|Attendees could learn to scuba dive indoors!|
Exhibitors included tourism organizations like the Aruba Tourism Authority and Discover Lehigh Valley, tour companies like Planet Wildlife, guiding companies like Rare Earth Adventures, and local area trails organizations like the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. Whether you're looking for a guiding company for Mount Kilimanjaro or a relaxing beach resort destination, each show has something for everyone. It was my first Travel and Adventure Show, and it certainly didn't disappoint.
|Learning how to climb indoors.|
One of the most exciting parts of the show was seeking out the experiential exhibitors, including West Virginia-based River & Trail Outfitters. Their indoor rock wall was a big hit, as was the 18,000 gallon heated indoor dive pool provided by Pennsylvania and New Jersey-based Be a Diver. Both booths provided exhibitors and the general public alike an opportunity to try sports typically not available in the middle of a convention center. Outer Banks-based Kitty Hawk Kites gave attendees a chance to virtually fly a replica of the original Wright Brothers glider, built in 1902. The company is reproducing the centuries-old flying machine and giving flight lessons on the dunes at Jockey's Ridge State Park.
|Attendees testing out a Wright Brothers glider |
flight simulator by Kitty Hawk Kites.
|Learning more about The Village Experience.|
Of course, I couldn't leave without another catalog from NOLS to add to my ever growing collection. Every catalog seems to provide newer and more exciting opportunities to have truly transformative outdoor experiences, and I swear, someday I'll choose a trip and go for it! (Right now, I've got my heart set on backpacking in Patagonia and/or Scandinavia, though I suppose Alaska Mountaineering would work too.) Representatives at Icelandair's booth also provided additions to my bucket list, including their Volcanoes and Glaciers package.
All in all, it was a great experience. Have you been to any of the Travel & Adventure Shows? What did you think? Leave a comment!