Headed to the Young Living International Grand Convention in Salt Lake City from July 17-20?
I’ve got some tips for you!
You’ll find that trying to grab a meal along with 30,000 other convention-goers means crowded restaurants and long lines. Stock up on healthy snacks (Whole Foods) and foods that you can eat-on-the-go for the times when you can’t find a place to eat. If you’re staying at an Airbnb, consider eating your meals there instead of trying to dine at a restaurant.
PRO TIP: When you’re downtown, consider walking over to Nordstrom to dine at the Café. It will take you a few minutes to walk there but it’s considerably less crowded than restaurants closer to the convention center AND the food is good. Win-win.
Young Living releases new products each year at convention and you’ll have the opportunity to buy them while you’re there! Typically, you need to wait in line and order from a kiosk (that may or may not change this year) and you can choose to pick-up your products at convention or have them shipped to your home for free.
If you REALLY want to get your hands on the new products, be prepared to wait in a LONG line, and be prepared to bring an extra suitcase so that you can transport your products home. For me, having the products shipped to my house for free was a no-brainer because I didn’t want to wait in line to pick-up my products, nor did I want to pay to check a second bag when flying home.
You’ll want to visit the farm because it’s amazing, but you’ll want to get there as early as possible to avoid the heat and the crowds. (Young Living provides bus transportation so line up as early as possible to be on one of the first busses.) Once you’re at the farm, be sure to check out the tent where you can buy food and drinks (the lavender lemonade slushy was DELICIOUS!!) and then head over and grab lunch earlier rather than later. Lunch is included with your farm ticket and it does not disappoint! The food tastes homemade and almost all the food items include essential oils in the recipe so you’re in for a treat!
PRO TIP: It gets REALLY HOT at the farm. Consider wearing a wide brim hat to provide some shade, and when you happen upon a shady spot at the farm, take a few minutes to relax and enjoy it before moving on to see the rest of the farm.
TAKE A BREAK
The crowds + the hectic pace of convention can frazzle even seasoned travelers. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, take a break! Walk over to Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City and walk around the grounds of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It’s a nice break from the frenzy of convention and there are usually multiple weddings being celebrated on the grounds and you’ll find yourself smiling right along with the bride and groom because their joy is contagious.
Or, consider taking a trip to Park City. (If you have a rental car, this is a quick 45 minute drive.) It’s scenic, somewhat touristy, and best of all, it’s about 20 degrees cooler in the mountains than it is in Salt Lake City.
I won’t be at convention this year, but I can’t wait to hear about everyone else’s convention adventures!