Having just booked flights and a hotel in Athens, I thought I would write a quick update. As I may have mentioned in a previous blog post, this October, I am attending the TBEX travel bloggers conference in Athens. Held bi-anually, with one staged in the Americas and one in Europe, my first experience was in Dublin last year. I came away from there very impressed with the organisation of it all, and filled with new ideas about how to develop this travel blog. The Guinness wasn't bad either!
I am happy to say, that almost nine months later, many of those ideas I developed have made their way into this blog. One of the most important being its major redesign and layout. This has seen a rather pleasing rise in my blogs overall profile, as I narrowed down my niche from general travel to specialise in bicycle touring. There's always something new to learn though, and when the Athens event was announced, I signed up early.
For me, the TBEX Athens event serves a number of purposes. Firstly, as I mentioned, it is a great place to pick up new ideas and information from fellow travel bloggers. It is also a good way to pick up contacts within the travel industry, as many companies are represented by either sponsoring the event, or by having a stand there. Secondly, I've never been to Athens before, and it's a place that I've always wanted to visit. Thirdly, I could do with a holiday, and this worked perfectly!
Flights and Hotel in Athens for less than 300 Quid – Sweet!
So, after the ticket was bought, I waited a few months before booking flights and a hotel in Athens. The reason for this, is that I was hoping there would be some complimentary trips announced for attendees. As soon as they were, I knew which dates I wanted to spend there, and finally booked my flights and hotel in Athens. I got a good deal as well, snatching up nine nights in a hotel with flights for just 270 quid. Bargain!
This is where you come in. Not having been to Athens before, I'm not sure of the best way to use my time there. Obviously, I want to see the main sites, and I also have plans to do some cycling in Athens. What I could do with though, is 2 or 3 suggestions of things to do that other tourists might not know about. Perhaps there is a small sporting event, a festival or a little heard of market. What about the music scene? Even better, do you know a killer bike ride I could do whilst there? Whatever it is, I would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below, along with any links you think might be helpful. Cheers!