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Blog Action Day - Calling all Girlfriend Travelers

One thing I love about blogging is the conversation that takes place between GG writers and the world.

Everything we write is part of a discussion - not the start and not the end. And while we don't always know who we're talking to, we know we like the exchange.

That's why GoGirlfriends are getting involved in Blog Action Day on October 15, 2008. In short, it's Blog Action DayBlog Action Daythousands of bloggers all talking about the same issue on the same day - being part of a larger conversation than any of us can individually.

Last year Blog Action Day was all about the environment, but this year the topic is poverty. If there's one thing GoGirlfriends see when we're traveling, it's a wide expanse of every income imaginable. Sometimes we're close enough to run our fingertips across the gilded china, but many times we're faced with the poor peddling their trade to tourists.

Have you ever stepped off a cruise ship to confront a throng of locals desperate to sell "you" something, anything? Has anyone ever asked you for spare change while you paid the taxi driver?

We've all had those experiences - whether you travel or not - but do you handle it differently when you're away from home? Do you throw your spare change in the cup of a foreigner faster than you do a kid sitting on the street corner in your hometown?

If you have a blog, join us on October 15 as we share our experiences, hopes and fears on the subject of poverty. And if you don't have a blog of your own, we'd be thrilled to invite you to blog here for the day.

It doesn't have to be a long story and it doesn't have to take hours for you to write - speak from the heart and you'll figure it out. Need some inspiration? Watch this YouTube video and start thinking about how you'll join in the conversation with us:

What will you be doing on October 15?

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i agree - great idea! btw - i love the story you did on slum tourism. i'm not sure i agree it's the crassest way to travel but it makes you wonder if our tourism dollars do more harm than good.

Sounds like a great idea, thanks for bringing to our attention!

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