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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.

Check back often as speaker information is being updated daily!

3 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Rudy Maxa, Andrew McCarthy, Peter Greenberg, and Patricia Schultz 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.

Stop by the on-floor bookstore to purchase books from your favorite travel authors here at the show.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game, Playing by Their Rules.

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

How to be a true road warrior at the hottest destinations for 2019.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:30 am – 11:15 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Know Before You Go!

Michelle Bernier-Toth, Managing Director for Overseas Citizens ServicesU.S. Department of State

The Managing Director for Overseas Citizens Services at the U.S. Department of State 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. If an emergency happens overseas, know that we’ll be here, ready to help. Join us to learn how to travel safe, travel smart, and travel well.

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Destination Theater

Antigua & Barbuda, Your Bucket List Destination

Norrell Joseph, Sales Officer Mid-Atlantic Region, Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is an all-year round Caribbean destination with 365 beautiful white and pink sand beaches; a variety of well-appointed, Boutique, Luxury and All-inclusive resorts and villas. Every major cruise-line docks in Antigua and we also have non-stop flights from major gateways on the Eastern coast of the USA. Antigua & Barbuda has been voted repeatedly as the “Caribbean’s Most Romantic Destination” and is also great for Families, Groups or travelers just seeking a quiet and quick getaway. ‘The beach is just the Beginning’!

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy: Private Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President, Your Own Italy

For those who want to experience the real Italy, join me as I share my love for Italy, with the heart and soul of the culture and its people. Your Own Italy focuses on living like a local with accommodations in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll travel off-the-beaten path with local guides, indulge in wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, embark on walking city food tours, enjoy hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy. All private – just for you – and customized to fit your dreams and your budget!

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

Secrets of a Solo Traveler: How to Conquer the World on Your Own

Valerie Joy Wilson, Travel Expert at Trusted Travel Girl

In this complex discussion, Valerie will explore the benefits of traveling the world as a solo traveler. She will touch on reasons behind the recent increase in solo travel, myths (and truths) of traveling alone, safety tips, great destinations for solo travelers, and much more.

Pauline Frommer

12:15 pm – 1:15 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

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Mount Washington Cog Railway: An Adventure of a Lifetime

Thomas Lane, Travel Expert & Marketing Assistant, Cog Railway

Join Thomas Lane as he takes us on an adventure of a lifetime in exploring the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway, located in scenic Mount Washington, New Hampshire. Featuring amazing photos and stories of the railway and it’s 150-year history, the presentation will be educational and fun! Learn all about the Mount Washington Cog Railway and the White Mountains region of New Hampshire including travel tips and ways to ensure a visit to last a lifetime.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

The Ultimate Packing & Travel Tips for the Best Trip of Your Life

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, 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 presentation is 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

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska Myth Busting: Uncover the Truth About an Alaska Vacation

Marsha Barton, Tourism Development and Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage

Local experts from Anchorage, Alaska bust popular myths and legends of Alaska while highlighting the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences in Anchorage and Southcentral Alaska. Come learn what your Alaska adventure will be.

Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

Europe and its Many Don’t-Miss Treasures from Paris to Dubrovnik

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

The author of the best-selling travel bible, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, leads us through the highlights of Europe – from its world-class cities like Vienna and St. Petersburg, to lesser known gems like Kinsale in Ireland’s County Cork and  Slovenia’s coastal town of Piran on the Adriatic Sea.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:30 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.

MSC Cruises

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover the Best of the Caribbean with MSC Cruises

Denise Reichwein, Regional Sales Director, North East (USA), MSC Cruises (USA) Inc.

Want to know what the highest rated excursions and the most amazing islands are in the Caribbean? Come learn about the steepest zip line in St Maarten, 1950s car tours in Havana, rainforest tours in Puerto Rico and much more. You’ll discover how you can enjoy 4 different Caribbean islands in a week on an MSC cruise.

Come see why MSC Cruises has the world’s most beautiful ships and the most exciting itineraries to experience the best destinations in the Caribbean and around the world.

Sarah Dandashy - Travel Expert Speaker
As a Concierge

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

Tales from Behind the Concierge Desk: Travel Tips, Tricks, and Lessons

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

With over 15 years of hospitality experience, Sarah has seen it all! Join her session to get the scoop from an industry insider! Learn how to travel smarter, what pitfalls to avoid, and a few travel tips from an award-winning concierge.

Rudy Maxa

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Travel Theater

Secrets Travel Bloggers & Writers Never Tell You

Rudy Maxa, Award Winning Travel Journalist, Travel Expert, Radio & TV Host

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:30 pm – 4:00 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.

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

I Don’t Drink Alone podcast with Special Guest

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel and Podcast I Don’t Drink Alone

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

Colombia, the country of birds

Ana Maria Castaño Rivas, Colombia Nature & Birding, Kaishi Travel

Colombia (not Columbia) has more birds than any other country in the world, so far 1932 species are listed. Even having such diversity our country has won Global Big Day only twice! Birdwatching hasn’t been as popular in Colombia as it is in the US, but the Colombian birding community is growing. That growth made it possible for the Colombian community to unite and win GBD in 2017 and 2018.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Andrew McCarthy
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
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

11:15 am – 12:00 Noon
Destination Theater

Vietnam: Highlights of the Country’s History, Architecture, Cuisine, and Daily Life

Trish Feaster, Founder & CEO,www.thetravelphile.com and Tour Guide & Guidebook Researcher, Rick Steves’ Europe

Discover the beauty, gastronomy, and complexity of this engaging (and often misunderstood) country with Trish Feaster. From Hanoi to the Mekong Delta, we’ll get an intimate look at major sights, prehistoric wonders, ancient temples, farmlands, and street food. Learn when to go, how to get around, and how to make your journeys in Vietnam magical and memorable.

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

Secrets of a Solo Traveler: How to Conquer the World on Your Own

Valerie Joy Wilson, Travel Expert at Trusted Travel Girl

In this complex discussion, Valerie will explore the benefits of traveling the world as a solo traveler. She will touch on reasons behind the recent increase in solo travel, myths (and truths) of traveling alone, safety tips, great destinations for solo travelers, and much more.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences

David McGuffin, Founder & 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 YouTube Channel. 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.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Traveling Smart with Technology

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

Learn about the best travel technology, travel apps and how-to-use your device abroad from full time traveler Angel Castellanos. 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

Pauline Frommer
Frommer Books - Travel Expos

1:00 pm – 2:00 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

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Venice, Florence & Rome: Italy for Your Heart, Mind, and Soul

Trish Feaster, Founder & CEO,www.thetravelphile.com and Tour Guide & Guidebook Researcher, Rick Steves’ Europe

Whether it’s your first visit to Italy or your 21st, Venice, Florence, and Rome have so much to offer any traveler. Join Trish Feaster and learn about the essential sights and hidden gems of each city so you can make the most of your time and your experience. Get to know the diverse facets of each of these iconic places and discover how Italy can enchant you.

Mickela Mallozzi
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

DNA Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Join Mickela Mallozzi, Host of the Emmy®-winning travel series on PBS, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, on an inspirational journey of travel through one’s own DNA – her upcoming season features destinations based on her DNA map!  Learn how you can research and plan your own successful DNA trip, learn how to dig deeper with heritage travel through your genealogy, and find real connection in places around the world where your ancestors come from!

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

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm
Destination 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.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Lee Abbamonte

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How I’ve Traveled to Every Country in the World and Amazing Stories from the Journey

Lee Abbamonte, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in The World, Entrepreneur, TV Personality 

Take a journey with Lee as he shares his stories from around the world and how his travels have inspired millions of would be travelers.

Rudy Maxa

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Travel Theater

Secrets Travel Bloggers & Writers Never Tell You

Rudy Maxa, Award Winning Travel Journalist, Travel Expert, Radio & TV Host

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

I Don’t Drink Alone podcast with Special Guest

Jack Maxwell, Host of Booze Traveler on Travel Channel and Podcast I Don’t Drink Alone

Celebrating cultures through the lens of a cocktail glass.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following