As a travel writer, it is always important for me to stay on top of the trends in travel so that I know how to plan my year, and of course, so I can share all of the fun tips and tricks that I learn with you! Given that I’m the Travel Editor over at Mom 2.0, it’s also necessary for one of my jobs. One that I love doing, and sharing. That’s why I enjoyed my time visiting the Travel and Adventure Show!
As hard as it is to believe, this is my first time at the Travel and Adventure Show, which was held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL, and I really enjoyed myself. Mr. Houseful went with me, and we were delighted to see so many tourism boards that we’ve worked with over the years. Mainly Milwaukee, North Dakota, South Carolina, and several others. We even met new friends, and are eager to share places that you can visit soon! This was the 13th year of the Travel and Adventure Show coming to Chicago, and I can’t see it stopping anytime soon. It was nice to be able to see so many destinations under one roof. It was like walking into a global travel agency, and being able to have one on one conversations rather than emailing back and forth.
There were a ton of interactive spaces in the show, but here are a few of them with descriptions:
At the popular Savvy Traveler Theater, visitors will interact with travel experts on subjects ranging from packing and travel technology, to maximizing credit card reward points and what to do if disaster strikes while traveling.
The Destination Theater, sponsored by AAA, is where travelers will receive destination-specific information from local experts containing information on when to go, how to get there, what to see and local, off the beaten path attractions from destinations such as Arizona, Australia and Canada.
The Taste of Travel Theater highlights top chefs who present live cooking demonstrations right on the show floor. Featuring cuisines from around the world, guests will have the opportunity to taste samples and get a full cultural experience in a stadium-seating styled theater.
At the Global Beats Stage, attendees can feel the beat and experience the rhythm of cultural dances and performances during more than 20 presentations throughout the weekend.
We did end up leaving with great resources, and we even became AAA members! I feel like an official adult now!
I’m looking forward to going back next year as an experienced member of the media, and sharing the hot new destinations that we partner with from visiting this year!