June Update and Links

I just got back last night from the Travel Blog Exchange Conference (TBEX) in New York City. It was an amazing, inspiring and exhausting weekend. I got some great advice from some really smart people and I think you will be seeing some major changes round this site in the next couple of months.

You can expect a full report in the next few days but let me just say it was a crazy, crazy experience. Those travel bloggers seriously know how to party! I am so tired right now that I’m having trouble forming even basic sentences, so I’m going to skip right to the chase and give you a rundown of my favorite articles from the blogosphere this June:

  • Is Thailand Safe Now? That’s a major question that I think is on a lot of people’s minds after the dramatic events of this spring. Andrew Evans argues that yes it is, on Gadling.
  • Thought provoking piece by Ayngelina of (the fantastically named) Bacon is Magic on the ethics of attending a cock fight in Latin America: Should I Have Gone to A Cockfight?
  • After you fall madly in love with some random Australian, you can consult the advice in A “How-to” on International Relations, Sonja’s guest post on Drifting Focus. Bonus points for coining the phrase “euro-sexual.”
  • This is not really travel related, but I loved this blog post by the great Roger Ebert: Tweet! Tweet! Tweet! Dedicated to all you Twitter non-believers.

10 Responses to June Update and Links

  1. Matt June 29, 2010 at 8:48 AM #

    Thanks for the mention Steph. I’m terribly upset I missed TBEX yet bizarrely excited to read about it on other travel blogs. I’m looking forward to hearing what you walked away from the conference with – other than a massive hang over! Thanks again, glad you’ve been enjoying Backpackingmatt!

    • Steph June 29, 2010 at 9:50 AM #

      Thanks Matt, wish you could have been there as well! We can have a mini-TBEX in NZ this fall.

  2. ayngelina June 29, 2010 at 5:06 PM #

    Thanks so much for the mention, it was a hard post to write.

    • Steph June 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM #

      You did it well! It’s an issue worth considering.

  3. Kelsey June 29, 2010 at 8:40 PM #

    Thanks for mentioning my blog! Sonja is super excited that her guest post was featured.

    • Steph June 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM #

      It was a good guest post with a unique and funny persepective!

  4. Teresa June 30, 2010 at 10:46 AM #

    Thanks for the mention on my romance article! I’ve fallen in and out of love on the road; so it made for a good post!

    • Steph June 30, 2010 at 10:59 AM #

      I saw it last week and just thought it was so great! Definitely useful tips.

  5. Michael June 30, 2010 at 6:19 PM #

    Thanks for the mention 🙂
    Yeah I totally had a stalker at TBEX. Just couldn’t get rid of her. hhhaa

    • Steph June 30, 2010 at 6:46 PM #

      I know what you mean! It’s so rude when people just can’t take a hint…

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