WITS (the Women in Travel Summit) is the world’s only summit for women travel influencers, creators, and brands to meet, network, and grow their skills. We help connect women influencers, bloggers, and creators together while simultaneously providing them with great tools, networking opportunities with some top companies looking to work with bloggers, and valuable inspiration and support.
WITS is the creation of Wanderful, a global network for women travelers. We help connect women travelers together (and not just bloggers and entrepreneurs either) by providing a safe and trusted forum for them to share travel tips, exchange stories, and just be with a community of women who understand what it is to be a woman abroad.
Wanderful members get a discount to WITS as well as a number of other amazing perks like exclusive access to webinars, events in our 21+ chapters, and more, so consider joining our community here.
Sessions are offered at beginner and advanced levels and will be broken up into three tracks: The Entrepreneur, The Blogger, and The Traveler. Here’s what you can expect to learn about:
Lifestyle: For the woman of the world and the woman looking to get to know the world. This track features travel logistics, tips for immersing yourself in new places, and ideas on how to give back when traveling.
Media: For the woman who wants to take her blog to the next level and the brand that wants to work with online writers. This track features running your blog as a business, the tech side of blogging, and advice on how to work with brands and CVBs.
Entrepreneurship: For the empire-builder and go-getter who wants the freedom to work independently from anywhere in the world. This track features business strategies, marketing tips, and workshops on building a location independent lifestyle.
Every travel-loving woman or ally is more than welcome to come! You do not have to be a woman to attend, though the summit and all related activities will be focused on women in travel. At the summit you’ll find bloggers, travelers, writers, creators, PR/brand representatives, entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, developers, coders, videographers and photographers, teachers, and more.
At WITS, we are firmly committed to diversity, intersectionality, and inclusion. We aim to make our events inclusive for attendees of any ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender, expression, or ability.
There are four ways you can get involved:
3) Volunteer with us. (Volunteer applications will open in early 2017.)
4) Spread the word. Do you know a person, company, or brand who you think should come to WITS? Tell them!
Check out our partnerships kit! We are seeking inspired companies that are interested in growing or enhancing their relationship with women travelers, or working with travel bloggers.
Partnership opportunities include online promotions, booth space, giveaways, official parties, coffee hours, tours, and more. The attached kit is just a taste; we encourage you to Ana at ana [at] sheswanderful [dot] com to discuss how we can give your brand the exposure it deserves.
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Access to any session you’d like to attend, entry to all of our official parties and events, breakfast, coffee breaks and our famous Sunday Brunch, plus the opportunity to network with amazing influencers and brands, the chance to snag a ticket for some special city tours and events happening over the weekend, entry into a weekend-long giveaway, and a TON of free swag (seriously, we’re known for our swag). And that’s not even everything!
General Admission tickets are for empowered travelers and travel companies.
Discounted blogger + influencer tickets are available for influencers who will be covering WITS on social media and their websites during the summit.
We will also have a limited number of media and press tickets available for journalists interested in covering WITS in major publications. If you’d like to inquire about a press ticket, please contact ariel [at] sheswanderful [dot] com.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer ticket refunds, cancellations, or transfers ourselves at this time. All ticket sales are final. However, if you would like to give or transfer your ticket to someone else after purchasing it, you can do so yourself by following this step-by-step guide. Additionally, if you have purchased a ticket but also apply and then are selected to either speak or volunteer, your purchased ticket will be refunded.
Contact us at the bottom of our homepage and we’ll see if we can work it out!
A limited number of volunteers will be offered free tickets to WITS in exchange for their service at the event. Check back in early 2017 for our volunteer application!
As of right now there is no group travel rate or plan. Official summit activities begin on the evening of Friday, April 21st and will last through the late afternoon of Sunday, April 23rd. FAM trips, tours, and meetups will be scheduled before and after this timeframe, as well as a few new pre- and post-conference sessions on Friday and Monday, so feel free to stay a while. These events are organized independently from official summit activities. We’ll be announcing these as the summit approaches, so plan accordingly if you’d like to participate.
The Hilton Milwaukee City Center is our official hotel partner, and the host of WITS ‘17. Staying there will ensure you’re close to the action. All WITS sessions will take place at the Hilton, and most parties and summit-related activities will also happen at the hotel. Our room block guarantees the exclusive room rate of just $149/night starting three days before and ending three days after WITS ’17. You can book your room at our special booking link here.
You can also visit our Facebook group to meet other attendees before the summit and look for a roommate. It’s a great way to make a new friend before WITS ‘17 even starts.
In general, Milwaukee is a very walkable city and you will not need access to a car while you’re here. When you’re booking travel to Milwaukee, check out our guide on how to get to WITS to find the best and easiest route.
There is no official dress code for WITS, but we recommend attendees dress business casual. You’ll be networking with and meeting other bloggers, travelers, and organization/brand reps, after all! We also recommend bringing something to take notes with, whether that be a laptop, tablet, phone, or notebook – whatever is most comfortable for you!
Yes! We’re excited to offer free WiFi for all attendees at the summit.
Visit our Facebook group to meet other attendees, make connections, and plan your visit with new friends! If you’re interested in being contacted by our sponsors before WITS, be sure to check that box when purchasing your ticket.
We’ll release a preliminary version of the WITS schedule in late 2016, and add day trips, press visits, and other activities through early 2017. Keep an eye out on our website or join our mailing list to make sure you see it as soon as it’s up. You can also take a look at last year’s schedule here.
Every WITS attendee will be automatically entered into a general giveaway at the summit. This includes all general attendees, speakers, brand or organization representatives, volunteers, and planning team members. We will be giving away prizes during plenary sessions throughout the weekend, and you must be present if your name is called in order to claim your prize.
We may also have special giveaways for specific prizes throughout the weekend. We’ll be sure to let all attendees know how to register for these during the summit!
As of right now, breakfast on Saturday, as well as coffee breaks and our famous Sunday Brunch will be offered at the summit. Locations for lunch and dinner off-site will be recommended as we near our WITS date. This information is subject to change (but you can count on always having breakfast and coffee!).
Part of our commitment to diversity also includes a commitment to accessibility. If you require any assistance (including dietary specifications, physical assistance, visual or audio aid, etc), please share this in the appropriate section when purchasing your ticket.
At this point, we will not be live-streaming WITS or recording any of the sessions in full. If that changes, we will gladly let you know!