At the beginning of the year I decided that I’d like to do more speaking engagements about travel. After all, I love to write about travel, but I much prefer to get out from behind this laptop and actually meet people and talk about travel. Like my writing, my goal is to provide people with some inspiration and ideas on where they can go or simply how to take the initial leap – but in person. Even though I feel most comfortable talking and presenting about ‘how to travel’, I also told myself I needed to push myself into an area I’m not so comfortable with – talking about the world of blogging. I really try to make a point not to talk about that much as I never really feel like I know enough about it to be teaching or guiding anyone (yes, I know that sounds weird coming from someone who has been blogging for 8 years)! We all have our weird insecurities don’t we?
After reaching out to a few people and offering my expertise BOOM, I all of a sudden had 3 speaking engagements. For some strange reason they all seemed to stack up in a two week period in April/May which has gotten me a bit flustered, but I’m also super excited to share some of my experiences in travel and blogging. I’ve been busy here in Australia working on outlining presentations, learning new presentation apps, and trying to organize my thoughts around these varied topics.
Two of these I’m speaking at are a part of a bigger travel event, so you can come and listen to me and meet a bunch of other great travel resources!
Meet Plan Go ½ Day Workshop
When: April 18-19th
Where: New York City – Hosteling International
Cost: $75 with promo code “MPG15”
Description: Do you love traveling so much that you dream of taking a career break to travel the world? Or maybe you want to break into the travel industry as a writer, photographer, or videographer so that you can live a life of travel. You can learn to do all of these things and more, at the NY Travel Festival April 18 – 19. It’s a full weekend of travel-industry-related talks, networking, happy hours and travel giveaways. AND NY Travel Festival is teaming up with Meet, Plan, Go! to host a four-hour workshop that will reveal wanderlust-inducing information to help get you on our way! An intimate Meet Plan Go four-hour workshop will take place on Sunday, April 19 and cover crucial topics to the career-break traveler. Become inspired by people who have “been there” and meet and network with others with similar career-break travel goals.
I’ll be there heading up panel discussions about how to take a career break and travel long term, doing a presentation on how to find work on the road, and there for any Q&A you want to ask me one –on-one.
More information on how to attend the Meet Plan Go workshop at NY Travel Fest
How to Plan for the Camino de Santiago Hike
When: April 21
Where: New York City – REI Soho
Description: Have you been dreaming about walking the 500 mile pilgrimage Camino de Santiago across Spain, but not sure how to plan such an undertaking? Get all of your basic questions about walking the Camino de Santiago from travel writer and hiking enthusiast Sherry Ott, who walked the Camino Frances Trail solo in 2011. You’ll learn about the basics of the walk such as lodging, food, gear, and difficulty. Get tips on how to plan and train for the long distance walk, as well as the best time of the year to go. And even walk away with ideas for other similar walks around the world.
Act quickly! There are only a very few spaces left for this one – so sign up now! If it’s already full, there may be a waiting list – or contact them and see if there’s standing room!
Managing your time and deliverables on blog trips so that you WOW the client!
When: May 2nd
Where: Part of the TBEX (The Future of Travel Media) Europe Conference in Costa Brava Spain. Conference runs April 30 – May 2
Cost: Conference tickets are $157
Description: Ok, this isn’t where to travel or how to travel, it’s all about travel blogging. TBEX is a travel blogging conference bringing together bloggers, travel industry, and destinations. I’m just a tiny part of this one, but I’m expecting my talk to be really fun. If you are considering starting a travel blog or want to learn more about the industry, then this is a great conference to attend. I’ll be speaking about how to balance your time and deliverables while on press trips and other projects – the nitty gritty logistics of how to blog.
This is my year of doing more public speaking – so if you have any opportunities where you’d like to have me come speak to a group (school kids, office mates, conferences, networking groups), just let me know! I adore talking about travel!