I'm not going to get all sentimental on you, at least not for long. By now you know how I feel about Colombia, and Medellin in particular. Since arriving back in Virginia four weeks ago, I can't help but compare everything here to what I left behind – the climate, the geography, the people, the pace of life, the music, the nightlife, my gym.
So imagine my surprise when I am contacted with an offer to go on a fully paid 2-week trip back to Colombia the day after my 33rd birthday, September 26. The purpose would be to tour the country's best sights and blog about it. Seriously? I couldn't make this kind of an offer up if I tried! And there is more I'm not quite ready to share yet as I'm awaiting the details, but let's just say if you liked my $25 Amazon.com giveaway, you'll LOVE what is coming next!
This opportunity reminds me of a post I wrote back in 2007, Would You Accept A Sponsored Trip Around the World, about the Travel Channel's then new show – 1,001 Things To See Before You Die.
Looking back at the comments on that post, both from myself and guys who've really blown up in the online travel world the last few years – Mike of Vagabondish, Ian MacKenzie of Brave New Traveler, and Dan at Voyagner, it is ironic to find myself actually in the situation we were debating before my RTW trip!
In case you were wondering whether I'd accept a sponsored RTW trip, here's what I thought back in April 2007:
What would I do, you ask? I'd like to think, deep down, that I would have the strength to decline the offer, in favor of doing it myself. Now, after the first RTW trip is completed, all bets are off!
At this time, I can honestly say I feel completely congruent by accepting the opportunity before me. And I look forward to sharing every exciting aspect of it with you!
Would you accept a sponsored trip to Colombia?
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