Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine held a party in New York City last night to celebrate their 100th issue going to press. Unlike many other publication parties, however, the folks at BT decided to invite their readers to the event, not just others in media circles. The result was an eclectic mix of travelers, marketing folks and editors, sharing tales of travel and the history of the magazine and planning future trips, all in the comfort of the 3rd floor reception area of the magazine’s offices.
Standing in the corner, surveying the room I was somewhat surprised to hear an English accent over my shoulder, “Hey, you’re the Wandering Aramean, right? I recognize you from your photos.” That was a bit surprising to me but quite welcome. We chatted for most of the evening, trading stories of best hotels, meals and most overpriced indulgences around the world.
Being the attention seeking media glutton that I am, I was quite happy to spend a few minutes chatting with Kelly Samardak, a writer from MediaPost.com. And my unnamed “stalker” was apparently working overtime as a publicist at this point, trying to convince Kelly that, while I may be crazy, it is the good kind of crazy. It seemed to work well enough as I earned a mention in her write-up of the event.
Overall, a rather enjoyable couple hours of travel talk with a new group of friends. And some decent munchies to help absorb the open bar. I’m glad I came home a bit early from Burlington to make it to the event.
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Did you specifically receive an invitation or was it an open RSVP? I wish I’d have known! I’d have made it back from Baltimore for it.
I got an email invite but it seems like it was pretty open. I’ll forward it to you next time I get one.
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