Big Changes – Living the Travel Dream With A New Job

Over the past few months you all have read about 1) losing my old job and 2) how I’ve coped without said job. I won’t lie, it hasn’t been easy. Even though I hated my old job intensely, it paid the bills. As it turns out, people who send bills like to be paid. Luckily my partner’s job has helped out and although we’ve had to tighten our belts, things have been mostly fine. He’s been amazing throughout this entire process, taking a lot of the stress upon himself, which wasn’t fair but is deeply appreciated. He was also incredibly supportive of me throughout the last few months. Instead of pushing me to take another, well-paying job that I would hate, he encouraged me to find something that would enable me to continue pursuing my love of travel and the dream of working in the industry. That encouragement and the alignment of various celestial objects paid off and I’m extremely happy and excited to announce my new job.

It is with a great deal of pleasure that I’m able to announce that starting immediately, I will be working for TBEX, the Travel Blog Exchange in Business Development. If you’re not familiar with TBEX, it is the largest and oldest professional conference for travel bloggers. TBEX was acquired last year by BlogWorld/NMX, which runs the fabulously successful New Media Expo; THE event for anyone involved with blogging and new media. The job will entail not only promoting TBEX and sharing it with as many people as possible, but recruiting new companies and destinations to come to the shows as sponsors or exhibitors. TBEX has been growing exponentially and I am extremely proud to be able to work in helping grow this amazing conference.

There are several aspects to this job that make it a dream opportunity for me. First, it allows for a certain level of location independence, which means I can continue working from home or on the road as I travel. Second, I will be actively working in the industry I have come to love, travel blogging. We’re on the precipice of a new level of growth within the industry and I can’t wait to be a part of this evolution. Finally, it allows me to continue to grow my blog as I have for the last two and a half years. There’s no way I could ever take a job that would prevent me from continuing LandLopers; it’s just too important to me. This job with TBEX will keep me very busy, without a doubt, but I’ll continue to have plenty of time to write, edit and share amazing stories with you all from around the world.

So that’s it! You won’t see much of a change here on LandLopers because of this new job, except you may notice a happier tone in the writing. If that’s the worst thing that happens, I think I’m ok with that.

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By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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39 Responses

  1. Andy Hayes

    Congrats, Matt – that’s great news!

  2. Matt

    Big congrats Matt – best of luck with the new endeavor! If you need an associate, be sure to give me a yell. 🙂

  3. Craig

    Well done, Matt! You’ll have to make sure you develop some business near me, so we can finally meet in person 🙂

    Good luck with getting started there.

  4. @PRwahine

    Yay! I’m so happy for you! What a perfect job for you. Congratulations!

  5. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    Nicely done!! Sounds like a splendid gig!

  6. Doug

    Very cool. Congrats on the new gig, Matt!

  7. mzansigirl

    Congrats Matt! Awesome news. Sounds like the perfect job for you 🙂

  8. Trish Moratto

    Wow, congrats Matt! Very cool. When one horrible door closes another kick ass one opens. 🙂

  9. Gray

    Congratulations, Matt! That’s very cool!

  10. Anna

    YYYAYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you.

  11. Roxanne

    If you were still in Southern Africa, you’d no doubt be celebrating with some vuvuzela music. Good luck and happy developing!

  12. Rachelle

    Congratulations! That is PERFECT for you! What a win/win all the way around. 😀

  13. Angie Away

    Yahoo! That’s awesome news. Big congrats!

  14. Claudia Saleh

    Congrats Matt!!!!

    They are very lucky to have you!

  15. Sherry Ott

    Congrats Matt! Excellent gig! However I did chuckle when I read your line about it be the ‘oldest’ conference for Travel Bloggers – you are absolutely right in saying that – I just found it funny because the whole concept is so new and didn’t even exist 5 years ago! 🙂
    Enjoy Costa Brava – and now I hope to see you in Toronto!

  16. Authentic Seacoast Resorts

    Congratulations on your new job, Matt! You’re a great addition to the TBEX team. We look forward to seeing you again at TBEX13 in Toronto, if not before in Nova Scotia 🙂

  17. jade

    Fun! So now when something goes wrong with TBEX, I’ll know exactly who to tweet at! hehe! Many, many, congrats, Matt!

  18. Matt Gibson

    Congratulations Matt! This will synergise well with pursuing new blog sponsorships.

    Landlopers sponsors get the table between the coffee and the bathroom 🙂

  19. Sally

    Wow, what great news! I guess I’ll HAVE to go to TBEX next year now that you’re practically running the show. 🙂

  20. Jenna

    It is such an exciting time for travel blogging now, so I can imagine that this job will be a very exciting position for you. I look forward to seeing what is ahead. Congratulations!

  21. A Cook Not Mad (Nat)

    How absolutely perfect, congratulations! And best of luck.

  22. San

    Congrats Matt!! Maybe next year at theTBEX 🙂

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  24. Chris @ Packed Suitcase

    Matt- I am SO happy for you!! I knew there was something great brewing on the job-front and I’m really thrilled that you will be working with TBEX.

    I’ll be in Toronto (my first TBEX ever!) so I look forward to benefiting from all of the hard work you’ll be doing this year 🙂 Looking forward to hearing all about it at one of our #DCTravelTweetups!

  25. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    Congrats on the new job. Worth the wait and the stress to find something you actually want to do.

  26. Andi

    Congrats!! I am so thrilled for you! Bravo!

  27. Amanda

    What great news! Congrats, Matt!

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  29. Erik

    Congrats, Matt. Such a great move for you!

  30. RoamRight

    Congratulations, Matt! So happy that you’ve found a job that you can love! Can’t wait to hear more about it as you get more familiar with the job.

  31. Christina

    Congrats, Matt! That’s fantastic news, and what a job! I’m very happy for you that you found exactly what you love doing! Best of luck and fun in your new role!

  32. Fred

    Congrats, Matt. I’m hoping to attend my first TBEX soon. Glad it will be indirectly supporting LandLopers 🙂

  33. Abi

    Congratulations – so glad to hear that things worked out!

  34. Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog

    Congratulations, Matt! This is fantastic news.
    I know you are so excited.

  35. Christi M (PBHS Class of '94)

    I’m a lover of travel, as well, and have been reading on for a while without saying hello. So glad that you have landed your dream job! Secretly wish I’d be pushed out so that I would be forced to go and find the thing that makes me happy, as well. I’d flip out to lose my job, but in the long-run it would be a blessing. Let me know if you ever want to share your insights with the class. Would love to post a link to your blog, but won’t without your approval. Cheers!

    • Matt Long

      Well hello there! I do believe that we were in the same high then for 1 year before I moved. 🙂 Thanks for reading and the kind words, I greatly appreciate both.

  36. Kirsten Alana

    Congratulations, Matt!!!!

  37. Susan @ Travel Junkette

    Congrats! That is SO exciting!


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