New York City Update: TBEX Begins!

TBEX '10 New York City

TBEX '10 New York City

The alarm sounded too early this morning and think the same will happen tomorrow, but it was a good day in TBEX ’10 world, especially once all attendees settled in their seats.

I learned quite a few things over the course of the day while other tips of advice were reinforcement. My struggle with blogging and taking the next level is investing the time and revisiting my marketing plan and purpose. I envy those married bloggers who can rely on another income to pursue their passion. I just need to find a way to press on.  

I started my day with about a 2-mile walk to the TBEX conference site and stopped by Union Square Greenmarket Farmers Market. Farmers markets ALWAYS suck me in and knowing I needed to be somewhere, didn’t spend the time I would have liked. Looking back, I had plenty of time to browse and take in all the fresh goodness I can’t get in Florida.

Ginger Cayene Iced Tea

Ginger Cayenne Iced Tea

I grabbed a cup of ginger cayenne iced tea – whoa! What a zip! Nice kick of  heat complemented by sweet and slightly spicy ginger. Onward to TBEX where I found a long line wrapped around the building to enter. Luckily I’m accustom to waiting in line in the sun (i.e.: Harry Potter last weekend).

Kim Mance Opening TBEX '10

Kim Mance Opening TBEX '10

Kim Mance, founder of Travel Blog Exchange, opened the conference and away it went with leaders in the field downloading the knowledge stored in their brains and sharing with the audience.

TBEX-TripAdvisor Schwag

TBEX-TripAdvisor Schwag

Evening brought parties and honestly, I’m not a fan of crowds so cut out a little early. No reflection on the hosts or venues (party locations were cool with character). One annoyance is that I picked up one of the TripAdvisor notebooks (pictured above), stuck it in my schwag bag and left it alone. When I returned to pick up my bag, the notebook was gone! Suppose someone needed it more than I did but geesh!

JetSetBabies

See What I Won from JetSetBabies

As a nice surprise was winning a box of goodies from JetSetBabies. Colleen Lanin of Travel Mamas was carrying around a sweet purple box during one of tonight’s events and she mentioned JetSetBabies. Curious, I asked what they do and apparently, that was the magic question. As you can see from the photo above, it was full of all sorts of goodies and while I don’t have a little one, I have a friend with one on the way and she’ll appreciate it.  And, I was needing content for my client Resort Rentals International so posted about the company tonight.  Perfect timing!

New York City Street

New York City Street

Hope you enjoy the above photo as much as I do. It was the best way I could think of to incorporate the artful pole and stereotypical New York street scene.

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Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Jennifer A. Huber is an award-winning travel and outdoor blogger and writer in Southwest Florida. Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led her to a career path in the tourism industry for more than 30 years. She spent a decade with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley, and Everglades National Parks. She founded the travel blog, SoloTravelGirl.com with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely. The unexpected death of her former husband in 2008 reminded her how short life is. His passing was a catalyst for sharing her experiences with the goal of inspiring and empowering others to travel solo. Jennifer holds a Travel Marketing Professional certification from the Southeast Tourism Society, is a certified food judge, member of the NASA Social community, and alum of the FBI Citizens Academy. When not traveling, she is either in the kitchen, practicing her photography skills, or road tripping with her dog, Radcliff.

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4 Comments

  1. Wow! Thanks so much for including such a darling photo of the JetSetBabies prize and a link to Travel Mamas in your post! It was so nice to meet you at TBEX. I hope to see around the Cyberworld or at another conference sometime!

  2. My pleasure and thank you! Great meeting you during TBEX and hope to connect soon. 🙂

  3. Jenn, am loving your TBEX posts and photos!! It was SO great to see you! Maybe next time they’ll have “quiet rooms” off the main party rooms at night!!

  4. Thanks for reading, Mary! It was terrific seeing you – you need to convince your peeps to start that blog vs. book. I have “another” project I’m ready to do and think that will help compose it into a book. Anyway, we should look into Vancouver – I have a friend also interested in just visiting Vancouver, maybe there are houses or apartments to rent to reduce costs. Hmmm…talk to you soon!

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