TBEX Cancun: A Newbie’s Perspective

amelia @ theeverydayjourney.com

Amelia Lynch is an RN turned Travel Writer who opted for a simpler life in a bigger world. In July 2015 she and her family moved to Mexico to start exploring with no plan to stop. Hoping to inspire others to take the leap and follow their dreams, this blog will share the ups and downs of being a traveling family. Come along for the ride!

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  1. I know it’s a little late in the day but your write-up was brilliant Amelia! I’ll be going to TBEX in Catalunya (Spain) for the first time, so it’s rather nice to read something from a newbie’s perspective. Well done. 🙂

  2. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you… or to overhear the controversy on cycling! Great synopsis! Thank you.

    • Thanks, but juggling that bike controversy was not fun, be glad you missed it! There were so many people, I’m glad every time someone like you that I didn’t connect with in person reaches out and says hello. Maybe our paths will cross somewhere else, or if not there’s always next year.

  3. mags says:

    Great synopsis of the newbie Tbex experience (and thanks for the shoutout!) I too was a bit annoyed with the downtown commute. I would have saved a lot of time and money if it were at the convention center, of course we would have missed out on the last night of free food and drinks so I guess it’s a fair trade off. Can’t wait to see you in the Spring when you visit Orlando!

  4. Louie Frias says:

    Ah…very well-written and what great observations you make and share. Being a travel blogger to me means seeing things just a little differently than an ordinary traveler…and you’ve learned that. Congratulations!

  5. Hello. Thank you for the post on which I came through TBEX facebook shoutout. I loved it. I am going in TBEX Athens and very excited about it. It is my first and now I know few things on what to expect. All the best for your blogging journey and hope to see you in some conference or a journey. 🙂

    • I can’t wait to hear about TBEX Athens, and who knows, maybe I’ll be able to go to TBEX in Europe next year. I’ll be sure to watch your progress, I hope you write about your own impressions for those of us who can’t be there. Have a great time in Athens!

  6. Thanks so much for the shout out, it was a real pleasure to meet you! I look forward to getting the kids together to play. 🙂

  7. Thanks for a great write up. I wanted TBEX Cancun to be my first TBEX too, but will have to wait until next year – wasn’t able to make this one. But this provides some great perspective for newbies navigating it all.

  8. Love it! I’m sad we didn’t run into each other during all the madness, but I’m glad you had a good time. I too am still digging my way out of all those business cards 🙂

  9. Alison Aiton says:

    Great meeting you and Jason at TBEX – glad you found it so useful! And, just for the record, New Brunswick can be delightfully warm in the summer. You just have to come visit at the right time! 🙂 Good luck with your big move, and I hope we run into each other at another TBEX!

  10. Jeremy says:

    Amazing write-up about TBEX. I’m always shocked by the number of people that attend these conferences and the fact that I still manage to miss lots of people while there! I think by the time the nightly parties started I was walking around in a bit of a daze just because of the amount of networking and talking I had done earlier in the day.

    We’ll meet at next year’s TBEX, yes?

    Side note – thanks for the shout out about my dolphin piece! I also loved your point about air travel being a huge contributor to the pollution in the environment. My background before travel writing was as an environmentally focused engineer (I did water treatment, but took several courses in green engineering too), and it makes me laugh a bit that the blow-up was on swimming with captive dolphins but there was no mention about the acidification of oceans, which will kill pretty much everything.

    Hope you enjoy Mexico!

    • Thanks Jeremy! I’m sure our paths will cross again and we’ll have to sit down together. My husband Jason has a degree in Environmental Science but was unable to keep a job here in Iowa (regulations favor the farmers here not the environment) so he went into IT years ago. He has been considering going back into the environmental field, something we want to explore more when we move to Cozumel next year. Possibly marine science?

      The keynote was a good effort but fell back into a recognizable pattern, no fault of the speakers themselves I think. It always seems like people focus on the same small things so they feel in control and overlook the real elephant in the room. No mention of the coral reefs that have been destroyed around Cancun either. And it seems like there is always more talk than action-I appreciated that you didn’t sit around with a free drink in your hand and talk about the dolphins or what was said in the keynote, you went out and found out for yourself. A true example of professional journalism. Thank you for sharing that with the rest of us, and I’ll try to do more of the same myself.

  11. Erin says:

    I’m sorry if you felt disappointed by the fact that our Latin America blogging panel didn’t concentrate enough on “Spanish speaking markets.” Technically, there was only one speaker from Belize — I was merely the moderator. Ironically, Dorian was the only one on our entire panel who is actually from Latin America. The idea of the panel was to focus on expat bloggers moving to Latin America and the benefits of being based here, as well as the pitfalls. Belize being an official English speaking country doesn’t make it any less a part of Latin America and in fact, we have an added problem of such a varied cultural make up here (Maya, Mestizo, Garifuna, Chinese, Lebanese, Creole, Mennonite). It was important to include Belize in this discussion because people want to gravitate here first since it is English-speaking and then they get here and realize it’s not the right LA base for most. (I lived in Taiwan for four years and the Netherlands for over two and this has been the most challenging base by far.)

    You would think with the accessibility of English, we would be further ahead in social media and blogging, but sadly, Belize is representative of trends in much of Central America. Look how different Cancun is with Kelly’s friends and contacts versus us one hour away. I was amazed by the make-up of our audience. Putting that panel together bridged a lot of gaps for TBEX in that our audience was primarily Latino because Kelly was asked to speak, and our presence brought in Stephanie and Trinity from San Ignacio Hotel in Belize. It was awesome to see a group of people attend who might not have ever come to TBEX (Kelly included) and certainly emphasizes the importance of reaching the local communities where TBEX is held.

    This is my 6th TBEX and I found it very different than those in the past. I do hope you will consider continuing to attend, even if they don’t necessarily fit your home base. You met some awesome people and, the one thing I’ve learned is the contacts you make at these conferences will invariably pay off — sometimes years later, but TBEX is definitely worth attending.

    • Erin I wasn’t disappointed at all! I went in with one set of expectations (Latin America=Spanish) and came out with a better understanding of what I would be getting into when we move to Cozumel next year. Belize is often considered an easy choice for expats because English is spoken, but there is a lot of English spoken on Cozumel as well and it is still a very foreign place. I was interested not only in what Kelly had to say but what it’s like in Belize-you’re not that far away either and we plan to visit after the move.

      It was great that TBEX had a focus on blogging in the region that was hosting the conference, promoting it to people around the world and educating us on what kind of market and opportunities there are. A lot of people don’t realize that Latin America is an up and coming market so showing not only outsiders but the local bloggers what it’s like for those working in it helps us to achieve success. Without TBEX I know many of us who are not the all-inclusive type might never have stayed in Cancun but just passed through the airport and on to more “authentic” places, and we would have missed a lot.

      I loved TBEX, loved the people, the connections, the presentations, and exploring the area. I’m sure you’ll see me there again next year, if we don’t meet up before then.

  12. Great write-up! Lovely meeting you there, can’t wait to follow along on your exciting journey!

  13. Hi Amelia,

    I’ll be attending my first TBEX in Athens next month. Great write-up here. It’s nice to read from a newbie’s perspective:)

  14. Carmen says:

    Really great post Amelia! I was thinking about writing about TBEX but I didn’t know where to begin. You’ve written it beautifully.

    And thank you for the mention. 🙂 Keep in touch!

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