Speakers

Juliana Broste

Travel Video Journalist + TV Personality, TravelingJules

Juliana Broste, “TravelingJules,” is a 10x Heartland Emmy award winning Travel Video Journalist–a producer, shooter, writer, editor and host! Whether you spot her in front of the camera or behind the lens, you’ll recognize this fierce female filmmaker sporting pink lipstick and an armful of camera gear! Her adventures have taken her around the globe, from Thailand to Turkey to Tanzania. Her work has been featured on CNN, PBS, Travel Channel, Lonely Planet, USA TODAY, Matador, Viator and, of course, her TravelingJules travel vlog!  Jules is on a mission to share amazing “things to do” around the world. As a Manfrotto Global Ambassador, she inspires travelers to discover new experiences and document them, too.  Jules serves on the Board of Governors for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Heartland Chapter and co-leads Travel Massive Colorado. Come along for the adventure on FacebookInstagram and YouTube. Happy travels!

Kristin Carlson

Managing Director, Tahiti Tourisme United States

Kristin Carlson has served as Managing Director of Tahiti Tourisme United States (TTUS), the destination marketing organization for The Islands of Tahiti, since 2017TTUS oversees all business and consumer outreach for the destination, working regularly with prospective business developments such as airline, hotel, resort, tour operators and cruises in addition to conducting all business and consumer outreach through marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives and programming.
Carlson had held the position of Director of Marketing for TTUS from 2011 until her appointment as Managing Director. She has more than 25 years of professional experience in the tourism industry, including her role as Global Brand Manager at Mering Carson, for the agency’s Visit California account with an emphasis on and brand advertising in China, Mexico, the UK and Australia. She also served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at Signature Travel Network and enjoyed a 13-year tenure at Crystal Cruises in both Marketing and Hotel Operations for the luxury line. The beginning of her career was in marketing communications for The Fontayne Group and Korean Air.
She has a BA in International Studies and French from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) and a Masters in International Business from Pepperdine University (The George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management).

Jacki Carr

Goal Coach, Motivation Speaker, co-Founder of Rock Your Bliss

Trip Recap Link: https://www.jackicarr.com/blog/a-parents-much-much-needed-getaway-to-slo

Angel Castellanos

World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, (www.AngelsTravelLounge.com) is a passionate world traveler, travel writer, influencer, multi-media personality and nationally recognized speaker dedicated to helping people travel smart, well and often. Traveling to over 85 countries on 5 continents (and counting), Angel travels 12-14 weeks internationally each year and draws on his experience and frequent travels to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with the skills they need to make travel easy and enjoyable. He bridges the gap between the practical, common sense advice he’s learned by traveling the world and the new savvy tips and experiences that have helped his generation revolutionize travel. Angel has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, Univision, Frommers Radio, USA Today & Travel & Adventure Show as “America’s Newest Travel Expert”.
Since you’ve last seen Angel, he has visited The Philippines, Colombia, Honduras, Singapore, Laos, UK, France, Ireland, Italy, Bosnia, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.
His favorite travel memories include camel trekking in the Sahara, traveling overland by train from Beijing to London, Horse trekking in Mongolia, Hot Air Ballooning in Laos and sailing down the Nile River.
When not in Italy or Paris, Angel is home in Pasadena, California where he is a proud volunteer with the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association.

Anthony Cooper

Director of Field Sales, Western Division, Holland America Line

Anthony Cooper brings more than 20 years of travel industry experience to his role as Director of Field Sales, Western US and Canada, for Holland America Line. Most recently, he was a part of the Holland America Line and Seabourn sales force in Australia, receiving multiple awards and acknowledgments for his sales excellence and leadership. In this previous role, Cooper managed the national account portfolio for Australia, working closely with many large consortia

Pauline Frommer

Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides & Publisher of Frommers.com

Pauline Frommer is co-President of Frommer Media, LLC, with her father, travel legend Arthur Frommer. Together, they publish America’s most popular series of travel guidebooks, the Frommer guides, as well as Frommers.com, a website that welcomes more than 3 million unique users per month. She is also a nationally syndicated radio talk show host, and she pens an internationally syndicated newspaper column on travel for King Features. You may recognize her face as Pauline created weekly travel segments for CNN’s Headline News for 3 years. She’s also appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, NPR’s Marketplace and Talk of the Nation, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and every local news station you can name. She was the founding editor of Frommers.com and edited MSNBC.com’s travel section for two years. Pauline is the proud mother of two well-traveled daughters and wife to Columbia University professor Mahlon Stewart.

Josh Gates

Explorer, Host of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown

As the host of Discovery Channel’s smash-hit series Expedition Unknown, adventurer and explorer Josh Gates crisscrosses the globe to explore archaeological wonders and enduring legends. Armed with a daring passion for adventure and his signature sense of humor, Josh takes viewers on thrilling quests in search of answers to the world’s greatest mysteries.
Recently, Josh helmed an unprecedented live event in the deserts of Egypt when viewers from 95 countries around the world witnessed history in the making in Expedition Unknown: Egypt Live. This real-life Indiana Jones adventure, which was also simulcast on Travel Channel and Science Channel, gave viewers a rare opportunity to join an actual archeological excavation in real time as Josh Worked alongside world-renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass and Dr. Mostafa Waziri, the Secretary-General of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities. Together, they uncovered the 2,500-year-old mummy of a high priest for the first time ever on live television.
Gates also kicked off Discovery’s Shark Week by diving in Mexico and South Africa to unravel one of the oceans greatest mysteries – what happened to the mighty Megalodon?
In his latest season, Josh braved sub-zero temperatures to snowmobile across Siberia investigating one of the coldest cases of the Cold War: the baffling deaths of nine hikers on Russia’s infamous “Dead Mountain.” Josh also explored the Holy Land as he descended into newly discovered caves and tunnels that could hold the next Dead Sea Scrolls. In an exciting first, Josh returned to follow up on some of his most fascinating stories from seasons past, revisiting the lost Maya city of El Mirador where he previously helped discover a lost temple-complex, and he headed back to the 1980’s on a mission to unravel the maddening puzzles in a cryptic book known as “The Secret.”
An avid adventurer, scuba diver, and photographer, Gates has participated in sub-sea archaeological excavations in the Mediterranean, and his wanderlust has taken him to over 100 countries – from sweltering African deserts to the icy shores of Antarctica. In addition, he has scaled “the roof of Africa” on Mt. Kilimanjaro and climbed Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in the Americas. A mysterious “Yeti” footprint recovered by Josh in the Himalayas is now on display at the “Expedition Everest” attraction at Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
In 2016, Gates won ‘Best Host’ in the CableFax Program Awards for Expedition Unknown, and the series also took home the ‘Best Educational/Instructional Show’ award. In 2018, Josh won a Cynopsis TV Award for ‘Best Reality Series – Travel.’ He holds a degree from Tufts University in Archaeology and is a member of The Explorers Club – a prestigious organization dedicated to the advancement of exploration and field research. Josh also serves as a trustee on the governing board of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Josh is also the host of Legendary Locations on Travel Channel where he shares the epic tales and secrets of the most storied places on earth, showcasing the ancient legends and folklore that made them famous. Travel Channel also airs episodes of Gates’ popular series, Josh Gates’ Destination Truth.
He has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN and a variety of other national television and radio programs. Gates’ adventures are chronicled in his bestselling book, Destination Truth: Memoirs of a Monster Hunter (Simon & Schuster).
Gates currently resides with his wife and children in Los Angeles, California and on airport floors around the world.

Jared Kamrowski

Founder, Thrifty Traveler

Jared Kamrowski is the founder of Thrifty Traveler, the leading source for flight deals, cheap travel tips, and learning how to maximize travel rewards. Jared honed his travel skills by traveling over 100 nights a year as a CPA. He left his job in 2017 and now runs Thrifty Traveler full time flying over 100,000 miles per year. You can catch him flying the fanciest first-class cabins as well as budget airlines, paying only pennies on the dollar. He resides with his wife Erica in Minneapolis, MN.

Juno Kim

Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Juno Kim – Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Juno set off for the wider world to pursue her passion for travel and storytelling 9 years ago. She traveled the world as an award-winning travel blogger and photographer, witnessing the everyday life of different cultures. During her years as a digital nomad, Juno first visited Alaska in 2013 and fell in love and in 2017, Juno and her husband permanently relocated to Anchorage. Juno’s goal is to spread her love of Anchorage to the world, introducing hidden stories of her new home.

David McGuffin

Founder & CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc

David McGuffin: Travel Enthusiast, Musician, Tour Operator, and European Aficionado
Founder and CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc. His office is in Northeast Florida, but David spends about 180 days a year on the road in Europe leading tours, exploring new destinations, making YouTube videos, and writing about his travels.  David took his first trip to Europe in 1977 with his college choir. David recalls, “this tour took me on a three-week adventure to Greece, Italy, and Israel. I was a travel rookie, having never ventured outside the USA! Imagine my excitement as I boarded the airplane for my first flight, not to mention the wonder of touching down in Greece, an unknown land of which I’d only read about in my Sunday School lessons!”
David taught Band and Music classes in a Florida public school for thirty years.  It was here he combined his love of travel and music as he took his show on the road to Europe for many of those years. David soon realized he knew his European destinations better than those he was paying to arrange his student tours. Consequently, in 2001, David started his business, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, to offer small-group European tours focusing on culture, art, history and engaging experiences. His tours are designed to empower his travel partners with knowledge, guidance, and confidence to embrace the adventure, seize the moment, and most of all…have fun!
David’s business has grown from offering just two group tours in 2002 to a complete line-up of twenty small-group tour routes visiting almost every country in Europe. Additionally, he offers free European travel advice and information at davidmcguffin.com and his social media sites.  When not in Europe, you’ll find David at home in Middleburg, Florida, where he has lived all his life.

Eric Reid

North American Sales Manager, Tucan Travel

Eric is fascinated by worldly culture. His list of visited countries continues to grow, from the beaches of Vietnam, picturesque Cesky Kromlov, paddle boating in Hallstatt, 4×4’ing in Africa, or a stroll through the spice markets of Delhi. Eric admits, there isn’t a time, good or bad, where he didn’t fully appreciate a destination. Furthermore, his passion for diversity, and eagerness to see the world are sure to uncover more “favorites”.

Beth Santos

Founder and CEO, Wanderful

Beth Santos is founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global community that connects over 40,000 women together through events in 50 global cities, an international homesharing network, dynamic online content and forums, and inspired, focused campaigns with international travel brands. She is the creator and host of the Women in Travel Summit, a leading event for women travel influencers and industry members, happening on two continents each year, and co-founder of #AtTheTable, a national dinner series and community for female founders. She is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management and Wellesley College, and is an acclaimed thought leader in entrepreneurship and travel. She lives in Boston.

Nick Serati

Co-Founder, Thrifty Traveler

Nick Serati is the co-founder of Thrifty Traveler, the leading source for flight deals, cheap travel tips, and learning how to maximize travel rewards. In a previous life, Nick worked in software consulting which required extensive time on the road. He developed a passion for maximizing hotel and airline loyalty programs and using credit cards to travel the world for pennies on the dollar. He left his job in 2018 to run Thrifty Traveler full time with founder Jared Kamrowski, where he now travels over 75,000 miles each year. Nick resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife Abbey and daughter Elin.

Rick Steves

Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Guidebook author and travel TV host Rick Steves is America’s most respected authority on European travel. He grew up in Edmonds, Washington and studied at the University of Washington where he received degrees in Business Administration and European History. But his real education was earned on the road — since 1973 he’s spent 120 days a year in Europe. Spending one third of his adult life living out of a carry-on backpack has shaped Rick’s thinking and broadened his perspectives. Today he employs nearly 100 people at the Rick Steves’ Europe headquarters where he produces dozens of best-selling guidebook titles on European travel, America’s most popular travel series on public television, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, podcasts, travel apps, and a weekly syndicated travel column. Rick Steves lives and works in his hometown of Edmonds, Washington. His office window overlooks his old junior high school.

Cheryl Strayed

Author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir “Wild”

Cheryl Strayed is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir WILD, the New York Times bestsellers TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS and BRAVE ENOUGH, and the novel TORCH. Her books have been translated into forty languages around the world. WILD was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as her first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0. The Oscar-nominated movie adaptation of WILD stars Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl’s mother, Bobbi. The film was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, with a screenplay by Nick Hornby. Strayed’s essays have been published in The Best American Essays, the New York Times, the Washington Post MagazineVogueSalonThe SunTin House, and elsewhere. Strayed is the co-host, along with Steve Almond, of the WBUR podcast Dear Sugar Radio, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column on The Rumpus. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Lisa Vogele

Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure

Lisa Vogele is a professional travel consultant and genealogist. She is the Chief Tree Climber at Travel Your Tree: Where Ancestry meets Adventure, a full-service family history research, travel planning & tour operator. She is passionate about traveling local and in the footsteps of your ancestors to make or re-establish connections of personal, historical significance. In 2016, Lisa authored Food & Folklore: A Year of Italian Festivals, a guidebook to assist travelers with incorporating festivals into their itineraries and experience local culture through food and historic events. Her travel tips have been featured in the Huffington Post, 1000traveltips.com, and her travel blog LisaLovesToTravel.com. She holds a Master’s degree from Clemson University, was raised in Connecticut and resides in Colorado.

Valerie Joy Wilson

CEO, Travel Journalist, Host, Photographer, Trusted Travel Girl, LLC

Valerie Joy Wilson is a travel expert, journalist, self-made social media influencer, host, explorer, and entrepreneur. Valerie has been a travel enthusiast and experience junkie from a young age. Growing up in the foothills of the Adirondacks, Valerie found her sense of adventure and love for the outdoors by participating in skiing, sailing, hiking, scuba, and waterskiing. She attributes her audacity and eagerness to explore the world on her own to the discipline and sense of confidence that these activities instilled in her at such a young age.
In addition to writing about her experiences and providing valuable travel deals and advice on her website, Valerie has been featured as a travel expert in Forbes, Insider, The Daily News, The Culture Trip and on Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, as well as the KTLA morning news. She has written for the Huffington Post, JetSetTimes, Thought Catalog and Matador Network. Valerie also hosts her own video segments in which she reveals an intimate look at some of her favorite destinations.
Founder of Trusted Travel Girl, Valerie Joy Wilson, believes that the best adventures lie just off the beaten path and the only way to make the most of your time while traveling is to experience each city like a local, not a tourist.
Valerie’s philosophy is that it is not enough to just see the sites, but you need to leave the tourist traps and immerse yourself in the local culture of the city or country. Get off-the-beaten-path and enjoy the local cuisine, experience the beliefs and values of the community, and absorb the art and knowledge of the people. Trusted Travel Girl seeks authentic experiences, creating unique content for each destination visited. Valerie inspires her audience to leave the beaten path of tourism and encourages everyone to be travelers, not tourists.

Prescott Young

Area Manager – West, Midwest & Southwest USA, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism

Prescott Young is a long serving employee with the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism whose career with the organization spans more than two decades. Prior to being appointed Area Manager in the USA, he served as manager of various Bahamas Tourist Offices in the out islands of the Bahamas.
He is driven by the keen interest of growing the tourism business of the Bahamas from the assigned markets within his territories. Forming key partnerships and alliances with Industry Partners represents the number one strategy employed in seeking out new business for the destination.
Prescott possess a great love for his country and looks forward to playing a key role in promoting the destination overseas; which can result in an increase in tourist spend and enhanced economic growth for the islands of the Bahamas.