Ok, I was just completely and utterly jealous. Being in Australia, it’s not easy, quick, or cheap to fly to the USA — or with the institution of TBU in Europe, there, too — just for a conference.
Only this year, things changed. I was a part of that group of annoying twitterers sharing my photos from the sessions and talking about the great experience I was having while at Travel Bloggers Unite in Umbria. To my followers that felt annoyed, I’m very sorry.
Finally, I made it to a travel bloggers conference! When Pat and I started planning the Silk Roadistan tour, we had no idea that it would put us in close proximity of Italy at just the right time. Boy, am I glad it did.
I’m all about getting the most out of travel; to anyone considering going to a TBU, I highly recommend it as the value for your money and time there is extremely high.
- We got the opportunity to stay in a beautiful resort – Valle di Assisi – at a discounted rate.
- We were able to take part in some deluxe meals and buffets, for free.
- We were given the opportunity to hear some famous and inspiring people talk (think Steve McCurry)
- We networked with travel companies and PR’s, as well as other travel bloggers.
- We got a 2 day blog trip afterwards that stuffed us silly and introduced us to the region’s best cultural attractions.
Yep, you read that right… we got a FREE 2 day blog trip in the region of Umbria after the conference – with like 4 star hotels and top-notch dining – all thanks to Umbria Tourism. It was a perk that just seemed like a logical inclusion to a blog conference (all these travel bloggers right in one place, ripe and ready to share an adventure), and I take my hat off to Oliver for putting it into action, and to Umbria Tourism for hopping on board.
Besides that, it was really good to put – after so many years – faces in real life to blogs and social media accounts. I’m real! They’re real! Cool.
Of course, I wish I could have done more in the networking realm – meeting more bloggers and having better conversations with everyone there. A lot of really clever and business savvy bloggers were walking around during that weekend. However, I did get to meet a smaller group of bloggers and media people throughout the event and build some pretty good relationships, and I’m truly grateful to have had the opportunity.
Would I go again?
Uhm… heck yes. The next TBU is happening in Porto, Portugal on September 8 – 9, and I wish I could say I’m booked and planning to go. Of course, Porto is like the furthest part of Europe from Australia, but there’s still a bit of time in between now and then so I guess anything could happen!
Stay tuned, blog friends, as I divulge more about my key takeaways from the conference, plus insight into all the cool things my group did on the post-conference blog trip, in future posts.