A Guide to “Conference Hopping” Around Europe
If you asked me two years ago if I’d end up traveling around Europe on business, I would have called you crazy. Heck, all I was focused on at the time was finding our first customer.
Many college students and graduates opt to go on the well-known “Eurotrip” sometime during their career. A trip to explore one’s self, meet lifelong friends, have amazing adventures, and create unforgettable memories. What if I told you how you can maximize your potential for success while fulfilling all that a Eurotrip has to offer? It’s actually really simple, and it’s a concept I call conference hopping.
Conference hopping is exactly what it sounds like: going to as many cheap conferences you can find related to your passions and interests. They could be specific to your business or entrepreneurial in nature. They could even be a local meetup to learn a new skill. The point is to mix some business networking in with your fun, it’s that simple.
Here are some helpful tips for your conference hopping journey:
Email the organizer from you .EDU email address and ask for a student discount.
You’d be surprised at how often I’ve received >90% off or entered for free while playing the student card.
Not a student? Become one!
Register at a local community college or online. Make sure to avoid paying any fees. Once you’re a “registered student” you can take advantage of all the benefits it has to offer.
For those who are a little more daring, this is always a feasible option. Look the part, be confident, and own the place. You might have to do a bit of reconnaissance first, but there’s always a way. I’ve even met people who have photoshopped themselves a badge.
Go to free conferences
Okay, so you’re not a student, you’re not James Bond, and you’re on a tight budget – that’s ok! There are plenty of free conferences out there. Just do a bit of research.
Pro tip – you can always look on meetup.com to find events locally. It’s a great way to meet people with specific interests and expand your network.
Most importantly, have fun. Make sure not to overload your trip with conferences. You still need time to socialize, sightsee, and create memories.