Welcome to my little travel corner! Hi, I’m Helen Todd and this is my travel blog encouraging travelers at heart and at large to take the road less traveled.
“Life is a daring adventure, or nothing.” -Helen Keller
This blog site has it origins in the need to keep family and friends filled in on my travels, of which my acceptance into a program sending me to the 2008 Beijing Olympics got my rear-end into gear!
To date, my big trips have all been schemed through the school system. From studying in London, researching in Thailand to volunteering at the Beijing Olympics. Travel is what I live for and I hope to share some of my passion, tidbits and random stories on this blog. More so, I hope to plant a seed of encouragement to take the road less traveled.
Currently I reside in Queens, NY. After receiving an Integrated Marketing Communication Masters degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA, I started working for a boutique social media agency. As a director, I worked with big brands and even won a WOMMY award for one of my projects. During that time I made the leap to the Big Apple and also saw was an enormous opportunity. In January 2010 I left the agency to launch my own company, Sociality Squared and fbadz.com, to focus on social media training with an emphasis on Facebook marketing and advertising. Before Emerson, I received a BSBA in Marketing from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.
I grew up at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in the Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, TN area and am always proud of my Southern roots. While I have a “real job” it hasn’t stopped me from traveling nor scheming on how to get back on the road.
Sustainable tourism, destination marketing, voluntourism, and social and emerging media in marketing interest me.
Summer of 2008 – The Beijing Olympics
The summer of 2008 I was in China for three months months supporting Press Operations for the Beijing Olympics and the Paralympic News Service (PNS) for the Paralympics. Through Emerson College and in partnership with the Communication University of I was selected to participate in this amazing opportunity. Over the course of the summer, I worked alongside Chinese volunteers, rubbed elbows with the international press, partied with Olympians, interviewed Paralympians, breeched Olympic security and bungee jumped off a cliff in Longqing Gorge.
Summer of 2007 – Voluntourism and Thailand
From June 12-August 22, 2007, an independent study brought me to SE Asia to write a paper on Thailand and voluntourism. As part of my research I interviewed the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s brand manager of “Amazing Thailand,” Mrs. Varnapruk. I also volunteered for a week at the Elephant Nature Park outside of Chang Mai, Thailand. Additionally I volunteered for Shane Beary’s Voluntourists-without-Borders (VWB) initiative which is leading the way in sustainable and voluntourism business models. From abroad, I still contribute to VWB as a virtual volunteer aiding with business development and marketing goals.
For the last 3 weeks of my trip in SE Asia, I joined The World by Road Expedition (TWBR) and now am a virtual volunteer for the expedition. Starting in Ho Chi Mihn City, Vietnam, we made our way through Cambodia and I ended in Laos as a crew member on this extraordinary expedition. Follow all the adventures on the TWBR website!
My Travel Timeline:
2010- Atlantic City (Travel blogger’s trip) > St. Louis (Baby Shower) > Seattle (Family) > Austin, TX (SXSW) > Boston (Friends) > San Diego and San Fransisco (Work and F8)
2009- The year of US travel:
Washington D.C. (New Year’s) > Austin, TX (SXSW Interactive) > Denver, CO (TWBR Welcome Home Party), Pigeon Forge, TN and Asheville, NC (Vacation Home) > Newport, RI (Visiting Friends) > Pheonix, AZ (Spoke at a Conference), Dallas, TX (Work and Family)> San Francisco, CA (Friends) > Stratford, CT (Family) > Philadelphia, PA (Friends) > Boston, MA (Thanksgiving) > Cincinnati, Sevierville, Chattanooga, St. Louis, D.C. (Christmas vacation)
Moved from Boston to NYC August 30, 2009
Seattle, WA > visited family and friends for a week
July 2- Sept. 28:
China > Shanghai, Beijing for the Olympics and Paralympics
2007 – June 12 – Aug. 22:
SE Asia > Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos
2005 – Sept. 12 – Dec. 26:
London, England > studied abroad at Middlesex University
2005 – July 30 – Sept. 12:
Backpacked through Europe and also volunteered at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany
2003 – 10 days in July:
Japan > Tokyo, Hakone, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Hiroshima for vacation
2002 – summer:
Toronto, Canada > Participated in World Youth Day