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, Pauline Frommer and Andrew McCarthy 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.

Saturday, January 21

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

2022 Travel and Beyond: An Insider’s Guide to Europe, Mexico, and Bucketlist Cruises Today

Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert + Creator Ask A Concierge
Ready to travel again? Travel expert, author, and former award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares what the travel landscape looks like from an insider’s perspective, as well as her personal experiences cruising in Antarctica, visiting the beaches in Mexico, and flying to Europe. Covering what the current travel experience is like and best practices for a smooth trip, she’ll also share some of the biggest trends in travel that we can expect in 2022.
Hosted by: Viking River Cruises by Cruise Planners

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Destination Theater

The World of Viking

Lauren Green, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises
Join us to learn about 2022, 2023 and 2024 small ship cruising with Viking. Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans, and lakes around the world. Designed for experienced travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests The Thinking Person’s Cruise® in contrast to mainstream cruises. With more than 250 awards to its name, Viking has been rated the #1 River Cruise Line and #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Condé Nast Traveler in the publication’s 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards.
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

10:45 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor and Director
Join Andrew to hear about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He’ll discuss fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Adventure Awaits in Ireland

Dana Welch, Vice President Marketing, USA, Tourism Ireland
A kayaking trip from dusk into darkness and then into a world of stars that sparkle in the water with bioluminescence. A cycle around a lake overlooked by grand country houses or along one of our Greenways designed for cyclists. A golf adventure at the edge of the Atlantic. A walk along a windswept coastal trail of beautiful, rugged scenery. Visiting Ireland is all about getting outside. Join us to learn more about this island of Ireland’s adventurous side.

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

The Best Travel & Packing Tips for Today’s World

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
The World and travel have dramatically changed. You can still make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full-time professional traveler – even during the pandemic. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels and “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 changes in tourism, health safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and of course updated packing tips for today’s world! 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

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy – Boutique Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President Your Own Italy
For those who want to experience the real Italy, join me as I share my love for Italy, with the heart and soul of the culture and its people. Your Own Italy focuses on” living like a local” from staying in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. You will enjoy privately guided tours that include the main historical sites, archeological marvels, famous art museums, but also off-the-beaten path wine tastings and hands-on cooking classes in family-owned villas, walking city food tours, and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha’s Tips for Making Travel Count

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

A Journey Through the Florida Keys

Markham McGill, Director of Sales, The Florida Keys & Key West
Take a journey with us through the Florida Keys as we highlight the five unique regions here: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, the Lower Keys (also referred to here as “the natural keys”) and finally, the world-famous Key West.

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

Our Favorite Solo Travel Tips, from The Experts

Moderator: Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Panelists: Brandielee Johnson, Creator, Adventure traveler + educator
Kristina Liburd, Founder, Viageur
Lillie Marshall, Creator, Around the World “L” / Teaching Traveling
2022 is the year of getting out there, and if you’re like many Americans you might be considering solo travel for the first time (because really, why wait?). Great news – your solo travel journey is about to get a whole. Lot. Better.
Whether you’re considering your very first solo trip or are a total solo travel veteran, join leading women’s travel community Wanderful (sheswanderful.com) and a panel of local solo travel experts and content creators who are going to divulge their top tips for going solo – from what to pack and where to go, to favorite travel hacks along the way to make your next solo trip your best one yet.

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Explore Europe with AAA Travel

Anne Lischwe, Travel Manager, AAA Travel
Ready to get back out into the world? Join AAA Travel and their partners from Visit Switzerland to learn about the top destinations in Europe and discover the member benefits you can only get with AAA Travel. Where will you plan your next adventure?

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Reconnect with Paradise

Mari Masuda, Senior Director of Trade & Promotions, Tahiti Tourisme
The Islands of Tahiti are open to travel and more accessible than ever. If this has been a bucket list destination for you then the time has never been better to plan your dream trip to this untouched paradise. We can help you get started with this informative presentation for the first-time traveler or returning voyager looking to explore more of the 118 islands that make up The Islands of Tahiti. Your trip of a lifetime is beckoning you and it begins here.

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours

Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer, and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor
Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will share how he’s learned to fully maximize what Private Tours have to offer. Your trip really is just that, “your trip.” Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check off that Bucket List. Today’s Private Tours are more attainable and less expensive than ever before, so skip the lines and fully experience all that your destination has to offer. If you can dream it, a Private Tour will make it happen.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of The Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com
The world is as exciting as ever, but major destinations have changed in many ways over the course of the pandemic. Frommer will discuss how to plan the most appealing vacations for this unusual moment, covering everything from insurance issues to airfares and accommodations, from cultural shifts to modes of travel (tours, cruises, experiential attractions and more). And with pricing all over the map right now, she’ll also help you find the best values, whether you’re vacationing in the lap of luxury, roughing it, or doing something in between.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Rejuvenate in Miami

Joe Docal, Director of Travel Industry Sales, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Join us for a Destination update, what to do and find in Greater Miami.

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier
Known for wowing TV and radio audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon from breakthetravelbarrier.com offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive travel options for you. No matter what your travel type is, or where you want to go, you will leave with dozens of practical tips and tricks you can put to work right away to save.

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover Dominican Republic, a Corner of Paradise

Monica Angulo, Subdirector of the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Office in NY
Dominican Republic is the second largest and most diverse Caribbean country. Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history, and rich culture.
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical island paradise boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation, and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers, and beaches.

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Mount Washington Cog Railway– New Hampshire’s Premier Attraction…Since 1869!

Randall Armor– Creative Director, Group Sales Manager and Engineer, Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway– New Hampshire’s Premier Attraction…Since 1869!
Session Description: An exhilarating journey through history, technology and nature, The Mount Washington Cog Railway makes its dramatic ascent through three climate zones to the top of the highest mountain in the northeastern United States. Ride along with us as we travel from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries on the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway!

Sunday, January 22

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

So, You Want to Go to Antarctica or the High Arctic? Here’s What You Need to Know…

Steve Wellmeier, Managing Director, Poseidon Expeditions USA
There are more choices than ever for the intrepid traveler interested in exploring the polar regions – Antarctica, the Arctic and even the North Pole! With these choices come many questions: what exactly are “the polar regions” and where can we go and what will we do and see on arrival? What kind (and size) of ship do I want to be on? Will the ships and our activities be environmentally friendly? 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 many other questions you might have about visiting Antarctica or the Arctic!

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Travel Theater

How to Work from Anywhere

Moderator: Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Panelists: Alex Schnee, Creator, Alex on the Map
Kristina Liburd, Founder, Viageur
Jacqueline Hampton, Founder, Portico
The remote work revolution is here, and with it your chance to travel more than you ever have before.
Want to work poolside in Brazil? At an ecolodge in Costa Rica? How about with your own private view of the Eiffel Tower? Whether you’re keeping your day job or trying your hand at a new endeavor or side hustle, now the question isn’t just how, but where.
Join leading women’s travel community Wanderful (sheswanderful.com) and a panel of local expert creators to get the answers to ALL your burning questions, from how to find your dream remote work destination, to the best gear for your Zoom calls, to everything you need to know about getting your work visa. If you’ve dreamed about working from anywhere, you won’t want to miss this!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Travel Smart: Lessons Learned From a Life Lived on the Road

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

Adventure Travel with AAA

Anne Lischwe, Travel Manager, AAA Travel
Join AAA Travel to learn why adventure travel is one of the fastest growing travel segments in the United States. Discover the world through AAA’s own adventure travel tour operator Club Adventures, taking you to over 1000+ destinations. Come find what adventure style fits you and explore with us!

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Tech Tips for Smarter Travel

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
Technology has become even more important for travel these days. There is no doubt that our smartphones can be the most important travel tool in today’s world. Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. This highly informative talk is updated every year and “packed” with the most up to date savvy travel tips to help you maximize your tech to travel smarter. 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 easier 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. 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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Spiff Chambers, Tourism Sales Manager, Alaska Land and Sea Adventures

Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska share tips on what makes Anchorage a great year-round travel destination! Learn about Aurora viewing, winter adventure tours, and new summer adventure as well! Make this year… ALASKA!

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

A Return to Travel

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of The Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com
The world is as exciting as ever, but major destinations have changed in many ways over the course of the pandemic. Frommer will discuss how to plan the most appealing vacations for this unusual moment, covering everything from insurance issues to airfares and accommodations, from cultural shifts to modes of travel (tours, cruises, experiential attractions and more). And with pricing all over the map right now, she’ll also help you find the best values, whether you’re vacationing in the lap of luxury, roughing it, or doing something in between.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier
Known for wowing TV and radio audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon from breakthetravelbarrier.com offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive travel options for you. No matter what your travel type is, or where you want to go, you will leave with dozens of practical tips and tricks you can put to work right away to save.

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

2022 Travel and Beyond: An Insider’s Guide to Europe, Mexico, and Bucketlist Cruises Today

Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert + Creator Ask A Concierge
Ready to travel again? Travel expert, author, and former award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares what the travel landscape looks like from an insider’s perspective, as well as her personal experiences cruising in Antarctica, visiting the beaches in Mexico, and flying to Europe. Covering what the current travel experience is like and best practices for a smooth trip, she’ll also share some of the biggest trends in travel that we can expect in 2022.

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Mount Washington Cog Railway– New Hampshire’s Premier Attraction…Since 1869!

Randall Armor– Creative Director, Group Sales Manager and Engineer, Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway– New Hampshire’s Premier Attraction…Since 1869!
Session Description: An exhilarating journey through history, technology and nature, The Mount Washington Cog Railway makes its dramatic ascent through three climate zones to the top of the highest mountain in the northeastern United States. Ride along with us as we travel from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries on the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway!
Rudy Maxa

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

The New Age of Travel: How to Enjoy Post-Pandemic Travel

Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster
Traveling today is a lot different than it was two years ago. The original Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa gives you the tips and tricks on how to travel like a pro in 2022.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

Your Happy Place

Kim Riddle, Business Development Manager, US, Aruba Tourism Authority
Come and learn about the One Happy Island Aruba, Your Happy Place. If you have never been to Aruba, you will learn why we welcome all to this luxury island that is seventy square miles of fun. If you have vacationed in Aruba, you will learn some new hidden gems and activities waiting to be discovered. Aruba has something for everyone: singles, couples & families of all ages. Aruba is the perfect, ‘foodie paradise’. Perfect weather year-round for destination weddings, honeymoons and activities on land and sea.

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours

Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer, and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor
Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will share how he’s learned to fully maximize what Private Tours have to offer. Your trip really is just that, “your trip.” Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check off that Bucket List. Today’s Private Tours are more attainable and less expensive than ever before, so skip the lines and fully experience all that your destination has to offer. If you can dream it, a Private Tour will make it happen.