January 27 - The Chicago Travel and adventure show returned to Chicago this time with more exhibits than you can shake a leg at. Besides the usual booths that provide information to the visitors about some good vacation spots, one of the biggest of the attractions was the speakers which included the popular Rick Steve’s of Rick Steve’s Europe on PBS. He explained how his time in Europe was an experience that everyone should endure at least once in their lifetime, in addition shared some of the funniest moments while touring. “I got to the top of the I file tower and I saw people in this line, they were just lined up, and it is funny to me that out of all those people in that line, not one of them had my book”, said Steve’s.
Another attractive addition were the penguins, as trainers showed off the wobbly birds the audience had the chance to pet one up close. Along side penguins were other animals including snakes and sea otters.
Each year, they have some thing for the whole family to enjoy, one of which was the scuba diving lessons, yes scuba diving. The exhibitors set up a huge deep swimming pool inside the event and provide suits and tanks for those who were interested. They provide step by step instructions on learning how to breathe with the tanks and swimming techniques for beginners.
Out of all of the events, one that most were looking forward too but did not return was the camel back riding. It usually is there in a traditional sense but disappointing for that exhibit to not be there this year. Well like the old saying goes, maybe next year.
Overall a good experience if you plan on vacationing soon and looking for some good places to go and relax, or tour, or hike. If you missed it this year, don’t worry, you can visit the Chicago Travel and Adventure show website to get information and tickets to next years event in January.