The Top Travel Writing and Blogging Conferences

by Travel Writing World
Travel Writing Conferences

It is important for aspiring and professional travel writers, bloggers, YouTubers, and content creators to attend travel writing conferences. 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.

Attending a travel writing conference is one of the best investments you can make for your professional development.

While a few of the leading travel writing and blogging associations in North America organize major conferences and therefore require memberships to attend, there are some notable independent conferences that are open for all to attend.

Who should attend these conferences? Any creative “content creator” like travel writers, travel journalists, travel photographers, travel podcasters, travel bloggers, travel influencers, travel YouTubers, and other traveling creatives.

Below are a few of the top travel writing and blogging conferences.

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

For the past 28 years, award-winning travel writers have descended upon the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference, where they 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.

TravelCon

TravelCon is back after a brief hiatus. During the 2022 keynote address, TravelCon founder “Nomadic Matt” lamented that 2022 would be the conference’s final year. In late 2023, FinCon (a leading financial content creators’ community and conference) acquired TravelCon from Nomadic Matt. The conference is marketed to the “content creator” segment (“travel influencers, bloggers, YouTubers, podcasters, authors, and creators” per the website) who want to level-up their game.

Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) Conference

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.  

North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) 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.

Society of American Travel Writing (SATW) Convention

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. 

Travel & Words

Travel & Words is a regional travel and lifestyle writers’ conference held in the Northwest United States every year. It is on the smaller side, but it offers media trips for select participants like the other conferences above. If you live in the Northeast, don’t look this one over.


Should we add other travel writing conferences to this list? Get in touch with us!

Last Updated on 20 January 2024 by Travel Writing World

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