Speaker Stages

Denver Travel & Adventure Show

Over 30 Travel Sessions Designed to Help You Travel Like a Rockstar

3 theaters provide you with the most comprehensive travel content that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Travel Theater: You’ve seen them on TV, you follow them on Instagram, and now you can hear from them LIVE, right on the show floor.

Destination Theater: Destination-specific sessions give you the most up to date advice on where to go, what to do, how to get there and how to save in information packed 30 minute sessions.

Savvy Traveler Theater: Learn how to travel like an insider with the latest tips, tricks and actionable advice ranging from packing, travel technology, budget hacks and more, directly from the experts who live on the road.

Check back often as speaker information is being updated daily!

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.

Visit Barnes & Noble Bookstore in booth #906

Saturday, January 20

Destination Theater
David-McGuffins-2

10:30 am – 11:00 am

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences

David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc.

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David McGuffin, Travel Enthusiast, Tour Operator, Musician, and Part-Time European, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.

Join European travel expert David McGuffin as he shares travel tips, favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty-seven years on the road. David spends about four months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media, travel blog, and videos. He is an advocate of avoiding crowds, living like a local, educated travel, 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.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Theresa-Goodrich2

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Planning Your Perfect Road Trip

Theresa Goodrich

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Theresa Goodrich, Traveler, Author, Publisher, Speaker, Emmy-Winner at the Local Tourist

Theresa L. Goodrich is an inveterate road trip enthusiast who’s traveled thousands of miles to tell the stories of America’s treasures. In this fun and energetic session, Theresa shares her best tips for planning your perfect road trip adventure, including choosing your ideal destination, saving money during your travels, and doing it all safely. Whether you’re looking to drive cross-country or just need a weekend getaway, you’ll learn how to plan an experience you’ll love.

Travel Theater
Peter-Greenberg-Headshot-600×600

10:45 am – 11:45 am

Pushing the Envelope – The Secrets of Becoming A Road Warrior

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Scott-Sloan

11:30 am – 12 Noon

What to Expect from Your Antarctica Expedition

Atlas Ocean Voyages

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Scott Sloan, Regional Sales Director, Southwest, Atlas Ocean Voyages

Come learn about all things Antarctica!  With Atlas Ocean Voyages, venture to the seventh continent and see incredible wildlife such as penguins, seals, birds, whales, and many more.  Travel on your fully guided expeditions via zodiac as you explore the varying landscape of the great white continent.  With Atlas Ocean Voyages, you not only immerse yourself in the destination, but you do so in style and comfort of a small, luxurious yacht with fewer than 200 guests onboard.  When you’re not exploring Antarctica, kayaking, or camping out on the ice, sit back, relax, and enjoy our all-inclusive atmosphere, educational programming, upscale dining, and elegant comforts of our yachts.

 
Savvy Traveler Theater
Angel_C

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

The Ultimate Guide for Better Travel in 2024

Angel Castellanos

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Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host, AngelsTravelLounge.comYouTube Channel The Tour Guy

If you want to travel better, smarter and enjoy your vacation, you don’t want to miss this popular talk. The World and travel have dramatically changed. Angel Castellanos, who’s traveled almost one million air miles since 2020, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on practical travel tips and savvy packing techniques. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels and “packed” with the most up to date actionable travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better, and cheaper. In this talk you will learn to plan, book & execute and even pack for the best vacation of your life!  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! AngelsTravelLounge.com

Destination Theater
Brianna-McCarthy

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Journey to the Islands of Fiji

Tourism Fiji

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Brianna McCarthy, Trade Partnerships Manager, Tourism Fiji

Join Tourism Fiji for a fun and informational journey to the Islands of Fiji. If you’re looking for uncrowded islands, pristine environment, and famously friendly people, you’ll love our islands. Join us to hear more about how easy it is to get to Fiji and about the wide array of experiences for all types of travelers and budgets.

 
Savvy Traveler Theater
Jennifer-Broome

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Tips to Getting the Most Out of Your National Park Road Trip

Jennifer Broome

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Jennifer Broome, Multimedia Travel and Environmental Journalist

Jennifer Broome has visited over 200 National Park Service sites and shares her top ten tips to visiting national parks, how to avoid crowds, how she road trips to see multiple NPS sites, and which parks and sites you should visit each season.

Destination Theater
Donna-Nightingale

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The World of Viking

Viking Cruises

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Donna Nightingale, Event Specialist, Viking Cruises

Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans, and lakes around the world. Designed for curious travelers with interests in science, history, culture, and cuisine. Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers experiences for The Thinking Person™. Viking has more than 250 awards to its name, including being rated at the top of its categories for oceans, rivers, and expeditions by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.  No other cruise line has ever received these same honors by both publications at the same time.  Today’s presentation will introduce you to The Viking Way™ of experiencing destination travel.  You will learn about Viking’s award-winning ships, and the itineraries that will allow you to Explore The World In Comfort™.

Travel Theater
Andrew-McCarthy-Headshot-500×500

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy

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Andrew McCarthy, Director, Award-Winning Travel Writer, and
Actor

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Kathy-McCabe

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Plan the 2024 Italian Vacation of Your Dreams!

Dream of Italy

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Kathy McCabe, Host & Executive Producer, Dream of Italy

Kathy McCabe is the host and executive producer of the hit TV travel series Dream of Italy on PBS. Season 3 is airing now with special episodes exploring Andrea Bocelli’s Tuscany, cooking with 3-Michelin Chef Massimo Bottura and searching for the Black Madonna with Academy Award-Winning Actress Marisa Tomei. Kathy is the founder of the travel magazine and membership website Dream of Italy. All attendees will receive a free digital membership!

Savvy Traveler Theater
Russell-Hannon

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

99 Ways to Cut Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon

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Russell Hannon, Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of ‘Stop Dreaming Start Traveling’ and Ultra Economical Travel Expert for BreakTheTravelBarrier.com

Known for WOW’ing audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive 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 money on your next great escape.

Destination Theater
Tia-Froehle

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Alaska & Anchorage By The Numbers!

Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

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Tia Froehle, Senior Sales Manager, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

What drives traveler’s decisions when planning for an Alaska trip? In short, the numbers. Learn the distances (Alaska IS Big!), temperatures in all the seasons and when to go, money & how to get the best bang-for-the-buck! And lots of other facts about Alaska wildlife, culture & attractions from a seasoned expert. This engaging and entertaining presentation will get you excited to visit the 49th state!

Travel Theater
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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Life Enhancing Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank

Pauline Frommer

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

Pauline will discuss the smartest, most up-to-date ways of saving money on airfares, lodgings, sightseeing and more, advice that changes every year since the travel industry is so volatile. But it doesn’t really matter how much you save if the trip doesn’t feed your soul, right? Pauline will also cover methods of travel that allow you to dig deeper into the local culture and/or learn a bit about yourself; the most exciting destinations for 2024/2025; ways to reframe travel planning so it enhances your daily life; and much more.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Tour-Colorado_speaker

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Colorado Staycation Trivia

Tour Colorado

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Find inspiration for your Colorado Bucket List from some great destinations.  Hear from the experts in Pueblo, Ft. Collins, Trinidad, Alamosa, and Durango Find out what the locals consider must do’s in their neck of the woods…

YES!  We have Prizes!!

Savvy Traveler Theater
julie_f

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Wanderlust Masterclass: A Roadmap for Epic Adventures (Even with Kids!)

Julie Frieder

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Julie Frieder, co-author Wonder Year: A Guide to Long-Term Family & Worldschooling

Learn everything you need to know about preparing for the epic adventure of a lifetime from experts on long-term travel—including closing up life at home, funding your trip, planning an itinerary, staying healthy on the road, and coming home when the time is right. Whether you are a curious traveler, an industry professional, or a remote worker, this session is for you. Did you know there are thriving communities popping up all around the globe with coworking spaces, accommodations, shared child-care and local teachers, wellness activities, and more? Julie will take a close look at this dynamic space, review the data, trends, vision, and fine print to help you get ready to hit the road for longer than just the usual two-week stint.

Destination Theater
David-McKay

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Photography, Travel, Friendship, and Adventure – The Journey to Great Photography While Traveling!

David McKay

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David McKay, Master Photographer, McKay Photography Tours

During this presentation, Master Photographer David McKay will share his passion for photography and travel. He will share tips and tricks to help you get great photographs including, the emotional vs. technical aspects of photography and how to combine the two, settings to help you achieve great results, packing your gear for a trip, flying with your gear, and much more! Join David as he helps you on the journey to getting great photographs of your travels!

*Disclaimer: Show Management reserves the right to change speakers and schedules at its discretion. Check back frequently for updates and changes.

Sunday, January 21

Travel Theater
Peter-Greenberg-Headshot-600×600

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pushing the Envelope – The Secrets of Becoming A Road Warrior

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Kathy-McCabe

11:45 am – 12:15 pm

12 European Destinations Not to Miss in 2024

Dream of Europe

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Kathy McCabe, Host & Executive Producer, Dream of Europe

Kathy McCabe is the host and executive producer of the hit TV travel series Dream of Italy on PBS and in 2024 she will launch the new series Dream of Europe, exploring six fascinating destinations for travelers to enjoy. She has already filmed the first episode in Annecy France and will share a preview and tons of European travel ideas. Season 3 of Dream of Italy is airing now with special episodes exploring Andrea Bocelli’s Tuscany, cooking with 3-Michelin Chef Massimo Bottura, and searching for the Black Madonna with Academy Award-Winning Actress Marisa Tomei. Kathy is the founder of the travel magazine and membership website Dream of Italy. All attendees will receive a free digital membership!

Savvy Traveler Theater
Juliana-Broste

11:30 am – 12:15 pm

How to Capture Your Adventures on Camera. Tips & tricks to document your trips with travel video expert Juliana Broste.

Juliana Broste

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Juliana Broste (TravelingJules), Travel Filmmaker and Host

Whether you’re doing it for the ‘gram or for your personal archives, there’s nothing like having your memories saved for all time. Discover creative ways to capture your adventures through photos and videos in this special session.  We’ll talk about what gear to pack and how to use it in various on-the-go scenarios—from capturing sunsets to mastering selfies and more.  Don’t miss this informative and inspiring session with 12x Heartland Emmy award winner, Juliana Broste, aka TravelingJules.  Before you know it, you’ll be capturing engaging video and compelling photographs, sure to make your friends and fans green with envy.

Destination Theater
Tom-Chojnacki

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Travel Smart From the Start: Essential Travel Safety Tips From the U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

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Tom Chojnacki, Director of the Colorado Passport Agency

In this session, Tom Chojnacki, Director of the Colorado Passport Agency, and a seasoned former diplomat, will guide you through safe travel practices and highlight how the U.S. Department of State supports American travelers abroad. Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or a first-time explorer, join us to learn valuable insights and ensure your international journeys are both enriching and secure.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Julian-Douglas

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm

Top Private Tours Around the World With “The Private Tour Connoisseur”

Julian Douglas

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Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer & Experience Curator. The Private Tour Connoisseur.

Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will reveal his Top Private Tours around the world. Learn how to maximize what Private Tours have to offer, tips and tricks to find the best tours, save money and make them happen.  

Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check them off your bucket list. View the Mona Lisa in private, drive a vintage boat on Lake Como, go behind closed doors at Versailles and see Elephants on an African Safari so close you can hear them breathe. 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 can make it happen.

Destination Theater
Jesse-Pfeffer

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm

Fairbanks, Alaska: Land of the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights

Explore Fairbanks

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Jesse Pfeffer, Meetings and Conventions Sales and Services Manager, Explore Fairbanks Alaska

Set deep in the Last Frontier of Alaska, Fairbanks is defined by wild places and natural phenomena that awaken the spirit and nourish the soul. With the midnight sun illuminating the landscape all hours during the summer, winter bringing a playful wonderland of white and some of the best displays in the world of the aurora borealis dancing overheard on clear, dark nights, Fairbanks is truly a place for all seasons Though the locale is remote, Fairbanks offers all the amenities you would expect of a charming city. Discover a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, our gold rush history, and a myriad of year-round activities and attractions that offer authentic Alaska experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Travel Theater
paulinefrommer-500×500

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Life Enhancing Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank

Pauline Frommer

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

Pauline will discuss the smartest, most up-to-date ways of saving money on airfares, lodgings, sightseeing and more, advice that changes every year since the travel industry is so volatile. But it doesn’t really matter how much you save if the trip doesn’t feed your soul, right? Pauline will also cover methods of travel that allow you to dig deeper into the local culture and/or learn a bit about yourself; the most exciting destinations for 2024/2025; ways to reframe travel planning so it enhances your daily life; and much more.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Savvy Traveler Theater
Russell-Hannon2

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm

99 Ways to Cut Travel Costs – Without Skimping

Russell Hannon

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Russell Hannon, Amazon #1 Best Selling Author of ‘Stop Dreaming Start Traveling’ and Ultra Economical Travel Expert for BreakTheTravelBarrier.com

Known for WOW’ing audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive 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 money on your next great escape.

Destination Theater
David-McGuffins-2

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences

David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc.

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David McGuffin, Travel Enthusiast, Tour Operator, Musician, and Part-Time European, David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.

Join European travel expert David McGuffin as he shares travel tips, favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty-seven years on the road. David spends about four months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media, travel blog, and videos. He is an advocate of avoiding crowds, living like a local, educated travel, 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.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Anne-Dimon

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Wellness Travel - What You Need to Know and How to Plan

Anne Dimon

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Anne Dimon, Owner/Editor Travel to Wellness, President/CEO Wellness Tourism Association

Wellness travel, what you need to know and how to plan.

Travel Theater
Angel_C

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Ultimate Guide for Better Travel in 2024

Angel Castellanos

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Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host, AngelsTravelLounge.comYouTube Channel The Tour Guy

If you want to travel better, smarter and enjoy your vacation, you don’t want to miss this popular talk. The World and travel have dramatically changed. Angel Castellanos, who’s traveled almost one million air miles since 2020, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on practical travel tips and savvy packing techniques. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels and “packed” with the most up to date actionable travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better, and cheaper. In this talk you will learn to plan, book & execute and even pack for the best vacation of your life!  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! AngelsTravelLounge.com

Destination Theater
Ricardo-Ballesteros

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Visit Mexico: A Country That Has Everything!

Mexico

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Ricardo Ballesteros, Consul of Economic, Cultural and Tourism Affairs at the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver

During his presentation, Mr. Ricardo Ballesteros, Mexican diplomat in Denver, will explain the main reasons that makes Mexico the 6th more visited country worldwide and share the 9 different direct flight available options to visit Mexico from Denver, including the new flight to Monterrey. Likewise, he will present the most important projects recently inaugurated by the Mexican government to boost international tourism to Mexico such as Felipe Angeles International Airport in the surroundings of Mexico City, Maya Train, Tulum International Airport and the Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthumus of Tehuantepec. Join Ricardo and discover the main tourist destinations including beach, culture, nature, adventure and cuisine that Mexico offers you.

*Disclaimer: Show Management reserves the right to change speakers and schedules at its discretion. Check back frequently for updates and changes.