I’m going to be a TBEX first timer this year. And it’s very fitting that this travel conference almost lands on my travel blogging first-year anniversary (June 18th)! While I’m prepping according to the lessons learned as a NY Times travel show first timer, I can’t help but be nervous…! However, even if you have been to other big travel conferences, but are a TBEX first timer like me, let me tell you something right away:
TBEX is a completely different ballgame.
The focus of this travel conference is us, travel bloggers–not tourism organizations and PR professionals. Still, I can’t help but wonder: What will it be like? Am I even prepping correctly!? What should I bring, besides my business cards, motivation, and excitement!?
What I’m doing: It’s PREP time!
TBEX is in T -4 days. However, for the past two months or so, I’ve been requesting meetings and sending pitches to relevant attendees.
I might be a TBEX first timer, but this is my second travel conference. So, as I advised NY Times Travel Show first timers, I’m making sure I take a good look at the full sponsors’ and attendees’ list prior to arrival. While I’ve gotten too many “No” ‘s for meetings and every single pitch of mine has been turned down thus far, I’m not giving up! I just got some leads for meeting *crossing fingers* Still, I must admit…
I’m losing a bit of motivation…
I’ve been wondering: What have I been doing wrong!? I was expecting a better turnout, better responses! Do you have any advice when it comes to pre-conference pitches!?
I do have a great service to offer: Translation and localization of travel websites. I’ve been a translator / translation manager for two years now, saving my company up to $10,000 and counting. Also, I am able to cover a press trip in two languages (English and Spanish), therefore greatly expanding the reach of whichever organization takes me on such a project. in fact, I also happen to be the marketing manager at my current company, directing campaigns and initiatives in those two languages.
Yet, my resume doesn’t seem to be impressing anybody.
I keep getting no’s no’s no’s. While I understand this is part of life, some pointers would be greatly appreciated! I’m getting a little frustrated… :/
Packing for high-altitude
While I lived in Ifrane, Morocco (Atlas Mountains) for a full semester, I don’t really have experience with high-altitude weather. Thus, I was surprised to see on the TBEX A Taste of Vail Resorts Welcome Party invitation that the temperature could drop to the 20s (F)!
Being from the Caribbean, I was just dazed and confused as to how summer temperatures could be this low but thanks to Kara Williams, now I have an idea of what to wear:
Layering. Duh. Sometimes I wonder about my traveler skills… LOL. But then again, packing is still a challenge for many of us girls I’m hoping to have my carry-on ready to go by Wednesday (even though I don’t fly out until Friday afternoon).
Selecting the appropriate sessions to attend
This is probably the most daunting task for any TBEX first timer: Selecting which sessions to attend. There are so many great speakers and topics–all which I would love to hear about. But a travel blog is a business after all, so I had to choose the sessions that would help my travel websites the most in the short term, as I just started a year ago. So far, this is what my schedule looks like:
Parties parties… and even more parties?!
Looking at the finalized TBEX schedule got me all excited–it won’t be all just work! I remember the NY Times Travel Show feeling like exhausting work the whole way through. While there were some fun performances in-between, there were no special events or parties planned for travel bloggers (except for the Expedia happy hour–now that was awesome!).
Now TBEX: Completely different story! Just take a look at this:
Fun fun! I’ll be attending the Taste of Vail welcome party & the Expedia Shindig
Unfortunately, I was unable to take enough time off from my full-time translation manager position, so I won’t be able to attend many pre-conference events. Another reason why I can’t wait to become a full-time Nomadic Translator! Btw, if you wish to help me on this endeavor by partnering with me (so I can translate and localize all your travel websites and magazines), just give me a shout!
All in all, I’m pretty excited about TBEX and it has already surpassed my expectations since I reluctantly signed up early this year (thanks, Mr Tieso! )
You a TBEX first timer like me this year? How are you prepping?
Read more about the conference: My TBEX review