Comments from other travel bloggers in the aftermath of TBEX New York was a torrent of positivity. Great avenue to meet fellow travel bloggers! Educational workshops to ignite blog domination!
There I was a voyeur, reading the blog posts, witnessing newly formed friendships on Twitter. Jealous, but excited for my friends.
Rumors swirled that TBEX 2011 might be in Europe, then it was announced Vancouver is the chosen city. I hopped the bandwagon, eagerly offering to be tour guide to those friends who missed New York. After all, Vancouver was my recent home for 10 years.
Oh, that’s right – Vancouver WAS my home. Did I want to re-visit a place I struggled to leave?
When the TBEX 2011 pre-tickets sold out I pledged to wait for the general sale in September, but I wavered. Next June will probably pinpoint me somewhere in Asia. For me to fly that distance doesn’t make sense.
Then TBEX announced Europe 2010 from November 4 to 6. My oath to stick with Vancouver was further tested.
Vancouver is a beautiful city, a postcard of ocean, mountains, and a laid back attitude, but I left for a reason. To feed this global hunger of mine. To not hang a shingle on the past.
It feels existentially wrong to return right now. Copenhagen actually fits with my trip to London and would be a great cap before I tackle India.
My attempts to remain genuine in the world of travel may have just shattered, so to those I promised free tours, accept my humble apologies. I suppose in the end, every traveler needs to carve their own path, even against popular opinion.
Vancouver won’t be my TBEX experience, but if it’s yours, you will have the best time of your life. I promise.
Meanwhile, I’m reaching uncontained levels of excitement for Copenhagen. To not only engage other travel bloggers, but gather ideas. I can’t wait to see the panel of speakers, attend workshops. All in hopes that I can bring you more interesting, lively content.
It will be my first twirl in Europe, too! That’s celebration enough.
TBEX represents Travel Blogger Exchange, an online gathering place for travel bloggers to meet and share. Only 2 years old, a formal meet-up is organized yearly, among other events. For more information visit: www.travelblogexchange.com or read this interview with co-founder Kim Mance.