Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show 2014 Recap
Last week I hit the Long Beach convention center to attend the nation’s largest travel show, Travel & Adventure Show. Every year the show keeps getting bigger and better.
Last time, Bryce from Save and Conquer asked where would I want to travel to. I immediately thought of Hawaii. Even though I’m originally from there I haven’t been back for a few years. It will be nice to see the changes and catch up with old friends. I thought of island hopping, so I went straight to the Hawaii booth for some suggestions. After a quick chat for recommendations, I walked away with a quick rule of thumb.
If you are into what a city offers, shopping, landmarks, tourist spots, and night life, you should visit Oahu. The state’s capital city of Honolulu is there along with Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Arizona Memorial, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.
If you are into taking in nature’s beauty, you should visit Kauai. It has the Waimea Canyon, also known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and is the backdrop for many films, most notably Jurassic Park and South Pacific.
Finally, if you want a nice mixture of both, you should visit Maui. It has Old Lahaina Town and the Haleakala National Park. Taking everything into consideration, I’ll probably just visit Oahu my next time back and save the island hopping for another time.
For more information about Hawaii, visit http://gohawaii.com and click on the individual island tabs for more details.
Best in Show
Taiwan once again takes down the first prize with their impressive stage setup and 20 man strong congregation. They had fun interactive games and prizes. They also rocked the house with three Techno Dancing Gods (Dianyin Santaizi) and played traditional instruments like the erhu, flutes, and the zither.
For more information about Taiwan, visit http://go2taiwan.net/.
We all know about mini cars and SUV’s, but have you seen a mini RV? The Jucy cabin seats are converted into a bed and they have additional sleeping quarters in their roof tent affectionately referred to as the “penthouse”. Last, but not least, their tagline mentions “even the kitchen sink”. Going through their website’s online quote, the rental was $33/night for a minimum of 5 nights. This makes for a fun, little road trip!
For more information about Jucy Rentals, visit http://jucyrentals.com/.
Samantha Brown’s Carry On Travel Tip
After her talk, Samantha took a few questions from the crowd. Someone vented that she was constantly over packing her carry on and asked for her advice.
Samantha surgically broke it down for us. Three tops, three bottoms, and they all have to go with each other. You now have 9 sets of clothes. To top things off, she also packs three comfortable shoes that also go with everything. Think beige. Brilliant! Her fans showed their appreciation by lining up for over an hour for autographs and pictures.
For more information about Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, visit http://www.travelchannel.com/tv-shows/samantha-brown.
Patricia Schultz One Hour Trip Around the World
The person I really wanted to see was Patricia Schultz, the best selling author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die. She started things off with a powerful Asian Proverb.
“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
She followed up with an amazing presentation filled with her passionate reflections enhanced with picturesque slides from 30 previous travel destinations. She claims she doesn’t have a favorite as your favorite place is the last place you visited, but she is partial to Italy as she is half Italian and she gushed about her African Safari experience.
Her passion for travel was obvious as she hurried through the end of her presentation as an usher warned her of her time a few times. She was so caught up in her whirlwind around the word tour that she didn’t even have time for questions and answers. She wrapped up her talk with two sound pieces of advice. Carpe Diem and your knees have expiration dates. I now know if you look up passion for travel in a dictionary, you will see a picture of Patricia Schultz.
For more information about Patricia Schultz and 1000 Places to Visit Before You Die, visit http://1000places.com/.
Where is your next travel destination? Why are going there?
P.S. I had to include this picture from Korea as we have similar taglines.