Vacations can be hard. Just ask world traveler Michael Jordan, who still struggles with the dress code.
Lucky for us, we can all stay in town to explore exotic locales at this weekend’s Chicago Travel & Adventure Show in Rosemont.
Whether you prefer a hot desert or a soothing ocean on your vacation, they've got you covered with camels you can ride and pools you can scuba dive in.
Wetsuits are provided for your plunge into the 18,000-gallon dive pool, where you can cruise in an underwater scooter while listening to mp3s via subaquatic speakers.
Dry off by learning to cook authentic global dishes like Filipino bicol express and Mexican enchiladas mineras or take in seminars on locations from Panama to Alaska.
Live Thai kickboxing demonstrations and Polynesian dancing will help color in seminars from travel bigwigs including Rick Steves and Pauline Frommer.
Travel the expo by Segway as you check out the Alaskan snow dogs and penguins, or chat up local experts on everywhere from local ski resorts to Indonesia.
You could even win a jeep tour in Ouray, Colorado, or a three-night stay at a fancy Beijing hotel.
Both are just slightly better than being in Rosemont.
Chicago Travel & Adventure Show
Saturday-Sunday, January 26-27
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Rd., Rosemont
Hours: Sat 10a-5p Sat; Sun 11a-4p
Price: $9 per day here
Subway: Blue Line to Rosemont
Nearby: Akoo Theatre; Morton’s The Steakhouse; Chicago Fire Oven Restaurant