Are you ready to make travel plans for 2014? You could begin by reading a few travel guides about some of the places you're interested in visiting. Lonely Planet can probably provide a guide for most any place you can think of. You could visit a travel agency and look at the hundreds of brochures on the racks in the office. But if you really want to get to know more about a destination your best bet might be to attend a travel show. Not just any show, but a giant event like the Los Angeles Times Travel Show in January.
The 16th annual Travel Show will be held January 18th and 19th in 2014 at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will feature a number of well-known travel experts offering talks and seminars. Included will be Arthur Frommer (publisher of more than 340 Frommer travel guides), Henry Rollins (author of "Smile, You're Traveling").
A press release that I received today states:
This year’s show will feature an expanded LA Times area where award-winning journalists will host salons with their favorite experts on international sports events, major music fests and useful travel tech, as well as a presentation on The Times’ “Postcards >From the West” series. The Travel Smart stage has a full schedule of mini-seminars on the best of Europe for 2014, getting the most from your vacation budget, staying connected on the road, travel safety and the latest in alternative lodging. Over at the Flavors of the World kitchen, acclaimed chefs will treat audiences to cooking demos and samples of regional cuisine. Attendees will also be entertained by live cultural performances and have access to a screening room showing short videos, including reader-submitted vacation movies.
You might want to pack and bring along a carry-on bag just in case something exciting happens while you're there - in the past I have seen a couple of fantastic offers that departed for great destinations and unbelievable prices immediately following the show. Who knows, you might find yourself in Hawaii in mid-January.
But, even if that doesn't happen you definitely will find some show-only special packages and giveaways so be sure and bring along your credit card. And, even if you don't book travel at the show be prepared to enjoy a few exciting cultural performances and taste some exotic specialty treats from around the globe - all included in the price of admission. There will also be exhibits of the very latest travel accessories for your perusal.
Tickets are $8 in advance (use code Travel2014) or $10 at the door; Times members have access to two-for-one tickets. LA Times’ 3rd annual trade day for travel professionals will be held January 17. For tickets and more information, go to latimes.com/travelshow. Connect via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ LATimesEvents (#travelshow).
Pack your bags, head on over to the travel show and . . . Keep on Traveling!