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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 Wayne Dunlap, Peter Greenberg, Cheryl Strayed 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 18

10:15 am – 11:00 am
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!

10:30 am – 11:30 am
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

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Anthony’s Key Resort – Explore Roatan’s Underwater Playground

Haydee Galindo, Director, Bahia Tours Inc / Anthony’s Key Resort
The session will describe the wonders of Anthony’s Key Resort.
What makes it special and a unique destination compared to other Resorts.
Anthony’s Key Resort is a family owned-operated dive resort in Roatan, Bay Islands of Honduras. Much of the staff at AKR has worked with the Galindo family for over 25-30 + years. The exceptional personalized service to our guests is unlike anywhere in the Caribbean or the world.  Anthony’s Key Resort, in Roatan is a safe and family friendly setting for all age ranges.

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

Heritage Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors’ Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi
Lisa Vogele, Chief Tree Climber, Travel Your Tree, Where Ancestry Meets Adventure
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.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm
Destination Theater

The Islands of The Bahamas: Top 10 Bucket List Experiences

Dupree Smith, District Manager, Business Development / Sales & Marketing, The Bahamas Tourist Office, Houston
The session will focus on the top tours, activities, and excursions in the destination.
Cheryl Strayed WILD Cover

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Travel Theater

Wild Life

Cheryl Strayed, Author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir “Wild”
In her memoir Wild Cheryl Strayed describes the sometimes harrowing, other times hilarious stories behind her solo wilderness trek on the Pacific Crest Trail and the personal journey that led her there. In this talk, Strayed will discuss what she learned about how we bear the unbearable, how we move from grief and anger to acceptance, and how we keep walking even when it seems impossible to stand.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

12:45 pm – 1:30 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

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

How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible

Jared Kamrowski, Founder, Thrifty Traveler
This session will save you hundreds of dollars off your next flight. Learn how to leverage several tools to help you save on flights anywhere in the world. We’ll also discuss how to find flash sales and mistake fares like an expert travel hacker.

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Destination Theater

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

Wayne Peyreau, Regional Vice President, Sales (USA), MSC Cruises

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Travel Theater

How to Travel for Half the Cost for All Types of Travel and Where to Find Amazing Travel Bargains in 2020

Wayne Dunlap, Experienced Traveler (100 Countries), Author of Plan Your Escape® and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger
From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 47 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 250,000 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 types of travel and from luxury to budget. You will learn how to locate 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

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

Creating Great Memories of Your Travels (with Any Camera!)

Ralph Velasco, Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment Adventures
In this session professional travel photographer and veteran international tour organizer Ralph Velasco will discuss how to capture a variety of great images and other content of your travels, with any camera, and how to turn them into shareable memories that will last a lifetime.
Through a series of images, he’s created around the world he’ll share simple but powerful photo tips and inexpensive gear and easy-to-use app suggestions that will help you to more effectively tell the story of your travels…how anyone can do this.
Look for an interesting surprise Ralph will reveal part way through his presentation and then go out and create your next memories with the many tips and suggestions he’ll provide. Even if you only travel with a smartphone in your pocket you won’t want to miss this session.
Now, let’s get out and shoot!

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Destination Theater

Insider Tips to the Best of Alaska

David Kasser, Vice President of Tourism Development & Sales, 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!
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Travel Theater

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

Patricia Schultz, Bestselling Author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, author of the best-selling travel bible 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, takes you around the world by sharing a few of her favorite destinations, continent by continent, in a brand new presentation. Dipping into the new Deluxe Edition’s visually rich collection of don’t-miss attractions, the author shares history, interesting facts, and beautiful photography from the book that help illustrate some of the globe’s countless treasures—from Patagonia’s dazzling glaciers to the Sing Sing Festival in Papua New Guinea and some of her favorite towns in Europe.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Destination Theater

How to Choose Road Trip Destinations You’ll Love

Theresa Goodrich, Founder & Publisher of The Local Tourist, Author of the Two Lane Gems book series
There’s nothing like jumping in the car and hittin’ the road, but to where? Theresa Goodrich, founder and publisher of The Local Tourist and author of the Two Lane Gems book series, is an inveterate road trip enthusiast who’s traveled thousands of miles to tell the stories of America’s treasures. In this fun and energetic session, she’ll share tips and tricks for choosing destinations you’ll love. Whether you’re looking for an epic cross-country trip or a weekend getaway to someplace new, you’ll learn how to plan your next adventure. She’ll also highlight her favorite “Local Tourist” spots that are a quick drive from San Diego. Many are featured in her book, “Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1: Turkeys are Jerks and Other Observations from an American Road Trip,” which will be available for signing.

Sunday, January 19

Cheryl Strayed WILD Cover

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Travel Theater

Wild Life

Cheryl Strayed, Author of the New York Times Bestselling Memoir “Wild”
In her memoir Wild Cheryl Strayed describes the sometimes harrowing, other times hilarious stories behind her solo wilderness trek on the Pacific Crest Trail and the personal journey that led her there. In this talk, Strayed will discuss what she learned about how we bear the unbearable, how we move from grief and anger to acceptance, and how we keep walking even when it seems impossible to stand.
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:15 am – 12:00 Noon
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.

12:15 pm – 1:00 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

12:45 pm – 1:45 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

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

How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible

Jared Kamrowski, Founder, Thrifty Traveler
This session will save you hundreds of dollars off your next flight. Learn how to leverage several tools to help you save on flights anywhere in the world. We’ll also discuss how to find flash sales and mistake fares like an expert travel hacker.

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

How to Travel for Half the Cost for All Types of Travel and Where to Find Amazing Travel Bargains in 2020

Wayne Dunlap, Experienced Traveler (100 Countries), Author of Plan Your Escape® and TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger
From a former Economics professor, experienced traveler (100 countries & 47 U.S. States), TripAdvisor Top 25 Travel Blogger with over 250,000 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 types of travel and from luxury to budget. You will learn how to locate 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

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Savvy Traveler 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 United States and 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.

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

Take Your Dream Vacation to the Next Level with Private Tours

Julian Douglas, Travel Writer and Experienced 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.