Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have the Most Comprehensive Educational Content That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else..

You’ll be inspired to take your dream vacation. Learn how to be your own travel expert on your next vacation, from top celebrity travel personalities and leading local experts at dozens of travel workshops on 3 theaters located on the show floor.

Check back often as speaker information is being updated daily!

3 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown, Peter Greenberg, and Pauline Frommer as they inspire you to take your dream vacation.

Destination Theater: From where to go and when to go, to what to do and how to get there, destination experts will give you the in depth information you need to travel like a local.

Savvy Traveler Theater: Showcasing travel tips, tricks and actionable advice, you’ll learn how to travel like a pro straight from the experts. Topics include packing tips, technology skills, travel safety methods, budget travel hacks, etc.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Stop by the on-floor bookstore to purchase books from your favorite travel authors here at the show.

Brookline Booksmith

Saturday, February 9

Places to Love - Samantha Brown

10:45 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:30 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Paradise on Earth

Mari Masuda, CMP, Sr. Director of Trade & Promotions, Tahiti Tourisme

With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like. The Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, possesses one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, these specks of land – 118 islands in all – are strewn across four million square km of the South Pacific. Clustered into five archipelagos: The Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands, The Islands of Tahiti have in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate. Come hear what sets this destination apart and learn how you will be “Embraced by Mana.”

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Secrets of a Solo Traveler: How to Conquer the World on Your Own

Valerie Joy Wilson, Travel Expert at Trusted Travel Girl

In this complex discussion, Valerie will explore the benefits of traveling the world as a solo traveler. She will touch on reasons behind the recent increase in solo travel, myths (and truths) of traveling alone, safety tips, great destinations for solo travelers, and much more.

Pauline Frommer

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska Myth Busting: Uncover the Truth About an Alaska Vacation

Marsha Barton, Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska bust popular myths and legends of Alaska while highlighting the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. Come learn what your Alaska adventure will be.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Ultimate Packing & Travel Tips for the Best Trip of Your Life

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full time professional traveler. This highly informative presentation is packed with the most up to date savvy travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with practical current travel tips. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? After this presentation, packing in any bag will not be a problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

An Insider’s Guide on Multi-Generational Travel

Nancy Yale, President and Founder, Cruise and World Travel Inc. 

Join Nancy as she explores the many varying possibilities to consider when planning, booking and personalizing a multi-generational trip. From how to determine a destination to fit all ages and interests of the group to budget, vacation style, travel time and time of year to travel.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Ho’olauna Maui Nui (Get to Know Maui, Moloka’i and Lana’i)

Julie Yoneyama, Director of Leisure Sales- Maui Visitors Bureau

Every island has its own personality, learn about these three islands and what makes them unique and special. From a dormant volcano with five different climates, to the crystal-clear blue ocean, explore the different attractions on these islands while getting insight on the Hawaiian culture.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

The World in a Glass

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Coming Renaissance of Polar Cruising – Antarctica, the Arctic and the North Pole

Steve Wellmeier, Managing Director. Poseidon Expeditions USA

The next few years will see a marked increase in the number of new companies and new ships entering the polar expedition cruise market segment. What does it mean for the prospective traveler in terms of cruise rates as well as the range of accommodations, service and overall experience? And what new polar itineraries will be available to the adventurous traveler? What does the traveler need to know about climate issues, and how these might – or might not – affect tourism operations in the polar regions? Steve will do his best to answer these and any other questions you might have about polar cruising.

Lee Abbamonte

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

How I’ve Traveled to Every Country in the World and Amazing Stories from the Journey

Lee Abbamonte, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in The World, Entrepreneur, TV Personality 

Take a journey with Lee as he shares his stories from around the world and how his travels have inspired millions of would be travelers.

Sunday, February 10

Juliana Broste - Travel Expert Speaker

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Capture Your Adventure on Camera! Tips and Tricks to Document Your Trips

Juliana Broste, Travel Video Journalist + TV Personality, TravelingJules

The best travel souvenir is definitely not a refrigerator magnet. Discover creative and unique ways to capture your travel experiences through photos and videos. Travel Video Journalist Juliana Broste (aka TravelingJules) reveals top tips and tricks for travelers who want to document their adventures. Listen in as Jules shares stories from the road and lessons learned from filmmaking assignments around the world. Before you know it, you’ll be capturing engaging video and compelling photographs, sure to make your Facebook friends green with envy.

Pauline Frommer

10:45 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Traveling Smart with Technology

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer,  AngelsTravelLounge.com

Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, is a travel tech expert with tips to make traveling with your tech easy. Learn to unlock the potential of your device and travel easy and smarter without getting lost in your phone. This informative and popular presentation prepares travelers so they can confidently use their mobile devices as a tool to travel better and easier. Angel will cover the best travel apps to enhance your travels and allow you to communicate effectively without breaking the bank. No matter how tech savvy you are, you will definitely come away with great advice and helpful apps to travel smarter and better with your technology. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, often and well! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The World in a Glass

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following