WITS in Orange County ?

In March, I attended the one and only Women in Travel Summit (WITS) in Irvine, CA. Weeks leading up to the event, I was beyond excited to be surrounded by a sisterhood of women who share the same passions for travel as I do. I couldn’t wait to learn from these ladies and from the various classes offered. Additionally, I was stoked to explore new territory! Orange county always sounded like utopia, and I couldnt wait to experience for myself.

The summit also allowed me to reconnect with an old friend from Middle School! Yes, we hadnt seen eachother in 16 years and yes we spent the weekend together attending the summit and sharing a hotel room! ?

Here is a recap of the weekend in Orange County:

I arrived friday around lunchtime and checked in at Hotel Irvine. Then Alaina and I set out to explore. The day was glorious with the sun shining so we decided to jet off to Temecula, SoCal’s Wine Country, about an hour 15 away.

Miramonte was the perfect winery for what we were looking for. Amazing wine and amazing views! ?

Saturday was the first full day of the summit. At the introductory session, all of us travel obsessed attendees were showered with a MONTMARTRE+ tote filled with goodies! 

The rest of the day was filled with breakout sessions such as: Ethical Travel & Responsible Volunteering, Becoming a Social Media Rockstar, and How to Create Differentiated Products. Inspiring ladies shared their tips and tricks to successful travel blogging. In between breakout sessions we networked and visited various sponsorship booths. One of my favorites was the photobooth from Photobooth Supply Co.

After the sessions completed, my friends and I wound down and relaxed around Laguna Beach with some wine and apps at The Deck.

Saturday evening, WITS planned an adventerous night out for us in Newport Beach with a scavenger hunt orgnized through Strayboots. We competed on teams against our fellow summit attendees.

Sunday was filled with addittional breakout sessions where I learned about Instagram, How to be a Mom and Travel, and How to Spice up a WordPress site. Hotel Irvine provided an amazing brunch and I was able to continue networking with some amazing and inspiring women!

Since WITS is a “travel summit” it wouldn’t be appropriate for the summit to stay stationary. Therefore, each year, a few cities battle eachother and convince attendees to vote for their city to host the next year’s WITS. The friendly competition was exciting and attendees were given complimentary portable device chargers, hand massages, t-shirts, and mardi gras beads from the cities competing to host next year’s WITS.
Congrats to Milwaukee as winner for next year’s conference! See you there! ?

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