TBEX Athens 2014: Thoughts, Preparation, Expectations

TBEX Athens 2014

Hello fellow travel bloggers!

As you’re here I want to share with you my thoughts on the first travel conference I’m going to attend this year – Travel Bloggers Exchange a.k.a TBEX Athens 2014 (Oct 23-25). 

As a read more and more about it I’m becoming more and more excited and insecure at the same time.

Excited, because I’m eager to learn more about travel blogging – tips, tricks, hacks, right and wrong. Excited, because I can’t wait to meet other travel bloggers who share my concerns, my passions, my fears, my dreams. Excited, because Athens is a great city. Excited, because I already found bloggers who are going to attend and I am excited to meet them.

Insecure, because since now I’ve never been able to talk about my blog and my goals. “What should I say? Are these the right words? I should have not say that!” Insecure, because I’m still new to blogging and my blog is still not so big and popular and I’m thinking: “Why should anyone want to visit my blog? Why should anyone want to work with me?”. Insecure, because in my mind only travel bloggers with huge experience and success go to such events. “Do I have a place there?”

Aaaand a bit scared: I’m getting back from London on Oct 21st around midnight and I have to take the bus to Athens the morning after, which means no sleep for me. Well, I guess it’s for a good cause…

But why shouldn’t I go? After all I’m going to learn new things, even though I’m new, some day I’ll become big and that conference may be the bounce I need.

Athens, Greece

Preparation

Anyway, I’m reading all about TBEX when I have free time. Here’s how I’m going to prepare myself:

  • Blog refreshing – I refreshed my About section – now it’s more clear what I’m writing about, what my focus is, what my future plans are. 
  • New articles – I’m planning my articles for a month ahead so I have a steady flow of posts until TBEX Athens. And I’m going to work hard for that posts because when someone check my blog I want them to get the best out of it. Isn’t that the point? It’s not that I want them to like my blog at any price, but the conference gives me a little push for that procrastinated works. 
  • Media Kit – I don’t know if I need one yet and if someone would ask for it but I have to be prepared, I guess.
  • Business cards – still working on that. Everyone says I need many of these. But no one tells you how many? Do you know?
  • Planning my trip – I love to make plans and manage my time while I’m travelling. I already booked my hostel. I wrote down all the places I want to visit in Athens. It’s time for the food research I guess. I only have 2 free days so I better make them count.
  • Checking out the speakers and attendees – I’m happy to connect with other attendees as well as to know more about the speakers at TBEX. 

Work in progress: I’m still trying to figure out how to get to Athens. I’m travelling from Sofia, not that far away, but still…

Expectations = Goals

From the panels and speakers I expect: to learn many new things about travel blogging, photography, monetizing a blog, creating valuable content, managing social media.

From meeting other travel bloggers I expect: to make long-term relationships, to find blogging partners for some projects of mine, to meet like-minded people, to help someone with what I’ve learnt since launching my travel blog in March 2014.

From Athens I expect: a lot of pictures, great weather, delicious food, warm people, big memories, and I have no doubt I’ll get all that.

*I want to note that I’m so lucky I found a ticket for sale from the first ones – for just $97. Yay for the luck!

Are you going to attend TBEX Athens? What do you expect? What are your concerns? 

And a few practical questions: How many business cards will you bring? What do you think of my Media Kit? Any other advices?

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Travel blogger, freelancer and tourism graduate from Bulgaria. When I'm not writing about my experiences, I'm most likely chasing adventures all over Europe. From skydiving up in the sky to kayaking in deep waters, I love challenging myself during every trip. I also love travelling and writing about my home country - Bulgaria.

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  • Good luck with TBEX Maria! I wish I could make it there. I think it’s going to be a great experience and I hope you enjoy it.For those of us who cannot attend, please keep us posted.
    We will be looking forward to reading your updates and experiences. 🙂

  • Looking forward to hearing about the conference and about Athens! I started researching Athens recently for a possible quick visit in the spring. Good luck!

  • I’m going too and I’m quite new to blogging. I’m nervous and excited! I really want to meet new people who love travel, writing and photography. I’m interested to learn new things and feel a bit self conscious about my blog because it’s not as good as others but hopefully it will improve 🙂 I’m glad I read your post!
    It would be great to meet in Athens.

  • Hi Maria, I just got back from TBEX Cancun, and I can tell you that I was a newbie just like yourself. It was my first Travel Bloggers Conference. Apart for all the things we learned, I got to meet a lot of other travel bloggers who I connected too. You need to be prepared with business cards and a media kit. I bought with me around 300 cards. I’m attending TBEX Athens as well. I look forward to meeting you. Let me know if I can answer any of your questions. 🙂

  • Hey Maria,
    I too attended Tbex Cancun as a newbie and had very similar thoughts as you express here. It’s a bit terrifying, but it ended up being great. I’m so glad I went and I wish wish wish I could make it to Athens! You’ll need lots of business cards. I think I went through about 200, but from what I understand Athens is going to be a bigger conference than Cancun. I made a media kit, but honestly never showed it to anyone (or was asked for it). I’m still pretty self conscious about my numbers lol. But you’ll have a great time, meet lots of new people and leave inspired. Have fun!

  • Hi Maria, thanks for stoping by and reading our post on tips for attending your first travel conference! I hope you win some new business cards from Minted in time for TBEX! I would second that you’ll want to have at least 200 available. Even if you don’t use them all, you’ll have them left over for the next event.

    P.S. Love that you are from Bulgaria. My best friend is from Bulgaria and I am hoping to spend a month exploring it and meeting her family in the next year or so!

  • Hey Maria. I’ll also be attending TBEX Athens and like you I have done a lot of preparation (see: http://travpacker.com/preparation-first-tbex-athens-23-25-october-2014/ ).
    It’s also my first but I think we’ll be just fine! We’re coming prepared! No need to be insecure.

  • This was a refreshing post I stumbled upon and I’m really glad I did because everything you just said is EXACTLY how I feel about the situation. This is my first TBEX conference, I’m super excited, scared, don’t know what to expect, but Can’t Wait! for it to get here. I’m working on all that stuff just like you and I heard that 200 business cards is approximately how many you need for the conference. 🙂 That’s how many I ordered anyway.

  • I’ll be a first timer at TBEX in Athens as well! Really looking forward to it. I was debating how many cards to take too so I’m thankful for everyone’s comments here! Now I just need to find a decent design.

  • Well, I didn’t think of all those things before leaving, better pinning this post for my future experiences 🙂 thanks 🙂

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