Unfortunately this year I did not catch any speakers and presentations. However I did run into Chris Harrison of the Bachelor looking very dapper in the media room. He gave a talk called 10 Years of the Bachelor: A Reflection of Romance and Travel and was being interviewed. Due to his time on the Bachelor and visiting all those exotic venues, he’s transformed himself into a travel guru. He was very gracious to some waiting fans. I missed his talk, but if he visits a city near you, sit in on his session if you want to vacation through the Bachelor’s point of view.
Thailand and the Falkland Islands
Half the show floor is reserved for states and the other half is reserved for different countries. We darted straight for the countries and if time allowed we would double back to visit the good old US of A. The Thailand booth was fun because they showcased their authentic Thai garb and they also had their version of the Wheel of Fortune. Everyone was really excited for a chance to win spa kits, pens, fans and other Thai souvenirs. We took a detour to the Falkland Islands and learned that this is the hottest spot to view penguins. If you want a real life “March of the Penguins” then you need to visit the Falkland Islands.
As we were rushing back and forth from booth to booth, state to state and country to country, we found a safe haven in Indonesia. Having gone to a few of these travel shows throughout the years we ran into some familiar faces, the Indonesian tourist board representatives. We caught up with each others lives and they gleefully snapped pictures of Baby Buck. They recalled when he was still in Mrs. Buck’s tummy! Indonesian hospitality is second to none as they gave us Indonesian restaurant tips, allowed my family a place to stretch their tired feet, and even gave Baby Buck an Indonesian cap. If we ever make it to Indonesia, I’m sure the country will be just as welcoming as their tourism bureau.
San Luis Obispo
Next year when I have more time I really should pay attention to the states. But the one place that stood out is nicknamed the Happiest Place in America, and we’re not talking about Disneyland. It is San Luis Obispo and they also have a contest searching for their next ambassador. This person would promote San Luis Obispo and get a cool cash prize of $50,000. If I had more time I definitely would give this a shot. If you’re interested, click on the link below that you could be the next SLO Ambassador!
Last but not least, my Best in Show is Malaysia. Not only did they showcase their authentic Malaysian garb, they performed Malaysian dances, and displayed other Malaysian cultural activities. Our good friend Sulaiman of Satay Malaysia didn’t have any tasty chicken satay samples, but did display his gravity defying, Malaysian tea pouring technique. Due to their hard work in immersing guests with the sights, sounds, and tastes of Malaysia, they are my choice for Best in Show.
Great show as usual and I can’t wait to go again next year. With Baby Buck less than a year old and moving into a new house, I can’t imagine going on vacation yet. Hopefully next year I’ll put my vacation cap on and visit my next potential destinations, The Great Wall of China and the Pyramids of Egypt. Look out here I come! If you missed the show this year, do your inner traveler a favor and check it out next year. To prepare yourself, visit How They “Do” The Show.
For more information about the travel destinations mentioned above, please visit the links below.