Attention Travelers: SD Travel Festival

SD Travel Festival website was created to promote the 2014 travel fest. The content below is from the site's archived pages. I had friends who told me that they would be attending this convention. I was able to coordinate my trip to San Diego to coincide with the SD Travel Fest so my friends and I could get together. I joined them on one of the Sunday Tours Sunday morning and then we went to Hello Betty Fish House with its great ocean views from its views from the rooftop patio. After lunch they caught up with their SD Travel fest attendees and joined an afternoon tour.

If you happen upon this site, check out what you missed at the 2014 SD Travel Festival.




SEPTEMBER 11th to 14th, 2014

 This inaugural event has workshops about everything from eco-conscious to budget traveling. There are also parties, movie screenings and other adventures.

"The SD Travel Fest is the first of its kind on the West Coast and a local, intimate chance for travelers to meet, for travel industry to connect and authors/speakers to spend face time with their audiences," explained Fest organizer Elaine J. Masters. "It's about creating community and bridging from the online world to real experience - which is what travel is really about. It's a different kind of travel festival than the giant, vendor packed, crowded shows that roll through city after city and on smaller scale entirely, with a huge digital footprint."



Thursday, September 11th 2014

When: 6.30 – 9.30

Where: Horton Grand Hotel Palace Bar

311 Island Ave, San Diego


Friday September 12th 2014


Gather at the finest wine bar SD 57 Degrees! Meet the speakers and other travelers & experts.

When: 7.00 pm

Where: 57 Degrees

1735 Hancock Street, San Diego


Saturday, September 13th 2014


The 'meat' of the festival dedicated to travelers and travel industry. Two Tracks: do one or select from both with registration See full schedule below!

When: All Day Panels – 9.00am – 4.00pm

Where: New School of Architecture & Design

1249 F Street, San Diego


Sunday, September 14th 2014


Select from various tours of San Diego starting at 9am then join our closing party at 4pm with Food Trucks Local Brews and music!

When: 9.00am – Tours : 4.00pm – Closing Party!

Where: Catalina Offshore Products

5202 Lovelock Street, San Diego


Attendee Feedback: Allison Noh: I attended following the traveler track since my interest is in learning as much as possible about opportunities to visit other cultures. The mood was joyous and really uplifting to see all these enthusiastic fellow travelers. I learned a lot about technical and legal stuff that was good to be informed about. I also met some great people, including Alice Mendelsohn who has visited every country in the EU. I also met a fascinating young woman who was working on her computer during the event. She had found an online business that specialized in removing Google search results if they were damaging your reputation, and she wanted to work for them. Her interests were in finding ways to improve the search results of a business. Her last trip to the UK was to learn from a mentor. She explained to me that sometimes when you do a search for someone's name, some harmful results may appear even for an innocent person. Her mission was to work to remedy this injustice by learning how to remove search results from Google that were damaging to someone.





Cultural Connection 9.30am

How to deeply, personally, and authentically connect Cross-Culturally

Adventure Travel 10.30am on 9/13 

How to plan for your ultimate Adventure Travel outing

Travel for Good 11.30am on 9/13 

Make a difference, and travel for good with sustainability in mind

Go Boldly 11.30am on 9/13

How Entrepreneurs, Community, & The Internet are changing the lives of travelers with accessibility needs.

Travel Hacking: 101 12.30pm on 9/13

How to go further and more often for pennies

Women's Travel & Adventure Options 12.30pm on 9/13

Come explore what's missing in women's travel, what makes it different, what opportunities there are, and more with two experts in the field!

Long Term Travel & Expat Life 2.15pm on 9/13

Learn the realities and secrets of traveling the world for less than the cost of living at home.




Branding thru Video w/ Local Producers  10.00am on 9/13

Building brand presence and reaching your audience is increasingly dependent on video. Whether it's a YouTube piece or a full series, there are more opportunities than ever.

Working Effectively with Brands 10.00am on 9/13

Engaging brands takes time and work. Learn how from experts who do this daily, whether you're an established company or start-up

Hospitality & The Asian Market

How to attract the Asian Tourism Market for Hotels & Hospitality

10.30am on 9/13

Behind-The-Scenes of Travel Apps  11.00am on 9/13

Learn the Good, The Bad, & The Ugly sides of building your own travel app from someone who's done it

Social Media Content Strategies 11.45am on 9/13

Strategies and take-aways to make your social media efforts effective and powerful

Brand Building thru Self Publishing  12.15pm on 9/13

Content is king but is it really true that you need to publish or perish? Our experienced panelists will share thoughts.

Brand Building thru Photography 2.15pm on 9/13

Demystify the keys to creating compelling photos

Tasting the World: Culinary Tourism 3.15pm on 9/13

Make authentic dining central to your travels with several world travelers, authors and chefs


Register Here:

Ticket Options from as low as $39 & $49 - Single Day (and student) passes for as low as $15!\



Thursday:  we get things started with a VIP Industry & Media Reception for the SD Travel Festival at the Horton Grand Hotel’s beautiful Palace Bar at 6.30pm! Come meet and greet other industry professionals in the travel space and get some good networking done.

Friday:  will be our official Festival Opening Party for all! Kick it off with us in style at 57 Degrees, San Diego’s premier wine venue. The party starts at 7pm!

Saturday Sessions:  will be in the bright expanses of the Auditorium Center of the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego’s East Village.

We have several spaces for each track – seating in two classrooms and the mural hall, plus the auditorium. Between sessions there will be break-out lounge areas along the entry corridor, plus exhibitors and an ‘Experts Corner’ in the dining space.

Our team members bring  vast Travel Industry and Media connections and experience including: the Travel Well Meetup network of over 1,600 San Diego travelers; Members of the San Diego chapter of the Travel Massive network; the San Diego Millennials in Travel; Professional chefs, cookbook authors and seafood purveyors; Independent publishers, podcasters & travel experts, and more! We look forward to it being a full day of really valuable panels & discussions

In the evening we’ll be kicking back at 7pm with a little travel related screening session. First, The Boy Who Flies, a world premier of underwater adventure from San Diego legend, Chuck Nicklin and a preview of the new travel show, Forbidden Travels from San Diego film maker, Sharon Lee.

Sunday:  we’ll have regional tours of San Diego starting bright and early at 8am! Latch on to any one of those being facilitated by Another Side of San Diego, Rancho Santa  Fe Historical Architecture, or Baja Wine and Art. Then in the late afternoon (4pm) we close out the festival with our final bash at Catalina Offshore Products! With food trucks, local brews, and prizes to be won, bring your family and friends out for a fun gathering! Tix avail to general public.


Full Weekend Schedule

The Panels are just a taste: network & mingle, see cool films, and take local tours!