Attending the New York Times Travel Show has become an annual tradition for me to learn about some of the latest trends in travel plus travel tidbits about destinations I’d love to visit. Last year, I learned five things at the New York Times Travel Show and I was a family travel expert. The year before, I was a panelist on the Travel Bloggers Panel – Connect with Influential Media and I also reported on scenes from the New York Times Travel Show 2013. This year, I buckled down, worked the booths and learned a lot about travel trends. Here are six things that I learned at the New York Times Travel Show.
1. A Hello Kitty plane will fly from Houston to Taipei starting June 20, 2015.
This Hello Kitty plane from Eva Air, which was supposed to make it’s US debut from LAX, raises so many important questions. Who WOULDN’T want to fly on a Hello Kitty-themed 777? Why aren’t there MORE character-themed planes? Can I go PLEASE?
2. How to write Travelogged in Arabic
At the Abu Dhabi exhibit, where you could lounge around in the new Etihad seats, there was a woman who would write your name in Arabic. As Travelogged is a made-up word, this is just a transliteration of the letters in Arabic. Except that Arabic has no “g.” At least, I hope this says “Travelogged”! Any Arabic speakers wanna help a blogger out?
3. The water on the south shore of Prince Edward Island can get up to 80F!
Prince Edward Island is really high on my list of places to visit, so I wanted to grill the tourism rep about whether the island’s reputation for warm waters in summer is true. He says that it is, but really I need to test this out for myself because it’s so far north. It’s some kind of a special current, apparently. I also learned that PEI supplies 80% of the mussels in the US, but to be honest I’m not a mussels fan. I do love lobsters and crabs though.
4. The North Pole is just as cool as the South Pole.
I always thought that Antarctica was the place to visit for Pole-seekers. After all, that’s where March of the Penguins was filmed, and it’s a real land mass with research stations and not just a big hunk of floating ice. But then I chatted with the folks at Quark Expeditions, and a trip to the North Pole is for real explorers. OK, I’m joking a little. But imagine being on a boat that’s 75,000 Horsepower that’s cutting through nine feet of ice at 15 knots. Um yeah, and it’s powered by twin Russian Nuclear Power Reactors.
5. Tenerife has the second largest Carnivale in the world.
Second only to Rio, Tenerife has the largest Carnival in the world. Approximately 4 million people visit this Canary Island, and 500,000 of them do so to witness Carnivale. Tenerife is working hard to introduce this gorgeous destination to the US, and it just might be the next big thing!
6. Virtual Reality is here: just put on the goggles
Remember when Google Earth started taking pictures of every inch of the planet and people thought we’d no longer have to travel to see the world? Well Virtual Reality is here for travel world, and fellow travel blogger Michael Hodson let me try on his virtual reality goggles so I could see the amazing 3D/360 videos he shot for his new company Vrcinematic.com of Las Vegas, Seattle and Iceland. As I moved my head, I could see the different angles of the scenes. The future is here, and it’s surreal and slightly dizzying.
I promise to learn 7 things from the New York Times Travel Show in 2016…