gtrot Press: TechWeek Conference & Expo 2011

October 6th, 2011

We’ve mentioned before what a great time we had at Techweek this year. Check out Techweek’s video coverage of the conference. You may see a familiar face and logo! Enjoy!

Promotions: gtrot September Takeover Sweepstakes Grand Prize Winner!

October 3rd, 2011

Our September Takeover Sweepstakes has come to an end. We are excited to announce that we will be sending Nancy Lloyd  (@paintergirl1958) to Asheville, North Carolina this fall! Stay tuned for more promotions from gtrot!

Featured Traveler | Melanie Renzulli: Miss Adventures

September 29th, 2011

Today’s Featured Traveler is Freelance Writer, Melanie Renzulli. This world traveling mom is obsessed with Rome and dancing at live concerts. Want to know more about Miss Adventures? Read on to find out more about her misadventures and what the “Melanie Variety Plate” is!

Name: Melanie Renzulli

Tell us a little about yourself: I am a freelance travel writer currently writing for as the USA Travel Guide; as a travel blogger; and, my blog about Italy travel. I’m kind of all over the place with my interests - but that’s kind of the prerequisite for being a writer, in general. It’s nice to have little passions to pull inspiration from.

Favorite city you’ve been to: An impossible question, but my heart says Rome. When I’m not there, I get a warm and fuzzy feeling about that city, as if it’s an unrequited crush. When I visit, on the other hand, it keeps me on my toes. A love for the ancient and the modern tugs at me, so Rome lets me explore both curiosities.

Favorite restaurant: I really have no answer for that. I think some of my favorite meals, both home and abroad, have been at holes-in-the-wall or mid-range restaurants. My favorite way to eat when I’m on the road is to graze here and there, sample a little bit of everything. So, I guess my favorite *type* of restaurant would have to be a wine bar with lots of mini plates, a tapas bar, or at a Turkish restaurant that offers lots of mezes. Among my family, this type of dining is called the “Melanie Variety Plate.”

Best place to relax: On a massage table. I’m no luxury traveler, but I do love to pamper myself once in a while and travel is a great time to do it. I have enjoyed ayurvedic massages in Kerala, India, and sudsy rub-downs at hammams in Turkey. Those experiences were a little more profound than just going to a spa, as I felt I was exploring a bit of the local culture at the same time.

Best place to have fun:
I love having the opportunity to get out and see live music or dance when I’m traveling. (Though, sadly, that’s not as possible now that I am usually traveling with two toddlers.) I have such fond memories of a few trips that involved music, such as going to a bouzouki bar in Corfu, Greece and a reggae beach party in Negril, Jamaica.

Best trip you’ve ever taken: The best trip I ever took was my first trip - as an exchange student to Germany. It’s not that the memories from there trump all others, but the fact that it was my first taste of adventure and set me on this path as a lifetime lover of travel.

What one piece of advice do you have for travelers? If you can’t go carry-on only, pack at least a change of underwear in your carry-on. Seriously, it’s a lifesaver if your bags get lost or delayed.

Where else can we find you on the web? You can find me everywhere, but most easily on Twitter @melanierenzulli. I also blog for Gadling, am the USA Travel guide for, and occasionally write on my own blogs at Italofile and Miss Adventures . Links to all of these are on my profile. Got all that?


Promotions | gtrot September Takeover Sweepstakes- Final Round!

September 27th, 2011

This is the final round of our September Takeover Sweepstakes. Enter for your chance to win two free roundtrip flights anywhere in the United States ($500 value)! Where do you want gtrot to send you this fall? Tweet us your response (“I want @gtrot to send me to _________ this fall! #gtrottravel”) daily for additional entries. You must sign up for gtrot and “Like” us on Facebook for valid entry. The Twitter entries are optional and will be accepted daily!

What are you waiting for? Get those entries in now!

Happy Travels!

We’re Tumbling!

September 26th, 2011

gtrot is now on Tumblr! We’ve decided to create a Tumblr blog for the fun stuff like travel inspiration and wanderlust. Don’t worry, we’ll keep posting here too. Tumblr will be for everything we wish we could post, so prepare your dashboards for a destination overload. Are you on Tumblr? Feel free to send us your links! Head over to gtrot’s Tumblr now for your daily dosage of all things travel.

Happy Travels!


gtrot Press | Travel + Leisure

September 23rd, 2011

We are so excited to be featured as one of Travel + Leisure’s favorite social travel websites! What’s better than that? We’ll tell you.  The article is being printed in their 40th Anniversary October issue! You can check it out now online, but we can’t wait to pick it up. Enjoy!