Saturday, March 29, 2008

Highlights from Adventures in Travel Expo in Washington, D.C. Day 1: Saturday, March 29

The Adventures in Travel Expo, March 29-30, at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. was a fun blend of guest speakers, international exhibitors, live performances and interactive activities. Highlights for me from Day 1 included a talk by charismatic Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, the joyous bellydancers from the Sahara Dancers (video clip above) a test ride on a Segway and learning about Fitpacking. If you are not currently off on an adventure, I hope my online photo gallery from the Expo will inspire you to book a trip soon. I will report on Day 2 at the Expo tomorrow!

Friday, March 28, 2008

For the Adventure Travel Trade Association's meeting today, I visited Alexander Graham Bell's office ...

which happens to be at the National Geographic Society's headquarters in Washington, D.C. I learned that the inventor of the telephone also succeeded his father-in-law as president of the National Geographic Society in 1898. (Thus, he had an office there).

I was at the the sprawling NGS headquarters to attend a regional meeting hosted by the Adventure Travel Trade Association. Since attending the association's world summits in Whistler, Canada, in 2007 and in Seattle in 2006, I have found their events educational, fun and valuable for business networking. Today's gathering was no exception. I am now inspired to go to the Adventure Travel Trade Association's Brazil Summit in September and perhaps the Norway Summit in October.
For meeting photos, visit my photo gallery. It's linked to my website,

Fun with Apple Photo Booth on American Airlines

Air travel can be a lot of fun when you happen to sit next to a creative seatmate. On my flight from San Francisco to New York City, Thursday, March 27, I met Christian Hansen of Seattle, Washington. After we discussed his recent travels in India and I told him I was headed to the Adventures in Travel Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., we opened up my Apple laptop for more entertainment. Christian, 20, a filmmaker and photographer, showed me how to create some wild effects in Photo Booth. Thanks, Christian!