By Lisa K. Berton
The Boston Globe Travel Show has been tantalizing New Englanders for years with visions of exotic, sun-kissed, and weekend escapes. The latest show was held at Seaport World Trade Center from February 9 through 11. While Boston Globe subscribers received complimentary admission, the public was offered 2-for-1 deals across multiple online platforms.
Exhibitors included the major cruise lines like Norwegian and Viking which sail out of Flynn Cruiseport Boston, various hotels and resorts in Connecticut, the Jersey Cape, and a wide variety of family-friendly and nature-inspired vacation spots across New York. Not to be outdone was the sunshine state, Florida, with a plethora of tables each with a different destination including Miami, Panama City Beach, the Treasure Coast, Legoland, and Universal Studios.
Camp Cody of New Hampshire provided arts and crafts tables and a s'mores station to keep kids happy while Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health (Stockbridge, MA) offered chair massages and cooking demonstrations for adults.
Giveaways and sweepstakes were highly popular. Indonesia's fun prize wheel drew all ages, with credit going to the gentleman pictured for being the friendliest and most interactive person we met.
For those considering trips to U.S. Virgin Islands, tourism is needed to help boost the islands' economy although limited accommodations are operating at the moment. Puerto Rico on the other hand has a high number of working hotels and attractions especially in San Juan and Dorado.
If you missed the travel show or don't live in the area, check your local newspapers and online calendars for upcoming events. You never know what deal you might score.