June 2, 2018

What I learnt at this year’s Traverse conference

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d know that i’ve just come back from Rotterdam where I attended Traverse for the first time.

Traverse is a conference for those that love all things travel. From travel blogging to instagram and everything else in between, it’s the place to be if you want to make new friends and learn more about the influencer world.

I was excited to finally get my ass to Traverse mainly because….I gave a talk! Yes me, the sometimes socially awkward, prefers to just come home and put on endless episodes of Queer Eye gal ended up giving a speech on how to pitch to travel publications.

It’s something that i’m becoming very passionate about as I would have loved someone to have given me advice when I was starting out in the industry – hell, I could even do with some advice to this day.

Aside from giving a speech, I went to all of the talks and met so many lovely people. So here is what I learnt at this year’s Traverse conference.

Speaking is scary but when you’re passionate about something it gets easier

I used to go bright red in my English A-level class when it was time to give a speech. Then at uni I actually skipped a lecture so that I didn’t have to give a speech. I know. Really bad.

Not going to lie, I woke up feeling pretty grim on Saturday morning but as soon as I got to the room and started talking, it didn’t feel so bad. Sure i’m not a necessarily natural speaker (the people that can do that are awesome) but it felt good when people asked questions and spoke to me after the talk.

So the talk went fine but apparently I make horrific faces that just have to be caught on camera. Awkward.

I think it always helps when you get to talk about something that you are passionate about and something that you know will help other people.

Thanks to all of you who came out to listen!

The blogging world are the lovliest

I mean seriously.

Some days I wonder why I blog (aside from my weird obsession with writing) but it’s the people in blogging that make it the best.

You can be a lifestyle, travel, music or disability blogger and people welcome you in and have a natter and a chat like you’ve known each other for ages. Not to mention the advice is great.

Aside from seeing old faces, it was good to finally meet people I had followed for such a long time on social media and hadn’t yet met.

I have to say I was a little bit sad to leave everyone in Rotterdam so I guess the countdown to the next Traverse event is on!

Rotterdam is a really cool city

I visited Rotterdam last year to see a friend who was living there at the time. But to be honest it was more of a catch up with friends and food and drink thing as opposed to exploring the city. I feel a bit bad about that really.

We managed to get our fill of the citys street art during our time in Rotterdam

This visit did mean that I got to see all the bits I missed last time which turns out to be rather a lot!

From the street art to the delicious food on offer at the Markethal to the cool architecture of the Cube Houses….I really enjoyed Amsterdam!

And I even took a boat ride with the crew from Flexpat.

Listening to people speak about their careers has been inspiring

Sometimes in this world it’s easy to get swept away by the idea of followers or the idea that you need to be doing something in a career by a certain age. I think we give ourselves too much pressure by looking at what others are doing and it’s time to start thinking about ourselves.

One way to do that is to invest in yourself! Which is kind of what Traverse is about really.

There were so many talks that I went to last weekend that I found inspiring. After Susan’s podcasting talk, I was became fully convinced that I was going to start a podcast – I legit am guys by the way and I can’t wait to start making it.

And after Sean’s talk I felt like I really had an idea on how to fully ultilise Lightroom.

There were so many great talks at the weekend I feel so inspired!

I  need more hours in the day to do all the things I want to do!

Podcasting, photography, blogging, an actual full time job…..

How does one find the time.

I really love Europe

I love the ability to just get on a train and end up somewhere completely different. I feel like I have so much more of Europe to explore and I think I have some catching up to do!

And I really love cheese. Gouda cheese to be precise.

We managed to spend four hours in Brussels on our way back. So we grabbed an ice cream and walked around the old part of the town including Grande Place and the arcade.

Emily and I decided to stop in Brussels on the way home and even though we were only there for a couple of hours, I genuinely forgot how much I love the city. It amazed me how you can have breakfast in Rotterdam, lunch in Brussels and dinner in London!

How great is Europe?!

Traverse is held at a different location every year. They haven’t announced the next location yet but should you go? Of course you should!

2 responses to “What I learnt at this year’s Traverse conference”

  1. Kat says:

    Great post Sophie and your talk was fab – one of my faves from the weekend!

    It was my first Traverse too and such a fun and interesting experience. Rotterdam really took me by surprise, I felt like I needed more time to explore it properly!

  2. Russell says:

    Great read, Sophie!

    As someone who attended your talk at this year’s Traverse I can say that you crushed it and should know that everyone found the insights given helpful, inspiring, and above all else, practical 👍

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