I know, I know…you are wandering if it’s worth your while going to a travel conference. Would it be worth your time and money? Well, let’s see. I was just like you and thought the same way. So, I decided to go to the women’s travel fest last year. It was right here in NY and I figured what would I have to lose. I only went for 1 day because I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something that was all hype and didn’t deliver.
Well I must say, I was proven wrong. I learned a lot from some awesome travel industry experts and bloggers. It kicked off with Kae Lani Kennedy who says be yourself, be real and be social Click To Tweet And, she goes on to say to invest in your blog. Not just with money but leaning on other publications and bloggers to grow your traffic. Also, she mentioned bloggers should join a blogging network ASAP and remember to keep a good relationship in the industry. Of course, don’t forget to put passion in front of the perks.
Next up was Nikki from the pin the map project, she focused on the traveler who wants a work/travel balance and those who wants to ditch the 9-5 all together. She advised the work/travel balancer to use their vacation time wisely, travel when everyone else is off the road, explore company travel programs and consider being a freelancer in the travel industry. Which brought Nikki to her next point, things to consider when freelancing in the industry. First, it’s smart to have multiple steams of income, learn to adapt to a new payment schedule, put money aside and the importance of staying social and networking.
If you are interested in travel writing, then AnneLise is the lady to talk to because she knows all about good writing and storytelling. the idea, the story and the pitch Click To Tweet She explained it simply like this….first, you have to wander, write and wow then be creative and observe then have a unique and timely idea and give a powerful pitch. That summed it up for the most part.
Those 3 ladies were just tip of the iceberg. There were so many other things I learned. For that reason, that’s why I’m excited to go to NY Travel Fest. It’s not too late to get your tickets. See ya there!