The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo

When the weather is cold outside, instead of daydreaming about the sun and summer, we jumped in the car and headed downtown to this years Vacation Travel Expo sponsored by AAA.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo|Sharon the Moments blog

My son I enjoy being weekend warriors, exploring our local world and trying new things.  We are always looking for one tank gas trips and family and cost-friendly adventures.  So what a great way to get some good ideas for adventures and learn more about our great state in one place … the Vacation Travel Expo.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo|Sharon the Moments blog

First up on the vendor stop was all about the Ohio Ramblin Road Trip from Logan, Union and Champaign counties.  This is all about getting off the beaten path and travel back in time. Such fun includes discovering covered bridges and the Big Darby Scenic By-Way.

I can certainly see some time travel in our future.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo Ohio ramblin Road Trip|Sharon the Moments blog

And I especially loved the mannequin.  She was saying OhiO. {So I took her picture}.

We also love our Metro Parks. We are often caught grabbing a quick snack and the binoculars and heading out to one of our favorite parks.  This year we hope to visit a few others for their winter hikes series, like Battelle Darby Creek, Prairie Oaks and Three Creeks.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo Metro Parks|Sharon the Moments blog

We do love the great outdoors.  Thanks Metro Parks for your part in our fun.

Among some of the other exhibitors that caught my kiddos attention was the flying machine sponsored by the Waco Air Museum in Troy Ohio.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo Waco Air Musuem|Sharon the Moments blog

Yep …. I know we will be going back for a visit.

Another chock full of fun and information was the Experience Columbus booth.  We stopped to say hello and to enjoy the view of the beautiful downtown skyline.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo Experience Columbus|Sharon the Moments blog

To keep up with all that Columbus has to Experience, be sure to check them out as well.

Another one of our favorite one tank road trips we take often is the one to visit The Wilds in Cumberland, Ohio.  Not only is there animal conservation, education, horseback and fishing safaris, but now they offer a Zipline adventure.  Animals gone wild … Oh yea, we will be back.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo The Wilds|Sharon the Moments blog

We worked our way through the vendors and tried to take in all their was to see.  We found that not only were there great exhibitors from around the state but also great exhibitors from out of state as well.

We stopped by the Anchorage Alaska tour and travel booth.  This is one destinations we would love to visit and see the moose and glaciers and bears oh my.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo Alaska Travel|Sharon the Moments blog

As we continued on our stroll, we heard beautiful music.  Getting closer, we found ourselves at the booth of Virginia (city of Galax to be exact).

These ladies were just so pleasant and were happy to pose for a picture.  They are from the Blueridge Mountains playing from the Bluegrass tradition with the Loose Strings Band.  Just pop over to their site and listen a bit and I’m sure you will agree.

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo The Loose String Band Galax Virginia|Sharon the Moments blog

Our last stop before heading home {in the frigid cold}, the shells and beach chair pulled us in.  I love the beach … and the sun at the beach and I love to walk in warm sand that is at the beach. {Did I mention I love the beach and the sun?}.  I do!

The AAA Vacation & Travel Expo Fort Myers & Sanibel|Sharon the Moments blog

Funny how I could hear the waves crashing on shore and smell the salty air and feel the warm sun upon my face while visiting the Ft. Myers and Sanibel booth.  {Oh… maybe it was the booth next door with the wave crash video on auto play}.

Okay… where was I?  Yes, here is Ohio attending the AAA Vacation Travel Expo.  It was great to get out of the house and cold weather and head to the hot and hoping vacation show.  I so have my bags packed and am ready to go.

What about you?  Where will you be traveling this year?

And yes, I think a vacation to Florida is in my future.

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  1. Pary Moppins

    What a neat expo! I’m going to look into that. Thanks for the info! Found you through Bloggy Moms.

    1. Sharon (Post author)

      Hi and thanks for stopping by to say hello! I will be sure to stop over to your site. The Expo was great. We have lots of new ideas for adventure on our lists for 2013. Thanks again, Sharon

  2. Julia

    I am going to start hanging out with you! You and your son go to the coolest places! This looks like a lot of fun!

    1. Sharon (Post author)

      We would love the company. I totally thought of you when we visited the Waco Air Museum booth. Maybe we could plan a meeting with our kiddos! Then we can blog about it! 🙂

  3. Angie Keiser

    I just love travel expos. I missed ours locally (last weekend also I believe) but have always enjoyed learning about new places and being encouraged to get out there. We only have tentative plans for this year, but they include a few trips to Georgia to visit family as well as a trip to Nashville in October, and Sandusky in September (for a little conference you may know of). Personally, I’d LOVE to add a warm beachy sunny destination to the mix. I NEED sun. And I’d love for it to be on some island somewhere … a girl can dream, right?! 🙂
    Hope you get to take a beach vacation too!

    1. Sharon (Post author)

      HI Angie!! I must say, the travel expo so has me in the mood for WARM weather. Plus I am excited about that Sandusky in September. I would love to hear about Nashville. Bet there are lots of photographic scenes and such a fun city. Totally with you on the warm sunny private beach, drink of choice in hand. Are you going to speak at the conference again this year? ~Sharon

    2. Julia

      Someone needs to tell Tiffany we want a warm, island-y destination next year! 🙂

      1. Sharon (Post author)

        LOL! I am with ya. I like the idea of a palm trees and tropic views with my blogger friends for 2014 conference!!


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