TravelCon 2019: Come Learn About Travel Blogging!

Update: The Early Bird pricing of US$349 for the Creator Ticket has been extended until April 30, 2019.

Disclosure: I am being compensated for speaking at TravelCon 2019. While I do not receive a commission on event ticket sales, I do receive a commission should you choose to purchase a Virtual Pass through my link.


I’m excited to let you know that I’ll be speaking at TravelCon 2019, which is a conference geared towards travel media professionals and content creators that will be taking place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston on June 27–29, 2019.

This won’t be a conference centred around Miles & Points, but rather focuses on the nitty-gritty details of starting an online business related to travel in some way, covering every niche from budget travel, to luxury travel, to being a digital nomad, to travelling on Miles & Points. 

So while it’s not necessarily something that might appeal to all of my readers, I do think there’s be a subset of you who might be interested in attending or following along with the Virtual Pass online. 

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What Is TravelCon?

TravelCon is hosted by Matt Kepnes of NomadicMatt.com, one of the original pioneers of the “travel blog” concept and one of the best examples of someone who has transformed his passion and pursuit for travel into an online business on a massive scale.

Matt created TravelCon to bring his community together and get more people interested in making online travel content. Last year was the first edition of TravelCon, and by all accounts it was a fantastic event with the majority of attendees feeling like they got value for their money from the speaker sessions. 

Most of these speakers have plied their trades in creating travel content for a very long time and are experts in their field. We have everyone from chief travel editors for major publications to extremely accomplished travel bloggers like The Blonde Abroad and Johnny Jet

Over the course of three days, the sessions will cover everything from the technical side of running an online business (web hosting, SEO, email marketing) to the business strategies (expanding your reach, negotiating with sponsors, advertising), to the actual content creation (blogging, videos, podcasts, social media).

Truth be told, I’m still a relative small fish compared to many of my fellow presenters, and I’m excited to absorb the insights from my peers during their sessions as well. 

 
 


Should You Start a Travel Blog?

Sometimes I hear people who are considering starting to create online content – be it a blog, YouTube channel, or any sort of venture that they can call their own – express the notion that “it’s too late for them” or that “there are already too many blogs/channels/websites out there”. 

I couldn’t disagree more with this. These days you can make money online simply by having an Instagram account, so there are more and more possibilities for those who love travel to turn their passion into a craft – and who knows what new possibilities might turn up in the future. 

Moreover, I don’t know if you’ve noticed when looking around you, but people are locked into their mobile phones and laptops these days, and are spending more time online than ever. The amount of attention that is there to be captured by someone who knows what they’re talking about, and is passionate about it, is unprecedented and is constantly growing as well.

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No doubt, there’s lots of people out there for you to compete with. I myself recognized that fact when I was starting out with Prince of Travel. But I also believed in what I was bringing to the table and I believed there was a chance that I could outdo the competition – so why not give it a go? 

In fact, even if I didn’t do better than the competition, the fact remains that the internet is a very big place, and there’s more than enough attention to go around for you to grab a little slice of it and achieve a healthy chunk of income doing something you enjoy, which is a very worthy objective in itself. 

And hey, if you’re travelling the world on Miles & Points, that instantly translates into plenty of attention-grabbing trips that you can achieve for very little cost 😉

Ultimately, with Prince of Travel having just turned two years old, I can say that building up my passion into a sustainable online business was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It wasn’t easy by any means – there was and continues to be a significant learning curve involved – but it’s been a challenge that I have relished because travel is one of my greatest passions and I genuinely enjoy doing what I do. 

If any part of you feels the same way, and trying your hand at an online travel-related venture sounds like something you’d enjoy (whether it’s purely a hobby or with a view to start a business), then there’s no better place than TravelCon to learn the ropes. The focus of the conference is on providing actionable advice for those looking to create travel content online, allowing you to learn from those who have been through the process and set yourself up for success from the get-go.


Miles & Points @ TravelCon 2019

While TravelCon is very much geared towards the wider travel community (i.e., those who travel the “normal” way by paying full fare for flights and hotels!), I’m honoured to be representing the Miles & Points community at TravelCon alongside Stefan from Rapid Travel Chai, Tiffany from One Mile at a Time, and Gary from View from the Wing

Together, we’ll be participating in a panel about the ins and outs of running a blog or website focused on Miles & Points. Stefan, Tiffany, and Gary have been in this business for a very long time, and have achieved immense success covering the US landscape.

I’ll be reppin’ the Canadian side of the game, and will be hoping to bring some fresh perspectives to the table as the relative junior within the group.

We’ll be covering topics like growing your points blog, the various business models employed by those who spread the joy of travelling on Miles & Points online, and maintaining a fair relationship with both your advertisers and credit card affiliates and your reader base (i.e., balancing short-term income with long-term reputation and viability). 

If you follow our particular corner of the “blogosphere” closely, you’ll know that there’s been a fair bit of intrigue among some of the bigger players in recent times, so I expect there to be some very interesting conversations on the panel for sure. 


How Much Are TravelCon Tickets?

If you’re interested in attending, whether it’s to learn more about starting your own travel blog, growing your existing one, or simply to meet some of your favourite travel content creators out there, you can secure the special early-bird Creator Ticket price of US$399 until April 30, 2019.

On top of that, there’s also a promotion code for US$50 off your ticket price specifically for followers of the speakers at the event. Simply use the code 50off at checkout, and combined with the early bird discount, that means you can get a ticket for only US$349.

 
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The ticket price isn’t cheap by any means, but it covers three full days of sessions and workshops, lunches at the event, evening receptions and parties, access to the expo hall where you can network with advertisers and travel providers, and the virtual pass with online recordings of all the sessions that you can view at any time after the event.

After April 30, the Creator Ticket price will rise to US$449 (with the 50off discount), so now’s the time to get your tickets if you’re interested in attending.

There’s also a Virtual Pass priced at US$149, which I suspect might be a better fit for those of you who’d be interested in the content but not necessarily making your way down to Boston for a three-day conference. The sessions will be recorded and posted online about a week after the event for you to view at any time. 

Full disclosure – I receive no compensation for promoting the event tickets, but I do get a commission if you purchase the US$149 Virtual Pass through my link


Conclusion

I’m excited to be participating in TravelCon 2019 and contributing to another successful event in its second annual edition, and I hope to see a few of you there.

While this won’t be the type of event where Miles & Points is the focus, it’s the perfect place to learn the ropes if you’ve been considering starting your own travel-related project. Who knows, maybe it’ll even inspire some new Canadian points blogs – healthy competition is always good for the industry! 😉