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My Travel Plans for the Rest of the Year

At the end of June, I went down to Sydney for a day of blog conference mayhem at Nuffnang Blogopolis. I had a great time and met a lot of really interesting people that I hope to be able to meet up with again soon. It really inspired me, not only to improve this blog but to go to more conferences, especially those related to my blog’s niche.

So, pretty soon after I got back to Brisbane, I bought tickets over to Europe for the TBU (Travel Bloggers Unite) and TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) conferences. I’d heard so much on Twitter about what a great time people had at these conferences, and the fact that they were two weeks apart in roughly the same area of the world seemed like too good an opportunity to pass up.

Porto by Night

Porto and its famous rabelos, as seen from the Ribeira.

It seems like my trip has really snuck up on me. Next week, I depart on my long journey to Porto, Portugal. I’m so excited to be finally going to the Iberian Peninsula, and from everything I’ve read, Porto is an amazing place to visit. And I’m not just saying that because the local drink, port, is one of my favourites!

TBU have planned an amazing week in the Porto area, with all sorts of activities during the conference as well as a two-day blogger trip at the end (my trip is called Grapes and Sailors — how could that not be fun?). I’ll be doing all this with an amazing group of people, including my Porto roomie, Heather.

My grandparents' garden

My grandparents’ garden — one of my favourite places.

I’m not taking the sensible route across to the next conference in Spain’s Costa Brava region. It would be great to see medieval Salamanca or cosmopolitan Madrid on the trip across, but I think my plans are even better — I’m going to see my grandparents in England. Since it’s not a short flight from Australia I don’t get to see them very often, so I take every chance I get.

Beautiful Girona

The brilliant colours of the city of Girona.

After a relaxing few days there I’m flying down to Barcelona, where I’ll spend a few days stuffing myself silly on tapas and admiring Gaudi before heading up to colourful Girona for the TBEX conference. Unfortunately I won’t be able to hang around for all of the planned post-conference activities because by that time, I’ll be well and truly out of leave so I’ll need to get back to Australia and back to work.

Because of that lack of leave, I won’t be taking any more trips until the end of the year, when there are a few possibly on the cards. My family has been bandying about the idea of going to New Zealand for Christmas, which I am completely on board with!

Mt Yotei from Grand Hirafu

The view of Mt. Yotei from the top of the Grand Hirafu gondola in Niseko.

After Christmas, my friends and I are planning a trip up to the snow in Japan. This should be very interesting, given my knee still hurts if I wear heels for a day, so I might end up taking a few snowboarding lessons and then spending the rest of my time in the onsens or taking photos of the snow-covered villages. I’m really looking forward to it though. Japan will be another new place to explore and I’ve always wanted to snowboard, even if I didn’t envisage my first time being with a bum knee. Plus, it will be nice traveling with friends for a change!

For someone that’s working full-time, I think that’s a very full plate of travel for the rest of the year…and who knows what next year will bring?

What are your travel plans for the rest of the year? If you’re not traveling much, what are you excited about seeing near home?

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8 Responses to My Travel Plans for the Rest of the Year

  1. Deb August 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm Reply

    I have absolutely no travel plans but will live vicariously through your travels. Can’t wait to hear how the Europe trip and conferences go.

    Are you going to ProBlogger in October?


    • Kristin August 29, 2012 at 10:21 pm Reply

      LOL Deb — I’m glad I can help you travel vicariously! I’ll definitely be updating as much as possible about my conference experiences. If Blogopolis is anything to go by, it’s going to be amazing.

      I’m not going to ProBlogger because I won’t have any time off (or much money) after the trips in September. I was pretty keen to do it but decided that doing it this year might not be for the best, so maybe next year. Are you going? It sounds like it will be really interesting!

  2. Jade Johnston - OurOyster.com August 29, 2012 at 6:43 am Reply

    Wow thats great! I am going to TBEX in Toronto next June and that will also be my first travel blogging conference. I have wanted to go home for a visit for a long time, so this is the perfect excuse.

    We will have to meet up for coffee and cake when you are back and you can tell me all about it!

    • Kristin August 29, 2012 at 10:23 pm Reply

      That’s so awesome that TBEX is conveniently close to home for you! With the cost of airfares from Australia it’s always good to be able to combine trips into one massive one.

      We definitely have to meet up after I get back — I still have to hear about all of your travels this year!

  3. Gina @ One Day in a City August 30, 2012 at 2:27 am Reply

    Have fun! I’m jealous you’re going to TBEX Spain – and rooming with my TBEX Keystone roomie, Heather. She’s awesome! 🙂 Japan will also be amazing I’m sure, but just to warn you in case you haven’t snowboarded before, it can be really hard on the knees when you’re learning. Looking forward to hearing more about your travels!

    • Kristin September 2, 2012 at 10:54 pm Reply

      Thanks Gina! It’s been really great talking to people online about TBU and TBEX so I can’t wait to actually see everyone in person! It’s sad that you’re not able to go but at least you got to go to TBEX Keystone — I really wanted to be there (both for the conference and because I love Colorado). Are you going to TBEX Toronto next June?

      Japan should definitely be interesting! I think every single person I’m going with is concerned about how my knees will fare, including me! Thanks for the advice, and I’m going to do my best to make sure my knee doesn’t get killed on the first day (by wearing a knee brace, etc). If it doesn’t work out, then I’m sure I’ll find other ways to entertain myself (although I will be disappointed since I’ve waited so long to finally get on a snowboard)! Do you get to go skiing/snowboarding often?

  4. Nicole September 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm Reply

    And here I was just about to tweet you to see if you’d be at the ProBlogger Training Day in Melbourne in October. 🙂

    Let me know if you’re around sometime and we’ll grab a coffee and chat. Would love to meet up!

    • Kristin September 15, 2012 at 7:15 am Reply

      I would love to go to ProBlogger, but it’s currently not in my travel plans since I’m spending so much money getting to TBU and TBEX in Europe! I’d love to go though so I’ll have to try to find a way (which I guess would include scrounging up a secondhand ticket at this point)!

      It would be great to meet up! You’re in Melbourne right? I haven’t been down there for a while (I’ve planned two trips for the Australian Open in the last two years but have had to cancel them) so I think it’s time for another trip!

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