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America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have America’s Most Comprehensive Education 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 4 theaters located on the show floor.

4 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, Phil Keoghan 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.

Taste of Travel Theater: Get a taste of cultures from around the world as chefs prepare their local cuisines right in front of you. Like what you smell? Most cooking demonstrations end with a sampling right at your seat! Click Here to view the Taste of Travel schedule.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

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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 – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Juliana Broste - Travel Expert Speaker

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

How to Capture Your Adventure on Camera! Tips and Tricks to Document Your Trips

Juliana Broste, Travel Video Journalist + TV Personality, TravelingJules

The best travel souvenir is definitely not a refrigerator magnet.  Discover creative and unique ways to capture your travel experiences through photos and videos.  Travel Video Journalist Juliana Broste (aka TravelingJules) reveals top tips and tricks for travelers who want to document their adventures.  Listen in as Jules shares stories from the road and lessons learned from filmmaking assignments around the world.  Before you know it, you’ll be capturing engaging video and compelling photographs, sure to make your Facebook friends green with envy.

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Jara Haas, Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit? Come and learn what Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Michelle Fee, CEO, Co-Founder, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Lonely Planet Effect: Selecting the World’s Best Destinations

Daniel Houghton, CEO, Lonely Planet
Mark Johanson, Travel Writer, Lonely Planet
Ryan De Seixas, CEO and Owner, Ryzone Media

Each year, Lonely Planet experts select the best upcoming destinations to visit in their annual Best in Travel list. In this panel discussion, Lonely Planet’s CEO, Daniel Houghton, will moderate a discussion with Lonely Planet writer, Mark Johansen and GoPro advocate Ryan De Seixa on why Chile was selected as top country for 2018.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Packing Tips & Savvy Travel Skills

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

Make the next trip, the next best trip of your life! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed seminar on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares and inspires travelers with savvy tips to travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, new airport security rules and tricks, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with practical travel tips to help you travel like a pro. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? No problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Gerry van der Walk - Travel Expert Speaker

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Myths and Misconceptions of Travelling in Africa for a Wildlife Safari

Gerry van der Walt, Co-Founder of Wild Eye, Private & Specialist Guide, Public Speaker, Wildlife Photographer

Africa is without a doubt one of the world’s most diverse wildlife and nature destinations but there are still many myths and misconceptions around traveling to this beautiful continent. Is it safe to go on safari? Can you drink the water and eat the food? What about accommodation? Do animals really walk around in the streets and do they attack?

Errors and generalizations around African travel are rife, and perpetuated both by the media and by popular culture.   With so many fallacies about African travel, it’s often hard to get a true and honest insight about a safari to a place that is as complex as it is beautiful.

In this presentation Gerry van der Walt will share their African safari experiences from both a guide and guest point of view to give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you finally go on that African trip that will change the way you see the world!

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Best-Selling Author, 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, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite itineraries and personal experiences.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Brian Kelly - Travel Expert Speaker
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

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

Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com

Credit card points and frequent flyer miles open the door to premium experiences like never before—but how do you know which products and programs are right for you? One expert has the answer to these questions, along with the keys to help you unlock a maximized lifestyle around the world.

Fiji - Travel Expos

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

A Fijian Warrior’s Guide to Happiness

Ruth Daly, Regional Director Tourism Fiji

Discover why the Fijian people are some of the Happiest on Earth, based on the philosophies of a Fijian warrior, and learn how Happiness will find you on your next trip to Fiji!

Celebrity Travel Speaker Phil Keoghan

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

NOW: No Opportunity Wasted

Phil Keoghan, Host/Co-Executive Producer The Amazing Race and Author, No Opportunity Wasted

Join Phil Keoghan as he takes you on a journey through his travel adventures around the globe and shares his passion for living life and fulfilling dreams.  Hear how Phil’s NOW (No Opportunity Wasted) philosophy helps in setting life goals and seizing every day.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination Theater

Great Tips on How to Book Your Perfect Italian Vacation

Angelo Carotenuto, Founder and Co-Owner of LivItaly Tours

Meet Angelo Carotenuto, top-rated tour guide of Italy since 2005 and founder of LivItaly Tours, to learn about Italy’s most famous stereotypes… food, culture, music, art, fashion, Ferrari, nature, soccer, and wine. Find ways to experience them all on your next Italian vacation. Tips on ways to explore Italy, book with the best tour operators, quality-check, and the ability to come back with awesome memories for you and your loved ones.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert
Frommer Books - Travel Expos

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

Latest Trends in Travel and How They’ll Affect Your Next Vacation

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

Artificial intelligence, climate change, “experiential travel”, the sharing economy—these and other new forces are shaping the way we vacation today. Frommer will discuss the new experiences available to travelers today, along with what trends may be shaping your vacations, whether you realize it or not.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Travel Theater

Rick Steves’ Europe: Cruise Ship or Tour Bus?

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

Travel writer Rick Steves explores the pros and cons of exploring Europe by cruise ship, tour bus and independently. Rick wrote the best-selling cruisers’ guide to Mediterranean ports, runs a company that takes 30,000 Americans through Europe each year on his Rick Steves bus tours, and authors the classic Europe Through the Back Door guidebook for independent travelers. And with all that experience, he’ll share a candid and practical review of the options.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Tour Taiwan - Travel Shows

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Destination Theater

Time for Taiwan 101 

Presented by Travel Agents for Taiwan Tourism

Travel specialists to share all the essentials about traveling to Taiwan. If you are interested in visiting the fascinating island that is a food paradise, nature wonderland, and a world-class cycling destination, make sure to stop by for Taiwan flight and tour specials!

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Safely

Carl C. Risch,  The Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs

The Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs announces changes to the way the Department of State provides safety and security information to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad.  Take us with you – we’re there to give you reliable, up-to-date safety and security information before and during your trip, and we’ve got your back if an emergency happens overseas.

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 – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Sarah Dandashy - Travel Expert Speaker
As a Concierge

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

Curating Your Best Trip: How to Guarantee a Seamless Travel Experience

Sarah Dandashy, Award-Winning Concierge and Producer/Host of Ask A Concierge

Get the travel scoop from an insider! Learn how to travel better and happier with a few tips from an award-winning concierge. Sarah will share insight on how to have the best experience while traveling and how to score that coveted upgrade!

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

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

European River Cruises

Patricia Schultz, Best-Selling Author, 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, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite itineraries and personal experiences.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Kristin Carlson - Travel Expert Speaker
Tahiti - Travel Expos

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti Are Closer Than You Think

Kristin Carlson Kemper, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourisme

Tucked away in the South Pacific, just 8 hours from Los Angeles, The Islands of Tahiti are closer than you think.  Boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts; each of the 118 islands and atolls have something for everyone. Worlds away from the hectic daily grind, where a natural balanced rhythm between the land and the people exist, means connecting with what is really important in life. Discover the escape of a lifetime today!

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Travel Smart with Technology

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

Do you want to use your smartphone or other gadgets abroad without going broke? What are the best apps for travel? Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his acclaimed “Travel Smart with Technology” seminar to answer all of these questions and so much more. 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

Tour Thailand - Travel & Tourist Expo

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Open to the New Shades of Thailand

Candy Krajangsri, Marketing and PR Executive, the Tourism Authority of Thailand Los Angeles Office

Our session will provide information about Thailand through a new set of lenses, uncovering the undiscovered and touching on interesting new elements in both familiar and new places.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

What Smart Travelers Need to Know to Navigate the World and Why the World has Suddenly Become a Global Buyers’ Market

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

You’ll learn everything you need to know to navigate the world of airlines, hotels and all things travel…and why offline might actually be better than online.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Michelle Fee, CEO, Co-Founder, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy – Boutique Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President of Your Own Italy

Brian Kelly - Travel Expert Speaker
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

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

Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com

Credit card points and frequent flyer miles open the door to premium experiences like never before—but how do you know which products and programs are right for you? One expert has the answer to these questions, along with the keys to help you unlock a maximized lifestyle around the world.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

Adventure Canada Expeditions – The Northwest Passage and Beyond

Martin Aldrich, General Manager, Adventure Canada

Join Adventure Canada for a talk on the exciting world of expedition travel. Learn about the world’s most exciting and remote destinations from regional experts, and discover what awaits passengers on a modern expedition. This showcase features incredible photography from voyages through the Canadian Arctic, along the west coast of Greenland, and down Canada’s east coast and maritimes. See what expedition travel means: incredible culture, majestic wildlife, and jaw-dropping landscapes—all experienced from the comfort of an ice-class expedition vessel.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

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

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

Explore the Nine Islands of the Azores and Their Unparalleled Beauty

Zeto Carvalho, Station Manager, Azores Airlines, Grupo SATA

If you’re looking for an enriching trip which you will never forget, the Azores are your destination. Join me to learn about the customs, traditions, nature, culture, and gastronomy of the nine Azores islands… S. Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Pico, Graciosa, Faial, S. Jorge, Corvo and Flores.

Located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, its idyllic landscapes grant these islands with a unique mystique. The past isolation of the archipelago together with the different origins of its first inhabitants give the Azorean islands a rich cultural diversity, which makes each island a new world waiting to be explored. In the Azores you will find landscapes of unparalleled beauty, monuments carved in stone expelled by volcanoes, museums that will take you back in time, animals unique in the world, a gastronomy stuffed of intense flavors and people who will receive you with arms wide open. All the necessary ingredients for a dream trip.

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Getting Great Travel Photos!

David McKay, Owner, McKay Photography Academy

Learn great travel photography techniques no matter what camera you have!  David will specifically be sharing ways to compose your images and the best times of day to photograph along with ideas to make your travel photographs stand out from the crowd.

Learn techniques to help you make the most out of your travel photos!