14 Nov 2014

Travel Bloggers You Should Follow - A #TBDI2014 Round-up

Ciao!! I have just returned from my month-long #AutumnInItaly tour, and boy, did I have a ball!  


Beginning with TBDI2014 - the travel blogging conference that I was invited to in Rimini. 3 days of talks, meetings and networking, not to mention several aperitivi!! So before I regale you with tales of all the places I visited in Italy, I thought I'd do a little blog roll of some of the wonderful bloggers I met at TBDI2014 - travel blogs that I love reading and I know you will too. 


Here they are - in no particular order :)

1) Georgette a.k.a. Girl in Florence - if you're planning to visit the cradle of the Renaissance, her's is THE blog to read. I referred to it a lot while planning my own visit; I particularly love that she has a directory of sorts for where to eat - from pizza places to restaurants. And I admire the amount of research that goes into her posts, not to mention her chatty style of writing. 

2) Maria of Heart Rome - Aussie gal, living in Rome for the past 3 years and PR for the fantastic Eating Italy Food Tours. Read her blog & get a local's perspective of the Eternal City. Plus she introduced me to some of the awesomest gelato in Rome! Read her gelato post & drool ;) 

3) Rick & his Rome - Another Roman 'local', Rick's blog is also a must-read if you're headed to Rome (or to Italy, for that matter). He digs out some interesting things to do, such as this article on Cinecitt√† in Rome. 

4) Jeff of EuroTravelogue - I have always enjoyed Jeff's travel notes from around Europe, especially this one about the Christmas markets in Austria. How I wish I could visit one of these! 

5) Melvin, the founder of Travel Dudes - No doubt you've already heard of him! Great travel tips, and host of one of the most popular travel chats on Twitter - the weekly #TTOT. Melvin was one of the speakers at TBDI2014, and has just released The Social Travel Summit Think Tank Report on travel blogging & publishing. Take a look here.

6) Nelson & his Portuguese food journey - his blog has made me want to head on a culinary journey of Portugal; just look at these gorgeous photos! Nelson spoke about food writing at TBDI2014 and is currently working on his upcoming Portuguese Travel Cookbook.

7) Anna of Green Holiday Italy -  this lady is living the dream! Bought a house and a farm in Abruzzo, a relatively lesser known part of Italy, and is promoting slow and eco-conscious travel. Anna recently posted a great tip on how to score a free BnB accommodation in Italy by bartering - read here

8) Katja of Skimbaco - if you're an Instagram addict (I'm getting there!), you've probably heard of Instagram Travel Thursday. Founded by Katja, #IGTravelThursday is a community of sorts for sharing travel inspiration - details here

These are just a few of the many, many interesting & fun people I met during the three-day event. 



A big thank you to TBD Italy for inviting me & for making sure that I was well looked after, especially thanks to Emiliana who was in-charge of our group of Food & Travel bloggers. Both Emiliana and Anna have made sure that I have added Abruzzo to my list of places to visit in Italy - on my next trip! 

After TBDI, I went off on a long trip around il bel paese - from Le Marche to Sicily, from Rome to Venice, and a few more stops in between! I'll be posting about this soon, so stay tuned... 


One of my favourite things to do in Italy - spotting the Fiat 500!
Meanwhile, just a few glimpses of Le Marche - an Italy waiting to be discovered.


From mountains... 
... to the sea, Le Marche has it all.
Loreto
Montelupone
Sirolo


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