Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show 2014 Recap

Travel & Adventure Show

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.

Taiwan Instruments

For more information about Taiwan, visit http://go2taiwan.net/.

Jucy Rentals

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!

Jucy Rentals

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 Brown

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.”

Patricia Schultz

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?

Stay Inspired!

P.S. I had to include this picture from Korea as we have similar taglines.


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10 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    Buck, you need to go to work for one of these companies that goes around to exhibit at shows like these. Then you could travel and have it all paid for while being in this trade show environment that you seem to enjoy so much. It’s an idea. If your wife was into the travel and also got a job where you could work as a team you could even tote Baby Buck along until he was of school age.

    The best travel experiences in my life were when I was touring with the theatre group I managed. Free travel with expenses paid and having to work now and then at a job I liked. It was great.

    Maybe you should look into it.

    The travel show sounds great. I really need to go to some of these things sometimes.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Sounds like a great idea Lee! Thanks for sharing your theater group experience and it looks like you know firsthand what you are suggesting. May need to look into this more carefully. Thanks again!

  2. The Jucy Rentals camper vans look like they could be very fun for our family of three. I went to their website, and they have a lot of restrictions on camper drop-off times and dates (at least in San Francisco. They are closed on Sunday and they only take drop-offs on Saturday between 9:00 and 11:00 AM. On weekdays, they only accept drop-offs between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. I’m sure our 13-year-old son would love sleeping in the “penthouse,” but with those limited hours, I’m afraid we will have to pass.

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Thanks for sharing your deep dive into Jucy Rentals Bryce! May need to relay your info so they can try and improve their service offering in San Francisco. If the drop off times were better, where would you road trip to?

  3. Wow, this sounds amazing! I would love to go to Hawaii one day and visit the various islands. The Juicy Rental sounds pretty cool, especially if you don’t need to lug an RV around. Traveling around the world is a pipe dream at this point, I would take just seeing the US :-). Thanks for sharing.

  4. Untemplater says:

    How fun! I like Samantha Brown. I used to watch her shows all the time. I may get a chance to go to Taiwan for a few days this summer for the first time which would be cool.

  5. I guess our plans to pay off debt just seem really overwhelming right now :-). Hopefully, I will be able to visit some of my favorite spots in the future (WAY down the road!). I would love to visit Nashville, New Orleans, and San Diego. The first two because I love music and the history in NO is so rich and Nashville is so active now. San Diego because everyone talks about how idyllic it is because of the temperate weather and beauty.

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