Exciting travel news!

I have exciting travel news to share with you all!  Yesterday evening, I stumbled across Rick Steves’ blog post on Facebook about travel conventions that he speaks at.  It passed without much thought.  Obviously, as with any industry, there will be conventions and trade shows.  However, it wasn’t until I had a lull in my morning that I took a deeper look at what exactly a travel show might be about, and who might be speaking.

So, you can imagine my excitement when I clicked on the link for Washington, D.C. (one of only two places Rick Steves will be speaking at, because, honestly, who the f* wants to go to smoggy L.A.???!) and saw this banner along the top:

Washington DC Travel & Adventure Show ScreenshotOMG, Rick Steves and Samantha Brown??!  Holy cow – they’re like my ideal travel- and lunch-mates!  I have read, watched and listened to Rick Steves for a few years now and just came across Samantha Brown’s Passport to Europe show within the last couple of months.  I bounced some ideas off my friend/coworker and decided, what the hell.  I emailed my aunt (my aunt and uncle live in a suburb of D.C. and I visit them every so often), got an OK, got approval from my boss to take the time off, and booked my plane ticket!

Thinking about it later today, this is the fastest I have ever booked and planned a trip.  Usually, I agonize for days and weeks about what to do, where to go, when to go (OMG, winter travel – that’s always fun!), how much I want to spend, etc., but this trip was a total impulse!  I realized tonight that I probably wouldn’t have booked my tickets if I had thought about it for a long time, as I’d find many excuses to not do something new or even remotely out of my comfort zones (conventions can be so, you know, blah), so I’m glad I had an overeager clicker today to make it happen!

I’ll be leaving in just under three weeks and will only be there for the weekend, but I’m so excited!  I will get to meet, get my picture taken with and get my books signed from two of my favorite travel icons!  How awesome is that??!  Andrew McCarthy, Todd Carmichael, Don Wildman and Pauline Frommer will also be speaking and presenting.  As if all of that wasn’t enough, I might even be able to (read: WILL) sneak in a performance at Woolly Mammoth and dine at some old favorites and discover some new eating places – how fun!

I am committing, right now, to blogging throughout this trip – everyone, hold me to it!  I can’t wait to browse the hundreds of tour operator, tourism board and goody booths and catch some of the other cultural and foodie demonstrations!  I also need to finish one of the books by Rick (I feel like I’m on a first-name basis with him) that I am in the middle of and watch some of their TV shows  so I can be all read up and ready to be inspired in D.C.!

Eek!  Fanboy post did and done!!  😉

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