9:30: Doors Open
10- 10:15: Intro + Welcome
With Kelly Lewis, founder of the Women’s Travel Fest
10:15-11 a.m. The Ultimate Hack: Products and Apps that Make Travel Easier
You don’t need a lot of things to see the world — but certain products make it a whole lot easier! Hear from women who’ve gone there as to the things they never leave home without. And the apps they swear by that make travel safer and more affordable.
11:15- 12 p.m. How the Sharing Economy is Changing Travel
With the rise of Airbnb, Uber and other mega sharing-economy companies, the way we travel the world has inevitably changed. In this panel, we’ll discuss what it means to stay safe in the sharing economy, and also on how the gig economy has created new job opportunities that travelers can take advantage of.
12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Keynote TBA
2:30-3:15: Living the Life You Were Made For
We travel not to escape life, but for it not to escape us, but what if traveling is more than
just seeing one place after another? Committed to finding more meaning, connection and joy
in our day-to-day lives, international empowerment coach, travel writer and bestselling author,
Shannon Kaiser traveled the world for a year in search of the universal truths and essential
wisdom we desperately need today.
Traveling is more than just checking things off your bucket list and pumping up your Instagram
page, true travel is about what happens on the inside. It’s about the lessons we learn on the way
and who we become in the process. In an extraordinary adventure about what it means to be
alive, Shannon shares her Joy Seeker approach to life, a way of living with more purpose,
passion and joy.
Her transformational talk will share the 5 principles for accessing unlimited joy so you can live a
life beyond your wildest dreams. It is a path to discovering your true self—the hero within so
you can have the clarity, confidence and courage to live the life you were made for.
3:30- 4:15 p.m. Are Travelers Killing the Earth?
Traveling the world is an incredible way to better understand this Earth and the many cultures found on it. But is our carbon footprint hurting more than helping? And when it comes to our carbon footprint, what’s that really all about anyway? In this session, you’ll hear about actionable ways travelers can help to protect the planet, as well as what hotel brands and airlines are doing to help curb our effect on it.
4:30 – 5:15 p.m. Breaking Stereotypes: Redefining the Female Traveler
We’ve come a long way, travel babes. Gone are the days when you only see photos of men on mountains. But, as a travel industry, we still have a long way to go. In this fun and informative panel, you’ll meet women who defy stereotypes in the travel landscape, and learn more about what you can do to help diversify the field, too.
— Dinner (on your own) —
8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Party Location TBA
Continue networking after an inspirational and informative day!
8::00 a.m. Doors open
9:30 a.m. Defining Moments: How to Recognize Them, Trust Them and Land on Your Feet
From solo female travel to rescuing elephants … and everything in between: a story of defining moments, how to recognize them and how to let them propel you land exactly where you need to be.
with Diana Edelman
9:30-10:15 a.m. Get the Shot! Tips & Tricks to Improve Your Photos
With Susan Portnoy
What sets the pro photographers apart from the amateurs? It’s not a fancy camera — it’s the knowledge of what makes a great photo, and how to make it come to life. Learn from photographer Susan Portnoy about the tips and tricks you’ll need to take better photos.
9:30-10:15 a.m Not Just For the Young Gals: Travel Options for Any Age
Travel isn’t just for young gals! Here are some great ideas and trip itineraries for women of any age.
11:30- 12:15 a.m Budget Travel: Thrifty Ways to See the World
Want to see the world, but don’t want to go broke in the process? Good news! Traveling the world on a budget is completely possible. Hear from Ciara Johnson of Hey, Ciara, on how she’s traveled the world on a budget, and how you can too.
11:30 a.m. -12:15 a.m. Dealing with Medical Emergencies Abroad
What do you do when the sh*t hits the fan? Thinking about the worst-case scenarios is on no-ones bucket list, but sometimes seeing the world means putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. Here’s all you need to know about medical emergencies abroad, and how to prevent and protect yourself.
12:30 -1:15 pm – Lunch
1:30-2:15 p.m. How to Find and Build Community
With Zim Ugochukwu
Traveling solo doesn’t have to mean you’re always alone! This session will cover how to find and build community abroad, using Zim’s incredible story of how she built Travel Noire up to a community of 1.2 million travelers.
1:30-2:15 p.m. Finding a Career as a Travel Writer
Getting paid to travel the world and write about it seems like the dream job, right? In this informational session you’ll hear from three women who have built a career out of freelance writing. Here, they’ll share their secrets on how to land pitches, how to find outlets to pitch to, and how to set yourself apart from the competition.
2:30-3:15 pm Where to Next? Destinations We’re Excited About in 2020
Travel writing is so much more than: I went here/did this/ate that. It is both an outer and an inner journey. In this two-hour workshop, we’ll do a series of writing exercises designed to strengthen your skills as a keen observer of both the world and of yourself. The class is limited to 10 students so you will get individual feedback on your writing, and there will be extra time after if you want to stick around and ask questions and/or discuss your personal writing projects.
2:30-3:15pm How to Get Upgrades
Upgrade your travels, upgrade your life. Learn how to land upgrades on flights and hotels, maximize benefits for free and reward travel, and upgrade your travels. Because ain’t nobody got time for economy class.
3:15 p.m. Closing Keynote: Building a 7-figure Travel Business Learn how one inspirational woman built a million-dollar travel empire.