In the previous article, I shared what it was like to be at a travel show. But I left out one really fun thing: meeting travel celebrities.
I admit that I get star-struck pretty easily. Sometimes my neck gets sweaty, my heart feels like my body must be doing a 100-yard dash, and my ears get beet red. But after seeing and spending time with some of these industry experts at several different shows, it’s refreshing to know that they are all down-to-earth, inquisitive, thoughtful, and intriguing yet “regular” people who happen to follow their passion for a living…and do it well.
More often than not, I don’t have my camera ready or even with me when we meet these people because we’re busy working, promoting our tours at the Rick Steves’ Europe booth. But I have managed to snap a few pix every now and again. Here are some fun photos with travel show guests that Rick and I have met and have had the pleasure of getting to know at some recent conventions.
Samantha Brown (host: Passport to Europe, Passport to Latin America, Samantha Brown’s Asia)
Rudy Maxa (host: Rudy Maxa’s World)
Josh Gates (host: Destination Truth; producer: Stranded)
Andrew McCarthy (actor, director, travel writer)
John Discala, a.k.a Johnny Jet (travel expert, editor-in-chief: JohnnyJet.com)
Chris Harrison (host: The Bachelor, The Bachelorette)
Wally Shawn (playwright; actor: The Princess Bride, Clueless, Toy Story)