Travel Blog Exchange: Meet Our Newest TBEX Dublin Speakers

If you loved our past TBEX Dublin speaker announcements (here and here), you’ll love this latest group. We’re excited to announce that the following people will be presenting sessions in Dublin in October.

Make sure you register now get a ticket to TBEX before they sell out!

Amy Jackson

Amy is the director of public relations for TripIt, and also an avid traveler herself. We can’t wait to see her on the TBEX stage in October.

Learn more about Amy >

Audrey Scott

Audrey is part of the dynamic duo behind the popular blog Uncornered Market. Together with her husband Dan, Audrey has spoken at events around the world. You definitely don’t want to miss her and Dan on the TBEX stage.

Learn more about Audrey >

Daniel Noll

That’s right, we aren’t just welcoming Audrey to the stage; we’re also happy to announce that Daniel is speaking at TBEX as well! Don’t miss this master storyteller in Dublin.

Learn more about Daniel >

Christine Cantera

We’re happy to welcome Christine to the TBEX stage for the first time! She has written about every topic under the sun during her freelance career, as well as running the travel blog Miss Expatria.

Learn more about Christine >

Colm Hanratty

Colm is an award-winning social media manager for, and we’re honored to have him speaking at TBEX Dublin. With experience in content, social media, and working with bloggers, you’re sure to get some tips from him.

Learn more about Colm >

Daniel Nahabedian

If you aspire to take better photographs while traveling, don’t miss Daniel Nahabedian at TBEX Dublin. He’s the photographer behind Canvas of Light and has organized photography workshops around the world.

Learn more about Daniel >

Don George

Don works with companies such as National Geographic, Gadling, and Lonely Planet, and is the founder of the Book Passage writing conference.  You won’t want to miss his writing session at TBEX.

Learn more about Don >

Gary Arndt

We’re happy to welcome Gary back to the TBEX stage. Always direct and willing to share his opinions, you’ll want to plan to attend his session.

Learn more about Gary >

Ian Cleary

We’re so excited to welcome Ian back to the TBEX stage! In addition to running Razorsocial, Ian also has written for sites such as Huffington Post, Technorati, and Social Media Examiner.

Learn more about Ian >

Johnny Jet

Johnny travels to over 20 countries every year and has been featured over 3,000 times in publications such as USA Today, Time, Fortune and The New York Times. We’re always honored to have him on stage at TBEX

Learn more about Johnny >

Kerwin McKenzie

Kerwin is an former airline employee turned travel blogger who we’re excited to welcome as a TBEX speaker for the first time.

Learn more about Kerwin >

Laurence Norah

Laurence has spent the last four years on the road, capturing his experiences in words and photos. Come find out what he’s learned in those four years during his TBEX session.

Learn more about Laurence >

Michael Collins

Michael might be new to the TBEX stage, but he has worked in the Irish travel and media industry for 13 years. Today, he runs We can’t wait to see his session in Dublin.

Learn more about Michael >

Natalie Bahadur

We’re excited to welcome Natalie to the TBEX stage. She is a writer, content manager, and editor with Transcontinental Media and also runs the blog Oh! Travelissima.

Learn more about Natalie >

If you want to see these speakers in Dublin, don’t delay in picking up your ticket to the show! At the writing of this post, we have a few tickets left…but we will be sold out in the next few weeks. So if you want to attend, make sure you claim your spot at TBEX today! And keep an eye out for more speaker announcements next week.

TBEX Sponsor Guest Post: Shopping Worth Traveling For


I can resist anything but temptation” said Irish writer and wit, Oscar Wilde. How many of us haven’t yielded to it on at least one journey we’ve made?

shopping at Kildare VillageIt could be a weather-related purchase, one born out of necessity due to a forgotten essential or that age-old holiday tradition of bringing home something that is skilfully crafted in that place or just can’t be found anywhere else. The pleasure of picking up a little something on our travels: you’d have to agree with Wilde. Why resist?

TBEX Dublin Presenting Partner Kildare Village, one of the Collection of nine Chic Outlet Shopping® Villages across Europe, is there to serve tourists and travellers, whatever their reasons to shop. At Kildare Village, temptation is a science that they understand very well.

Kildare Village lies just an hour’s drive from Dublin and is Ireland’s only luxury outlet shopping destination. In a landscaped, open-air setting, the boutiques are a select edit of British, European and international brands like Anya Hindmarch, Nicole Farhi, Reiss, N.Peal, AllSaints, The North Face, Samsonite and Cath Kidston. They bring a whole new meaning to the word temptation with previous seasons’ collections at up to 60% off the recommended retail price, all year round. Womenswear designer Louise Kennedy flies the flag for modern Irish fashion.

The Irish are known for a natural instinct for hospitality, so it will come as no surprise that the services available at the Village go far beyond what you’d expect from ordinary shopping experience; a Tourist Information Centre, a shopping collection service, a VIP Lounge, complimentary Wi-Fi and award-winning food from the Village’s trattoria: which is lovelier – the authentic Italian food at L’Officina, or the view from the restaurant over the ruins of Kildare’s thirteenth-century Grey Abbey? They both cry out to be Instagrammed.

thoroughbred horses in County Kildare Ireland

And then there is the area. Known as the Thoroughbred County, Kildare is at the very heart of the horse-racing and breeding industries. Visited by HM Queen Elizabeth II on her recent historic tour of Ireland, the Irish National Stud farm with its captivating Japanese and Irish gardens is a stone’s throw from Kildare Village and connected with a complimentary shuttle service. There, you can really get under the skin of the multi-million euro equine industry that has brought pleasure to people all over the world, not least the people of Kildare and its surrounds who flock to scores of horse racing meetings at the county’s prestigious racecourses, always turned out in their finery.

TBEX attendees will have to the opportunity to experience Kildare Village and County Kildare one of the soon to be announced Dublin day tours. Forget what you know about shopping and prepare to be tempted.


TBEX Dublin Sponsor Post: The Wild Atlantic Way


Author Pól Ó Conghaile at Dog's Bay, Connemara.

So you want to get into the open. You want to ditch the desk, kick the city and treat yourself to a game-changing, cobweb-blasting, mind-blowing reboot? You’ve come to the right place, says Pól Ó Conghaile

Right now, Ireland’s biggest little secret is a long-distance driving route called The Wild Atlantic Way. Charting almost the entire length of the western seaboard, this is shaping up to be one of the most captivating coastal drives on earth… and it’s here in Ireland!

This is as real and raw as Ireland gets. This is spray-in-your-face, mud-on-your-tyres, salt-on-your-windscreen stuff. It’s about jagged peninsulas, deserted villages, posting pictures from the very edges of Western Europe. It’s just you, the open road, and stop-offs ranging from cosmopolitan cities to lands that time forgot.

The Wild Atlantic Way is a work-in-progress. Signage and Discovery Points will be fully in place before the 2014 season, but for the moment, it’s fresh from the box. It’s like Norway’s Atlantic Drive, California’s Pacific Coast Highway or South Africa’s Garden Route – without the tour buses and tourist traffic.

Take a spin before or after TBEX Dublin, in other words, and you’ll have the Wild Atlantic Way to yourself. Well, almost. You may of course meet somebody fishing off the rocks at that cove in West Cork. You may run into a few locals bringing cattle across the causeway to Omey Island. But who’s counting?

The Wild Atlantic Way is not there to be ‘done’ or ‘finished’. You can, of course, drive all the way from Donegal to Cork (assuming you have several weeks to kill, or a very cool boss). But it’s just as enjoyable dipping in and out, driving for a few hours, or several days, stopping when the mood strikes. It’s completely up to you.

Take the Beara Peninsula. Everybody knows the Ring of Kerry, but this driving loop (one peninsula to the south) offers all the drama with a fraction of the traffic. In the space of an afternoon, you can follow corkscrew roads, float over foggy mountain passes, discover old copper mining villages and kick back on empty beaches before ending up at the launch point for Ireland’s only cable car. The unique transport link takes up to six people on a 15-minute journey to Dursey Island offshore. It’s an unforgettable ride.

Fancy spending the night in a lighthouse keeper’s cottage on Loop Head (this little nugget was voted best place to holiday in Ireland by the Irish Times newspaper)? What about joining Jim Kennedy of Atlantic Sea Kayaking for a paddle along the West Cork coastline? Or renting a surfboard in Bundoran, County Donegal – a surf town ranked by National Geographic as one of the 20 best in the world? “The water may be cold, but the pubs and locals are always warm,” the magazine chimed, a sentiment that applies to the entire coastline.

Surfing is one of the fastest-growing sports in Ireland. From Inchydoney to the Inishowen Peninsula, schools are introducing beginners to Atlantic breakers. In winter, humongous slabs thump against the Cliffs of Moher and Mullaghmore, where the country’s first-ever big wave competition was held in 2011. Type ‘Mullaghmore’ into YouTube, and you’ll see the kind of monsters we’re talking about.

But surfing is just the start of the activities. You could tee off on one of Ireland’s many links golf courses. You could cast a line into Clew Bay, or ride a Connemara pony in Clifden. Legend has it that the breeds are descended from Arab stallions that swam ashore when the Spanish Armada was wrecked in the 16th century.

Not that you have to be super-active to get under Ireland’s skin. Memories are just as easily forged by a cosy fireplace in Clare, or soaking in a seaweed bath in Sligo. You can slosh about in the surf, or you can watch your partner or pals suffer from the comfort of a beach bar or seaside hotel. The pace is for you to decide.

Don’t worry about the weather, either. This is a year-round route. On dark winter mornings, you might catch surfers slinking out on jet skis, storms battering lighthouses, blowholes like the Nine Daughter’s in Ballybunion – into which an ancient chieftain is said to have thrown his daughters – venting fury. In gentler weather, kids go rock-pooling, birders break out the binoculars, Dolphin Watch boats head out from Carrigaholt. And no matter when you travel, or how remote you end up, you’re never far from a fresh bowl of seafood chowder, a creamy pint, or a piping hot cone of fish n’ chips.

If you write or post about your experiences, you’re in good company too.

WB Yeats was smitten by Sligo, and is buried under Ben Bulben Mountain. Further south, another Nobel Prize winning poet, Seamus Heaney, took his inspiration from the Burren National Park: “And some time make the time to drive out west / Into County Clare, along the Flaggy Shore…” he wrote in ‘Postscript’.

The Wild Atlantic Way: Wild, rugged, liberating.

Can TBEX Get Too Big?

TBEX Toronto in June 2013 was our largest and most successful event ever. We had more than 1,400 people register, and nearly 1,200 showed up on site. Those numbers don’t include the people who showed up to the parties or organized unofficial meet-ups and other events around TBEX.

rickcalvert_blogworldThe overwhelming majority of attendees and exhibitors have given TBEX Toronto rave reviews. However, a noticeable and important minority of both attendees and exhibitors said they wanted to see fewer people at TBEX next year.

In the trade show and conference business, “Bigger is Better” is typically the rule. When it comes to travel-specific trade shows, ITB Berlin attracts 170,000 attendees and World Travel Market in London reports more than 47,000 attendees (including exhibitors and press). There are 640 DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations) in the US. and that industry’s conference (DMAI) has 2,000 attendees. On the other side of the coin, some events promote exclusivity and scarcity. They have strict qualifications for attendees and sometimes for exhibitors as well.

In general, a conference/trade show whose mission is to represent an industry benefits by having as many stakeholders present as possible. That means the more attendees the better, the more exhibitors the better, the more industry leaders and thought leaders speaking the better. This inclusiveness gives everyone a 360-degree view of the industry at that moment, and hopefully some indicators of where the industry is growing.

Since its inception, TBEX has grown significantly year after year. From 150 attendees at the first TBEX in Chicago in 2009, the conference grew to 400 attendees in New York in 2010, 600 in Vancouver in 2011, 750 in Keystone in 2012, and 1,200 this year in Toronto. There are far more travel bloggers today than there were in 2009.

We have also grown dramatically in the number of participating sponsors involved. TBEX went from fewer than a dozen participating sponsors in 2009 to nearly 200 in 2013.

We introduced speed dating last year in Keystone, with 300 appointments between bloggers and industry sponsors. This year in Toronto we had over 3,000 meetings!

Those three figures tell us the travel industry today views travel bloggers as being more important to achieving their business goals than ever before.

In the responses to our post-show survey, we saw consistent trends in the feedback from attendees and exhibitors. Sponsors told us there were too many start-up travel bloggers, there were too many bloggers who had no idea how to deal with DMOs and other travel industry companies. Our bloggers told us that industry sponsor tables were staffed by people who didn’t know how to deal with travel bloggers – or in some cases didn’t even know why they were there.


Limiting the size of TBEX would be a very big deal


Telling some portion of our community that they do not qualify, or that we do not have room for them is antithetical to the whole idea of the open web and blogging culture.


So, we’re asking ourselves some tough questions right now, and we need your help


  • Can TBEX get too big? If so, how big is “just right?”
  • If we decide to limit the number of attendees or sponsors, how should we do that?
  • Do we just set a number and say first come, first served?
  • Do we set up a qualification process for bloggers requiring them to have been blogging for a certain amount of time? To have a certain amount of web traffic? Or some other criteria?
  • If we qualify attendees based on one of the criteria mentioned above, where will the newbies go to learn? Sponsors will almost certainly be less interested in supporting an event designed just for new bloggers. That means the bloggers who can least afford it will have to pay the most to attend the event they need, and they will also lose the benefit of learning from their more experienced peers.
  • Should we require that industry sponsors are qualified in some way? We don’t currently require that industry sponsors prove to us that they know how to work with travel bloggers, but we do a lot of educating before the conference by letting them know what to expect and who on their team should staff their table.

One potential reason for limiting the size of TBEX is simple – location. We strongly believe our host city partners are a key part of what makes TBEX special. And, of course, the bigger we get, the shorter the list of viable candidate cities (cities that will actually be able to logistically support us) gets.

What it boils down to is this – if you’re one of the people who thinks TBEX is too big, or that it could potentially get too big, then we would love your answers to the questions above.  Who should we keep out? And how should we keep them out?


TBEX Speaker Post: Travel Blogger Gary Arndt on Web Piracy


During the closing keynote at TBEX Toronto we took questions from the audience after our live round table discussion on This Week in Travel. One of the questions from the audience dealt with how to deal with websites that steal your content.

Gary ArndtMy rather abrupt answer was, “obscurity is a bigger problem than piracy.” 

I should note the quote originally came from Tim O’Reilly who said back in 2002, “Obscurity is a far greater threat to authors and creative artists than piracy.”

He is right. The problem for bloggers isn’t people stealing your stuff, the problem is no one ever reading it in the first place.

Mary Jo asked me to elaborate on the point I made at TBEX and to explain in greater detail why bloggers shouldn’t waste their time pursuing most people who steal content.

Let me start by staying that I am not defending plagiarism, piracy or theft. It is wrong morally and violates the laws of every country that I know of. The argument against getting worked up about piracy is a straight forward practical and business argument.

I am also not claiming that people should NEVER worry about piracy. As I’ll explain in a moment, there is a time to be concerned about it, but it, too, is based on hard pragmatism and business.

The vast majority of cases where bloggers have their content stolen involve scraper sites. People create websites that automatically download content from an RSS feed and then republish it on a different domain.

This is something that happens to me every single time I hit publish on my blog. To see for yourself, here is a list of exact match Google searches for a recent post I published about my trip to the Caribbean.

Some of the results are from my website. Some are from social media platforms where I shared the article, like Facebook. Most, however, are sites which republished the post without my permission. Google returned 211 results for the search and I estimate half are for domains that I know nothing about.

What have I done about this rampant piracy???


If you look at the search results, you will see that my website and my social media outlets rank ahead of everyone else. If someone is searching for my content, odds are quite high they will end up on my site or one of my social media outlets. Given search clicks break down, I’d say the odds are over 90% that someone would end up coming to me.

To put in more direct terms, the combined efforts of almost everyone amounts to nothing compared to my original content. Toss in Google Authorship, and it is very clear where the original article came from and who wrote it.

Like many bloggers, when I started out I was agitated when I saw someone scraping my content. I would send angry emails, contact Google, and occasionally even the ISP that hosted the website. What did I get for my troubles?


I didn’t get any money. I didn’t get more traffic. The only thing I did was spend a lot of time in an effort which did nothing other than to vent some steam.

Some of you might be reading this and saying to yourself, “Gary, it doesn’t matter if you get more traffic or money. It’s wrong! You should pursue wrongdoers!

Fair enough. It’s wrong. So is jaywalking. You are certainly free to spend time pursuing scrapers if you see fit.

However, it isn’t going to stop anything. Scraping is automated. It is done by computers. Stop one, they just start a new domain and begin doing it again. The cost of pursuing legal action will be far greater than any amount you will ever hope to collect, assuming you can even find the people who did it and assuming further that they are in the same legal jurisdiction as you are.

Is there anything you can do?

There are two things most people can do mitigate any possible problems which might arise:

1) Put links in your RSS footer

Use a WordPress plug-in that puts a link at the bottom of your RSS feed that links back to your website. If someone scrapes your content, then they will, in fact, be doing link building for you and tossing some link juice back your way. Granted, the links aren’t high quality, but you will be doing a form of SEO judo where you are using the scrapers for your benefit.

2) Rank higher than scrapers.

If your content ranks higher than scrapers, then there is little damage being done to your traffic. Scraper sites are by nature very low in quality. No one links to them and no one reads them directly. The whole reason they exist is to game Google. Having higher authority than a scraper site is very easy to do. If you find yourself being outranked by a scraper site, then your efforts should be focused on getting ranked higher, not tilting at windmills trying to shut down the scrapers of the world.

If you can’t out rank a scrapper site, you have far bigger problems than piracy. An hour spent chasing down scraper sites is better spent creating new content.

What about sites that aren’t scrappers? What happens if another blogger or a bigger media company steals your stuff?

Even then, in all but the most egregious examples, you aren’t going to get any money or traffic by using the nuclear option.

If another website uses one of my images without permission, I usually just ask them to put a link back to my website giving me attribution. That’s it. I’m not going to get any money from them and I don’t want to waste the time it would require to pursue a real copyright case. I have never had a case where someone was obstinate about using a stolen image. A link back to my website has some small value and that is good enough for me.

The only time you might want to think about taking action is when a big company with money steals your stuff.

This very rarely happens because most large companies take precautions to make sure it never does. In the event it should happen, the value of the publicity you will get will probably be worth more than what you would have gotten if they had just paid for it. When caught red handed, most big companies will take down the offending content and maybe provide some compensation. Unless your work has been previously registered with the copyright office, you probably will not get top dollar for any settlement. Registering each piece of  your content will take money, and there still is no guarantee you will ever get your money back if you do it.

Piracy on the internet happens. You can’t stop it anymore than you can stop the wind by shouting at it.  The more popular you get, the more your content will be pirated.

To again paraphrase Tim O’Reilly, piracy is a tax on success.

Dealing with piracy is an exercise in picking your fights. 99% of the piracy issues you will face online are fights that aren’t worth your time and attention.

Play offense, not defense. Focus on creating new and great content, not trying swat an unending stream of pirate flies.

Author Bio:  Gary Arndt has been traveling the world non stop since 2007. During that time he has visited over 125 countries and territories and all 7 continents. He is one of the most popular and honored travel bloggers in the world and was named by Time Magazine as having one of the top 25 blogs in the world in 2010. His travel journalism has also been recognized with a Lowell Thomas Award, NATJA Gold Medal, Northern Lights Award, and a Travel + Leisure SMITTY Award.

Travel Blog Exchange: Bringing Your Children to Dublin and TBEX


Half Penny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland

With its rich history, beautiful parks, fascinating landmarks, and activities galore, Dublin is a great place for families with children. If you’re bringing your children along to TBEX Dublin here is some information you need to know to plan your time in Dublin for TBEX as well as how to maximize any extended time you plan to take enjoying Ireland.

Spouses, partners, and traveling companions are welcome at TBEX, however they must be registered. You can register them at the blogger rate, bring them along to education sessions and networking events, and give them a look at what you do.

If you’re traveling with children, the following policy applies:

  • The TBEX atmosphere is both a learning environment and a busy networking event designed for adults, so we strongly advise that you keep that in mind when deciding whether your child is of an appropriate age and activity level to accompany you.
  • Infants and young toddlers under the age of five (5) will not be required to have their own conference registration. Children five (5) years of age and older will need to register and have their own badge in order to attend the sessions and events.
  • At evening parties and other events, all registered attendees, including children, may attend unless the venue prohibits it. Alcohol is served at many of the events, and legal requirements for access vary by destination. The laws and regulations of the host destination and specific venue will apply. The only non-registered participants permitted at TBEX parties are infants with a registered parent/guardian, and again, subject to the laws and regulations of the host destination. Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Children and infants are generally not allowed on press trips or tours, as per the requirements of sponsors and hosts, unless specifically noted. In Dublin there are no press trips that allow children.
  • We do not offer an on-site babysitting service at the conference location. If you need child care you will need to make personal arrangements. There are strict laws and regulations about providing child care and they vary based on the destination. Our hosts in Dublin suggest contacting your hotel to see if they offer a child care service or can make a recommendation. They also suggest contacting as they offer a temporary Nanny Service.
  • Please note that some of our sessions may contain mature subject matter and/or language.
  • We ask that you remove noisy or disruptive children from sessions.
  • Strollers are not permitted in the speed dating and open marketplace sessions.

If this is your first time attending a TBEX event and you would like to talk to other parents for more tips or advice on attending the conference with your children/family, use the #TBEX Twitter hashtag.  Many of our attendees are parents and can give you insider guidance.

Travel Blog Exchange Announces TBEX Dublin Blogger Trips


walking about in Ireland

Céad Míle Fáilte – that means one hundred thousand welcomes to TBEX Europe in Dublin, Ireland!

Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority in Ireland and their partners have created three pre-TBEX and two post-TBEX blog trips that are now open for application. This is a wonderful way to add on a few days to your Ireland experience, finding great experiences and adventures to share with your readers.

Pre-TBEX Trips

Wild Atlantic Way Northwest – A Voyage from the Northerly tip of the Wild Atlantic Way through the scenic wilderness of Donegal and into Sligo known as ‘The Land of Heart’s Desire,’ Iconic cliffs, spectacular, heart-stopping coastline, rich Gaelic culture &’ craic’, surfers’ heaven and then ‘catch-cook’ your own supper.

Limerick:  City of Culture – Limerick is a bustling University city famed for its rugby legends and sporting passion and for its warmth and home town feel. More recently it has become known as a cultural hotbed, and as it prepares to become Ireland’s First City of Culture in 2014, there’s never been a better time to visit and experience its diverse cultural offering firsthand. On Limerick’s doorstep, is what is often called the Eight World of the World – The Iconic Cliffs of Moher which really are a ‘must-see’. People also love Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest village and the famous Bunratty Folk Village. Bring your camera, some good walking shoes and a keen appetite for local specialities and adventure.

Southeast Heritage – A Viking Past. Medieval yarns to spin (better than any soap opera!). From Ruined abbeys to extravagant castles, witches, family dynasties, ‘medieval’ has never been so fascinating. Let’s not forget the Ceol agus craic (Music and fun). Learn some Culinary secrets and get to grips with one of the world’s fastest field sports.

Post-TBEX Trips

Wild Atlantic Way West – One minute you’re soaking up the atmosphere of its vibrant cities and bustling towns, the next you’re in the heart of the countryside captivated by the ever-changing scenery of beaches, bogs, lakes, wild mountains and rugged seascapes. It could be the buzzing, friendly, charming towns, cosy pubs and lively night life. Or maybe it’s the ability to truly escape. But one thing’s for sure – you will be completely smitten with the West’s energy, people and rich surroundings.

Wild Atlantic Way Southwest – Right out on the edge of Europe, where Ireland’s highest mountains dip down into the wild Atlantic Ocean, is the ancient Kingdom of Kerry. This is the furthest west you can go in all of Ireland. “Next parish, Manhattan” they say here. And it’s partly this far-flung feel – that makes it so appealing. It’s a land where traditional Irish culture thrives, with thousands speaking Gaeilge – Irish – as their first language –But you won’t feel out of place here. The people of Kerry will greet you with a warm “fáilte romhat isteach –you’re most welcome here and you will be drawn under the spell of this of this romantic land of musicians, writers and sporting legends. Meanwhile according to Lonely Planet 2012 “Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork” Grounded, witty and irreverent, “The People’s Republic of Cork” likes to set itself apart from the rest of the country.

Full details about itineraries, dates, and additional information is available on the TBEX Dublin blogger trip page and the accompanying specifics for each trip.

Please note the following:

  • The trips are open to registered blogger attendees only for the purpose of discovering editorial content. 
  • No guests are permitted on the trips. This means even if you blog with a partner, you will each need to submit an application.
  • Tours are non-transferable. If you must cancel, please do so no later than 5 days prior to the departure date.
  • Participants are responsible for arranging accommodations in Dublin before and after their blog trip.
  • Participation is by application only. The application is forwarded to our hosts in Dublin for selection.

Registered TBEX Bloggers are asked to apply for all tours by Friday, August 16th, 2013. Applications will be reviewed and Bloggers will begin receiving notifications of their application status on Monday, August 19th, 2013.

NOTE: There will be upcoming pre and post day tours in and around Dublin offered on October 1-2, and then again on October 5-6. Those tours are offered to all registered attendees, again no guests, and are allocated on a first sign up basis. Details about those day tours will be announced soon.


Travel Blog Exchange: TBEX Dublin Schedule of Events


Temple Bar in Dublin. photo by M. King

Temple Bar in Dublin. photo by M. King

While we work with our hosts in Dublin, putting the finishing touches on all the pre- and post-TBEX activities for which you’ll soon be able to sign up, we wanted to give you an idea of what the schedule looks like. Here’s some general information about what’s going on when, so you can better plan your travels.

  • The TBEX conference itself is Thursday-Friday, October 3-4, 2013.
  • The TBEX opening party is on the evening of Wednesday, October 2, 2013. (The speaker reception will be immediately before the opening party on October 2.)
  • The FAM trips (“familiarization” trips, AKA press trips) for which you’ll be able to submit an application are from Saturday, September 28 through Wednesday, October 2 and then from Saturday, October 5 through Monday, October 7. The dates for each trip will vary. Again, participation on the FAM trips will be by application only. Our hosts will select the participants from those applications. Find out more details about the FAM trips and apply now – application deadline is August 16.
  • The day tours for which you’ll be able to sign up on a first-come/first-served basis are Tuesday-Wednesday, October 1-2, and then Saturday-Sunday, October 5-6. These do not require an application, but space on each tour is limited, so registration is required.

More information will be coming soon about the FAM trips and day tours so you can submit your applications for the FAM trips and sign up for day tours – so stay tuned!

There’s a table below that’s a quasi-calendar so you can see the schedule in a more visual form, too.

  • TBEX is shown in red
  • FAM trips are shown in blue
  • day tours are shown in green

TBEX Dublin Schedule

Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 24 Sept 25 Sept 26 Sept 27 Sept 28
FAM trips
Sept 29
FAM trips
Sept 30
FAM trips
Oct 1
FAM trips & day tours
Oct 2
FAM trips & day tours
; TBEX speaker reception & opening party
Oct 3
Oct 4
Oct 5
FAM trips & day tours
Oct 6
FAM trips & day tours
Oct 7
FAM trips
Oct 8 Oct 9 Oct 10 Oct 11 Oct 12

Travel Blog Exchange: Announcing Even More TBEX Dublin Speakers


Did you see our announcement last week, when we introduced our first group of TBEX Dublin speakers? Today, we have another great group to announce, and we couldn’t be more excited! Don’t forget to share your favorites on Twitter, Facebook, and your other favorite social networks.

If you haven’t picked up your ticket yet, you can do so here. Don’t miss your chance to see this awesome line-up of speakers!

Lola Akinmade Akertrom

Lola is an award-winning writer and photographer who we’re happy to welcome back to the speaker roster. If you missed her session in Toronto, now’s your catch to see her live from the TBEX stage.

Learn more about Lola >

Corey Taratuta

Who better to have on the TBEX stage in Dublin than the host of Irish Fireside Podcast? Corey also unveiled the Ireland Travel Kit app earlier this year and his first book on Irish travel is coming out next year.

Learn more about Corey >

Heather Cowper

Heather is a travel blogger, video and audio podcaster, and also teaches people how to build better blogs. She’s a perfect fit for TBEX and we’re excited to learn from her in Dublin!

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Ted Murphy

Ted is a serial entrepreneur whose latest venture, IZEA, is the company behind Sponsored Tweets, SocialSpark, Staree, and more. He’s often called “father of paid blogging” so we can’t wait to see what he has to teach us at TBEX Dublin.

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David Farley

David’s work in our Toronto pre-BEX writing workshop got rave reviews and we’re happy to have him back in Dublin.His book, the travel memoir/narrative history “An Irreverent Curiosity,” is being made into a documentary by the National Geographic Channel.

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Katja Presnal

We’re happy to welcome back Katja Presnal, who gave a great presentation on Instagram at TBEX Toronto. Katja owns online magazine, where she leads a team of international writers who inspire people to live life to the fullest.

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Mitch Canter

Mitch was originally part of the NMX community, but his knowledge about WordPress and visual design make him perfect for the TBEX community as well. His session about blog design was very popular, so you won’t want to miss him in Dublin!
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