Preview: Women In Travel Summit (WITS) Boston 2015

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:Β  @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.

Will you be attending WITS?

16 Responses

  1. This conference sounds great Lauren! If I happen to be back late March I would love to attend, but I will most likely be overseas, so I will have to follow you at the conference! I went to a DC travel meetup last night, and it was great to connect with so many people in the industry. I am sure you will have a great experience there and learn a lot!
    Katie
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  2. Megan Claire
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    Thanks for featuring the WITS – I couldn’t make it last year but am really hoping to make it happen this year – would be great to get up to Boston πŸ™‚
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  3. Hannah
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    I’d love to go but I already have plans the 27th (my baby bro’s bday which I missed last year and will NEVER hear the end of!) secretly wondering if I can catch a super early plane Saturday morning… I’ll also try to join the twitter chat this week- maybe it will convince me more πŸ™‚
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    • Lauren
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      Oooh, well I hope you can make it work! It would be great to meet you. I’m glad my sister has decided to make this a birthday trip of sorts, even though she’s not super into travel blogging, she loves traveling! I guess it wouldn’t work the same with your brother lol.
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    • Beth Santos
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      Just to reply to this, the conference itself doesn’t actually start until the 28th so you could totally get a super early ride to Boston that morning and join in for the fun! We have an opening party on the 27th and some pre-conference activities but the main days are Saturday and Sunday. You can see the full schedule at witsummit.com!

  4. kami
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    I’ve been following news about WITS for a while now and I really regret I won’t be able to attend it. Hopefully there will be some podcast so at least I will be able to watch! So exciting you’re going there!!
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  5. antonette - we12travel
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    Such a shame Boston is so far away … would have loved to come over and meet all of them great ladies in travel!
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  6. Alli
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    I’ve never actually heard of this conference, before! I also have been wanting to visit Boston! The last travel blogging conference I went to was TBEX Toronto’13 and just became so overwhelmed. Have you guys been to TBEX before? I wonder how you’ll compare it so something like this, and especially if it’s all women! can’t wait to hear about your experience! Sounds like a super interesting and fun getaway πŸ™‚
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  7. Joanna
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    WITS this year was my first travel blogger’s conference – I was actually part of the planning committee. It was one of the most amazing conferences I’ve ever been to in any profession, and the amount of take away & inspiration I got was huge. The whole weekend, we had people coming up and going ‘this is the best conference I’ve ever come to! The community is awesome and everything is so well organized!’

    I then went to TBEX this year… and, although I’m biased, I KNOW WITS was far far better. Both for the in-depth/ level of the courses offered, the organization, the amount of community and openness amongst attendees, and the fact that you feel really encouraged when you leave, vs. feeling like you’re never going to be a multi-million making blogger, so why are you bothering?

    Maybe it’s because it’s smaller, maybe it’s because we were all women encouraging each other, I don’t know. I do know that the level of inspiration though, meant there wasn’t a dry eye in the room by the time Evelyn Harmon (JourneyWoman) finished delivering her keynote speech & and told us we were the future of travel blogging.

    I’m not on the committee this year & I’m not 100% sure I’ll be there thanks to really bad flight prices. But I have no hesitation in saying that a) it will be amazing and b) it is well worth taking part in if you can make it!
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  8. Donna Meyer
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    I will be there! It will be my first ever travel blogging conference, and I am very excited. I might well be the oldest woman in the room, but who cares? I will be there to learn, to network, to gt my brand-new blog out there! See you in Boston!
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  9. lorrie
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    went to the first one and already got my ticket for the second one wouldn’t miss it

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