TBEX, or Travel Bloggers Exchange, is coming to Canada this June and I can’t be more excited.
To be honest…I am a little daunted! This will be my first TBEX having narrowly missed last September’s edition in Costa Brava. I was walking the Camino de Santiago at the time and was torn…do I break up my walk for TBEX, after all, I was in Spain, or do I wait for the next edition? Tough call but in the end, I decided not to break up my walk. The Camino was too important to me as I was undergoing a major Life Transition.
Back in January, I headed down to the New York Times Travel Show and finally got to meet a fantastic group of bloggers – an outgoing bunch, needless to say and lasting friendships have been made! From there, Lola of Lola’s Travels joined me in Montreal as we embraced the cold and lived the Montreal Winter Bucket List. Now, a group of us are planning a warmer summer weekend in Montreal! But, before we head out for our Summer in Montreal trip – some of us will be re-united at TBEX in Toronto. I can’t wait!
Back to TBEX – I really don’t know what to expect. With over 1,000 registered attendees, this will be the biggest TBEX to date. The conference will be filled with fellow bloggers, photographers and people from the tourism industry. I have been told that it is THE travel blogger conference – a must for anyone who is truly serious about what they do. TBEX will be a major chance to learn from the pros out there, mingle with the tourism boards and really start to flaunt my stuff. If I am going to make it at as a travel writer – this is my time.
I have already learned so much from my fellow travel bloggers – they have inspired me, challenged me and made me laugh. Travel Destination Bucket List has grown to reach so many people who share my passion for travel and photography…I am lucky to be a part of it all. Thank you for all the shares, likes and comments…as I develop my network and build my writing portfolio, I hope you keep coming along for the ride. (BTW – did you know – Travel Destination Bucket List is also on Instagram? Follow along for more photos from the road!)
I recently read a fantastic post by Just-In-Time travels about 8 Blogging Tips for Travel Photographers. In her article, she speaks about the value of networking. She looks to the travel blogging industry for some of our keys to success. As in any business, networking is crucial, and with the proliferation of social media, it has been taken into the stratosphere! By working together, as bloggers, we can achieve so much more for the destinations we are covering, the tours we do and the hidden gems we find on the road. For our readers…we can help them find fabulous new destinations to visit by sharing what we know to be out there from trusted sources. With this in mind, I will be showcasing a number of friends I have made through the blogging community hosting a series of guest posts…these are from the people I know and respect. People I have met at places like the NYTimes Travel Show and TBEX. Their posts will be filed under “My Travel Network”. First up will be a guest post from a couple of savvy Aussies who are experts on House Sitting…stay tuned for their tips on how they make their travels last longer.
I see TBEX as one great big, giant networking opportunity. There is so much to learn in a field that is brutally tough to make a living at, constantly evolving and so exciting. I can’t wait!
Keeping it social: Travel Destination Bucket List in Social Media
- twitter: wheretogoam
- FaceBook: Anita Mac – Travel Destination
- Pinterest: Travel Destination Bucket List
- Instagram: Travel Destination Bucket List
With this be your first TBEX? Check out Tawny&Clark’s awesome YouTube for the soon to be initiated TBEXers!