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This month I was invited to my first ever travel event, the Icelolly.com Blog at the Beach January 2018. Icelolly.com are the UK’s leading holiday comparison site with 20 million visitors a year. Their website is a mine of information and inspiration. From the website you can compare prices and hotels in specific areas or even choose the date you want to go on holiday and compare holidays around the world. You can find city breaks, beach holidays, skiing trips or even UK mini breaks.
The Icelolly.com Blog at the Beach January 2018 is a chance to meet other travel bloggers, talk to Icelolly.com themselves and listen to some fabulous guest speakers.
Icelolly.com Blog at the Beach January 2018 – Kirsty Leanne
Our first guest speaker was Kirsty Leanne with a talk about pitching to brands. Pitching to brands is something I want to do more of, but am never sure of what I should be saying. Thanks to Kirsty I now know what I should be doing and saying. Her speech covers why you should pitch, who you should pitch to, how to find contacts, what to say and media kit tips.
As a blogger pitching can be quite controversial. Only this week a blogger was blasted on social media for approaching a hotel. Doing your research first is definitely the key to avoiding that reaction.
Icelolly.com Blog at the Beach January 2018 – Queen Beady
The second guest speaker was Queen Beady with a talk about how to take your blog to the next level whilst working full time. I have followed Bee for a while now and she has an amazing blog and instagram feed. Her speech covers how to find your own voice, how to make blogging work for you, how to fit everything in and how your job can add skills to your blogging. She also speaks about how blogging achievements translate into things brands will want to work with and how to re-invest back into your blog to keep momentum going.
As a working mum with no intention to quit my job and blog full time this was the perfect talk for me. I definitely have lots of new tips and tricks to manage to fit everything in to my days now.
Icelolly.com Blog at the Beach January 2018 – Fordtography
The last speaker was Kaye from Fordtography / The Life and Styles of KLF with a talk on travel photography. Her speech covers features to focus on or not, thinking about the scene, making sure you include tourists, getting cameras off the auto mode and reminding everyone snow is hard and looks blue in photographs.
I can spend hours pouring over peoples travel photographs. One single photograph can instantly make you want to jet off there (ok I’ll admit a good chunk of my travel wishlist comes from a single photograph I’ve seen on insta!) and I would love to be able to make someone feel like that.
Icelolly.com Blog at the Beach January 2018 – final thoughts
After spending the day with icelolly.com at Blog at the Beach January 2018 I am feeling so positive about both blogging and travelling this year.
I am ready to pitch to brands I want to work with and feel I know what to say now. Creating a list of brands I want to work with, ideas I have for them and researching each one is my job for the next few weeks.
I feel really energised and ready to continue blogging alongside working. It can be so hard to fit everything in to the day, especially with being a single mum too. I haven’t thought about the skills my working role brings to blogging before so that is something I’m thinking more about now.
Upping my photography game both travelling and at home is already a New Year goal. So, I’m taking my camera with me everywhere I can and practicing as much as possible.
I’m also feeling ready to go and see more of the world. Travelling both abroad and in the UK is already a goal for 2018 so I am working on making sure I fit in as much as possible.