amyjacksonI’m sitting here in Santorini looking out on the gorgeous, tranquil Aegean waters and jagged cliffs of the caldera. My pre-TBEX relaxation is in full effect, but the 30-hour journey was very humbling for this road warrior. Here are some to help your travels go smoothly, and get the most out of TBEX:

 

  1. Pack a change of clothes, contact lenses and prescriptions in your carry-on: The odds of luggage not arriving on time increases with each layover. All I can say is thank goodness for hotel robes!
  2. Sleep masks and noise canceling headphones are a must: These came in handy for me in a multitude of ways: sleeping on the plane, sleeping in the airport, and tricking your circadian rhythms into adjusting to the time zone.
  3. Stay in the loop on flight status: While I’m naturally partial to TripIt Pro, the bottom line is that early notification of flight delays, gate changes and access to alternate flights (to make it easier on you and the ticket agent to rebook you) can mean the difference between getting to Athens on time and having to spend the night in the airport. (And if you do find yourself in FRA or ATH, I can recommend a couple of comfy spots for cat naps.)
  4. Take out your liquids, laptop and tablets too, when passing through security: TSA approved sleeves aren’t really a thing here. But on the bright side, I didn’t have to take my shoes off.
  5. Rethink the last row: When I had to be rebooked due to a missed connection, having a seat in the last row initially felt like salt in the wound. But that’s when the silver lining appeared: a whole row to myself meant extra room for spreading out and catching up on ZZZs.
  6. Keep your eye on the prize: You’re about to arrive in a city with some of the most amazing history in the world, further enhanced by a 72+ hour period of inspirational ideas shared in sessions and keynotes, invaluable industry contacts and new friends.
  7. Get on Twitter and Instagram: This gives you the extra bonus of making connections online, simultaneously while participating in TBEX offline (no international data plan pun intended). For me, the pairing of TBEX photos and tweets with “in real life” relationship-building creates a group hug sensation, and it’s one of the reasons I come back to TBEX again and again.

Have tips to add to the list? Share in the comments section below.

Author Bio:  Amy leads brand strategy and consumer marketing for TripIt, the world’s highest-rated travel organizing app from Concur. For more than a decade, she generated national media coverage and pioneered social media programs for award-winning technology and consumer brands. Amy is a frequent traveler and a reward point geek. She’s especially passionate about mobile apps that make life easier, 5-star hotels and local cuisine.

Amy will be speaking with Angie Orth in the TBEX Business track, helping the industry learn about tools for press trips.