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Why I’m Speaking at a Women’s Conference

AWE Women's Conference

Why I’m Speaking at a Woman’s Conference


Part of the reason I’m blogging today is because of my passion to travel. It wasn’t that I set out to become a blogger specifically, but that I wanted desperately to be able to live and travel anywhere and earn an income as I did. I also wanted a platform to share my travel experiences in hopes to inspire others to travel.


In October, I’ll be part of the Asian Woman’s Empowerment Conference 2014 (AWE) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia. The goal of the conference is inspire Asian women to break out of the ordinary and do great things. Organizer, Juno Kim, hopes to inspire women to follow their passion and redirect their careers and lifestyles. The conferences is for budding entrepreneurs, artists, writers, travelers, freelancers, digital nomads, and many others. All that is needed is a desire to be something better, to make a positive change in your life, a wish to pursue your passion.


AWE Women's Conference


Although it’s a women’s conference, men are not excluded. It’s just to recognize the additional burden of societal pressure and expectations that women in Asia face and have to overcome to set their course based on their own desires, passions, and skill sets. Men, and non-Asians, can also benefit from this message, as they are not immune to the weight of these outside pressures and expectations.


Last year’s conference in Kuala Lumpur was a great success and that’s why I’ll be part of the conference again this year. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on independent travel again as part of a travel talk panel. There will be plenty of other interesting and informative sessions, including: Living with a Purpose, Keys to Living a Meaningful Life, Wildlife Conservation and Environment Issues, Secret of Super Moms, Dealing with Health Issues on the Road, and Wild about Travel: Q & A. See the schedule here: AWE ’14 Schedule


If you are interested in attending, here’s where you can go to register: Register for AWE!


AWE Women's Conference


AWE ’14 aims to empower modern Asian women to follow their dreams and thrive in an independent lifestyle. Breaking the mold, and standing out is tougher for Asian women in a male-dominated society, being restricted by culture, religion, and social convention.


  • Are you a traveler, or want to be?
  • Want to listen to stories of women who have done amazing things with unconventional life choices?
  • Want to follow your passion but haven’t had the courage to act?
  • Want to learn skills that you can use to build yourself (e.g. writing skills, freelance skills etc)?
  • Would you like to network with like-minded people?
  • Ready to get inspired to achieve something significant with your life?


Join us in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia – October 31 – November 2, 2014


To get more information about the conference, visit: http://conference.aweasia.org/


And I’m organizing a Pre-conference trip!

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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