More than 600 travel bloggers, writers, podcasters, videographers and photographers from around the world attended the TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference in Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, 15 – 17 October 2015.
“The best blogging community are the travel bloggers because they’re very, very happy.” – Anton Diaz
Starting with the sessions, workshops and keynotes, and ending with the parties, the TBEX was a big success.
“The world needs good journalism.” – Jodi Ettenberg
From the seminars and key notes I attended, I would highlight Jodi Ettenberg from “Legal Nomads” – “living and eating my way around the world”, Lee Abbamonte – the youngest American to visit every country in the world, Sharon Gourlay from “Where’s Sharon” – “travel smarter, cheaper and better with kids” and Tim Leffel – award-winning travel writer and editor.
Learning the latest blogging strategies from the best in the industry, networking with other bloggers and meeting the sponsors are the highlights of attending TBEX.
“Be aware of vanity metrics. They don’t tell anything about your engagement with your readers.” – Yara Paoli
“Discover Thainess” campaign aims to create an understanding of Thailand and the Thai people’s way of life, or what is called ‘Thainess’.
“Thailand boasts a strong culture, traditions, beliefs, values and customs that are unique and extraordinary – a harmonious mix of cultures intertwined with the quintessential Thai way of life.”
At TBEX ‘Thainess’ was conveyed through Thai handicrafts and traditional costumes, Thai food, music and dance.
Travel magazines, flyers, guides and directories have been provided by various Thai governmental agencies and sponsors.
“Life isn’t about a norm, it’s about living your dream.” – Maggie Wu
“Stories inspire people to see places in new ways.” – Jodi Ettenberg
10 month. 10 jobs. 1 big dream.
One Dutch girl. One Spanish boy. One site. Two languages. No planning. Just go!
Wanderlusting for fashion, fabrics, people and places around the globe.
One country, one year. Travelling for five years.
Reviewing pubs, one or two drinks at a time.
“Aroy!” – It means delicious, and indeed the food was very good, wonderfully arranged and plenty.
The opening night party took place at the Retro Live Café. Wine, music and dance – everybody was happy! We even participated at an early “Loi Krathong” celebration of water, where baskets made from banana tree trunk and banana leaves decorated with flowers were floated on a nearby lake. The real “Loi Krathong” is celebrated this year on November 15.
From the convention center we boarded 10 coaches or so and headed to the Asiatique on the river side of Chao Phraya River.
The organizers prepared a big surprise for us: a huge fireworks show! It was really amazing!
A great way to end the conference of dreamers and adventurers! Thank you, Thailand!
The next travel bloggers conference (TBEX) in Asia will take place in the Philippines in 2016.
“Travel blogging should firstly, lastly & always be about passion. If you just do it for money you are missing the point.” – Anje Rautenbach