6 Things I Learned at the New York Times Travel Show 2015

6 Things I Learned at the New York Times Travel Show 2015

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?

Travelogged in Arabic!

You could get your name written in Arabic at the Abu Dhabi exhibit, so of course I asked for Travelogged in Arabic!

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 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…


8 Responses to 6 Things I Learned at the New York Times Travel Show 2015

  1. Lillie
    Twitter: WorldLillie
    January 29, 2015 at 11:33 pm #

    Awesome! I wasn’t able to make this show, though I wanted to, so this is very helpful. Fun, too!
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  2. Penny Sadler January 30, 2015 at 12:46 am #

    I’ve been to that show in LA and in Dallas. It’s always fun and there’s always something or someone interesting to talk to. Cool meeting Micheal and checking out his virtual glasses.
    Penny Sadler recently posted..Why Is Phil’s Fish Market So Popular?

  3. Wandering Educators
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    January 31, 2015 at 12:43 am #

    OOH!! The warm waters! I’d sooooo love to swim there.
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  4. Theodora January 31, 2015 at 11:32 am #

    Cool that there are trips going to the North Pole – although kind of sad for all the explorers who sweated to go there….
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  5. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    Twitter: GreenGlobalTrvl
    January 31, 2015 at 6:09 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the info about the warm Prince Edward Island waters. We’re hoping to visit the island sometime in the future.
    Mary @ Green Global Travel recently posted..ICELAND: 10 Incredible Iceland Waterfalls

  6. Tawanna January 31, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    Wanted to go this year but couldn’t make it. I always like stopping at the Abu Dhabi stand – they usually have something neat that they’re featuring.

  7. Gran Canaria Local February 1, 2015 at 7:27 am #

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria’s carnival pretty popular too, Liz. This year the theme is One Thousand and One Nights. It runs from the 31st January to the 21st February.
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  8. Nancy D. Brown February 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    I’m headed to the Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show this weekend. I look forward to sharing the things I learn at this travel show! Thanks for sharing your tips.
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