Shop for Vacations at Chicago's Adventures in Travel Expo January 26 and 27

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Jennifer Seaman
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Shop for Vacations at
Chicago’s Adventures in Travel Expo
January 26 and 27

Milford, CT, January 15, 2008. The Adventures in Travel Expo the world’s leading active and adventure travel show comes to Chicago January 26 and 27, 2008, and will be held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. With increased opportunities to see the most exotic destinations of the world and experience adventure, the research can become overwhelming. Adventures in Travel Expo makes this process easy and fun

Attendees may meet with representatives from destinations, tour companies and resorts to determine the perfect vacation to meet their needs. Experiential, adventurous and cultural travel is highlighted from across America and around the world. Attendees may attend presentations and gather research on volunteer vacations, eco-travel, wilderness treks, soft adventure trips, luxury train journeys and itineraries for sports enthusiasts. Numerous trips are geared specifically for women, families, students and senior travelers.

“Chicago residents are lucky to have one of the country’s main airline hubs, making travel easy and direct flights available to destinations all over the world,” says John Golicz, CEO of Unicomm, producers of the Expo. “Travelers from the Midwest are as curious as travelers anywhere. They want to see different landscapes and rare animals, experience foreign cultures in an authentic way, learn new skills and test their abilities,” he added.

Here are some of the destinations and trends represented at the Expo that attendees will not want to miss:

Water Sports

Scuba diving lessons may be found in every Caribbean destination; highlights include the blue holes of Belize, drift dives in Cozumel, shipwreck dives in Bermuda, and deep wall dives in the Cayman Islands. Adventurers can swim with dolphins or sport fish off Bimini in the Bahamas, snorkel Buck Island off St. Croix or the snorkel trail on St. John, or charter a yacht in Antigua or Grenada.

Asia and the Pacific

The Far East destinations are trendy now due to reasonable travel rates and the upcoming Olympic Games in China. Travelers want to cruise the Yangtze River, trek the mountain passes of Nepal, explore vast cave systems in Malaysia and catch a glimpse of a tiger in India. Australia lures those who want to dive the Great Barrier Reef and experience Aboriginal culture; Thailand appeals with golden temples in the jungle; and the 7,100 islands of the Philippines draw those who want to see active volcanoes, hike along rice terraces or swim with whale sharks.

Volunteer Vacations & Eco-Travel

Increasingly, travelers are looking for first-hand wildlife experiences that leave little impact on the environment and give back to the destinations they visit. There are opportunities for people to study lemurs in Madagascar, koalas in Australia, dolphins in Greece, bears in Alaska and loggerhead turtles in Spain. Volunteers can teach English in an orphanage in Peru, help build homes in Sri Lanka or work with children in Kenya.

In Costa Rica, adventurers might hike high cloud forests, walk rope bridges through the rainforest canopy, see nesting sea turtles at night or explore mangrove waterways by canoe. Eco resorts elevated in the rainforest canopy or over pristine coral reefs are highlights in the Bahamas, Costa Rica and South Pacific islands.

Close-to-Home Getaways

There is an abundance of adventure options within driving distance from Chicago. This winter, area residents may head to Northern Michigan to learn to ski or snowboard at Schuss Mountain, or learn to luge at the Muskegon Winter Sports Complex. In Wisconsin, snowmobiling, moonlight snowshoe hiking, sled dog racing and cross-country skiing are offered. In the milder months, adventurers can go whitewater rafting at Wildman Whitewater Ranch, horseback riding in Southern Illinois’ Williamson County or boating on Lake Michigan. There are water parks at Kalahari Resort and Grand Traverse Resort. Door County in Wisconsin offers biking on back roads and hiking on nature trails.

Expo attendees may also participate in a number of thrilling sports right at Expo, such as scuba diving, rock climbing, flying on a zip line and attempting the adventure ropes course. There are presentations by travel experts, music and dance performances on the Global Beats Stage such as the Filipina Dance Troupe and others. There are numerous opportunities to win free trips. Attendees can even meet a live camel!

Chicago’s Adventures in Travel Expo will be open to the public on Saturday, January 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday, January 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will be held at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 North River Road. Adult admission is $15 per day; children under 16 are free when accompanied by an adult. The event is presented by Chicago Tribune with national magazine sponsor, National Geographic ADVENTURE. Supporting sponsors are Disney Vacation Club and The Travel Channel For more information, visit the website at www.adventureexpo.com or call 203-878-2577 x100.

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About Adventures in Travel Expo:

Adventures in Travel Expo is the world’s leading active and adventure travel show for trade and consumers. In 2008, it will be presented in four U.S. cities: New York, January 12-13; Chicago, January 26-27; Long Beach, Calif., February 9-10; and Washington, D.C., March 29-30. The Events highlight responsible, experiential, active, adventurous, cultural and heritage travel with exhibitors, presentations, hands-on adventure opportunities and cultural performances. For more information, visit the website at www.adventureexpo.com.