Adventures ahead: South Africa, TBU Conference and Vegetarian Festival in Bristol

May will be a busy and great month! Already months ago I planned to attend the TBU Conference in Rotterdam and the VegFest in Bristol – and a week ago I got the confirmation for a blog trip to South Africa, and I´m leaving today!

South Africa
Since the first time I visited Kenya in 2008 I have been fascinated by the African continent, and my urge for more keep growing each time I go back. This time I´m invited by South Africa Tourism to join a blog trip: 15 bloggers will join four different itineraries, two groups going from Cape Town and two from Johannesburg – all of us with programs filled with all the exciting activities that SA may offer! We will all end in Durban and round up the trip at INBADA 11-14 May – which they call Africa´s Top Travel Show. The blog trip is part of a campaign to promote tourism in South Africa, and we have an exciting program ahead!

I almost stopped breathing when I read my program. The hot balloon ride including a champagne breakfast was a pleasant start, followed by bungee jumping! Who is afraid of heights? I am afraid of heights! I have done a parachute jump once, which I really enjoyed – but I´ve always said I will never ever dare to do a bungee jump. So will I do it? I doubt – but we will see! I will see the Sudwala caves (which are among the oldest known caves in the world, being formed 240 million years ago) – and to make sure our adrenaline levels do not go back to normal, the “Hell Swing” is included the second day! Steeping backwards off a cliff to fall 68 meters in less than three second? Sounds just too crazy for me! I will see National Parks and The Big Five, I will be sliding through the forest by cable slides high above ground to see nature from quite a different angle – and in between the adventures I hope there will be some time to observe some local life, to have a chat with a store owner or the woman selling fruit by the road side. I´m also looking forward to explore the vegetarian cuisine of South Africa, I read an article that the South African tourism are encouraging the tourism and travel industry to make sure they can cater for vegetarian tourists. I´m looking forward to discover some veggie specialties of South Africa!

Wish you were there? Well, you can follow along – I will be posting photos and adventures at my social media, and off course you will get a full report on my blog! Make sure you follow the hashtag #MeetSouthAfrica to get updates from all the participants!

TBU Conference
I attended my very first (and only) travel blogger conference last year, and during one weekend I learned a lot about blogging and the blogging industry. First of all, I discovered that there are travel bloggers who do this for a living. I also learned that the travel industry have their eyes wide open for travel bloggers. During several “how to” sessions I gained new knowledge, I got inspired from the talks and the panel debates, I got great help in understanding more about search optimization for my blog – and the very best: I met fantastic people with the same interests as myself. I made friends, I made contacts, and I got inspired to get back home and trying to keep my blog alive beside a full time job. It is still alive, more alive than ever – and I´m attending my second conference, this time in Rotterdam. I will stay at ROOM Rotterdam, and from the photos this looks like a stylish traveler´s hostel – and I love the fact that they have a hostel dog! A great bonus is the blog trips after the conference – I´m looking forward to some good life with music festival, chocolate making and lots of fun! Want more information about the conference? You find it all on TBU Europe, and make sure to follow #TBURTM on twitter.

VegFest UK
I have never been to one of those big vegetarian festivals before. Veg Fest Bristol is a three day happening filled with vegan markets with lots of delicious vegan food, and an opportunity to shop vegan clothes and shoes! I am so excited to have three full days of exploring the stalls and taste my way through all the delicious choices of vegan food – I´m sure I will be full of ideas for new recipes when I return back home! There will also be talks about vegan lifestyle and health, workshops and lots of concerts. This is just a small taste of the program – you can find the full itinerary on their website.

I will also have a few extra days to explore Bristol, and in co-operation with Visit Bristol I will have two days to discover the city, have great food – and one of the highlights is exploring street art, including some great work of Banksy!

Sounds like a great month, right?






About the Author Elin

I´m an Oslo based web publisher with passion for communication, travel and a green lifestyle. When I travel, I prefer to go slow, sustainable, and “live like a local”. Why slow? It is about challenging the cult of speed, and to enjoy the small things in life and to live in the present.

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