Early jet-setters had to deal with myriad inconveniences, including slow travel times, confusing foreign customs, and the riddles of the Sky Sphinx. Take the questions out of vacations with today's Groupon: for $8, you get a single admission to the Bay Area's Travel and Adventure Show (a $15 value), which runs from January 15–16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
With hundreds of travel and vacation exhibitors from several exotic locales, the Travel and Adventure Show combines the deal-making prowess of a travel agency with the insider knowledge of a crowded bazaar. In a welcoming setting for aspiring sightseers and veteran world-travelers alike, would-be wayfarers can investigate trip packages to spots such as Costa Rica, China, India, Santa Claus's new Antarctic offices, and more. Soak in seminars with destination experts from Pauline Frommer (creator of Pauline Frommer's guidebooks) to Weekend Explorer host Jeffrey Lehmann. Visitors can also test their inner adventurer with demonstrations of adrenaline-upping activities, including scuba diving, zip lining across the show floor, international wine tastings, and rattlesnake square dancing.
Adventure World magazine featured the Travel and Adventure Show:
- I recently attended The Travel & Adventure Show in Washington, DC with my 7 year old adventure companion and son, Caleb. There was plenty to keep him abuzz as he zip lined from the convention center ceiling, experienced many successful ascents on the climbing wall, and participated in interactive booth activities teaching him about different cultures of the world, and places he imagines visiting as he grows up. In turn, I was able to speak with representatives from Morocco, Panama, Belize, Mongolia, Thailand, China, Costa Rica, Belize, and more. – Ty Stevens