Plan the Adventure of a Lifetime at a Travel Show

by Sandra Foyt on February 11, 2012

in Travel Ideas

This weekend, jet set and armchair travelers, as well as travel industry experts, are gathered for “the LARGEST consumer-attended travel show in the United States” – the Boston Globe Travel Show at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, MA.

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For many, travel shows provide one-stop vacation planning at exhibitor booths manned by international and national tourism boards from around the world, as well as from resorts and tour operators.

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But it’s also a great place to take the kids to introduce them to the geography and culture of places around the world.

Some of the family-friendly attractions at the Boston Globe Travel Show include:

  • Cultural Performances and Entertainment.
  • Culinary stations featuring top chefs & exotic foods.
  • LIVE Animals from SeaWorld & Zoo New England! Including a bald eagle, a sloth, a lemur & more.
  • Hear from travel experts the Frommer’s (Frommer’s Guides) and Andrew McCarthy (Actor & Author) and more.
  • Children’s area with moon bounce & kids crafts.
  • Face painting at the Destination Quebec and Florida’s Resort Orlando booths.

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And for those who can’t make it to Boston this weekend, there are a number of annual travel shows scheduled around the US.

2012 Travel Shows:

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Ella McDaniel March 1, 2012 at 10:16 pm

That sounds like a fantastic field-trip opportunity for kids! To get them interested in different places and even thinking of them as accessible. I know when I was younger, Europe may as well have been on a different planet, but there are now cities in Ireland where I feel as comfortable as I do at home. This would be a fantastic way to introduce kids to that global perspective.

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