I proposed an idea to speak at Midwest.io in Kansas City, so I travelled domestically to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. My travel and accommodation was fully covered by the event. My employer did not pay my travel expenses, and I used my PTO to speak. It took me 1 day to prepare for my 40 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a man who has been speaking for 5 years. Also, I traveled from St. Louis to Kansas City. The organizers offered to fly me, but I opted to drive. They gave me $125 for gas money, which was very generous.