More Speakers Announced for TBEX Europe 2015

TBEX speaker collage Jan 22

 

We’re very excited to announce a few more speakers for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar, Catalyuna, Spain. We hope you’ll be as excited to see these speakers on the stage as we are.

Auston Matta – Auston lived in Chicago for 4 years before he sold everything and went on a round-the-world trip in 2012. He started the blog Two Bad Tourists with his husband David during the adventure, and after traveling for a year, he moved to Spain, which he now calls home. When he’s not traveling or writing about events, festivals or LGBT destinations, he enjoys the warm and sunny days and vibrant nightlife in Madrid.

Auston will be speaking about marketing to the LGBT demographic.

Bret Love – Bret Love is a 21-year veteran journalist/editor whose clients have ranged from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and American Way to Rolling Stone and Yahoo Travel. He’s passionate about promoting the economic and environmental benefits of ecotourism, and is the co-founder of popular ecotourism website Green Global Travel and creative services agency Green Travel Media.

Bret will be speaking about branding.

Brett Domue – By day, Brett is a Financial Business Controller for a large Dutch corporation, but he spends the majority of his free time scouting out craft beer around the globe. In the past 10 years, he’s primarily lived in the Netherlands, with a few years in Taiwan in between. Brett is the co-founder of Our Tasty Travels, a travel blog specializing in culinary travel, including craft beer and wine. Despite maintaining a full-time job outside the travel blogging industry, he’s managed to travel to over 60 countries and is preparing to pursue his Cicerone certification in 2015.

Brett will be speaking about how to add beer and wine content to your site.

Caleb Wojcik – Caleb Wojcik has been making videos off and on for nearly a decade. In that time he has filmed the NHL, MLB, NCAA basketball & football, weddings, commercials, book trailers, and plenty of training videos for the web. He is also the author of DIY Video Guide, teaches web video production at DIYVideoGuy.com, and runs a video production studio called Caleb Wojcik Films. He also formerly co-founded Fizzle.

Caleb will be speaking about how to make great videos by yourself.

David Farley – David Farley is a New York-based food and travel writer. He is the author of An Irreverent Curiosity: In Search of the Church’s Strangest Relic in Italy’s Oddest Town (Penguin, 2010), which was recently made into a documentary by the National Geographic Channel. He is a Contributing Editor at AFAR magazine and also contributes regularly to the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Bon Appetit, and BBC Travel, where he writes a monthly column on food from around the world. He teaches writing at New York University and Columbia University.

David will be speaking about writing.

Diana Edelman – Diana Edelman is a travel writer. the voice behind d travels ’round and a responsible animal tourism expert. For more than two years she studied with renowned elephant conservationist Sangduen “Lek” Chailert at Elephant Nature Park/Save Elephant Foundation in Thailand. While there, she traveled SE Asia learning and observing elephants in captivity. She has been an outspoken advocate for elephants and has served as an expert on the topic for numerous print, radio, television and documentaries. Diana is also co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective.

Diana will be speaking about responsible tourism.

Erin De Santiago – Erin is a freelance writer and blogger who splits time between the Netherlands and Belize. She holds a Certified Specialist in Wine (CSW) designation and, prior to moving abroad, she also worked part-time in a Northern California winery to learn more about the winemaking process. Erin co-founded Our Tasty Travels, a culinary travel blog, and has traveled to over 60 countries seeking out the best in food and wine. Erin plans to pursue additional wine education and is preparing to start the WSET certification in 2015.

Erin will be speaking about how to add beer and wine content to your site.

Jennifer Dombrowski – Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter who is based in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and communications strategist and is an award-winning travel writer. She is also a travel correspondent on Traveling on the American Forces Radio Network. Luxe Adventure Traveler was named one of the top travel blogs to watch by the Huffington Post and has been featured by top publications such as CNN, Buzzfeed , and The Telegraph. 

Jennifer will be speaking about the social media expectation on blogs trips and on social media campaigns.

Tawanna Browne Smith – Based in the Baltimore-Washington area, Tawanna Browne Smith is a former intelligence analyst and now traveling mother of two boys. Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Mom’s Guide To Travel, a site that provides multimedia content aimed at encouraging parents to continue exploring the world with and without kids. Tawanna has an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and holds a Masters degree in International Security and Economic Policy. Tawanna enjoys working with new destinations and continuously creating.

Tawanna will be speaking about how to incorporate webinars into your business plan.

We’ll have additional speaker announcements coming next week and we continue to shape and build our educational programming.

 

 

 

 

What We’re Reading

Hadrians Library in Athens

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.

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

About PR, Sales, and Marketing

  • Creating Your Ideal Client Avatar! Day 12 – 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog – This may be helpful in thinking about your ideal reader as well, and is a great exercise to help you think about who your audience (client) is. Read original article here: Creating Your Ideal Client Avatar! Day 12 – 30 Days to Awesomize Your Blog
  • World’s First Virgin Hotel Opens In Chicago – The Virgin brand moves into the hotel business, opening their first property in Chicago. Read original article here: World’s First Virgin Hotel Opens In Chicago
  • 10 PR measurement predictions for 2015 – Do you have any predictions to add to this list? Read original article here: 10 PR measurement predictions for 2015
  • Three Things That Changed Travel Marketing in 2014 – Do you think travel marketing changed last year? This blog post suggests things than they believe have changed the landscape entirely. Read original article here: Three Things That Changed Travel Marketing in 2014
  • Adios, Facebook Social – This media company is saying goodbye to Facebook because it doesn’t drive their important conversions. What do you think? Is Facebook driving your important conversions? Read original article here: Adios, Facebook Social
  • Historic mobile ad surge threatens print – A veteran journalist, editor, now media consultant opines on the shift of dollars from print to mobile advertising. Read original article here: Historic mobile ad surge threatens print

About Improving our Craft

About Travel

  • The Cost Of Living In Every Part Of The World In One Incredible Infographic – Thinking about ditching your home and heading to cheaper environs to live? This map may have some surprises for you. Read original article here: The Cost Of Living In Every Part Of The World In One Incredible Infographic
  • Five ways you can help Raif Badawi – Blogging can have painful consequences, as Raif Badawi has found out. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes. The first lashes were administered earlier this month and are set to continue weekly until the sentence is completed. Here’s how you can offer help. Read original article here: Five ways you can help Raif Badawi
  • Cuba — open for US travelers – With Cuba opening up for U.S. travelers, we’re asking – who wants to go? Read original article here: Cuba — open for US travelers
  • My Travel Tattoos & What They Mean To Me [Mini Photo Essay] – Do you have a tattoo that proclaims your love of travel? Read original article here: My Travel Tattoos & What They Mean To Me [Mini Photo Essay]
  • The Hypocrisy Of The “I’m Cultured And You’re Not” Crowd – A good lesson about not judging others – whether that’s how they travel or where they travel. Read original article here: The Hypocrisy Of The “I’m Cultured And You’re Not” Crowd
  • Get Free National Executive Status (Skip the Line & Rental Car Upgrades!) – Sign up to get a free upgrade to National Emerald Club Executive Status, details here. Read original article here: Get Free National Executive Status (Skip the Line & Rental Car Upgrades!)
  • Planes versus high speed trains in the US – Unlike many parts of the world, we only have one high speed train here in the US (the Acela in the Northeast part of the country). Will we ever see the US become more common here? Read original article here: Planes versus high speed trains in the US
  • 6 Dos and Don’ts to Prolong Laptop Battery Life – For travel bloggers and road warriors, getting every ounce of use out of a laptop battery is important. Do you have any tips of your own to add to this list? Read original article here: 6 Dos and Don’ts to Prolong Laptop Battery Life
  • The Weird and Wonderful World of Korean Pizza – Pizza with figs and snails; sweet potato crusts; sausage, calamari, and cream cheese? Interesting flavor combinations go into Korean pizza. Read original article here: The Weird and Wonderful World of Korean Pizza

 

TBEX Asia 2015 Call for Speakers

bangkok thailand from mary jo

Today we are opening the Call for Speakers for TBEX Asia 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand. We are very excited to be heading to Asi for the very first time, and know that you’ll want to be a part of this inaugural program.

TBEX Asia 2015 will be held October 15-17 in Bangkok, Thailand, at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.

For planning purposes, and to maximize your TBEX experience, we recommend speakers and attendees allow a few days before and after the conference dates to enjoy the pre- and post- tours and activities, along with FAM/press trips. More information about this additional TBEX programming will be announced as it becomes available; this general timeframe is provided to help you decide if you can commit to the dates and schedule.

If you are interested in speaking at TBEX Asia 2015, please read this information in its entirety. It will help you understand our programming needs and help you submit a successful proposal. Your submission is your chance to make a great first impression, and here are some tips to help you. If you’ve submitted for past TBEX events, please read as there have been some changes.

  • Think about your topic with a laser-like focus, narrowing it down to a manageable amount of information.  On the submission form you will need to provide a brief description of your topic that explains what you can teach and share in a one-hour session (leaving time for questions and answers). You will also need to list specific takeaways that will help attendees create better content, build stronger communities, and/or develop better businesses. We are looking for narrow topics, rather than general.
  • Consider the best format and presentation style for your session. We can accommodate solo presentations, co-presentations, and panels. For presentations with multiple speakers, we prefer to have speakers from different blogs, businesses, etc., as it provides differing opinions and viewpoints on a topic. Keep in mind that we may suggest a co-presenter who we think can help round out the information.
  • There are a variety of things that we look for in selecting speakers. It’s helps to be an expert on your topic, but that alone isn’t enough. You also need to be great speaker. We recognize that there are a number of different speaking styles, just as there a number of different learning styles, and we don’t want carbon copies on the stage. If you know that you’re a subject matter expert with little speaking experience, partner up with someone who has that speaking experience, even if they might not be as knowledgeable as you on the topic. If you’re an experienced speaker, but new to TBEX, consider partnering with a speaker who might have a better understanding of what we’re looking for.
  • Specify a knowledge level that your session designed for. We are not looking for basic or beginner level sessions. The knowledge base of travel bloggers has grown, and we’ve found that most attendees at TBEX are at an intermediate level. We are looking for intermediate and advanced sessions only. Intermediate sessions are designed for attendees who have some knowledge of the topic and who are looking to develop further competency in that area. Most sessions will likely be at this level. Advanced sessions are for attendees who have mastered core competencies in a subject matter, who have likely been blogging for some time, and who have created a business that incorporates their blogging activities in some way. Advanced sessions are designed for bloggers who are looking to fine tune their businesses, a chance to discover one little thing that can tweak and improve what they are already successful at. Think of an advanced session as a training camp for Olympic athletes. If you can present at this level, please consider submitting an advanced proposal.
  • Please remember that we are a media conference, not a consumer one. We do not schedule consumer travel content.
  • Let us know how you can help promote TBEX Asia and your session. We expect speakers to submit a guest blog post for the TBEX blog, and hope you are interested in helping us expand our community of travel bloggers, industry representatives, and attendees.
  • The ultimate decision maker of what is a great session is our attendees. When preparing your speaker submission, we encourage you to think like an attendee, asking yourself what an attendee would want to learn about your topic idea.

The ONE thing to  avoid when you’re putting together your speaker submission:

  • Your session should not be a product pitch, nor promotional for your blog, company, or services. Promotion and buzz about your company will naturally flow from delivering a high quality session. Rick always says, and it bears repeating here,  “The stage is for education, not selling.”

Other helpful information about speaking at TBEX:

  • All speaker submissions must be submitted via the submission form.
  • If you have an idea for a educational session and want some help in narrowing it down, crafting a better angle, etc., I am happy to discuss ideas with you before you fill out the form. You can email me here, and we can discuss via email, phone call, or Skype chat.
  • Preference is given to speakers who will attend and participate in the entire TBEX event. If for some reason you are not able to do so, please make a note of this in your submission form.  We also expect that speakers will not promote or attend any event that conflicts with official TBEX programming.
  • We do not pay a speaker fee.
  • All speakers receive complimentary registration. We do not cover expenses beyond registration for industry attendees.
  • Coverage of blogger expenses (economy class transportation and accommodations) will be discussed upon confirmation of a speaking slot. Should you not need travel expenses covered, please let us know in your submission.

Please be patient as we work through all the speaker submission forms and create our program. I used to think selecting speakers was easy, until I had to do it. Now I realize that creating a great program is like one giant game of Tetris, with each decision having to fit together as part of a balanced whole. It takes time, but we continue to streamline the process and are able to respond more quickly than in previous years.

And the most important thing to know about speaking at TBEX:

It’s fun!

Talk to anyone who has been a speaker and they’ll tell you they had a great time. Speaking at TBEX is a wonderful way to increase your influence, highlight your expertise, and to learn. We want the experience to be just as enjoyable for you as a speaker as it is for all of our attendees.

What are you waiting for? Get all your thoughts together and then head over to the submission page.

Submit your TBEX Speaker Submission Form here. Submission deadline is February 5, 2015, midnight Pacific Time.

Call for Speakers Opens for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar

SA CALETA 2 Lloret de Mar (Costa Brava)

 

Today we are opening the Call for Speakers for TBEX Europe 2015 in Lloret de Mar. To help you understand what we are looking for, we have some information on how you can submit a proposal that is relevant to our attendees, showcases your expertise, and fits into our overall program.

But first, let’s take a look at some speaker information from TBEX Europe 2014 in Athens:

  • There were 42 speakers.
  • 60% of the speakers were from North America, 40% were from Europe (including 12% from Greece).
  • There were an equal number of men and women speakers.
  • 57% of the speakers were on the TBEX stage for the first time, with 43% of the speakers making a return appearance.

Now, let’s get excited about Lloret de Mar!

TBEX Europe 2015 will be held April 30-May 2, 2015 at the Evenia Olympic Resort in the beautiful seaside town of Lloret de Mar. The town is in the beautiful Costa Brava region of Catalyuna, about 47 miles from Barcelona. For planning purposes, and to maximize your TBEX experience, we recommend that that you allot a few days before and after the conference dates to enjoy the pre- and post- tours and activities, along with FAM/press trips. More information about this additional TBEX programming will be announced as it becomes available; this general timeframe is provided to help you decide if you can commit to the dates and schedule.

We receive hundreds of session ideas, far more than can be allocated to our programming. To help you focus your ideas and pitch them in a way that gets your ideas across, we offer the following tips:

  • Think about your topic with a laser-like focus, narrowing it down to a manageable amount of information.  On the submission form you will need to provide a brief description of your topic in which to explain what you can teach and share in a one-hour session (leaving time for questions and answers). You will also need to list specific takeaways that an attendee will help attendees create better content, build stronger communities, and/or develop better businesses.
  • Consider the best format and presentation style for your session. We can accommodate solo presentations, co-presentations, and panels. For presentations with multiple speakers, we prefer to have speakers from different blogs, businesses, etc., as it provides differing opinions and viewpoints on a topic. Keep in mind that we may suggest a co-presenter who we think can help round out the information.
  • There are a variety of things that we look for in selecting speakers. It’s helps to be an expert on your topic, but that alone isn’t enough. You also need to be great speaker. We recognize that there are a number of different speaking styles, just as there a number of different learning styles, and we don’t want carbon copies on the stage. If you know that you’re a subject matter expert with little speaking experience, partner up with someone who has that speaking experience, even if they might not be as knowledgeable as you on the topic.
  • Specify a knowledge level that your session designed for. Basic should be thought of as an entry level session, with no understanding or background on the topic. Intermediate sessions are designed for attendees who have some knowledge of the topic and who are looking to develop further competency in that area. Most sessions are intermediate level. Advanced sessions are for attendees who have mastered core competencies in a subject matter, who have likely been blogging for some time, and who have created a business that incorporates their blogging activities in some way. Advanced sessions have become highly requested and we want to feature more of them this year.
  • Let us know how you can help promote TBEX Europe and your session. We expect speakers to submit a guest blog post for the TBEX blog, and hope you are interested in helping us expand our community of travel bloggers, industry representatives, and attendees.
  • The ultimate decision maker of what is a great session is our attendees. When preparing your speaker submission, we encourage you to think like an attendee, asking yourself what an attendee would want to learn about your topic idea.

The ONE thing to  avoid when you’re putting together your speaker submission:

  • Your session should not be a product pitch, nor promotional for your blog, company, or services. Promotion and buzz about your company will naturally flow from delivering a high quality session. Rick always says, and it bears repeating here,  “The stage is for education, not selling.”

Other helpful information about speaking at TBEX:

  • All speaker submissions must be submitted via the submission form.
  • If you have an idea for a educational session and want some help in narrowing it down, crafting a better angle, etc., I am happy to discuss ideas with you before you fill out the form. You can email me here, and we can discuss via email, a phone call, or Skype chat.
  • Preference is given to speakers who will attend and participate in the entire TBEX event. If for some reason you are not able to do so, please make a note of this in your submission form.  We also expect that speakers will not promote or attend any event that conflicts with official TBEX programming.
  • We do not pay a speaker fee.
  • All speakers receive complimentary registration. We do not cover expenses beyond registration for industry attendees.
  • Coverage of blogger expenses (economy class transportation and accommodations) will be discussed upon confirmation of a speaking slot. Should you not need travel expenses covered, please let us know in your submission.

Please be patient as we work through all the speaker submission forms and create our program. I used to think selecting speakers was easy, until I had to do it. Now I realize that creating a great program is like one giant game of Tetris, with each decision having to fit together as part of a balanced whole. It takes time, but we continue to streamline the process and are able to respond more quickly than in previous years.

And the most important thing to know about speaking at TBEX:

It’s fun!

Talk to anyone who has been a speaker and they’ll tell you they had a great time. Speaking at TBEX is a wonderful way to increase your influence, highlight your expertise, and to learn. We want the experience to be just as enjoyable for you as a speaker as it is for all of our attendees.

What are you waiting for? Get all your thoughts together and then head over to the submission page.

Submit your TBEX Speaker Submission Form here. Submission deadline is December 20, 2014, midnight Pacific Time.

 

TBEX Athens Created Opportunities & Fond Memories

Hadrians Library in Athens

It seems like it was only yesterday that we were all gathering for the start of TBEX Athens. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about how to perfect our craft and grow our businesses. We’ve made new friends, connected with those we don’t see often enough, shared some food, drinks, and laughs. We wandered the ancient ruins of Athens, strolled its streets, and sat in its cafes. We fell in love with this ancient city’s past and present, and hope that, in some small way, we can play a part of its future.

Perhaps Demosthenes, an orator from the 4th century BC said it best:  “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” We hope your time at TBEX provided just that.

If you wrote about your time at TBEX, your time in Athens, one of the many pre and post events around the city, FAM trips, or personal exploration around the rest of Greece, we’d like to include your story in our TBEX Athens round up. Please email your link to Mary Jo or leave a link in the comments of this post (which will be deleted after it is added). Please be patient as it will take awhile to get all the stories read and listed here.

  1. TBEX Athens:  What I Learnt – Soothed in the City
  2. TBEX Athens:  All About the Conference – Passion for Hospitality
  3. Highlights of TBEX Athens (A Photo Report) – GTP
  4. Travel Blogger Conference Concludes in Athens – Greek Reporter
  5. TBEX Athens Opening Night Party at Technoplis (A Photo Report) – GTP
  6. TBEX Travel Bloggers Enjoy Athenian Hospitality at Pandrossou Street (A Photo Report) – GTP
  7. Changing of the Guard at Presidential Mansion in Athens – Traveling with MJ
  8. TBEX Athens Recap 1/2 – The Travel Tester
  9. Revisiting Athens:  TBEX 2014 – World Wide Writer
  10. TBEX:  Our First Blogging Conference – 30 Day Locals
  11. What is TBEX – Carmen’s Travel Tips
  12. TBEX:  Is Attending Travel Blog Exchange Conference Really Worth it? – Our Awesome Planet
  13. TBEX Athens 2014:  6 Essential Tips for First Time TBEXers and a Big Thank You – Travelling Buzz
  14. What I Learned at TBEX Athens and My Writing Class with David Farley – The World in Between
  15. Highlights from TBEX Athens – Travel Blog Success
  16. TBEX 2014: A Time of Firsts – Travelogues of an African Girl
  17. TBEX Athens Play List (video) – Travel Media Ireland
  18. Greece’s Meteora Goes Global Thanks to TBEX Bloggers – GTP
  19. Dave and Deb and Paul at TBEX Athens – On Travel
  20. Learning and Connecting at TBEX Europe 2014 in Athens, Greece – Travel Sandwich
  21. Paul and Gary Arndt Hang Out Over Lunch at TBEX Athens – On Travel
  22. Tourism Economics:  As Exlained by a Greek Cab Driver – Traveling with MJ
  23. TBEX 2014:  Athens Dutchified (video) – Dutchified
  24. Back from TBEX:  Athens Photodiary – A Blonde Around the World
  25. Athens is back on the menu for 2015 – a taste of Greece with TBEX (video) – Heather on Her Travels
  26. If Homer Were a Travel Blogger – Huffington Post
  27. Tourism Economics:  As Explained by a Greek Cab Driver – Traveling with MJ
  28. Food of Athens – Big Travel Nut
  29. Sailing to Aegina Island – Big Travel Nut
  30. Discovering Athens:  My tour with a local – Capture the Wonders
  31. One Week in Athens:  Sightseeing, fun, and TBEX – It’s a Hoomygumb
  32. Excursion to Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon – It’s a Hoomygumb
  33. Pandrossou Street Market, TBEX 2014, Athens – My Video Media
  34. The Great Greek Gyro Challenge – Finding the Freedom
  35. My TBEX Highlights – Tea and Post
  36. 12 Reasons Why Travel is Fun, Especially in Athens – Sidewalk Safari
  37. Greece:  A Trip Back in Time to Corinth and the Peloponnese – Sidewalk Safari
  38. Discovering the Early Byzantine Churches of Athens – World Wide Writer
  39. Athens TBEX:  The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – Dave’s Travel Pages
  40. TBEX Athens – The Mad Woman in the Attic
  41. Where to Go to Be Trendy in Athens – The Mad Woman in the Attic
  42. Athens:  Art of Graffiti – The Mad Woman in the Attic
  43. Staying Fit When Visiting Greece – Fit Living Lifestyle
  44. Greece:  Ancestors and Expectations at the Acropolis of Athens – Green Global Travel
  45. TBEX 2014 Athens – My Video Media
  46. TBEX Athens Travel Bloggers Tour Aegean Courtesy of Louis Cruises – GTP
  47. Untouristy Greece? Try the Pelion – Big Travel Nut
  48. Eating Your Way Through the Pelion – Big Travel Nut
  49. Things to do in Athens for Foodies – Traveling German
  50. Ancient Peloponnese The Land of Legends – Live Dream Discover
  51. TBEX Europe 2014 – City of Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau
  52. Athen’s Impressions – Rachel’s Ruminations
  53. Bike:  The Best Way to See Athens – Null & Full
  54. First Marathon Completed – Null & Full
  55. Paradise Found on Dreamy Santorini – The Province
  56. TBEX Athens Recap 2/2 – The Travel Tester
  57. Beyond the Acropolis – Big Travel Nut
  58. A Tour Around Literary Athens – World Wide Writer
  59. Athens, Greece, in 7 Photos – What Boundaries
  60. Things to Do in Athens in a Week – Intrepid Escape
  61. Tops and flop mijn week op TBEX bloggersconferentie (Dutch) – Gezin op Reis
  62. Een maandagmiddag in Thessaloniki (Dutch) – Gezin op Reis
  63. Ga wandelen: Hiking tour Meteora (Dutch) – Gezin op Reis
  64. My Top Lessons and Takeaways from TBEX Athens 2014 – Traveling German
  65. Why You Should “Never” Visit Greece – The Spunky Traveler
  66. SEO for Bloggers at TBEX Athens – Kooky Traveler
  67. 7 Things I Love About Athens – Kooky Traveler
  68. Time Stands Still:  Parga, Greece – Global Gaz
  69. In the Heavens Above:  Meteora, Greece – Global Gaz
  70. My Experience from TBEX Athens – MaryHop
  71. Beste Zonsondergang Spot in Athene (Dutch) – Travel Around with Me
  72. Akropolis Athene (Dutch) – Travel Around with Me
  73. Op Naar Athene, TBEX Travel Bloggers Event (Dutch) – Travel Around with Me
  74. Confessions of a travel blogger: 6 things I learned in Athens – We 12 Travel
  75. How to travel by bus to the Temple of Poseidon from Athens? – Bunch of Backpackers
  76. What’s the deal with all those stray dogs in Athens? – Bunch of Backpackers
  77. Great hospitality at the Hera Hotel in Athens, Greece – Bunch of Backpackers
  78. Discovering Greek Cuisine on a Food Tour of Athens – World Wide Writer
  79. Going to TBEX Athens, Greece (video) – Grrrl Traveler
  80. Vorres Museum Captures Old And New Greece (radio) – On Travel
  81. Paul and Gary Arndt Hang Out Over Lunch At TBEX Athens (radio) – On Travel
  82. George Kakavas On Stamps And Statues In Athens’ Museums (radio) – On Travel
  83. Dave And Deb And Paul At TBEX Athens (radio) – On Travel
  84. Rick Calvert Talks With Paul About New Media At TBEX Athens (radio) – On Travel
  85. Graffiti and Street Art in Athens (video) – My Video Media
  86. How to Eat Well in Athens – World Wide Writer
  87. From One Newbie to Another:  TBEX for newbies – Wanderlust & Lipstick
  88. I’m an Athenian – Taste for Travel
  89. Greek Food Porn:  7 Irresistible Dishes and 1 Fetish Plate – Five Dollar Traveller
  90. Unexplored Greece:  Discover Greece beyond the islands – Five Dollar Traveller
  91. Your post here!

 

Hasta Luego Cancun

Cancun registration

With its warmth of spirit, as well as temperature, Cancun welcomed TBEX attendees to sample its hospitality and culture during a week of TBEX activities and events. Whether you did it all, filling your schedule with as many activities as possible, or enjoyed a slower pace from a hammock or by the pool, we hope you leave TBEX with new friendships, deeper knowledge, opportunities aplenty, and maybe a few selfies.

We want to know what you thought about TBEX Cancun. If you write a blog post about the conference itself, one of the sessions or speakers, about an activity or trip, or just about what you discovered in the Cancun area, we want to know about it. This post will serve as a list of links to stories coming out of TBEX Cancun. Although we try to keep an eye out for the stories, you can help us out by emailing your link to Mary Jo or Stevie (no need to send to both) and we’ll get it added to the post. Or, you can leave your link in the comments and we’ll add it to the post and then delete the comment.

A big thanks go out to our hosts, Cancun CVB and Moon Palace Resort, for making our time in Cancun so enjoyable. Hasta luego, Cancun, we look forward to seeing you again.

And thanks to all of you for coming to TBEX North America 2014. We hope to see you again next year!

  1. TBEX Cancun – The North America Travel Blogger Conference – Andrea on Vacation
  2. Interview:  Dr. Martha Honey on Ecotourism, Dolphin Tours, and Bloggers – Green Global Travel
  3. TBEX Takeaways – Just Cherished
  4. Mexican History at Xcaret Park – Adventures of the Repatriate
  5. Moon Palace in Cancun for TBEX 2014 – Johnny Jet
  6. Postcard from Moon Palace Hotel, Cancun – Traveling with MJ
  7. Highlights from TBEX Cancun – Travel Blog Success
  8. Stunning Street Art on Isla Holbox – Exploring the Blue Marble
  9. Opening with TBEX in Xcaret Mexico Spectacular – Tales of a Traveler with a Backpack
  10. A TBEX First Timer’s Recap – Turner PR
  11. TBEX 2014, Cancun, Mexico:  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Marginal Boundaries
  12. Xoximilco – Experience an Evening of Mexican Fiesta – A Brit and a Southerner
  13. Moon Palace Cancun:  Is an All-Inclusive My Best Option – Thriftista
  14. 10+ Things I Learned At TBEX Cancun From 12+ Interactions/Observations – Travel Blogger 101
  15. 5 Things I Learned as a TBEX Newbie – Adventures of the Repatriate
  16. TBEX North America 2014 – Kim on a Whim
  17. TBEX Lessons Learned and to Share – Valerie and Valise
  18. Business and Pleasure in Cancun at the TBEX Travel Bloggers’ Conference – The Practical Nomad
  19. TBEX is Love Made Visible – Nicholas Andriani
  20. A Memorable and Unforgettable Day of Adventure at Xenotes Oasis Maya Cancun – Traveling Well for Less
  21. Floating Down an Underground, Secret River in Mexico – Gypsy Nester
  22. TBEX Organizers Request Cancellation of Captive Dolphin Tours for Cancun Travel Media Event in Support of Sustainability and Animal Rights Advocacy –  Via Papera
  23. TBEX Short but Sweet – What am I still doing in Cancun?
  24. TBEX Cancun: A Newbie’s Perspective – The Everyday Journey
  25. What I learned at my First TBEX – A Week at the Beach
  26. Floating Down an Underground, Secret River in Mexico – Gypsy Nester
  27. Snorkeling with the Largest Fish in the Ocean: the Whale Shark – Living the Dream
  28. Moon Palace Resort, Cancun – Carmen’s Travel Tips
  29. Encuentro en Xcaret con Blogueros – TBEX Cancun – Luiser de la Garza (Autoplay video in Spanish)
  30. Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun Mexico – Pint Sized Pilot
  31. My Amazing Cancun Experience – Vanilla Sky Dreaming
  32. Is it the Destination or the Experience – Vanilla Sky Dreaming
  33. Moon Palace Resort & Spa Review – Vanilla Sky Dreaming
  34. My Cancun Tour of Xenotes – The Lazy Travelers Handbook
  35. Understanding Mexican Culture through Xcaret Mexico Espectacular – The Girl and the Globe
  36. CasaSandra:  A Boutique Hotel on Isla Holbox – Exploring the Blue Marble
  37. 5 Reasons You Should Attend TBEX – Mags on the Move
  38. TBEX Cancun 2014 – De Paseo
  39. Street Food:  Eating Our Way Through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula – GypsyNester
  40. Impressions on My First TBEX:  Knowledge and Fun – EcoColors Blog
  41. IZEA Takes on TBEX in Cancun – IZEA
  42. How to Grade Dolphinarium Facilities – Green Global Travel
  43. Swimming and Snorkeling with Sea Turtles in Akumal, Mexico – Wanderlust & Lipstick
  44. 5 Things I Learned at my First TBEX Travel Blogger Conference – Adventures of the Repatriate
  45. My Thoughts on TBEX Cancun – Globe Totting
  46. Poseidon’s Adventure: Cancun’s Underwater Museum – Points and Travel
  47. Gliding through Hidden Worlds:  Riviera Maya – Points and Travel
  48. Foodie Heaven:  Benazuza, Cancun – Points and Travel
  49. AllTOURnative Coba Maya Experience tour: Zip-lining, Rappeling, and Climbing – The Every Day Journey
  50. YOU

 

Still More Speakers Announced for TBEX Athens

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We’ve been teasing you with our preiously announced list of speakers here and here, and today we have another fabulous group to join that list. These fabulous folks are going to make it hard for you to choose what sessions you’ll be attending at TBEX Athens (you are registered, aren’t you?).

Amy Jackson

Amy leads brand strategy and consumer marketing for TripIt, the world’s highest-rated travel organizing app from Concur. For more than a decade, she generated national media coverage and pioneered social media programs for award-winning technology and consumer brands. Amy is a frequent traveler and a reward point geek. She’s especially passionate about mobile apps that make life easier, 5-star hotels and local cuisine.

Amy will be speaking with Angie Orth in the TBEX Business track, helping the industry learn about tools for press trips.

Angie Orth

Angie Orth is a rare breed of communicator, navigating both sides of the fence as a publicist, journalist, digital strategist and blogger. After a decade at PR agencies, she left it all behind to explore the world and to write about it on her blog — AngieAway.com. Four years later, she’s combined her PR foundations with a passion for digital storytelling, and is now firmly entrenched in the space between the two worlds. Today she blogs about the tensions between writers and publicists; represents clients from around the world; and covers travel and lifestyle for print, online and TV outlets.

Angie will be speaking with Amy Jackson in the TBEX Business track, helping the industry learn about tools for press trips.

Casey Mead

Casey has been working in the public relations industry for more than 12 years, with the past eight being dedicated to travel PR in the UK. She is currently the PR Manager for small group adventure company G Adventures, but has worked across the cruise, hotel, travel tech and luxury and domestic tourism sectors. Co-founder of the first London travel tweet-up in 2009, Casey is a savvy social media PR and loves nothing more than travelling or geeking out. But preferably both.

Casey will be speaking in our TBEX Business indusry track.

Michael Collins

Michael loves to travel. He is based between Dublin and Paris. Michael has worked in the Irish travel and media industry for 14 years. During this time he has worked as a travel journalist, editor and publisher, editing and publishing the magazines Backpacker Europe, Abroad and Irish Business Traveller. He has also worked in television and radio as a presenter and travel expert. Today Michael runs TravelMedia.ie, representing international tourist boards, hotels, airlines and tour operators in the Irish market and further afield. Today social media is now the majority his client work.

Michael is making a return TBEX appearance, speaking in our industry track.

Sara Robles Romero

Sara is a hands-on solutions provider! Using Social Media to deliver happiness, and managing blogger relationships for Tourism and Technology companies.

Sara will be speaking on how to create small and medium sized blogger brand campaigns, a perfect topic for bloggers who have not yet begun working with brands.

Sarabeth Jones

Sarabeth Jones is a creative at Fellowship North who enjoys all kinds of artistic work: writing, directing, acting, design, photography, and the occasional flash mob. Her personal stage is her blog thedramatic.com, where life is series of scenes: some with fabulous costumes, some with witty lines, and some that should probably be edited out. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and 3 kids and loves to write about they way they make her laugh, whether they are traveling the world or living the #DogtownLife at home.

Sarabeth will be leading a session on iphonagraphy and some of the advance techiques that you may not yet have discovered.

Tim Leffel

Tim Leffel is the author of five travel books and is an award-winning writer who edits Perceptive Travel, the Cheapest Destinations Blog (established 2003) and several other sites. He is frequently quoted in the major media and has been a speaker at many industry events.

Tim will be speaking on managing and prioritizing your writing, social media, and business tasks.

And wait — there’s still more to come! We’re still working to finish up the schedule and will have another handfull of speakers to announce sometime next week.

We’re excited about the way the program is starting to shape up. We’ll be adding these latest speakers to our Athens speaker page where you can learn more about all the speakers for our event (patience please as it will take some time to get everyone added). We’ll also have our general schedule of event and full information about our session topics of soon.

What do you think about the way our TBEX Athens program is coming together?

More TBEX Athens Speakers Announced

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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.

CALL FOR SPEAKERS: TBEX North America 2014 in Cancun, Mexico

 

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Today we are opening the call for speakers for TBEX North America 2014 in Cancun, Mexico.

We want you to be successful in submitting a session proposal for TBEX Cancun, so here are some tips to help your proposal get our attention and meet the needs of our attendees. We’ll also try to point out some of the common reasons we have to decline submissions, hopefully giving you some additional ideas on how to structure your session proposal.

  • We have four educational tracks, and your session must fit into one of them. For the bloggers, we have Content, Community, and Commerce. For the travel industry, we have two tracks of TBEX Business designed for DMOs, PR representatives, travel brands, and other travel and tourism attendees.
  • Sessions are one hour in length, allowing time within that for questions and answers.  Please do not suggest something longer.
  • We are a B2B conference and consumer travel topics don’t fit into our programming. We’re looking for topics that can help our attendees learn more about their craft and and how to improve their business life.
  • Topic selection should be fairly narrow, allowing for an in depth discussion. Broad-based, shallower topics are generally not as well received.
  • We are always on the lookout for advanced, high level, educational sessions. Unfortunately, we don’t receive many that are at this level, so if you have the expertise and an idea that are suited for advanced level bloggers, we want to hear it.

Before you head over to the submission form, you may find additional helpful information here. If you still have questions, please get in touch, I’m happy to help you brainstorm ideas or give you feedback.

We’re always looking for new speakers to bring to the TBEX audience — last year, over half our speakers were new to TBEX. Go ahead, click through to our TBEX Cancun speaker submission form and send us a great proposal.

The call for speakers will remain open until midnight (Pacific Time) on June 12th, 2014. Speakers selected will be notified as quickly as possible.

TBEX Staff & Bloggers at Athens Travel Trade Fair

 

TBEX staff, along with a few bloggers from the TBEX community, attended the Athens Travel Trade Fair earlier this month. The trade fair included a variety of networking opportunities, tours, and a press conference.

The press conference, among others things, explained to international journalists the importance Athens places on hosting TBEX Europe 2014.

George Broulias, President of the Athens Development and Destination Management Agency said, “The awarding of the TBEX event in Athens, after the crucial and persistent efforts of the City of Athens and the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau, is a very important success for our city. For three days, Athens will be at the focus of hundreds of top opinion leaders through the largest networks of social media and travel blogs, while the positive impact of the event for our destination will be reproduced internationally for a long time. It is a great honour, but also an opportunity for our city.”

Athens Mayor Yorgos Kaminis explained that hosting TBEX was a part of the city’s targeted actions and dedication to reposition Athens on the international tourism map.

Remarks on behalf of TBEX were made by Mary Jo Manzanares, TBEX Conference Director.

Bloggers attending on behalf of TBEX included Paul Johnson, Kerwin Mackenzie, Cacinda Maloney, and Laurence Norah.$127

Have you registered for TBEX Athens? Early bird pricing is available through June 5th:  $127 for bloggers and $597 for travel industry professionals.