Let’s Meet Up At A Conference

07JPGETAWAY8-articleInlineA performance on Sixth Street in Austin, Tex., during the South by Southwest music festival.

Erich Schlegel/European Pressphoto Agency

“IT WAS HAPPY HOUR in Austin, Tex. The sun was sinking, and music was rising on East Sixth Street, a strip of bars and clubs with names the kid in you wants to shout out loud: Chuggin’ Monkey, Dizzy Rooster, Jackalope.” Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? But, the partygoers weren’t vacationing; they were attending South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive, a technology conference for idea exchange. SXSW and others like, Aspen Ideas Festival, WebVisions, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) are professional networking and information sharing venues. But, due to their dazzling locations, they often double as vacation destinations, especially for solo travelers.

With planned activities, such as yoga classes, group runs, cocktail hours and dinners, to say nothing of downtime such as standing in line for lectures, there is ample opportunity to meet new friends and potential dates.

Prices vary from BIL, a tongue-in-cheek takeoff of TED, at $20 a ticket to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland which costs more than $70,000. As well, one must be a member of the forum to attend.

Photos in Stephanie Rosenbloom’s original New York Times article of April 7th, 2013, show attendees of diverse ages.

The online source is: http://travel.nytimes.com/2013/04/07/travel/professional-conferences-double-as-vacation-venues.html?pagewanted=3&_r=1&hpw

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