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Last year I attended the Travel and Adventure Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. I was so excited to visit my first ever travel expo and I’m so excited to tell you all about it! Keep reading for my Travel and Adventure Show Review!
Philadelphia Travel and Adventure Show Review
What is the Travel and Adventure Show?
The Philadelphia Travel and Adventure Show was held on Saturday March 10 and Sunday March 11. This two-day event featured speakers, booths, live entertainment, a virtual reality experience and culinary displays! The mission of the show is to help those looking to plan and book their next vacation find thousands of options to explore. At the show, destination experts help them get there, and with show exclusives, travelers can save tens of thousands of dollars in savings on booking their next vacation!
Looking to book your next vacation? Then reach out for my expert vacation planning services – go to the show to get inspiration and ideas, then come to me to book. Click below to get started!
Travel and Adventure Show Speakers
I drove down to Philadelphia on Sunday morning to attend one day of the conference (thats all my schedule allowed unfortunately). I arrived right in time to see Samantha Brown take the stage. I see her pins all the time on Pinterest and I was excited to see her speak. Samantha Brown is the only female travel host I can think of!
Samantha was promoting the upcoming season of her PBS Series, Places To Love. Her talk was so inspirational! She talked about her approach to her new show which is to “go beyond must sees and must dos” and really experience a new place. Her best travel tip – take two hours, and just go for a walk. Away from the city center, without a map or guidebook!
Her message was so inspiring. She wants folks watching her show to think, “If she can do it, I can do it.” Which is exactly how I feel about family travel and my site!
I also caught most of the Peter Greenberg talk at the Travel Theater. I was not familiar with his work, but he talked about how to save money on hotel bookings, and what extra up charges to avoid on a cruise.
Of course if you are interested in a booking a cruise – check out the best way to book a cruise, you will for sure be in good hands with me!
Honestly, one of the main reasons I came down to the Travel and Adventure Show was to see The Point Guy speak, but unfortunately he was ill and had to cancel his session. I wish I had sat in on more speakers, to me, this was the best part of the expo!
Travel and Adventure Show Philadelphia Exhibits
After Samantha Brown’s talk I wandered over to some of the exhibits. I saw folks on the virtual reality ride, and I knew because of my recent bout with vestibular neuritis, I had to skip that! But there was a decent line and the people on it looked like they were having a blast!
When I arrived at the Travel and Adventure Show I was given a schedule of events and a map. The speaker’s “theaters” were all around the perimeter and the exhibits were in the middle of the space. They were arranged, mostly, by location. Since I wanted to connect with local tourism boards, I first headed to the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.
At this show I ended up connecting with the rep from the Dutchess County tourism board (in upstate New York) and ended up going on a subsequent FAM trip with them!
After talking to several reps about great local places, I was pretty hungry! Luckily I stumbled upon Waffatopia. I could not resist a banana and nutella waffle! These waffles were so delicious and they ship nationwide! Needless to say, I will be ordering some more of these!
UPDATE: Sadly, Waffatopia had to close it doors in 2019.
After downing my snack, I headed over to the Taste of Travel stage and saw the end of Culinary Fight Club. This was like being in a live version of Chopped or Iron Chef! I hung out here for a bit while the chefs finished plating their dishes. The audience got to try the dishes and vote for their favorite!
Next I got to check out one of the performances at the Global Beats Stage. I caught a local troupe of Polynesian dancers – ranging from little kids to adults! This was a really fun way to get in the spirit of the South Pacific! As if I didn’t have serious wanderlust already!
Lastly I wandered through the remaining booths. There were representatives from ALL OVER THE WORLD and I loved dreaming up my next adventure.
After a several hours, a few business card exchanges and a one too-many waffles later, I headed home. Unfortunately the traffic getting back to Long Island was so bad, but despite the long ride home, I’m glad I went to the Travel and Adventure show!
Travel and Adventure Show 2020
Especially now that I am also a Travel Agent with Paradise Travel, I am planning to head to the Philadelphia Travel and Adventure show again this March (leave me a comment if you are too!)
Click here to see the 2020 Travel and Adventure Show schedule – coming to the Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Bay Area, Washington DC, Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas and Chicago- and new for 2020 Atlanta!
Also new for 2020 – a special ticket and day for us travel advisors ! A day of workshops, celebrity meet and greets and a chance to win a FAM trip!
Have you visited a travel expo? Have you attended the Travel and Adventure Show?
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I was provided a press pass to the Philadelphia Travel and Adventure Show. As always, opinions are all my own.
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