The Travel & Adventure Show – Face Time Makes It Worth It

There’s just something about traveling. Flying on a plane, riding on a train or driving in a car. The entire experience can provide memories for years to come and even span generations. It’s one of the reasons I try so hard to plan at least one LONG family trip each year even if we’re only going an hour or two away. Travel is necessary. Becoming a world citizen is necessary, and with traveling travel shows like the Travel & Adventure Show, finding a way to do that just got easier. This post is made possible by the lovely folks at the Travel Adventure Show although all thoughts, opinions and experiences are my own. 


Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

This month has been quite a busy one for me – and I’m realizing it’s only a reflection of the way the year started. We began our year the way that we want to continue living it. By traveling. We headed off to Branson, Missouri and had the chance to experience one of the cities we love so much as a family of six. It was the first time we’ve been able to do it, and I was a bit surprised by it because we’ve been so often. Places like this are found because I have the general sense of adventure and I like convenience. The Travel & Adventure Show provides both, with the ability to come face to face with visitor’s bureaus AND some of my favorite travel personalities, I can get it all in one weekend. I can even find places to dig for geodes and quartz and other items while still taking in all that this wonderful world has to offer. 

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

I met up with one of my travel buddies Shelley from A Magical Mess – you should remember her from our road trip from Baltimore – and we were able to trek around and meet quite a few representatives from states like Minnesota, Oklahoma and Alabama. It was also nice for me to see folks that I’ve worked with from North Dakota, Wisconsin and South Carolina. Wanting to travel internationally? There were representatives from Guatemala, Zambia, Tanzania, Israel and so many other places. There was no excuse not to be informed about a place that I have been dreaming about. Let’s not forget the requisite green-screen photo opp with gel filled champagne glasses. 

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

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Between airlines, railways, cruiselines and car support through AAA, every possible way to travel was covered. There’s just something about being IN the buzz directly, and a sense of urgency to find your next adventure.

Global Beats Stage at Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

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If you need to take a bit of a break, you can always snag a seat at the Global Beat stage which immerses you in cultural presentations of dance and music and is just a feel good moment of the show. If dance isn’t your thing, you have the Tastes of Travel stage too! With food tours and bar crawls being a HUGE part of the industry, there’s something for everyone! 

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

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I’m currently planning another #TrippinWithMyDaddy adventure this year, and my dad and I have decided that we’re going to take two long weeks to travel California. We’re driving from Chicago and going to cover the entire state. It’s a LARGE order, but I feel like we’re going to be well taken care thanks to the representatives that I met with from the Travel & Adventure Show. If you’re close to one of the remaining ones happening this year, I highly suggest you snag a ticket and get there! Adventure awaits! 

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    Shelley VanWitzenburg
    February 15, 2018 at 7:39 am

    This was such a great show! I’m so glad I got to experience it with you–even if your internal clock is a bit off… (We took the longest and coldest “7 minute” walk outside!)

    Looking forward to many more adventures with you and your family! We have to get the kids together before Nathaniel leaves for school!!!

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    Travel and Adventure Show - A Must for all Wanderlusters | A Magical Mess
    March 2, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    […] of photo opportunities with a wonderful sponsor, Florida Keys and Key West, provided me and my travel pal, Natasha, a keepsake of our time at the show. There are also interactive happenings, such as test rides in a […]

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