Ready to take your passion for exploring the world to the next level? If you’re in New York next weekend, April 18 and 19, and want to learn more about opportunities to make a career out of travel, the New York Travel Festival is a good place to start. Two days of events includes workshops and talks by and for members of the travel industry, travel media, lifelong travelers, students, and people looking for a new career.

Perhaps not surprisingly, AFAR’s editors and contributors will be well represented at the event:

Patrick Bennett, a cofounder of the website Uncommon Caribbean and an AFAR ambassador, will speak on “50 Shades of Black: Understanding Diversity’s Impact on the Future of Travel.”

David Farley, who writes frequently for AFAR, will share his thoughts on “What Lies Beneath: The Deeper Meaning Behind Your Writing and How to Find Meaning in Your Travel Stories.”

Ethan Gelber, an AFAR ambassador and cofounder of The Travel Word/Outbounding, is on the New York Travel Festival Planning Committee and will be speaking on “Media Collaboration for a Greater Good.”

John Newton, AFAR’s Branded Content editor, will be on a panel discussing the implications of sponsored and branded content for travel writers and photographers.

Sherry Ott, an AFAR ambassador, will be leading a workshop on career break travel.

Writer Tony Perrottet and photographer Andrew Rowat, both contributors to AFAR, will appear together to discuss “The Art of Narrative: Creating Stories, Not Content”

We look forward to hearing all these voices from AFAR, and hope to see you there too. Visit the New York Travel Festival website,, for more details and to purchase tickets. See you there!

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