The New York Times Travel Show 2011: Saturday Road Map

Adventure Travel, Traveling Solo & Together — By on February 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm

New York Times Travel Show 2011 by Courtney Scott
Special to Lost Girls World

The travel industry’s jet setters, junkies and international elite are descending upon New York’s Javits Center this weekend for the 2011 New York Times Travel Show. Whether you’re a professional travelista or just looking for a dose of culture, this celebration of travel is a sure bet with dozens of big travel giveaways and events. Here’s how to spend your Saturday:

11:00am: Meet & Greet

Start the weekend face-to-face with some of your favorite travel authors at the Borders Book Signing. Travel legend Rick Steves kicks it off at 11:00am and throughout the day you can rub elbows with your other faves like Jennifer Leo author of “Sand in My Bra and Other Misadventures,” and “An Irreverent Curiosity” author David Farley.

12:00pm: Welcome to Miami
If you couldn’t make it to the South Beach Wine and Food Festival this weekend, make it to the Taste of Miami Culinary Stage at noon for Executive Chef Tom Parlo’s (Biltmore Coral Gables) crispy crab cakes tasting with a tropical spin. The Culinary Stage will be firing up new dishes and cocktails all through the day, so frequent stops are encouraged.

1:00pm: The World is a Stage
Now that your books are signed and your stomach is served, bounce around to the various event stages where performance groups from all corners of the globe will show their stuff.  First stop should be the masquerade dancers from St. Kitts and Nevis at 1:00pm (Caribbean Stage) who have a trip to St. Kitts up for grabs. Follow that up at 1:30pm with a raucous performance by the Gipsy All Stars Band on the Europe Stage. Then boogie your way over the the Asian Stage at 2:00pm for a special dance-off from NYC Bhangra and India Tourism.

3:00pm: Test Your Travel Savvy
Head to the lower level to rest your feet and hear travel wisdoms from the industry’s best. National Geographic TV personality and Lost Girl of the Week, Julia Dimon, is every female vagabond’s inspiration and a wealth of travel knowledge. Hear stories and tips from her numerous around the world jaunts.

4:00pm: What Is: Jeopardy?
Yes, that’s right. You can even audition for your very own position at the podium on Jeopardy! Testing takes place at 4pm in booth #745 and if you pass the rigorous standards you’ll be invited to a follow-up audition in New York City this spring!

Tickets to the 2011 New York Times Travel Show are $15 for general admission and free for anyone under 18. For all things travel and the full list of awesome giveaways head to the official website or follow me @courtscott for real time updates from @NYTTravelShow all weekend!

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