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Travel Bloggers: Win a Trip to TBEX Toronto

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You already know how valuable TBEX can be for a travel blogger. The knowledge and networking opportunities at the conference can transform a newbie into the next big thing in travel blogging.

The problem is that the trip can be expensive for cash-strapped bloggers. If you don’t have a sponsor or thousands of dollars in monthly ad revenue, you might not be able to afford the trip.

That’s why WeHostels has partnered with Webjet to send one lucky blogger on a free trip to TBEX Toronto.

Keep reading to find out more about the prize and how to enter.

The Prize

One travel blogger will win:

  • Travel Blogger Pass to TBEX, the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and new media content creators.
  • Free accommodations at Hostelling International Toronto. More info on HI Toronto below.
  • $500 flight voucher from Webjet to help you get to Toronto.

How to Enter

To enter, write a post on your blog about the most interesting person you’ve ever met while traveling.

He or she could be a blogger who inspired you to start writing, a traveler you fell in love with, or a local who treated you to dinner.

At the end of your post, please include this paragraph:

This post is an entry in the “Win a Trip to TBEX Contest” sponsored by WeHostelsWebjet, and TBEX.

To make sure your entry is counted, leave a link to it in the comments of this post. If you tag WeHostels (@WeHostels) when you share your post on social media, we’ll re-share it with our community.

On May 1st, we’ll contact the winner to claim his or her prize. Make sure your site has your email address or a contact form so that we can reach you.

Stay at the Bloggers’ Hostel at TBEX

HI Toronto reception desk

Whether or not you enter the contest, we would love to have you stay with us at Hostelling International Toronto.

Book a bed in one of seven dorms available exclusively through the WeHostels app. These are the cheapest beds in Toronto and the best opportunity to meet other bloggers and travel industry people outside of the conference.

Meet the writers behind some of your favorite travel blogs including Clint from TripHackr and Chris from Packed Suitcase.

HI Toronto is just a short walk or light rail ride from TBEX and includes free breakfast, WiFi, linens, and lockers.

Travel bloggers love HI Toronto. Natalie of Near. Afar. (a Toronto local) included HI Toronto in her guide to where to stay in Toronto for TBEX. Corbin of I Backpack Canada lists 5 reasons to start your Canadian journey at HI Toronto on his blog.

After the conference, relax on the roof deck patio or at the Cavern BarWe’ll be announcing even more perks for guests in the coming weeks.

To book your roomdownload the WeHostels app for iOS and find TBEX under the ‘Hot Trips’ tab. Save $10 on your booking with invite code tbexto (all lowercase).

WeHostels Hot Trips TBEX

You can find more info on the official TBEX lodging page.

We’re looking forward to meeting you. Remember to write your post and leave a link to it in the comments. The rooms at HI Toronto are available to book now.

Have any questions? Ask away in the comments.

The Fine Print

Entry in the contest is subject to the following rules and restrictions:

All entries must be submitted by April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm PDT. The winner will be chosen by the WeHostels team and notified by email on May 1, 2013. He or she will have seven (7) days to respond by email and claim his/her prize. If he/she does not respond within seven (7) days, another winner will be chosen.

No purchase necessary. You must 18 years of age or older on of May 1, 2013 to enter. Void where prohibited by law.

 

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Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney
Guest
April 4, 2013 7:08 pm

Pick me, pick me! The most interesting man I have met on my travels: The Chileano Sergio Castillo http://wp.me/p2GCVX-b3

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Cacinda Maloney
April 5, 2013 12:24 pm

Thanks for entering, Cacinda. Good luck!

Inma, Aworldtotravel
Inma, Aworldtotravel
Guest
April 5, 2013 11:34 am
Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Inma, Aworldtotravel
April 5, 2013 12:26 pm

Thanks, Inma. I love the beginning of your story. It pulled me right in!

Inma, Aworldtotravel
Inma, Aworldtotravel
Guest
Reply to  Fred Perrotta
April 6, 2013 12:25 pm

Glad you like it!
Fingers crossed 😀

maria
maria
Guest
April 7, 2013 7:58 am

is this only open to bloggers of canada, USA or the whole north america or this is open to worldwide?

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  maria
April 10, 2013 10:45 am

Hi Maria, It’s open to anyone worldwide. However, the flight voucher is for $500, so make sure you could cover the rest of the price of your ticket.

Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney
Guest
April 8, 2013 2:03 pm

An then there was the time I met Narcis Coll… an everyday farmer, who was as sweet as the apples he offered me. http://wp.me/p2GCVX-1aE

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Cacinda Maloney
April 8, 2013 5:28 pm

Thanks for entering (again), Cacinda. Hope to see you there.

Jeff Cutler
Jeff Cutler
Guest
April 8, 2013 2:17 pm
Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Jeff Cutler
April 8, 2013 5:28 pm

Thanks for entering Jeff. If only I knew that I could trade my rent payment for a surfboard…

Tammilee Tillison
Tammilee Tillison
Guest
April 8, 2013 3:29 pm

This was an amazing blog post to write. I would love to attend TBEX Canada. Thank you for the opportunity to share this story.
http://www.tammileetips.com/2013/04/one-of-the-most-interesting-people-i-have-met-traveling-was-in-st-vincent/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Tammilee Tillison
April 8, 2013 5:33 pm

Thanks for your entry, Tammilee. Those carvings are really impressive.

Tammilee Tillison
Tammilee Tillison
Guest
Reply to  Fred Perrotta
April 10, 2013 9:03 am

I was amazed at how detailed the carvings were with a simple little tool. He was so amazing to talk with.

Kelly Little
Kelly Little
Guest
April 9, 2013 11:31 am

Respect among strangers, it could save you grief.

http://wp.me/P2SkWH-n1

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Kelly Little
April 10, 2013 10:48 am

Great entry, Kelly. Definitely a good lesson to share with other travelers.

Gaelyn
Gaelyn
Guest
April 10, 2013 10:57 am

A great opportunity and I could write about a number of inspirational people I’ve met traveling. Haven’t made it to a TBEX yet. But as a blogging boomer female traveling solo the whole Hostel thing just doesn’t appeal. Maybe you’ll offer a different deal.

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Gaelyn
April 10, 2013 11:30 am

Hi Gaelyn,

I work with WeHostels, we’re sponsoring the contest. If the rest of the package (pass and flight voucher) sound good, you could still enter. I’m sure we could find someone else to take the hostel bed if you don’t want it.

You can find other lodging options here: https://tbexcon.com/canada/lodging/.

Kristen Gill
Kristen Gill
Guest
April 10, 2013 11:54 am

Here’s my very first blog post ever, inspired by a modern-day “pirate” I met in Honduras. Wonder what he’s been up to lately???

http://wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/kristengill/pirate-of-the-caribbean/

Kristen Gill
http://www.wanderlustandlipstick.com/blogs/adventuregill

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Kristen Gill
April 10, 2013 2:40 pm

That’s my kind of pirate. Non-violent and quick with a drink. Thanks for entering, Kristen.

Jonatan
Jonatan
Guest
April 10, 2013 3:00 pm

Can I participate posting on our company’s blogg??
Thank you very much and I hope I can join you!

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Jonatan
April 12, 2013 11:41 am

Hi Jonathan,

Yes, of course you can participate. However, the prize includes a blogger pass, not a company pass.

Laura Snow
Laura Snow
Guest
April 10, 2013 5:31 pm

Thank-you for the opportunity to write this post about my friend William. http://mylifeinthesun.ca/william-qammaniq-from-iqaluit/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Laura Snow
April 12, 2013 11:47 am

Thank YOU for writing it, Laura. It was a touching story. At least you got to know him for a bit. That’s better than never having met.

Laura Snow
Laura Snow
Guest
Reply to  Fred Perrotta
April 15, 2013 6:04 pm

Isn’t that what travel is all about!? The chance to meet inspiring people and places. It was indeed worth it! Take care.

MochileroSoy
MochileroSoy
Guest
April 10, 2013 8:35 pm

Can i write my post in Spanish? … or should i do in English?

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  MochileroSoy
April 12, 2013 11:42 am

Either one works. Most of our team speaks Spanish as we have an office in Bogota and our CEO is from Argentina. Thanks for entering.

MochileroSoy
MochileroSoy
Guest
April 10, 2013 8:42 pm

Can i write my post in Spanish? …or should i do in English?

ChinaMatt
ChinaMatt
Guest
April 10, 2013 9:08 pm

Looks like I already wrote about the most interesting people I’ve met (but I’ve met a lot of people). http://boozefoodtravel.com/off-the-trail/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  ChinaMatt
April 12, 2013 11:44 am

Thanks for entering, Matt! Luckily, I don’t think Toronto has many snakes.

Powder Matt
Powder Matt
Guest
April 11, 2013 9:57 am

Sitting on the Peak of the Rockies to win a trip to #TBEX with famed travel & adventure blogger ‘Where’s Andrew’
http://powdermatt.com/2011/12/wheres-andrew-sits-on-top-of-the-world/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Powder Matt
April 12, 2013 11:42 am

Thanks for entering, Matt.

MochileroSoy
MochileroSoy
Guest
April 12, 2013 11:33 am

Here is my post. I would love to attend TBEX Canada. Thank you. Sincerely Victor.

http://www.mochilerosoy.com/2013/04/el-dia-que-conoci-quique-wolff-en-el.html

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  MochileroSoy
April 12, 2013 11:44 am

Thanks for entering, Victor. Sounds like a very surprising meeting!

Elizabeth Joss
Elizabeth Joss
Guest
April 13, 2013 1:36 pm

Please see this link for my entry into the competition – http://bit.ly/112bHnb

My post is about a friend of mine, Karine, whom I met on a recent trip to Barcelona. Karine inspired me to be a better writer and blogger and to continue to pursue my travel blogging dreams with everything I have.

I’d love to know what you think of my post 🙂

Kind regards,

Elizabeth

Justin Jones
Justin Jones
Guest
Reply to  Elizabeth Joss
April 13, 2013 6:11 pm

Interesting story! I could see how living through that could really mess with your head – I’m glad she conquered that issue and is out there inspiring people!

Elizabeth Joss
Elizabeth Joss
Guest
Reply to  Justin Jones
April 15, 2013 9:47 am

Thanks Justin. Yeah she is a really inspiring person, very quirky and interesting. Just shows that optimism can get you through. One just needs to smile 🙂

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Elizabeth Joss
April 15, 2013 9:48 am

Thanks for entering, Elizabeth. It’s great to hear how/why you started blogging. Karine’s story is really inspiring.

Elizabeth Joss
Elizabeth Joss
Guest
Reply to  Fred Perrotta
April 22, 2013 8:11 am

Thanks so much Fred. Appreciate it!

Justin Jones
Justin Jones
Guest
April 13, 2013 5:42 pm

Here is my entry, thanks!
Steve The Wizard: http://justinwashere.com/steve-the-wizard/

Elizabeth Joss
Elizabeth Joss
Guest
Reply to  Justin Jones
April 15, 2013 9:48 am

Love the design of your blog Justin! So cool!

Justin Jones
Justin Jones
Guest
Reply to  Elizabeth Joss
April 15, 2013 11:09 am

Thanks so much! 🙂

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Justin Jones
April 15, 2013 9:49 am

Really enjoyed reading this, Justin. Just another reason I need to go to Burning Man. You can never know too many wizards.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones
Guest
Reply to  Fred Perrotta
April 15, 2013 11:10 am

Hahaha, too true, amigo – I’m heading back this year. If you decide to come, I organize this camp: http://bureauofmisinformation.com/

Alexa Carlin
Alexa Carlin
Guest
April 15, 2013 12:44 pm

I would love to be able to attend TBEX. Here is my post about the most interesting person i’ve ever met while traveling, http://www.helloperfect.com/the-most-interesting-person-ive-met-while-traveling/

Fingers Crossed!!

Xx
Alexa

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Alexa Carlin
April 15, 2013 2:59 pm

Thanks for entering, Alexa. Robin sounds like a thought-provoking (and stylish) guy.

Alison Chino
Alison Chino
Guest
April 17, 2013 11:21 am

Thank you so much for such a wonderful opportunity! I had so much fun writing this entry!

http://www.alisonchino.com/2013/04/17/learning-to-wander/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Alison Chino
April 17, 2013 1:46 pm

Good story, Alison. I wonder where Shep is today…

opportunemma
opportunemma
Guest
April 17, 2013 11:24 am

Fleeting Encounters Over Tea:
http://anopportunemoment.com/2013/04/16/fleeting-encounters-over-tea/
In which I have tea with three of the most fascinating people I’ve ever met while traveling.

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  opportunemma
April 17, 2013 1:39 pm

Thanks for sharing your story, Emma. Danielle is so adorable.

Rick
Rick
Guest
April 21, 2013 8:32 am

Wow, lots of great entries! Here’s the story of my encounter with saints, sea monsters, and a charming old woman in Sicily.

http://rickzullo.com/the-most-interesting-person-ive-met-while-traveling/

Good luck to everybody!

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Rick
April 23, 2013 7:58 am

What a great story, Rick. Thanks for sharing.

Paola
Paola
Guest
April 23, 2013 12:56 pm

OK my story is up! It’s simple yet deep in and close to my heart.

I hope I win!!! It would mean the world to me, and definitely a step in the right direction for my blog!

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
-Anais Nin

http://www.winsome-learnsome.blogspot.com

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Paola
April 23, 2013 4:12 pm

Thank for entering, Paola. Sounds like you made a great friend and had a little reminder of home.

Lisa Eldridge
Lisa Eldridge
Guest
April 25, 2013 1:36 pm
Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Lisa Eldridge
April 25, 2013 4:20 pm

Awesome! Instead of those commercials with “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” I want to see “The Most Well-Traveled Man in the World.”

Lance
Lance
Guest
April 28, 2013 1:55 pm

The most interesting person I’ve met on travels is the most memorable and a complete stranger who becomes quite personal and influential. Thanks for the opportunity.

http://tripsbylance.com/2013/04/when-a-stranger-becomes-most-important-traveler/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Lance
April 30, 2013 9:24 am

Thanks for sharing Allan’s story, Lance.

Steve Grams
Steve Grams
Guest
April 29, 2013 6:55 am

A front desk team of people who inspired me to visit them again and alert my friends to their hotel
http://yoursocialhotel.blogspot.com/2013/04/front-desk-pr-win-part-2.html

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Steve Grams
April 30, 2013 9:29 am

Thanks for entering, Steve.

Katie
Katie
Guest
April 29, 2013 11:16 am

I’m excited to attend TBEX and would love to meet some new friends through WeHostel. Here’s my entry (and slightly unorthodox) answer to your query.
http://katieonthemap.com/2013/04/29/hello-katie-meet-katie/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Katie
April 30, 2013 9:29 am

We prefer unorthodox. How’d you know?

Thanks for entering, Katie.

Laz Mendez
Laz Mendez
Guest
April 29, 2013 8:02 pm

The most interesting person I’ve met during my travels was a complete stranger who became one of my best friends. Please check out my story and thank you for the opportunity!

http://www.lifeonstandby.com/the-most-interesting-person-ive-met-while-traveling

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Laz Mendez
April 30, 2013 9:34 am

Falkon sounds like a great guy. Thanks for sharing your story, Laz.

Kat Nienartowicz
Kat Nienartowicz
Guest
April 29, 2013 8:28 pm

Because I feel like I owe him a lot, here’s a bit of an ‘ode’ to the most interesting person I’ve met on my travels: http://yourlocalkat.com/the-most-interesting-person-ive-met-while-traveling-an-ode-to-giacomo/

Thanks a lot!

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Kat Nienartowicz
April 30, 2013 9:36 am

Hi Kat,

Your link isn’t working. Is your site down?

Jessica J. Hill
Jessica J. Hill
Guest
April 30, 2013 7:02 am

I saw the Dalai Lama!
Here’s how I explained TBEX to my readers: “TBEX is to travel bloggers what The Dalai Lama is to Buddhism – it’s a conference with workshops and lectures about how to better at what we do. Bow to Buddha for me, or just wish me luck, will ya?”

http://jessicajhill.com/2013/04/30/his-holiness-the-dalai-lama-in-person/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Jessica J. Hill
April 30, 2013 9:34 am

I hope TBEX is printing that on a banner right now…

Jessica J. Hill
Jessica J. Hill
Guest
Reply to  Fred Perrotta
May 1, 2013 1:32 am

I wouldn’t stop them…

Greg Lewry
Greg Lewry
Guest
April 30, 2013 7:39 am

Not everyone rides the Trans-Siberian for pleasure – GallivantinGreg – http://gallivantingreg.com/not-everyone-rides-the-trans-siberian-for-pleasure/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Greg Lewry
April 30, 2013 9:36 am

Thanks for entering, Greg!

colin macrae
colin macrae
Guest
April 30, 2013 9:40 am

The most interesting person I met on my travels might not even exist 🙂 You will have to read on to find out more. Hope to be seeing you in Toronto. http://www.colinmacroad.com/roadtripping/2013/04/30/my-mecca-road/

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  colin macrae
April 30, 2013 3:27 pm

Love the teaser comment, Colin. Clearly you know how to market your blog.

Lee O!B
Lee O!B
Guest
April 30, 2013 11:37 am

Here is my entry:

http://www.travelandthrive.com/la-bruja/

Would love to join you all in Toronto!! Cheers!

-Lee O!B

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Lee O!B
April 30, 2013 3:36 pm

Nice one, Lee. A masseuse with mystical powers is the best pitch for Ecuador I’ve ever heard.

Elaine J Masters
Elaine J Masters
Guest
April 30, 2013 1:36 pm

Here’s my post about Fearless Diving with Chuck Nicklin on a trip to Fiji:
http://www.tripwellness.com/fearless-scuba-diving-with-chuck-nicklin/
It was great fun reliving those close encounters!
Thanks!

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Elaine J Masters
May 1, 2013 9:00 am

Thanks Elaine. Just reading it made my heart race!

Elaine J Masters
Elaine J Masters
Guest
April 30, 2013 1:43 pm

[…] post is an entry in the “Win a Trip to TBEX Contest” sponsored by WeHostels, Webjet, […]
The most interesting person I’ve met on my travels – Chuck Nicklin, underwater film maker on a shark dive in Fiji.

Shameless Traveler
Shameless Traveler
Guest
April 30, 2013 4:08 pm

Here is my submission:
http://www.shamelesstraveler.com/blog/shaolin-master-hu-zhengsheng

I hope that my time with my Shaolin Master Hu at the Shaolin Temple can get me to Toronto!!

Stephen Bischoff
Stephen Bischoff
Guest
April 30, 2013 4:11 pm

I my time at the Shaolin Temple with Shaolin Master Hu Zhengsheng can help me get to TBEX!

Here is my article:
http://www.shamelesstraveler.com/blog/shaolin-master-hu-zhengsheng

Stephen Bischoff
Stephen Bischoff
Guest
April 30, 2013 4:17 pm

Not sure my comment is posting, but here goes again, hope to see you in Toronto!
Here is my article: http://www.shamelesstraveler.com/blog/shaolin-master-hu-zhengsheng

Stephen Bischoff
Stephen Bischoff
Guest
April 30, 2013 4:49 pm

Hopefully this gets me to Toronto! Here is my incredible article and interview with Shaolin Master Hu Zhengsheng at the Shaolin Temple: http://www.shamelesstraveler.com/blog/shaolin-master-hu-zhengsheng

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Stephen Bischoff
May 1, 2013 9:01 am

Great interview, Stephen. Thanks for entering.

Brian Swanick
Brian Swanick
Guest
Reply to  Stephen Bischoff
May 1, 2013 12:54 pm

Hey Stephen, great entry! Love his message and it sounds like an incredible experience with your master. 🙂

Yishyene
Yishyene
Guest
April 30, 2013 8:02 pm

Talk about last-minute! Here is my entry – describing when I met Jesus.. nah I mean this bearded guy I met who helped me out when I got kicked out of a farm (when Wwoofing in France). 😉

http://www.smallcrazy.com/2013/05/the-summer-i-found-myself-failed-at.html

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Yishyene
May 1, 2013 1:26 pm

Better late than never. Thanks for sharing, Yishyene.

Kay Rodriguez
Kay Rodriguez
Guest
April 30, 2013 11:10 pm

My entry is not quite about one person, but two. Check out this modern-day love story and the lessons I learned from it:
http://thekaydays.com/blog/leaving-it-to-chance-a-modern-day-love-story/

Thank you very much for considering me for this contest and for this wonderful opportunity.

Fred Perrotta
Fred Perrotta
Guest
Reply to  Kay Rodriguez
May 1, 2013 1:51 pm

Thanks for entering, Kay. Your story is a great reminder for all travelers. Some things just have to be left to chance.

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