5 Reasons You Need to Bring the Family to the Next Travel and Adventure Show

Yearning for the perfect getaway, but not sure where to go? Whether you seek exotic destinations, extreme adventure, or indulgent beach retreats, you’ll find your answers at the Travel and Adventure Show.

The Travel and Adventure Show is the nation’s largest travel show, and promises fun for the entire family.

Growing over the last 12 years, the Travel and Adventure Show has helped over 1.1 million travelers connect with over 2,800 top travel brands to find their dream vacation.  And they can help you too.

Showcasing over 500 exhibitors, the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show returned to Long Beach Convention Center February 27-28, 2016.

Travel Show Overview
Travel Show Overview

Still need some convincing? Here are the Top 5 Reasons why you should plan to go to next year’s Travel and Adventure Show.

1.  Learn first-hand from Expert Travel Speakers

Get meaningful advice.  Get your questions answered.  I’ve traveled the world extensively, but I always learn from these experts.

This year, the Show featured A-list speakers such as:

  • Samantha Brown (Travel Channel host and ‘Girl with the Best Job in the World’)
  • Rick Steves (PBS travel host of “Rick Steves Europe,” guidebook author, leading authority on European travel)
  • Peter Greenberg (Emmy Award-winning CBS News travel editor)
  • Pauline Frommer (editorial director of Frommer Guide books, and publisher of Frommers.com)
Samantha Brown talks about Lessons Learned from a Life Lived on the Road
Samantha Brown shares Lessons Learned from a Life Lived on the Road

Samantha Brown always brings fresh travel tips and new stories.

“Don’t spend all your time in the past,” she says. When exploring a historic destination (such as Rome or Athens), don’t see only the museums and monuments.  See how the people live now. Continue reading 5 Reasons You Need to Bring the Family to the Next Travel and Adventure Show

Why Every Harry Potter Fan Will Love Exploring the Wizarding Magic at Universal Studios Hollywood

Alohamora! The long-anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter made its debut at Universal Studios Hollywood on April 7, 2016 to the delight of sold-out crowds.

Hogwarts in Hollywood is now a reality as the entertainment capital of Los Angeles shares in the Harry Potter magic.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood - Hogwarts Castle concept rendering
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood – Hogwarts Castle concept rendering, Courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood. HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s16) ©2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

A labor of love more than five years in the making, I was privileged to speak with Alan Gilmore last year at the “Celebration of Harry Potter” event in Orlando.

From author J.K. Rowling’s pen to the silver screen, Alan Gilmore created the film sets for the world of Harry Potter as Art Director of the motion pictures.

He continues to wield his magic as Art Director of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

It is one thing to build a movie facade that lasts a month for filming.  It was quite a different challenge to construct true-to-film sets as structurally sound buildings that withstand the rigors of daily theme park use.

Structures that lean at impossible angles. Chimneys that curve as they reach skyward.  Storefront windows that awaken magically with guests casting enchantment spells.  The Hogwarts Express train. Gilmore’s team has learned from each new addition.

"The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" at Universal Studios Hollywood - Hogsmeade Village concept rendering
“The Wizarding World of Harry Potter” at Universal Studios Hollywood – Hogsmeade Village concept rendering. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios Hollywood.

Film sets are built only for what is needed ‘on camera’.   Movie magic fills in the rest.  Recreating an entrancing Wizarding World true to J.K. Rowling’s vision in fully three dimensions — this has impressed even the film talent.

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