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How To Plan An Epic Trip In 10 Steps + Gear Recommendations [Video]

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  Wondering how to plan a trip smarter? This summer 2016 I was asked to speak at the first ever iSugar Live in NYC. The Ted Talk-style conference invited influencers and content creators in blogging, social media, live video and wellness to come speak and share their stories. For those that couldn’t attend in person the entire event was streamed live on, where it resides today.

What You’ll Learn

My presentation on how to plan a trip and what to pack to travel smarter can be seen above. In the video I provide a 10-step approach to travel planning, followed by a show-and-tell of some of my favorite carry-on items for safety, health and photography. In the beginning you’ll also hear my story of how I became a full-time travel blogger, despite family and friends urging me to use my Master’s Degree in Communication to get a “real job” (aka a 9-to-5 with two weeks vacation a year). I hope if nothing else this presentation teaches you that you don’t need to listen to societal norms. Follow your dreams instead of the crowd!

Video Itinerary

  • 0:00-5:39: My story / How I got into travel blogging
  • 5:40-16:49: 10 steps on how to plan a trip
  • 16:50-end: Gear I never leave home without
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Me, speaking at iSugar.Live


To make things simple, here are links to gear I mention in the video above:
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Further Reading

These links will further help you on how to plan a trip and travel smarter: Travel Safety: How To Never Get Pickpocketed Again How To Take The Perfect Selfie (No Selfie Stick Required) How To Create A Unique Brand Identity For Your Blog 35 Money-Saving, Point-Earning Travel Booking Hacks Flight Delayed? Here’s How To Get Reimbursed For Your Troubles


Have questions about blogging, how to plan a trip or traveling smarter? Please get in touch in the comments or via the contact form below! [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

About Jessie Festa

Jessie Festa is a New York-based travel content creator who is passionate about empowering her audience to experience new places and live a life of adventure. She is the founder of the solo female travel blog, Jessie on a Journey, and is editor-in-chief of Epicure & Culture, an online conscious tourism magazine. Along with writing, Jessie is a professional photographer and is the owner of NYC Photo Journeys, which offers New York photo tours, photo shoots, and wedding photography. Her work has appeared in publications like USA Today, CNN, Business Insider, Thrillist, and WestJet Magazine.

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