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Sep 30, 2021

TRAVERSE Fest Closes Out a Thrilling Celebration

Rich Beattie

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The sky was clear blue, the architecture dramatic, the music pumping, the food and drinks delectable. TRAVERSE—the leading travel, spend, and tech conference—ended an unforgettable 2021 edition with TRAVERSE Fest, a celebration of all things TripActions, at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts, looking out onto the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

The in-person crowd (all vaxxed, tested, and masked) buzzed about the day’s events, greeted friends old and new, and soaked in the ambience, thankful for the type of experience we all used to take for granted.

Partiers enjoyed craft cocktails that were travel-themed, like ”The Jetsetter” (tequila, fresh jalapeno, cucumber, and lime juice), as well as the dramatic liquid nitrogen frozen craft cocktails. Food trucks added an international flair, including Indian street food, sliders, Mayan fusion, burritos, and Asian noodles.

Filling the late-afternoon air, the singular sounds of Grammy-award winning duo Chromeo energized the crowd. It was the perfect twosome to rock out a party celebrating global travel. Hailing from Montreal, David “Dave 1”” Macklovitch is half-Moroccan, and Patrick “P-Thugg” Gemayel is Lebanese. And much like the TripActions platform, they’ve evolved over time and always pushed the envelope.

As the sun slowly made its descent behind the Golden Gate Bridge, excited TRAVERSE attendees danced, twirled, shouted, and hugged—celebrating the return to in-person, the return to travel, the return to a sense of normalcy. Finally freed from the camera of the small screen, they moved to the music of evolution, the rhythm of the future.

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