Well, its taken me a few weeks to write about Traverse and the main reason being that I didn’t know where to start because it was so busy, tiring, informative, fun and just down right brilliant. So here it goes!!
Traverse is a travel bloggers conference, but anyone can sign up to attend. Last year Traverse came to Kingston and through my job I had the opportunity to attend. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed it and it made me think about doing blogging myself. It really captured my attention and less than nine months later I started blogging. So of course I wanted to go to Traverse16 and was so excited to find out it was going to be held in Cardiff which is a beautiful City. I went with my friend Eli @eliscapade, we have both started this blogging journey together.
An early bird ticket for less than £50 got me a welcome party which was great as you get to meet everyone then a full day of workshops, mini sessions, a question and answer panel and a pro bar which is a one to one with an expert. Plus the after party at Revolution Cardiff and then Sunday was a day of experiences. Yes all that plus having fun and a good laugh along the way. Wow I hear you say!!
The workshops took place at Cardiff City Stadium and the Saturday was full on with meeting different brands like Expedia, Cathay Pacific, Icelolly, Skyscanner and more. It was a great opportunity to meet them all plus to get networking with so many bloggers who had come from all over. With each brand you could enter a competition, which was fun. As they say some you lose some you win but unfortunately I did’t win any, but everyone was joining in and was a great ice breaker.
The workshops were all hosted by professional speakers and bloggers. You can choose which ones you want to go to, from taking a perfect photo, becoming a full time blogger, SEO, working with brands, taking good videos and many more. The whole day was so worthwhile and I picked up so many tips. I had to keep reminding myself that I’m only a newbie blogger and I’m doing ok for now! The after party was at Revolution Cardiff. Great night of a few drinks, laughing and dancing but this Cinderella had to get back as it was an early start for my Sunday experience.
There was loads of free Sunday experiences but what caught my eye was the day tour of South Wales with Mines and Mountains with @SeeWalesTours Paul was our tour guide. He was brilliant and had loads of stories to tell us.
He took us to Brecon Beacons National Park which have stunning landscapes but was so cold and windy on the day we went. Saying that it is beautiful and we saw loads of sheep even baby ones which were cute. We then went to Brecon Cathedral which was in a lovely town we drove through. The Cathedral itsself is a visit on its own but after a quick look round I did light a candle. At the Cathedral coffee shop we had a very tasty welsh rabbit. Then it was on to the mines which unfortunately for us were on strike that day, but we did meet Wayne the miner above who talked us through the history of the old working mine and we popped up to the museum. It was great to listen to Wayne as he had mined there man and boy so was very informative. I was so looking forward to going down the mines but hay ho next visit I will. Paul was such a good tour guide and answered all our varied questions about Wales. The group of people I went with were all so lovely.
The whole weekend was absolutely brilliant. Would I recommend Traverse, damn right I would. Would I visit Wales again, damn right I will. Will I be going to Traverse17, too right I will.
I have to say a big thank you to @visitwales who supported the whole weekend and @SeeWalesTours who took us to all these amazing places.
Have you been to Wales or Cardiff ??