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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.
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.
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.
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!
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?