Speaker Stages

Los Angeles 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.

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

Saturday, February 3

Destination Theater
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10:15 am – 10:45 am

Bella Guatemala Travel

Bella Guatemala

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Brent Edward Winebrener, Filmmaker & Photographer
Jose Antonio Gonzalez, Archaeologist & Guatemala Main Tour Guide

Travel Theater
Rick-Steves

10:15 am – 11:45 am

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves

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

Rick Steves shares lessons from a lifetime of travel so you can learn from his experience and travel smarter. Get Rick’s advice on the essential skills for smart European travel: itinerary planning, venturing off the beaten path, packing light, avoiding crowds (and pickpockets), transportation tips, finding hotels and restaurants, and much more.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
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11:15 am – 11:45 am

Safari Njema – Planning Your East African Safari

Access 2 Tanzania

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Casey O’Connell, Safari Consultant, Access 2 Tanzania

Access 2 Tanzania & Treks 2 Rwanda will help you make your bucket list safari adventure a reality, answering questions about when to go, what you should see and do, and how to get the most from your experience. The specific focus will be on experiencing the quintessential safari in Tanzania and trekking to visit the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Sarah-Dandashy

11:15 am – 12 Noon

Make the Most Out of Your Hotel Stay: Travel Tips from a Former Hotelier

Sarah Dandashy

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Sarah Dandashy, Travel Expert, Best-Selling Author, Creator, Ask A Concierge

Travel expert, author, and former award-winning Concierge, Sarah Dandashy shares the inside scoop on what the travel landscape looks like from a hotel insider’s perspective–what’s changed, what can you expect moving forward, how can you increase your chances of getting that coveted hotel upgrade and who you should always remember to tip! She’ll cover exclusive insights that only a former hotelier can reveal, best practices for a smooth trip, the current travel experience, as well as some of the biggest travel trends we can expect moving forward. You’ll leave this talk ready to make 2023 your best travel year yet.

Destination Theater
Scott-Sloan

12 Noon – 12:30 pm

Explore Your World – Intimate Yacht-Style Cruising

Atlas Ocean Voyages

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

Atlas Ocean Voyages’ intimate, yacht-style cruises offer the ultimate way to experience the world… In luxury and absent of crowds. —On both cold-water expeditions and warm-water ocean voyages, guests explore the world’s most sought-after destinations. View the unspoiled nature of Antarctica from the comfort of your private balcony, experience the history and culture of iconic cities into the night, or simply relax in exotic locales.

Please Join Atlas Ocean Voyages for an exciting presentation that will inspire you to come along with us aboard one of our new ships to explore the world in yacht-style.

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

Discover the Most Awe Inspiring, Top 10 Private Tours Worldwide. Travel Like A Rockstar with “The Private Tour Connoisseur”

Julian Douglas

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Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer & Experience Curator at ListenJourneySavor.com

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 10 Private Tours around the globe. Best of all, he’ll remind you that your trip really is just that, “your trip” and how you can do the same.

Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check off that bucket list. View the Mona Lisa in private, enter the Vatican before it’s open to the public, 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.

Travel Theater
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12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Traveling in a World of Disruption, Higher Prices, New Rules, Airport Chaos, and Bad Service. How to Navigate the Globe and Still Have a Great Experience…

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Katy-Ouellette

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Planes, Trains, and Dog Sleds – Alaska style!

Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

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Katy Ouellette, Tourism Sales Manager, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

There has been an explosion of new experiences you will love while visiting South-Central Alaska both North, South, and right in Alaska’s largest community, Anchorage. Pre or post cruise days or a land-only vacation, authentic adventures await. Learn from a local Alaskan on what’s new and how Alaska is open year-round for YOU!

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

How to Travel & Pack Better in 2023

Angel Castellanos

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Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host, AngelsTravelLounge.com

The World and travel have dramatically changed. Angel Castellanos, who’s traveled almost 500k 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
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1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

The World of Viking, Hosted by: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners – Viking Cruises

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Mario Herrera, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises

Join us to learn about 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 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards and the #1 River Cruise Line and #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel & Leisure.

Travel Theater
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2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Life Changing 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 how to plan meaningful, regenerative, enjoyable vacations…and never pay more than you should. To do so, she’ll unpack current travel trends; look at the travel strategies that will help you save money on airfares, lodgings, and activities; and discuss the elements that make a vacation unusually rewarding..

Savvy Traveler Theater
Alanna-Zingano

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Maximizing Your Cruise Vacation & Uncovering What Cruise Line Is Right For You

Alanna Zingano
Sponsored by: Princess Cruises

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Alanna Zingano, Travel Content Creator, Travel the World A to Z

Join cruising expert, Alanna Zingano, as she shares key differences between contemporary cruise lines, ensuring the best possible cruise vacation for you. With countless new cruise ships coming to market each year, it can make decision-making overwhelming. Find out first where you should spend your valuable vacation time and money together, with discovering all the ways you can maximize your cruise before even getting onboard!

Destination Theater
Alisson-Andrade-

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Brazilian National Parks

Brazil

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Alisson Andrade, Advisor, Brazilian Tourism Board

The session will show “5 Amazing Experiences in the Brazilian National Parks”. Brazil has the greatest biodiversity on the planet, with a diverse wildlife and impressive vegetation. The presentation will take you on an adventure, that includes exploring the forest, going on a safari, and rafting in wild rivers. You will learn how to get to the best spots in Brazil to immerse yourself in lush nature and have the time of your life.

Destination Theater
George-Johns

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Are You Expedition Ready? Antarctica, the Arctic and Beyond

Aurora Expeditions

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George Johns, Business Development Manager – Central USA, Aurora Expeditions

Join Aurora Expeditions for a look at small ship expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Find out how you can fully embrace the adventure during your expedition with tips from our Expedition Expert. From unexpected wildlife sightings to snorkeling in polar waters and late-night happenings, we’ve got the details on awe-inspiring adventures. Join the seminar for 6 chances to win!

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

Becoming Brave, Steps to Make Your Dream Vacation Happen

Lisa Niver

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Lisa Niver, Award-winning Travel Writer, and Founder, We Said Go Travel

Ready to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy more enriching, memorable travel experiences? Travel expert Lisa Niver tackled her fears and overcame 50 challenges before she turned 50. She will share tips, tricks, and tools on how to be courageous in the world of travel. You can reinvent yourself and find deeper meaning, whether you’re exploring solo or going with friends and family, traveling thousands of miles away or staying in your own backyard. Learn how to take small steps that lead to big change and make your bucket list a reality.

Travel Theater
Rick-Steves

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Ethical Travels in a Warming World

Rick Steves and Craig Davidson

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Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves’ Europe, and Travel with Rick Steves
Craig Davidson, Director of the Rick Steves Climate Smart Commitment

Rick Steves teams up with his COO, Craig Davidson (Director of the Rick Steves Climate Smart Commitment), to explore the ethics of travel in 2023. From climate change and sustainable travel to the effects of tourism on local communities to issues of privilege and poverty, mindful travel can reduce your impact on a place and be a force for peace.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

Planning the PERFECT Road Trip

Theresa Goodrich

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

There’s nothing like jumping in the car for an adventure, and right now road trips are more popular than ever. Theresa L. Goodrich is an inveterate road trip enthusiast who’s traveled thousands of miles to tell the stories of America’s treasures. She’s celebrating the twenty-first year of TheLocalTourist.com and is also the author of Planning Your Perfect Road Trip: a Step-by-Step Guide to Hittin’ the Road, Living Landmarks of Chicago and the Two-Lane Gems book series, and publisher of Midwest Road Trip Adventures, 2nd Edition.

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.

Destination Theater
Jaimie-Gibson

4:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Welcome Back to The Bahamas!: See and Taste The Bahamas with the Bahamas Tourist Office and Mixologist Marv “Mr Mix” On a Whirlwind Product Update That’s So Good, You Can Taste It!

Bahamas Tourist Office: Jaimie Gibson and Marv Cunningham, Mixologist

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Jaimie Gibson, Leisure Sales and Marketing Manager, Bahamas Tourist Office
Marv Cunningham, Mixologist

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

Sunday, February 4

Destination Theater
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11:15 am – 11:45 pm

Travel, Wine and Dine and Road Tripping with Wendy Alexander

Wendy Alexander

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Wendy Alexander, Executive Producer, Cooking & Entertaining with Wendy Alexander

Travel, Wine and Dine & Road Tripping with Wendy and Marques takes you on the ride of your life. From LA to New Orleans meet me at some of my favorite places by plane, car, and cruise. I will show you some of my favorite places to go and the best kept secret places to eat, especially in New Orleans which is my favorite place in the world to Dine in. Wendy loves food and finding the best places to eat is America’s first love.

Travel Theater
Rick-Steves

11:15 am– 12:45 pm

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves

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

Rick Steves shares lessons from a lifetime of travel so you can learn from his experience and travel smarter. Get Rick’s advice on the essential skills for smart European travel: itinerary planning, venturing off the beaten path, packing light, avoiding crowds (and pickpockets), transportation tips, finding hotels and restaurants, and much more.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

How to Travel Solo, from The Experts

Nailah Hayward, Jeanine Romo, Alice Ford and Leah Arao

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Nailah Hayward, Founder, There’s So Much to See
Jeanine Romo, Founder, Le Wild Explorer
Alice Ford, Founder, Alice’s Adventures On Earth

Leah Arao, Creator, LA in Flight, and Co-Creator & Co-Host – Ticket 2 Anywhere

     

 

Ever considered traveling alone? Whether you’re a veteran solo traveler or thinking about taking that first trip, solo travel is a special way to immerse yourself in the world around you, and many solo travel experts agree that you’ve just got to do it at least once.

Join the 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.

This session is for all genders, all ages, and all travel experiences! You’ll walk away with some helpful tidbits plus a free list of our most favorite travel gadgets for your next solo adventure.

Destination Theater
Mario-Herrera-Headshot

12 Noon – 12:30 pm

The World of Viking, Hosted by: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners – Viking Cruises

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Mario Herrera, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises

Join us to learn about 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 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards and the #1 River Cruise Line and #1 Ocean Cruise Line by Travel & Leisure.

Destination Theater
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12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Fiji: Where Happiness Comes Naturally - Discover Why Fiji is the Perfect Place for all Kinds of Travelers

Tourism Fiji

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Ruth Daly, Regional Director, North America, Tourism Fiji

Located in the heart of the South Pacific and comprised of over 330 islands, Fiji offers paradise in every color, flavor, and occasion. Just a nonstop flight from LAX or SFO, Fiji is not only easy to reach, but it caters to all types of travelers – from couples and families to friends and everything in between. Nestled in natural wonder and immersed in a deeply authentic living culture, Fijians are known to be some of the happiest people in the world who welcome their visitors with open arms. Travelers to Fiji will be met with pristine white sand beaches, remote private islands, adventures on both land and water, fresh local cuisine, and endless opportunities for exploration or relaxation. There is truly something for everyone in Fiji, Where Happiness Comes Naturally.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Angel-Castellanos

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Travel Apps & Travel Tech For Better Travel

Angel Castellanos

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Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com

Technology has changed travel for the better and travel has never been easier. 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! AngelsTravelLounge.com

Travel Theater
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1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion: Traveling in a World of Disruption, Higher Prices, New Rules, Airport Chaos, and Bad Service. How to Navigate the Globe and Still Have a Great Experience…

Peter Greenberg, William J. McGee, Scott McCartney

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Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter & Producer & CBS News Travel Editor
William J. McGee, Senior Fellow for Aviation & Travel at American Economic Liberties Project, and Author of Attention All Passengers” and “Half the Child

Scott McCartney, Co-host, Airlines Confidential Podcast. Former Travel Editor and Middle Seat Columnist, the Wall Street Journal

    

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Cassandra-Trezise2

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Japan - a Captivating Destination Unlike any Other

Inspiring Vacations

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Cassandra Trezise, Head of Events and Marketing, Inspiring Vacations

From the alleys of eccentric Tokyo to the torii-lined streets of traditional Kyoto and the vast alps of Nagano, Japan dazzles travelers with its endless beauty. With a history as rich as its dynamic culinary scene, Japan is truly unmissable. Inspiring Vacations is your trusted travel partner. Delivering inspiring travel experiences at compelling value and Japan is no exception.

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

99 Ways to Cut Travel Costs - Without Skimping

Russell Hannon

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Russell Hannon, AZN #1 best-selling author, ‘Stop Dreaming Start Traveling’, Ultra-Economical

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.

Destination Theater
Alisson-Andrade-

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Brazilian National Parks

Brazil

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Alisson Andrade, Advisor, Brazilian Tourism Board

The session will show “5 Amazing Experiences in the Brazilian National Parks”. Brazil has the greatest biodiversity on the planet, with a diverse wildlife and impressive vegetation. The presentation will take you on an adventure, that includes exploring the forest, going on a safari, and rafting in wild rivers. You will learn how to get to the best spots in Brazil to immerse yourself in lush nature and have the time of your life.

Travel Theater
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2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Top Trends in Travel, and How They’ll Shape Your Next Vacation

Pauline Frommer, Chris Reynolds and Jason Cochran

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Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com
Chris Reynolds, Travel Writer, Los Angeles Times
Jason Cochran, Editor-in-Chief of Frommers.com and author of Frommer’s Disney World, Universal & Orlando and Frommer’s London

   

A conversation between the Frommer’s guidebooks’, Pauline Frommer, Christopher Reynolds, travel reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Jason Cochran, Editor in Chief of Frommers.com

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

Learn How to Navigate Private Tours and Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level

Julian Douglas

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Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer and Experience Curator at ListenJourneySavor.com

Today’s Private Tours are more attainable and less expensive than ever before. Julian will not only share how he’s learned to maximize what Private Tours have to offer, but the ins and outs of making them happen. Those valuable resources that will turn you into an expert. So, whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums, eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, view the Mona Lisa in private, enter the Vatican before it’s open to the public, go behind closed doors at Versailles, or see Elephants on an African Safari so close you can hear them breathe. You can do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check off that bucket list. It’s time to 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
Jesus-Ordoñez

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Loreto: The New Gem of Baja California Sur

Visit Baja Sur

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Jesus Ordoñez, General Director of Visit Baja California Sur

Learn about the Magical Town of Loreto, the petit, charming, and historic coastal city on Baja California Sur`s turquoise Gulf of California.

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