Travel and Adventure Show

January 26, 2013 9:10:03 PM PST
If you're looking to beat the winter blues with a sunny vacation, the Travel & Adventure Show should help.

It's at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on January 26-27, 2013, and it features a ton of experts. ABC7 is a sponsor of the show. Among the experts you can meet there is travel writer Pauline Frommer (, and she came into our ABC7 studio with tips on where you should travel this year.

Pauline's Tips: 4 hot travel destinations for 2013

1. China:

  • The Chinese government continues to devalue the yuan (to keep exports strong)
  • Example: from the company, you can get a fully guided tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai for 10 days (all lodgings, meals, tours, in-country transportation and a flight from San Francisco included) for $1499
  • Similar packages from such companies as Ritz Tours ( and China Focus (
  • Do the trip independently, and you can possibly spend even less.
2. Las Vegas

  • Hotel rates have fallen to new lows in recent months
  • You can get a super-luxurious suite of the type you'd pay $400/ night for in another city for as little as $139/ night
  • It's also not unusual to get a perfectly decent room for under $30 a night
  • Discounts on shows are common (try or the Tix4Tonight ( booths on the Strip), as are discounts on food
  • Pauline recommends getting a car, so you can see the stunning desert landscapes around the city and eat off the Strip, where the food is terrific and much less pricey

3. Dallas, Texas

  • 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy
  • The event will be commemorated tastefully, with special exhibitions and expert panels
  • With the TV show "Dallas" back on the air, you can see Southfork Ranch in person

4. Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland

  • In 2013, the historic walled city of Derry-Londonderry will be the UK's first "City of Culture," stage to 170 events, from massive, outdoor light spectacles, to star-studded theatrical performances to music fests (including the famed Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, operating outside of the Republic of Ireland for the first time)
  • You might want to mix this with one of the extraordinarily well-priced air/ hotel packages we're seeing to Ireland this year
  • Example: 6 nights in luxury accommodations in Ireland, a rental car and air from Chicago for just $1062 per person with the company SceptreTours (; similar deals available from Brian Moore Tours International (, Aer Lingus Vacations ( and CIE (

Chicago Travel & Adventure Show (

Public Show Hours:
Saturday, January 26: 10 a.m. ? 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 27: 11 a.m. ? 4 p.m.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
5555 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL

Adults: $9 Online or $15 at the Door
Children under 16: Free
All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Pauline Frommer at the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show

Travel Writer, Frommer's Travel Guides and Creator of Pauline Frommer guidebooks

Saturday, January 26, 2013
12:30pm - 1:30pm
"What You Need To Know Before You Plan Your Next Vacation"
Autograph Signing Immediately Following