(Hint: It’s taken 4 years for me to recover from sightseeing in Dallas with Ruthy…need I say more??)
Of course the option of putting on my sneakers and exploring my new surroundings, in and outside of the hotel holds vast appeal, too LOL!
That’s a quick peek inside game plan for conferences. My advice to any first time attendees, or anyone who doesn’t travel well is learn to ride your stride.
The key to any good conference experience?
Don’t Stress Out!
If it’s financially possible at all, I recommend purchasing the CDs or MP3 set of the conference. Not only do you have the opportunity to hear all the sessions, you can also do that at your leisure. I find slapping on my headphones, tuning in to a workshop that targets my problem area of the day, and taking off for a walk with the dog not only works out my writing issues, but also keeps me walking for the duration of the workshop. Our tubby Corgi benefits from the exercise, too. Win-win.
Now, how many of you are natural night owls? Or do you pour your first cup of coffee at 5:00 in the morning? Consider too, rushing all morning, learning all afternoon, chatting non-stop during dinner, socializing into the wee hours. Is this a normal lifestyle? If it is, more power to you!
Now, on to my favorite topic: Food.
Personally, I love the food offered at the conferences. Nice variety; great desserts. You never walk away hungry. And there’s the problem. It doesn’t take me long to belly up to the buffet for all the mouthwatering options I NEVER have at home.
Not only are you in a different time zone, sleeping in a strange room, playing with old and new friends every waking minute, but realize gourmet food meant to impress awaits you at every turn. Well, maybe not gourmet, but when you live salad-to-salad the rest of the year like I do, sweet and sour sauce drizzled on succulent chicken becomes a 5-star treat.
Chocolate, as always, is a free food. Indulge as opportunity arises : )
I know there are veteran conference goers among us who have war stories of survival to share! Please join in and offer your words of wisdom. We can all use ‘em!!!
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