This year’s ATA Conference in Miami is just days away. If you’re going, then you’re probably scrambling to tie tie up loose ends before you leave. Consulting the ATA’s pre-conference checklist will help you prepare–whether this is your first conference, or your tenth. But, for our fellow ATISDA members, we have a few extra tips to help you make the most out of your trip:
- Attend tonight’s Happy Hour gathering in La Jolla to find out who else in our group is attending the ATA’s annual event. Who knows, perhaps you’ll find someone to share a ride to or from the airport. At the very least, sharing a drink with colleagues in La Jolla is an awesome way to spend a Friday night.
- Set up a time to meet with colleagues at the conference before you get there. Often this event is the only time each year we get to see some of our fellow translators and interpreters. So why not schedule to meet them for breakfast one morning, instead of hoping to bump into them at the conference and having just a few minutes between sessions to catch up.
- Download whatever travel-related apps you need to make your trip as smooth as possible. Many airline apps, for instance, let you access your flight’s seating chart and swap seats at the last minute if a better one becomes available–a handy option before you board that five-hour flight to Miami. Ride share apps, like Uber and Lyft, will widen your ground transportation options. Your hotel’s app is also worth having, especially if you’re a member of their rewards program. And you are, aren’t you?
- Read up on Miami attractions so you can make the most of your free time. A great place to start is this helpful link provided by the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Florida (ATIF). One option for those staying in Miami the Sunday after the conference is this field trip to the local botanical gardens. No matter what you do, make time to enjoy the host city.
- Check the weather forecast in Miami before you leave. Right now it’s calling for scattered thunderstorms during the conference, but if a potential hurricane pops up on the radar, you’re going to want to know about that.