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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.

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

Saturday, January 11

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

Journey Well: Cultivating Experiences and Making Memories as You Travel

Trish Feaster, Founder & CEO of The Travelphile
Travel can be so much more than just selfies at the Louvre and checking off your Bucket List. Packed with smart strategies and thoughtful travel tips, this class with help you discover fun and engaging ways to transform your trip of a lifetime into memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Learn from veteran traveler, tour guide, and guidebook researcher Trish Feaster about how to gain a better understanding and connection with local cultures, savor unforgettable cuisine, minimize crowds, save time and money, and become a more intentional and experiential traveler. You’ll find new ways to turn your ordinary vacation into an extraordinary experience!

10:45 am – 11:45 am
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

10:30 am – 11:00 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.

11:30 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

Insider Tips to the Best of Alaska

Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage
Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska share their favorite places, hidden gems and insider tips on Anchorage and Alaska that will inspire an unforgettable Alaska vacation. Make this year… ALASKA!

11:30 am – 12:15 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.

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Hottest Destination You’ve Never Been To – Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises New Private Island

Denise Reichwein Lees, Director of Sales USA, MSC Cruises

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. Join nationally syndicated radio talk show host, guidebook publisher, and travel expert Pauline Frommer for a talk that will change the way you book travel. She’ll give you the insider tools you need to work the system smartly, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Plus, Frommer will introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting but should and answer questions.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Best Travel & Packing Tips for the Ultimate Vacation

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host 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 talk is updated every year 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 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

1:00 pm – 1:30 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’ll travel off-the-beaten path with guided tours that include…wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, walking city food tours, hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy.

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

Heritage Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi
Lisa Vogele, Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure
You don’t have to be a celebrity on “Who Do You Think You Are?” to travel in your ancestor’s footsteps. Whether you’re interested in planning a trip to visit US battlefields of your patriotic ancestors, walking the streets of an ancestral village or meeting distant relatives, heritage travel offers a rich and rewarding experience. Join us and learn tips for researching, planning, and connecting on your personal journey. A checklist of steps for planning & executing a successful heritage trip; Tips for researching family history and how to avoid common pitfalls-DNA; tests: what they reveal and how they can be used for heritage travel when your paper trail ends; Expectations & outcomes for your trip-Inspirational stories from real life heritage travel experiences.
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

Spain Out of The Beaten Track

Jose Manuel de Juan, Director of the Tourist Office of Spain in New York
A Journey from Northern Spain to the South, with ideas and suggestions of places to visit and things to do that probably you do not know.

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of The Bahamas: Escape the Cold to Vacation in Paradise

Chrystal Bethell, Marketing Coordinator, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism Office in New York, USA
The session will focus on providing an update on what’s new in the destination, in addition to choosing the right island, hotel and activities.

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

Great Travel Secrets from the Master Traveler: Everything you need to know to win the travel game…every time.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

So You Want to Start A Travel Blog?
A Conversation with Boston’s Top Travel Influencers 

Moderator: Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Panelists: Brianne Miers, Traveling Life
Lillie Marshall, AroundTheWorldl.com and TeachingTraveling.com
SanTara Cassamajor, The GorgeousIngredient
Want to start a travel blog but don’t know where to begin? Join Boston’s top travel bloggers as they reveal all about how they got their start and their best tips for anyone who wants to dive into the world of content creation. The panel will be moderated by Beth Santos, founder of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit (WITS), one of the country’s top travel blogging events. Plus, one lucky audience member will win a ticket to WITS ‘20!

Sunday, January 12

11:15 am – 12:15 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

11:15 am – 12:00 Noon
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.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Picture Yourself in the Arctic

MJ Swan, Director of Business Development and Expedition Leader, Adventure Canada
For more than thirty years, Adventure Canada has been a leader in “soft adventure” expedition cruises to some of the Earth’s great wild spaces. We take passengers who are deeply curious about the world we live in and take them to some of the most extraordinary locations on the planet—in our own inimitable fashion. The spirit of exploration is what draws us to visit places seldom seen, off the beaten trail—even off the map! Expedition cruising in the Arctic with Adventure Canada is the ultimate way to see the North! Experience stunning landscapes, stirring history, and Inuit communities with cultural guides and regional experts. Seek out polar bears, whales, walruses and more on thrilling Zodiac cruises. The ice-class Ocean Endeavour offers comfortable accommodations, gourmet food, and spacious surroundings from which to explore the North. Our onboard expedition team provides expertise in arts, culture, the sciences, history, anthropology, and much more.

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

Tech Tips for Smarter Travel

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
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 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

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Greater Miami, More Than Just A Beach

Joe Docal, Director of Travel Industry Sales USA (Northeast & Midwest) & Latin America, Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Destination update focusing on new hotel builds, attractions, cruises, new service into Miami International Airport & Events

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

Great Travel Secrets from the Master Traveler: Everything you need to know to win the travel game…every time.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences

David McGuffin, Founder and CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.
Join European travel expert, David McGuffin as he shares savvy travel tips, favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty years on the road.  David spends five months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media pages and travel blog. He is an advocate of traveling off-season, avoiding crowds, and embracing the culture of the locale. His picture-packed presentation is loaded with pertinent travel information, suggested routes, sage advice, and information about his small-group tours in Europe.

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

7 Secrets to Maximize Your Solo Travels

Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Thinking of traveling alone but not sure how to start? From inspiring memoirs like Wild and Eat Pray Love to our everyday Facebook feeds showing us epic landscapes from all corners of the world, solo travel is more popular than ever before, and anyone — yes, anyone — can do it.
Join Beth Santos, founder and CEO of Wanderful, for an invigorating session about why now is the time to take that solo trip, and how to make it your most memorable travel experience yet.

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

Travel Writing and Photography for Beginners

Max Hartshorne, Editor, GoNOMAD Travel
Paul Shoul, Award-Winning Editorial, Commercial and Travel Photographer
Two travel journalists share best practices and techniques for getting the most out of your travels, in writing and photography. How to pitch, write, and shoot better photos.

2:30 pm – 3:30 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. Join nationally syndicated radio talk show host, guidebook publisher, and travel expert Pauline Frommer for a talk that will change the way you book travel. She’ll give you the insider tools you need to work the system smartly, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Plus, Frommer will introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting but should and answer questions.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Epic Adventures in the Alps

Gregg Witt, Chief Adventure Officer, Alpenwild
Visiting the Alps is pure adventure! It’s where adventure travel was invented. Here you’ll have an experience to match your energy and sense of wonder. Whether active, natural, or relaxed, an alpine adventure awaits you in the Alps. You’ll be awestruck by the scenic beauty of the most beloved mountains in the world.

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

Journey Well: The ABCs of Better Traveling

Trish Feaster, Founder & CEO of The Travelphile
Good travel goes beyond where you’re going and how to get there—it’s about minimizing travel stress and maximizing experiences. In this savvy and insightful class, you’ll learn simple and effective ways to create better travel itineraries, pack smarter, and use technology to save you time, money, and energy. You’ll also discover how to have more meaningful engagements with locals, stay healthy and practice self-care on the road, and learn more about yourself and the grand world around you. Let seasoned traveler, tour guide, and guidebook researcher Trish Feaster help you discover how to simply and smartly become a better traveler.