November 18, 2015: Michele Peterson and @ATasteForTravel debuted in the Top 15% of the 1,000 Most Influential Travel Bloggers List (#137).  The RISE leaderboard ranks the thousands of travel bloggers by scoring them on their social media influence using their Klout score. You can see the full list at the Travel1K Leaderboard or follow it via the hashtag #travel1k. Topics of influence include Food, Caribbean, Tropical Vacations, Restaurants, Hotels and Travel.

March 2015:  A Taste for Travel joined Yummly, the popular recipe and food website launched in 2010 by foodies who wanted to help other food fans do what they love – cook, eat, and share! Now,  A Taste for Travel readers can use the Yum button to save recipes on the A Taste for Travel blog to their personal recipe box.  How handy is that? All you have to do is watch for the YUM button at the bottom of each A Taste for Travel recipe post and you’ll never have to go rummaging around in your print recipe folder to find the recipe you’re looking for. All you have to do is Yum the recipes.

Here’s what the Yum button looks like:

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2014
On December 3rd, the Huatulco Food and Film Festival awarded a Diploma of Recognition to Michele for her contribution to  promoting and fostering interest in the cuisine of Oaxaca, Mexico in her story published by Air Canada’s enRoute Huatulco’s Soul Food. 

A travel essay was selected for the anthology Chance Encounters: Travel Tales from Around the World, published in November 2014 by World Traveler Press and available on Amazon.
2013 
Media Coverage in MetroMetro News, Canada’s largest daily, featured excerpts from the Puerto Escondido Travel Essentials app in a feature 5 Hotspots in Puerto Escondido  on Oct 9, 2013

 

 

Reader’s Digest interviewed Michele for the story 10 Less-Travelled Mexico Destinations that appeared online Oct 1, 2013.

Real Heroes of Mexico Ambassador 2013 Mexico Report announced Michele as one of nine ambassadors for the 2013 Real Heroes of Mexico project   on April 2013.

 

 

 

2012 
Toronto Star selects Puerto Escondido Travel Essentials as APP of the Week – June 30, 2012

Presentation “There’s an app for that ” was an introduction to the world of  authoring tools, compensation and the rewards/challenges of creating applications for mobile  devices. According to TNS Global, one-third of the world’s populations now use a smartphone and interest in Mobile devices such as smartphones, cell phones and tablets is growing rapidly. Whether you write about business, shopping, cooking or travel, if  you’re a freelance journalist you need to be ready for this new world of mobile technology.

Puerto Escondido Media Exchange Michele hosted a presentation on Twitter 101 on October 17, 2012. Email [email protected] for a free copy.

North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) awarded Michele  a Bronze Award of Excellence in Travel Writing  in the category of Intergenerational and Family Travel for her article “My Nude Christmas with Mom” which ran in the Ottawa Citizen on December 24, 2010.
2011
Selected as one of Tripbase’s 100 Favorite Travel Writers
In 2011, Michele was selected as one of 100 Favorite Travel Writers by Tripbase, a top travel planning website.
2010
Winner of Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) award
In October 2010, Michele was awarded the “Best Travel Feature Article Award for a Publication or Television in English” by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) in Montreal, Canada. The article “On the French Caribbean Rum Trail” ran in Air Canada’s onAir publication in January 2009.

2008
Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO)
In February 2008, she worked as a volunteer adviser with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) in the western highlands of Honduras, beyond the Mayan ruins of Copan. This capacity-building project promoted sustainable tourism and hope to improve economic opportunities within the local community.