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Fellow travel lovers and wanderlusts: the New York Times Travel Show is a must-do and only costs $12. It’s the largest travel trade show that brings more than 30,000 folks across the industry, including travel professionals from hotel/resorts, tour operators, bloggers, and tourism boards.
I attended because I’m always looking for new places to explore and love learning about different regions of the world. While I’ve already laid out the places I want to visit this year, I walked away with ideas on new places to visit and cool activities to explore. Plus, I exchanged business cards so that I have direct contacts for when I’m ready to start planning trips.
These are some of the cool experiences the show offers.
Guatemala. As you can see, this outfit felt inspired by the land, nature, and the earth. Actually, it reminded me that I need to look more into Mayan culture – their rich history and some of their innovation that has impacted us in today’s modern world.
Albania. While different regions within the country have their own traditional clothing, the history of Albania’s folk-style dress dates back to BC age. The embroidered designs are of culturally significant symbols and communicate alot about the individual including region of origin, marital status, family’s wealth, age, etc.
The highlight of the event for me was getting a picture with this beauty representing Bahia, Brazil. Bahia has a very high population of black people. There is a lot of African cultural influence there, which is why it is one of the places on my 2018 travel list.
Kids practicing curling in prep for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
There were exhibitors of all sizes, hailing from all over the world.
In addition to the exhibitor booths, there were book signings, performances, cooking demonstrations, and other cultural talks.
(Note to bloggers: I didn’t come across marketing or PR folks. Keep that in mind if your goal is to pitch or seek collab opportunities).