Many years ago, when my wife and I were first together, we attended an overseas teaching convention where schools come from all over the world to recruit Americans to teach overseas.
There, in one single convention hall were schools from more than 100 countries, and in the space of a few hours, my wife had job prospects from schools in Bolivia, Bangladesh, Turkey, and El Salvador. We ultimately decided not to go overseas at that time, and instead, later moved to Vietnam, but the experience of having so much opportunity open up over the course of a few hours was dizzying.
Here’s the thing: there is a similar event in NYC that is built not for teachers, but for travelers like you and me. It’s called The New York Times Travel Show, and it’s happening in New York, January 25–27, 2019.
As a bonus to our customers and fans, we're giving away some free passes. Click here to grab your free pass or use code BLUFF19 when you register - but we only have 100, so it's first come, first served. P.S. Kids under 18 get in free.
Spread over the course of two days, The New York Times Travel Show features more than 500 exhibitors representing 170 destinations where you can research, discuss and dream about travel all over the world.
The exhibitors fall into three categories:
- Countries: Tourism boards from countries like South Africa, India, Panama, Costa Rica (you get the idea) are there to answer questions about travel to their destination and connect you with resources to plan your trip.
- Outfitters: Companies that specialize in safaris, train travel, Antarctic exhibitions, etc. who are available to book specialty trips, often with a show discount.
- Travel Products: Companies like ours with unique travel products that can equip you for your journey.
In addition, the show offers large-format seminars and smaller, topic-specific talks from various experts about all kinds of exciting travel-related topics. There are seminars about the best new gear and gadgets for travelers, LGBTQ travel, family travel, safety tips and more.
Even being in the travel industry, when I walk up and down the aisles, I always find new inspiration and great ideas. There’s always a booth from a place I’ve never really thought of visiting, some new gadget I can’t live without, and fascinating people to meet and swap travel stories with.
This is our fourth year at the show. But this year is even more exciting for us because - for the first time ever - we’ll have a booth. Come to booth #536 to meet almost the entire Bluffworks team, try on our signature Gramercy Blazer and new Horizon Vest, see samples from the rest of our product line, and check out the long-awaited Departure Travel Jeans.
Plus, on Sunday at 2pm I’ll be giving a talk on travel security that is about far more than just pockets.
What I'm Dreaming Of
For me, the best part of the Travel Show is getting inspired to dream about where I want to go next. And what’s on my list right now? So many places:
- Japan: Bullet trains, incredible food, and inspiring architecture, not to mention an incredibly rich history and culture. I’ve never been.
- South Africa: Surfing, safaris, wine country, and adventure to the bottom of the world.
- Mongolia: Dying to take my family and just disappear into the back country on a horse to truly step out of time.
- Luxury Train Travel: The kind of trip that is only possible outside the U.S.
- Not to mention the U.S: there are also resources at the show that can help you make the most of destinations closer to home.
You get the idea. There’s no shortage of inspiration.
No doubt: the travel show is still a trade show. But whether it’s meeting exhibitors or other travelers who love to travel as much as you, the people who attend make it so much more.
Where are you going in 2019 and beyond?
It's not often I get to meet the larger Bluffworks community in person, so I hope you swing by the booth and say hello, and maybe swap stories or ideas for future adventures. If you can’t make it, you’re always welcome to let me know where you’re headed in the comments below.
Hope to meet you there,