TODAY IS INTERNATIONAL Women’s Day — I’ve chosen to celebrate with hundreds of other women in New York City by attending the first ever Women’s Travel Fest, which aims to expose women to the benefits of travel, and help empower the female travel population in general. Travel Channel darling Samantha Brown, fearless writer Sarah Shourd, web series producer Kate Thomas, and a dozen or so awesome female travel bloggers from around the world, are set to speak on topics ranging from travel logistics, to safety issues, and more.

I’ll be live tweeting from the event, so make sure you’re following @WomenTravelFest on Twitter, and the hashtag #WTfest, to be up on the conversation. In the meantime, enjoy this video, produced by Matador Ambassador Shannon Schnittker, and give a high-five to all of the fearless, female travelers you know. It’s time to celebrate, y’all!

Women’s Travel Fest 2014 from Shannon Schnittker on Vimeo.