Announcing the TBEX Facebook Page Cover Photo Project

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You know, I try my hardest, but I’m just not a photographer. My hand isn’t steady, I know nothing about lighting or composition, and the things I try to capture on film turn out to look lame in the finished product.  Don’t believe me? Take a look at the TBEX Facebook page and see what I mean.

That’s why we’re inviting the TBEX community to share their photos taken at TBEX events for the Facebook cover page.

What we’re looking for in a Facebook Cover Photo

Who better to highlight TBEX events than the people were there?

We’re looking for photos that capture the essence of TBEX – whether it’s the people who attend, the parties, or  sites and scenes from our wonderful destinations. Currently, we’re looking for photos taken at TBEX Europe 2015 in Costa Brava, or one of our upcoming detonations – Bangkok, Ft. Lauderdale, or Stockholm, Sweden to use as cover shots.

What’s in it for you?

If we select your photo to use as the TBEX cover shot it will be the backdrop for our Facebook page for one week. In addition to giving you full credit for the cover shot, we will also add a link of your choosing, for example, your blog, podcast, website, or social page.

To contribute a photo consideration for the TBEX cover photo project, send it to me at deb@nmxevents.com and include the name you want us to use as your photo credit, and where to link. You may submit as many as you’d like.

Can’t wait to see your photos!

What We’re Reading this Week

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It’s been awhile since we’ve shared with you what we’ve been reading, but we’re back this week with some articles to inspire, inform, and get you thinking.

Do you have something you think we’d be interested in knowing about? Add #TBEX to your tweets or Facebook posts and we’ll take a look. We’ll share the best of what we find each week here on the blog.

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The Frequent Flyers Guide to Jet Lag

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Jet lag – the stuff nightmares are made of (or would be, if you could just get to sleep). The restless nights and jaded days that are part of our lives as frequent flyers can almost make travel seem like a chore. If there were a cure, we’d be lining the streets to get our hands on it. But for now, the best way to avoid, or at least reduce, the effects of long haul travel are to be as informed and prepared as possible.

Let’s start with the most important thing – what jet lag actually is. There’s an incredible amount of science behind why high-speed, long distance travel has such an uncomfortable effect on the circadian rhythms of the human body. Simply put, it’s when our biological clocks that tell our bodies when to sleep or wake up have trouble adjusting to the dramatic changes that come from travelling across time zones. Your body will try to remain on the schedule it’s used to, and is slow to accept the change. So, while your mind is ready to explore the world outside your hotel room, your body’s not so eager. That being said, there’s more than one thing you can do to tell your body to stop sleeping through all the good stuff.

Pre-Flight Prep

It’s almost impossible to plan the direction your plane will be travelling on your next trip. However, be aware that travelling east, rather than west, is easier on the body than vice versa because you’ll be gaining time rather than losing it. But regardless of the direction your flight is heading, choosing one that arrives in the early evening and staying up till 10pm local time gives you a better chance of having a positive experience the next day.

You’ve probably all experienced sitting on a flight and immediately regretting your seat choice. By now you’ll have figured out what suits you, but don’t forget:

  • emergency row seating has extra leg room, though it may cost you more
  • aisle seats are better for those of us who frequently visit the bathroom
  • the front rows are usually ‘family zones’, which means more noise and less sleep
  • if you ever have the opportunity to upgrade, don’t hesitate to do so

Your On-Board Action

Tired, stressed, over-excited or hungover? Imagine feeling like that while walking through the Sahara. The cabin of a plane at 30,000 ft is actually drier than the desert, so you know to expect headaches, dry skin and swelling – unless you keep hydrated. Your body will be craving water and a nice glass of Pinot Noir is tempting, but it’s not worth it in the long run. A flight drink, like 1Above, with electrolytes and vitamins could be just the ticket to feel fresher when you touch down.

Insider tip: Being polite to your flight attendant can be the smartest thing you do throughout the whole flight, but you already know that, right?

Post-Flight Plan

As soon as you touch the tarmac, make sure you’re on local time. Change your watch, phone time and mindset as early as possible. Also, get some sun. Sunlight is the best thing to get you feeling human again. It stimulates your body to get back into rhythm, so instead of napping in the afternoon or staying inside, take a stroll. Light exercise won’t hurt either.

At the end of the day, taking in the culture and experiences of places unknown to you is why we go through the pain for 12+ hour flights. Don’t waste time dealing with the headache of jet lag, when the world is waiting for you to explore.

Author Bio:  Brought to you by TBEX Sponsor 1Above. Find out how 1Above reduces dehydration and helps you arrive ready at your destination.

 

Enter to Win a Free Blogger Pass to TBEX North America

 

Do you have a good “Been There. Done That.” story? You could enter to win one of seven blogger passes to TBEX North America, courtesy of RoamRight. RoamRight provides travel insurance – including emergency medical and evacuation coverage – to US citizens traveling throughout the world.

Whether your tale is full of delights or woes, RoamRight wants to know! Entering is easy: Tell your story on your blog, tweet about it (#RoamRightTBEX), or post it on Facebook, then complete this form to share that link with RoamRight.

Click here to enter the contest

Entries will be collected through May 31, 2015. At that time, RoamRight will randomly select seven lucky winners to receive free blogger passes to TBEX in Ft. Lauderdale in October. Will it be you?

By entering, you agree to the Official Rules and consent to the Privacy Policy, and have read the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Notice and Policy.

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. CONTEST ONLY OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE FIFTY (50) U.S. OR D.C., AGE OF MAJORITY OR OLDER. ENTRY PERIOD BEGINS: 12:00 ET ON MAY 1, 2015; ENDS AT 11:59 P.M. ET ON MAY 31, 2015. TRAVEL STORIES WILL BE JUDGED BY THE ROAMRIGHT JUDGING COMMITTEE ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA: A) ENTERTAINMENT VALUE, B) UNIQUENESS OF STORY, AND C) QUALITY OF WRITING. TWO WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN EACH WEEK FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF THE COMPETITION AND THREE WINNERS WILL BE CHOSEN THE THIRD WEEK OF THE SUBMISSION PERIOD. FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, ALL PERSONALLY IDENTIFYING INFORMATION SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM ENTRIES, AND USE OF FICTITIOUS NAMES IS PERMITTED. ARV OF EACH PRIZE: $97.00. ESTIMATED ODDS OF WINNING ARE BASED ON THE TOTAL NUMBER OF ENTRIES. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES. SPONSOR: ARCH INSURANCE COMPANY, EXECUTIVE PLAZA IV, 11350 MCCORMICK ROAD, SUITE 102, HUNT VALLEY, MD 21031.

 

Author Bio:  TBEX sponsor RoamRight offers travel insurance plans for leisure, business, student, and group travelers traveling within the U.S. or internationally. Our insurance is underwritten by Arch Insurance Company, a market-leading specialty insurer with an A.M. Best financial strength rating of A+ (superior). Our staff and customer service representatives are travel insurance specialists who offer customers expert information about trip cancellation and travel medical insurance coverage options.

Press Release Announcing TBEX Europe 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden

Lloret De Mar, Spain (2 May 2015)……..At the closing session of 2015 TBEX Europe, Rick Calvert, CEO, NMX Events announced  the 2016 location for TBEX Europe.  After a careful review process, Stockholm Sweden was chosen as the 2016 European destination.

TBEX is the world’s largest annual meeting for travel bloggers, writers, and social media editors in the travel industry. Stockholm will host the conference on July 14-16, 2016. 800 travel bloggers are expected at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre in one year.

“In recent years, travel bloggers have become an increasingly important segment in marketing Stockholm as a destination. We’ve wanted to host a conference like TBEX for a long time, because we can see the potential of conferences in Stockholm’s strongest industries. We also share the same values, such as innovation and openness, which makes us especially happy,” says Karin Mäntymäki, Director of Meetings, Conferences and Events and Stockholm Convention Bureau, Stockholm Visitors Board.

The city itself, with its blend of beauty and creativity, modern conference facilities and excellent social media skills, is why Stockholm was chosen to host the meeting.

“We chose Stockholm for several simple but important reasons. We know this will be the first time many of our attendees have visited Stockholm and they are going to be overwhelmed by how much this city has to offer.  The conference facility is very modern and fits the tech centered culture of our community of travel content creators perfectly. Lastly and very importantly the Stockholm Visitors Board truly understand how important this shift to new media is and they are doing a great work with digital influencers and for their city. We think they are a perfect organization to showcase what TBEX is all about. ” Rick Calvert, CEO & Co-founder New Media Expo and TBEX explained.

For more information

About TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) Events

The TBEX conference has grown into the most popular annual gathering of bloggers, writers and new media content creators in the travel and lifestyle sphere today. TBEX also attracts some of the world’s best-known brands, as well as various tourism bureaus as sponsors who are eager to connect with bloggers and web writers. Airbnb,  American Express, GoGo LLC,  Expedia, Lonely Planet, Starwood, Vail Resorts,  Viator, and support the conferences alongside tourism offices such as those of Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, Australia, Baton Rouge, British Columbia, Canadian Tourism Commission, Cancun, Denver, Greek National Tourism Organization, Jordan Tourism Board, Macau Government Tourism Board, Reno/Tahoe USA, Toronto, Travel Alberta, and worldwide resorts and hospitality companies.

TBEX’s goal is to mobilize and assist bloggers with promoting, monetizing, improving their work and influence, as well as helping PR and industry professionals to connect with the right content creators to benefit their brands and destinations.

TBEX is owned by NMX Events, which also produces New Media Expo, the world’s largest social media exhibition and conference.  The conference will be held April 13-16, Las Vegas, NV USA in conjunction with NAB Show.  All conferences are produced by ConvExx, an independent exhibition and events organizer.

More information may be found on the website, www.TBEXcon.com or by contacting TBEX tbexpr@nmxevents.com.

Stockholm Business Region’s mission is to promote and develop Stockholm as a business and tourism destination, together with its subsidiaries Stockholm Business Region Development and Stockholm Visitors Board. Stockholm Business Region is wholly owned by the City of Stockholm and promotes the brand Stockholm – The Capital of Scandinavia.

  • www.visitstockholm.com
  • www.investstockholm.com
  • www.stockholmbusinessregion.se

TBEX Europe 2015: We Drank Sangria with Eurail

The TBEX Europe 2015 Friday night party was Sangria on the Roof, sponsored by Eurail.

TBEX Europe 2015 Clips

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We had a great time in Lloret de Mar for TBEX Europe 2015, and from everything we’re hearing, it sounds like you had a great time, too.

As you’re writing about your time at TBEX, what you discovered in Lloret de Mar, how you enjoyed your day trips and activities as well as your blogger FAM trips, we want to collect your “clips.”

Please add your link for content created as a result of attending TBEX Europe 2015 to our list below. To do so, click on the Add Your Link icon at the bottom of the post. That will bring up a form to easily allow you to add your link to the list of TBEX clips. Please use the title of your story/blog post in the “name”  field. The links are moderated so please be patient if your link doesn’t appear right away.

Here is a link to Travel Blog Success’ live blog thread from Lloret de Mar.

Friends Forever

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Alice: How long is forever?

White Rabbit: Sometimes, just a second

Well, it looks it’s all over, more than three days of sharing knowlege, networking and meeting new people.

The Catalan Tourist Board, Lloret de Mar tourism and Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board has worked hard as a team. We hope you enjoyed your tme here as much as we did preparing everything for you.

It’s very emotional to see that our dream, to welcome you at TBEX Costa Brava Catalunya, has come to an end…. but once again, we are wrong. This is not the end. This is the beginning of a long lasting relationship with you.

Sometimes, it’s not all about audiences, numbers, ROI, and not even about the different tourist atractions in a destination,. Sometimes it’s about people. We have met new people, we have shared some smiles and laughter (normally over food and wines from our region), and the most important thing — we have new friends.

Thank you for letting us show you the best of us, not only our land but ourselves.

Please, as our friends, keep in touch with us. We really hope that you’ll come back soon to our area, with your friends and family. We ll be here, waiting for to welcome you with a smile and a glass of cava in our hand.

Gracies amics!

Jaume

TBEX Europe 2016 to be Held in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Today we’ve announced the location for TBEX Europe 2016:  Stockholm, Sweden. The event will be held at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre on July 14-16, 2016.

“In recent years, travel bloggers have become an increasingly important segment in marketing Stockholm as a destination. We’ve wanted to host a conference like TBEX for a long time, because we can see the potential of conferences in Stockholm’s strongest industries. We also share the same values, such as innovation and openness, which makes us especially happy,” says Karin Mäntymäki, Director of Meetings, Conferences and Events and Stockholm Convention Bureau, Stockholm Visitors Board.

The city itself, with its blend of beauty and creativity, modern conference facilities and excellent social media skills, is why Stockholm was chosen to host the meeting.

Rick Calvert, CEO & Co-founder New Media Expo, and CEO of TBEX explain why Stockholm is a great choice:  “We chose Stockholm for several simple but important reasons. We know this will be the first time many of our attendees have visited Stockholm and they are going to be overwhelmed by how much this city has to offer.  The conference facility is very modern and fits the tech centered culture of our community of travel content creators perfectly. Lastly and very importantly the Stockholm Visitors Board truly understand how important this shift to new media is and they are doing a great work with digital influencers and for their city. We think they are a perfect organization to showcase what TBEX is all about.”

Registration for TBEX Europe 2016 in Stockholm is now open. Super early bird prices are $97 for bloggers and $397 for travel. This the lowest price that will be offered; no discounts apply. Super early bird prices will end on Monday, May 18th at 5 pm Pacific Time. These discounted tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.

 

I Want to Go There: How To Use Findery as a Tool for Travel Blogging

Get a jump on your research using Findery

As soon as you’ve decided where you’re jetting off to next, you probably take a preliminary, virtual trip online to scout out the lay of the land. Notes on Findery have been left by both locals and travelers, and both can give you a sense of the place.

Did you know? Findery users have already left over 100,000 notes around the world, and have notes in every single country. If you’re going somewhere, odds are high we have some notes there for you to explore.

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 Image: Map of Barcelona on Findery

Plan your visit

Where will you eat? What will you see? What should you be sure not to miss? Start working on your plan of attack long before you even pack your bags. Create a Findery Notemap to plan your trip, adding notes to the places you want to go. A map will be created to help you, and on your mobile app you can get directions of how to get there.

Did you know? Following a contributor on Findery sends you a notification on your phone whenever you pass by one of their notes. Find a local expert in the area you’re visiting and you’ll get a ping as you wander through their part of the world!

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Image: Notemap by @JessicaJ

Record your visit while it’s happening

When you arrive is when the real fun begins. So many new discoveries, so many things to take note of. Most of the time you just want to jot down a thought or two for a blog post later. Snap a picture, place it on the map, write a few words, and presto, you’ll never forget where you had that amazing pizza or saw that beautiful mural.

Did you know? It takes less than a minute to leave a note! We have Android, iOS, and Apple Watch apps to keep you always connected on the go.

Share more in-depth stories when you get home

When you’re home, on the couch, flipping through photos, is when some of the longer, more in depth stories come out. Findery is a fantastic place to put those stories. Think of it as creating a map and a photo album of your trip. A place where the stories and the photos cohabitate in perfect harmony.

Did you know? Bloggers are always welcome to add a link to blog posts about their travels to their notes!

Decide where you’re going next

Where to next? Doesn’t take long for wanderlust to strike again. Findery features notes from all around the world, even Antarctica! It’s just enough to get your exploration juices bubbling all over again. So, where’s your next destination? Spin the map, see where it stops, then hop on down the Findery rabbit hole and discover the next place you want to explore in person.

Did you know? Findery has a passionate network of users. Need suggestions for where to go? They can help you decide!

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Image: Exotic Bali by @Skimbaco