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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 Kellee Edwards, Rudy Maxa, Andrew McCarthy and Peter Greenberg 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, March 14

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

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours…Spend a Little More and Get a Whole Lot in Return

Julian DouglasTravel Writer, Photographer  and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor
Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will share how he’s learned to fully maximize what Private Tours have to offer. Your trip really is just that, “your trip.” Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences and check off that Bucket List. 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 will make it happen.
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

The Longest Way Home

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor and Director
Join Andrew to hear about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He’ll discuss fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Destination Theater

All Aboard the Railway to the Moon!

Randall Armor, Engineer and Creative Director, The Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway and one of New England’s premier attractions. Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains region, “The Cog” has been making its dramatic ascent to the 6288’ summit of the highest peak in the Northeastern United States for over 150 years, negotiating grades as steep as 38% along the way. Join engineer and Delaware Valley native Randall Armor for an exciting insider’s look at one of the world’s great rail adventures.

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Best Travel & Packing Tips for the Ultimate Vacation

Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host AngelsTravelLounge.com
Make your next trip, the next best trip of your life and “Travel Like a Pro”! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and energetic talk on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience as a full-time professional traveler. This highly informative talk is updated every year and “packed” with the most up to date savvy travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! 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! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Hottest Destination You’ve Never Been To – Ocean Cay MSC Marine Reserve, MSC Cruises New Private Island

Denise Reichwein Lees, Director of Sales USA, MSC Cruises

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Travel Theater

Upgrade Your Travel Game: The Three Key Concepts for Incredible Miles and Points Travel

Stefan Krasowski, Founder of Every Passport Stamp Facebook group, Blogger at Rapid Travel Chai
Tiffany Funk, Managing Editor at One Mile at a Time
Cashing in miles and points is a great way to make your travel budget go further, but navigating these rewards programs can be a headache for most. If you know where and how to look, you can travel luxuriously using credit card, airline, and hotel reward programs.
Tiffany is the world’s preeminent expert on loyalty programs and travel rewards, and Stefan is a true global traveler, having leveraged points to visit every country in the world, and every state in the US. Join them as they discuss three key concepts to earning and redeeming rewards for unforgettable travel experiences.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

How to Get True Value Out of Your Travel – Philosophies of an International Tour Guide

Ryan Hahn, Senior Guide, Bucket List Tour Guide
Learn what is truly valuable when it comes to travel from Ryan Hahn, Senior Guide at Bucket List Tour Guide. Hear amazing anecdotes from across the globe as he teaches you how to maximize your travel dollar and tackle the pitfalls of globetrotting. Ryan’s beautiful photos will help him illustrate candidly the mistakes most people make when planning vacations. Join him for a fun filled presentation that will help you get the extra out of an ordinary trip.

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

Travel Smart, Travel Safe, Travel Well

Jill Esposito, Director, CA/P, Office of Policy Coordination and Public Affairs, Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson
An important session you won’t want to miss…The State Department offers important safety and security tips for U.S. citizens interested in traveling and living abroad.  Our mission at the Department of State is to give you reliable, up-to-date safety and security information before and during your trip. TSA will cover travel tips that make for a more seamless trip: TSA Precheck enrollment and benefits, the importance of getting REAL ID-compliant licenses prior to the October 2020 deadline, plus answers to commonly asked security-screening questions.

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Visit NC – Experience Your “First that Last!”

Andre Nabors, Partner Relations Manager, Visit North Carolina
Catch up on the fresh experiences, sustain the excitement of visiting North Carolina. Check out what’s on the horizon in the vibrant cities and storied towns from the mountains to the coast.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

Great Travel Secrets from the Master Traveler: Everything you need to know to win the travel game…every time.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Insider Tips to the Best of Alaska

Tia Froehle, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage
Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska share their favorite places, hidden gems and insider tips on Anchorage and Alaska that will inspire an unforgettable Alaska vacation. Make this year… ALASKA!

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

Heritage Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

Lisa Vogele, Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure
Dr. Sandi Williams, Ambassador for African Ancestry
You don’t have to be a celebrity on “Who Do You Think You Are?” to travel in your ancestor’s footsteps. Whether you’re interested in planning a trip to visit US battlefields of your patriotic ancestors, walking the streets of an ancestral village or meeting distant relatives, heritage travel offers a rich and rewarding experience. Join us and learn tips for researching, planning, and connecting on your personal journey. A checklist of steps for planning & executing a successful heritage trip; Tips for researching family history and how to avoid common pitfalls-DNA; tests: what they reveal and how they can be used for heritage travel when your paper trail ends; Expectations & outcomes for your trip-Inspirational stories from real life heritage travel experiences.
Founded in 2003, AfricanAncestry.com pioneered African lineage matching in the United States to more accurately assess present-day countries and tribes of origin for people of African descent using genetics. AfricanAncestry.com connects customers to their histories, ancestors and legacies.

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Paradise on Earth

Denise Schmiedeknecht, Travel Trade Manager, Tahiti Tourisme United States
Immersed in a world of majestic mountain peaks, turquoise waters and white-sand beaches, visitors to our islands create memories through authentic experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. For centuries, the Tahitian people have referred to this as “Mana”. Mana is a life force and spirit that surrounds and connects all living things. You can see it. Touch it. Taste it. Feel it. And from the moment you arrive, you will understand why we say our islands are Embraced by Mana.

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

Journey Well: Cultivating Experiences and Making Memories as You Travel

Trish Feaster, Founder & CEO of The Travelphile
Travel can be so much more than just selfies at the Louvre and checking off your Bucket List. Packed with smart strategies and thoughtful travel tips, this class with help you discover fun and engaging ways to transform your trip of a lifetime into memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Learn from veteran traveler, tour guide, and guidebook researcher Trish Feaster about how to gain a better understanding and connection with local cultures, savor unforgettable cuisine, minimize crowds, save time and money, and become a more intentional and experiential traveler. You’ll find new ways to turn your ordinary vacation into an extraordinary experience!

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Travel Theater

Adventures Worthwhile

Kellee Edwards, Adventure Travel Expert & TV Host
Travel is constantly evolving and many people find themselves wanting to bypass the ordinary for the extraordinary. With so many choices, destinations and experience available to travelers these days, how does one choose their next adventure? Travel journalist, adventure expert and TV Host, Kellee Edwards will share how she explores the world and how you too can let your passions be the compass for your adventures.

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

Greater Miami, More Than Just A Beach

Joe Docal, Director of Travel Industry Sales USA (Northeast & Midwest) & Latin America, Greater Miami Convention & Visitor’s Bureau
Destination update focusing on new hotel builds, attractions, cruises, new service into Miami International Airport & Events

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Savvy Travel Theater

So You Want to Start A Travel Blog?
A Conversation with Philadelphia’s Top Travel Influencers 

Moderator: Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Panelists: Danielle Desir, The Thought Card and The Thought Card Podcast
Glory Ali, Muslim Travel Rocks
Natalie Jesionka, Global Elective
Sapphire Kharyzma, Wander Luxe Tribe and Queens of Virtue
Want to start a travel blog but don’t know where to begin? Join Philadelphia’s top travel bloggers as they reveal all about how they got their start and their best tips for anyone who wants to dive into the world of content creation. The panel will be moderated by Beth Santos, founder of Wanderful and creator of the Women in Travel Summit (WITS), one of the country’s top travel blogging events. Plus, one lucky audience member will win a ticket to WITS ‘20!

4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Destination Theater

Travel Industry Trends & Insights: Asia
Philippines-Nepal-Bhutan-Malaysia-China-Japan

Moderator:
Elizabeth Chin, President, PATA New York
Panelists:
Marielle Kabin, President, ASTA Philippines
John Patrick Cone, President, Executive Global Tours
Parashu Nepal, Marketing Director in North America, Nepal Vision Treks LLC
Alvin Adriano, Travel Advisor, Travelwise International
The panel will cover up-and-coming destinations within the Asia-Pacific region which abounds with unparalleled travel adventure, diving, sports craze, culinary adventure & much more, that may not be on your radar.

Sunday, March 15

11:15 am – 11:45 am
Destination Theater

Destination: Unknown! Discover the Surprise Travel Trend

Lillian Rafson, Founder + CEO, Pack Up + Go
Do you love traveling but don’t have time to plan? Don’t know where to take your next trip? Or, maybe you’re just looking for a new type of adventure! Learn more about the latest trend in travel: surprise vacations. Join the founder + CEO of Pack Up + Go, America’s leading surprise travel agency, to learn more about this emerging trend and the unexpected benefits it can afford your next getaway!

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours…Spend a Little More and Get a Whole Lot in Return

Julian DouglasTravel Writer, Photographer  and Experience Curator, Listen, Journey, Savor
Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will share how he’s learned to fully maximize what Private Tours have to offer. Your trip really is just that, “your trip.” Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences and check off that Bucket List. 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 will make it happen.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Upgrade Your Travel Game: The Three Key Concepts for Incredible Miles and Points Travel

Stefan Krasowski, Founder of Every Passport Stamp Facebook group, Blogger at Rapid Travel Chai
Tiffany Funk, Managing Editor at One Mile at a Time
Cashing in miles and points is a great way to make your travel budget go further, but navigating these rewards programs can be a headache for most. If you know where and how to look, you can travel luxuriously using credit card, airline, and hotel reward programs.
Tiffany is the world’s preeminent expert on loyalty programs and travel rewards, and Stefan is a true global traveler, having leveraged points to visit every country in the world, and every state in the US. Join them as they discuss three key concepts to earning and redeeming rewards for unforgettable travel experiences.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences

David McGuffin, Founder and CEO of David McGuffin’s Exploring Europe, Inc.  
Join European travel expert, David McGuffin as he shares savvy travel tips, favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty years on the road.  David spends five months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media pages and travel blog. He is an advocate of traveling off-season, avoiding crowds, 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.

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Tech Tips for Smarter Travel

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

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Travel Theater

Great Travel Secrets from the Master Traveler: Everything you need to know to win the travel game…every time.

Peter Greenberg, Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter and Producer and CBS News Travel Editor
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

All Aboard the Railway to the Moon!

Randall Armor, Engineer and Creative Director, The Mount Washington Cog Railway
The Mount Washington Cog Railway is the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway and one of New England’s premier attractions. Located in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains region, “The Cog” has been making its dramatic ascent to the 6288’ summit of the highest peak in the Northeastern United States for over 150 years, negotiating grades as steep as 38% along the way. Join engineer and Delaware Valley native Randall Armor for an exciting insider’s look at one of the world’s great rail adventures.

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

7 Secrets to Maximize Your Solo Travels

Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Thinking of traveling alone but not sure how to start? From inspiring memoirs like Wild and Eat Pray Love to our everyday Facebook feeds showing us epic landscapes from all corners of the world, solo travel is more popular than ever before, and anyone — yes, anyone — can do it.
Join Beth Santos, founder and CEO of Wanderful, for an invigorating session about why now is the time to take that solo trip, and how to make it your most memorable travel experience yet.

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination Theater

Experience the One Happy Island of Aruba

Kim Riddle, Business Development Manager US, Aruba Tourism Authority
As one of the most revisited destinations in the Caribbean, Aruba is an island of contradictions, where pristine turquoise waters collide against the desert-like terrain of the north shore; where peace and relaxation coexist with wild and rugged adventures; where Dutch influence meets American ease; and where a diverse history parallels a bright future. Come and hear about the vast experiences in our One happy island, which provide the perfect getaway for first-time guests and loyal visitors alike.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

Secrets From a Travel Journalist

Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster
The travel landscape has changed dramatically in the last several years, and Maxa’s anecdotal presentation provides advice on how to navigate the new rules.  Plus, recent studies have shown that travel can be beneficial to your physical, mental, and emotional health–Maxa reveals some surprising statistics that will make you want to book a ticket out of town sooner rather than later!
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

Journey Well: The ABCs of Better Traveling

Trish Feaster, Founder & CEO of The Travelphile
Good travel goes beyond where you’re going and how to get there—it’s about minimizing travel stress and maximizing experiences. In this savvy and insightful class, you’ll learn simple and effective ways to create better travel itineraries, pack smarter, and use technology to save you time, money, and energy. You’ll also discover how to have more meaningful engagements with locals, stay healthy and practice self-care on the road, and learn more about yourself and the grand world around you. Let seasoned traveler, tour guide, and guidebook researcher Trish Feaster help you discover how to simply and smartly become a better traveler.