With the arrival of the Travel Blog Exchange otherwise known as Tbex fast approaching, we here at Fashionista’s Travel are slowly preparing ourselves.

Flights have been booked, condo’s have been rented, and more recently a travel sized clown car has been reserved. With Tbex being only 2 short months away its important to start mentally preparing as well.

Now after attending last years conference in Vancouver we aren’t calling ourselves experts or anything but if you are new to the scene aka a Tbex virginย then read on for some of the best do’s and don’ts this side of Denver.

Ps: This is stuff we wish we knew last year…


-Book your flight as early as possible; you will score a much better deal.

-Figure out accommodations ASAP; spots fill up fast and lord knows you don’t want to pay through the nose for a hotel.

Now on to the fun:

-Drink and carry plenty of water with you; it’s going to be a long few days filled with mindless drinking with hardly any food.

-Carry a snack or two; you never know when you’ll be able to grab dinner and drinks just always seem to happen before food. (Who could forget the men of Tbex after-party?)

Get to know fellow travel or your niche specific people prior to Tbex; this can be done easily via twitter and following the #Tbex12.

-Tweet A LOT while your there! This is another great way to meet up with people.

-Bring lots of business cards!

-Save all of those business cards you collect and send follow-up emails and or tweets to those people; it will help you stay connected.

-Set up a time to meet some of those people you constantly tweet with but don’t know in real life.

-Carry some paper and a pen; taking notes was something we didn’t do enough of last year.

-Make sure your phone is fully charged and even carry your charger for impromptu charges; like we said, it’s a long day.

Ryan and Lindsay are the prime example of drinking on an empty stomach


-Don’t be a loner; networking is what drives this conference. Get up and chat with people.

-Don’t stay with the same people the whole time; try to form mini-sub groups so that way you end up making more contacts.

-Don’t be foolish enough to think that everyone has heard of you; be impressed by those few that have!

-Don’t be that girl or guy who drinks way to much before dinner (not that it’s happened to us before)

-Don’t be afraid to ask questions; how are we supposed to get better at blogging if we don’t ask questions.

-Don’t bring your laptop to the actual conference (unless your workshop calls for one) you will spend far too much time tweeting to use it.

So as you can see the list of Do’s out weights the list of Don’ts. There are so many things we wished we had done at last years conference that we didn’t get to do. There aren’t many things that you shouldn’t be doing at Tbex, the most important thing is to put yourself out there and connect with people you might not get to meet normally. ย We had a great time last year and are hoping for an even better time in Colorado…see you in Keystone!

Ryan and Shannon two of my best friends from Tbex

More helpful links:

Registration and Conference info

About Tbex

If you’re looking for more tips for Tbex send us an email and if we can’t answer your question we’ll direct you to the right people.



14 Comments on Do’s And Don’ts For Tbex12′ Virgins

  1. Lily
    April 12, 2012 at 11:25 pm (6 years ago)

    Great post, I loved it. I’ve been travel blogging consistently over the past year and a half but have never attended TBEX and was debating on going this year. I might just give it a try!

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      April 13, 2012 at 6:54 am (6 years ago)

      You should defiantly go!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s so worth while!

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  2. Lily
    April 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm (6 years ago)

    OK! I’m going to see if I can make it happen ($). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      April 16, 2012 at 10:28 am (6 years ago)

      Me either!!!

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  3. Eva
    April 22, 2012 at 11:19 am (6 years ago)

    Thank you from a TBEX virgin! Cant wait til Colorado.

    thinking about changing my Thursday night hotel to Denver. What are people doing?

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      April 22, 2012 at 6:31 pm (6 years ago)

      I’m not coming in till Friday morning and are staying with other tbex peeps in a condo in keystone I think. And your very welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! Let me know if you need any other tips!

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  4. Kheidee
    April 29, 2012 at 5:55 pm (6 years ago)

    I’m a TBEX virgin ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This is the year where you will pop my TBEX cherry lol
    Can’t wait, doll!!

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      May 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm (6 years ago)

      can’t wait to pop your cherry ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  5. Mary Jo Manzanares
    May 26, 2012 at 11:17 am (6 years ago)

    One thing that’s different this year is that your TBEX registration will include meals – so you don’t have to worry about when/where you’re going to get your next meal, or what it will cost.

    There will be a welcome dinner on Friday night, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. So, hopefully you want have a problem figuring out where to get food.

    Seriously great value this year!

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      May 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm (6 years ago)

      Yes I am very excited about the meals this year! Thanks for the input! ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait!

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  6. Stephanie Spencer
    June 6, 2012 at 10:45 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks for the great tips. This will be my first time at TBEX and I’m really stoked about it but unsure what to expect. This post is very reassuring. Hope to meet you there!

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    • Lindsay Carreiro
      June 6, 2012 at 12:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks for reading!! I would love to meet you as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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