So I just returned from TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) held this year in Keystone, CO (the jetlag is setting in). I’ve been reading the recaps and commentary and the general consensus is that it was the best TBEX yet (Gary Arndt went so far as to say it was not only the best TBEX, but the best conference he’s ever attended and here’s a great recap from keynote speaker CC Chapman). This being my third year in attendance, I can see why the feedback was positive. Surely it’s a testament, to not only BlogWorld’s involvement, but also the years Kim Mance has spent uniting a group of diverse individuals by the common desire to travel and share.
And speaking of sharing, I have to pay tribute to this group, as sharing is one thing that prominently stands out to me amongst this mass of 700+ people… their willingness to share with and support one another. The competitive nature that is often found within common groups such as this is pleasantly missing. In its place I see support, encouragement and guidance – old timers taking newcomers under their wings, and novices and experts alike putting their heads together and sharing ideas. It’s refreshing and I’m honored to be a part of it. So, in the spirit of sharing, here are a few of my other thoughts coming off of TBEX 2012: