That’s A Wrap! – TBEX Toronto

1300 travel bloggers took over the city of Toronto for one amazing weekend of building brand relationships, seeing old friends and making new ones, networking, exploration, education, and a little dancing :)

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We heard some powerful and inspiring messages from keynote speakers Trey Radcliff and Erik Lindbergh, then broke off into sessions. My favorites were: Content Strategy, Telling Your Story Through Photography, Building a Publishing Empire, and Rethinking Your Audience. 

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Engaged in a little speed dating with some wonderful brands and companies like; Trip It, Hyatt, Room 77, North Caroline Tourism, Vadovia, Google Travel, Roam Right, Four Seasons Hotels, Lou Hammond PR, and the list goes on and on. 

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Explored the City – There is so much diversity in Toronto that you see the world without ever leaving the city.

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Enjoyed some local cuisine – Toronto Tourism really pulled out all of the stops. One night we had Indian, Chinese, Caribbean, American, and Canadian cuisine and some fantastic Canadian wines to go along with it.

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Partied….and Networked of Course :) Every night there was an opportunity to put on your dancing shoes and meet more of your fellow travel bloggers and industry reps.

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Recharged in the American Express Lounge

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Sailed to Centre Island for a night of networking and fun hosted by Expedia and Alberta Canada and I won a trip to Mexico! Just one note for the next outdoor party, citronella candles, those mosquitos feasted on me.

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And before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye :( Man, did the time fly! This was my first blogging conference and I met some amazing fellow travel bloggers, learned how to brand myself, learned how to build a publishing empire, learned how to take better pictures, and now have the opportunity to work with some really great brands and PR companies. If you’ve never been to TBEX or any blogging conference for that matter I would highly recommend it. 

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This October, Travel Bloggers will be taking over Dublin for TBEX Europe! Will you be there?

Until Next Time! -xo AGT

Getting Ready for Toronto

It’s almost time! Friday I’m flying out for a weekend of networking, workshops, and adventure for the TBEX Travel Bloggers Conference. I’ve been counting down the days since I registered in April. My new business cards have arrived, my media kit is ready (both digital and hardcopy), and I’m excited to meet my fellow travel bloggers. See you soon!
 
I’m packing my suitcase with chic, comfy clothes, scarves to keep warm during workshops, a couple of fun spring dresses for nights out, and clothes for my biking adventure around Toronto courtesy of Tourism Toronto!
 
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Check in with me on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook to see how the conference is going, info on the beautiful city of Toronto, fab updates, and a giveaway!

Heading to Toronto for Tbex!

At the end of May I’ll be hitting the streets of Toronto to explore, then attending TBEX (Travel Blogger Exchange Conference)! This will be my first blogging conference, and I’m really excited to learn ways to improve my blogging skills, meet and network with fellow travel bloggers, and to have an opprotunity to meet and network with companies interested in working with bloggers.

I’ve taken care of my registration, now I just need to set up my hotel and flight. I was thinking about driving (I’m always up for a roadtrip), but I don’t want to spend 8-9 hours in the car to get to Toronto and only be there for 3 days.

Pre-Conference To Do List:

  • Define my blog….my niche in the travel blog world
  • Practicing pitching A Girl Travels
  • Order new business cards
  • Build my media kit

I want to be able to provide you with great products, inspire you to take new adventures, and to build my network so my goals while I’m at the conference are to:

  • Meet and network with fellow travel bloggers
  • Meet tourism boards who are interested in showing off local’s favorite spots (places that make people want to stay in, and move to, said destinations).
  • Network with people looking for writers and photographers.
  • Meet companies who offer unique travel/adventures/products that would like to sponsor posts on A Girl Travels
  • Talk with tourism boards interested in providing press trips to promote new destinations or events that are not popular with tourists yet (or promote sides of  destinations that tourists rarely see).

I’m very excited to be attending the conference this year, and to have the opportunity to explore Toronto. Do you have any recommendations on things I should do while in Toronto? What types of things would you like to read more about on the blog?

Love AGT :)

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