When you’re a blogger, you’re encouraged to attend conferences to network with major brands and find out the latest industry trends. I made a last minute decision to attend So Fab Con in Rogers, AR last week. Roundtrip airfare on a direct flight from Delta Airlines was almost $700. So I made the fiscally responsible decision to go by car. While driving for approximately 11 hours each way was not my idea travel situationl, I got there safely, learned a lot, and networked with the Collective Bias community that’s connected me with incredible sponsors and Twitter Party opportunities. Check out my video featuring the perks of driving to a blogging conference vs. flying:
Driving to a Blogging Conference
Here’s a quick recap of why you may consider driving vs. flying to a blogging, homeschooling or work-related conference.
1. Save on airfare by driving.
2. No lost luggage.
3. Prevent the wear and tear on your car for long road trips by renting a vehicle. I got a great deal on Priceline by bidding on a low daily rate. I took Atlanta’s public transportation system, MARTA, to the airport and picked up the vehicle. Bloggers: this may be a great opportunity to consider reviewing a vehicle for your trip. I’ve been fortunate enough to review the 2014 Kia Sorento when my family drove to Mississippi last summer.
4. Set your own schedule vs. following the airlines schedule. Let’s say you’d like to stay an additional day to tour your host city. That’s very easy if you drive!
5. Road trip! See parts if the country vs flying over them. I would never have seen the Arkansas landscape if I didn’t drive. Need a place to stay? See if you can get a discount at a hotel or rent someone’s home while they’re away with AirBNB. I stayed in a rental last year for my #FiguringOut40LA series that included visits to Chelsea Lately, The Grove and taking the TMA tour!
Comment below: What’s been your experience flying or driving to a conference? Was your luggage lost or did your car break down? Did it influence the way you travel from now on?
Special thanks to Mandi from Chewsy Lovers who was my “wing woman” for the 1500+ mile roundtrip ride to Rogers, AR!