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globeThis weekend, I’ll be in the company of Arthur Frommer, Rick Steves, Lisa Ling and thousands of other avid travelers. I’ll be checking out music and dance performances from around the world, and learning how to cook exotic dishes like Taiwanese popcorn chicken. And I’ll have the chance to win a vacation to Belize or India or even beyond.

In short, I’ll be at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show — and you could be too.

Los Angeles Without a Car

What exactly is a travel show? It’s not a TV program on the Travel Channel. No, it’s a big, colorful expo featuring exhibitors from travel companies and destinations around the world. It usually includes vacation giveaways, expert panels and talks, tons of information and inspiration, and — of course — plenty of fun freebies.

The Los Angeles Times Travel Show has all of that and more, and it’s coming up this weekend. But if you can’t make it to the City of Angels, there’s probably a travel show coming to a city near you. Below is a sampling of upcoming events around the U.S. and Canada.

Chicago: Travel & Adventure Show (January 28 – 29)

Boston: Boston Globe Travel Show (February 10 – 12)

Seattle: Golf and Travel Show (February 10 -12)

San Francisco: Travel & Adventure Show (February 18 – 19)

Spokane: Golf and Travel Show (February 18 – 19)

New York: New York Times Travel Show (March 2 – 4)

Vancouver: Golf and Travel Show (March 3 – 4)

Washington D.C.: Travel & Adventure Show (March 17 – 18)

Miami: Miami Travel Show (May 4 – 6)

If you’re in the Los Angeles area, why not come on out to the show this weekend? Admission is just $10. Look for me at the Travel in Style Pavilion, where I’ll be speaking on a panel about travel and shopping. Hope to see you there!

– written by Sarah Schlichter

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