TBEX Takeaways

The more I travel, the bigger the world gets, and the less I realize I know about things. 

-Don George

TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, and media content creators. It is a great way to meet travel industry professionals as well. I just spent six days in beautiful Cancun, Mexico to attend this conference. It is held annually in both North America and Europe. A lot of bloggers connected before arriving via social media and even joined up on sharing an Airbnb, hotel or other accommodation. The lovely ladies of San Francisco Bay Area Travel Massive inspired and encouraged me to attend TBEX, as well as my mom for purchasing my ticket (Thanks Mom!). From Wednesday through Saturday the networking and meeting new people was non-stop. It was great to get to know so many people from all over the world with similar passions and become inspired about the travel industry. Bloggers love good stories and people sure had some fantastic ones to share. I learned so much in the daily breakout sessions on different aspects of blogging, media and marketing. Here are a few TBEX takeaways from my experience.

    • Don’t Quit Your Day Job – Travel bloggers do more than blogging and this was made apparent by every single speaker in the sessions I attended. For some it works to be Nomad, others it does not.
    • Know Your Worth as a Blogger – You are probably under valuing your worth. Dave and Deb of ThePlanetD offered some great advice on creating contracts and campaign totals, especially for beginners.
    • Promote Yourself as a Brand Be bigger than your blog. If you are doing so many different things then you should be promoting yourself as your brand. It can open up so many more doors than limiting yourself to just your blog.
    • Keep Learning – What I enjoyed most was seeing top bloggers in the industry asking questions to the speakers at the sessions. It shows that there’s always something new to learn and how we can learn from each other. I will continue to learn as well by taking professional writing classes, attending workshops, watching webinars and listening to podcasts.



Shoutout to some of the travel bloggers and video bloggers I met this past week. Check out their blogs for more travel inspiration:

  • Thank you for the recap Stephanie. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time and TBEX, connected with new friends and old and came away with some valuable knowledge. I hope you can join us again in the future.

    • justcherished

      Yes, I certainly hope to attend another one. Thanks for all the work you put into these events!

  • It was great meeting you! Thanks for sharing your takeaways — I look forward to reading more of your posts and keeping in touch. Maybe I’ll even see you at next year’s event. Happy travels!

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  • So fun seeing you there, and I can’t wait to talk more about it next time we get together in the city! Glad it was valuable for you, and I can’t wait to read more from you!

    • justcherished

      Thanks Anne! Yes, I’d love to chat about it more when I see you next.

  • Great tips Stephanie, looks like it was a very successful event and a great learning opportunity. I’ll be attending the Tbex in Athens so pretty excited about going back to Greece after oh 10 years or so 🙂

    • justcherished

      Thanks! It definitely was and I hope to attend again. I hope you have a great time!

  • Pointsandtravel

    Hey! Great to meet you! Great recap!

  • This is great! I just created a new site and I’m so anxious to attend one of these conferences. I’m happy you wrote this post because honestly it sounds super important and I didn’t know quite what I was missing!! – Stephanie | http://www.thepassportlifestyle.com

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