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Join us for our Staycation #FinderyChat

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Summer is very often synonymous with packing a bag and jetting off to far flung exotic locations. But, really, there’s no need to travel far to get away. If you look around and do a bit of research, adventure awaits in your very own backyard or just a short car or train ride away.

Join us on Tuesday, June 21st 10am PT/1am ET as we come together with some of our favorite travel bloggers and adventurers for #FinderyChat on Twitter where we’ll be discussing tips for planning and making the most of your next Staycation Adventure!

From exploring local parks and museums to discovering nearby eateries and day spas, we’ll show you that there are always new experiences to find and fun to be had!

Come join us to share your favorite ways to get away without jetting away! We can’t wait to hear your tips on Tuesday.

How to participate in #FinderyChat

To start:
Follow Findery on Twitter
To see the chat:
Log into Twitter and, in the search box, type in #FinderyChat
To chat with us:
Jump into the conversation and be sure to tag your tweets with #FinderyChat.

Travelers are Storytellers

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“When someone goes on a trip, he has something to tell about,” goes the German saying, and people imagine the storyteller as someone who has come from afar. But they enjoy no less listening to the man who has stayed at home, making an honest living, and who knows the local tales and traditions.

I was rereading Walter Benjamin’s famous essay The Storyteller, and came across this passage, which summarized, in a lovely way, how travelers are always storytellers, how moving through the world inevitably gives one something to tell. It even explained the thinking behind the Near and Far screen on the Findery app!

 

Enjoy peace of mind even when you’re traveling

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There’s nothing quite as amazing as booking a trip, packing your bags, and slamming your front door shut as you head out to your next adventure. But as you’re off experiencing new sites, new foods, and new cultures, your door is staying right where you left it and it might be getting more visitors than you think.

Installing a Ring doorbell before you jet off, ensures that you always know who’s coming around and knocking, or rather, ringing. Wouldn’t you love to gift that kind of peace of mind to the dad in your life this Father’s Day?

Join us on Twitter, Tuesday, June 7th at 10amPT/1pmET as we join together with the Ring team and some incredible influencers for a Twitter Party during which we’ll discuss all the ways having a Ring doorbell can bring the dad in your life peace of mind and make you all feel #AlwaysHome even when you’re away.

Findery Ring Twitter Party

To participate, simply join us on Twitter at 10amPT/1pmET on June 7, 2016 and search for #AlwaysHome.

Be sure to follow Findery and Ring to make sure you don’t miss any of the fun! Our co-hosts, Leticia Barr, Kris McDonald, Ciaran Blumenfeld, and Drew Bennet will be there answering questions about their experience trying out the Ring doorbell system.

If you’d like to be entered to win a Ring doorbell system, comprised of Ring Video Doorbell, a Stick Up Cam, and a Solar Panel, valued at $450, please RSVP below, and tweet responses to the questions asked during the event with both the #AlwaysHome and #Contest hashtags. A winner will be selected from the active event participants. For full sweepstakes rules, please click here.

 

Chris Mann + Findery = Behind-the-Scenes Stories for Fans Around the World

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Chris Mann Twitter Chat

We’re beyond proud to be the place that Chris Mann chooses to share his tour travel stories and photos with his fans. Chris has been chronicling his travels on Findery since 2012 and has shared almost 200 notes written in over 60 places. We are some of his biggest fans, and not just because he loves us too!

This week we had a chance to have a little sit down with Chris to ask him a few questions about his new album (squee!) and his biggest fans. Ready to see what he had to say? Read on!

What is it that drew you to use Findery?

I have had an incredibly loyal fan base who have followed me since I toured with Idina Menzel and India.Arie, through the ups the downs with labels, my time on #TeamXtina on The Voice and now as I play The Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera U.S. Tour! What drew me to Findery was the ability to quickly create Notes on the fly using my phone.

My fans know that I have a quirky sense of humour, so it’s fun to share these places with them as well. And there are so many cool things to share behind the curtain at these theaters I am so lucky to perform in every night and I love to share these with my fans.

 

We know you love connecting with your fans, what do you like best about using Findery as a communication tool?

I’ve always tried to share as much behind-the-scenes insider scoop with my fans. As I crisscross the country with Phantom, and on my tours, I often run into lots of funny or cool landmarks, local oddities, donut shops, and coffee houses.

It’s fun to be able to share my experiences with the fans who have supported me since the beginning and continue to make this amazing ride possible. It’s only fair that I share as much of this experience with them and Findery makes that easy and fun.

 

How have you found that Findery helps you stay connected with your fans and friends while you are on the road?

It can be tough to be on the road so much, but social tools like Findery help me stay connected with fans, family and friends. It’s also cool to see my pins laid out on the map, reminding me of where I’ve been and some of the cool fans and celebrities I’ve been able to meet.

It’s been fun to give, both MANNfans and PhantomPham, a peek behind the scenes of the biggest touring Broadway productions in the country! But I also think of Findery as my scrapbook, where I can organize and share my life on the road with my fans, family and friends. Findery makes it easier to feel like we are all in this adventure together.

 

Of all the notemaps (or notes)  you’ve created, which is your absolute favorite?

Touring with Phantom, has been a dream come true. So, I’d have to say my Phantom Tour notemap is my favorite. That notemap also includes one of my favorite notes —a Phantom battle with the hilarious, James Corden.

And I love meeting fans on my own tours, as well as the Phantom tour, so the Selfies With Chris Mann notemap is another favorite! I especially love meeting my Mini MANNfans—it’s great to see so many kids at Phantom wearing their masks!

 

Tell us about your new album, Constellation.

I’m incredibly proud of this new album. “Constellation” features twelve original songs co-written by myself and some of the best songwriters in the business. Each song is a special piece of me written over the past 10 years. To me, they are all shining stars–my constellation.

Some of the amazing co-writers I was able to co-write with include Justin Tranter, dubbed “the hottest songwriter in pop music” by the New York Times for his string of chart-topping smashes (“Sorry” by Justin Bieber, “Good For You” by Selena Gomez).  

Together, Justin, myself and Felix Snow wrote the lead single, “Echo”–an epic, energetic anthem declaring that “in the end we are mirrors searching for a reflection…you are my voice, I am your echo.

 

We love the track, “Comeback.” What does it mean to you?

Thank you! For me, “Comeback,” is what I call the feel-good track of the album. I just released the video and it has quickly garnered buzz on social media. Basically it tells the story of underdog determination and perseverance straight from the pages of my  life.

I’ve had so many ups and downs in the music business–doubters, naysayers, in and out of labels. But this album and this song are my way of fighting on and taking life, and my music, by the horns.

“Comeback” was co-written with Amy Foster (“Just Haven’t Met You Yet” by Michael Buble) and Who Is Fancy? (“Boys Like You feat. Meghan Trainor & Ariana Grande”)–it’s an infectious torch song that will have listeners singing with the choir, “don’t you know what a comeback looks like?!”

 

When did you have time to record an album while on tour with Phantom of the Opera?

This album was a labor of love. It was a lot to take on, especially while still performing as The Phantom every night, but so worth it. I recorded the album during the Phantom of the Opera run at the beautiful Pantages Theater in Hollywood. I would record during the day, then head to the Pantages to perform as Phantom at night.

But the payoff has been seeing such a positive reception for the album from fans, who helped fund the making of the album, and to see it debut at #15 on iTunes, #1 on Amazon Vocalist chart and appear on 10 Billboard Charts after its first week!  The response to the album has been so humbling and the chart exposure has really amazing as an indie artist. My army of MANNfans continue to amaze me!

 

Want to chat with Chris Mann?

Join us on Twitter Tuesday, May 24th at 11am PST / 2pm EST, to chat about his new album “Constellation.” Now that it has launched Chris is excited to spend some time with his fans and he could think of no better way than in a LIVE Twitter chat moderated by the Findery team!

Want to ask Chris question about Constellation, his new music video for Comeback or anything Phantom? Of course you do! Post your question in the comment section of this note. We will be moderating the discussion with questions from the fans — so get your questions in!

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just be sure to follow @Findery and @IamChrisMann on Twitter jump on Twitter on May 24th at 11am Pacific / 2pm Eastern and do a search for #FinderyMannChat. Then, simply join the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyMannChat in all of your tweets!

Chris Mann is currently starring as The Phantom, in Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success new production of The Phantom of the Opera through October 2016. His current album, Constellation, is now available on iTunes, Amazon Music and ChrisMannMusic.com.

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Come chat with Chris Mann and the Findery Team

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Calling All #MannFans!

We are thrilled to announce that we will be hanging out with Chris Mann on Twitter Tuesday, May 24th at 11am PST/ 2pm EST, to chat about his new album “Constellation.” Now that the album has launched, Chris is excited to spend some time with his fans and he could think of no better way than in a LIVE Twitter chat moderated by the Findery team!

Want to ask Chris questions about Constellation, his new music video for Comeback, or anything Phantom? Of course you do! Post any burning questions you might have for Chris in the comment section of this note. Chris will be answering as many of the questions as possible during the Live Twitter chat. 

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just be sure to follow @Findery and @IamChrisMann on Twitter, jump on Twitter on May 24th at 11am PST / 2pm EST and search for #FinderyMannChat. Then, simply join the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyMannChat  in all of your tweets!

We are looking forward to chatting with all of you on Tuesday!

Chris Mann Twitter Chat

Chris Mann Twitter Chat

Wellness & Self-care Travel #FinderyChat

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Yes, adventure travel is fun and culture travel is good for the brain, but sometimes you need to travel to take care of your soul. Everyday lives are fraught with teeny-tiny, and not so small, hassles that slowly wear away at our resistance until we’re completely drained.

Ideally we’d all be living the kinds of lives that allow us to recharge our batteries on a regular basis. Realistically, life all too often gets in the way of the little things that allow us to take care of ourselves. The solution? A little TLC in the form of wellness & self-care travel.

That’s right. We’re talking about jetting off to do nothing more than sit by an idyllic pool or be pampered at a five star spa. And we’re going to be talking about it for a whole hour on Tuesday, May 17 at 10PST/1EST during our next #FinderyChat on Twitter.

We hope you’ll join us to share your stories on why you love the idea of a relaxing and healing spa getaway or where you’d most like to take one.

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just log into Twitter on that day and at that time and do a search for #FinderyChat. Then, simply jump into the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyChat in all of your tweets!

Looking forward to hearing how you take care of yourselves!

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Exploring National Parks during #FinderyChat

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Did you know that the National Parks Service is celebrating it’s big 100th birthday this summer? Just like anyone celebrating a milestone that big, all they want for their birthday is for you to come visit already.

If you go, you won’t be alone.

According to the National Parks Service, 307,247,252 people visited National Parks in 2015. That’s a whole lot of people striking out to visit some of the most treasured lands in the United States. But when you consider the fact that there are no fewer than 58 National Parks nationwide and that every year the number of visits to the parks increases by almost 10 million, the number doesn’t seem as surprising any more.

Really, anyone who has ever been to a National Park knows exactly why the numbers keep increasing. When you’ve been to one National Park, you’re suddenly struck with an intense desire to go visit them all.

Feel as passionately about National Parks as we do? Join us on Tuesday, May 3rd at 10am PST/1pm EST as we come together to to discuss all the wonders that National Parks have to offer in our bi-monthly Twitter #FinderyChat. 

National Park #FinderyChat Invitation

 

Have great photos and stories about National Parks? Come share them on Findery before the chat and we’ll be sure to include them in our discussion!

Camping, glamping, or RVing?

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When the sun comes out and the weather starts to warm up, the thought of hitting the road with a sizable chunk of your belongings packed into the back of the car and heading to a campground to become one with nature starts to have a certain appeal.

Or, for some, it’s the thought of hopping into a fully loaded RV, or even heading to a camp site where everything is supplied and you can sleep on a comfortable little cot instead of on the hard ground.

In any case, warm weather is ideal for camping, glamping, or RVing and we know you have lots of thoughts and stories to share about this particular style of travel.

Come chat with us on Twitter, tomorrow, April 19 at 10PST/1EST as we discuss the ins and outs of camping, glamping, and RVing. 

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just log into Twitter on that day and at that time and do a search for #FinderyChat. Then, simply jump into the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyChat in all of your tweets!

Looking forward to kicking back and relaxing around our virtual campfire with you!

Chat about camping and RVing with Findery

Let’s Talk About Trains, Shall We?

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The wheels clickity-clack over the rails, the scenery flashes by, and all you have to do is sit back and relax as the train carries you off to another magical destination. Not that it matters where you’re going, being on a train is definitely part of the journey and an integral part of the experience.

Join us Tuesday, April 5 at 10 PST/1 EST on Twitter for our next #FinderyChat where we’ll spend an hour chatting about the magic and joys of traveling by train and the best destinations to get to by rail.

No need to RSVP or do anything special, just log into Twitter on that day and at that time and do a search for #FinderyChat. Then, simply jump into the conversation, being careful to include the hashtag #FinderyChat in all of your tweets!

“See” you there!

FinderyChat about Train Travel

(photo by Paige Totaro of All Over the Map. See the related note here.)

Stories on the Road

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I’ve driven across America a half a dozen times, now, but the very best road trip of all of them was the first one, the one I took with my friend Sevilla, driving a monkey-shit brown Ford Grenada lowrider, sleeping in hotel parking lots and, at one point, stranded in Billings Montana, waiting for a tire to be delivered, eating a MRE we’d been given “for emergencies” from a military friend of ours. And the stuff we listened to! This was an era before audiobooks, and so I was forced to listen to cassette tapes of her horrible industrial music, having brought no music of my own, except when I was able to throw in a little Simon and Garfunkel, which belonged to her parents, and who she thought were hopelessly passé and cheesy.

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But the books that inspired us to go on the road trips to begin with, that made us fall in love with the romance of the road, were tales of highways and adventure, from On the Road to Blue Highways, and honestly, I think Sevilla and I would have come up with a better soundtrack for our trip if we’d listened to audiobooks instead.

Now that we’re older, and travel with our husbands, wives, grandmas, daughters and sons, we’ve improved our listening habits somewhat, and can even afford to stay in hotels, and not just their parking lots. We love audiobooks, our kids love audiobooks, and we’ve become road trip audiobook aficionados.

We polled the Findery team, searched the Audible database, and came up with a great list of audiobooks to inspire you to greater adventure, pacify the rugrats, inform, inspire and entertain. All of these can be downloaded from Audible, and listened to while rolling down those distant highways.

Reads to feed your wanderlust:

Holy Cow!: An Indian Adventure

The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

The Places in Between

The Wander Year: One Couple’s Journey Around the World

Wanderlust: A Love Affair with Five Continents

Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World

Family friendly adventures:

The Adventure Collection: Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, Gulliver’s Travels, White Fang, The Merry Adventures of Robin

On the Far Side of the Mountain

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: The Chronicles of Narnia

Do you have a favorite audio book for the road? Share it with us on Twitter, tag your post with #FinderyRoadtrip and we will add it to our list. (Photo via Flickr from Doc Searls.)