Many of us know what it's like to travel for work. Some revel in it; others do it out of obligation. A new breed of travelers has hit the scenes recently, however: bloggers. Bloggers, especially travel bloggers, have taken over the friendly skies, and they have the Instagram pictures to prove it.
No matter what kind of blogger you are, you should attend at least one conference in your career. Not only are blogging conferences a great way to learn vital blogging information, but they are also a fantastic way to make friends, see new places and make memories you'll never forget.
While blogger conferences have been around for a while, they've greatly expanded in recent years. Now, every niche you can think of has a conference of their own. There are plenty of blogger conferences across the U.S., depending on your passion or topic of interest. If you're not sure which one is right for you, here are four upcoming ones that stand out.
1. BlogHer, in San Jose, Ca.
This conference, which is an outlet of the BlogHer network, is sure to provide an amazing time. Not only is BlogHer a huge name in blogging, but this event also happens to mark their ten year anniversary. BlogHer, which also hosts a separate food conference, offers a large array of speakers. Many of these speakers are writers and members of the surrounding community. The conference will also offer dozens of breakout sessions for various fields and needs–everything from “how to break into copyrighting” to “blogging in real time” to and “publishing your own book.” Tickets are still available for this event, and they vary in cost depending on the category. They range from as low as $99 for students, to up to $400 for full package passes. The conference takes place July 24-26th so get cracking, and get ready for your closeup. The festivities kick off with a Selfie love fest!
2. Inspired, in Nashville, Tennessee.
Conferences, just like people, come in all shapes and sizes and have all different personalities to boot. While some remain big in stature and size, others shine in their simplicity. One thing that stands out about the Inspired conference, the creation of entrepreneur Amber Housley, is its simplicity in both setting and size (only 30 people will attend). Set for September 14- 17th, the conference will overlook the gorgeous Evins Mills resort. Its goal is to connect like-minded women, entrepreneurs, moms and daughters, and bring them together in a community to learn, grow and inspire each other. Giving them not only the knowledge and tools to pursue their dreams, but the network of people to do it with. More info to register here.
3. Tbex, in Cancun, Mexico.
Tbex has been pegged as the must-attend show for anyone who is new to the travel blogging or travel media arena. It will unite travel bloggers across the U.S. in the beautiful backdrop of Cancun, Mexico at the Moon Palace Golf & Resort. The 3-day conference promises to be a rewarding experience for both travel brands and those looking to break further into the travel business. From writers, bloggers and journalists to hotel brand themselves, everyone can benefit from this event. All I can say is, sign me up! Read what they are saying about Tbex and get more info for yourself here. This year, TBEX will run Sept 11th through the 13th.
4. IFBC (International Food Bloggers Conference), in Seattle, Washington. IFBC has the honor of being the first food bloggers' conference ever held. Five years later, it's still going strong. Held in Seattle Washington at the Westin hotel, this conference stands out from the others in one very interesting way. Unlike many other conferences, this one offers a terrific incentive and promotion: If you are a food blogger and you agree to post several blogs about the conference and your experience, the price lowers from $395 to under $100! This is a really awesome way to entice passionate bloggers to not only attend, but to share their experiences. Sounds like a win-win for everyone! Find out more about IFBC here.