At this time a year ago, I wasn’t officially “in” the travel industry.
I did many of the same things I do now — this blog existed, I did content creation and digital media strategy, I volunteered with nonprofits — but the (paying) clients I was working with were not focused on my passion: travel.
I attended the NY Trav Fest for the first time a year ago, and just before that, I had joined the newly formed NYC Hub of Travel+SocialGood. Our group of volunteers within TSG NYC helped to organize a session for NYTF, so the past few months have been little anniversaries of firsts for me.
I’m proud to say that this year, each of the clients I’m working with are in the travel/tech/social good nexus, and I also have moved up to another (volunteer) position as Executive Director with TSG. NYTF is just around the corner, and it’s proving to be a whirlwind of events and coordinations leading up to a conference that showcases the connections I’ve been able to make in the past year. I am so excited to be involved in NYTF, and it’s been truly a blessing to help facilitate some connections that have led to sessions that will come to life at NYTF.
If you’ve talked to me for more than five minutes, you know that I’m extremely passionate about sustainable travel and also content creation. So whether you’re an entrepreneur, content creator, travel industry changemaker (or any combination of the above), these are the sessions I recommend — and would love to meet you at!
TSG NYC’s Pre-Earth Day Happy Hour
The TSG NYC Hub is hosting a fun (free) event at Professor Thom’s to bring together travel professionals who are passionate about sustainable travel and the environment. Come and grab a drink with me! You can get the details and RSVP here.
Friday @ 2 pm: Sustainable Tourism in NYC
Thoughtfully curated by Cindy Vandenbosch, the founder of Turnstile Tours, I’ll be a panelist on a session that explores how we can learn from sustainable tourism models to ensure that tourism benefits our local communities. This session is free, and you can find details here.
Saturday @ 10 am: Doing Well While Doing Good
More and more, travel and tourism businesses are integrating social good into their business models… and they’re thriving. Find out why social good needs to be a part of capitalism in this panel curated by TSG NYC. More details are here.
Saturday @ 11 am: Innovation in Travel
+ 12:30 pm: Lessons Learned from Building a Travel Startup
You may have noticed that my favorite tool for booking a place to stay is AllTheRooms, a one-stop shop for finding any sort of accommodation (from Expedia to Airbnb). To see how it works, you can try it out here (don’t worry, I’ll wait).
Cool, right? Even if you know you love Airbnb and that’s all you ever want to book (believe me, I know — because that was me), you should still use AllTheRooms. It’ll show you real-time listings and you’d be surprised at how many alternative home rental options there are.
Of course, I digress. This session is a panel being led by the co-founder of AllTheRooms, Bill Beckler. Bill’s got some great insight, and I think I’m in a pretty good position say so, because I actually happen to run their social media. Come find us in this session and then this session, and make me smile by following us @alltherooms! 😉
Saturday @ 3 pm: Digital Storytelling — New Strategies for the Future of Travel
One of my favorite initiatives of Travel+SocialGood is our Media Network — an alliance of content creators, journalists and bloggers passionate about sustainable travel. Led by Maria Russo, the co-founder of The Cultureist and also one of my favorite nonprofits, Humanity Unified, this panel is a selection of Media Network members (many of whom I’m lucky enough to call my friends). Find details here.
As an aside, if you’re interested in joining our Media Network, you can apply here!
Saturday @ 5 pm: Building a Personal Brand
I’ve been working with a new app that I’m really excited about, and it allows you to create itineraries for a city based on their personal recommendations. We’re still in beta mode (so stay tuned) but in the meantime, I’m working with some of our favorite curators that we have on board to talk about personal branding, and how to make money from your art & craft. You can find details here.
Of course, if you’re looking to attend NYTF this weekend and don’t have a ticket just yet, the TSG team has a social media contest running so that you can win a ticket! All you have to do is post an image on social media, tag @tsg_nyc and @nytravfest, and let them know why you want to attend. And if you’re ready to buy your tickets now, be sure to use code TRAVELGOODALL for $20 off the all-access pass ($160 normally) or TRAVELGOODWEEKEND for $5 off the weekend traveler tickets ($45 normally).
See you there!