There are many travel conferences that happen every year. It can almost be overwhelming to figure which ones to go to. After hearing mixed reviews about TBEX and a little coaxing from a fellow blogger friend I decided to attend Travel Bloggers Exchange. For 2015 the North American location was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. So here is a brief overview and a video!
For those who have no idea what TBEX is, it is a conference held on 3 different continents for travel bloggers and lovers. There are panels to listen and learn from others who are travel bloggers, vloggers, and more. There are also a ton of networking opportunities for not only bloggers, but anyone in the travel, hospitality, and, tourism industry. Every year there is one in Europe, North America, and now Asia!
I stayed at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina hotel. It was directly across the street from the convention center where TBEX was being held. I know many people have different opinions on this hotel, but I enjoyed my stay. However I didn’t enjoy the extreme humidity and the constant down pour of rain. It decided to be beautiful the day I was leaving!
The opening night party took place at the Museum of Discovery and Science. I had a great time seeing some of the animals they had and trying out their attractions. I really enjoyed the 7D ride they had. The food was absolutely amazing. Best of all I got to hang out with my many of my fellow bloggers in person rather than us just talking over the net and text messages. It is always great to make new friends.
After a very tiring day of panels, networking, and eating amazing food I headed back to the hotel to get ready for the evening events. There was a party at the gorgeous Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa. Unfortunately the rain moved the party inside instead of out by the pool overlooking the beach. Once again the food was absolutely amazing! I think TBEX was trying to fatten us all up because the entire conference had great food, snacks, and drinks.
After the party we headed back to the hotel to talk and hangout. The conference felt like several days because the days were so jam packed. Panels and networking and all the food would put you in a mini coma for the night. Overall I had a nice time and enjoyed myself. I learned some things and enjoyed meeting and talking to many different people. You can see all of the fun for yourself!
Have you ever been to TBEX? Did you go to TBEX in Ft. Lauderdale, FL?