While wandering around Melbourne on a lazy Sunday a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon a travel expo at the Convention Centre. Never one to pass up anything travel related (especially if it’s free!), we decided to pop in for a look. What I love about expos like this is the opportunity to discover places that I’ve never thought of going before, as well as getting more information on places that are on my travel wish list. It’s always great to speak to people with a passion for travel to different areas of the globe, and pick their brains on the must-see places!
Some of the exhibitors that really piqued our interest were:
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal – we already have a trip planned to Nepal later this year, and have booked in to do the Everest Base Camp Trek with some other friends of ours. It’s been a bucket list item of mine for some time, and I’m super excited that I’m finally going to get there. It was fantastic to speak to someone from Nepal who has trekked extensively in the region, and we picked up some great tips from him to make our trek easier (I blogged about these here).
South America – a really broad area, I know! We’re really keen to get to South America at some stage soon (maybe next year). I’d love to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, and Ash is really keen to see the Galapagos Islands. We’d also love to do an Amazon River cruise or something like that to explore that area, and a visit to the Iguazu Falls would be amazing. There are a heap of places in South America that we’d love to see, so this has definitely worked it’s way up our travel wish list!
Tonga – this is a place that I had never really thought of going before until I spoke to the exhibitors at the expo. It looks like a beautiful group of islands with white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and colourful coral reefs. One of the huge drawcards for me is that Tonga is one of the few places in the world that you can snorkel with humpback whales! They have really strict guidelines in place to make sure that the whales (and the swimmers!) are protected, and I’ll be sure to research heavily to make sure any company I choose to go with are eco friendly and respect the whales. The other great thing about Tonga is that it’s nice and close to us here in Australia, so it could be a good option for a shorter trip.
Africa – another huge area, and something I need to put a bit more thought into to narrow down exactly where in Africa we’d like prioritise seeing. I definitely would love to do a safari, and have seen some people blogging recently about overland tours across the continent that look fabulous. It would also be good to hike up Table Mountain, there’s plenty of different routes and is only a day hike. Looks like the views are spectacular.
Solomon Islands – also somewhere I hadn’t thought of visiting before I saw the tourism board at the expo. Apparently the diving here is amazing, so this may be a good place to go to learn to dive! It’s less than 5 hours to fly there from Melbourne, so could make another good shorter holiday. Sadly since the expo there has been terrible flooding in the Solomon Islands and a disaster zone has been declared. I hope that they are able to recover soon, and my thoughts are with the people that have lost friends, family and their homes.
There was a heap of great information at the expo, and my wanderlust was well and truly inspired.
What places have you added to your travel wish list from visiting a travel expo?