We asked some TBEX Experts to Share Some Handy Tips about their experiences at TBEX Manila. For many this was not their first TBEX. We have divided the responses into the various sections of the conference. If you are new to TBEX or considering whether you should attend or not, the experts will share their thoughts, and we will explain what you need to know and to do to be a part of this epic experience.

It was the 1st TBEX Conference for Gordon and me, and suffice to say it will not be our last. We have already booked in for TBEX in Killarney, Ireland in October 2017. You can read about our amazing experiences at TBEX Manila right here.

I am going to share with you exactly how TBEX is organized, and how to get yourself TBEX ready, and the experts will provide, well ..expect insights.

 

TBEX Experts Share Some Handy Tips

What is TBEX?

TBEX is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, travel industry professional and social media influencers. There are 3 conferences held annually in North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, each attracting 600-1000 attendees from all over the world, and from all walks of life.

 

What is involved at a TBEX conference?

REGISTER

You register and pay a nominal amount. You are responsible for your airfares and accommodation. Many hotels will offer sponsored rates, so keep an eye out on the TBEX website for these. Watch the TBEX website and your emails like a hawk for any information.

PRE-BEX FAM TRIPS

There are PRE-BEX FAM TRIPS offered on a first come basis. These will show you some of the surrounding sites, things to see and to do. They are amazing. This is included in your registration fee, BUT be fast to book. It is an amazing opportunity to share these new experiences with your audiences on you blog, and your social media platforms.

POST-BEX FAM TRIPS

There are POST-BEX FAM TRIPS, and again these are on a first come, first, serve basis. You will read about some of these trips further in this article by our TBEX experts. It is an amazing opportunity to share these new experiences with your audiences on you blog, and your social media platforms.

TBEX CONFERENCE

There is, of course, the TBEX CONFERENCE. You will be given an agenda and can select which workshops, called breakout sessions, you attend. These are worth their weight in gold. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are all included in the registration fee.

TBEX OPENING PARTY

There is an OPENING PARTY included in your registration fee, and if the Opening Party at Manila, Philippines is anything to go by, DO NOT miss this.

TBEX  CLOSING PARTY

There is a CLOSING PARTY, and again, DO NOT miss this.

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SPEED NETWORKING SESSIONS

There are SPEED NETWORKING SESSIONS, where you can book to talk to various companies about work opportunities. To make and have appointments made for you, you need to be a member of BloggerBridge, which will make it easier to schedule these. Blogger Bridge is a tool that connects bloggers with professionals, companies or agencies. Mar Pages gives some hints on how to make the most of your time in these speed networking dates.

TRAVEL MASSIVE PARTY

There will be a TRAVEL MASSIVE Party too. There is more information about Travel Massive from the expert later in this article.

 

These are the scheduled TBEX conferences in 2017

TBEX in Jerusalem
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – MONDAY, MARCH 20 – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017

TBEX Experts Share Some Handy Tips

TBEX in Huntsville, Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA – THURSDAY, MAY 4 – SATURDAY, MAY 6, 2017

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Come and Meet Gordon and me at TBEX in KILLARNEY, IRELAND – TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 – THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017

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So what’s the point of TBEX?

Traveling Honeybird shares that “TBEX is an exchange of ideas, actions and engagement between real people doing real things. It’s a chance to learn, grow and evolve whatever it is that you do. Being found in the sea of blogs on the world wide web can be tough. You need to be ahead of the wave and not picking up the scraps thrown onto the shore.
It’s not just a bunch of people hiding in their mum’s basement playing keyboard warrior, buying links and paying VA’s to create content for them.”

Pre-Bex Tours

Corregidor Island

by A Traveling Life

The former U.S.-Filipino military base on Corregidor Island looks much like it did 75 years ago when the island fell to the Japanese during the Battle of Corregidor in World War II. Today the bombed-out and bullet-riddled buildings make for good photo ops, and our group thoroughly documented the various barracks and guns during our hop-on, hop-off trolley tour. We also paid our respects at the Asia-Pacific War Memorial and Japanese Memorial Garden before heading underground into the very dark Malinta Tunnel, a vast tunnel system that housed troops, and also served as a hospital and command center, during the war. 2,000 Japanese soldiers committed mass suicide in the tunnels in 1945, so their spirits are now “everywhere,” according to our guide. However, they were too shy to make an appearance during our visit.

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Intramuros Manila

by Life Explorateurs

Even though I usually like to wander the streets of a new city without a guide, riding around the historic city centre of Manila in a jeepney was a big highlight of our trip ! Antoine and I discovered Intramuros Manila and its Spanish history and architecture. I loved walking around the gardens of the Baluarte de San Diego, discovering San Augustin Church, the only UNESCO site in Manila, and visiting Casa Manila, a museum & reconstruction of a 17-18th c. typical house. Plus, killing the time lost in Manila traffic by singing along in our karaoke jeepney was wonderfully unexpected!

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Intramuros Manila

By Amateur Traveler

I joined a pre-trip to explore Intramuros, the old walled city of Manila. This was the center of Spanish colonial Philippines. You had to have Spanish blood to live “inside the walls”. The tour started in an air conditioned jeepney, complete with air conditioning. We visited the monument to Philippine patriot José Rizal, the cathedral, the old city walls, Casa Manila (reconstruction of a colonial house) and San Agustin Church which is a UNESCO site. San Agustinis the only one of 7 churches in Intramuros that was not destroyed in WWII. Half the visit was by horse drawn carriage so the journey was part of the fun.
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 Pre & Post TBEX Tours

By Traveling Honeybird
The pre & post TBEX tours are worth their weight in gold if
a) you can find out when the registrations open, and
b) are sober enough to attend.

Remember that these are apart of your attendance fee so why wouldn’t you go along, learn something new and meet someone else just like you.

At both the Bangkok and Manila pre-bex tours I’ve been able to participate in amazing walking tours. Not only have I seen a completely different side to the city with local guides it’s also given me a chance to network with other attendees and learn new skills. And not always from the official dedicated person leading the pre-bex tour. Read all about whether TBEX is worthwhile attending here.

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TBEX Manila Opening Party

As a Filipino, I absolutely feel more than proud on the successful celebration happened during the Opening Party of TBEX PH. As known, TBEX is a very prestige event recognized in the whole world, and seeing how the Opening Party operated, I can’t help but be gratified on its success. My mouth literally dropped during the magnificent performance of my fellow Filipinos. I wanted to hug everyone of them and congratulate them. Indeed, they didn’t failed in impressing the people.
What happened during the night was beyond amazing. From the moment we stepped out of the bus, I already felt that warm welcome and excitement for what’s in store for us during the party. There is already a production number as we enter the hotel. Ahhhh, it was awesome! They were so talented. People were taking videos of the performance, and again, I felt so proud. The food, too, was so scrumptious. I wished to have multiples of stomach so that I can eat more than I can!
All in all, the whole event is an A+ for me. And I bet, the others will grade them the same too! Kudos to everyone who worked hard for this party. I am so proud as a Filipino.
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The TBEX Conference

Learning AND Networking 

by Traveling Honeybird

The conference part itself is half the reason that people go to TBEX. It’s a chance to catch up with old friends, make some new ones and potentially grab a new sponsor or two. The other half of the reason to attend is to learn some new skills, hone in some old skills and see what’s happening out there in this travel blogging world that we live in. I’ve always found that I’ve learnt something new and useful from attending the sessions at TBEX.  

The key to optimising your learning time at TBEX is to keep an eye out on the workshops and sessions that you are most interested in noting that the schedule is likely to change on the days prior to the conference. Remember that there is more to this travel blogging thing than just monetizing your blog, actioning affiliate links and pimping out your pride. Hone your skills, know you audience and bring them back something to wow the pants off of them.

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Mark Conrad of Plan Your Trip Now 

This was my 2nd time to attend a TBEX Conference. The first one was in Bangkok last year. Of all the conferences I attended, TBEX is the most fun. They have successfully merged learning and fun in one big event. As an added bonus, you’ll come out with more Facebook friends from all over the world.

For TBEX in Manila, I already know what to expect and was able to better choose which session that I will attend that will be good for my brand. I was also able to plan carefully which travel companies I would talk to for a possible collaboration.

 

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 What you Learn at TBEX

by Life Explorateurs

It was our 2nd TBEX this year and in total. Still, we hesitated before going. Is it going to be worth our money ? Will we really learn anything ? Both answers are YES. And I think it’s THE place to get started if you’re new to travel blogging.

Here is why :

  • You will learn a lot about travel blogging from more experienced bloggers and industry professionals

  • You will meet like-minded people and make true friends

  • It will give you the kick that you need to bring your blog to the next level

Oh, and the food. So much food.

Read more about TBEX Manila here.

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How to do Speed Networking at TBEX

“After two TBEX I learned that there are two elements one needs to be aware of and prepare for at the speed networking sessions. Firstly, do your homeworkSecondly, stand out.
When I talk about doing your homework I refer to understanding what the brand is about, what they offer and what you can offer them. Come with a clear statement as to what you can for them that would ft their objectives, their target audience and their positioning. They will be sitting through many meetings and you need to show care and professionalism by not coming empty handed.
And this leads me to the second point on standing out. In a two day conference each brand will have a few dozen meetings. By the time you sit in front of them they have heard the same standard blogger offer many times, show them something different. This can be a small highlight media kit with a few of the key facts about you or other element that will make you stand out a level above the rest.”

Join Travel Massive – It’s Free to Join

Travel Massive holds a party also during TBEX. It is generally the night between the opening and the closing parties. You MUST be a member to attend, and can register here.

Travel Massive connects thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at free events all around the world. We are a global community of travel industry insiders, leaders, and innovators.

Travel Massive Party By Jeanette of Traveling Honeybird Oh the glorious events of TBEX where poor decisions are made, too many drinks maybe had and sore heads are almost a guarantee. TBEX works closely with sponsors to host official events outside of the main conference. In Manila this year we saw a non-TBEX party just about every night leading up to, during and after the conference. These events are a great place for digital nomads to go and dance the night away with friends both new and old. Other events such as Travel Massive hosted events are the perfect place to practice networking your ass off and creating your own travel tribe. You also never know who's going to turn up at these events. It's not uncommon to see sponsors and attendees chatting the night away and neither party knowing who's who until the next day during the speed dating sessions. *Disclaimer I'm a little bias on this extra circular events as one of the many event organisers at the years TBEX, Manila. A huge thank you to Anton Diaz in joining me in organising the Travel Massive Raffles Long Bar event. #sorrynotsorry to anyone who had a sore head the next day. TBEX Experts Share Some Handy Tips

Travel Massive Party by an Expert

By Jeanette of Traveling Honeybird

Oh the glorious events of TBEX where poor decisions are made, too many drinks maybe had and sore heads are almost a guarantee. TBEX works closely with sponsors to host official events outside of the main conference. In Manila this year we saw a non-TBEX party just about every night leading up to, during and after the conference. These events are a great place for digital nomads to go and dance the night away with friends both new and old. Other events such as Travel Massive hosted events are the perfect place to practice networking your ass off and creating your own travel tribe. You also never know who’s going to turn up at these events. It’s not uncommon to see sponsors and attendees chatting the night away and neither party knowing who’s who until the next day during the speed dating sessions.

*Disclaimer I’m a little bias on this extra circular events as one of the many event organisers at the years TBEX, Manila. A huge thank you to Anton Diaz in joining me in organising the Travel Massive Raffles Long Bar event. #sorrynotsorry to anyone who had a sore head the next day.
Travel Massive Party By Jeanette of Traveling Honeybird Oh the glorious events of TBEX where poor decisions are made, too many drinks maybe had and sore heads are almost a guarantee. TBEX works closely with sponsors to host official events outside of the main conference. In Manila this year we saw a non-TBEX party just about every night leading up to, during and after the conference. These events are a great place for digital nomads to go and dance the night away with friends both new and old. Other events such as Travel Massive hosted events are the perfect place to practice networking your ass off and creating your own travel tribe. You also never know who's going to turn up at these events. It's not uncommon to see sponsors and attendees chatting the night away and neither party knowing who's who until the next day during the speed dating sessions. *Disclaimer I'm a little bias on this extra circular events as one of the many event organisers at the years TBEX, Manila. A huge thank you to Anton Diaz in joining me in organising the Travel Massive Raffles Long Bar event. #sorrynotsorry to anyone who had a sore head the next day. TBEX Experts Share Some Handy Tips

The Post Tbex Fam Trips

What is the aim of the Post Tbex Fam Trip?

 

Ah the coveted TBEX FAM trip. A hotly contested seat on the golden magical plane ride to happiness. A FAM trip isn’t a free trip. After 4-6 days of hard core networking, event attending and general travel the last thing most people actually want to do is more work. A FAM trip, even with TBEX, is at best a working holiday. And at worst is well just more work for you to do when you get home. Now I’m not one to complain about how much fun I’ve had on TBEX FAM trips with other bloggers, content creators and generally fun people/
The trips themselves as fairly similar to any other FAM trip. Get on bus, go to hotel, see stuff, do stuff, photograph stuff and write about all the stuff. The most joyful part of a TBEX FAM trip is the wonderful, like minded people that you get to travel with. The learning doesn’t stop at the closing party event. Try as hard as you might the conversations flows around the recent workshops. You can’t avoid the excitement and passion that people have on creating new content, improving their skills and ultimately creating a better experience for the end user.
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Coron, Palawan

I felt so fortunate to be able to join the Coron FAM trip for TBEX Asia 2016. Visiting Coron, Palawan was both a retreat and adventure with nature. We spent time exploring untainted islands like Lang-aw and Siete Pecados. We bathed with the enchanted Maquinit hot spring and mesmerizing Kayangan Lake. We hiked Mt. Tapyas and saw a panoramic view of Coron. The greatest learning point for me during the trip was actually the chance to interact with fellow bloggers from different parts of the world. Being a neophyte in the travel blogging industry, I was inspired how passionate the seasoned bloggers I’ve been with for their craft. Three things I got from them: persistence, concern with nature and  support for the locals. I like how we all share the love for travel yet each one has their own beliefs and advocacies.
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Northern Mindanao

by Life Explorateurs

The good thing about participating in a TBEX fam trip is that it allows you to go places you might not have gone to on your own. We went to Northern Mindanao, an island in the South that many countries discourage their residents to visit. Mindanao has the reputation of being dangerous because of some very confined conflicts. The truth is, if you’re looking for an off the beaten path destination in the Philippines, this is where you’ll find it. Especially Camiguin Island. Talk about white sand beaches, clear blue water and healthy corals. A true uncharted paradise. Check out this augmented vlog here.

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UNESCO World Heritage site

I joined 6 other adventurous travel bloggers for a tour to the rice terraces near Banaue in the center of the island of Luzon in the Cordillera. These rice terraces are as old as 2,000 years, are a UNESCO World Heritage site and breathtaking in their beauty. They are pretty breathtaking to hike them as well. Our second day was supposed to be to the hanging coffins and some of the caves in the area but we had to be evacuated due to the incoming typhoon, so that we will have to save for another trip. Oh, and as is the custom, we got their by riding on top of a jeepney.
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 Cordillera, Philippines

You Learn to Love Jeepneys in The Philippines

Negros y Cebu

Mark Conrad of Staycation Philippines

I was pretty excited to attend the FAM Trip during the TBEX in the Philippines. It was my first FAM Trip and it has set my standard high for my future FAM Trips. I was part of the Negros y Cebu group which went to the provinces of Negros Oriental, Siquijor, and Cebu. We were treated like real VIPs everywhere we go. The tours, food, and accommodations are all excellent. The tourism department, TBEX, and our guides have made great efforts to make our trip a truly memorable experience. The FAM trip alone more than makes up for the registration fee so I highly suggest that you register on the next TBEX.

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Gastronomic Heritage Tour at the Culinary Capital of Pampanga.

By Authentic Food Quest

This was our first TBEX and also our first time in the Philippines. Before the conference started, we had the chance to choose from several Pre-Bex Tours. We chose the Gastronomic Heritage Tour at the Culinary Capital of Pampanga. We visited four local producers, who “keep alive” the recipes and traditional cooking techniques. The highlight was a 10-course lunch with Claude Tayag, the most famous chef in the Philippines.

Not only did we enjoy incredible Filipino foods, we also learned about the history and cultural influences that have shaped the cuisine. If you are considering TBEX, don’t miss out on the pre-tours. You will enjoy reading more about following in the footsteps of Anthony Bourdain, right here. 

 

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Sisig, a local delicacy from Pampanga

 

GK community in Quezon City

Gawad Kaliga means “to give care” in Tagalog, and for three days, our group got to see first-hand what the organization is doing to meet its ambitious goal of lifting 5 million Filipinos out of poverty by 2024. We spent the first morning of our FAM trip volunteering with a GK community in Quezon City that is home to people with visual disabilities and their families. Then for two nights we stayed at the idyllic GK Enchanted Farm in Angat – only 35 km outside of Manila – which is a training ground for social entrepreneurs. We learned about the various enterprises that are based at the farm – from worms to ice pops to stuffed animals – and even got to put I.D. tags on baby goats (a highlight of the trip for sure!).

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Discover Palawan

By The Island Drum
My post TBEX FAM trip was titled ‘Discover Palawan’. I applied to this media trip based solely on internet photos of white sand beaches and pretty water. Imagine my surprise when shortly after arrival to the Puerto Princesa Airport that I had tears running down my face. In fact, as I write this my eyes are also welling with tears. Don’t ask me why because I have no idea beyond an extreme sense of peace that Puerto Princesa wrapped me in. And that was just the parking lot, mind you. Of course it only got better from there.

In 48-hours I saw gorgeous beaches and scenic mountain vistas, met amazingly warm, friendly locals and fell in love with a new culture. I was also impressed by Puerto Princesa’s efforts in successfully embracing sustainable and ecological tourism. Puerto Princesa went far beyond my expectations and certainly no tourism brochure could ever capture the true essence of this Palawan paradise. At least not for me. The spirit of the Philippines is alive and well in Puerto Princesa and when it touches your own spirit, you know it.

 

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Sabang Beach in Puerto Princesa

And the final word goes to ….

Vicki Winters of The Vicki Winters Show

What Happens At TBEX Does NOT Stay At TBEX

What does happen is a lot of this.

– Meet.

– Greet.

– Eat.

-Tweet.

– Repeat.

At this year’s TBEX ASIA, we attended panels, parties, meals and more. WE tweeted about it.

We went on Speed Dates, and met some of the most amazing bloggers and brands from all over the world. We tweeted about that too.

Then we ate with our hands while listening to a band, and tweeted about that too.

It seemed every time we turned around there was another meal, or Instagram worthy buffet to write home about.

And then we ate some more. So, in 140 characters or less….

Yes, we learned a lot from amazing speakers too. #itsmorefuninthephilippines #tbexph

 

TBEX Experts Share Some Handy Tips

TBEX Experts Share Some Handy Tips

If you have question of me or the TBEX Experts please let us know.

I totally recommend attending a TBEX conference. We are very tempted by both Jerusalem and Alabama ourselves.