Country # 14- England was the 14th and final country that we visited during our 14 month career break.
Travel bloggers can party their faces off. Then the next day we work our tails off without complaint. That’s a major lesson we learned in early November. Last month World Winder attended our first World Travel Market (WTM) convention in London. It would have been all work and no par-tay if it weren’t for Dylan The Travelling Editor and Isabel from HostelBookers.
We originally met both Dylan and Isabel in Girona, Spain at TBEX Europe. They each invited us to big bashes that would take place during WTM London. The only problem was that we were planning on being in Croatia at that time. Plans were reshuffled. Flights were purchased. And we decided to attend WTM, then come home to New York. I guess we’ll do anything for a party.
Six weeks later we were eating dishes prepared by The Travelling Editor in his London flat. Munching on recipes inspired by Dylan’s world journeys was a tasty way to begin our week at WTM. But he wasn’t hosting the party just to fill our stomachs. He was providing an avenue for bloggers to discuss business in anticipation for the WTM global event.
Four nights later we rode the tube to Barrio Central in London’s Soho District for the HostelBookers WTM party and travel blogger awards ceremony. In order to thank travel bloggers for contributions to the industry, HostelBookers threw the baddest bash I’ve attended in ages. The night started with complimentary mojitos and the distribution of drink tickets. Tapas included ribs, chicken wings, calamari, and jalapeno poppers. Barrio Central was wired with wifi which came in handy for Twitter challenges (we won a MatadorU course).
The evening was highlighted by HostelBookers’ first ever travel blogger awards ceremony. To see the winners of the HostelBookers travel blogger awards click on this link. Highly coveted prizes were awarded in ten different categories ranging from the Epic Photography award to the Nom Nom Award for Food Reporting. Winners were chosen by an online survey. Once the ceremony concluded the relentless dancing began.
Thanks to Isabel, HostelBookers, and Dylan The Travelling Editor for helping us network and celebrate throughout WTM. Our week at WTM was a great way to close out 14 months on the travel trail.