The Traveler’s Conference (TravCon) for healthcare travelers is a brief two day event in Las Vegas every September. There is a lot to learn and many people to network with. Time is at a premium and it can seem hard to accomplish everything. Here are my tips for maximizing your time and making the most of TravCon.
1. Don’t skip Breakfast
Breakfast and lunch are included in your cost of registration, so do not sleep in and miss it! Breakfast is served for the hour before seminars and speakers begin. Grab a coffee to go to save yourself the high price of food and drinks for purchase in Vegas hotels.
2. Attend seminars
This may seem like a no brainer – you are going to a conference so you are there to attend workshops. However, I will be the first to admit that I have been guilty of skipping seminars to relax or catch up with friends. The seminars at TravCon talk about everything travel healthcare related from tax issues, working with recruiters and lifestyle concerns. They are the educational fundamentals of the conference and offer a gold mind of information as well as CEU’s.
3. Join TravCon Specific Groups
Facebook is full of groups dedicated to travelers going to TravCon. Here are the ones that I know about:
The benefits of these groups is that you can seek out and connect with other travelers at the conference. You can coordinate activities and find partners in crime. I met some of my best friends at TravCon and have participated in many different events through these groups.
4. Go to Sponsored/Outside Events
Technically TravCon is held during the day from Sunday through Tuesday. Outside of the actual conference, there are a multitude of sponsored events occurring before, during and after the conference. Individual travelers, as well as agencies host events outside of the conference including happy hours, dinners, tours of Vegas, hikes, etc. Some of the events are inclusive to all members of the conference and are well advertised. Other events are exclusive to travelers who work for certain companies and may be by invite only.
Personally, I was slow to learn about the sponsored events at TravCon and was happy to my fellow travelers who kept me in the loop about events.
How do you find out about outside events?
- Facebook Groups (as mentioned above) tend to list events
- Ask your agency (s): if you work for or have ties to agencies that are going to TravCon they may have exclusive events for their travelers
- Look for info at the exhibit hall: Usually if a company is hosting an event they will advertise it at their exhibit hall booth. This is how I found out about some happy hours in the past.
5. Arrive Early and Enjoy Las Vegas
As this conference grows, so has the outside activities that surround it. Many travelers arrive days and some even a week early to explore Vegas with like minded people. There is so much to see and explore in Vegas.
I compiled some of my favorite Las Vegas attractions here: Essential Las Vegas Attractions
6. Walk the Exhibit Hall and Engage with Companies
The exhibit hall at TravCon has hundreds of booths for different agencies and companies that are relevant to the travel healthcare industry. It can be loud and a bit of a sensory overload, but very educational if you devote time to it. You may be tempted to “grab and go” aka get the free swag that a booth is offering and leave. However, I encourage you to talk to the representatives at the booths and ask them questions that are relevant to you. Consider bringing business cards if you want to distribute your information . Since there are so many agencies, consider writing notes to yourself as you go about different companies so you can remember later.