Whether your goal is to have a personal creative outlet, to inspire others or to create a full-time business working with advertisers and brands, here are 12 valuable networking groups I’ve found so far that every travel blogger should know:
TBEX is the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media savvy travel industry professionals. They’re having FOUR conferences around the world this year including one at sea, so it’s a great opportunity to tap into your local market’s network (or just use it as an excuse for a trip).
Travel Massive is a network of travel industry insiders around the world with local chapters that host monthly events. I’ve been to three so far and met an exciting range of writers, bloggers, brands, apps, travel startups, agents, communities and more.
SXSW is a creative festival split into three parts: Interactive, Film + Music. Dozens of smaller subsidiaries have developed over the years also, such as South Bites (food), SXStyle and this year even some events labeled SXTravel.
The networking, education, creativity sparking and overall experience at SXSW Interactive is consistently light years beyond any of the 40+ other conferences I’ve ever attended. If you’re into digital, there’s no better place to connect with the heavy hitters.
With around 500 members, the PTBA requires that you have been blogging actively for at least 9 months and present a Google analytics screenshot of more than 3k monthly page views. It has it’s own Facebook group also and gives you access and inclusion to the database of members fully searchable by their industry partners.
Travel Blog Success is a community I have continued to be stunned by the support of. A pay-to-play networking community, Travel Blog Success has dozens of online courses ranging from how to start a blog from scratch to professional videography, an active Facebook group, Opportunity Board, discounts on other conferences and even a book club. Conversations in the group have been as open as “here is a graph breakdown of my last year’s earnings” and “so how many followers did you lose in the Instagram bot massacre?”
The list of heavy hitters that grace the forums with their presence and insights could be it’s own blog post. If you only choose to do one thing on this list, it should be this.
Annually in London, World Travel market is another leading global travel industry business to business event for senior travel professionals, governments, and international press.
Not completely travel-related, #BlogHer15 is an educational blogger conference coming up in NYC July 16-18. Happening since 2005, BlogHer is one of the longest-running blogger conferences and an established place to dip your toes if you’re new to the blogosphere.
Similar in format to Travel Massive, YTP has monthly or more often events locally, connecting hospitality industry professionals, media and more.