Here’s Why You Should Travel For Your Dental Continuing Education

Super easy pop quiz time! Do you love to travel? Do you love to keep your professional license up to date? How about both together? Conveniently, there are dozens of top dental continuing education conferences that allow you to do just that! In case it’s not already a no-brainer for you, here are 4 reasons why that’s an amazing idea!


1. Dental CE Travel Is A Vacation With Benefits

Traveling for your dental continuing education allows you to responsibly combine earning credits for your professional licensure with some well-earned leisure time. You get to visit new cities, countries, cultures, even climates, developing your professional skills and checking off bucket list items along the way. 

It takes you out of your normal routine and gives you the unique perspective you can only have in a new environment – so you can unplug, relax, and get present. This is the perfect mental state for absorbing all the exciting new information you’re learning – so when get back to work you’re totally rested and reinvigorated and ready to implement!

2. Dental CE Travel Will Help You Grow Your Network

If you expand your live dental CE courses to destination locations instead of just staying local, you’ll instantly expand your network by meeting colleagues you may otherwise have never come into contact with. It’s also a great opportunity to finally meet your online dental friends face to face.

You’ll forge meaningful new relationships and strengthen existing connections as you learn the latest advancements with your fellow traveling dental professionals. You’ll likely find these comrades becoming some of the most treasured names on your contact list.

This is how a strong network is built, both personally and professionally, by investing time and having shared experiences. It can even potentially open doors to new job opportunities.

3. If You Travel For Dental CE, You Learn From More Than Just Class

Traveling teaches you so many life lessons that you won’t receive sitting in a classroom. It exposes you to new environments and you meet people from all different walks of life, backgrounds, and cultures. Talking to new people and learning their stories and life experiences will enrich your own life. It’ll be a huge benefit to the way you relate to patients as well as coworkers. 

It also opens up the opportunity for all sorts of adventures — from zip-lining in Alaska to a helicopter ride over Las Vegas to driving an ATV through a Mexican jungle (all real examples from my own dental CE travels). You’ll learn so much about yourself with experiences like that! 

4. Your Dental CE Travel May Be Tax-Deductible

As if it couldn’t get any sweeter, in many cases, you may be able to write off the costs of your continuing education travel. This includes the cost of the course itself, your travel expenses, and possibly even a portion of your meals. This will vary depending on where you live, where you’re traveling, and what you’re doing. Consult your accountant and save all your receipts!

Dana Myers is a dental hygienist who serves on the Smiles At Sea crew as Exhibitor Concierge, Ship’s Log contributor, and purple-haired fun-enhancer. Don’t miss our upcoming events! Check out our Cruise Specials!

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Ahoy all Smiles at Sea travelers!

Please read the following update pertaining to the October 2019 Smiles at Sea event.

As you probably have already heard, due to changes in US policy regarding travel to Cuba, all cruises to Cuba have been cancelled effective June 5th 2019. Fortunately, Royal Caribbean has already rerouted the itinerary to include Nassau, Bahamas instead of Havana, Cuba. In addition, the cruise line has decided to discount the cruise fare by 50%!! (excluding government taxes).

This is great news since the Smiles at Sea event will remain unchanged and all CE classes and activities will be held as scheduled!

If you have paid for your cruise in full, you will receive a refund to your original form of payment of the discounted amount.

If you have not yet paid for your cruise in full, your monthly payment schedule with Smiles at Sea will be adjusted accordingly to reflect the discounted amount.

You will soon receive a communication from Royal Caribbean outlining the itinerary change and the discount described above. You may also cancel your reservation for a full refund.

All cancellation requests must be received by Smiles at Sea no later than June 15, 2019.

For questions or cancellation requests please call Jason Hantman or Edward Suarez at 954-420-9133

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in October.

Bon Voyage,

The Smiles at Sea Team

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