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 Andrew McCarthy, Pauline Frommer and Peter Greenberg 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.

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Saturday, January 14

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Destination Theater

The World of Viking

Barry Johnston, 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.

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

Earning Miles and Traveling with United Airlines vs. American Airlines: Which One is Better for You?

Matthew Klint, Blogger’ Live and Let’s Fly
American Airlines and United Airlines are hometown carriers in Chicago, which is the right airline for you? Matthew will compare and contrast American and United, focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of both legacy carriers and based upon your travel patterns and preferences, which one may make sense for you. You’ll walk away with a lot of knowledge about the American AAdvantage and United MileagePlus programs as well as information on route networks and onboard product offerings so that you can make an informed choice when thinking not just about your next trip, but about your travel for years to come.
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Author and Director
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Discover Dominican Republic, a Corner of Paradise

Rocio Diaz, Assistant, Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism
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.

11:30 am – 12:15 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

The Islands of Tahiti: Reconnect with Paradise

Noel Morrison,  Director of Communications, 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.

12:30 pm – 1:00 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.
Rudy Maxa

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Savvy Traveler 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

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Travel Theater

A Special Report from the Master Road Warrior: The Brave New World of Smart Travel, Where You Can Go, and Where You MUST Go, in the Next Year

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

The State of Play Down Under

Sunnie Rossi, President, Aussie Experts – Affiliated with Travel 100 Group
Peter Askin, Vice President of Sales, and an Owner of Southern World
Come hear the latest and most up to the minute updates from Down Under.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Our Favorite Solo Travel Tips, from The Experts

Moderator: Natasha Nicholes, Creator at Houseful of Nicholes
Panelists: Sally Bunnell, Founder of NaviSavi
Bisa Myles, Travel Blogger and Owner of Myles to Travel
Nikki Vargas,, Travel Editor, Journalist, Author, & Producer, Unearth Women
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.

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Rejuvenate in Miami

Dan Rios,  Director, LGBTQ Marketing, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Join us for a Destination update, what to do and find in Greater Miami.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska, Fantastic in Every Season!

Tia Froehle,Tourism Sales Manager, Alaska Land & 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!
The Local Tourist - Travel Show & Expo

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Planning the Perfect Road Trip from Chicago

Theresa Goodrich, Traveler, Author, Speaker, Emmy-Winner the boss at The Local Tourist & Your Chicago Guide
While Chicago’s fantastic, sometimes you just want to get out of town. In this session, inveterate road tripper Theresa L. Goodrich not only shares tips for planning an amazing road trip, but she also includes several destinations that are a short drive from the Windy City.

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

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Exploring Europe: Post-Pandemic Travel to Europe: How to “Jump Through all the Hoops and Red Tape,” and Still Have Fun!

David McGuffin, Founder & CEO, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.
Join European travel expert, David McGuffin as he shares savvy travel tips to help navigate country-specific travel restrictions, mask requirements, vaccines rules, and COVID-19 testing requirements. He’ll also share favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty years on the road. David usually 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, travel blog, and his weekly broadcast of “Travel Talk Tuesday with David McGuffin.” 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.

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

Why You Should Care About Elite Status — Even During a Pandemic

Victoria M. Walker, Senior Travel Reporter, The Points Guy
While the pandemic has been disrupting in many ways, many hotels and airlines made it a lot easier for even beginners to earn top-tier elite status. This session will explore how even the most beginner points and miles hobbyists can earn — and keep — elite status during the pandemic.

Sunday, January 15

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

French Wine & Cheese? Yes Please!

Kim Dickey, Owner, French Canal Boat
Do you love the idea of spending a week in France immersed in the best of French food & wine? How about on a barge, all to yourself, with just a few of your closest friends…and none of the crowds? Are you looking for something unique with the perfect mix of activity and relaxation? Do you want to unplug from your daily life and enjoy the simple pleasures of sipping champagne as you cruise through some of the most beautiful scenery in France? This was us and if this sounds like you too, we invite you to join us as we introduce you to the little-known world of luxury barge cruising in France. We’ve also invited a few of our favorite cruisers from last year to come up on stage and share their experiences!

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

A Special Report from the Master Road Warrior: The Brave New World of Smart Travel, Where You Can Go, and Where You MUST Go, in the Next Year

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

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

Why You Should Care About Elite Status — Even During a Pandemic

Victoria M. Walker, Senior Travel Report, Senior Travel Report, The Points Guy
While the pandemic has been disrupting in many ways, many hotels and airlines made it a lot easier for even beginners to earn top-tier elite status. This session will explore how even the most beginner points and miles hobbyists can earn — and keep — elite status during the pandemic.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Ever Dream of Visiting Antarctica?

Oya Bekisoglu, Regional Sales Director, Central USA, Atlas Ocean Voyages
Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Ever dream of visiting Antarctica? The words you have heard to describe this vast continent aren’t enough. Antarctica is an experience. Only those who have been and dared to take the icy plunge into these remote waters can add their names to a century of exploration where few have gone. It’s time to check the last (seventh) continent off your list if an expedition adventure is what you seek.
Join Atlas Ocean Voyages for an exciting presentation that will inspire you to come along with us on a luxe-adventure journey aboard one of our new ships to explore the incredible wildlife and icy landscape in style. Learn about what it means to be “all-inclusive all the way” with Atlas Ocean Voyages. You bring the dream, and we’ll provide the excitement, pampering and adventure! One lucky attendee will also get to bring a piece of Atlas home with them!

12:45 pm – 1:15 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

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

Tanzania and Rwanda for Curious & Thoughtful Travelers

Casey O’Connell, Safari Consultant Access 2 Tanzania
Casey will start by providing an insightful overview of the pros and cons of visiting various countries across Africa. Then, he will focus on Tanzania and Rwanda, providing top tips for making the best use of time and money while on safari. Attendees will learn the best strategies for visiting the most popular destinations while also finding time to enjoy some off-the-beaten path experiences. Finally, Casey will answer questions about when to go, what you should see and do, costs, and safety.

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Work from Anywhere

Moderator: Natasha Nicholes, Creator at Houseful of Nicholes
Panelists: Sally Bunnell, Founder of NaviSavi
Theresa Goodrich, Traveler, Author, Speaker, Emmy-Winner and the
boss at The Local Tourist & Your Chicago Guide
Pam Holt, Founder at Happy Host Academy
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!

2:00 pm – 3:00 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

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

Exploring Europe: Post-Pandemic Travel to Europe: How to “Jump Through all the Hoops and Red Tape,” and Still Have Fun!

David McGuffin, Founder & CEO, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.
Join European travel expert, David McGuffin as he shares savvy travel tips to help navigate country-specific travel restrictions, mask requirements, vaccines rules, and COVID-19 testing requirements. He’ll also share favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty years on the road. David usually 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, travel blog, and his weekly broadcast of “Travel Talk Tuesday with David McGuffin.” 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.

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

How to Leverage Credit Cards to Travel the World for Cents on the Dollar

Jamie Larounis, Editor, Upgraded Points
In this session, learn about major credit cards, miles, points, loyalty programs and elite status levels that you can leverage to travel the world for cheap. We’ll explore the ins-and-outs of tried and true credit cards as well as up-and-coming ones that are a game changer in the industry. From premium cards that charge a hefty annual fee in exchange for top-dollar benefits to no annual fee cards that offer great points earning, explore all of the possibilities to help you fly and stay for less!