TravelCon Update: New Speakers, Sponsors, Workshops & More!

TravelCon Update: New Speakers, Sponsors, Workshops & More!

Oneika the Traveler on stage at TravelCon with a keynote speech

In less than two months, our big travel conference, TravelCon, is kicking off! TravelCon is a three-day conference that connects media with industry leaders, influencers, and celebrated writers through keynote speeches, small-group writing and photography workshops, breakout tutorials, networking events, and industry panels.

So, if you’re in the travel industry, this conference is the place to meet brands, connect with your peers, and learn practical, to-the-point strategies to build your audience, increase your traffic, and more. to earn money.

This year’s conference is hosted by Memphis Tourism from April 29 to May 1, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee.

We’ve got a ton of updates for you since we last wrote a month ago:


We have over 50 confirmed speakers and have completed our keynote speakers! Here’s who to expect at the event:

keynote speakers

Pauline Frommer


Jeff Goins

Author, real artists don’t starve

Pico Iyer


Nicole Walters

business coach

Breakout speakers

faith adiele

Author, Meeting with Faith

Karen Akpan

The mother trotter

Bani Amor

travel writer

Alexandra Baackes

Alex in Wanderland

Derek Baron

wandering count

Casey barks

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Gabby Beckford

Packs of light

Jade Broadus

Travel mentality

Colby Brown


Joshua Bush

Avenue Two Travel

Jason Cochran


Mike Corey

Fearless and Far

Annemarie Dooling


Brennan Dunno

Legal notice

Meagen Eisenberg


Lawrence Ferber


Cal Fussman


Don George

Author, The Way of Wanderlust

Lebawit Lily Girma


Erica Hackman

Nomadic network

Monet Hambrick

The traveling child

Dalene and Pete Heck

Road trip Alberta

Joseph Hernandez


Milton Howery III

Memphis Tourism

Marcus Hibdon

Portland Travel

Anne & Mike Howard


Sheri Howell


Jeff Jenkins

Chubby Diaries

Alexandra Jimenez

Travel Fashion Girl

Ciara Johnson

Hey Ciara

Christine Kaaloa


Richard Kerr


Nadya Khoja

This is Nadya

AJ Kinney

Matador Network

Cory Lee

Sidewalk-free with Cory Lee

Travis Levius

Freelance Writer

Sylvia Longmire

Spin the globe

Kelly Louise

Impact Travel Alliance

Avagail Lozano

Avagail Adventures

Rachelle Lucas

The travel bite

Kristin Luna

Camels & Chocolate

Doug Mack

Author, The Not Quite States of America

Mickela Mallozzi

Bare feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Chris Mercer

Chris Oldfield

Nomadic Matt

Angie Ortho

Angie gone

Nils Parker

brass pane

All Pierce

All abroad

Amy Pool

Playa project

Carmela Resuma


Catarina Rivera

Blind Latina

Patricia Serrano

Fresh traveler

Kelly Soderlund


Charu Suric


Somto Ugwueze

Somto is looking for

Amanda Williams

Dangerous things

Benet Wilson

The Points Guy

Valerie Joy Wilson

Trusted Travel Gal

You can find all their bios and more about them by clicking here.


Our program is now live! Click here to see how the days will unfold, what the speakers will be talking about and what you will learn in each lecture. We have three days of very robust programming designed to teach you what you need to know to develop professionally, grow your career and make more money.

Some of our conversations are:

  • How to Successfully Run Small Group Tours
  • How to Crush It on TikTok
  • How do you create stories that captivate people?
  • How to build online communities
  • How to grow your business with a team
  • Advanced SEO
  • Google Analytics
  • Self publish
  • Creating Successful IG Partnerships

We’re still having a conversation about reels, how the TikTok algorithm works, creating courses, and physical products are coming too!


We will have nearly 40 sponsors this year. You can meet, network and close deals with them. Here’s a list of who’s coming so far:

We have more on the way! Some other sponsors that have been confirmed but not yet have their logos include Alabama Tourism, Banff Tourism, Crabtree & Everlyn, Safety Wing, Get Your Guide, Go Rving, Seeker and TripActions.

Workshop information

As we have done in recent years, we will be giving photography and writing workshops. These are intensive, hands-on, half-day classes that take place the day before the main event (April 28). Space is limited to 20 people per class and these workshops are subject to a $99 USD fee.

You can learn more about the writing workshop leaders by clicking here (we are still drafting our photography workshop leaders). Registrations open on March 28.

Some other highlights

There’s a lot of other cool stuff happening at this year’s TravelCon, including:

  • More than 15 niche meetings
  • Two awesome parties
  • A scavenger hunt around Memphis
  • Pre and Post Conference FAM Tours of Memphis and the Region
  • And a few more surprises that I don’t want to spoil!

If you’re a travel maker, TravelCon is the place to be! I created it as a way to bring in experts inside and outside the travel industry who can help you grow your business, make more money, and improve your skills. It’s a continuing education conference that will change your career.

So come to this event, mingle with your colleagues, close deals and create the connections you need for continued success.

You can get your ticket here. They are limited, so get them while you still can! We are 40% sold out!

And if you have any questions, drop me an email at

– Matt

Book your trip: logistics tips and tricks

Book your flight

Find a cheap flight with Skyscanner. It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the world, so you always know that no stone is left unturned.

Book your accommodation

You can book your hostel at Hostelworld. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guest houses and cheap hotels.

Don’t forget the travel insurance

Travel insurance protects you against illness, injury, theft and cancellations. It is comprehensive protection in case something goes wrong. I never travel without it as I have had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

  • SafetyWing (best for everyone)
  • Insure my trip (for over 70s)
  • Medjet (for additional evacuation coverage)

Ready to book your trip?

Check out my resources page for the best companies to use when you travel. I make a list of all the ones I use when I travel. They are best in class and you can’t go wrong with them on your trip.

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