By Michael Cervin
People love to travel and many of us crave adventure. Therefore, the Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show (held in Long Beach, just outside of L.A.) is the perfect confluence of, well, travel and adventure.
15,000 people file into the massive center (that’s an adventure right there) to not only see what’s happening in the world of travel, but to hear well-known travel gurus like Rick Steves, Peter Greenberg, and Jean-Michel Cousteau.
There are also seminars (full disclosure, I’ll be speaking at one of these seminars again this year, so come by and say hi!) with regional travel experts discussing undiscovered places to visit, and travel tips to make any trip way easier. This is a great way to start planning your vacation, unless you’re already on one and then it’s even better.
For the adventurous, there’s a zip line, a rock wall to climb, a mini-scuba demo in a heated pool (which is awesome ‘cause the ocean can be chilly), a bungee trampoline, and a water bubble – which is where you get inside a huge clear bubble and roll around on the water – not as easy as you might think but it’s a blast.
And there is the Culinary Stage where local chefs cook up local foods (these are always popular because the food vendors are upstairs and frankly who wants to leave the party?)
Plus there are cultural happenings like dances (the Balinese last year were a show stopper), including Bollywood dances, Flamenco, belly dancing and such huge cultural diversity it’s like the whole world is packed into Long Beach.
There are trip giveaways, drawings and contests, and free pens! And you’ll meet travel experts, most of whom have authored books on specific areas (kinda like me) and who are great resources to pick their brains (not literally – that’s another convention). So come to plan a trip, vacation, getaway or maybe even an escape route!
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Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
January 12-13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach
Since you’re in Long Beach, the Queen Mary is a stones throw from where you are. And you’re close to Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure Park. Since Hollywood is so close, head to the Walk of Fame on Hollywood Blvd. just to see the craziness. From there, go directly to Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood (opened in 1919 and the interior is classic Hollywood) with killer martinis.