Update (December 11th, 2014): Unfortunately, my plans to attend WITS have changed and I’m now going somewhere completely different. Please read my blog post: When Travel Plans Spontaneously Change. I am sorry that I won’t be attending WITS as I was really looking forward to connecting with my fellow female travel bloggers – hopefully another time soon!
I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be attending Women In Travel Summit (WITS) in Boston! Justin won’t be going with me; we’ve decided that it might be better if I attend the conference with another woman who is really interested in travel – my sister, Robyn. As it happens, her birthday is the day before WITS so I think we’re going to kick off her special day with an evening in Boston ahead of the conference.
What is WITS?
WITS is a travel blogging conference designed just for women in travel! It is a chance to connect with other female travelers, learn from guest speakers and panels of travel experts, and network with brands. It is being held this year in Boston from March 27-29, 2015. This year, the keynote speakers are Kate of Adventurous Kate and Dina Yuen of Asian Fusion. There will be sessions that fall into three main categories: for bloggers, travelers, and entrepreneurs. There are varied opportunities for those interested in any or all three of the categories, whether you want to volunteer or work abroad, learn basic HTML coding, or figure out how to build your own personal brand and work with travel companies. You don’t have to be a blogger or an entrepreneur to attend – everyone who loves travel is welcome to join in on the fun!
WITS and #WeekendWanderlust
Each week, we host a Twitter chat called Weekend Wanderlust along with our fellow co-hosts, A Brit and a Southerner, Carmen’s Luxury Travel, Outbound Adventurer, and A Southern Gypsy. The Twitter chat happens every Thursday at 7:00pm ET / 6:00pm CT / 12:00am GMT (for those, technically it’s Friday morning). We have different travel-related topics each week. It’s a lot of fun to chat with like-minded travel lovers, and I feel like we all share great ideas amongst a very friendly group. To join the Twitter chat, just follow the hashtag #WeekendWanderlust and you’ll see the whole conversation. The easiest thing I find is to use an app like Hootsuite and set up a separate category showing only tweets with the hashtag #WeekendWanderlust.
This week, we’ll be discussing travel conferences, summits, expos, whatever you want to call them! WITS has partnered with #WeekendWanderlust with a special offer for everyone who attends the chat this week (December 11th, 2014). WITS will be offering a discount code for 10% off WITS tickets for all attendees of the #WeekendWanderlust chat! This coupon will be valid starting December 11th and will last for one week. This would be the perfect opportunity to grab your ticket to WITS – you’re in luck, there are still plenty left!
While you’re at it, be sure to follow all of the hosts of the Twitter chat, including the official WITS Twitter account: @JustinLaurenXO @OutboundTreks @ASouthern_Gypsy @ABritSoutherner @CarmensLuxTrvls @WITSummit. There’s also a Facebook group for Weekend Wanderlust – all are welcome to join and there’s information there about our weekly chat as well as our weekly link-up.