I proposed an idea to speak at Write The Docs in Prague, Czechia, so I travelled internationally to speak. The event gave me a free ticket, and I was not paid to speak. The event did not pay for my travel and accommodation. My employer paid all of my travel expenses, and I was working while speaking at the event. It took me 12 days to prepare for my 45 minutes speaking slot, and I had a great time. I'm a woman who has been speaking for 1 year. This was a not for profit event. Also, Of all of the tech writing conferences, this is the one where I've had the most positive experience. It's an incredibly inclusive space and tickets are affordable. Plus they have a diversity ticketing program. Despite the fact they didn't pay, I'd go back in a heartbeat.