A short while ago, I was in the city of Jerusalem for my very first TBEX conference.
For those of you who may not know, TBEX is the travel blogging industry’s biggest conference and they decided to hold one in Jerusalem.
This was great for me as I live in the country and I had made it my goal to attend a TBEX in 2017 anyway.
So I spent six days at the end of March attending keynotes, meeting loads of new people and exploring the heck out of this city.
I came into Jerusalem thinking that I already knew what it was about.
But what I discovered shocked me.
What kind of associations does your mind come up with when someone mentions this city?
Religious. Historic. Perhaps Tension & Disputes. Perhaps even simply, Old.
Jerusalem certainly has that reputation. And that reputation doesn’t make the city sound like a very appealing city to visit, does it? I wouldn’t blame you if those were the associations that your mind had.
Jerusalem is the capital city of a country that I’ve lived in for 9 years now. Just a few years shy of half my life.
I’ve been to the city many times; on school trips and the like.
And as a result, I thought I knew what this city was all about – that it was religious, historic, old and yes, that there was perhaps a bit of tension and some disputes.
I had never felt drawn to explore the city beyond what my history teachers showed me. I admittedly made the mistake that that’s all that there was to Jerusalem and I didn’t feel drawn to explore further.
But boy was I wrong!
Hey everyone! 🙂
How have you all been doing? I hope you’re all doing well.
March has been a very busy, but very awesome month for me.
I attended my first TBEX where I met so many wonderful people and learned so much about travel blogging and the industry. And I also had a great time exploring the city of Jerusalem, which was where this TBEX conference was held.
So expect a lot of different posts about my time in the city and the experiences I had there in the future, because I had a BLAST!
But now we’re in April and that means that as well as April Fool’s Day, Good Deeds Day 2017 happened!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m quite passionate about positivity and being a positive presence and force in this world.
Whether that’s being a leader of a whole, world-changing movement, or simply practicing kindness & compassion with those around us, I believe in being as positive of a presence as you can. If you’re living and breathing, your presence affects others – so I’d personally like to make mine a consciously positive one.
In fact, that’s partly why I created my monthly Stories For A Smile series.
Because not only do these stories remind us of the good that there is in the world, it can also inspire us to do good ourselves. Even in simple & small ways.
But, I’ll have to admit, I could be better at this.
Hello there fellow wanderers!
How have you been doing? I hope that February has treated you well and that you’re looking forward to the beginning of spring.
It will be nice to see the sun more and the flowers beginning to blossom.
Just like the month before, I’m still very busy with a lot of things to do. But I’m feeling very excited to experience and accomplish all of these things, so I definitely can’t complain.
This month I have found some stories that may help restore your faith in humanity and perhaps melt your heart in all of the best ways.
Knowing the good things that happen in our world, eases our scared hearts & worried minds and gives us confidence that it’s worth to be courageously kind.
So without further adieu, here is the March 2017 edition of Stories For A Smile!
From 20th-22nd of March, Israel is going to host the first TBEX International conference in its capital, Jerusalem.
Many bloggers including myself, will be attending TBEX Jerusalem and many of us will be arriving early\staying late, in order to soak up all that Israel has to offer.
Israel is a tiny country, but the amount of experiences it can offer to visitors is vast.
Recently, I’ve decided that I need to spend time at home and I don’t have any international trips coming up, so I’ve been making more of an effort to feel like a traveller in my own country.
And a while ago, I had the pleasure of rediscovering an interesting, hidden gem in Israel, that often gets overlooked by visitors.
And that beautiful gem is Caesaria.
Last year I embarked on a massive adventure to Australia, to work and travel 1-2 years. It was supposed to be the adventure of a lifetime but, to no fault of Australia, it ended up being a living nightmare and I had to come home.
Marie, a reader & blogger at High Style Life, read about my difficult experiences in Australia and decided to offer some suggestions for those of you who are in the same situation. Some restorative travel experiences for those who are in Queensland, Australia specifically.
Hopefully you won’t have an experience like I did in Australia, but if you do and you’re in Queensland, Australia, then maybe this post can give you ideas on restorative breaks you could take. Enjoy!