The illustrious New York Times Travel Show was held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City this past rainy weekend. Vendors representing every region of the world lined row after row of the enormous convention space. I attacked the floor much the same way I go after food in a Chinese Buffet, hungry for more. I always go for the ribs first, yesterday it was the Caribbean.
As much as I enjoy tasting new things, I go to the familiar first. We visited and chatted with people from places we’ve been like they were old friends. I heard interesting first hand news on happenings in Jamaica, Mexico, Costa Rica, St. Thomas, and even Canada. We’ve been there, done that, and can’t wait to go again.
For the second course, I needed information on places we are visiting in the near future. Jackie, from St. Croix Department of Tourism, loved my question. “I am going to St. Croix for one day next month. I do not want to spend it with 1,000 other cruise passengers, and I also want to keep my money local. What can I do?” It was a $64,000 question, and I got a million dollar answer from Jackie. We’ll have a private island tour ready for us.
We had the familiar and tasted some new offerings, but what is life without trying something new? Meetings with representatives of Africa and Asia got our adventurous juices flowing. In the not so distant future you may be reading a post about climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
For dessert we went to the seminars. A presentation on how to easily score first class airfare was held by Nomadic Matt. (Thank you Matt for the secret code to score free tickets to the show.) Mrs. SirOzzy sat in on a lecture regarding family travel locations and secrets. I went to the writing seminar. Mr. Max Hartshorne, editor of GoNomad.com, and Mr. Paul Shoul, staff photographer, were speaking.
The two gentlemen presented an introduction to travel writing and photography. Prior to Mr. Hartshorne taking the podium, my balls grew to the size of grapefruits and I presented him my business card. I explained I was the pest who had been hounding him with emails and I would like to join his writing staff. He looked at me like I had 4 heads and abruptly cast my card aside.
Shockingly, I heard from GoNomad this morning. They are looking forward to my upcoming travels to Key West and Puerto Rico. They like my stuff. Stay tuned folks, good things are happening…..