Events like the Travel and Adventure Expo this past weekend not only entertain me and my family, but educate as well. This past Sunday in addition to the Deal Kids spending quality time with a kookabura and burning off energy on the rock wall I took away 4 bullet points to share with you:
- Andrew McCarthy is the real deal. Yes, that Andrew McCarthy. His talk was the highlight of the show hands down. As a father of three who espouses travel with his kids but rejects fear and living in the “bubble” of 100% luxury, his quote that “travelers are the last best hope for the world” made me want to stand up and cheer. Put away your OMD records and pick up his travel memoir The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest for the Courage to Settle Down“. You won’t regret it. And while you’re at it, grab Lights, Camera…Travel! (Lonely Planet Travel Literature), which is a really fun anthology of Hollywood stars and their travels that McCarthy didn’t write, but had a heavy hand in editing.
- Busch Gardens annual passes could be a great value, and you can pay monthly with no interest. I need to look deeper into these (expect a post in the near future). I had a great chat with the BG folks and basically a single visit pays for a seasonal pass, but the annual pass is just a little more and also includes parking and food discounts (and will get you into food and wine/Christmastown/Spring Break). The fact that you can pay monthly with no interest makes it much more like a Hulu/netflix subscription and also makes me consider the 2 or 3 year all park Platinum pass more within reach…I’d love to hear from any readers who use the monthly pay feature and whether they feel they’ve gotten the value out of it.
- There are a lot of regional destinations I know NOTHING about. The folks at each table (especially the less-known ones) are passionate about where they’re from and LOVE to tell you about it! Give them a minute and you’ll learn about caverns you didn’t know existed, rapids you can tube, parades you can visit, and festivals you can crash. I hope to take some time exploring some of these places off the beaten path soon and encourage you to do the same.
- The Destination Experts are happy to help you if you have specific questions. I am so grateful to Rosemary of Via Mondo who gave me some terrific city suggestions for my trip to Italy in August to help avoid all of the crowds. Her unique knowledge saved me hours of research! Use the resources available to you at the expo to fill in gaps in your upcoming trip schedule.
I also wanted to give a quick shout-out to the Deal Mommy readers I met at the Expo with their own families. It’s great to see you out and about planning your own adventures. What did you take away from the fair? Please share in the comments.