Tuesday, November 08, 2016

World Travel Market London, Day 1: A Newbies View!

So yesterday was my first visit to WTM and I was pretty darn nervous as the day approached. As much as I love traveling and writing about travel, this is a serious travel event and self-doubt and impostor syndrome were both biting, hard. I was meant to start the day at a boat based event, but instead started proceedings shivering standing on the side of the river while the team in charge tried to sort out a solution. Such a shame, I felt heart-sorry for them - you can't fight the tides on the Thames! The boat trip had to be cancelld and alternate routes were the next order of business!

All in all I was feeling pretty deflated by that point. A big old part of me pretty much just wanted to turn away and head home to a day of reading, writing and cats, but I decided to buckle down and cheer up. Once I did I pasted on a smile and started saying some helloes and pretty quickly I met the lovely Alison (partner of Iain, a.k.a. Mallory on Travel) and Annabel. As the London native of our trio I happily lead us to the venue on the tube. Once there we went our separate ways, but I really enjoyed meeting them both.

And then, it was conference time!

The World Travel Market is huuuuuuuuge. Or yuge, if you're a certain presidential nominee. So huge in fact that my first stop had to be Costa, for a coffee (first Christmas cup o the season!). Then it was time to get schmoozing.

And schmooze I did! I chatted with Iceland, high-fived Las Vegas, talked VR with Madeira and had coffee withSan Marino. I walked around and around until my little legs could take no more.

Then thank heavens, it was time for a seminar. I really enjoyed then session on live video, and now have a proper blog-crush on Eat Like A Girl - what a clever, funny woman. I enjoyed the session immensely and the sit-down was top notch after six hours of standing and walking.

Then it was a quick spin around the arena and a hello to some blog friends new (hi, Jessica, lovely to meet you!) and old (always a pleasure, Roma!) and then off on to the next adventure.

I'd really recommend WTM to any bloggers working in travel - there are so many networking opportunities and things to learn. I am gutted I didn't submit my details for Wednesday's blogger/brand 'speed-dating' session (brilliantly I missed the deadline for that because I was....traveling!), because that sounds amazing! I thoroughly enjoyed my first ever day at WTM and have come back full of inspiration and ways to make my next visit even more useful!


  1. It sounds as though this is quite an event!

  2. What a great event and it's lovely that you got to meet some other great bloggers too x

  3. Sounds like you had a great time, I've never heard of this before, always exciting to find something new

  4. I love the voice of your writing a pleasure to read. Really interesting too as I hadn't heard of WTM k x

  5. I was hoping to go for the first time this year too but just couldn't fit it in! :( Sounds like it was fun!

  6. Not been to that event before but it sounds great day out!

  7. Oh wow this sounds fab I have seen a few people posting about it I must make a note for next year

  8. I have never been but my oh my ... it looks like a blast! I am sure it was a delight to be there. Someday I hope I get the chance to go there too.

  9. i love going to places like these. so much to see but its such a shame that its in london

  10. I go every year to this and tbh bloggers aren't always well received when you go to meet some countries. I referred to it as like speed dating... sometimes you really get a red light!

  11. Ahhh! It sounded like you had a great day at WTM. I was supposed to be going for the first year but had to pull out last minute. I'm gutted as I keep seeing everyone's posts! xo


  12. I never heard about WTM, but sounds like an interesting event!


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