Get Ready for some FOMO! Here are some final updates on TravelCon

Travel Con, Austin, TX, Sept 20-22
POSTED: 8/8/18 | August 8th, 2018

TravelCon is just about one month away! I can’t believe it! Where did the time go? This time last year, I was brainstorming the event and now here it is!

For a long time, I’ve dreamed of putting on a conference that is less about “getting free trips to travel the world” and more about quality writing, branding, entrepreneurship, SEO, marketing, video production, and product creation — the things that help create a lasting business that delivers value to people and stands the test of time.

I love the web, but in-person events are ten times better for learning and networking. There’s something about meeting another person that bonds you so much more than following their lives on social media or via their blog posts. Face to face connections is where you can make the most lasting connections and relationships — I’ve met some of my best friends, coworkers, and mentors at conferences.

I don’t think my blog would be nearly as big as it is today had I not stepped away from my computer and started attending conferences and events in real life. Now I go to 7-10 conferences each year to meet people, improve my website, and learn new skills.

And that brings me back to TravelCon….

For those in the travel industry — or those who want to be, I want to share some final updates about the event:

With a month left to go, we have:

1. Finalized our schedule.
2. Scheduled our meet-ups and parties.
3. Prepared media marketplace.
4. Confirmed our speakers.

We have 600 attendees and 25 brands attending our marketplace where you can schedule meetings to make introductions and work on creating deals.

We’re going to have some really in-depth workshops and talks on how to improve your blog, vlog, photography, podcast, and writing. (You can click here to see the schedule.)

We also finalized our speaker list. We have a who’s who of over 70 of the best speakers in (and outside) travel:

Kristin Addis

Be My Travel Muse

Lola Akinmade

Geotraveler Media

Glory Ali

Muslim Travel Rock

Gloria Atanmo

The Blog Abroad

Marko and Alex Ayling

Vagabrothers

Alex Baackes

Alex in Wanderland

Derek Baron

Wandering Earl

Nathan Barry

ConvertKit

James Boyd

Singapore Airlines

Paul Brady

Condé Nast Traveler

Kara Nate Buchanan

Kara and Nate

Carol Cain

Girl Gone Travel

Liz Carlson

Young Adventuress

Edin Chavez

Shut Your Aperture

Chris Christensen

Amateur Traveler Podcast

Jason Cochran

Frommers

Dave Deb

The Planet D

Brian Dean

Backlinko

Torre DeRoche

Writer, Love With a
Chance of Drowning

Julia Dimon

Freelance Writer

David Farley

Freelance Writer

Pat Flynn

Smart Passive Income

Rachel Friedman

The Good Girls Guide to
Getting Lost

Paula Froelich

A Broad Abroad

Brendan Gahan

Epic Signal

Lebawit Lily Girma

Sunshine and Stilettos

Stephanie Griest

Writer, Around the Bloc

Adam Groffman

Travels of Adam

Matt Gross

Freelance Writer

Pete Dalene

Hecktic Travels

Dani Heinrich

Globetrotter Girls

Spud Hilton

The San Francisco Chronicle

Ryan Holiday

Writer, Ego is the Enemy

Rob Holmes

GLP Films

Raimee Iacofano

Nomadic Matt

Steve Kamb

Nerd Fitness

Anna Karsten

Anna Everywhere

Matthew Karsten

Expert Vagabond

Peep Laja

ConversionXL

Cory Lee

Curb Free with Cory Lee

Gary Leff

View From the Wing

Kristin Luna

Camels Chocolate

Jaume Marin

Costa Brava Tourism

Liam Martin

Staff.com

Colleen McDaniel

Cruise Critic

Neville Medhora

KopywritingKourse

Chris Mercer

MeasurementMarketing.io

Ben Mutzabaugh

USA TODAY

Ankur Nagpal

Teachable

Elena Nikolova

Muslim Travel Girl

Laurence Norah

Finding the Universe

Dan Audrey

Uncornered Market

Stephen Oddo

Walks of Italy

Shannon O’Donnell

A Little Adrift

Chris Oldfield

Nomadic Matt

Cailin O’Neil

TravelYourself

Angie Orth

Angie Away

Sam Parr

The Hustle

Jack Paxton

VYPER

Rolf Potts

Vagabonding

Erick Prince

Minority Nomad

Mari Ramirez

CPA

Oneika Raymond

Oneika the Traveller

Carmela Resuma

FLYTE

Kiersten Rich

The Blonde Abroad

Chris Richardson

Nomadic Matt

Annette Richmond

From Annette

Kara Rosner

Diamond PR

Helen Russell

The Year of Living Danishly

Dan Saltzstein

The New York Times

Patricia Serrano

Fresh Traveler

Travis Sherry

Extra Pack of Peanuts

Ryan Stewart

SEO Consultant

Claudi Sult

GreenMe Berlin

Thomas Swick

Writer, Unquiet Days

Nadine Sykora

Hey Nadine

Mike Tieso

Art of Adventuring

Christine Tran

Tour de Lust

Brent Underwood

Brass Check

Chris Vasquez

AWeber

Erica Virvo

Nomadic Matt/FLYTE

Ryan Whaley

Greendoor Media

Ernest White II

FlyBrother

Amanda Williams

A Dangerous Business

Since we will have beginner and advanced sessions, there will be tracks and tips for people at all levels of success. I believe the best conferences have people of varying skill levels, so everyone can interact and learn from each other. For too long, travel media conferences have been only geared toward newbies. This conference is really about leveling up and moving to the next stage of your journey. All our talks are going to have actionable takeaways for you!

We’ll be having a media marketplace featuring the following brands where you’ll be able to make appointments and find ways to work together with them:

(Additionally, Visit Pheonix, Get Your Guide, and Landmass Maps will be attending our final marketplace day!)

Considering this is our first year, I’m stoked at the turnout and reception we’ve received!

If you’re interested in stepping up your game, being more than just another struggling influencer, and connecting with your peers and some of the top names and brands in the industry, join us!

We have about 20 last minute tickets left.

Just click here to learn more and secure your spot.

However, if you can’t make the event, we’re offering a virtual ticket. I get that we are all travelers and it’s hard to fly to the middle of the United States for a conference.

We are going to record all our panels, presentations, and keynotes (photo walks and writing workshops not included). Each will be posted online so you’ll be able to watch them from the comfort of your home on any device. Additionally, any PowerPoints or presentation materials that are given out will also be posted online. Everything will go online a few weeks after the event ends.

Though you’ll miss out on all the networking and fun parties (and even cooler people), you’ll get all the educational benefit of the conference, so you can improve your business and boost your career in the travel industry. Self-educating is one of the best ways to do that and create a sustainable platform that pays your bills. Don’t miss out!

The virtual ticket is $149 and can be purchased by clicking here.

****So come and attend TravelCon, learn from the best in the industry, and meet other wonderful travel professionals.

Or, if you can’t make it, get the virtual ticket — and make plans to attend next year!

(And, for everyone else, this is the last update I’ll post before the event, so we’ll be back to travel tips soon enough!)

– Matt




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