Planning a Vacation? Plan an Adventure


Whether you are planning a once in a lifetime vacation or a short romantic getaway, bring a bit of adventure into your getaway. The recent Washington D.C. Travel and Adventure Show offered its attendees the thrill of planning a trip that defies the ordinary.

And knowledgeable travel experts—Pauline Frommer (Frommer Travel Guides), Samantha Brown, above  (Travel Channel), Marc Peyser (Budget Travel Magazine), and Patricia Schultz of (1,000 Places to See Before You Die)—were on hand to held with that planning.

This annual event gave visitors a glimpse at some of the most exotic vacation hotspots around the globe.The Destination Theater showcased short films and slides about different vacation destinations from the Caribbean to safaris and beaches in Africa.

And there were plenty of chances to dip a toe, literally, into adventurous waters. There was a scuba diving pool sponsored by Be a Diver where individuals could experience the thrill of deep sea scuba diving with instructions from certified diving instructors. For those who preferred to soar, there was a kite simulator provided by Kittyhawk Kites, a rock climbing wall provided by River & Trails Outfitters, and, my favorite, the aerial zip line provided by Calleva. I gathered up the courage to try it and overcame my fear of heights by zipping across the floor at what seemed like fifty miles per hour. Many of the activities were family-friendly, providing many opportunities to plan a trip to excite even bored teens.

On the entertainment side, guests enjoyed the culturally diverse music and dance from the Global Beats Stage, a demonstration of belly-dancing techniques, and a show of martial arts. There were drawings, raffles, and giveaways, many hoping they would win.

What’s a great vacation without great food? The show provided many opportunities to sample fare prepared by chefs from Cuisine Noir magazine. Demonstrations featured chefs Rozeta Mahboubi, Mark Decarlo, J.Jackson, Gustavo Huapalla, and Nazha Kasraoui. The audience enjoyed food as well as cocktails from around the world prepared by mixologist/bartender Trey Wheat.

This event was so informative and on such a large scale that it really was an all day event and for $15 per person at the door, $9 online was well worth the price. These Travel and Adventure Shows are staged in different cities across the country and are hosted by If missed the Washington event go to the website and see where the show is scheduled next. You may be able to catch it before you plan your next getaway.

For more information, go to the Travel and Adventure Website

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