So here’s another list for all of you because I am in love with lists right now. They keep my thoughts orderly. (I need a lot of help with that.)I am not a newbie to conferences. I have been doing this for a few years. I frequently speak at conferences where the topic is child welfare and adoption. I also travel often to learn about children with special needs. It’s research. Last week at Shes Connected 2011 I was inspired, but I was also conscious of costs to myself and my family. Because even when there are sponsors, and even when you are getting to attend free there can be a great cost to your family when you attend these things, so I thought I would post my:
Five Tips to Budget Friendly Conference Style:
1. Carpool: Saves money and gas and the environment too.
5. Inquire about bursaries. While this isn’t an option for many conferences, I have often argued effectively as a parent that I should get a bursary to attend a conference on special needs children or FASD (fetal alcohol spectrum disorder) or adoption. This is an invaluable savings. It has meant the difference between me learning how to parent a child with special needs or staying home and struggling.
Hope this helps you to attend a conference you are eyeing in the future.