Friday, June 27, 2008

YTB is reaching towards #1

YTB Ranked #26 In Travel Weekly Power List! Not Bad considering 5 years ago no one even knew who we were.

While we know that most of the BIG NEWS is being saved for the National Convention in August the
Travel Weekly Power List is out and YTB is Ranked #26 overall, and tied for the LARGEST GAIN of everyone on the Power list with $414.5 Million in Travel Sales.

Watch us continue to grow...why don't you come and join us?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Travel Tips & Ideas #1

Mel's World Travel Tips & Ideas

Travel Within Your State

With the economy like it is right now and gas prices on the rise one way you can save money this summer season is to TRAVEL WITHIN YOUR STATE.

Every state/location has some fascinating adventures within hours of you. Do a little research online to find interesting facts, tours, and activities for you and your family.

Each and every state has a web page that has a link for “tourist activities” or a “things to do” section. Click away and find new things to explore.

We like to get away from where we live, but most of the time we only travel between 2-5 hours to go to our destinations. This saves on gas, travel time, and also allows us to show the kids cool and exciting things in our beautiful state.

It is a great way to show your family that time away is important, and also allows you to be creative about what you are doing. Go to some parks, beaches, outdoor adventures, historical monuments, and other points of interest.

Getting away doesn’t always mean traveling long distances…sometimes the best get-aways are in your own neck of the woods.

Check back every week as we seek out some new Travel Tips and Ideas here in Mel’s World Travel Biz.

If you have any great travel tips or ideas that you would like to share with us drop a comment here or send me an email at and we see how you were creative with your travel adventures.

Enjoy the Journey,

If you are looking to book your Summer Travel click on Mashburn Travel to go directly to our booking engine...check it out and see if we can save you the most money this summer!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - 6/25/08

Enjoying a Sunset on Marco Island Beach, FL...what could be sweeter?

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Friday, June 20, 2008

How to Add Value to Others

Every day I read a daily devotional from John Maxwell (Leadership Guru) called "Leadership Promised for Every Day". This one was too good not to share...I truly believe that if we are going to grow our at home businesses that we should also grow as leaders. So, here goes...

"And Jesus went about all Galilee, taching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people."
~ Matthew 4:23

When people think about you, do they say to themselves, "My life is better because of that person?" Their response probably answers the question of whether you are adding value to them. To succeed personally, you must try to help others. That's why Zig Ziglar says, "You can get everything in life you want if you help enough people get what they want." How do you do that? How can you turn your focus from yourself and start adding value to others? You can do it by:

1. Putting others first in your thinking.
2. Finding out what others need.
3. Meeting that need with excellence and generosity.

(Failing Forward)

I'm Ready to Be There for YOU,

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - 6/18/08

Here's the view from my chair on Marco Island as the sun begins to set!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Vitamins for the Mind by Jim Rohn


At the end of each day, you should play back the tapes of your performance. The results should either applaud you or prod you.

The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. This is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to reap without apology if the amounts are big.

Life asks us to make measurable progress in reasonable time. That's why they make those fourth grade chairs so small – so you won't fit in them at age twenty-five!

There are some things you don't have to know how it works - only that it works. While some people are studying the roots, others are picking the fruit. It just depends on which end of this you want to get in on.

Vitamins for the Mind is a weekly sampling of original quotes, on a specific topic, taken from The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn (TTOQ). TTOQ, a beautiful, burgundy hardbound book with gold foil lettering, is a collection of over 365 quotes on 60 topics gathered from Jim's personal journals, seminars and books spanning over 39 years. To order the TTOQ by Jim Rohn or Excerpts from TTOQ by Jim Rohn or Brian Tracy, please go to
Jim Rohn's Online Catalog

Get the RESULTS you want!,

Friday, June 13, 2008

Why this is Right for YOU!

Sit down, grab a cup of coffee, get your journal and pen handy, and check out this video about "Why this business is RIGHT for YOU!!".

Let me ask you a question...What are you waiting for? Now is the time!

Email me (click here) and let me show you what do to get your business started TODAY (yep, your web site is up and running in 5 minutes, really!)

I can't wait to hear from you,

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wordless Wednesday 6/11/08

Casa Ybel, Sanibel Island, FL - our FAVORITE place to stay on the FL West Coast!

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Take Two Minutes to Watch This...

Take TWO minutes out of your day and watch this video!

This is why I do what I do...I would love to tell you all about it too!

Enjoy the Journey,

Monday, June 9, 2008

Rich Dad's 8 Core Values for Success

Robert Kiyosaki, author of the best-selling Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, shares tips for getting ahead in business.

1 - Find equal opportunities. Don't be a victim of the survival-of-the-fittest technique. Make yourself marketable.

2 - Get a life-changing business education. Feed your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs. No, this doesn't necessarily mean sitting in a college classroom. Get an education from life.

3 - Latch onto friends who will pull you up, not push you down. Protect yourself from negative influences.

4 - Find value in your network. The more people you can meet in business, the better.

5 - Develop your most important business skill. Communicate, communicate and communicate.

6 - Be a leader. Influence others by being a great teacher.

7 - Don't work just for money. Work to build wealth, not money. Invest.

8 - Live your dreams. First of all, make sure you have dreams. Then make them a reality. You can be a successful businessperson and still make your dreams come true.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

YTB International (YTBLA) Approved for Trading on OTCBB

WOOD RIVER, Ill., April 17 --YTB International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: YTBLA) ("YTB" or the "Company"), a provider of Internet-based travel booking services for travel agencies and home-based independent representatives in the United States, Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Canada, today announced that its Class A Common Stock has been approved for quotation on the Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board (the "OTCBB"). All existing market makers will move to the OTCBB within the next 30 days. The Company's Class A Common Stock will continue to be quoted under the ticker symbol "YTBLA."

YTB is a leader in the travel services business and has operated in the travel services industry for 25 years. The Company recently reported its third consecutive quarter of profitability, with total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2007 increasing by 177% to $141.3 million, compared to $50.9 million for the previous year.

The OTCBB provides access to more than 3,300 securities, includes more than 230 participating market makers, and electronically transmits real-time quote, price, and volume information in domestic securities, foreign securities and ADRs.

"We are excited that the Bulletin Board has agreed to quote our Class A Common Stock, as it confirms that YTB International meets the strict filing and disclosure regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission," stated Scott Tomer, Chief Executive Officer of YTB.

"Quoting our stock on the Bulletin Board dramatically increases the number of investors that can freely trade our stock. We believe that this will help to increase the liquidity and visibility of our stock in the financial markets."

About YTB International
Recognized as the 35th largest seller of travel in the U.S. in 2006 by Travel Weekly, YTB International, Inc. provides Internet-based travel booking services for home-based independent representatives in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Bahamas.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wordless Wednesday 6/4/08

I want to be here, right now!!!

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Don't forget the Hope

Leaders: Don't forget the Hope
by Tim Sanders

In my line of work, finding the ultimate definition of leadership is to find the holy grail.

I've heard an assortment of good definitions over the years, but during a mid-May interview with USA Today, AMEX CEO Kenneth Chenault came up with the best one I've heard so far.

For his definition, he took words from a leader who experienced great success and failure -- Napoleon: "The role of a leader is to define reality and give hope."

That's a GREAT way of thinking about leadership. This simple definition gives you two clear mandates to carefully balance: Reality (the way things are) and Hope (the way things can be). By focusing on both, you are able to be candid, yet inspirational.

Leaders who, like Chenault, follow this credo will hit their financial goals, and build an emotionally sustainable business along the way. Without hope, you have follower burn out and revolt. Without reality, you have idealism and no results.

So the trick to leadership, then, is balance and not just vision or charisma. Is hope part of the emotional comp plan for the people that work for you or follow you? Are you the reality king/queen or the 'big idea person'? You've got to own both of those roles to succeed.

~Tim Sanders
Best-selling author Tim Sanders says that it's not just a matter of what you do, but of what you think and how you make others feel. Now, in The Likeability Factor (his popular DVD program), Sanders can help you learn to boost your "L-Factor" and achieve your life's dreams.