"Family Travel For Real Life" 5 is live! FT4RL will be held November 5th at the Hyatt Place Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Dallas, TX. Registration will begin at 9 AM and sessions will run from 9:30-5:00 with a lunch and afternoon snack break included in admission. FT4RL is the first seminar for frequent travelers (and those who wish to be) specifically tailored to the needs of families.
Created by Dia Adams, who writes the family travel blog The Deal Mommy and is resident Travel Hacker on TravelingMom.com FT4RL brings together experts in various aspects of family travel to teach and, more importantly, to learn from each other. We cover topics from using miles/points programs strategically to destination inspiration to mastering the logistics of travel with kids. The event fills a giant hole in travel advice for families, which tends to swing from “Sleeping at your in-laws house is a great vacation” to “Fly your baby in First Class or stay home”. The speakers at FT4RL are all parents who, while having different modes and methods, share one belief:
Travel with kids is not only possible, but necessary. By sharing the world with our children, we expand both their minds and our own, creating a lifetime’s worth of wonder that can come no other way.
9:30-9:45: FT4RL: State of the Hobby
9:45-10:45: Rich Kerr from Travel Hacking 101 on miles and points for 4 or more. A topic dear to his heart now that he's a family of 4! Rich is a senior writer for The Points Guy and also is resident miles expert at TravelingDad.com.
10:55-11:55: Mom of 4 Toni Southam on Camp Mom- solo parent long term travel with kids. Toni just spent two months with 4 under 10 in Europe so she knows her stuff! And I won't even start about the time she hiked the Inca trail pregnant...
1:10-2:10: Kenny Burrows from Miles4More on Getting Back to Nature on Miles and Points. AT FT4RL 2 Kenny demonstrated how he got PAID $1200 for a year's extensive travel with a family of 4. Best mic drop I've ever seen.
2:20-3:20: I'm doing a session this time! Hotel Points Alternatives- for trips where the Hyatt just isn't gonna cut it. I'll be sharing tips and tricks I use to save up to 90% on lodging all over the world.
3:20-3:40: Afternoon Break
3:40-4:40: Jason Steele, senior writer on The Points Guy among many mainstream publications, on the ins and outs of Southwest Rapid Rewards. With all the focus on lie flats and Krug Champagne I thought it would be useful to have Jason cover a program we can all actually use!
4:40-5:00: Ask the Speakers
*Lunch leaders! I have asked a number of you to lead a table on a topic you know inside and out that would interest a specific group.
So far we have lunch leaders on:
- Flying red eye and economy with babies and toddlers
- Points Values (this is also a great session idea for next time!)
- Disney (for those of you who missed our terrific sessions at previous FT4RLs or just can't get enough)
If you have a topic idea- let me know! It could be a miles/points trick, a destination you hold near and dear, a logistics hack...every FT4RL I'm blown away by the talent in the room and want you to have your moment in the sun.
We will also have social events specific to attendees including a Friday happy hour meetup and a Saturday night dinner. Details to come! FT4RL admission includes an invitation to the Friday happy hour and Saturday night dinner.
A VERY limited number of Friday happy hour only tickets are available but this includes entry Friday night only. Friday only tickets do NOT include any sessions.