Posted: 9/23/2019 | September 23rd, 2019
At the end of June, we announced our next TravelCon and, today, I’d like to share some more details about our next big event.
First, it will be May 8-10, 2020, in New Orleans so mark your calendars!
We have a lot of big changes and improvements coming this year. The four big ones I want to announce right now are:
1. We have a destination partner! New Orleans & Company, the city’s official tourism board, is our official destination partner, and we’ll be working hard with them to organize a lot of activities throughout TravelCon that will get you out of the hotel and around the city.
In a first, this year we’ll be doing FAM trips and tours of the city before and after the conference. We’ll also be conducting a scavenger hunt around New Orleans (we’re super stoked about that!).
We’ll have specifics on both in the new year. We know this was something you all really wanted and we’re excited to finally be able to offer them!
Check out our TravelCon page on New Orlean’s website for exciting information on the city!
2. We’ll be ditching our second-night party so as to have longer niche meet-ups. Everyone loves our niche meet-ups! They are one of the highlights of TravelCon, so rather than make them rushed, we’re not going to have anything that gets in their way so people can spend more time hanging out with their new friends.
3. We’re adding back a second included lunch. Everyone wanted more organized lunches, so we’ll be doing two this year.
4. Finally (and this is a big, big change), we’re moving workshops from the main schedule and making them add-ons before the conference. We’ve found that managing the workshops has proven harder than we thought. People sign up for multiple workshops, don’t show up, want to transfer to different workshops, or. miss the sign-up time. This leads to a lot of people not getting into the classes they want when, in the end, there is space. It takes up a lot of admin time and is confusing for attendees.
Plus, the teachers feel that they have to compress information into a really short period of time and they don’t like it.
So, to solve those problems (and free up room for more talks), we’re moving the workshops to the day before the conference (May 7th) and making each four hours long. Each workshop will cost $99 and come with a 30-day refund policy. Sign up for as many as you want. They are all first-come, first-serve.
We know this a big change and many of you won’t like having to pay for the workshops, but this will allow us to better handle the sign-ups so everyone gets the workshop they want, pay the workshop leaders more, and create more room in our schedule for other talks during the conference.
Those sign-ups will be available in January too.
Over the course of the next few months, we’ll be announcing more of our plans for the upcoming event, but for now, those are the big schedule changes you need to know about!
This Year’s Speakers
Over the next few months, we’ll be announcing our speakers, but here’s our first round of speakers and workshop leaders:
Author, Real Artists Don’t Starve
Author, Meeting Faith
Lola Akinmade Åkerström
Writer + Photographer
Leyla Giray Alyanak
Women on the Road
Alex in Wanderland
Powered by Search
Marc and Julie Bennett
Author, The Way of Wanderlust
Major Impact Media
The Traveling Child
Travel Fashion Girl
The Points Guy
Author, Rediscovering Travel
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi
Finding the Universe
Hopscotch the Globe
Mary Ann Thomas
Postcards From Mat
A Dangerous Business
One thing we will be doing with the talks this year is reducing the number of panels, so we can have more actionable workshops rather than discussions. We’ve heard you about not wanting lots of panels and so we will minimize them as much as possible.
We’re going to have sessions this year on Google Analytics, taxes, IP and legal issues, customer service, networking, hosting video, writing, advanced SEO, and hiring employees. Moreover, we’re going to be expanding the number of talks on LGBTQ travel, Instagram, affiliate marketing, and creating products.
Here’s our tentative schedule, which will show you how each day will flow:
(You can see a bigger version on the TravelCon website.)
Tickets to this year’s TravelCon are $349 until 12/31, when prices will go up to $399.
We’re capping our ticket sales at 800 again this year. We’ve currently sold 258 tickets to next year’s event and expect to sell out again!
And, remember, you can refund your ticket 90 days before the event and transfer them 30 days before the event. We know how travel plans can change and want you to know that if something comes up, you can get your money back.
See you in New Orleans!
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