2) Philippines/Couples vacation - the scenery here makes it ideal for couples. It's beautiful! Southeast Asia is very popular right now, basically because there's so much to do there. And in the Philippines, travelers will really find unique, exciting experiences from touring the villages and markets to hiking through ancient ruins or even volcanoes.
3) Florida/Family vacation - the perfect family vacation. It's so affordable right now. You can find round trip flights from Chicago to Orlando, Tampa and Miami for less than $200. And the hotel industry is still recovering from last year, and many of them continue to offer packages with rooms under $100 a night.
BEST TRAVEL SAVING TIPS:
* when booking yourself; use consumer friendly websites like Kayak.com, Momondo.com, DoHop.com, FareChase.com, SideStep.com
(The best way to save $$ on trips is to use the "aggregators", the companies that impartially list the airfares that are available, and do not themselves sell tickets. Use Kayak.com, Momondo.com, DoHop.com, FareChase.com, SideStep.com, and if there is a sale on for the dates you desire, you'll find it)
* consider using a tour operator if you travel to a remote destination
(the more remote the area you're going to, the more you might want to consider going with a tour operator. Not only do they package activities for your itinerary, which is a great way to save, they'll be familiar with the area, so they'll be able to anticipate things that might not even occur to you)
Travel & Adventure Show Hits the Windy City
More than 250 exhibitors from around the world highlight cultural, active, experiential vacations.
The Travel & Adventure Show presented by the Chicago Tribune, will be in Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. While there, attendees will have the opportunity to learn to scuba dive, ride a camel, see cultural performances from around the world and book a vacation at discounted rates right on the show floor.
Plan a far-off adventure or a quick weekend getaway with the help of more than 250 exhibitors from Australia to Korea to the beaches of Florida. Attendees will meet experts from destinations, tour companies and resorts to learn about and plan the perfect vacation - from eco-tours, safaris, volunteer vacations, to cycling and culinary tours.
Additionally, throughout the expo, the Travel and Adventure Theatre will spotlight presentations by top adventure travel authors, explorers and experts. Appearing on Saturday are Travel Legend Arthur Frommer and Captain Keith Colburn, owner of the Bering Sea's premier crab vessel, as featured on Discovery Channel's number one television show "Deadliest Catch." Sunday, Julia Dimon, travel expert and co-host of World Travels, will highlight hidden-gem destinations around the world.
"Travelers will continue to watch their wallets in 2010. Our exhibitors know how important value is when choosing where to go on vacation," noted John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm, Expo organizer. "It's all about experience and getting the most for your money, and many of these exhibitors offer savings for attendees through show only vacation discount offers."
The Travel & Adventure Show is the largest trade and consumer travel show in the Chicago market. Hours are 10:30 AM-5 PM on Saturday; 11 AM-4 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $15.00 at the door, and $10.00 online with code: CHPR. For more information and tickets, visit the Travel & Adventure Show Web site, www.adventureexpo.com.
The Travel & Adventure Show
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Sat. & Sun