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.

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3 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Josh Gates, and Pauline Frommer 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, February 16

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

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

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, he’ll explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from four months in Europe, Rick reveals exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Ralph Velasco

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Take Travel Photographs Everyone Wants To See!

Ralph Velasco, CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment

If you’re looking to create inspiring photographs that everyone will want to see, then join professional travel photographer and international tour leader Ralph Velasco for this information-packed session.

Learn about the importance of anticipation and timing, approaching and positioning your subject, working with a theme, visual storytelling and so much more.  Finally, you’ll learn Ralph’s Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography from ho-hum to Holy Cow!  And anyone can put it into practice. Now, let’s get out and shoot!

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

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

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in The USA & Canada Before You Die

Discovering Europe’s many scenic and history-rich waterways by river boat is one of today’s most comfortable and enjoyable ways to travel. Patricia explores the pros and cons and how it compares to ocean cruising, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite river itineraries in Europe – as well as a few beyond.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Pauline Frommer

Frommer Books - Travel Expos

2:00 pm – 3:00 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. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

3:15 pm – 4:00 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.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

Broadening Your Global Perspective Through Travel

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

Acclaimed travel expert, Rick Steves believes there’s more to travel than good-value hotels, great art, and tasty cuisine. Americans who “travel as a political act” can have the time of their lives and come home smarter with a better understanding of the interconnectedness of today’s world. In this provocative slideshow lecture, Rick demonstrates how travel can be truly transformational. Drawing from lessons he’s learned while exploring Europe, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East, Rick shares that by traveling thoughtfully you can take home the greatest souvenir: a broader perspective.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Sunday, February 17

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:15 am – 11:45 am
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

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

Join travel expert Rick Steves as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, he’ll explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from four months in Europe, Rick reveals exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

11:15 am – 12 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.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

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

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in The USA & Canada Before You Die

Discovering Europe’s many scenic and history-rich waterways by river boat is one of today’s most comfortable and enjoyable ways to travel. Patricia explores the pros and cons and how it compares to ocean cruising, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite river itineraries in Europe – as well as a few beyond.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

Embracing the Unknown

Josh Gates, Host, Executive Producer of Discovery Channel’s Expedition Unknown

Explorer Josh Gates is the host and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s hit series Expedition Unknown. Armed with a deep-rooted passion for adventure, Josh travels around the world and off the map to find the truth behind iconic legends and thrilling archaeological mysteries. Join Josh in-person for an exclusive talk about his most daring expeditions and close calls as well as real-world advice on how to make your next vacation the adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re looking to climb a mountain or kick back on an all-inclusive cruise, Josh shares practical tips from his travels to help shift your next vacation into another gear.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Johnny Jet - Celebrity Travel Speaker
JohnnyJet.com

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

Travel Trade Secrets to Travel Like The Experts Do

Johnny Jet, Editor-In-Chief, JohnnyJet.com

Join me to learn how to maximize your rewards and credit cards points coupled with savvy travel tips, apps and web sites to travel smarter, cheaper and more comfortably.

Pauline Frommer

3:45 pm – 4:45 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. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following