What is the Travel and Adventure Show?
I was scrolling through Facebook when I noticed an event called The Travel and Adventure Show. Based on the photos and itinerary, I knew I had to attend. The expo bills itself as the premiere show for travel enthusiasts, focusing on sharing travel tips,top destinations, and once-in-a-lifetime travel deals.
How do you get to the Travel and Adventure Show 2023?
The Travel and Adventure Show is a traveling expo that visits nine different US cities. The Washington DC venue is in the Washington Convention Center, in Chinatown, DC. Downtown DC is a driver’s worst nightmare. The roads are super confusing, and street parking is minimal. The parking garages cost around 25-45 dollars, with the latter being the closest option. Instead of driving, I would suggest taking the metro instead. The nearest metro stops are Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center or Gallery Place-Chinatown metro stain.
How much does the Travel and Adventure Show 2023 cost?
A one-day pass costs about 13 dollars, and a two-day past costs 20. Food is not included, but there are many food options.
Is the Expo Legitimate and Worth It?
The Travel and Adventure Show is a legitimate travel show. There were plenty of adventure sports businesses in attandence. I saw lots of scuba diving shops promoting liveaboards, kayaking businesses, hiking companies, and tourist boards. There was also a lot of companies selling “low-cost vacation trips” in exchange for listening to timeshare pitches. I also received some local Qatari coffee and could take photos in their traditional dress. Qatar had the best cultural table. I was really excited to see the Japanese Tourism table there but they weren’t very friendly. There was also traditional dance from West Africa, exhibits on slow travel, and much more. I didn’t find the speakers to be very interesting, but I missed lots of the workshops. I think they are geared towards beginner travelers. I would have loved to see more talks about women in adventure travel.
Overall, the expo is legitimate. They pride themselves on being a place where you can get great travel deals, and I think it’s semi-accurate. The extreme sports shops were not offering major deals, but there were many bargain family package options. I can’t speak to the quality of those deals, but I suggest moving cautiously. Overall it was a cool experience, but would benefit from more adventure travel vendors and interactive workshops. I probably wouldn’t return.