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NY Times Travel Show Seminar: Patricia Schultz- Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die

I had a chance to attend a few seminars at the NY Times Travel Show on March 4. (I wrote a little about my visit here)

The first seminar I went to was given by Patricia Schultz, author of the book
1,000 Places To see Before You Die. Her talk focused on many of her favorite places to visit, included a slide show with some great photos and mentioned some updates and additions to the book.

Here are some of the things she had to share at the seminar.
Patricia Schultz likes to travel around by train and says it costs a fraction of the price opposed to flying. She spoke quite a bit about Europe, mentioning places like Scotland, London, Paris, Belgium, Scandinavia and Vienna. She loves Paris and said that even Parisians seem to smile these days.

When talking about her favorite destinations, it seemed like a tough answer. She mentioned Bhutan and Africa, but then said that Italy was her favorite. Patricia said “I lived in Italy for five years, how lucky”.

Slide of market in Morocco

A lot of time was devoted to updates and new additions to 1,000 Places To See.
Many of the new additions come from the now sovereign, former Yugoslavian countries. Places of note were Ljubljana, Slovenia which she said is beautiful with Lake Bled making for a nice day trip. Patricia also seemed to really love Croatia, which is the tourist capital of the coastline with over 1,000 islands.

She ended the seminar talking about a couple of African countries- Morocco and Ethiopia.
Morocco is the safest of the Arab countries to visit with no problems from the uprisings last year that affected many places. It is also one of the most interesting for eating purposes.
Patricia said that the world does not know Ethiopia. She called it “one of the Oh My God destinations” and she found lovely people everywhere.

After the seminar I got to speak with Patricia for a few minutes.  She was very friendly and more that willing to share some travel stories. After mentioning that my wife & I would soon be traveling with our (almost 8 week old) son, Patricia had a positive opinion towards traveling with infants. She said that although he would not remember the trips, there would be photos to look at and the memories would be something special for my wife and I. She also told me that as a kid she did not get to travel but had fond memories of trips to Atlantic City with her family.

Why not get my book signed!

NY Times Travel Show Seminars & Demo

I went back to the New York Times Travel Show on Sunday to attend a few seminars and a cooking demonstration. I found all of the presentations to be interesting and worth checking out. I heard some great stories, picked up a few pointers, had some laughs and got to taste some awesome meatballs.

The seminars I saw were:

  • Patricia Schultz- Author of 1,000 Places To See Before You Die
  • Adam Richman- Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food: Exploring Fork First
  • Brian Kelly- The Points Guy: Travel Points Pointers For A First Class Lifestyle on a Budget
  • Cooking Demo with Daniel Holzman- The Meatball Shop (restaurant in NYC)

I had a chance to chat with Patricia Schultz, Adam Richman and Daniel Holzman ( & his partner at The Meatball Shop Michael Chernow) after their presentations.
I’ll be writing a post about each of these seminars/ demos this week.

The biggest crowd from all of the seminars I attended was for Brian Kelly- The Points Guy.
I found the info presented to be geared towards beginners. The crowd was really interested in what Brian had to say and after his presentation he had a pretty large crowd surround him for a lengthy Q & A session. I had planned to chat with him but decided to pass after the crowd did not thin out for quite a while.

Keep checking back for more posts about the travel show this week!

Industry Day At The NY Times Travel Show

I had a great time at industry day at the NY Times Travel Show. 
(Read my posts about my plans to attend the show here)

I didn’t get to attend any of the travel seminars in the morning but it was nice getting to visit the exhibition area before it was open to the public. 

I got to speak with representatives from a bunch of tourism boards and took a few business cards for places that I plan to visit in the near future. I also spoke with reps from some new travel-related websites and businesses including some that have not even launched yet.

In some upcoming posts I plan to write about a few of the new travel sites & businesses.

I’ll be heading back to the travel show on Sunday to attend a few presentations.

More posts soon to follow!