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  Craving Adventure this January?

Blow away the winter cobwebs at Destinations - The essential event for travel inspiration!

Cycling in Spain? Sailing in the Med? Trekking in Peru? German FIFA World Cup warm up? At Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show the whole world is at your feet enabling you to investigate boundless travel activity, adventure, safari plus romantic and relaxation holidays, there is something for everyone! Both long haul and short haul travel companies present, spanning the globe from Aruba to New Zealand mean the choices are endless. With explorers and travel experts recounting their tales of travel, rest assured the show is set to fuel your imagination gearing you up for an awe-inspiring active 2006.  It may be the final push you need or just fulfil the need to find out more.

In partnership with The Times, Destinations takes place at Earls Court, London from 2nd to 5th February 2006 and at the NEC, Birmingham from 3rd to 5th March 2006.  It is the essential day out for inspiration if you are thinking about planning a trip afar and are not sure where to choose.
Meet face to face with Iberocycle who run exhilarating cycling holidays in Spain touring stunning regions including Cantabria and Cordoba. Touring through unspoilt Spanish villages and beautiful towns like Santillana del Mar an Iberocycle holiday is bound to get your blood pumping. Or meet the crew at the show of Isicia, who will be sailing Isicia II from Scotland to the Mediterranean throughout 2006, taking in the best of the European coastline, inviting you to join us on a leg of the voyage. Isicia is great in that it caters for both experienced sailors keen for the opportunity to sail a 51ft yacht, and non-sailors looking for an adventure either alone or in a group. If you have always wanted to try scuba diving it’s the perfect opportunity too, and with a maximum of six guests each week to two crew trips can be totally tailored.

Meet The German Tourist Board who are gearing up for the 2006 FIFA World CupTM and on hand at the show with everything you need to know about visiting Germany throughout it, airlines, hotels, trip organisers and much more. You can even have a go at the penalty shoot out and try your luck in winning an all expenses paid trip to go in June!  With 12 cities hosting the tournament, opening in Munich on 09 June 2006, there is plenty to see before the final in Berlin on 09 July 2006.

For those with a more daring nature, but chat to Explore! at the show. They can guide you through ‘The High Trail of The Inkas’. For keen trekkers this is the most impressive route to Machu Picchu, offering an extended route of the classic Inca Trail with superlative views of glaciers and snow capped peaks. Destinations offers more than the average high street travel agent, with your chance to experience the world through a variety of features designed to give you a taster of what could be to come.  

So whether you are looking for motivation or are ready to take the plunge and book that once in a lifetime trip, make Destinations your first stop. Get the information to plan both knowledgeably and effectively and take advantage of the opportunity to book with some exclusive show offers.

Maori performers will open the show with a bang kick-starting a cultural extravaganza of global entertainment set to bring the world to life.  Destinations Sensations. Interactive features at the show will delight your senses. Titillate the taste buds with Maltese biscuits and Arabic tea sampling, Caribbean punch and Chilean wine tasting and even discover the history of tequila.  Enjoy cultures worldwide including middle-eastern belly dancing, or learn to tango or American swing dance.  

World Entertainment Stage Enjoy fascinating world culture and entertainment through live performances. Performers include Teiko Drummers and a colourful display of traditional Bharatanatyam Indian dancing. There is also the rare opportunity to experience a performance by authentic Japanese geishas at the show.

Meet the Experts Theatres Sit back and refuel your mind with enlightening stories from passionate travel celebrities. Listen to John Simpson, the BBC's World Affairs Editor talking about how he gained a reputation for pulling off major scoops at the worlds trouble spots. Hear Jake Meyer recount his feelings when at 21 he became the youngest Briton to reach the summit of Mt Everest. Or be motivated by ex-SAS Ken Hames from BBC 2’s Beyond Boundaries, who recently lead a team of people with disabilities across Nicaragua from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean. He will be providing an amazing insight into survival, teamwork and motivation.

Travel Sessions* New to 2006

A new feature at the London Show will be various panel sessions taking place in the Meet the Expert Theatres, with professionals on hand to give advice and answer questions. Learn how to be a travel writer with tips from the experts, including Cath Urquhart -Travel Editor of The Times. Considering going solo, what are the advantages/ perils of travelling alone and what are the best single friendly destinations. Or would you like to become a travel photographer?  What are the ins and outs, what do the picture editors look for and how do you make a living at it?

Whether you fancy a colourful day out, are looking for travel inspiration or want to discover more about a specific country make Destinations your first port of call.  Take advantage of exclusive show offers and you could even make a booking on the day!

Destinations 2006 takes place at:

·        Earls Court: 2nd –5th February 2006 Time: Thursday 10am - 8.30pm,

      Friday, Sat & Sun 10am - 5.30pm

·        NEC Birmingham:  3rd - 5th March 2006 Time: 10am - 5pm



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