Partying? Travel bloggers? I’ve never heard of such a thing. Well the folks at TBEX and at Guinness definitely know how to throw one hell of a party. For the TBEX opening night party, they rented out the entire Guinness Storehouse. This is the brewery where that tasty dark beverage we know as Guinness is produced. You can only imagine what is in store for you when you are greeted by fire dancers and dragons on stilts. Check out the videos below.
Last week I attended my 3rd TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conference, this time in Dublin, Ireland. What a great place for 600 travel bloggers to take over the city for a week. It was good to see a lot of my blogger buddies, but I also met a ton of new friends and made a lot of important connections. Here are a few of my thoughts from the week.
1) It’s All About the Networking
The most important part of any conference for me is the networking aspect and this couldn’t be more true than at TBEX. My blog is beginning to get to the point where I’m able to make more quality connections and partnerships with brands that I want to work with. Sure the keynotes and breakout sessions are great, but for the most part they tend to be focused on newer bloggers. Even during the official networking events like blogger-brand Speed Dating, it seems very formal and rigid.
Where the magic happens is during the after-parties. After a few drinks, people are more outgoing, less formal, and generally more open to sharing ideas with each other. Bonds are formed, memories are made, and new ideas are created more in this way than anywhere else. This leads me to my next point.
Have you ever gone to Toronto, looked up at the enormous CN Tower, and thought to yourself, “Hmmm…I wish I could hang off the top of that thing”? Well if you’re anything like me, then you have. Luckily, there is a way to do this and it’s called EdgeWalk. Since I was in town this past weekend for the TBEX travel bloggers conference, I decided this was something I definitely had to do.
The CN Tower was once the world’s tallest freestanding structure (now bested by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai) and the EdgeWalk platform sits at an impressive 1,168 feet above the ground!