Winter starts with the first flakes of snow in Salzburg. A cosy atmosphere wraps us up, supported by the chants of Christmas carols from the local Christmas markets. As travel bloggers, we feel inspired … beer, travel tales & blogging. Thoughts, ideas, opinions and emotions are being “liked”, “shared”, “tweeted” and “posted” parallel to our real-time discussions. I wonder whether our local “Salzburg Beer Guide“, Martina Gyuroka, does have the faintest idea that she’s already a star on Twitter, Facebook & Co.? Her stories about Mozart, beer and ancient city life in Salzburg continue to amuse and inform us during the three-hour city walk (#salzburg #bierwanderung #beer).
On tour with my fellow Austrian travel bloggers during the first national meet-up (including Lea, Bernadette, Gudrun, Franz, Doris, Andreas, Albert, Gerhard and Birgit Weszelka from Salzburg Tourism), we stop and unwind at the cosy, well-heated beer tavern “Bärenwirt“. Here, we gather to discuss a central question: What is it we want to achieve as a (national) team?
Travel Bloggers step up for being recognised as part of traditional travel media – “also” and above all in Austria.
Despite all the current discussion about “travel bloggers versus traditional journalists”, we have always seen a positive outcome to any press trip where bloggers and journalists meet. Earlier this year, we have started a network named www.reiseblogger.at. The aim was to gather all the national travel bloggers in Austria. How and whether this website will be run in the future and what kind of information will be disseminated there, is part of what we came to discuss during our 1st Austrian Travel Blogger Meet-up in the city of Salzburg & Salzburger Land. Stay tuned!