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Attending #TBEX North America in Fort Lauderdale 

Fort Lauderdale beach. Photo via.

Fort Lauderdale beach. Photo via Lima Pix.

I am so excited to attend TBEX North America in Fort Lauderdale in October. The Travel Blog Exchange is the largest gathering of travel writers, bloggers, content creators, and travel industry professionals. TBEX has several large events across the world every year, and I’m attending the North America one in late October.

This will be my first time attending so I thought I’d share some of the things I’m excited to see and do. I can’t wait to hear Emma Sparks speak in her presentation, “Self-Editing Skills for Travel Bloggers.” As a trained journalist, I’m constantly trying to improve my ability to edit.

I love a good meal, and have some formal photography training, but have never studied how to photograph food. So, I’m excited to merge Julie Deily’s wisdom into my photos after her presentation, “Tips to Improve Your Food Photography.”

Having worked in digital and television newsrooms I have some experience creating and editing videos, but I wouldn’t say it is my strongest skill. I am thrilled that TBEX will be offering “Developing Your Audience on Youtube,” by Marko Ayling.

TBEX is much more than classes, though, and one of the things I am most excited about are the FAM trips that take place in the days leading up to the conference. Bloggers have to apply to be selected for one of the three trips, but even if I am not chosen, I can’t wait to hear and see how the trips went from fellow bloggers. The events will focus on exploring Fort Lauderdale in one of the three ways – food, adventure, and luxury.

Organizers have also put together different city tours, which offer creative ways to learn about Fort Lauderdale. The Catamaran Reef Sail and the Historic Fort Lauderdale City Tour aboard a 1929 antique yacht both sound like a memorable way to see the Sunshine State.

Last but not least, I’m excited to meet so many travel professions! I have a long list of fellow journalists, but can’t wait to connect with writers, bloggers, and industry experts that love travel as much as I do.

Are you attending TBEX? Have you attended one before? Have you attended any other conferences for travel professionals or writers and bloggers that you would recommend? Share in the comments below.

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