Our Southern Foodie Road Trip (which we're highlighting this week) brought us to Atlanta. Our stay there had nothing to do with the road trip. Or food.
Since we were going to be in the region, we arranged to meet with one of our business consulting clients based in the area. Although we do a majority of our business remotely (so that we can work from anywhere), we do – from time to time – meet onsite with clients when it makes sense.
This post is not about meeting with our client; it's about traveling anonymously.
When we go from being "handled" as "travel influencers" to being anonymous, things can change significantly. Now... You already know that we won't get into travel partnerships that don't resonate with us. We know travel inside and out and have known it for a long time – w a y before we started getting any attention for it. So, our bullshit meters are fine tuned; we know what's happening because we're getting special treatment, and we know what the "real deal" is. When you *know* travel, you *know* what's going on.
Anyhow, it's nice to be anonymous, and it's how we prefer a majority of our experiences be. Plus, keeping in close touch with "real" travel makes us much better assessors when we're being handled. That's better for you, and it's better for the partners we're working with.
The point of all of this is to say that Atlanta was a real treat; an opportunity to have experiences 100% driven by us. One night at a restaurant, a server (preparing for a cocktail competition) treated us to a bunch of samples of concoctions he was considering for the competition. We love moments like that.