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Sydney Travel Tribe: Where Everyone Knows Your Name


Sydney Travel Tribe is kind of like Cheers. You walk in and everyone’s like, “Oh, right, right, I know who you are.” It makes you feel all good and proud, and then Graham Robertson walks up and explains to them that you’re also the person who made a video review of her underwear. Yep, I’m THAT girl, but I’m OK with it. The video is quite hilarious if I do say so myself.

I had my first Twitter meet-up early this year with Cailin O’Neil and Anna Jura, and it was nice to finally put faces to online names. Since it wasn’t a fail, I took Anna’s advice to come along to the Sydney Travel Tribe meeting back at the Bavarian Beer Cafe. When a night ends with a schnitzel challenge, you know I’m hooked.

Even though I’m not a networking, super-mingling person by nature, the laid-back environment and people make it easy to belong instantly to this eclectic mix. Each person, whether they are a travel blogger or running a travel-related business, has something to share and gain by participating.

Bowling & Beers

bowlingThis #traveltuesday marked a new adventure for Sydney Travel Tribe – Bowling & Beers. That’s right; we left our home at Scary Canary to venture to the Strike Bowling Bar for drinks and a little competition with fellow tribers.

Not to toot my own horn, but I was the overall winner after both the games were over. Anna shocked and amazed us all with a turkey in the first game, so she beat me by 1 point, but I demolished the competition in the second.

sydney travel tribe at korean bbqIn photo: @hannahdemilta @thetone @travelbyu @brookeschoenman Patrick @annajura

We ended the night in a traditional fashion by finding a Korean BBQ and letting James (@travelbyu) do all of the ordering for us (again).

See more Sydney Travel Tribe photos.

Members to Mingle With

Sydney Travel Tribe is one of my favorite nights of the month. Hey, I’m not the only one that enjoys it. Other certain members have been quoted saying something along the lines of, “It’s my only social life.” So, if you’re ever in Sydney, I highly recommend joining us for a night out. By doing so, you can hang out with the likes of numerous entrepreneurial minds:

  • You have Ian, one of the main driving forces behind the tribe and also a man who loves connecting with anybody and everybody in the travel community. He is the founder of Travellr, which is also a part of the World Nomads site. Even though he originally comes from Tasmania, we don’t really crack any of those “inbred” jokes because we think he’s pretty cool.
  • Kevin Lippy is the mastermind behind Brokepacker, a website that provides travelers in Oz access to some great discounted rates on activities, transport and accommodation. Kev is a big personality, and a ton of fun to be around. If you’re lucky enough to share in a taxi ride home, be sure to bring your karaoke game.
  • Graham is my favorite Canadian to start an argument with. He blogs about the travel industry over at Project Wander, and he was also just named as one of Tnooz’s Gen-Y Collective. You will occasionally find us fighting over Twitter when he has had too much coffee.

Beyond this list, so many cool people join the group. There’s the kind folks over at World Nomads, Craig and Caz of y Travel Blog, Tony of It’s Good Overseas, James of, Adam of Sit Down Disco, Dina & Ryan of Vagabond Quest

We’ve hooked up with Stuart from Travelfish, Lauren of Globetrooper, Matt from Travel With a Mate, Peter of TravellersPoint, Tim from BUG

Really, this list goes on.

Travel Tribes Around the World

After Alicia from Behind the Lens came to a Sydney Travel Tribe, she returned to her hometown of Toronto and began a group over there – the Toronto Travel Tribe. Since then, the Melbourne Travel Tribe and London Travel Tribe have all come to fruition. We’re looking for travel-savvy individuals that are passionate about the travel industry to become a part of the Travel Tribes organization by starting a group of their own. If you’re interested, please read on for more details.


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10 Responses to Sydney Travel Tribe: Where Everyone Knows Your Name

  1. Anna Jura October 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Nice write-up Brooke!
    I love our little community and how comfortable everyone is in each other’s company. Plus we do mad fun stuff and I learn new things every time, like what a “turkey” is in bowling. SO glad I beat you by one point, since your whole “I played in a league when I was eight” schtick was getting old. 🙂
    Everyone should join our little meet-up! Good work for putting it out there.

  2. Spencer October 8, 2010 at 7:42 pm #

    Nice post. Sounds like you’ve got a fun little group there.

  3. Dina October 12, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    Bowling and beers? Man, did I just miss the last travel tribe meet up? That should not happen again! I love it you guys making this travel tribes, it’s so great to be able to meet up in person with those people that previously feel close to us, but just by their avatars.
    Thanks for the mention here, Brooke!

  4. Tony October 21, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Another great Sydney Travel Tribe meetup Brooke – happy to report I didn’t come last amongst the stiff bowling competition. Look forward to the next one! 😉

    PS: This is my first comment so I look forward to seeing what wavatar I’m assigned when I hit submit comment…

  5. Tony October 21, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    I’m a piece of toast. I like it!

  6. Chris November 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Very excited for my first hang-out with the travel tribe this week 🙂


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