Los Angeles Times Travel Show 2014
Over the Jan 19th weekend, the Los Angeles Times Travel Show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center. This is a great event to attend if you need more information about a specific country you want to visit, if they have a booth that is. Otherwise, you can spend hours talking to the tour reps about their packages and about the country. Not only that, but you can also catch some of your favorite travel experts who knows the industry.
Headliner speaker Arthur Frommer (author of the Frommer's series) shared his tips and advice on budget traveling where he starts off by talking about airline giants merging which causes airfares to soar. He mentioned he has been using sites such as Airbnb to book a place to stay and hostels where nowadays most hostels no longer have age limits. I agree with Arthur that these sites offer more for your buck than say a resort or hotel. You will feel more connected with its local culture if you stay at a place where the locals live in, the neighborhoods. He then talked about using Twitter to check specific airlines for airfare deals that are not promoted anywhere else but Twitter. He also talked about credit card mileage tactics to travel. Many topics were mentioned and you could not resist the audience concentration on what he had to say. Arthur is definitely a travel expert!
The Travel Smart Stage: More for Your Money: The Best Value for Your Vacation Dollars where one of my favorite travel bloggers JohnnyJet was speaking, alongside Eric Rosen and Jen Leo. I was late to this panel because it conflicted with the Arthur Frommer panel so I missed out more than half of this.
This was my first time seeing JohnnyJet speak. I have seen him once at one of the Travel Bloggers conferences I've attended called TBEX (for those who are Travel Bloggers you definitely should attend TBEX at least once). Here they covered what websites to use to get and find great deals, as well as using credit card miles. They mentioned about Groupon travel deals which is true you can find great deals on that website.
Roaming around the floor with probably over 100 booths, it was a good size crowd. I couldn't help but to notice the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office because Turkey was my most recent overseas trip so it felt as though Turkey and I had a relationship. Hah! They had a very large booth ready to answer potential visitor's questions. Turkey really has been one of the popular countries to go to over the years.
I tried my luck on winning a trip to Nepal from the tour company called EarthBound Expeditions. Apparently they sell their tour packages to TravelZoo. The representative at this booth was informative about Nepal because I told him it was one of my top destinations (I have about 200 top destinations by the way). All in all a great event to attend if you are a beginner in your world travels where you need some tips and advice or would like to join tours. A lot of the topics and websites the speakers mentioned was something I already knew. As a Travel Blogger we should know all of this or more than half right? ;)