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It is important for aspiring and professional travel writers to attend travel writing conferences. Travel writing conferences help like-minded peers network, gain inspiration, stay updated on industry news, learn new skills and sharpen old ones, and meet leaders in the field. Furthermore, attending travel writing conferences is one of the best investments you can make for your professional development.
While a few of the top conferences are organized by the leading travel writing and blogging associations in North America and therefore require memberships to attend, there are a couple of notable independent conferences that are becoming popular because they are open for all.
Who should attend these conferences? Any creative traveler, like travel writers, travel journalists, travel photographers, travel podcasters, travel bloggers, and other traveling creatives.
Here are a few of the top travel writing and blogging conferences listed in alphabetical order:
For the past 28 years, award-winning travel writers have descended upon the San Francisco Bay Area to teach workshops and hold roundtable conversations about the craft and business of travel writing. Don George, the conference’s co-founder, presides over the value-packed conference.
For the past 18 years, the North American Travel Journalist Association conference has provided professional development workshops and opportunities for attendees, focusing on developing new content and up-to-date tricks for social media marketing. Founded in 1991, NATJA is among the top professional travel writing organizations in North America.
The Society for American Travel Writers’ Annual Convention packs the house full of informative breakout sessions about the craft and business of travel writing. One of the oldest and largest associations in North America, SATW has been kicking since 1955 with its 1,000 plus members.
The second youngest of the conferences listed here yet billed as ”the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals,” the Travel Blogger Exchange holds yearly conventions in North America and in Europe. Breakout sessions cover topics like content creation, business matters, and social media.
The new kid on the block and focused on delivering quality sessions catering to the new media landscape, TravelCon attracts hundreds of travel bloggers to their annual conferences. With world-class keynote speakers and session facilitators offering insight on business, monetization, and craft, TravelCon is quickly separating itself from the pack.
Do you know of any other travel writing conferences that should be added to this list? Let us know in the comments!