Where has Tiff been since Italy?
Good question…. I’ve been exploring my creative side and finding new ways to express my passion for travel.
I waisted about a week feeling sorry for myself when we returned from Italy. Oh… how I love Italy! I used jet-lag as an excuse, but in reality was feeling a little lost with out a dream to pursue. I am deeply grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to Italy. It was definitely a dream come true!!! However, I’m not crazy about defining it as “a trip of a lifetime”. I love travel so much that I can’t imagine only making a trip like that once in my life. Paul Kurtz, a friend and fellow traveler, told me that the trip of a lifetime will only come when we go to heaven, which put my wander lust into perspective and gave me permission to dream up another adventure.
One problem always stands in the way of travel for me. Money. So, I decided to take inventory and focus on generating an income from the things I love.
Tiffany Eckhardt ~ traveler.writer.photographer
My first project: set up an Etsy shop to sell prints from my travels. I have always loved photography and have taken photos in New Orleans, Memphis, Clarksdale, Austin, Texas, Washington DC and now Italy. Why not share my passion for travel and promote my favorite destinations through photographs taken along my journey?
I enlisted the help from my friend Michele Savoldi at Columbus ImPRessions. Michele created a new logo, business cards, banner for my Etsy store and postcards using my photos. We refined my branding message into “traveler.writer.photographer”, encompassing my passion to promote travel through various blogs and social media platforms, making videos and photography.
On Friday May 6th the The Green Owl in Urbana, Oh will display my “bicycle and other unique rides” prints during their First Friday event. In celebration of bicycle month, I have put together my bicycle prints from New Orleans, Italy, Clarksdale and even my own back yard. In the month of July my Italian prints will be displayed at The Depot Coffeehouse, also in Urbana, Oh. I am really excited to launch my new venture with two really exciting exhibits.
In the past month Weekend ReTweat has retweated The Cherry Valley Lodge and The Glass House, with two upcoming adventures scheduled. We continue to have a great time promoting B&Bs, Inns and retreats using our collective social media platforms and are branching out to promote area attractions as well. The trip to The Glass House included a canopy tour at Hocking Hills Canopy Tours and a hike led by Robb Landon. Check out our Facebook Page for all the pics, videos and articles written about our trips!
The newest development for Weekend ReTweat: a partnership with The Tristate Roadtrip! We will be offering ReTweats to destinations within the five county corridor. I will be working for The Tristate Roadtrip developing their social media presence, creating videos for their destinations and improving the business listings on their website; another real exciting opportunity for me! I love meeting with Linda Linham from Tristateroadtrip! We have so many ideas for this project.
Ideas & projects ~ where will they take me?!
I have a few other miscellaneous projects… I am currently developing a social media strategy for a local small business. I was asked to help produce a short film… uncharted territory for me! I am also helping with Team Zoe, mainly with the Facebook page and marketing Zoe Fest. Zoe is a nine year old girl with a rare brain tumor (DIPG). It has been sad to watch her go through treatment, but rewarding to use my skills for good and definitely a reminder how precious life is.
I want to pursue ideas for a travel book, produce more travel videos and develop more partnerships in the travel industry. I don’t know where in the world these ideas will take me or what is around the corner, but the journey is good! I can only hope it leads to more travel, exploring the world God created and developing new friendships worldwide. I am ready to dream up another adventure! Where in the world should I go next? Leave a comment if you have a suggestion.
Life is a journey, come travel with me!