In less than three weeks I’ll be heading to New York City for the annual BlogHer conference and I’ve been excitedly making all sorts of preparations. This is the 8th annual conference and the third year that I’ll be attending. Each year I learn so much and take away such great ideas for my business and blog that I spend the remainder of the year looking forward to the next conference!
The best thing about being able to attend social media conferences like BlogHer is that I get to meet such wonderful people who really “get” me. When you work (and live) online like I do you often find yourself interacting more with computers than with people and I always look forward to this opportunity to meet people with similar passions in real life. I’ve had the great joy of “meeting” some terrific people online and love getting the chance to meet some of them in person.
I’ll be staying at the historic Hilton New York with my friend and colleague Jerri Ann of MomECentric.com as roomie, and I can’t wait to see some of my good friends like Heather from Inexpensively, Heather from InGodsEconomy, and Jenna from MadeMoreBeautiful.
This year I’ll be arriving a day ahead of time and plan to do more sightseeing that I was able to do last time it was in New York. Having already been there before I was able to pick up a few money saving tips for visitors to NYC. Last time I paid $40 plus tip for a taxi from the airport to Manhattan, this year I’ve reserved a luxury sedan in advance for a much better price! The fee for a luxury car from Dial7 is just $36 and I used coupon code ua03122 to take $5 off of that.
I wrote in advance to the Live With Kelly show and I’m super excited that I have tickets to be in the audience on August 2nd! I’ve really been wanting to go to Battery Park and see the Statue of Liberty and venture out a little further than I did last trip so I’ve also bought a hop on hop off 72 hour pass for the Grayline Double Decker sightseeing tour buses. It’s a neat deal where you can get on or off during any of the many loop tours of the area for one low price. The 72 hour ticket is normally $64 but you get $5 off when you book online.
This trip would not be possible without my generous sponsors whom I cannot thank enough! I’m privileged to have Murphy USA as my gold sponsor and they have covered my hotel accommodations. I am honored to be a contributor to The Smarter Driver, a sister site to Murphy USA and I’m grateful for their continued support!
Other sponsors include the best brother in the world who took care of the airfare (thank you Mike!) and UPrinting who provided me with some awesome club card flyers! I’ll be sure to bring you an update when I get back.