Traveling the Globe at the Travel & Adventure Show
You didn't think it was possible to travel the globe from one place, did you? I didn't either until I came across the Travel & Adventure Show. You have the chance to explore global travel destinations, meet celebrity travelers like Samantha Brown and Josh Gates, and connect with media partners with travel bureaus from all around the world in one place.
Although the show has been running for over 15 years, I just learned about it. As soon as I saw they were going to be here in Atlanta this year, I knew I was going. I took a leap of faith and reached out to be a media contact, and got an e-mail from the press team almost immediately.
You may love travel like I do or attend personal development and conferences too. It's easy to catch the travel bug or grow up with it as I did. My love of travel started before I was even born. I include travel in some way, shape or form in almost everything I do.
Sometimes this includes a media experience like with the travel show, other times hands-on transformational retreats, and staycations too. When I saw all the Travel & Adventure Show has to offer, I started mapping out my adventures right away.
My day with the Travel & Adventure Show in Atlanta blew me away with the keynotes, exhibitors and media opportunities. Trust me, this is a show you want to travel to whether you are a traveler, retreat leader, or media provider.
Highlights of the Show
From the second I arrived, I felt grateful to be there. As media, we received a preview of the show and exhibitors. If you didn't know, the Travel & Adventure Show the #1 Series of Travel Shows in the US is going into its 15th year in 2020 with >84 events connecting over 1.75 million travel lovers and >4,000 travel-related brands. John Golicz, the CEO and his team are hosting coast to coast in Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Dallas in 2020.
2021 cities and dates are released as well including San Diego, Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles. You may explore thousands of destinations around the world, meet one on one with travel experts, and learn from celebrity travelers like Samantha Brown, Josh Gates, and more!
Media Preview Tour
As we arrived, we connected with the media team for our tour. Our first stop was with AAA followed by a stop with U.S. Customs. You may even get your passport application set up! After that, we stopped by MiamiLand, and additional sponsor stops.
Here are some sneak peeks!
Miami Land Experience
I love Miami and have visited several times most recently in January of 2019. I loved the interactive photo experience they set up. Who doesn't love fun experiences? I know I do!
I have traveled to 27+ countries already with a goal of 100+ including a trip to all 7 continents in 2021-2022. After my stop at Miami Land, I went by Turkish Airlines (one of my favorites).
I don't know about you, but I love Turkish Airlines and have flown them several times overseas. I stopped to talk to them and their media team.
Polish National Tourist Office
If you didn't know, I was born in Poland and I am half Polish so of course, I stopped by the Polish bureau. I have visited Poland more times than I may count. I loved connecting with Elzbieta and getting to speak Polish, and share with others how amazing Poland is.
Samantha Brown: Lessons Learned from a Life Lived on the Road
I feel like I practically grew up with Samantha Brown. My mom would share her shows and travels all the time. She now has her own produced show "Samantha Brown's Places to Love" on PBS.
During her keynote, she shared on her journey, features on her latest season with Budapest, New Zealand, Quebec City, and Finger Lakes to name a few destinations.
I loved how she shared from the heart on how "travel is where we show up and we are better when we are together."
Some of the tips she shared for travel included creating a ritual, exploring side streets near main tourist areas, leaving old shoes when you travel, and how the ironing board may be the best amenity yet (picture PlayStation for kids!)
More Exhibitor Visits
I explored more global destinations and brands in between speakers like Nassau Paradise Island, Visit Mexico, Sweet Home Alabama, British Virgin Islands, and Allegro Resorts.
Josh Gates: Adventure Awaits
I just learned about Josh Gates because of the show. He is like a real-life Indiana Jones! I have now watched a few episodes of his show, Expedition Unknown. During his keynote, he shared travel helps us explore, learn, and have an adventure.
One of his tips, which I deeply resonate with included an 80/20 rule specifying for every 5 days you travel, have a minimum of 1 thing unplanned.
Something else for you to consider includes goal-based travel. I love this especially with having traveled for fitness events like century rides, half-marathons, and triathlons. Of course, hosting retreats and helping others achieve goals aligns with me as well.
Cruising for Adventure
I made a stop with Robin Washington with her talk with highlights from Royal Caribbean. My first cruise was a week in Egypt on the Nile in 2002 with my mom when I graduated from undergrad. It was a 200+ smaller river cruise. I loved having our things on a ship like a moving home and exploring daily.
My second cruise was on the Royal Caribbean leaving from Venice. My parents and I went on a cruise after my brother's wedding exploring Venice, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Kusadasi, Turkey; Corfu, Greece; and Santorini, Greece.
Royal Caribbean has changed a lot over the years. Robin shared highlights on cruise experiences, amplifications of the cruises, as well as private island destinations like Coco Cay, and coming soon Lelepa in South Pacific with a focus on sustainability coming soon!
Meggan Kaiser: Budget Travel & Beyond: Save Your Money, Change Your Life
Meggan shared ways to make travel accessible you may not know about. In a fun and informative talk, she covered travel hacks from housesitting to work study type travel programs.
Global travel adventures help us explore, learn and grow in priceless ways. Attending the Travel & Adventure show will help you explore global destinations all from one place.
Exploring live events helps you expand your horizons in more ways than one. When you get out of your comfort zone whether you attend a show, travel globally, or both; you will surprise yourself.
Don't you want to see who you may become? Will you attend a show or live event coming up? Are you planning your next adventure yet?
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