Today’s show focuses on a recent media trip to Loreto, Mexico with several other travel bloggers, travel writers, and TV personalities. Loreto, Mexico is located in Baja California Sur. Our group flew from the Tijuana Airport on Volaris Airlines.  Join me as I chat with the tourism board representative, the hotel social media manager from Villa del Palmar and three travel writers about this media trip and hear their top Advice for Bloggers and Travel Writers.  

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Loreto, Baja California Sur Mexico Media Trip

Loreto Mexico media trip

Photo Credit Mantripping

Loreto is an outdoor paradise. It is famous for diving, snorkeling and whale watching. Kayaking, golfing and hiking are other very popular outdoor activities. Although, it’s fishing that is the heart of Loreto.

While famous oceanographer, Jacques Cousteau’s said it was his favorite place in the world and coined it the “The Aquarium of the World” because of it’s amazing sea life, it remains a hidden gem to many people including those of us in Southern California! In fact, Loreto’s official slogan is “300 Years Old and Still Undiscovered”.

In this episode, 

Click here to listen to the full episode to hear how to get on the right mailing lists for PR invitations and the top conference to attend to land U.S. media trips. This is “BITW 134: Travel Media Showcase & 1000 Islands Media Trip”.

Volaris Airlines

Volaris Airlines

This media trip was organized by Volaris Airlines and was created to celebrate the new route from Tijuana to Loreto.  Volaris is my new favorite airline for travel to Mexico. They are an ultra-low cost airline that operates in Mexico, the United States and Central America. Volaris is the second-largest airline in Mexico and currently serves 196 routes from 67 airports. They offer discount flights from the US to cities in Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica.  

Full episode >> Listen to Episode 147 Now!

My Guest on Today’s Podcast

Loreto Mexico media trip

Ivette Granados Marines

Ivette is the Manager of North Baja California Sur tourism. In our interview, she shares that if you love the outdoors, Loreto may be your dream location. We also chat about the best way for writers and bloggers to plan a trip to Loreto and much more!

Ivette’s Advice for Bloggers and Travel Writers:

  • Why ongoing communication with the tourism board or PR is essential.
  • As travel writers, it is our job to show the value of our participation on a media trip.

Zayra Oliveres

Zayra is the social media manager at Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto, a luxury resort located in a private cove in Danzante Bay. This resort is the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families. The resort features 4,447 acres of unspoiled beauty with three restaurants, 20,000 square feet of turtle-shaped pools, award-winning Sabila Spa and Mexico’s only TPC Golf course; an 18-hole masterpiece designed by Rees Jones.

Zayra’s Advice for Bloggers and Travel Writers:

  • PR and marketing reps are following posting during media trips (so make a point to impress!)
  • Remember to do more than one round of social media for your articles.
  • Ask for promotional codes to offer your followers.

Jon Bailey

Jon Bailey is the man behind 2TravelDads. He was my guest on episode 142! Jon shares why Loreto is one of few unspoiled destinations in Baja Sur. We also chat about Loreto having the first two missions in Father Junipero Serra’s Camino real trail. We also chat about the three California’s. Most importantly we chat about the new Volaris route from Tijuana.

Jon’s Advice for Bloggers and Travel Writers:

  • An invitation to a media trip is a privilege.
  • Show up to everything on time during a media trip.
  • Remember you are a guest in the destination and you should behave like a grateful guest.
  • Don’t complain. Be gracious and humble.
  • As travel writers, our job after visiting a destination is to tell their story to the broadest amount of people.
  • Collect links for all of your social media during a trip and give them to the host.
  • How to become a trusted and trustworthy journalist PR reps want to work with over and over again.

Connect with Jon Bailey and 2 Dads with Baggage:

2DadswithBaggage.com  | Jon Bailey on InstagramJon Bailey on FacebookJon Bailey on TwitterJon Bailey on Instagram

James Hills

James Hills is the man behind Mantripping. He was my guest way back on episode 15! James shares why Loreto is a perfect vacation spot for a guy’s weekend, and why he still hasn’t fished in Loreto. He also shares his favorite experience on our media trip which was a day boating to one of the Islands of Loreto and the amazing school of dolphins we encountered.

James’s Advice for Bloggers and Travel Writers:

  • Know your audience and what activities on a trip are important for you to experience.
  • Never be a “no-show” for anything scheduled on the media trip itinerary.
  • Why a great press trip is built with a great group of content creators.
  • Jame’s follow tips for after a media trip.

Connect with James Hills & Mantripping:

James Hills websiteJames Hills on Facebook | James Hills on TwitterJames Hills on Instagram

Heather Winfield

Heather Winfield is the woman behind Fine Magazine. Heather shares her favorite moment on the trip which was with Wild Loreto tours and the 100’s of dolphins we encountered on our way to Coronado Island. She shares why she found Loreto safe, beautiful and majestic and why it truly is a magical town.

Heather’s Advice for Bloggers and Travel Writers:

  • How she helps new writers launch their careers.
  • When pitching, always provide a publication writing samples.
  • Always include your passion and niche in a pitch.
  • Why you must keep writing to become a better writer.

Connect with Heather Winfield and Fine magazine:

Fine Magazine | Facebook | Fine Magazine

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The importance of Baja California.
  • The importance of Volaris opening a new direct flight route to Loreto from Tijuana.
  • What makes Loreto such a special location.
  • If you love the outdoors, Loreto may be your dream location.
  • The Camino Real starts in Loreto and ends in Ventura, California.
  • Loreto is home to the first two Jesuit missions on the Camino Real trail.
  • The Gulf of California (Sea of Cortez) is a UNESCO heritage site.
  • Loreto has a bay with five islands with a protected marine park.
  • The dilemma of keeping this charming and quaint town a secret or sharing it with the world!
  • Hotels range from $20 a day and up in Loreto.
  • Loreto All Inclusive program that allows you to visit hotel restaurants around town for a day pass fee.
  • Loreto can be enjoyed on any budget.
  • Why Loreto is the best place in the world to see grey whales.
  • Why you should wake up early to get great photos.
  • PR and marketing reps are following posting during media trips (so make a point to impress!)
  • The best way for writers and bloggers to plan a trip to Loreto.
  • Remember to do more than one round of social media for your articles.
  • How easy it is to fly from the Tijuana airport.
  • It is completely clean and safe flying out of Tijuana.
  • As travel writers, it is our job to show the value of our participation on a media trip.

Episode Resources

Cheap Flights to Mexico with Volaris article from 52 Perfect Days
Episode 32: Media Trip to Loreto, Mexico and Interview with Nine Travel Bloggers
Break Into Travel Writing, Travel Writer’s Academy

Loreto Resources

Volaris Airlines
Loreto Bay Golf Resort and SpaLoreto Bay Golf Resort and Spa
San Javier Mission
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
San Javier Mission

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