The New York Times Travel Show

Walking around the New York Times (NYT) Travel Show felt like the adult version of It’s a Small World at Disney World, but much less annoying. In fact it was inspiring! Picture walking around a massive room filled with booths highlighting different countries, cultures, and landscapes from around the world. It energized my body.

I spoke to booth representatives, collected brochures, and wrote down information. Of course I signed up for every free trip giveaway I could find. I did not win... shocker. Even with over 550 exhibitors representing more than 170 destinations, there was no pressure to sign up or buy anything. The experience I had was calm and allowed me to absorb and gather tons of information on places like the Cook Islands, South Africa, Palm Springs (CA) and more!

The NYT Travel Show also has many speakers you could listen to. As a member of the Facebook Group, Girls LOVE Travel (GLT), I showed my support by sitting front row to hear Haley Woods, CEO and Founder of GLT, lead a panel called Expert Safety Tips for Women Travelers. After this awesome discussion, I joined the room filled with professionals sharing tips on blogging and photography. There was a schedule you could pick up around the show to help you choose which speakers and events interested you.

The event goes on for one weekend every year. Saturday and Sunday are consumer days. That means regular ol’ travelers like me. On these two days you can enjoy the cultural stages featuring live performances, go to book signings, sample foods at the Taste of World culinary stage, and more. It’s a great opportunity to network with travel bloggers, tourism boards, and brands. I purchased both days, but felt fulfilled after Saturday and decided to skip out on Sunday. If you’re a travel professional or someone in the travel industry you may consider attending Friday for the Travel Industry Conference and Exhibition.

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