After several months of working hard, play day finally arrives. It's time for that holiday you have been waiting for, but where are you going to go, and what are you going to do when you get there?
Some people want nothing more than down time: relaxing on the beach, soaking up the sun, reading a book, and getting a tan. Sounds perfectly reasonable.
But for others, this is their idea of hell - or at least complete and utter boredom. If you get restless just dying around, and need adventure in your life, you can find the perfect place to let loose that inner wild child at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show. Forget lazy mornings and breakfast in bed, this is for those who want to explore the big outdoors. Whether its riding the rushing rapids, climbing the highest mountain, or going out on safari, there's no journey too epic for Destinations.
Between the 6th - 9th February over three hundred specialist travel companies will be exhibiting at Earls Court One. They will ignite your curiosity, and introduce you to hidden corners of the globe you might never have thought of exploring.
When trekking out into the unknown, you will not only encounter a foreign culture, but also a foreign environment that your body is not used to. That's why this year, for the first time, Destinations has teamed up with MASTA - The Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad. MASTA will not only be there to give advice and free consultations, but you can also pre-book an appointment in the clinic to receive your immunisations and anti-malarial injections. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Now that the practicalities are sorted, let's get down to the fun. If you haven't decided what you would like to do yet, be inspired by some of Destinations' celebrity guest speakers, such as Julia Bradbury and Steve Davey who will share their travel memories. Steve Davey will also be hosting a photography seminars for those who want to make sure their memories will come out crystal clear. For £55 you can book a half-day course that will cover topics such as what functions to use in your camera and which ones to ignore, how to improve exposure and white balance, and post-processing to improve pictures. It doesn't matter whether you have a compact camera or DSLR, Davey will show you how to make the best of what you've got. You will also have the opportunity to receive feedback on any previous photographs you may have taken.
'Heaven and Hell', Iceland, by James Appleton
At the Wanderlust Travel Photo Gallery, you can take a look at the kind of results that can be achieved with patients and a little know-how. Wanderlust Magazine launch a travel photography competition each year, and from eight thousand entries, their shortlist will be on display at the show, with the winners being announced on the 7th February.
Absorb different cultures from around the world at the entertainment stage , where you will be able to see various types of dance performances such as Hispanic belly dancing, salsa, Algerian ballet, and South Indian dance.
If your legs are guided by your stomach, then what better way to make an informed travel decision than going to the Taste the World Zones. Every fifteen minutes from 11am till 4pm, you will be able to sample exotic world cuisines from Africa, India, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
You can get a complimentary ticket by quoting ECO13 when making a booking, otherwise it costs £11 or £20 for an explorer package.