Ms. Travel Chic: Savvy Traveler Insider Secrets - #ChicagoTravelShow Recap

Monday, January 26, 2015

Savvy Traveler Insider Secrets - #ChicagoTravelShow Recap

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Last week I attended the 11th Annual Chicago and Travel Adventure Show, the largest travel show in the Midwest. When I attended the event for the first time in 2014 with friends, I had such a wonderful time that I knew I would make this a “go to” event every year! (Check out last years recap here) My good friend, travel blogger and Paris tour expert Paige of Paris by Paige traveled from Milwaukee to attend the expo and we made it a fun Girls Weekend!




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The view from my apartment before heading out to the expo with Paige. 

This years lineup of speakers included authors and experts Cheryl Strayed and Pauline Frommer, and everyones favorite travel TV host, Samantha Brown returned for another year! We had a chance to check out Samantha Brown and a workshop on Travel Technology featuring Hotel Tonight App in the Savvy Traveler Theater!


Luckily I was taking notes along the way so check out these #travelsmart tips to help you become a more savvy and chic traveler and be inspired to travel more:


John Golicz - CEO, Travel & Adventure Show - Savvy Traveler Tips


When you arrive at a hotel always ASK for an upgrade. The main objective of the hospitality industry is to make you feel welcome. Ask what your upgrade options are and you just may receive.
For the best deal book flights at least 60 days in advance.
Thanks to Uber car services the need for rental cars is no longer needed. Check the Uber site in advance to make sure they service your location.
Now is the perfect time to plan travel to Europe. The Euro is now equal to the dollar and airfare is  down 10%
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John Golicz and Calvin Hohener of Hotel Tonight


Samantha Brown, Travel Channel TV Host - Travel Inspiration
Family vacations gave us our first taste of travel. The family vacation creates strong memories and become building blocks that sustains family in tough times. It allows kids to see their parents act like kids.
Travel inspiration comes from the movies. Just Google “Best Travel Movies for Inspiration” and get inspired to plan your next trip.


Schedule an international day trip “staycation”: Watch a travel inspired movie, visit a museum,  dine or order in your favorite ethnic food, have a glass of Italian wine. Create your own escape!
Use Pinterest to create travel boards that will inspire you.
While the internet has allowed us to take travel planning in our own hands, travel agents are still perfect for helping to plan trips specific to your lifestyle and needs. They can be an advocate for you in your complex travel plans.
Top apps help to make travel easier:


- PocketEarth
- Flight Aware
- Google Translate
- Airfare Watchdog
- Travel Channel
- Twitter
Hope you enjoyed these #travelsmart tips and are busy making your 2015 travel plans!


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