I’m happy to announce that Family Travel for Real Life (FT4RL) is returning to Orlando. We had so much fun in and around Disney that going back was a no-brainer. FT4RL 6 will be May 6 at the Hyatt Place Orlando Airport. Tickets available here. Sessions will be Saturday from 9:30-5 with lunch and afternoon snack included in admission. We will also have events Friday night and Saturday night so everyone can get to the all important business of meeting and greeting your Twitter friends IRL.
Early May is a terrific time to visit Disney as the weather is not too hot and is during the Epcot flower and garden festival. If you’re not interested in paying for park tickets there’s still tons to do, and not just for kids.
9:30-9:45: FT4RL: State of the Hobby
9:45-10:45: Jason Steele, Dad of 3 and senior writer on The Points Guy among many mainstream publications, on “Cash back is the new black”.
With all the changes in mileage and points programs one thing never changes- free is better! Jason will share tricks and tips on how to maximize convertible currency programs and ways to save beyond the basics.
10:55-11:55: Julianna Barrett, Mom of Tween Boys and Blogger atTravelingInspired.com: “Sporting and Special Event Travel on Miles and Points”.
Making those high demand moments possible takes special skills. Julianna has been there and done that- and is happy to share her expertise.
1:10-2:10: Yours truly on “Second Cities: travel beyond LondonParisRomeNewYorkHawaiiDisney”.
I’ll share some of my favorite spots around the world that don’t get enough coverage in the mainstream travel hacking community. I’ll also give you tips on how to find your own second city destinations.
2:20-3:20: Ari Charlstein, Dad of a toddler and founder of AwardMagic: Multi-Generation and Large Family Travel on Miles and Points.
Sometimes even 4 tickets isn’t enough! Ari will share his favorite methods of finding space for the entire family- whether you’re a couple or the Duggars.
3:20-3:40: Afternoon Break
3:40-4:40: Shawn Coomer, Dad of a toddler and teenager and founder of Miles to Memories: “Hacking Theme Parks around the World (and we mean the World- not just Disney World!)”.
Many of you who know Shawn as a popular blogger might not know about his life-long obsession with theme parks. He’s the first one I know who has written a complete review of Shanghai Disneyland for travel hackers.
4:40-5:00: Ask the Speakers
I’m thrilled that we have so many original topics and that Ari and Juliana are new FT4RL speakers. It’s my goal for FT4RL to bring creative content to the table so alumni get something new out of the conference as well as newbies.
Will you join us at FT4RL? Have any questions? Fire away in the comments. And if you’re an alum, feel free to share your impressions (good and bad, I can take it) for others to get an idea of the event. (And if you lost the Alumni promo code, be sure to send me a DM so you get your discount!)
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