Travel & Adventure Show – http://travelshows.com
After a long and cold winter, everyone seems to be suffering from a serious case of cabin fever. We had a chance to attend the second annual Travel & Adventure Show in Philadelphia, PA at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in March of 2016. This was our first trip to the Travel & Adventure Show, and we were so glad we made the trip.
At the Travel & Adventure Show, you have the opportunity to learn an amazing amount of information about some of the most incredible travel experiences. From where to go next to how to pack our suitcases properly, we were be presented with a wealth of knowledge at the Travel & Adventure Show. Not too mention, you will also find a number of unique destinations to add to your bucket list, such as the very on-trend Cuba and The American Samoa’s.
The Show provides you with the chance to speak with various travel industry insiders who are happy to answer any and all of your questions about particular destinations (both domestic and international), cruises (from small river cruises and yacht charters to mega ships), resorts, and tours.
Each representative we spoke with had incredible insight into their particular specialty, and many of them were offering exclusive travel deals to Show Attendees. One vendor even allowed guests to participate in a Wheel of Fortune-style spin and win game. We witnessed firsthand as many participants won $250-$500 in onboard credits for popular cruise lines, promotional items like water bottles, beach towels, and so much more!
The Travel & Adventure Show not only offered information booths tailored to specific destinations, the Show also featured camel rides, Segway rides, culinary demonstrations, and cultural and informative seminars throughout the day that are unique to this particular event.
We were very excited to see that the Show had an enormous amount of information on Cuba. There are so many exciting things happening in Cuba, and it was great to learn about the opportunities now available to us. Not only were representatives on hand to explain all about how the doors have opened for American travelers, but there were a number of seminars, culinary tastings, and cultural demonstrations themed around this beautiful island. Our favorite was learning about “Pasteles” from Yun Fuentes who is the Executive Chef at the fabulous Alma de Cuba in Philadelphia.
Travel experts spoke throughout the day on various topics like current travel trends, how to travel in style without paying a fortune, and a host of seminars on specific destinations like Alaska, Europe, Africa, Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, and Asia. The highlight of the show, in our opinion, was The Travel Channel’s own Samantha Brown and her keynote on the lessons she has learned in her many years on the road.
These additional offerings are included in the price of admission and allow you to engross yourself in the culture and tastes of some of the world’s most interesting travel destinations.
· On-site One Day Adult Ticket: $16.00
· On-site Two Day Adult Ticket: $25.00
· Advance Purchase Online One Day Adult Ticket: $12.00 ($4 savings)
· Advance Purchase Online Two Day Adult Ticket: $18.00 ($7 savings)
· Admission is free for children 16 and under when accompanied by a paying adult.
The Travel & Adventure Show is conveniently located in the heart of the City of Brotherly love at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The PA Convention Center is easily accessible by SEPTA train, regional rail via Jefferson Station and bus. For more information on public transportation to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, please visit their site: http://www.paconvention.com/attendees/travel-to-pa-convention-center/public-transit
For travel by car, public parking lots and garages are also located throughout the area.
What To Eat
If you didn’t fill up on the culinary offerings at the Travel & Adventure Show or you’d like to experience some of Philadelphia’s best, we highly recommend some of our local favorites that are within walking distance of the PA Convention Center such as:
- For a quick bite of authentic Philadelphia cuisine, walk on over to the Reading Terminal Market and take your pick of the many offerings (Cheesesteaks!)
- For a “mexcellent” table service restaurant, try Philadphia’s El Vez Restaurant
We left the Travel & Adventure show with a wealth of knowledge, full bellies, and mounds of brochures. In today’s age, we can spend hours, days, and even weeks researching particular destinations on the World Wide Web. However, there is nothing like going one on one with a destination expert. It was incredibly refreshing to speak with each representative in order to learn more about their recommendations for some of the exciting places we plan to visit in the future.
For more information on Samantha Brown’s appearance at The Travel & Adventure show, please check out our review of her Keynote.
Have you had the chance to visit a travel show/expo? If so, this was our first so we’d love to hear about your experience!