Photos and Post by Punch Correspondent Zoe Rodriguez-Keeton
Planning that weekend get-away? Looking for a honeymoon location? Wedding season has started, spring break is around the corner, and our Washington summer will be here before you know it. With the weather breaking in Washington D.C. travel planning is on people’s minds—as was evident by the thousands of visitors to the Washington, D.C. Travel & Adventure Show this past weekend.
The Travel Show covered it all: premier beachfront condominiums, budget safaris, world wide high school and family travel programs, eco volunteer travel, and exotic locations you’ve never heard of—all a step and a “hello” away from discovery. There were plenty of free giveaways and most booths offered some type of raffle. I was enthralled with the photo slideshow of National Geographic Traveler 50 Tours of a Lifetime booth, spoke to a lawyer turned adventurer , watched adults and kids alike learn how to scuba dive, marveled at technology with SeaWorld’s live penguins, witnessed my first fish flying demonstration , and left exhilarated, ready to plan our next trip.
The presentations from travel experts Andrew Zimmern, Rick Steves and Arthur Frommer drew the large crowds.
I was particularly surprised by the strong Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region representation. International travel is a luxury many can’t afford but the need to relax is a luxury you shouldn’t deny. If for whatever reason you can’t make that trip of a lifetime this summer, your next escape from the mundane might be within driving distance. Some of the highlights were Maryland coast, West Virginia, Gettysburg, and Jersey Shore, Maine– to name a few.
Seeing more of the world and meeting new people will broaden your experiences, while also providing you with new and fresh views. The Washington, D.C. Travel & Adventure Show this weekend provided many possibilities for that. Based on this year’s successful turnout I expect the Show will return once again in 2014. In the meantime, hop on a car, bus, rail, ship, or plane and Bon voyage.
Zoe Rodriguez-Keeton is a Washingtonian transplant from Miami via San Diego. She is a triathlete, food lover, and doctorate hopeful. She and her husband D. Keeton share a passion for adventure, travel and sports.