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As travel content creators, having a jam-packed calendar of conferences, summits and events is crucial for expanding industry knowledge, making connections and unlocking brand opportunities. But with so many to choose from, which ones are truly worth the investment in 2024? Attending the right travel conferences is a must. I’ve carefully curated this list of 15 must-attend travel conferences for travelers, creators and influencers based on their awesome offerings, valuable networking potential, and insider tips I’ve picked up over the years. A few are already locked into my 2024 schedule, but I’ve included a range of conferences that should pique the interests of diverse creators – from solo female travelers and Latino explorers to outdoor adventurers and professional photographers.

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My 2024 Travel Conference Lineup:

One of the premier conferences celebrating and elevating women travel influencers, bloggers, and content creators. WITS offers an unparalleled opportunity for female travelers to gain industry insights, sharpen skills through specialized bootcamps, and get their voices heard through media pitchfests and networking

Attendee Group picture at WITS - 15 Must-Attend Travel Conferences for Travelers, Creators and Influencers
Group Picture at WITS SLC

After last year’s success, the Mochileando Travel Class, Puerto Rico’s biggest travel event that brings together various travel bloggers from Latin America, returns to the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan on May 4th. This is not a travel conference per se, but it is the biggest Travel master class in the Caribbean.

This year, the Travel Master Class will bring travel content creators such as Alan from AlanXelmundo, one of the biggest travel bloggers / Youtubers of Latin America. The purpose of this event is to establish Puerto Rico as a center for travel information and to continue expanding a network of travel bloggers, building a Latin American family of knowledgeable travelers. If you want to purchase tickets, haz click aquí.

Meeting @JuanTrotamundos at Mochileando in San Juan

For Latino/a/x travelers, creators, and influencers, (and all who support the community), this high-energy fest celebrates the unique perspectives and experiences of the community. Expect vibrant fiestas, incredible live music and food activations that immerse you in the diverse cultures represented.

But it’s not all fun and games – Latino Travel Fest provides invaluable industry education through workshops on storytelling, monetization strategies, building an inclusive travel brand, and more.

You’ll help amplify the Latino/a/x voices to change the face of the Travel Industry and elevate the vastly underrepresented U.S. Hispanic travel market. Whether you’re already established or just starting out, this grassroots event offers an empowering space to plant your flag, gain exposure, celebrate our cultura and discover so much more!

I have two ways to help you save on tickets:

1. Enjoy a 15% discount with my promo code: MariM. FYI: I make affiliate income if you decide to purchase your ticket using my code.

2. If you are a Latin content creator, I recommend joining the Creator’s Directory. You will be able to access exclusive opportunities such as sponsored content, press trips and more. By filling out this form you receive a promo code that gives you 20% off your purchase. I do not make any affiliate income from this promo code.

Latino Travel Fest 2023

For creators who have embraced the location-independent lifestyle, Camp Indie offers a refreshing retreat to recharge and upskill. Tucked away in the idyllic Connecticut countryside, this intimate camp fosters a tight-knit community of digital nomads, remote workers and wandering entrepreneurs.

Through campfire discussions, wilderness workshops and creative networking activities, you’ll gain invaluable tips for building a sustainable brand, balancing work and exploration, leveraging your nomadic experiences into income streams, and staying physically/mentally healthy on the road. Imagine picking up drone photography tricks from top travel content creators like Christine Lozada and SEO hacks from six-figure bloggers – all while enjoying summer camp vibes.

But Camp Indie isn’t at all about the hustle. You’ll get to disconnect from the daily grind through outdoor excursions, delicious camp meals, stargazing nights and activities that inspire creativity. It’s the ultimate way to integrate into the nomadic creator community and realign your travel path and business goals.

Some early bird tickets have become available. The current price for the ticket is $1499 but early bird is $799. If you would like to purchase one of the early bird tix for this fun conference, please email and mention that I sent you.

So many fun things to do at Camp Indie! - - 15 Must-Attend Travel Conferences for Travelers, Creators and Influencers
Camp Indie – Kent, CT
A non-conference for digital nomads
Taking drone flying workshop at Camp Indie - 15 Must-Attend Travel Conferences for Travelers, Creators and Influencers
Taking drone flying workshop at Camp Indie

Let’s talk real talk – what’s travel without a delicious libation in hand? And with cocktail culture booming worldwide, being in the know about the drink scene is a must for any traveler with a taste for adventure. Tales of the Cocktail, the ultimate destination developed specifically for industry professionals from bartenders to distillers, beverage marketers and more, is a must-attend event!

Set against all of the fun that the city of New Orleans brings, this fun conference immerses you in the art of cocktail crafting. Picture yourself diving into hands-on seminars, exploring in-depth workshops, and savoring tastings from morning until late at night. Rub elbows with top mixologists, distillers, and bar owners who are shaping what the world is sipping. Tales is all about the beverages, both spirited and No and Low!

If you are in the beverage industry, do not miss out!

Enjoying one of the tastings at Tales of the Cocktail - 15 Must-Attend Travel Conferences for Travelers, Creators and Influencers
Enjoying one of the tastings at Tales of the Cocktail

Conferences I’m Keeping on My Radar

Sadly I am unable to attend these conferences this year but if you are able to attend, don’t think twice, just GO!

Travelcon is the business event for Travel Content Creators! For travel influencers and creators looking to seriously level up their brand, Travelcon needs to be on your radar. This innovative conference goes far beyond just industry networking and travel inspo (though you’ll get plenty of that too!). There are 2 tracks in which you can learn to Go Pro or if you are already a pro, you can learn how to scale your business. The focus is primarily on the business and monetization side – everything from SEO and social media marketing workshops to monetizing your platform through affiliates, ads, products and more. You’ll learn insider tips for pitching and landing partnerships from both brands and destination reps. You’ll leave with a recharged creative mentality and tactical action plans no matter what your niche is.

Dubbed the leading international inbound travel trade show, IPW is where serious business gets done between U.S. suppliers and international buyers. For travel influencers and bloggers working on building a global audience, this is THE event for getting your name in front of major international travel brands, tour companies and destination marketing organizations.

While the pre-scheduled buyer/seller appointments can lead to key partnerships and paid opportunities, IPW also provides unbeatable education through seminars on international travel trends and strategies for elevating your global presence. You’ll gain invaluable insights into cultural nuances, purchasing behaviors and in-demand experiences from different markets.

As destinations increasingly look beyond traditional media to leverage influencers for global promotion, IPW represents a rare opportunity to get face-to-face with decision makers and put your pitches in front of the people that truly matter.

There are 3 events for TBEX this year:
May 2024 – San Sebastian, Spain

July 2024 – Puerto Rico

September 2024, Anchorage, AK

For the OG travel bloggers and digital nomads, TBEX is a legacy event that shouldn’t be missed. TBEX, called the largest conference and networking event for travel content creators, this well-established gathering covers all the bases.

You’ll find specialized bootcamps on optimizing your travel writing, photography, videography and blogging skills taught by industry veterans. There’s a major focus on safety, diversity and telling authentic stories from the road. Tech tools are demystified with workshops covering gear, editing apps, SEO, monetization and more.

But just as valuable are the networking opportunities with destinations looking for their next great storyteller. Sponsors and exhibitors routinely offer creative trips where you can experience a location first-hand and produce dreamy content. TBEX serves as a launchpad for ambitious bloggers.

And 8 More Conferences You Need to Know About…

If you’re eager to take your travel hacking skills to new heights and explore the world more affordably, then the TravelMore Conference is an essential event to attend. This one-of-a-kind conference caters to travel enthusiasts looking to maximize their points, miles, and rewards programs. By attending, you’ll gain invaluable insights and strategies from experienced travel experts who have mastered the art of budget-friendly globetrotting. Through a diverse range of sessions and workshops, you’ll learn insider tips on booking free award flights, redeeming hotel points, scoring complimentary theme park tickets, and building a comprehensive points-earning strategy—even without relying solely on credit cards.

What sets TravelMore apart is its commitment to inclusivity and diversity. With over 80% of speakers being women, this conference offers a refreshingly unique perspective on the often male-dominated world of points and miles.

TravMedia’s International Media Marketplace (IMM) is the premier global networking event linking the travel industry with editors, journalists, broadcasters, and influencers. IMM is the essential annual gathering for travel media and PR professionals to connect and cultivate relationships. At IMM, you can pitch a year’s worth of stories, FAM trips, and features in a day. Attendees also love the show for unrivaled relationship-building and networking opportunities. Beyond the meetings, attendees cherish the event for its unparalleled networking opportunities, including sponsored lunches and cocktail functions.

The TravMedia Summit, held on the first day of IMM, offers valuable insights from influential leaders in the travel industry, making it a place for professional development for travel PR professionals, editors, and writers.

NATJA, or the North American Travel Journalists Association, is committed to advancing the field of travel journalism and promoting excellence in reporting across various media platforms. Established in 1991 by a group of sixteen travel writers, NATJA has grown to become one of the largest professional associations in the industry, encompassing travel writers, photographers, editors, bloggers, and tourism professionals. This year’s conference will be held in Galveston, TX.

The Everything Conference (ETC) is a one-of-a-kind event celebrating multi-passionate, ever-curious individuals – the “multipotentialites.” This wild, vibrant gathering brings together people from all walks of life who refuse to be put in a box. Whether you’re an engineer who paints, a coder who acts, or anything in between, ETC is a space to revel in your diverse interests and connect with fellow explorers.

From outdoor yoga to entrepreneurship workshops, musical jams to book scavenger hunts – ETC is a participant-driven experience where almost anything goes. Embrace your quirks, share your gifts, and dive headfirst into this kaleidoscope of activities and sessions led by extraordinary multipotentialites. It’s 3 days of being unapologetically yourself surrounded by your people.

The Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Annual Convention is a premier event gathering some of the most influential and accomplished travel writers, photographers, editors, bloggers, and industry professionals from across the United States. Held annually, this convention serves as a platform for members to come together, exchange ideas, and explore emerging trends and issues within the travel industry.

At the convention, attendees can expect a dynamic program featuring keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and networking opportunities. Topics covered often include the latest developments in travel writing, photography techniques, digital media strategies, destination marketing, sustainable travel practices, and more.The SATW Annual Convention offers attendees the chance to connect with peers, forge new partnerships, and gain valuable insights to enhance their craft and professional development.

Alt Summit is more than just a conference; it’s a transformative experience for creative entrepreneurs and influencers alike. Originating as a gathering for design bloggers, Alt Summit has evolved into a dynamic community that welcomes individuals from various creative backgrounds, including artists, photographers, pinners, instagrammers, vloggers, shop owners, content creators, and designers. With a rich history spanning over 15 major events, Alt Summit has become synonymous with collaboration, innovation, and inspiration.

Attendees of Alt Summit not only gain valuable insights from industry leaders and experts but also have the opportunity to forge meaningful connections with like-minded individuals. The conference fosters a supportive environment where attendees can exchange ideas, receive constructive feedback, and explore new avenues for growth. Whether you’re seeking to enhance your social media presence, expand your network, or embark on exciting collaborations, Alt Summit offers a platform where creativity thrives and possibilities abound. Join us and discover the power of community-driven success at Alt Summit.

The Travel & Adventure Shows offer an unparalleled opportunity for travel brands to tap into the booming global travel industry. This is mostly a travel show for consumers but if you position yourself, there are some opportunities for travel content creators.

With projections indicating a record-breaking year ahead, these shows serve as a crucial platform for brands to engage with over 150,000 consumers, advisors, media professionals, and more. Positioned strategically in nine major feeder markets, the shows attract serious, ready-to-buy consumers and provide a conducive environment for forging meaningful connections.

At the Travel & Adventure Shows, exhibitors seize the chance to share their amazing offerings to a mix of travel enthusiasts. With over 2.1 million attendees connected with 4,500 unique travel brands across various U.S. cities, these shows have established themselves as a cornerstone of marketing and sales initiatives for the travel industry.

Adding ITB to your lineup of conferences is a no-brainer for anyone in the travel industry or looking to tap into its vast potential. With over 50 years of industry expertise, ITB stands as the pinnacle of knowledge, networking, and trendsetting events, offering a unique opportunity to connect with global leaders and influencers. Whether you’re seeking insights into the latest travel trends, looking to expand your network, or aiming to showcase your brand to a diverse audience, ITB provides the perfect platform to achieve your goals.

From its flagship event in Berlin to its expansion into key Asian and Indian markets, ITB’s comprehensive approach ensures that attendees gain valuable insights, forge meaningful connections, and stay ahead in an ever-evolving industry. So, if you’re serious about making waves in the travel sector, ITB is a must-attend event that promises to inspire, innovate, and elevate your business to new heights.

No matter your niche is within the travel industry, these 15 conferences offer invaluable opportunities in 2024 to elevate your profile, sharpen your skills, and unlock your next game-changing partnership or destination collaboration. Whether you’re a seasoned travel influencer, a content creator, or an industry professional seeking to expand your network, these events provide an array of experiences tailored to your goals and aspirations.

You can choose to attend empowering summits like the Women in Travel Summit to immersive masterclasses like Mochileando Travel Class and industry-leading gatherings such as ITB Berlin, there’s something for everyone looking to thrive in the world of travel content creation. I would love to hear which travel conference you would be interested in attending!

Latina Content Creators setting up for a picture at WITS Puerto Rico - 15 MUST-ATTEND TRAVEL CONFERENCES FOR TRAVELERS, CREATORS AND INFLUENCERS
Latina Content Creators setting up for a picture at WITS Puerto Rico
@Jen on a JetPlane and myself at WITS Kansas City

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