Women in Travel Summit

The first and only travel blogging summit by and for women. Brought to you by Wanderful.


March 18-20, 2016

Southern California - Hotel Irvine

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Wanderful

Wanderful

Wanderful is an international community of adventurous, independent, globally minded women who travel. We believe that travel is the key to global understanding and our community provides a safe and reliable forum for women to share their travel experiences, ask questions and establish friendships both on and off the web. We value adventure, world citizenship and sisterhood. Our goal is to create a strong network of women that can connect with Wanderful anywhere in the world.

Wanderful

Host Sponsor

Destination Irvine

Destination Irvine

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   As the official Destination Marketing Organization for Irvine, the mission of Destination Irvine is to partner with the tourism and hospitality industry to brand and promote Irvine as a preferred overnight destination in Southern California for groups, sports events, leisure visitors and business travelers. Destination Irvine’s goals are designed to enhance the economy of the city of Irvine through sustained growth in tourism spending, resulting in an increase in economic impact. About Irvine Located in the center of Orange County, Calif., Irvine is a convenient gateway to a true Southern California vacation. Visitors can enjoy miles of hiking and biking trails, golf, shopping, culture, diverse dining, activities and the city’s close proximity to the area’s popular beaches and attractions.

Destination Irvine

Destination Finalist

Cabarrus County

Cabarrus County

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Get ready to race from the ordinary! Here, small town charm meets big city adventure. Known as “Where Racing Lives,” Cabarrus County is home to an unequaled concentration of motorsports attractions including Charlotte Motor Speedway, NASCAR Race Shops and Dale Earnhardt’s hometown of Kannapolis.

Cabarrus County
Huntsville

Huntsville

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website Huntsville, Alabama – a centrally located southern city known as “Rocket City, USA” has gained a reputation for bucking stereotypes…and embracing diversity and innovation. If you’ve heard of Huntsville, you probably know us for being home to the Earth’s largest space museum – the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and world-famous Space Camp®. We’re the city NASA chose to develop the mighty Saturn V Moon Rocket that took humans to the moon and back. We’re also the city that today is leading the effort to send humans to Mars – overseeing the creation of the largest rocket humans have ever built. As one local blogger recently put it “Your city has a skyline. Ours has a space line” in reference to the 36 story tall Saturn V replica that greets visitors.

Huntsville
Shreveport

Shreveport

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Shreveport-Bossier: Louisiana’s Other Side is one of the happiest cities in the South, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study. It’s because the people are affable, festivals raucous, and the story ideas for the Women in Travel Summit (WITS) limitless. This area has a storied past and rich present day cultural offerings. The Louisiana Hayride, a radio show broadcast from the Municipal Auditorium, birthed the careers of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams and more. Today the beautiful, lovingly restored building offers music tours, concerts, and events. Just visit any of the more than two dozen attractions and the story of a resilient people, who have thrived along the banks of the Red River, will leap out at you.

Shreveport
Milwaukee

Milwaukee

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Milwaukee is a great value, our city features big-city entertainment at small-town prices. Milwaukee offers the one-of-a-kind attractions that make visits memorable, including the world’s only Harley-Davidson Museum, the lively atmosphere of the Milwaukee Public Market and the soaring wings of the acclaimed Milwaukee Art Museum.

Milwaukee

Official Luggage Sponsor

DELSEY

DELSEY

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   An iconic brand, DELSEY is a French company and a creator of baggage since 1946. For 70 years DELSEY has offered consumers cases which bring together quality and audacious design. DELSEY creates ingenious baggage designed to accompany travelers wherever they go and to adapt to all types of journey, both professional and personal. With a strong know-how, the brand is behind numerous innovations recognized by important prizes in the design world. DELSEY combines style and functionality to create products that reflect the personality of each consumer. Today DELSEY is present on 5 continents and in more than 110 countries. A DELSEY bag is sold every 10 seconds.

DELSEY

Brunch Sponsor

Corning Gorilla Glass

Corning Gorilla Glass

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   The sick feeling of dropping a phone and breaking the screen is all too common. Which is why Corning’s top scientists performed thousands of hours of tests to understand how and why glass breaks when dropped. Then we developed a way to deliver dramatically improved performance against drops on rough surfaces. How dramatic? In lab tests, Gorilla Glass 4 withstood such drops up to 2X better than competitive glass designs. And our drop tests are the toughest in the industry, conducted on rough surfaces that best approximate the real world of jagged streets, sidewalks and parking lots. So when your whole life is on your device, help protect it with our toughest cover glass yet.

Corning Gorilla Glass

Exhibitor

Contiki

Contiki

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Contiki is the world leader in travel experiences for 18-35s since 1962. Operating in more than 50 countries around the world, Contiki is all about introducing young people to those epic moments that create a lifetime of memories and make every second count. Our journeys unlock the local way of life in each and every destination we visit, with every day as the start of a new adventure. You only get one life and one shot to make it count – #NOREGRETS. For more information, visit www.contiki.com.

Contiki
DreamHost

DreamHost

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Since 1997 DreamHost has helped entrepreneurs and developers the world over bring their dreams to life on the Internet. From domain registrations to web hosting and even powerful cloud storage and computing services, more than 400,000 customers trust DreamHost to be their online home. Packed with unbelievable value, DreamHost is the best place to launch a blog, website, or web application into the stratosphere. Learn more at www.DreamHost.com.

DreamHost
IZEA

IZEA

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   IZEA connects Creators across various social platforms with leading brands for sponsorship opportunities. Brands receive influential content and engaging, shareable stories that drive awareness. Creators are compensated for their participation and partnership. We work with two types of Creators:

  1. Influencers: IZEA provides bloggers, Viners, Instagrammers, YouTubers and other online personalities the ability to monetize their online influence. Use our marketplace to connect with brands you love for sponsorship.
  2. Journalists: IZEA connects professional journalists, photographers and videographers to companies hungry for quality content. We provide pad content creation opportunities working with publishers and brands.
Interested in being part of the IZEA network? Get in contact with us today!

IZEA
Clothing Arts

Clothing Arts

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Designed by travelers for travelers, Clothing Arts creates travel apparel to get you there in style. Our technical fabrics dry quickly, shrug off wrinkles, repel stains and odors, and our patented pocket-designs keep your valuables secure. Staunch believers in slow fashion for life on the go, a Clothing Arts garment will wear well for 15-20 years. Known for our Pick-Pocket Proof™ pants – over 40k pairs travel the world – we continue to grow our line to make clothes that travelers wear at home and abroad. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Come visit us at WITS16- our ladies’ line is expanding hugely this year! Check out what’s coming and let us know what you want out of your next travel outfit.

Clothing Arts
Global Rescue

Global Rescue

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Global Rescue is a worldwide provider of integrated medical, security, intelligence, travel risk management and crisis response services to individuals, enterprises and governments. Founded in partnership with Johns Hopkins Medicine, Global Rescue's unique operational model provides best-in-class services that identify, monitor and respond to potential threats. Global Rescue has provided medical and security support to clients during every globally significant crisis of the last decade. Memberships start at $119 and entitle members to rescue and transport services to their home hospital of choice. For more information, call +1-617-459-4200 or visit www.globalrescue.com.

Global Rescue

Supporter

Quebec City

Quebec City

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage treasure, is walkable and safe. Stroll the only walled city north of Mexico and its cobblestone streets.

Quebec City
Rodney Strong Vineyards

Rodney Strong Vineyards

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   ​Official Wine Sponsor - Just south of the quaint town of Healdsburg, Rodney Strong’s winery and tasting room are nestled in the sweeping vineyards of Russian River Valley. Join us to experience Sonoma County – taste the exceptional quality of our wines, take a tour or join us for one of our many events held throughout the year.

Rodney Strong Vineyards
Diane Kroe

Diane Kroe

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Travel Refined Fashion – Toronto based designer Diane Kroe has created the ultimate collection of travel inspired designs. Featuring rich colours and stunning prints, each piece is light weight, wrinkle resistant and offers easy, seamless transformation options for women who love to travel light.  Each garment is ethically made to order in Toronto Canada. Our collection is timeless and most designs can be worn year round, so you can truly do more with less!

Diane Kroe
Greenheart Travel

Greenheart Travel

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and check out greenhearttravel.org to learn more about how you can travel for a change. Look for our Greenheart stickers at WITS16 and let’s talk about meaningful travel experiences!

Greenheart Travel

Non-Profit and Startup Exhibitor

Faretrotter

Faretrotter

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Search planes, trains, and automobiles and so much more!

Faretrotter
Vayando

Vayando

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Connecting Curious Travelers with Micro-Entrepreneurs in Emerging Economies Around the World. Learn more about Vayando here.

Vayando
Kiva

Kiva

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Over the past 10 years, over 1.3 million people have loaned over $825 million to over 1.9 million entrepreneurs and students in as many as 91 countries. These loans are paid back over 98% of the time, and when they are, the lenders can withdraw the funds or relend them to others. Kiva makes it possible to change lives one loan at a time.

Kiva
Centrigo

Centrigo

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Centrigo is a travel planning platform used by travel experts, travel businesses and travelers to create, collaborate, plan and share amazing travel itineraries.

Centrigo
Agev Co

Agev Co

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Agev Co is a healing crystal jewelry line that creates pieces that prosper in an abundance of positive and healing energy, while making you feel beautiful.

Agev Co
Soul Escape

Soul Escape

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Soul Escape is a new online boutique and community serving the girl-on-the-go who wants to see the world. We offer a highly curated selection of travel-inspired designer clothing and accessories that blend the on-the-go priorities of comfort and ease while still getting fashionably creative with global prints and trends. Soul Escape style is effortless, sexy, and whether at home or abroad, any woman can embrace the look. We aim to help our globetrotting customers look beautiful while respecting budgets by choosing affordable luxury fashion brands and offering a strong loyalty program with constant reward opportunities.

Soul Escape
Guidrr

Guidrr

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Guidrr is a new way to create, share and discover on-demand experiences built by the real people you already follow and trust. Our vision is to enable peer to peer influencers to become the new gatekeepers to the $1.4 Trillion travel industry, the world’s largest. For online influencers in the travel & local blogger world, Guidrr enables them to build, price and share beautiful mobile self-guiding experiences that can be marketed to their following as in-app purchases inside the free Guidrr iOS app. Experiences can also be sponsored by brands who want to work with influencers to build engaging, mobile experiences inside the new Experience Economy. Guidrr was founded by serial entrepreneur Aassia Haq, who is recognized as a female founder to watch by tech site Product Hunt. She’s also a passionate solo traveler and an author of travel experiences in her own right. When she’s not globe-trotting or working on the Guidrr business, she’s busy trying new foods or dreaming about her next travel destination. To meet some of Guidrr’s global community of creators, visit this free experience inside our app!

Guidrr
TripGrid

TripGrid

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Travel is fun and exciting and we feel that planning your adventures should be as carefree and enjoyable as the trip itself. TripGrid will be the one place where you can store, organize and collaborate on everything travel in your life. Regardless of whether it is for business or pleasure, everything you have ever needed for travel can live in one intuitive workspace so you will no longer loose valuable time organizing it all yourself. Please be a part of our journey as we post tips for planning travel on Facebook. Sign up on TripGrid.com to be involved in our early Beta testing and help shape the product that you need for planning a life of travel.

TripGrid
MightyMongoose

MightyMongoose

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Wouldn’t it be sweet to just swoop into a city and take in the sights, sounds and events on your terms? As the complete ticketing resource for planning an excursion, MightyMongoose™ gives you that power. You can plan ahead, or choose to be spontaneous, nimble and resourceful. You can search by types of attractions, the times you’re looking for, and the kind of group you’ve got. Get same-day tickets to a city tour; see that Broadway show everyone’s talking about; or lock in V.I.P. access to the band your daughter’s been dying to see. Accessing the most tickets at the guaranteed best prices—MightyMongoose™ empowers you to have the most fun possible, when you want to have it. Connect with us on FacebookInstagramGoogle PlusPinterest and Twitter.

MightyMongoose
Israel Gov Ministry of Tourism

Israel Gov Ministry of Tourism

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   The Israel Government Ministry of Tourism functions to assist those needing information and resources for the development of travel to Israel. We work with media, travel industry, religious organizations and others wishing direction for the planning of travel.

Israel Gov Ministry of Tourism

Media Partner

Hostelling International

Hostelling International

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Whether you're a backpacker, on a gap year, travelling as a student, touring as a family or simply looking for a holiday - Hostelling International can help. From private rooms to a dorm bed for the night with shared facilities, all HI hostels meet assured standards which guarantee good quality safe accommodation at affordable prices. Browse our hostel destination suggestions, get inspired by activities and events - then choose your accommodation package. We at Hostelling International look forward to welcoming you soon.

Hostelling International
Small Planet Studio

Small Planet Studio

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Small Planet Studio is a personal and professional development company for global adventurers. This spring we’re launching a creative workbook that will make your next re-entry experience a smoother, more enlightening one. Travel is the catalyst but re-entry is where the real transformation takes place! The first step? Start with our free #GlobalYou365 journaling challenge: http://smallplanetstudio.com/global-you-365/

Small Planet Studio
Travel Blog Success

Travel Blog Success

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Travel Blog Success is an online course and community that helps travel bloggers bring their work to the next level. Whether you’re just setting up your first WordPress site or diving into a new skill, like videography or freelance writing, we have the information and advice to help you succeed. With over six years of experience in helping bloggers turn their blogs into businesses and their dreams into realities, Travel Blog Success has fostered the most supportive community of travel bloggers online. Our courses are regularly updated to provide the most recent advice and reflect the ever-changing industry trends, and we provide our members with additional materials each month, including webinars and recorded interviews from leading professionals in travel media. Check out what’s included in a membership to TBS, or one of our new partner courses, and let’s get to work on making your travel blog a success.

Travel Blog Success
Travel Massive

Travel Massive

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Travel Massive connects thousands of travel insiders to meet, learn and collaborate at events all around the world. We have over 100 cities around the world organizing local networking events – join our platform and connect to a city near you!

Travel Massive
Spark Ventures

Spark Ventures

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Spark Ventures is an innovative non-profit with a mission to provide sustainable solutions that lift communities out of poverty. Our vision is a future where all children have the resources and opportunity to achieve their potential. Through philanthropic investments in social businesses, Spark Ventures leverages charitable contributions to provide ongoing funding for high-impact programming in education, health and nutrition. We call this “business driven philanthropy” and this innovative approach ensures that each dollar contributed results in exponential returns that are reinvested locally to continuously fund critical social programs for years after the initial contribution. Spark Ventures’ Impact Travel offers an opportunity for travelers to see this groundbreaking social enterprise work up close, to engage in meaningful volunteer work with children and local leaders, and to see cultural and natural highlights of the countries where Spark Ventures works (Zambia & Nicaragua). In November 2016 we have designed a five day/four night impact trip to Nicaragua for active women in partnership with She’s Wanderful. This trip will include hands-on volunteer engagement with the children and staff of Las Tías and exposure to the culture and beauty of Nicaragua. For more information, click here and feel free to contact Arnold (aduijzer@sparkventures.org773-293-6710) if you have any questions about Spark Ventures or the trip.

Spark Ventures

Event Partner

Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari

Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Special discount for the bloggers attending the WITS conference — a one-time 20% discount off our full fare adult ticket ($65.00) for any 2 and 1/2-hour Signature Safari occurring March 15, 2016 through March 22, 2016.

Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari
EscapeX Room

EscapeX Room

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Step into a place frozen in time–where things don’t seem quite right. Objects appear to move on their own and an eerie chill always seems to loom in the air. Dubbed Murder Manor by local media reports, this condemned building remained empty after the disappearance of the Cain family. Neighbors still report seeing shadowy figures pass through the residence, as the Cain family spirits have been doomed to spend eternity in the Manor. It is now up to you to reunite the Cain family and lay their spirits to rest. If you dare…

EscapeX Room
AnQi

AnQi

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Asian fusion small plates & noodles are served in a chic, clubby space with its own fashion catwalk.

AnQi
Lyft

Lyft

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Wherever you’re headed, count on Lyft for rides in minutes.The Lyft app matches you with local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go.

Lyft
La Vida Laguna

La Vida Laguna

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   La Vida Laguna offers kayak, paddleboard, & surf lessons, rentals and tours. They launch from one of the calmest, wave-protected coves into the beautiful Laguna coastline, with a stunning array of sea life; abundant kelp forests, pods of dolphin, colonies of sea lions, and a robust population of blue and grey whales.

La Vida Laguna
Photo Booth Supply Co.

Photo Booth Supply Co.

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Some would say that we sell photobooths. We believe that we offer turnkey solutions to expand and grow businesses. Education, marketing materials, and more are included with every purchase to ensure that your investment is made back as soon as possible. Our vision is to help people succeed and create opportunities they never had, so give us a call and see what doors we can open up for you!

Photo Booth Supply Co.
THE RiDE 7D

THE RiDE 7D

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   THE RiDE 7D is an Immersive, Interactive Motion Ride Experience. Each RiDE takes about 6-8 minutes which includes loading time into the simulator, instructions and safety check and unloading out of the simulator.You will feel the thrill of a rollercoaster and the excitement of a state-of-the-art laser blasting game all in one!

THE RiDE 7D
The Nail Truck

The Nail Truck

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   The Nail Truck was created for the busy girl who does not have the extra time in her day to drive to a nail salon. We know how precious your time is but we also know the importance of keeping your fingers and toes looking fabulous. So we drive to your corporate campus and park, allowing you to book your treatment in between meetings, during lunch, or after work. Not only is your time important to us, but we also are focused on the highest quality treatment and service for your complete satisfaction.

The Nail Truck
South Coast Plaza

South Coast Plaza

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Renowned as a major global destination, South Coast Plaza is “Where the World Comes to Shop”. Home to more than 250 prominent boutiques and critically-acclaimed restaurants South Coast Plaza is adjacent to the celebrated Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Its unparalleled collection of diverse retailers, from international luxury icons like Cartier, Chanel, Chopard, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Hermès, and Gucci to famous American brands like Coach, J. Crew, Michael Kors and Tory Burch, along with its customized concierge services, makes it Southern California’s premier shopping experience.

South Coast Plaza
Savor Laguna

Savor Laguna

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Taste your way through the heart of the famous downtown “Village” of Laguna Beach, and discover its artistic ambiance, culture, and history! This guided walking tour with Savor Laguna is a memorable food-tasting experience through delicious and sometimes off-the-beaten-path eateries.

Savor Laguna
Strayboots

Strayboots

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   We started Strayboots based on the idea that exploring your city could be way more fun if you made it into a game. We took that idea and ran with it, and now provide self-guided adventures in over 40 cities across the US and around the world. We take pride in making it our full-time job to help you, your team and your company explore the world in a fun way, enable you to create and share memorable experiences with friends, and provide you with amazing customer service and smiles along the way! Simply put, we love what we do, and love making sure you do too.

Mindful Destinations

Mindful Destinations

View Sponsor Profile Visit Sponsor Website   Welcome to Mindful Destinations: a mindful vegan travel blog inspired by the travels of chief yogi-blogger-in-charge, Jodi Geoghan. Bringing you details, recommendations, reviews and photos of all things vegan & mindful as she travels around the USA, such as restaurants, yoga studios, parks & places to meditate, walk or connect with nature, and more. Find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and find blog posts at MindfulDestinations.com.

Mindful Destinations

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