September 19, 2011 - Posted by Erin in Travel, Travels in Europe

Gosh. Life is rough when you feel compelled to head to Innsbruck, Austria for a travel bloggers conference. But because I’m committed to my craft, these are the sacrifices that I’m willing to make (along with massive consumption of Spanish cuisine).

In all seriousness, the trip exceeded my expectations in every way – from the sessions, to the sights and the people. Not only did I have the opportunity to learn a million new things about the ever-evolving world of blogging (fascinating, isn’t it? Just nod and smile), but I had a pretty spectacular time in the process. Believe it or not, the travel blogging industry (yes, it’s an industry) consists of a fairly tight group of tech-savvy travelers. Nothing beats seeing old friends and new while chatting about SEO over wine and wiener schnitzel, all with the Alps as a backdrop. Nerdy, but also pretty awesome.

And then there’s Innsbruck with its colorful buildings all nestled together at the based of neck-crick-inducing mountains. I gave up skiing years ago (for more rational things like not falling down mountains full of cold ice), but hanging out in Innsbruck seemed like enough to turn anyone into an avid skier. Fortunately, it was nothing but sunny perfection during my visit, so there was no need for me to try my foolish luck.

With that, I leave you with some shots from the trip. Quite a darling city, isn’t it?

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A big thanks to Oliver Gradwell for putting together a topnotch Travel Bloggers Unite conference!