Midwest Travel Network Mission

Midwest Travel Network was created to provide opportunities for travel writers and destinations to connect. We hope to make those connections easier. Our Midwest Travel Network mission is to connect the writers/bloggers/ influencers with tourism partners to share the great places, eats, and stories of the Midwest.

History

Lisa and Sara founders of Midwest Travel Network
Midwest Travel Network founders, Lisa Trudell and Sara Broers

October 23, 2013 Sara Broers and Lisa Trudell co-founded Midwest Travel Bloggers. This was primarily a group made of travel bloggers based in the Midwest collaborating, networking and sharing the stories of the Midwest. Now five years later, the organization has evolved into Midwest Travel Network, a group made up of not only writers and bloggers but also the tourism partners working hard to promote their communities.

What we can offer You

Our fifth anniversary in October 2018 marked a perfect time to do some evaluating and upgrading of the business. For those with us from the beginning you will notice a new twist on the original name. We felt this name change more closely reflected the Midwest Travel Network mission. In line with this rebranding, here at Midwest Travel Network, we are working on some exciting new opportunities. The first project will be some restructuring and redesigning of this website. Our hope is to create a more clear and enhanced experience for all of our readers. Look for improved definitions of our services, updated directories of writers and tourism partners, educational offerings and much much more.

Twitter Chats and Facebook Live Shows

If you are looking for inspiration for where to go on your next roadtrip, check out #mwtravel on Instagram and Twitter. Our first venture was the #MWTravel Chat. Both writers and tourism partners learn of travel opportunities and strengthen connections and relationships during these Chats. The #MWTravel Chat happens the first and third Wednesday of every month of Twitter from 11 am- Noon (CST). This is where you can learn more about fun places to visit all across the midwest.

The Twitter Chats have been so successful we started looking to expand the concept into other platforms. Midwest Travel Network is working on creating Facebook Live Shows. These are still in beta, but please hop on and experience one soon.  We would love your feedback.

Facebook Groups

Another valuable aspect of Midwest Travel Network is the strong support found on our Facebook Groups. These groups are a great way to share content, find connections and ask questions. Each of these groups has a distinct purpose.

Midwest Travel Network Facebook Page. This is the business page for Midwest Travel Network. Here you will find new and upcoming events, informative posts about the Midwest. The Facebook Live Shows happen here and are archived on this page.

Midwest Travel Network Group is a closed group where members discuss tips, ideas, solutions and upcoming events.

Midwest Travel Bloggers Support Group. This is a members only group where writers share their links to their Midwest posts.

Connections are at the heart of our Midwest Travel Network mission

Midwest Travel Network mission members making connections

As indicated in our mission statement, connections is a vital component of Midwest Travel Network. These connections can happen during the Twitter Chats, Facebook Live Shows, on any of our Facebook pages, and at our specially hosted events. In the spring of 2018 we hosted our first #MWTN Conference in Clear Lake, IA. The inaugural event boasted an attendance of nearly 100 writers and destination partners.

Building Community Conference Save The Date Medora, ND

Education

After the first Building Community Conference we realized there were  untapped education opportunities for both writers and tourism partners. Midwest Travel Network will start developing these projects over the next several months. Watch for announcements on the website as things progress.

Industry specific tracts

As the business and its membership grows, we discover many ways that we can serve our followers. The homepage and blog of this website will highlight topics, news and events that are important to our entire readership. Midwest Travel Network also believes there is value in developing two separate tracts of content. These will be specifically applicable to either writers or tourism partners. These tracts will appear in the homepage menu as we get them up and running.

Stay connected to the Midwest Travel Network Future

As you can see there are many exciting developments here at Midwest Travel Network. Be sure to stay-tuned and up-to-date on everything happening. Here are several ways that you can keep informed:

  • Tune into the twice monthly Twitter Chats #MWTravel
  • Join us on a Facebook Live Show
  • Sign up for the Midwest Travel Network newsletter (coming soon)
  • Plan to attend the 2nd annual MWTN Conference in Medora, ND. Early-bird tickets are on sale now!