TBEX Cancun- The North America Travel Blogger Conference
The reason why I am in sunny Mexico this week isn’t for vacation but for the North American Travel Blogger Conference known as TBEX– Travel Bloggers Exchange. I went to TBEX North America last year in Toronto and had a great time meeting like-minded people, eating great food, and wandering around Toronto.
This year the conference was held at the Moon Palace Resort which is at least 20 minutes drive outside the Cancun Hotel Zone (a $35 cab ride). I opted to stay at the Ritz Carlton Cancun in the Hotel Zone but I was still excited to see the all-inclusive Moon Palace. My friend Tara also wanted me to scope out the place for her as they are always planning all-inclusive beach vacations.
The conference center at the Moon Palace was pretty great! It was huge, modern, sound and visual systems worked well during presentations, and the food was good. The WIFI was a little spotty but overall the conference venue was perfect.
The Moon Palace itself was definitely a party hotel or a great spring break-like place. Music, a DJ, entertainment, pool volleyball, strong all-you-can-drink cocktails, hammocks on every deck, and in-room hard liquor dispensers. I’m really glad I didn’t make my mom stay here but a girls weekend would be a lot of fun at the Moon Palace Resort Cancun.
The first night of the conference Expedia hosted an outdoor party overlooking the ocean for all TBEX attendees. My blogger friends decided to do a shot of tequila to start of the night- always the start of a great night. I sat down at the table after they ordered but the nice waiter brought me one too so as to not be rude, I did my shot.
Surprisingly the tequila was a good, smooth tequila (I was expecting rail) and didn’t even need a chaser. Yay for me looking like a badass! I stuck to wine the rest of the night. The beer gets too warm here because it is so hot and humid. I ate tamales and made new friends- it was a fantastic party with great people.
The educational content at TBEX Cancun was pretty good but sessions of big-time bloggers telling stories were plentiful. I prefer to attend talks about the technical aspects of blogging and brainstorming sessions. One of my favorite sessions at TBEX Cancun was with one of the founders of Pinterest which was very informative- someone who could talk how Pinterest works and where the company was going!
Also when there are breaks between sessions, attendees could just wander over to the pool for a half an hour. Not that I did that once or twice or anything
Mostly I go to TBEX to meet other travelers and to see the destination. My two major goals were met! Good conference!
Unfortunately it is rainy outside right now so I’m writing this blog post instead. Come on sun! Last day in Mexico!