Category Archives: Travel Conferences & Events

Inaugural Vloggers Summit: Smashing Success!

Vloggers United!

This past Saturday marked the first ever mini Vloggers Summit at the World Center Hotel here in NYC. Myself and 10 other vloggers came together to share their tips and successes in order to help take each other, and the travel vlogger industry, to the next level. The turnout was impressive, the conversation was impactful and big ideas were generated.

Listening Hard or Hardly listening?

Listening Hard or Hardly listening?

Since traveling is in our nature, many didn’t hesitate to fly in from around the globe. We had Gariné Tcholakian from Toronto, Juliana Broste & Ryan Van Duzer from Colorado, Gareth Leonard from upstate New York and the rest came in from boroughs throughout NYC. We even had a slew of vloggers virtually attending via a Google Hangout. *Sidenote: sadly, Kate from Travels with Kate & Nate from World Wide Nate were held up at the airport given the Friday, November 1st terrifying shooting (Kate was in the terminal!).

Divas from History

Divas from History

Back at the summit, did I mention that costumes were mandatory? Being Halloween weekend and since vloggers tend to be an outgoing bunch, we all decided it was mandatory to attend in costume. This might sound more like play than work, but it actually was a focused afternoon, even if Frida Kahlo & Lady Gaga were interjecting past experiences.

Don't mess with Frida

Don’t mess with Frida

Our main goals were to determine how we measure our ROI/ROE when working with brands & PR firms. The question of how to value ourselves is always tough–but the sentiment in the room was that we are undervaluing ourselves. We also discussed tips for reaching new audiences and the potential of collaborations with each other and other brands. Personally, I felt the creative energy in the room was high and a lot of ideas were sparked for me and the other attendees. I am confident that creating this cohesive group will only serve to make us a stronger individually, which will have an impact on the industry as a whole. The ball has been set in motion by this summit! Thanks to all that attended and be on the lookout for more from the attendees listed below.

Mickela Mallozzi – Bare FeetTM @TravelBareFeet

Matt Stabile – The Expeditioner @TheExpeditioner

Ryan Van Duzer – Duzer TV @Duzer

Courtney Scott – Travelocity @CourtScott

Amanda Rogers – The Local Way @the_local_way

Kelley Ferro – Tripfilms & Get Lost with Kelley Ferro @KelleyFerro

Gareth Leonard – Tourist 2 Townie @Tourist2Townie

Juliana Broste – Traveling Jules @TravelingJules

Gariné Tcholakian – Global Tourist TV @GlobalTouristTV

Patricia Serrano – Fresh Traveler @FreshTraveler

Monica McCarthy @MissMMcCarthy

 Virtual Attendees

Jade Broadus – Vagabond 3 (Los Angeles) @Vagabond3Live

Kiersten Rich – The Blonde Abroad (Los Angeles) @TheBlondeAbroad

Mike Corey – Kick the Grind (Toronto) @KickTheGrind

Kate Thomas – Travel With Kate (Los Angeles) @KateLThomas

Cailin O’Neil – Travel Yourself (Halifax) @CailinOneil


Tripfilms Presents at the Travel Blogger Destination Italy


50,000 travel professionals descended on Rimini, a beachside, Italian town for the 50th annual  TTG Incontri–a 3 day travel market and conference featuring tourism boards, tour operators and travel professionals from around the world. TTG has been one of the leading travel fairs for the past 50 years, but this year was different. This October, TTG added Travel Blogger Destination Italy, a blogger & vlogger conference with the purpose of uniting travel industry leaders with travel media experts.


Travel Blogger Destination Italy (TBDI) showcased 3 full days of panelists from all over the world– leading travel writers, professional travel photographers, viral video creators and travel media innovators. I was honored to be invited to share my tips & experience regarding video. Day One I listened 6 panels with great speakers like Josh Johnson and Katja Presnal, ranging from storytelling to creating a digital strategy. Day Two I moderated a panel on successful case studies, where 5 other travel blogger/vloggers shared one of their greatest campaigns. I was very interested to hear about the reach of a press trip to Visit Finland and was stunned to hear about the run & gun behind the scenes of the filmmaker, Rick Mereki, creator of the travel series Eat, Move, and Learn all of which went viral last summer.IMG_2593

The conference ended on Day 3, hopefully a high note. Eric Warren from the Matador Network and I, presented our 1.5 hour training session on video. We discussed the importance of video and how it can benefit your blog or your brand. We also detailed best practices & tips for shoot, editing,hosting and being a ‘one man band.’ The audience seemed to enjoy our case studies, where Eric talked about his favorite video campaigns with Matador and I relayed the structure & takeaways from my most recent video series for Saint Lucia.


In between panels, we were free to explore the massive international fair, and I had great conversations with tourism boards all over the world. Several tourism boards sponsored the TBDI and graciously hosted us for two fun evenings filled with regional Italian food, wine & music. I was glad I got to try piadina, which is from the Emilia Romagna region–these tasty sandwiches were delicious!

IMG_2504Overall, the Travel Blogger Destination Italy was a highly impactful conference for me. I found the group of attendees to each have such unique stories & strong skills, that I learned just as much from my conversations with them as from listening to the panelists. I also think that locating the conference AT the TTG Incontri fair is a smart way for influential travel media to meet & learn with destinations & brands that could hire them. The feedback from the conference has been overwhelmingly positive and it’s going to go from 120 attendees to 400 next year. See you in Rimini in 2014!