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Sign Up for FREE Video Workshop at TBEX Athens

TBEX Athens attendees who are interested in video have a few different ways to learn about their craft. Video is a big part of the storytelling process for Captain and Clark, something that they’ll be talking about in Saturday morning’s keynote. And on Friday we have a basic level breakout session on Easy Ways To Get Video Onto Your Blog.

peter_parkorr_travel_unmaskedFor those attendees who’d like to spend a little more time figuring out video blogging, we’re offering a FREE Video Workshop on Thursday, October 23rd, from 10 am-2 pm. The workshop will be led by Peter Parkorr. You must be registered for TBEX to attend.

What You Need To Know Now About Video For Blogging is a high-level overview of the video blogging marketplace, for intermediate bloggers who are new to video. From deciding if video is right for your blog, to creating, selling and getting the most out of your efforts, this workshop will broken into mini-sessions to help get you pointed in the right direction.

Topics covered will include:

  • Is video right for you and your blog?
  • Video essentials
  •     – Basic equipment checklist
  •     – Filming techniques to learn
  •     – Editing workflow and software
  • The case for Youtube versus other networks
  • Ways to monetise video;
  •     – How much should you charge?
  •     – What should you offer to sponsors and clients?
  • Learning more: Examples and resources

Sign up here, attendance is limited. 

There are lots of things to do in Athens before the official opening of TBEX, whether you prefer the indepth educational content of our two-day workshops, enjoying the pre-BEX activities, exploring on your own, or getting your feet wet in video with this 4-hour workshop. With this kind of programming diversity, we hope you’ll find just what you’re looking for to personalize your TBEX experience.

Have you registered yet?

Travel Blog Exchange: The Ultimate Guide to TBEX 2014 in Athens

Are you joining us in Athens for TBEX? If you are, then this is the post you need most! Here, you’ll find all the information about TBEX 2014 in Athens, either listed or linked below, so you can make sure you didn’t miss a single pre-conference announcement.

The Conference:

  • TBEX 2014 in Athens runs from October 23rd-25th at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias and Kokkali 1, Athens 115 21, Greece (Tel: +30 21 0728 2156)
  • If you didn’t get a ticket to Athens, be sure to sign up for our email newsletter (form on the right side) so you don’t miss out on future TBEX conferences.
  • The complete conference schedule is available here.
  • Our newbie guide to TBEX is available here.
  • None of this would be possible without our sponsors. Check out the full list of TBEX Athens sponsors and be sure to thank them when you see them in Athens!
  • Who will be speaking? See the complete list of Athens speakers here.
  • Connect with TBEX on Twitter @TBEXevents
  • We use the hashtag #TBEX and also support Athens with their hashtag #ThisisAthens.
  • We have a TBEX app on iTunes. You can use this link, or just search the app stores using TBEX.

DAY ONE – Tuesday, October 21, 2014: Multi Day Workshops, PreBEX Tours, City Link Event

Multi Day Workshops:

  • The Travel Writing Workshop, Photo Workshop & Walk, and the Hands on Blog Design and Technology Workshop will be located at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel: 2, Kleomenous st., 106 75, Athens, Greece in the Phaedra Hall.  There will be a sign in front of the rooms for the workshop. (Note: Workshops are not being held at the Megaron).
  • The workshops will run from 10 am -4 pm, unless the times are adjusted by the instructor. You will be contacted by your workshop leader to confirm itinerary and details.
  • More information about the PreBEX Workshops is here.
  • Plan to arrive in Athens no later than October 20th if you’ll be attending a workshop
  • Currently the Travel Writing workshop is sold out.  You can still sign up for the other pre-event workshops here.

PreBEX Tours and Activities:

  • More information about Athens PreBEX Tours on October 21st-27th is available here (including the departure times and locations).
  • Information on today’s PreBEX tours and activities can be found here.
  • Tour departure times and locations vary depending on the tour.
  • Sign ups for these tours occurred prior to the event, and they are now sold out.

City Link Event:

  • City Link invites TBEX Athens attendees to visit their shopping & culture destination in the center of Athens. Special drinks and gift bags for all TBEX attendees.
  • The event will be located at the City Bar cafe-restaurant located within Spyromiliou Arcade on October 21st, 6-8pm.  For more details check here.

DAY TWO – Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Multi Day Workshops, Pre-BEX Tours & Travel Massive Party

Multi Day Workshops:

  • The Travel Writing Workshop, Photo Workshop & Walk, and the Hands on Blog Design and Technology Workshop will all be located at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel: 2, Kleomenous st., 106 75, Athens, Greece in the Phaedra Hall.  There will be a sign in front of the room for the workshop. (Note: Workshops are NOT being held at the Megaron).
  • The workshops will run from 10 am -4 pm, unless the times are adjusted by the instructor. You will be contacted by your workshop leader to confirm itinerary and details.
  • More information about the Workshops is here

PreBEX Tours and Activities:

  • Information on today’s PreBEX tours and activities can be found  here.
  • If you haven’t signed up for an activity and are interested in participating, you can stop by the city center Infopoint booth to see what available. Sign up after 9 am for the day’s activities.

Travel Massive Party:

  • The Travel Massive Party is from 8:30 pm-11:30 pm held at the Impact HUB Athens, 28 Karaiskaki, Athens. Please RSVP here.
  • The Travel Massive Party is currently sold out. Admission is now on a standby basis.

DAY THREE – Thursday, October 23, 2014: Registration, Video Workshop, Pre-BEX Tours& Opening Night Party

  • Make sure to stop by the Megaron and pick up your registration badge. Registration hours are 8 am-5 pm daily.
  • Information on today’s PreBEX tours and activities can be found here.
  • If you haven’t signed up for an activity and are interested in participating, you can stop by the city center Infopoint booth to see what available. Sign up after 9 am for the day’s activities.

Video Workshop:

  • The Video Workshop is from 10 am-2p m at the St. George Lycabettus Hotel: 2, Kleomenous st., 106 75, Athens, Greece in the Phaedra Hall.  There will be a sign in front of the room for the workshop. (Note: Workshops are not held at the Megaron).
  • Additional information for the video workshop can be found here.
  • Sign ups for the PreBEX video workshop occurred prior to the event and it is now full. You are welcome to stand by should any openings occur.

Opening Night Party:

  • Our opening night party is hosted by City of Athens, ACVB.  It will be held at the City of Athens Technopolis, the Athens’ Natural Gazi museum from 7 pm-12 midnight. NOTE:  This is a time change.
  • Use your provided metro pass to get to the opening night part, getting off at the Kerameikos Station, exit: Technopolis.
  • This event is open to registered TBEX attendees only. Badges are required. We will have a registration booth open at Technopolis if you didn’t pick up your badge earlier in the day.

DAY FOUR – Friday, October 24, 2014: TBEX Educational Sessions & Expedia Party

  • TBEX registration is open from 8 am-5 pm at the Megaron.
  • The Opening Session with Rick Calvert and Keynote with Jaume Marin & Chris Christensen starts at 9:15 am.
  • The breakout sessions start at 10:45 am.
  • There will be a break for lunch at 1:00 pm.
  • The breakout sessions continue from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Speed Networking is from 3:45-5:45 pm. More information here.

Expedia Party:

  • Our evening event is the Expedia Party, “Appy Hour” sponsored by our global partner, Expedia. Hours:  from 7:00-10:00 pm.
  • The Expedia Party will be at the SkyFall Bar, with cocktails and light appetizers available.
  • Access the SkyFall Bar using your provided Metro pass. Address:  Markou Mousourou 1, Athens 116 36, Greece.
  • The Expedia App will be your ticket to get in.  Please download it to your smart phone or mobile in advance to show at the door. This event is open to registered TBEX attendees only. Badges are required. (NOTE:  Accommodations will be made for those attendees who do not have access to a smart phone.)
  • Don’t forget to use the official hashtags: #ExpediaTBEX and #TBEX for this party.

DAY FIVE – Saturday, October 25, 2014: TBEX Educational Sessions & Farewell Street Event

  • TBEX registration is open from 8 am-5 pm at the Megaron.
  • The Opening Session with Mary Jo Manzanares and keynote with Paula Froelich and Captain & Clark start at 9:15 am.
  • The breakout sessions start at 10:45 am.
  • There will be a break for lunch at 1:00 pm.
  • The breakout sessions continue from 2:30-3:30 pm.
  • Speed Networking begins at 3:15. More information here.
  • The Closing Session with Rick Calvert and keynote Robert Reid begins at 5:30pm.
  • Information on today’s PreBEX Tour can be found here.

Farewell Street Event:

  • The Farewell Street Event is at the Pandrossou Street Market located right in the heart of the historic center of Athens and directly beneath the Acropolis. More info here
  • The closing event will be directly following the closing session, and run 7-9 pm.
  • After 9 pm,  you’re invited to visit nearby Aghia Irini Square and have a free drink offered by the neighboring bars and restaurants that surround Saint Irene’s church.
  • You will need to wear your TBEX badge to enjoy all the features of the street party.

Important Announcements:

  • TBEX Welcome Kit: The welcome bag can be picked up at the Athens International Airport at the City of Athens Infopoint at Gate A, open from 8 am-8 pm daily, with extended hours of 8 am-10 pm on October 20-22. The welcome kit can be picked up at the airport Infopoint through October 23rd.  Although the Infopoint will have a list of attendees, if you have a hard or digital copy of your registration, it will help speed the process along. There are two information desks – an Airport information desk and an Athens information desk.  You’ll want to go to the ATHENS information desk, keep an eye out for the signs.
  • If you won’t be arriving via the airport and are in Athens early, or are arriving by rail, bus, driving, walking, etc., you may pick up a welcome kit from the City of Athens Infopoint. That location is: the intersection of Amalias Avenue and Dionysiou Areopagitour Street, near Melina’s Statue (Acropolis Metro Station). This Infopoint will be open 9 am-9 pm, October 20-26.
  • You must have your TBEX badge with you for entry into all events, including parties and conference sessions – no exceptions, and we won’t be reprinting badges if you lose them. So hang onto that badge!
  • If you are bringing your children to Athens, anyone over the age of five must be registered.  The opening night party and the Epedia party are not open to anyone under the age of 18.
  • All TBEX events are for registered attendees only, unless it specifically says otherwise in a party or meetup announcement. This means no “plus one” or guests will be allowed entry. There are no one-day or single session badges.

PreBEX Tours:

  • More information about Athens PreBEX Tours on October 21st-27th is available here (including the departure times and locations).
  • Tour departure times and locations vary depending on the tour.
  • Sign ups for these tours occurred prior to the event, however you can visit the city center Infopoint on October 22-23 to sign up for any available opening.

Post-TBEX Athens FAM Trips:

  • The FAM trips (“familiarization” trips, AKA press trips) run from October 26th through the 29th. NOTE:  Athens “falls back” an hour in the early hours of Sunday, October 26th. Make sure to adjust your time so you’re not late for the FAM departure.
  • If you’re going on one of the FAM trips, information about departure points and times is listed here.
  • The Iconic Aegean 4-Day Cruise is from October 27th-31st.  You can get more information about departure points and times here.
  • These FAM trips were by application only, and are already booked.

Speed Networking:

  • What is Speed Networking?
  • Speed Networking is by appointment only, and between bloggers-sponsors only, not bloggers-bloggers or sponsors-sponsors. Request appointments here.
  • If you’ve got a blogger pass, here’s your Speed Networking Guide.
  • If you’ve got an industry pass, here’s your Speed Networking Guide.
  • We published a guide for perfecting your pitch that is helpful for first-time speed daters.
  • We suggest you print out your Speed Networking schedule prior to arriving at TBEX.

About Athens:

  • Eastern European Time Zone (UTC+02:00). Please note that Athens experiences the daylight savings change on Sunday morning at 4 a.m., and “falls back” one hour.
  • Athens weather information is available here.
  • Greece is a member of the European Union and the monetary unit is the Euro.
  • Greece use 2-prong electrical outlets, often called the Schuko plug. If you’re coming from the U.S., you’ll need an adapter.
  • Find more information about Greece at the Visit Greece site.  Find information on Athens events, dining, activities here.
  • Schedule a tour with This is My Athens.  These are local Athenians who enjoy showing off their city to people from around the world for free! 
  • Read a local’s take on what to experience in Athens here.
  • Here are some urban neighborhoods that will give you a well-rounded perspective of the city including where the locals go.  
  • TBEXer (and world traveler) Cacinda Maloney suggests 5 things to do in Athens when you’re not in TBEX sessions.
  • Your Metro card (in your welcome packet) will get you to most venues around Athens. If you want to take a cab anywhere, you might find the Taxi Beat app helpful, as it allows you to order a car in advance and pay by credit card. Look for the app in your app store.

Athens Attendees on Twitter:

Follow TBEX via Social Media:

Don’t forget to use the #TBEX hashtag when you’re posting about TBEX-related events on social media! That means FAM trips, day tours, conference sessions, parties, meetups, etc. Also, the Athens hashtag is #thisisathens.

Any changes to this Ultimate Guide to TBEX Athens will be note at the top of the post with the date and time of the update.

More TBEX Athens Speakers Announced

Acropolis at Night

We’re very excited to announce another group of speakers for TBEX Athens. You won’t want to miss out on hearing what these speakers have to share with you to help you develop better content, monetize in a ways that works for you, and build a community around a thriving business.

A big round of applause and welcome to:

Candace Rardon

Candace is a writer and sketch artist with a passion for telling stories about the world, be it through words or watercolors. In addition to running her travel blog, The Great Affair, which has been featured in the New York Times and on National Geographic’s Intelligent Travel blog, her work has been published in outlets such as AOL Travel, Gadling, the Guardian Weekly, and Selamta Magazine. She received her Masters in Travel Writing from London’s Kingston University, where she was awarded the Faber & Faber Creative Writing Prize, and recently released my first book of sketches, “Beneath the Lantern’s Glow.”

Candace will be creating a unique and ongoing “live” session, bring the highlights of TBEX to life through her sketches. The end result will be a wall size mural of our time in Athens.

Chris Gray Faust

Chris Gray Faust is Destinations Editor at Cruise Critic, where she oversees all of the website’s destination content, as well as Facebook and The Lido Deck blog. Creator and publisher of Chris Around The World, Chris has won a Lowell Thomas Travel Writing award for blogging and has worked as a staff writer at the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and USA TODAY, where she served as travel editor. She has a journalism degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from Brown University. She lives in Bucks County, Pa. with her husband, two cats and a puppy.

Chris will be leading a session on how important it is to listen to your community and how to manage that responsibility.

Colm Hanratty

Colm has over four years experience working with travel bloggers from the brand side, having first collaborated with bloggers in April 2010. Since then he has picked up invaluable tips and advice on how to get the most out of brand-blogger relationships. He now runs digital marketing consultancy sixtwo digital where he stills deal with bloggers on a day to day basis through different clients.

Colm will be outlining a 12 month plan to building better blogger relationships.

Daniel Nahabedian

Previously an HR generalist, Daniel Nahabedian is now a full-time freelance travel photographer, and a photography/Lightroom instructor, organizing workshops in various locations around the world. His 5-language speaking skills and multicultural background lead him to different countries with his trusty camera, documenting cultures and traditions while sampling various street food and never missing the opportunity to capture a sunset shot. After 3 years in Chiang Mai – Thailand, he now lives in sunny Granada in Spain, enjoying tapas and planning big (and often overwhelming) projects.

Daniel will be leading a 2-day photo workshop along with Laurence Norah (look for details about registering for that later this week) and will also be speaking on monetizing your photography content.

Jessica Spiegel

Jessica Spiegel is a freelance writer & community builder based in Portland, Oregon. She’s built thriving online communities from scratch & grown existing communities for online brands, including TBEX & BootsnAll. Virtual communities and real-life communities have more similarities than differences, especially when the goal is the same – we want to talk to “our people.” Jessica loves helping people make community connections, and she’s been working in community building since before there was an internet. On the side, she’s a singer in a band, a passionate footy fan, an unabashed Italophile, and a Sazerac enthusiast.

Jessica will be speaking on the differences between building a community for a brand vs. your own personal community.

Laurence Norah

A photographer, writer and traveller, Laurence has spent much of the last five years on the road, documenting his journeys and adventures at his popular travel and photography blog: Finding the Universe, which he runs with his partner Vera. He is also a founding member of Lightmoves Creative, a photography firm which offers bespoke photography and learning opportunities to brands and individuals.

Laurence will be leading a 2-day photo workshop along with Daniel Nahabedian (look for details about registering for that later this week) and will also be speaking on monetizing your photography content.

Mat Rider

Mat is a senior level social media strategist experienced in leading corporate marketing organizations of every size, industry and geography to results on time and within budget. He is a respected leader who has directed, coached and developed teams of up to twenty marketing professionals, including strategy, research & development, program development, multimedia design, product launch, campaign execution and management, and measurement. Mat is adept at conceptualizing, activating and amplifying marketing campaigns to effectively build brands, deliver record setting levels of audience engagement, and drive sales pipeline.

Mat will be speaking in the industry track on Twitter conversions.

Mitch Canter

Mitch Canter is a WordPress Developer and marketing strategist from Franklin, TN. He strives to push technology and online media to new levels to help businesses, non-profits, and industry leaders tell their story online. Mitch is the Chief Creative Mercenary of studionashvegas and binary church.

Mitch will be leading a 2-day workshop on best practices in website and blog design and the technology that supports it (registration details coming soon). He will also be speaking on SEO for travel bloggers.

Peter Parkorr

Peter Parkorr is a writer, photographer and videographer who loves to reveal the best of long-term travel. Visiting more than 50 countries so far and spending the last 3 years as a full-time traveller, he likes to share the beauty of the people and places that he encounters all over the world, looking at what makes them successful and happy.

Peter will be leading a half-day video workshop (sign ups will be open soon), and will also be doing an ed session on video.

But wait – there’s more! Yes, there are more speaker announcements coming up this week. There were just too many great Athens speakers to include in one post, so check back to see if your favorite speaker is on the list.

Why Photography Matters as a Travel Blogger

sunset athens

As travel bloggers, our primary role is that of content creators. We weave stories from our experiences to share with our readers.

We have a number of mediums to do that. The main four, in my mind, are Video, Audio, Text and Photography. None of these are easy, and like any skill they all take a significant amount of time and investment to properly master.

So where to focus your attention?

Personally, I believe that Photography is the easiest medium in terms of connecting with your audience quickly, and making a long lasting impact on a user.

Take this picture.

Eiffel Tower paris scaled

 

It’s a picture of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. But you know that already, right? I don’t need text to tell you.

I shared this picture on my Facebook Page, and it reached 148,000 people, organically. Here are the numbers, if you like that sort of thing.

paris screenshot

Now, I could have done a wall of text instead, a status update perhaps on my trip to Paris. Or a video, that people would have to decide to click, find their headphones, and then get distracted by a notification. Or a podcast, describing my adventure.

Those are all great options too. But for instant impact, for something that can’t be unseen, for something that transports your reader right there and then to the moment, a photo can’t be beaten.

Once you have your readers attention, without having to resort to headline titles such as 26 Reasons Why You Wouldn’t Believe Paris Has Kittens In Every Window, you’re well over half way to having an audience.

Another real world example: I have almost 300,000 facebook fans. My secret to success? It’s pretty simple really. Share great, unique, photos. My fans are passionate, engaged, and I love interacting with them and sharing my adventures.

Of course, it’s easy for me to say that it’s simple. Photography is not simple. There’s a lot of technical jargon. There are a lot of different ways to approach a subject. There’s a whole side to optimising your images for your blog, and optimising your blog for your images.

If you want to know a little bit more, and get real first-hand, unfiltered advice, on all aspects of your photography as a travel blogger, from the practical aspects through to using it to grow your community (and yes, some more tips on using Facebook beyond “share great stuff!”), then come along to the workshop I’m running with Daniel before TBEX – there are still a few spots left.

It does cost money, and yes, there is a bunch of great free stuff you could be doing instead. Investing in your skills though is something you won’t regret. I look forward to seeing you there!

Author Bio: A photographer, writer and traveller, Laurence has spent much of the last five years on the road, documenting his journeys and adventures at his popular travel and photography blog: Finding the Universe, which he runs with his partner Vera. He is also a founding member of Lightmoves Creative, a photography firm which offers bespoke photography and learning opportunities to brands and individuals.

 

TBEX Cancun Speaker Update

Cancun beach

We’ve got a few more speakers to announce for TBEX Cancun. Some new faces, some returning face, and all enthusiastic abour sharing some great knowledge with all of our attendees.

Please join me in welcoming:

Dave & Deb

Dave and Deb, of the PlanetD are passionate storytellers and award winning bloggers and photographers. They inspire adventure in everyone, while showcasing their real-time journey through travel writing, photography, video and engaging social media. As spokespersons and brand ambassadors, for the likes of American Express and Expedia.com, Dave and Deb have had the opportunity to work with some of the world’s top companies and brands– while discovering more than 80 countries on all 7 continents.

Dave and Deb will be leading an advanced session on monetization. If you’re already making money from your blogging activities, and are looking for ways to enhance what you’re already doing, you’l want to participate in this lively discussion.

Don George

Don George is the author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Writing, the best-selling travel writing guide in the world. Don is Editor at Large for National Geographic Traveler and editor of BBC Travel’s Wanderlust and Words column. He’s been Travel Editor at the San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle, founder and editor of Salon.com’s Wanderlust travel site, and Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet. Don is co-founder and chairman of the Book Passage Travel Writers & Photographers Conference. He has visited 90 countries, published more than 1,000 articles and edited nine award-winning literary travel anthologies.

Don will be leading a writing the 2-day Cancun writing workshop, look for registration for the workshop later this week, and also speaking about writing in the main program.

Gary Arndt

Gary Arndt is an awarding winning blogger and travel photographer who has been traveling around the world since 2007. His travels have taken him to over 160 countries and territories. He has also visited over 275 UNESCO World Heritage sites and every US state. He is one of the most awarded travel photographers of this decade. He was named the 2014 SATW Photographer of the Year as well as the 2013 NATJA Travel Photographer of the Year. He is a 3x Lowell Thomas Award winner and a 2x Northern Lights Award winner.

Gary will be leading our 2-day photograph workshop, which will include a field trip, and also speaking in the main program. Look for workshop registrations later this week.

Ian Cleary

Ian Cleary is an entrepreneur, speaker and technology expert who specialises in sharing unbiased information about social media tools and technology through one of the worlds leading social media sites – RazorSocial. A well-respected thought leader in his field, Ian has spoken at conferences such as NMX and Social Media Marketing World and his writing credits include high-profile industry websites like Social Media Examiner, VentureBeat and Marketing Profs.

Ian always packs the room with his exuberant sessions, and he’ll be leading a session in the TBEX Business industry track.

Lee Abbamonte

Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American to visit every country in the world. Lee is a multimedia travel personality, brand ambassador, travel expert and global adventurer. Arthur Frommer calls Lee “The Marco Polo of the 21st Century”. Lee appears frequently on several National TV programs, radio shows and has been featured in countless news outlets and magazines. Lee is a successful entrepreneur who previously worked on Wall Street and sold two businesses by 21 years old. Lee graduated from the University of Maryland and earned his MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Stay tuned for more information about Lee’s appearance at TBEX Cancun

Leslie McLellan

Leslie has been a destination marketer for over 20 years and loves to share her knowledge. She is currently building a multicultural destination marketing organization for the San Jacinto Valley region in Southern California. Her niche is working with communities that have small marketing budgets to help them creatively stretch their marketing dollars. She is also a partner in Tourism Currents, a destination marketing training company, which helps destinations attract their perfect visitor via in-person, online and hybrid programs.

Leslie will be sharing how smaller destinations and bloggers can build long-term relationships (hint… they can start at TBEX!).

Sherry Ott

Sherry Ott is a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer with one goal in mind – to make you wish you were somewhere else. She seeks out unique travel experiences and adventures while writing about her nomadic life on Ottsworld.com since 2006. She primarily travels solo but you can also find her with her nieces in tow as an alternative family travel blogger. In addition, Sherry is the co-founder of Meet, Plan, Go!, a website and travel event teaching people how they can take a traveling career break or sabbatical that benefits their career.

Stay tuned for more information about Sherry’s appearance at TBEX Cancun

Look for more exciting announcements coming up, including the opening of registration for our small, 2-day writing workshop, photography workshop, keynote speaker announcements, and a welcome to more speakers to this stellar line. You’re not going to want to miss out on all the fun, so head over and register for TBEX Cancun right now.

TBEX North America 2014 Heads to Cancun, Mexico

 

TBEX North America 2014 will be held in Cancun, Mexico, at the beautiful Moon Palace  Golf & Spa Resort  on September 11-14th. Cancun’s beautiful beaches, natural beauty, culture and history, combine with the warmth of the Mexican people to make it a world class destination for travelers.

Cancun beach

You will love Cancun, the Moon Palace Resort, and the surrounding area. If you are blogging, podcasting, taking photos or video, you will find a wealth of editorial content in all travel niches. Whether you’re looking for active adventure experiences, or just relaxing on the beach or poolside, you’ll find plenty of options at TBEX North America 2014 in Cancun.

We are excited about sharing TBEX with partners and attendees in Latin America for the first time. Its convenient location in the Caribbean, with direct flights and easy international connections, make it a great starting point for multi-destination travel to and from the United States, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Our Hosts

Our hosts for TBEX North America 14 are the Cancun Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Moon Palace Resort.

Cancun and other partners will be providing pre and post-TBEX day trips, FAMS, and other special events. Look for that information to be announced over the next few weeks and, like all TBEX events, plan to come early and stay late to maximize your trip to Cancun and Mexico.

Our Conference Venue

The Moon Palace Resort will be our venue for TBEX workshops and education sessions. The resort is located at the southern end of Cancun’s Hotel Zone, about 10 minutes from Cancun International Airport.

Hotels

Attendees staying at the Moon Palace Resort will experience a luxury all-inclusive experience that includes elegant rooms, gourmet meals, and premium spirits, along with a variety of included activities. Golf and spa treatments are also available (additional charge). Special TBEX pricing will be available for TBEX attendees and sponsors, with booking information available soon.

Of course, Cancun has hotels priced for every budget, and we’ll be announcing several options in the weeks to come.

The Program

We’ll have a full schedule of TBEX events, including half day workshops, educational programming, two sessions of speed networking, and plenty of great social events. We’ll also be offering in depth, multi-day workshops as well, so plan to come to Cancun early and stay late.

The call for speakers will go out in the next couple of days; look for a further announcement about that. We are a business-to-business event, so start thinking about what you can share with attendees that will help them learn more about blogging, growing their businesses, and how to become more productive.

Registration

Super early bird registration is NOW OPEN. Hurry, deadline ends May 29th!

 

**** UPDATE*****

Already getting some questions about this. The Opening Night Party will be September 11th. We have confirmed there will be day trips on 11th. We may add day trips on the 10th as well. We will update you as soon as we confirm with our partners in Cancun.

The main conference days are September 12 and 13, so your conference tickets will be for September 11 – 13.

We will also have a couple half day and full day workshops on September 14. There will be an additional charge for those workshops if you choose to attend. More details to come on those soon.

Travel Blog Exchange: TBEX Guide for Newbies (Dublin Edition)

 

This post originally went up before TBEX Toronto, and proved so useful to conference newcomers that we’ve updated it with some Dublin information and we’re republishing it. We hope it’s as handy for Dublin folks as it was for Toronto attendees!

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Who goes to TBEX?

Do I have to be a blogger to attend? What if I’m a podcaster?
TBEX is about “the future of travel media” – and that’s media of all kinds. We welcome bloggers, podcasters, videographers, photographers – as well as people who want to learn more about any of those things. TBEX attendees also include travel industry representatives such as destinations, PR agencies, tour companies, travel products, and more.

What level of experience do I need to have for TBEX to be worthwhile?
TBEX welcomes attendees at all levels of experience. With sessions and topics focused on different skill levels, you’re sure to find something that’s just right for you – wherever your skill level or interest area might be.

How can I find out who else is going to the conference and connect with them?
When attendees fill out Twitter names during registration, giving us permission to use it, we create Twitter lists of attendees for each conference, which you can follow and scan for people who interest you. Not everyone fills out a Twitter name during registration, so although these lists don’t represent 100% of the attendees, they’re a great place to start. You can use and search through the #TBEX hashtag on Twitter to find other people talking about the conference, and check our other social media channels for discussions among fellow attendees.

The Twitter lists for Dublin are:

What happens at TBEX?

I’ve never been to any sort of conference before. What should I expect?
TBEX has become a multi-day event that combines workshops, inspirational keynotes, and educational breakout sessions, with business networking opportunities. Our blogger sessions are built upon three core components: Content, Community, and Commerce. We also offer TBEX Business, a series of educational tracks for the travel industry.

Besides the keynotes and classroom sessions, what else happens during a TBEX conference?
We give attendees and sponsors as many opportunities to network as possible, during both Speed Dating and the Open Marketplace as well as coffee breaks, lunches, and evening events. Our host destination works with their partners to create tours, activities, and press trips before and after the conference. That list of events changes with each conference. There’s all the learning and networking going on during the conference, the special events in the evenings, and tours in the days before and after the conference. In short, TBEX is both serious – and seriously fun.

What is “Speed Dating” at TBEX? How does it work?
Speed Dating is a structured networking activity that’s become fairly common in the travel industry. Bloggers and sponsors create a custom schedule of meetings in timed eight-minute segments, each of which provides a chance to meet, start a relationship, and consider future business opportunities. Speed Dating is open to all bloggers, but only industry attendees who are sponsors or who have purchased a Speed Dating table may participate. Here’s information about Speed Dating. Complete guides to the Speed Dating system in BloggerBridge – including setting up your profile, requesting appointments, and replying to appointment requests – can be found on this TBEX Speed Dating in Dublin page. Just be sure to click on the guide that goes with your registration – either the “Blogger Guide” box or the “Company Guide” box at the bottom of the page. And follow the instructions carefully so your profile is set up properly.

Note: We got lots of questions at TBEX Toronto from bloggers who thought that they could only participate in Speed Dating if they had purchased a table. This is not the case! All registered bloggers can participate in Speed Dating – that’s included in your registration. It’s only industry attendees who must purchase a table in order to participate in Speed Dating.

What’s the difference between “Speed Dating” and the “Open Marketplace?”
Recognizing that the Speed Dating appointments won’t meet everyone’s needs, we’ve created the Open Marketplace as an unstructured session when bloggers and sponsors can network outside the pressure of timed meetings. We hope you’ll take advantage of the Open Marketplace time to meet with people with whom you were unable to schedule an appointment during Speed Dating.

Are there opportunities for press tours while I’m in town for TBEX?
The availability of press tours before and after TBEX varies by conference destination, as these tours are put together by each host destination. In order to make sure you don’t miss an announcement about applying for a press trip, be sure to sign up for the TBEX email newsletter and stay tuned to the TBEX blog and our social channels.

How do I choose which sessions to attend? I don’t want to miss anything.
With multiple sessions going on concurrently, you’re going to have to make some tough choices. This is where a buddy system can come in really handy. Divide the sessions you and your friend(s) really want to attend (so you’re not all going to the same ones), take copious notes, and then swap notes afterward.

How should I prepare for TBEX?

What should I do BEFORE I get to TBEX to make sure I’m properly prepared?

  • Think about your goals, for your blog and for the conference. What do you want to get out of attending TBEX?
  • Stay in the loop about possible press trips, tours, or other activities that require applications and/or advance sign-up. The best ways to do this are to sign up for the TBEX email newsletter, subscribe to the TBEX blog, and follow our social media profiles.
  • Get business cards, and make sure they’ve got your social networks on them as well as site URLs and an email address.
  • Consider preparing your “elevator pitch” and a media kit.
  • Complete your profile in the TBEX Dublin Blogger Bridge system (when it’s available) and browse the lists to see who you might want to connect with at Speed Dating.

What should I bring to a TBEX conference?

  • A willingness to both learn something new and share what you know, and a friendly attitude!

Other things that can be really handy to bring along:

  • Business cards
  • Media kit
  • Fine-point Sharpie – This is so you can jot down notes on the business cards you collect, either descriptive information to jog your memory about who someone is or a reminder that you promised to send or do something. Any old pen may work, but with a Sharpie you know you’re covered regardless of what fancy card stock someone’s using on their business cards.
  • Refillable water bottle – Yes, we work really hard to make sure you’re fed and hydrated, but it’s always good to bring a refillable bottle if you’ve got one.
  • Notebook and pen – We also make every effort to have WiFi available during TBEX conferences, and many people prefer to take notes directly on their laptops or iPads. But keep in mind that when WiFi is burdened with a conference full of bloggers who are all logging in at once (and some of whom are doing things like uploading big videos) it sometimes gets slow or becomes inaccessible. So having a backup note-taking method is recommended.
  • Camera and/or video camera – Even if your medium is writing, we’re pretty sure you’ll want at least a camera on hand.
  • Power strip – Want to make friends at TBEX? Bring a power strip to the conference venue and share all those extra outlets you’re creating. We all need to recharge our phones and laptops midway through the day (especially given the extensive tweeting, Instagramming, and note-taking going on during the conference), and there never seem to be enough outlets. Attendees with power strips are welcome additions to any mass of bloggers huddled around an outlet, hungrily waiting their turn.

What should I make sure to do AFTER I get home from TBEX to get the most out of my time at the conference?

  • Organize the information from all those business cards you collected. If you don’t already have a system for managing blogging contacts, this is the time to create one (or find an app that works for you).
  • Follow up with the people you met. This is especially important when it comes to the companies with whom you are most interested in working.
  • Did you go on a press trip or any tours while at TBEX that you need to cover on your blog? Did you review restaurants or hotels or anything else during your trip? Did you learn something so incredibly valuable that you can’t bear to keep it to yourself? Did you stumble on a story in the host city that you simply have to tell? Do you want to write a “what I wish I knew before I went to my first TBEX” post for the next newbies? Make a content plan for the posts you want to write – and if it helps you to create a schedule of when you’ll publish things, do that, too.
  • And don’t forget – put what you learned into action!

Logistical Questions

How important is getting lodging close to the conference location?
It’s entirely up to you where you stay when attending a TBEX conference (lodging is not included in the conference pass). Many people find it easier to stay relatively close to the conference venue itself, especially when coming in from out of town and not renting a car. Wherever you stay, be sure to take transit time into account so you don’t miss morning sessions. Note that we’ve got accommodation partners listed under “Attendees > Lodging” on the main page of the TBEX website, many of whom have special discounts for TBEXers.

Are all the TBEX events within walking distance or should I rent a car?
The locations for various parties, tours, and meet-ups vary with every conference – but they are not always within walking distance of one another or the conference venue. We work with our hosts to make getting from point to point during TBEX as straight-forward and easy as possible.

Is there some kind of TBEX dress code?
Nope! We encourage you to be comfortable (you’ll be sitting in sessions for two days) and weather-appropriate (Dublin in October probably won’t require the same attire as the Costa Brava in September, for instance), and if you’re signed up for extra activities you’ll need to dress appropriately for those (it’s probably not a good idea to wear high heels on a walking tour, after all). We also think it’s smart to dress in a way that tells potential industry representatives you’re professional. What that means, exactly, is up to you.

How can I make sure I get all TBEX-relevant news?
The best thing to do is sign up for the TBEX newsletter (you’ll find the sign-up form on the right-hand margin of the TBEX website). It comes out weekly via email, and includes the latest from the TBEX blog, reminders about upcoming deadlines for things like press trip applications and ticket price increases, and other information we think is useful to the TBEX community. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to follow TBEX on our social channels, too.

What do attendees say about TBEX?

Okay, obviously we think TBEX is worthwhile. But what do our attendees think?
Here are some round-ups of what attendees had to say about past conferences.

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!

Learn more about Heather >

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.

Learn more about Ted >

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.

Learn more about David >

Katja Presnal

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

Learn more about Katja >

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!
Learn more about Mitch >

Travel Blog Exchange: TBEX Conference Director on This Week in Travel

 

TBEX Conference Director Mary Jo Manzanares was on the This Week in Travel podcast recently talking about the upcoming TBEX event in Toronto. You can listen to the audio on the bottom link, or watch all the participants chat on the video. We’re particularly excited that veteran TBEXer and travel writer Jen Leo had to say about it:

This is the first time I’ve been psyched about a schedule. The workshops and content that you’re bringing this time is just a step up for veteran bloggers. I think everybody is going to ramp up their game after this TBEX even more than they have before. It’s difficult for someone in this sphere for more than 10 years to learn something new that’s not from a keynote speaker or from an advanced level panel, but I was going through the schedule and thinking, “Oh, I want to go to that one! Oh, I want to go to that one!” That’s what makes me especially excited about this year.

Are you excited about the schedule, too?

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Travel Blog Exchange: A Newbie’s Guide to TBEX

 

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Who goes to TBEX?

Do I have to be a blogger to attend? What if I’m a podcaster?
TBEX is about “the future of travel media” – and that’s media of all kinds. We welcome bloggers, podcasters, videographers, photographers – as well as people who want to learn more about any of those things. TBEX attendees also include travel industry representatives such as destinations, PR agencies, tour companies, travel products, and more.

What level of experience do I need to have for TBEX to be worthwhile?
TBEX welcomes attendees at all levels of experience. With sessions and topics focused on different skill levels, you’re sure to find something that’s just right for you – wherever your skill level or interest area might be.

How can I find out who else is going to the conference and connect with them?
When attendees fill out Twitter names during registration, giving us permission to use it, we create Twitter lists of attendees for each conference, which you can follow and scan for people who interest you. Not everyone fills out a Twitter name during registration, so although these lists don’t represent 100% of the attendees, they’re a great place to start. You can use and search through the #TBEX hashtag on Twitter to find other people talking about the conference, and check our other social media channels for discussions among fellow attendees.

The Twitter lists for Toronto are:

What happens at TBEX?

I’ve never been to any sort of conference before. What should I expect?
TBEX has become a multi-day event that combines workshops, inspirational keynotes, and educational breakout sessions, with business networking opportunities. Our blogger sessions are built upon three core components: Content, Community, and Commerce. We also offer TBEX Business, a series of educational tracks for the travel industry.

Besides the keynotes and classroom sessions, what else happens during a TBEX conference?
We give attendees and sponsors as many opportunities to network as possible, during both Speed Dating and the Open Marketplace as well as coffee breaks, lunches, and evening events. Our host destination works with their partners to create tours, activities, and press trips before and after the conference. That list of events changes with each conference. There’s all the learning and networking going on during the conference, the special events in the evenings, and tours in the days before and after the conference. In short, TBEX is both serious – and seriously fun.

What is “Speed Dating” at TBEX? How does it work?
Speed Dating is a structured networking activity that’s become fairly common in the travel industry. Bloggers and sponsors create a custom schedule of meetings in timed eight-minute segments, each of which provides a chance to meet, start a relationship, and consider future business opportunities. Speed Dating is open to all bloggers, but only industry attendees who are sponsors or who have purchased a Speed Dating table may participate. Here’s the TBEX Toronto Speed Dating Guide, with links to specific guides for bloggers and companies at the bottom of the page.

What’s the difference between “Speed Dating” and the “Open Marketplace?”
Recognizing that the Speed Dating appointments won’t meet everyone’s needs, we’ve created the Open Marketplace as an unstructured session when bloggers and sponsors can network outside the pressure of timed meetings. We hope you’ll take advantage of the Open Marketplace time to meet with people with whom you were unable to schedule an appointment during Speed Dating.

Are there opportunities for press tours while I’m in town for TBEX?
The availability of press tours before and after TBEX varies by conference destination, as these tours are put together by each host destination. In order to make sure you don’t miss an announcement about applying for a press trip, be sure to sign up for the TBEX email newsletter and stay tuned to the TBEX blog and our social channels.

How do I choose which sessions to attend? I don’t want to miss anything.
With multiple sessions going on concurrently, you’re going to have to make some tough choices. This is where a buddy system can come in really handy. Divide the sessions you and your friend(s) really want to attend (so you’re not all going to the same ones), take copious notes, and then swap notes afterward.

How should I prepare for TBEX?

What should I do BEFORE I get to TBEX to make sure I’m properly prepared?

  • Think about your goals, for your blog and for the conference. What do you want to get out of attending TBEX?
  • Stay in the loop about possible press trips, tours, or other activities that require applications and/or advance sign-up. The best ways to do this are to sign up for the TBEX email newsletter, subscribe to the TBEX blog, and follow our social media profiles.
  • Get business cards, and make sure they’ve got your social networks on them as well as site URLs and an email address.
  • Consider preparing your “elevator pitch” and a media kit.
  • Complete your profile in the TBEX Toronto Blogger Bridge system and browse the lists to see who you might want to connect with at Speed Dating. (You can learn more about Blogger Bridge, setting up your profile, and making appointments via the links to guides on this page.)

What should I bring to a TBEX conference?

  • A willingness to both learn something new and share what you know, and a friendly attitude!

Other things that can be really handy to bring along:

  • Business cards
  • Media kit
  • Fine-point Sharpie – This is so you can jot down notes on the business cards you collect, either descriptive information to jog your memory about who someone is or a reminder that you promised to send or do something. Any old pen may work, but with a Sharpie you know you’re covered regardless of what fancy card stock someone’s using on their business cards.
  • Refillable water bottle – Yes, we work really hard to make sure you’re fed and hydrated, but it’s always good to bring a refillable bottle if you’ve got one.
  • Notebook and pen – We also make every effort to have WiFi available during TBEX conferences, and many people prefer to take notes directly on their laptops or iPads. But keep in mind that when WiFi is burdened with a conference full of bloggers who are all logging in at once (and some of whom are doing things like uploading big videos) it sometimes gets slow or becomes inaccessible. So having a backup note-taking method is recommended.
  • Camera and/or video camera – Even if your medium is writing, we’re pretty sure you’ll want at least a camera on hand.
  • Power strip – Want to make friends at TBEX? Bring a power strip to the conference venue and share all those extra outlets you’re creating. We all need to recharge our phones and laptops midway through the day (especially given the extensive tweeting, Instagramming, and note-taking going on during the conference), and there never seem to be enough outlets. Attendees with power strips are welcome additions to any mass of bloggers huddled around an outlet, hungrily waiting their turn.

What should I make sure to do AFTER I get home from TBEX to get the most out of my time at the conference?

  • Organize the information from all those business cards you collected. If you don’t already have a system for managing blogging contacts, this is the time to create one (or find an app that works for you).
  • Follow up with the people you met. This is especially important when it comes to the companies with whom you are most interested in working.
  • Did you go on a press trip or any tours while at TBEX that you need to cover on your blog? Did you review restaurants or hotels or anything else during your trip? Did you learn something so incredibly valuable that you can’t bear to keep it to yourself? Did you stumble on a story in the host city that you simply have to tell? Do you want to write a “what I wish I knew before I went to my first TBEX” post for the next newbies? Make a content plan for the posts you want to write – and if it helps you to create a schedule of when you’ll publish things, do that, too.
  • And don’t forget – put what you learned into action!

Logistical Questions

How important is getting lodging close to the conference location?
It’s entirely up to you where you stay when attending a TBEX conference (lodging is not included in the conference pass). Many people find it easier to stay relatively close to the conference venue itself, especially when coming in from out of town and not renting a car. Wherever you stay, be sure to take transit time into account so you don’t miss morning sessions. Note that we’ve got accommodation partners listed under “Attendees > Lodging” on the main page of the TBEX website, many of whom have special discounts for TBEXers.

Are all the TBEX events within walking distance or should I rent a car?
The locations for various parties, tours, and meet-ups vary with every conference – but they are not always within walking distance of one another or the conference venue. We work with our hosts to make getting from point to point during TBEX as straight-forward and easy as possible.

Is there some kind of TBEX dress code?
Nope! We encourage you to be comfortable (you’ll be sitting in sessions for two days) and weather-appropriate (Dublin in October probably won’t require the same attire as the Costa Brava in September, for instance), and if you’re signed up for extra activities you’ll need to dress appropriately for those (it’s probably not a good idea to wear high heels on a walking tour, after all). We also think it’s smart to dress in a way that tells potential industry representatives you’re professional. What that means, exactly, is up to you.

How can I make sure I get all TBEX-relevant news?
The best thing to do is sign up for the TBEX newsletter (you’ll find the sign-up form on the right-hand margin of the TBEX website). It comes out weekly via email, and includes the latest from the TBEX blog, reminders about upcoming deadlines for things like press trip applications and ticket price increases, and other information we think is useful to the TBEX community. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to follow TBEX on our social channels, too.

What do attendees say about TBEX?

Okay, obviously we think TBEX is worthwhile. But what do our attendees think?
Here are some round-ups of what attendees had to say about past conferences.