LA Travel & Adventure Show Long Beach – Feb. 8 – 9, 2014!
Make the most of your visit with these tips!
- Define your goal
- Set your schedule
- Map your strategy
- Take a break
- Allow extra time to wander
- Have FUN!
Define your goal. Whether you’re planning to attend with your family, friends, spouse or even alone, you’ll get the most out of the show if you spend a little time in advance thinking about your motivations for attending the show. If you’re looking for inspiration for your dream vacation or really want to discover something new, that will look a lot different than if you know you are traveling to Japan in June! Maybe you and your posse have different ideas about what’s a must see and what’s sure to be a bore – best to find out in advance. Once you have some idea of what your goals are you’ll have a much better time at the show!
Set your schedule. Check the schedule of speakers and decide in advance who you want to see when. Some of the speakers overlap so you’ll have to decide who to see. There’s a great line up on topics from Jet Setting with Your Pet, Crafting Your Family’s Travel Bucket List to How to Create an Epic Trip Anywhere. Speakers include Patricia Schultz, Rick Steves, Jean-Michel Cousteau & Pauline Frommer. Last year we caught up with Photographer, Ralph Velasco and picked up some great tips for coming home with better pictures! Ralph is back this year along with representatives from every continent and conveyance.
Don’t forget to check the schedule of performances on the Global Beats Stage and the amazing Chefs and Foodies lined up for the Culinary Stage when deciding your personal hit list! There is a special VIP Food & Wine Experience slated for the end of the day Saturday. Featuring 6 wineries and a food pairing from Chef Jason Collis from Limoniera Ranch, this event requires a separate Expo Ticket Purchase (must be 21+ to participate).
Map your strategy. When you arrive at the show knowing in advance your basic time table grab a show map to get a lay of the land. Make a note of where you parked – unless you took the Metro (recommended – and where the restrooms are located. Bring some cash even if you purchased tickets in advance. Someone will inevitably want coffee or bottled water and some of the activities have nominal fees. Last year the zip line, Bubble Rollers, and rock tower were exhibited around the perimeter. We had a blast trying them out. If one or more has your name written all over, be sure to allow for some extra time because there will most likely be a line. If you only have time for one – it’s a tough call, but for me it would be the Bubble Rollers. I laughed so hard, I was sore for four days afterward!
Take a break. The show is big and extremely stimulating! Plan to take a break. We had lunch off site at Beachwood Brewing BBQ. Walking distance from the show with Award Winning Beer and popular items like their Pulled Pork Sandwich and Tater Tot Casserole they also handle lighter fare like Smoked Albacore and a Smoked Portobello Veggie Burger.
Allow extra time to wander. This one is essential. Each booth represents a world away and you’ll want to be able to engage your imagination and travel in your mind to far off lands and adventures that leave you rejuvenated, invigorated and inspired.
Have FUN! Of course the most important thing to remember is to have fun! Maybe this should be number one on the list. Breathe, be polite, stay off of your phone and smile. We enjoyed taking the Blue Line to the show, spending our travel time in anticipation of a great day together on the way there and sharing our favorite experiences on the way home without having one of us distracted by having to drive.
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