I often find myself reflecting on my childhood. I could have so easily become a statistic. Growing up in Memphis, in a single-parent household, with an absentee father.
But that’s not my story!
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Traveling became an escape from the world as I knew it. I can’t recall the specific event off the top of my head when I realized there was a big ole world out there with other cultures, religions, and nationalities.
But I became obsessed with understanding and learning from other cultures.
Traveling Put the World In a Whole New Perspective
I’ve explored dozens of countries, had hundreds of experiences, and thousands of memories, but when my brother passed away at the young age of 22 years old of a heart attack, I realized most people go to work and pay bills.
Life is not promised to us. So in honor of my brother, I wanted to inspire people to travel, to explore unknown places, and to taste a dish you would never in a million years otherwise try. Or on the simplest level, just take a weekend getaway to a neighboring state.
I was reading to my daughter shortly after my brother’s death the Dr. Suess book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”. It brought me to tears because it had a whole new meaning as an adult.
It reminded me that I could do anything I set my mind to, and from there Passports and Grub were born.
Read Here how my brother Marco’s death transformed my life: Why I became a Travel Blogger
After deciding I was going to start my travel blog, I began to immerse myself in learning everything I could about the travel blogging world. Including which conferences to attend and which conferences offered the best seminars for both new and veteran bloggers.
A Little Background on TBEX
Travel Blog Exchange is a networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands, and industry professionals.
Each year, TBEX partners with fantastic host destinations in North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific to bring the travel industry’s most creative minds together to learn, network, and do business.
After I attended my very first North American TBEX conference in 2016 I was blown away by how helpful the travel bloggers were.
The conference was so much more than meeting with brands. It was a way to connect with fellow travel bloggers, to brainstorm on how to become more efficient, and how to turn your hobby into a career.
TBEX is the reason why, in under just three years, my brand has taken off. And now I am considered an authority in pitching to brands and getting results.
Student Becomes The Teacher at TBEX Ostrava 2018
After nearly 3 years of testing and perfecting my work as a travel blogger and pitching expert, I am lucky enough to influence and coach other travel bloggers the same way that others influenced me.
I will be providing you with the knowledge and guidance you will need to pitch successful partnerships, secure sponsorships, and execute effective campaigns through your travel blog and social media.
My partner in crime will be none other than Tyra Hughley, the creator of BarrisTourista. Tyra is a lawyer by day and a travel writer by night, and together, we will help other bloggers become experts pitching to brands.
With a special emphasis on Culinary Tourism and how to partner with tourism boards, tour companies, restaurants, and wineries to feature all that is great about a country or city while still conveying an authentic experience and one’s true voice to readers.
Ostrava Is The Host City For TBEX 2018
The Czech Republic has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I can’t think of a better way to experience the stunning Czech Republic than with my fellow travel bloggers and foodies.
If you are a travel writer or Food blogger and haven’t purchased your ticket for TBEX Ostrava 2018, it’s not too late! It’s gonna be a great conference!
I would love to see you in the Czech Republic!
What Else to Expect From TBEX Ostrava 2018
While the objective of TBEX is to help you hone your craft and become a better business person, content creator, and pitching expert you will also have the opportunity to explore the region of the host city.
TBEX organizes “pre-bex tours” and “post-bex tours”. Both, before and after the conference, for you to get to know your fellow travel professionals outside of the conference to make connections, collaborate, and just have plain ole fun while enjoying the region.
How Can TBEX Help You Grow As A Travel Professional
TBEX offers a range of seminars with industry experts, as well as speed dating with sponsors and endless networking opportunities with fellow travel professionals, so have those business cards ready!
The conference is about connecting with other travel professionals because let’s be real, your family and friends don’t understand why you spend countless hours learning SEO, Pitching, Branding, and Affiliate Marketing.
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wishes to take their blog to the next level. If you are ready to move from blogging as a hobby to becoming a business make sure you sign up today so Tyra and I can help you secure those coveted brand partnerships!
Head over to TBEX and purchase your ticket today!