September is there and this means: my old 9-5 life is over! But before i'll start my BIG trip i head out to spend 3 weeks on the Iberian Peninsula – starting with Portugal. Two big travel blogging conferences are on my schedule – perfect to kick-off my new full time job as a travel video blogger. I'm happy that the guys from TBU chose Porto as the place where the first one is going to take place. So: let's get ready!
Maybe it's my german gene that makes me want to plan things ahead, but i guess it's sometimes not that bad to inform about the country you are going to vist, huh? Moreover a conference should be an interactive event, especially in the travel blogging scene: exchanging experiences, tips and contacts is the main focus – lucky me there are some good ressources out there to tell you how to prepare best. First things first: let's start with the location.
PortugalIs there any better place one can go in September to escape the first rainy days in Germany? This country located in Southwestern Europe is blessed to be one of the warmest countries of the continent but it has much more to offer: a unique culture, lively cities, tasty food and a lovely countryside. With a population of 10.5 million Portugal is not one of the big countries but:
“… may be one of the best value destinations on the Continent. This is because the country offers outstanding landscape diversity, due to its North-South disposition along the western shore of the Iberian peninsula. You can travel in a single day from green mountains in the North, covered with vines and all varieties of trees to rocky mountains, with spectacular slopes and falls in the Centre, to a near-desert landscape in the Alentejo region and finally to the glamorous beach holidays destination Algarve. …” (from: Wikitravel)
The City of PortoWell known for the popular Port Wine Porto is also one of the oldest European centres and registered as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996. The location of the city along the Duoro River and the Atlantic Ocean is just perfect if you want to have it all: an old city centre as well as beach and rocking nightlife.
As already posted in another article “7 free things to do in Porto” you have a lot of opportunities to spend much more than just a weekend in Oporto ;)
TBU conferenceFirst of all i should explain what TBU actually means: Travel Bloggers Unite – as the name says a global community of like minded travel bloggers. The base of this community is the community site www.travelbloggersunite.com. Since 2011 the team around Oliver Gradwell also organizes conferences to meet up in the “real” world: first in Manchester (UK) then in Innsbruck (Austria) and the latest one in Umbria (Italy). During the time the events became bigger as the interest began to grow due to the fact that the travel industry recognized the big potential of the travel blogging community.
As one of the participants i'll use the chance for workshops and networking but as stated it's also important to join a conference with certain goals or at least with a list of what you want to get out of it. This does not mean that you should stress yourself: it's more a rough frame four your participation. At this point i would like to recommend you 2 very good articles to prepare:
Meet me, Follow meI'm looking forward to meet a lot of interesting, passionate travel bloggers as well as travel industry delegates in Porto. If you do not have the chance to come along simply follow me by subscribing to the RSS Feed, Twitter or Facebook where i will share stories, pictures and of course videos.
Beside attending the conference i'm also invited to a Post Blog Trip to northern Portugal by VisitPortugal – i'll come to see the Peneda-Gerês National Park and the medieval town of Guimarães which is also European Capital of Culture 2012, i thought it's propably a better fit for my lovely readers than a wine tour ;)