel, so beautiful. Hehe coming from a diver you are looking good on your Bell Diving, nice job. One day I will get to do a Blog Conference, I was going to go to the big New York one, but it is not in the stars this year….. Can’t wait to hear what you will be sharing with us and what you learned…. Have a good one!
I wish you would. I’m something of a conference junkie myself. This was my tenth and I have another one coming up in a few weeks. They really are a wonderful experience – I’ve met so many wonderful people that way.
Ten conferences – how I envy you. I can barely manage going to a work conference for my day job, so don’t think I’ll be using vacation time to attend a blog conference any time soon, but I would like to. I’m also looking forward to reading more about what you learned at this one.
I do enjoy them and I meet so many great people. It’s just an easy way to network and build more friendships. I got a TON of great info from Larry – the Sister’s dad. Now I just have to go and DO all of it. They are recording all the sessions, so you can watch some of them online.
You have made me determined to make it happen in the next year!!!! I will start researching to see if there is one closer to me, that would be more reasonable to attend. Thanks mate.
Oh I’m jealous! I’m too timid to travel far by myself, I’m like a puppy. It looks like you had a lot of fun!
I did have a terrific time. I hope one day you’ll get a chance for a fun trip like this.