Who’s Talking about TBEX 12

Wow!  Who’s talking about TBEX?

You are, that’s who!

  1. TBEX Pushes Travel Blogging Industry to New High
  2. TBEX 12 Official Video:  800 Travel Geeks on a Mountain
  3. Travel Blogger Exchange 2012: Three Questions for Next Year
  4. First Thoughts on TBEX 2012
  5. Travel Blog Exchange Grows Up
  6. TBEX 2012 Welcoming Party aka Soiree at the Summit
  7. Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) 2012 Recap VLOG
  8. TBEX 2012 Day 1 & The Expedia Summer Shindig
  9. Foodie Paradise Found during TBEX 2012 Taste of Vail Resorts Opening Event
  10. At TBEX, I met people who inspired and at the same time exhausted me–there’s so much to do!
  11. This Week in Travel Live TBEX 2012 Episode #117
  12. 9 Education Lessons from TBEX Travel Blog Conference
  13. TBEX 2012 review and my 1st Blogiversary! Hard work paying off
  14. 16 Things To Do As A Travel Blogger Now That TBEX ’12 Is Over
  15. Blame it on the Altitude
  16. Experiencing TBEX 2012 | Part 1: An Overview
  17. The 2012 Travel Blog Exchange Conference Hits a New High in the Colorado Mountains
  18. TBEX 2012 in Keystone, Colorado
  19. The Beautiful Scenery of the Colorado Rockies
  20. TBEX Takeaways
  21. TBEX Wrap-up: Bloggers We Love!
  22. Slideshow:  My First TBEX Experience
  23. Photo Op:  TBEX Collage
  24. A writer is a writer is a writer (or what I learned at TBEX’12)
  25. I Had a Great Time at TBEX
  26. TBEX ’12 – Passion, Parties and Passing the Torch
  27. Hitchhiking, Hot Tubbing and Hobnobbing at TBEX
  28. Can Someone Help Me Find My TBEX V-card? I Seem to Have Lost it
  29. C.C. Chapman Shares His Experience at TBEX
  30. Tales From a TBEX First Timer
  31. The Responsibility Travel Bloggers Have to the Travel Community
  32. Blogging: fad or emerging market?
  33. TBEX 2012: Kelley’s 5 Takeaways from the Travel Blog Exchange
  34. Southwest Takes TBEX by Storm!
  35. Travel Blogging Heroes and Lola’s TBEX Stage Fright
  36. Rocky Mountain High: Avoiding Altitude Sickness in the Colorado Mountains
  37. Rocky Mountain High: The Colorado Fires
  38. 10 favourite TBEX 12 moments
  39. Top 10 travel writing tips
  40. Travel Blog Exchange in Keystone a bonanza for Colorado tourism – The Denver Post
  41. Portland to Denver for TBEX
  42. Welcome to Denver
  43. Pub Crawls Require A Good Snooze!
  44. Penny Parker’s On The Town: Travel bloggers gathered in Keystone to blab about Colorado
  45. 50 Shades Of Awkward: My Tbex Experience
  46. Travel Blogging Goodness: TBEX 2012, Keystone, Colorado
  47. Colorado through new eyes – TBEX in Keystone
  48. Travel writers and editors descend on Denver and Keystone this weekend
  49. Reflections of TBEX 2012: Keystone Took My Breath Away
  50. TBEX 2012 Rasied the Professionalism Bar for Travel Bloggers
  51. TBEX 2012 Adventure Begins with Cottonelle
  53. The Swagalicious TBEX ’12 Keystone Colorado
  54. Keystone Host to TBEX 2012 Did Not Disappoint
  55. Plenty of altitude at TBEX ’12 in Keystone, CO
  56. Photos: Keystone Mountain Colorado Gondola Ride
  57. Colorado Mountain Express DIA to Keystone TBEX ’12
  58. TBEX 12 Keystone Expedia Summer Shindig
  59. TBEX ’12: A Conference for Travel Bloggers
  60. A Newbie’s Ultimate Guide to TBEX
  61. Hotel Riches for Not Much Money
  62. TBEX Conference 2012 Recap
  63. The Whirlwind Experience of TBEX 12 Con
  64. Your Know You Were at TBEX If. . . .
  65. Line Dancing in Keystone (video)
  66. TBEX’12 in Keystone, Colorado
  67.  How TBEX is Just Like Eating at In-N-Out
  68. TBEX ’12: By Far the Best Ever
  69. Improving the relationship between PR and travel bloggers
  70. How to be a Better (Quality) Blogger
  71. The Best of TBEX 2012: My Official Write-Up Including Formal & Saucy Photos
  72. TBEX Review: Dirty Secrets Addition
  73. TBEX, Where heaven is a tent of chocolate
  74. TBEX 2012, In Very Brief
  75. Everything Everywhere Travel Blogger Gary Arndt Talks TBEX And Blogging
  76. Johnny Jet Talks Airline Travel And Tbex
  77. Kicking It Up In Keystone: Conference Rates Make Travel Great
  78. What Successful Brands Know that You Don’t
  79. YOU. . . .

I know we’re missing a lot of blog posts about TBEX in Keystone, but if I waited to make sure that I had everyone on this list, the post would never get up.  And that means you’d miss out on reading what your fellow travel bloggers have to say.

So, if we’ve missed your blog post, or one that you know about, please leave the link in the comments or send us an email so we can add it.  Let’s see just how high this list will go.

Now, who is ready for Costa Brava?

Photo credit:  TheSeafarer via TBEX flickr photo pool

TBEX Keynote Speaker: C.C. Chapman

We’re very excited to announce that our opening keynote speaker with be C.C. Chapman.

C.C. is a writer, speaker and passionate storyteller who creates in all mediums. He is a thought leader in the social and online media spaces and his marketing work with companies such as Coca-Cola, HBO, Warner Brothers, Snapple, Discovery Channel and American Eagle Outfitters have won rave review and awards.

His words, images and thoughts have graced the pages of Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on Fox and CNN. He is the co-author of the best selling book Content Rules and the Founder of both Digital Dads and Passion Hit TV which recently has been sponsored by Amtrak.

Filled with a case of permanent wanderlust, C.C. loves nothing more than to visit new places with his camera. His most recent journey brought him to Ghana with the ONE Campaign to celebrate the new country wide vaccination program. He also uses his travels to write about today’s digital lifestyle on his own blog as well as Workshifting.com.

C.C.’s keynote, Amazing Things Will Happen When Your Content Rules, will serve as an enthusiastic and motivating way to start off our weekend of education and networking.

5 Reasons Virginia Tourism is Pumped About TBEX

This guest post is from one of our TBEX sponsors, Virginia Tourism.  You can stop by their table in the Expo hall to meet them.



Here’s why we’re pumped about TBEX!

  1. Virginia is for TBEX Lovers – Virginia Tourism has worked with bloggers for several years now, and of course we’ve kept an eye on the #TBEX hashtag, but this is our first year attending the conference. Needless to say, we are giddy with excitement to be a TBEX sponsor, and we’re looking forward to meeting as many bloggers as possible to talk about Virginia story ideas.
  2. Putting a Face with the Tweets – Over the past few years, we’ve made some valuable connections with bloggers who write about family travel, food and wine, outdoor recreation, and more through our @vatourismpr twitter account. So many of the folks we follow on twitter are attending TBEX, and we’re stoked at the opportunity to further develop these relationships by putting real faces with those avatars and twitter handles we’ve come to “know.”
  3. We’re Going on a Dozen Dates in Two Hours! – We’re excited to have the opportunity to share our LOVE for Virginia during our one-on-one face time with TBEX bloggers. As PR folks, our goal is to be the go-to resource for Virginia travel information. Speed dating sessions make that easy.
  4. The Speakers – This conference will not only be fun, but we feel confident that we’ll return to Virginia with a better understanding of bloggers and the art of blogging for our own blog posts.  With the fantastic lineup of speakers, the only issue we have is picking only one session to attend at a time. If anyone knows how to clone yourself for a day, please let us know.
  5. Chatting Over Dinner – With such a packed schedule at TBEX, it is hard to meet with everyone you want to. So, we are looking forward to continuing conversations with bloggers into the evening at the fantastic dinner parties that are planned. Any time top quality food and engaging conversation are combined, it’s sure to be a great time. What we’re NOT looking forward to is the extended waistline that is sure to follow, by hey, that’s the breaks. At least we’ll all be in the same boat!

Does Everyone Knead an Editor?

Here’s another guest post from one of our speakers, Spud Hilton, who’ll be co-presenting at an ed session titled:  10 Step to Writing that Better Engages (and Keeps) Your Readers.

It’s part of the romance and attraction of blogging – being able to say what you want, when you want, how you want, without the pesky interference of others. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times:

“I don’t need an editor,” the line usually goes. “The readers are my editor.”

It’s an interesting perspective that gives insight into media and platforms that are so rich with the refreshing and unfettered voices of self-publishing.

It’s also a steaming load of crap.

Everyone needs an editor. Steinbeck needed an editor. Bill Bryson needs an editor. Francis Mayes needed, well, a story with a point (an editor should have told her that), and maybe if David Foster Wallace had had a better editor, he wouldn’t have been allowed to fabricate so much in his “nonfiction” stories.

There’s a gaping canyon of difference between feedback and editing, instructing, mentoring. Readers can stand on the sidelines and say what they like or don’t like, but they can’t tell you how to get better at what you do. And since (based on the TBEX slogan) we’ve identified ourselves as travel writers, it stands to reason we would want to get better at it. I pity the person who doesn’t want to continually improve at what they do. (Just so we’re clear, we’re not talking about grammar and punctuation. A good editor helps identify the strengths and weaknesses – in writing style, in logic, in voice, in structure, in clichés. A good editor tells you things you don’t want to hear, but that you should hear – which is why spouses, mothers, lifelong friends and anyone who owes you money make horrible editors.)

This is all a roundabout way of encouraging TBEX attendees to use this gathering as an opportunity to find a casual editor, someone you trust to look over your important posts and give honest criticism and advice – even when you don’t want to hear it. Seek out a fellow blogger whose work you admire and ask if they would be willing to look over the occasional post, or maybe be willing to swap critiques. (Keep in mind, many people are already too busy, or they edit for a living and can’t give it away, but with this many attendees you should be able to find someone who would appreciate trading editing.)

Yes, readers can be your editor. You just have to pick the right reader for the job.

For anyone who’s read this far: This post also serves as an invitation to a limited number of TBEX attendees to bring writing samples – posts, stories, articles (sorry, no poetry) – that I can look over and on which I can offer advice, criticism or praise. I’m offering this for the first 15 or so attendees who e-mail me at BadLatitudeTV@gmail.com with the word EDITOR in the subject line. Either include your writing in the e-mail, or bring your sample with you to TBEX.

Spud Hilton is the travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and writes the Bad Latitude travel blog at www.SFGate.com/badlatitude. He has been edited for 24 years.

Photo credit:  Courtesy of Spud Hilton

Fueled by Cupcakes, Funded by YOU

Today’s guest post is from Pam Mandel, one of the founders of the charitable travel blogger initiative, Passports with Purpose.

The Passports with Purpose founders crew genuinely enjoys a good cupcake. Our work — bringing together travel bloggers, travel companies, and sponsors, is fueled by cake and frosting, caffeine and friendship. We convert all those calories, with your help, into some pretty amazing results: A school in Cambodia, a village in India, libraries in Zambia.

Towards the end of the year when we buckle down to focus on our Passports with Purpose annual initiative, we feel a great sense of connection with the people that contribute to our success. Since so many of us — so many of you — will be at TBEX, we’d like to meet you in 3D. We’d like to say thank you for your incredible support you’ve given us throughout the past four years. We want to know more about you. And we want to share cupcakes with you, it’s become something of a Passports with Purpose tradition.

The generous folks of Keystone Resorts have commissioned Chef Ned to bake special “Passports with Purpose” cupcakes. We’ll be in the Expo Hall at the Keystone Conference Center, 10:15 am – 12:15 pm, during the speed dating sessions. Stop in. Get a treat. Introduce yourself. If you’re new to Passports with Purpose, come find out about the work we do. If you’ve helped out in the past, we’re so grateful, and we want to tell you so. We’re successful because of this community, and we’d like to share our treats with you as a small token of our gratitude.

Thank you, TBEX 2012, for the generous donation of space for us to meet. Thank you, Keystone Resorts (and Chef Ned) for providing all those cupcakes to fuel another year of doing good. And thank you, bloggers, for making the world a significantly better place through supporting Passports with Purpose.

The Passports with Purpose founders crew includes Pam Mandel, Debbie Dubrow, Beth Whitman, Meg Paynor, and Michelle Duffy.  Learn more about Passports with Purpose.

Photo credit:  SXC

Speed Dating Appointments Tips

Have you been making appointments for the first TBEX Speed Dating event?  Speed Dating will be held on the Expo Floor on Sunday, June 17th, 10:15am – 12:15 pm.  You can learn more about it by logging into your account and setting up your profile on the TBEX website; we recommend you start with this overview here.  The sessions are one-on-one pre-set appointment that last eight minutes, then allow another two minutes for bloggers to get to their next appointment.

This type of networking event is fairly standard at industry events, but we know that some attendees may not be familiar with the process.  Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of the session:

Do your research: Since you’ll know who you’re scheduled to meet with, do a little research on the person and/or destination.  Find out what common ground you might have and get some ideas on how it would be a good fit.  Even if it doesn’t seem like a good fit initially, you might be surprised once you dig a little deeper.  Sometimes the best connections take a bit of digging.

Focus on the relationship: In an eight-minute session it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to close a deal.  So spend time forming a relationship that you can follow up with later.  And even if there’s nothing that works right now, you never know when that can change.  Think of relationships for the long term rather than the immediate.

Business cards and media kits: Make sure that you’ll be remembered after the appointment is over with business cards and/or media kits.  But remember, most people don’t like a lot of paper to pack up to take home.  Think digital whenever possible.

Maximize your eight minutes: Know what you want to accomplish so you can use your time well, whether it’s making a connection, getting information, or making a pitch.  Remember that the other person will have goals for the meeting as well, so don’t monopolize the whole time.  The idea is to make a connection, plant a seed of an idea, and then move on.

Follow up: This is where the real works comes, whether it’s using the information to create your personalized database, following up for possible opportunities, or continuing the relationship in general.

Photo credit:  SXC

TBEX Keynote Speaker: Christopher P. Baker

We’re very excited to announce our closing keynote speaker will be one of North America’s most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers – Christopher P. Baker.

Christoper P. BakerWinner of the Lowell Thomas Award 2008 Travel Journalist of the Year, Chris Baker is one of the world’s most multi-talented and successful travel writers and photographers. Born and educated in England, he has authored more than 20 books for Frommer’s, Lonely Planet, Moon, National Geographic, etc., including Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba, winner of two national book awards. His writing and photography have appeared in more than 200 international publications as far-ranging as Caribbean Travel & Life, Elle, Maxim, National Geographic Traveler, National Wildlife, Newsweek, The Robb Report, and CNN Go.

Baker is a Getty Images and National Geographic contributing photographer and has served as a photo instructor for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. He is considered the world’s foremost authority on travel and tourism to Cuba and Costa Rica and blogs about those countries for Moon.

He has been profiled in USA Today and appears frequently on radio and television talk shows throughout North America. A gifted public speaker, he has been privileged to address such prestigious organizations as the National Press Club, National GeographicLive!, World Affairs Council, and North American Travel Journalist Association Convention. He regularly lectures aboard cruise ships, has been a faculty member of Cunard Cruise Lines and Holland American Cruise Line, and currently escorts tours for National Geographic Expeditions and other organizations.

His many awards include being named ‘Travel Journalist of the Year’ by both the Caribbean Tourism Organization and Jamaica Tourist Board. He has also been honored by the American Catalog Awards, the Direct  Marketing Creative Guild, and Target Marketing for his brochures, catalogs, etc. Baker has been a consultant to such travel industry leaders as Backroads, Mountain Travel-Sobek, and National Geographic Expeditions, as well as for major international corporations such as Intel. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and the Society of American Travel Writers.

Chris will be with us for both days of TBEX, giving attendees plenty of time to meet and get to know him. His inspiring closing message will entertain as well as send you home full of motivation to create a game plan for your career.