A Working “Holiday” in my Home Town

by Nora on May 30, 2013

Toronto skyline

Greetings from Toronto! I’ll be pontificating more next week on the concept of what a “holiday” is for digital nomads and full-time travelers, but for now, let’s just say “I’m on holiday”.


Having said that, tomorrow marks the start of TBEX (Travel Bloggers’ Exchange): a 3-day conference where travel bloggers the world round congregate to learn, share, network, and collaborate.


I referred to TBEX and similar events in a recent post about the travel blogging industry, in which I berated myself for “missing the boat” of the ample opportunities now available to travel bloggers; opportunities which, when I was (kind of) a pioneer in this burgeoning industry, I had to fight tooth and nail for – and only occasionally got.


But ultimately it’s nobody’s fault but mine; until this year I’ve not been able (or rather, willing?) to attend these conferences as I had volunteer or house-sitting obligations elsewhere in the world. And traveling across the world in the name of attending a conference hardly befits a lifestyle of financially sustainable travel.

Having said that, as my virgin TBEX experience, I’m really looking forward to reconnecting with some colleagues I’ve met in my travels thus far, and many (many!) more who I would go so far as to count as friends, but can only recognize from their avatars since we haven’t met in person…yet.


So my “holiday” is on hold for the weekend while I network and paint the town red with fellow travel bloggers. Next week I’m bound for Muskoka (a few hours north of my home town of Toronto); one of my favourite places in the world for communing with a beautiful piece of Canadian nature.


After that….your guess is as good as mine. My partner and I are still in the thick of a medical and insurance mess with regards to our accident, so my next travel move will likely have something to do with these requirements. I’ll keep you posted!



{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heidi Wagoner May 30, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I wish we were going to be there. I feel like we are too new to the industry and it would be too costly for us to go this time. Can’t wait to hear about it.


2 theprofessionalhobo May 30, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Hi Heidi! Being new to the industry is a double-edged sword; attending can help reduce your learning curve, but then again it costs money to get there/stay/attend.
I’ve already had a few strikes and less-than-exemplary experiences with the conference (and it hasn’t even started yet!), but I hope that this will turn around and that I’ll have lots of lovely things to say by the end of the weekend.
Stay tuned!


3 Heidi Wagoner May 31, 2013 at 2:26 am

Thanks Nora, I look forward to reading about it. 🙂


4 Crazy sexy fun traveler May 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

My holidays like you called it just started too 🙂 I’m on my way to TBEX too 🙂


5 theprofessionalhobo May 31, 2013 at 10:27 am

SWEET! See you soon! 🙂


6 Avi D´Souza June 19, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Hey Nora,

We met at TBEX Toronto 2 weeks ago, Love your blog! I am the guy from Toronto who moved to the island of Roatan and started an adventure travel company, and blog about Roatan (roatan.westbaytours.com). Anyways if you are ever around Roatan, Honduras drop me a line. Hopefully we can get you out on some cool tours, Tiny Deserted Islands or on a sailboat. Cheers, you rock!



7 theprofessionalhobo June 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

Thank you, Avi – and it was lovely to meet you! I’ve yet to visit central & south America (believe it or not!) and it has always been high on my list. I’ll look you up when I get there!


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