The horizon is glowing gold.
Why? Because two thrilling travel-themed events are rising up in the near future, and you should know about them!
First, on September 14, 2010, over a dozen cities across the continent will hold an event called “Meet, Plan, Go“: an interactive panel discussion on how to take a career break and follow your dream of traveling!
Want to know who is the Boston coordinator for this event? I am! So dear readers, please go right ahead and contact me if you have ideas for how make this event great. Currently, we are in negotiations to choose our sponsors (we already have a bunch of GREAT travel giveaways for you!) and our venue (it will be sexy and fun, that’s for sure), but the most important thing of all will be our program. Specifically if you know any awesome folks who will be in Boston on 9/14 and could speak on our travel career break panel, please put me in contact with them!
Moving on. The other travel-themed event on the horizon is TBEX ’10: The famous Travel Blog Exchange conference which will take place in New York City this very weekend!
Tickets sold out months and months and months ago, and the waiting list is now so long that they opened a second conference room where people who didn’t get into the main shindig can view the simulcast proceedings. The web is swirling with eager anticipation for the event!
Me, I am absolutely abuzz with excitement to at last meet all the travel bloggers and travel industry professionals from around the globe who I have grown to know and love over the past eleven months from their typed words and pixelated photos alone. I had no idea before I entered this travel blogging world what a vibrant family I would be joining, but I can honestly say now: Wow. T’is an honor to be “working alongside” such smart, motivated, adventurous folks!
On a professional note, the zing of partnership, mentoring, learning and networking opportunities will be out of this world. On a giggling, schoolgirlish note, I must admit I have high hopes for watching the potential romantic drama of TBEX ’10 unfold. Forgive me: I am a Literature teacher, and passion makes great stories!
Come on, visualize this for a moment with me: Hundreds of worldly, accomplished, sunburned travel studs and stud-ettes packed into the same conference for three straight days? Some of whom have already fallen a little in love with each other’s prose and spirit?
That’s right… this weekend could very well be like Grey’s Anatomy, but with a lot less blood and a lot more frequent flyer miles!
Apparently this is what I get from six years teaching high school: The mind of a fifteen year old. But on a positive note, this is what I get from setting sail into the travel blog ocean last July: the chance to join (and even run!) really cool events with fascinating folks. Passion, ahoy!
The author, Lillie Marshall, is National Board Certified Teacher, fitness fan, and mother of two who has been a full-time public school educator since 2003. She launched Around the World “L” Travel and Life Blog in 2009, and over 3.7 million readers have visited this site over the decade. Lillie also runs Teaching Traveling Global Education Community and Drawings Of… Educational Cartoon Site. Subscribe to her monthly newsletter, and follow on social media with the links below!