Speaker Stages

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, Rudy Maxa 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.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, TV Host and Travel Expert

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

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

Beth Whitman, Founder and Editor of Wanderlust and Lipstick Wander Tours

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

The Transformative Power of Travel

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

One of America’s premier consumer travel experts, Rudy Maxa, shares the not-so-obvious benefits of travel that make travelers more creative and more likely to live longer. Rudy’s highly anecdotal and personal account of becoming a travel journalist and what it’s like shooting television shows in dozens of countries is both informative and memorable. He not only offers advice on the best time to buy an airline ticket to get the best price, and how to get a better room at a luxury hotel, Rudy also shares how he was expertly scammed in Buenos Aires while on vacation, and how you can learn from his being swindled.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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

Why 2018 Will Be an Amazing Year for Travel Bargains All Around the World and Where to Find Them

Wayne Dunlap, Author Plan Your Escape®

Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home

From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 45 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger, and author of the 5-star rated travel book “Plan Your Escape®”, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of amazing 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!

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

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

How to Capture Great Travel Photographs

Ralph Velasco, CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment

Travel photography instructor, author and international guide Ralph Velasco has organized and led more than 70 cultural tours, with a focus on photography, around the world, teaching hundreds of people, just like you, to make great travel photographs.  In this presentation he discusses the importance of working from a Shot List in order to create a varied set of images from any destination, one that tells the complete story of the place. He’ll define exactly what a shot list is and explain how to effectively develop and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of photos from your travels.

Along with many other practical and easy-to-implement tips, Ralph will reveal his Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography to another level, whatever type of camera you use, or your experience. To visually demonstrate these simple-to-understand concepts, he’ll be using images from his recent trips to India, Romania, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Lapland, Iceland, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, and others.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

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
Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, TV Host and Travel Expert

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

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
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!

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Travel Theater

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

1:45 pm – 2:45 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

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

Why 2018 Will Be an Amazing Year for Travel Bargains All Around the World and Where to Find Them

Wayne Dunlap, Author Plan Your Escape®

Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home

From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 45 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger, and author of the 5-star rated travel book “Plan Your Escape®”, Wayne Dunlap gives first-hand insights of amazing 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!

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

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel Theater

1,000 Places to See Before You Die: Global Edition

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

1,000 Places to See Before You Die, with Global Powerpoint.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following