Women have been traveling for the entirety of human history, and yet many still view travel and travel blogging as a "man's world." But imagine, if you will, being at an event that not only challenges that perspective, but lays the groundwork to reshape it. Imagine being surrounded by 150 other female travelers, bloggers, and web entrepreneurs. Imagine connecting, networking, writing, and promoting, all in the heart of Chicago. Thanks to the inaugural Women in Travel Summit, held in Chicago’s legendary Palmer House hotel, you will have to imagine no longer!
This summit, targeted at encouraging and celebrating the accomplishments of women in travel, has something for everyone. It boasts three tracks for attendees to explore: the Traveler, the Blogger, and the Entrepreneur. The Traveler can look forward to sessions to tempt and expand her horizons, from ethically-minded volunteership to traveling on a tight budget. For the Entrepreneur, sessions on monetization and turning traveling into a profession will provide an opportunity to hone her business skills and grow her career. The Blogger’s track, targeting both text and video bloggers, grows her aptitude for editing, networking, and beating writer’s block.
But wait- there’s more! In addition to sessions targeting their particular interests, attendees are invited to multiple networking and sightseeing events throughout the weekend. An open lunch on Saturday takes attendees to see Chicago’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, held in nearby Grant Park. For the early risers, early morning yoga classes will do just the trick. And for all attendees, a variety of tweet-ups, networking power hours, and evening social events facilitate blog promotion, business development, and opportunities to travel further than they ever have before.
Two keynote speakers will be featured at the summit. On Saturday, Jeannie Mark- better known as Nomadic Chick- will inspire attendees with a presentation about women in travel entrepreneurship, and on Sunday, Evelyn Hannon of Journeywoman will keep attendees hungry to change the travel world for good. Readers wishing to get a taste of these two powerful authors can visit their websites. Jeannie Mark can be found at http://www.nomadicchick.com/, and Evelyn Hannon is at http://www.journeywoman.com/.
Finally, attendees can rest assured that summit attendance and budget hotel rates are within their grasp. By using the promo code available on the summit’s registration page, attendees can stay at the Palmer House at the spectacular rate of $139/night and enjoy all its comforts and amenities- including a taste of the Women in Travel Summit’s signature cocktail at the Saturday soiree.
The summit kicks off with a networking party on Friday, March 14 and continues through Sunday, March 16. Register now at http://witsummit.com! $149 for general admission, $99 for one day.
Written by Erica Laue Committee Member and Co-Chair of the Programming Team.
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