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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 Josh Gates, Peter Greenberg, 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.

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

Saturday, January 19

Wayne Dunlap - Travel Expert Speaker

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

How to Travel for Half the Cost for All Levels of Travel and Where to Find Amazing Travel Deals in 2019

Wayne Dunlap, Author Plan Your Escape® and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger

From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 46 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 203,000 social media followers, and author of the 5-star rated travel book “Plan Your Escape®”, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of incredible easy-to-use strategies to help you travel for less than half the cost for all levels of travel from luxury to budget. You will learn where the bargains are, the best time to travel, how to make money while you travel, actual bargain trip ideas all over the world you could book today, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s on travel – You can’t afford to miss this presentation!

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Russell Hannon
Russell Hannon Travel Barrier

10:45 am – 11:30 am
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.

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Time for Taiwan 101

Taiwan Tourism Bureau

Travel specialists will share all the essentials about traveling to Taiwan. If you are interested in visiting this 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! 

MSC Cruises

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

Discover the Best of the Caribbean with MSC Cruises

Rosalie De Los Hoyos, Business Development, MSC Cruises

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.

Johnny Jet - Celebrity Travel Speaker
JohnnyJet.com

12 Noon – 12:45 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.

12:30 pm – 1:30 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

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

Alaska Myth Busting: Uncover the Truth About an Alaska Vacation

David Kasser, VP of Tourism Development and Sales, 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.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

1:15 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

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Destination Theater

Baja Norte, Discover, Explore and Make it Yours

Jorge Meraz, Host/Director, Crossing South

Join us for an informative session highlighting the “must see” wonderful and interesting activities the state of Baja California has to offer that you won’t want to miss on your next vacation.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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
Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
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!

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

Adventures in Wildlife Photography

Brendon Cremer and Wim van den Heever, International Wildlife and Landscape Photographers, Tusk Photo 

Exploring wildlife adventures and new horizons with camera in hand, from Africa to the Artic pols and everything in between. Tusk Photo leads specialized photo tours to many destinations around the world, including Southern and East Africa as well as Antarctic, Artic, Japan, Falkland Islands, South Georgia and South America (Pantanal). In this presentation we’ll cover some of the highlights of these destination, discussing what makes them amazing destinations for photography and what can be expected from a Tusk Photo Tour.

Kristin Carlson - Travel Expert Speaker

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of Tahiti: Paradise on Earth

Kristin Carlson, Managing Director, Tahiti Tourisme US

With so many options, you can do as much or as little as you like. The Islands of Tahiti, officially known as French Polynesia, possesses one of the most spectacularly beautiful and diverse environments on earth. A mixture of high volcanic islands and low-lying atolls, these specks of land – 118 islands in all – are strewn across four million square km of the South Pacific. Clustered into five archipelagos: The Society Islands, the Tuamotu Islands, the Gambier Islands, the Marquesas Islands and the Austral Islands, The Islands of Tahiti have in common a delightful blend of Polynesian and French cultures, and a consistently tropical climate. Come hear what sets this destination apart and learn how you will be “Embraced by Mana.”

Royal Caribbean - Travel and Adventure Shows

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

The World’s Most Technologically Advanced Cruise Ships

Gail Strickland CCTE, CTC, Emmy Award Winning Show Host and Producer “The Traveling Girls”
Panelists:
Vincent Trotter, National Account Manager, Royal Caribbean International;
Alexandra Shapiro, Market Sales Manager | San Diego, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Celebrity Cruises
Edith Beaudoin, CTC, North America Sales Director, Aurora Expeditions
Cynthia Dial, Award-Winning Writer and Author
Sherryl Maxwell, CTC, Owner Travel Leaders/Rancho Travel

The world’s hottest new cruise ships boast innovative hi-tech’ designs. Robust, powerful and built on the cutting edge of 3D nautical technology. These new ships feature robot bartenders, a skypod rising 300 feet above the ship and a 90-ton platform that allows guests to fly on a magic carpet. The world’s most innovative cruise ships continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

Attend for a Chance to Win Amazing Travel Prizes!
Pauline Frommer

3:30 pm – 4:30 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

Vintage Luxury Barge Cruising in France

Kim Dickey, Sales and Marketing for French Canal Boat Company

Introduction to barge cruising… specifically to our own barge in Burgundy. Highlights will cover why barge cruising is becoming increasingly popular and how the barge, crew, itinerary, region, food and wine all combine together for a truly unforgettable vacation experience.

Sunday, January 20

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

11:15 am – 12:15 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
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.

11:30 am – 12:00 Noon
Destination Theater

Vintage Luxury Barge Cruising in France

Kim Dickey, Sales and Marketing for French Canal Boat Company

Introduction to barge cruising… specifically to our own barge in Burgundy. Highlights will cover why barge cruising is becoming increasingly popular and how the barge, crew, itinerary, region, food and wine all combine together for a truly unforgettable vacation experience.

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

How to Become A Home-Based Travel Agent and Change Your Life

Scott Koepf, VP of Strategic Development, Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative

Join VP of Strategic Development with Cruise Planners, Scott Koepf, for a fun and informative session on how owning your own travel agency business can transform your life. Hear real-life examples of Cruise Planners travel advisors who started their own agency and how they help make dreams and memories for their clients every day for a living. Come find out how to do what you love, all while making money and taking advantage of travel perks!

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

12:15 pm – 1:00 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

12:45 pm – 1:45 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

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Destination Theater

The Luxury of Train Travel Around the World

Supinder Singh, President, Palace Tours

Wayne Dunlap - Travel Expert Speaker

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

How to Travel for Half the Cost for All Levels of Travel and Where to Find Amazing Travel Deals in 2019

Wayne Dunlap, Author Plan Your Escape® and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger

From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 46 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 203,000 social media followers, and author of the 5-star rated travel book “Plan Your Escape®”, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of incredible easy-to-use strategies to help you travel for less than half the cost for all levels of travel from luxury to budget. You will learn where the bargains are, the best time to travel, how to make money while you travel, actual bargain trip ideas all over the world you could book today, and secrets to find amazing bargains on airfare, hotels, tours, cruises, and more. Learn how to save $1,000’s on travel – You can’t afford to miss this presentation!

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Finding Road Trip Destinations like a Local Tourist

Theresa L. Goodrich, Publisher TheLocalTourist.com & Author Two Lane Gems book series

Find out not only how to choose destinations for your next road trip, but also learn about unique places to visit near San Diego. These getaways within a few hours will help you travel like a “Local Tourist.” Many of those spots are included in her book, “Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1: Turkeys are Jerks and Other Observations from an American Road Trip.” Both volume one and her recently-released second volume will be available for signing.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
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
Johnny Jet - Celebrity Travel Speaker
JohnnyJet.com

2:15 pm – 3:00 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.

Ralph Velasco

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm
Destination 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!

Sarah Dandashy - Travel Expert Speaker
As a Concierge

3:15 pm – 4:00 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.