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.

“Talk to a local….and be a part of their everyday life,” Sam advises.  Their ordinary daily rituals may be very extraordinary to us.  Seek to “belong” to the destination.

“Go for a walk.”  Wander.  Don’t just see the tourist streets.  Explore how local life is unique…just a couple streets over.

Rick Steves Talks about Europe through the Back down. Photo Courtesy of the Travel and Adventure Show
Rick Steves shares Europe through the Back Door. Courtesy of the Travel and Adventure Show

Rick Steves emphasizes packing light, and teaches travelers to enjoy the local experiences in Europe.  “Travel like a temporary local.”

Ask to join locals in a game of soccer (‘football’ in Europe).  If you see some old men sitting on a bench, go and join them.

“Traveling as a political act.”  Others may have pre-conceived ideas of who Americans are, just as we might of them.  Work to break down stereotypes.

Overall message from the speakers: Connect through travel.

Create lasting memories, and gain a better understanding of the world.

2.  Visit Destination Showcases to Learn About New Places

Dance along to live music from different countries.  Gather information from Tourism Boards and exhibitors.

Live music and fun at the Fiji booth
Live music and fun at the Fiji booth.

Use these specialty tourism booths to learn about destinations you are thinking of visiting.  How far away is Tahiti?

It’s also a great opportunity to research specific information for an upcoming trip!  Ask an expert from that destination!

Meet friendly hosts at the Thailand exhibit
Meet friendly hosts at the Thailand exhibit.

At each booth, see the culture shine through.  Intricate floral displays were highlighted at the Thailand booth.

Intricate flower arrangements at the Thailand travel booth
Intricate flower arrangements at the Thailand travel booth

The generosity of the Thai culture was also evident.  Female visitors were treated to complimentary flower lei braided into their hair.

Fresh Flower hair braids courtesy of the Thailand booth
Fresh flower hair braids courtesy of the Thailand booth.
Intricate flower arrangements at the Thailand travel booth
Intricate flower arrangements at the Thailand travel booth

There are often show travel deals!

3.  Entertainment for the Kids too!

Kids can have their own adventures at the Show.  Climb the rock wall. Ride a Segway.  Meet new friends.

Korean Mascots send warm greetings
Korean Mascots send warm greetings

Burn off some energy in the Bubble Rollers.

Bubble Rollers keep the little ones happy
Bubble Rollers keep the little ones happy

Interactive craft stations are also featured in select travel booths.

Activities for all -- making postcard stamps at the South Korea travel booth
Activities for all — making postcard stamps at the South Korea travel booth

Fun photo opportunities included green-screen experiences, and being able to tell that big fish tale… (Courtesy of Mammoth Lakes).

Hook a Big Mouth Bass at the Mammoth Lakes booth
Hook a Big Mouth Bass at the Mammoth Lakes booth
4.  Travel the World through Culinary Demonstrations

Are you a foodie?  Take a culinary trip around the world with special chef demonstrations.  Every year, I’m tempted to spend the whole day at the Taste of Travel stage!

I sampled three types of ramen from Chef Shige Nakamura.  Now, I understand why his Ramen Lab restaurant has a 2-hour line in New York City!

Chef Shige Nakamura Ramen cooking demonstration
Chef Shige Nakamura in his Ramen cooking demonstration, with Japanese interpreter.
Chef Shige Nakamura Ramen cooking demonstration
Chef Shige Nakamura shares his love for Ramen as a comfort food.

Chef Noree Pla Kongvut, owner of Luv2Eat Thai Bistro in Los Angeles, demonstrates a delightful made-from-scratch Thai Green Curry.

Candy and Chef Noree at Thai Cooking Demonstration
Candy and Chef Noree Pla at Thai Cooking Demonstration

Chef Pla (right) is assisted by Thai Tourism Board host, Candy Krajansri (left).

Chef Noree Pla Kongvut puts the finishing touches on her Thai Green Curry demonstration
Chef Noree Pla Kongvut puts the finishing touches on her Thai Green Curry demonstration

Fresh basil garnish, and we’re ready to eat!

Thai Cooking Demo closeup
Thai Cooking Demo closeup

At the Travel and Adventure Show, you can literally eat your way around the world.

5.  Giveaways Galore!

While this shouldn’t be the only reason to attend the Travel and Adventure Show, it doesn’t hurt to win a door prize or giveaway!

Door Prizes ranged from a 7-night stay in Bali, 4-night stay in Mammoth Lakes, and many gift baskets.

Sign up for the giveaways (but be aware that these marketers will have your contact info for sales emails later!)

“429 Million Vacation Days go Unused Each Year!”                    — Samantha Brown

What a tragedy!

Sam emphasizes the “Emotional Value of Travel.” Traveling  together strengthens family bonds, and marriages.

Traveling benefits brain health, Sam adds.  Meeting daily challenges during travel fires off brain synapses that keep you mentally sharp.

Physical activity during travel can improve physical health as well.

Rick Steves shares: no one at the end of their life wishes that they would have spent more time at work.  They wish they would have spent more time with their family, more time getting to their bucket list destinations.

Don’t let your vacation days go unused.  Invest in adventures today that will build memories for a lifetime.

When you’re ready to start planning, contact your travel professional.  We can help make your dream trip a reality.

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