Speaker Stages

SF/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show

Over 30 Travel Sessions Designed to Help You Travel Like a Rockstar

3 theaters provide you with the most comprehensive travel content that you won’t be able to find anywhere else.

Travel Theater: You’ve seen them on TV, you follow them on Instagram, and now you can hear from them LIVE, right on the show floor.

Destination Theater: Destination-specific sessions give you the most up to date advice on where to go, what to do, how to get there and how to save in information packed 30 minute sessions.

Savvy Traveler Theater: Learn how to travel like an insider with the latest tips, tricks and actionable advice ranging from packing, travel technology, budget hacks and more, directly from the experts who live on the road.

Check back often as speaker information is being updated daily!

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.

Visit Hicklebee’s Bookstore in booth #317

Saturday, March 16

Destination Theater
Mario-Herrera-Headshot2

10:30 am – 11:00 am

The World of Viking

Viking Cruises

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Mario Herrera, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises

Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans, and lakes around the world. Designed for curious travelers with interests in science, history, culture, and cuisine. Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers experiences for The Thinking Person™. Viking has more than 250 awards to its name, including being rated at the top of its categories for oceans, rivers, and expeditions by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.  No other cruise line has ever received these same honors by both publications at the same time.  Today’s presentation will introduce you to The Viking Way™ of experiencing destination travel.  You will learn about Viking’s award-winning ships, and the itineraries that will allow you to Explore The World In Comfort™.

Travel Theater
Phil-Keoghan

10:45 am – 11:45 am

8 Steps to Living the BUCKiT™ Lifestyle

Phil Keoghan

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Phil Keoghan, Host and an Executive Producer of CBS’ Emmy Award-Winning Reality Series THE AMAZING RACE and Critically Acclaimed Series TOUGH AS NAILS

Phil’s lust for adventure came from a near-death experience while shipwreck diving when he was only 19.  Faced with his own mortality, Phil was suddenly filled with a sense of urgency, an overwhelming hunger to live life to the fullest.  As a result, he developed a BUCKiT™ #TickitbeforeYouKickit mindset, a call to action to tick things off your BUCKiT™ list while you still can.

BUCKiT™ is about swerving off the predictable road you’ve been following for years – on to a completely strange and bumpy path that will hopefully get you completely lost and toward a life full of adventure.

In his talk, Phil will introduce his 8 steps to living the BUCKiT™ lifestyle.

Destination Theater
Bonnie-Newman

11:15 am – 11:45 am

Are You Expedition Ready? Antarctica, the Arctic and Beyond

Aurora Expeditions

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Bonnie Newman, Business Development Manager – Western USA, Aurora Expeditions

Join Aurora Expeditions for a look at small ship expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Find out how you can fully embrace the adventure during your expedition with tips from our Expedition Expert. From unexpected wildlife sightings to snorkeling in polar waters and late-night happenings, we’ve got the details on awe-inspiring adventures. Join the seminar for a chance to win some Aurora merch.

Destination Theater
Milagro-Cabrera

12 Noon – 12:30 pm

Costa Rica, More Essential Than Ever

Costa Rica Tourism

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Mrs. Milagro Cabrera, Costa Rica expert

Join us as we delve into the enchanting world of Costa Rica. Discover why Costa Rica stands out with its unparalleled beauty, encompassing lush rainforests, pristine beaches, and majestic volcanoes. Unearth the secrets of its rich biodiversity and embrace the Pura Vida spirit that defines the nation’s simple yet joyous way of life.  Dive into a world of thrilling activities – from zip-lining through the treetops to encountering exotic wildlife in national parks. Immerse yourself in the local culture by interacting with friendly locals and savoring traditional cuisine. As we explore the essential aspects of trip planning. So, buckle up for an insightful journey as we uncover the magic of Costa Rica and empower you to plan a trip that captures the essence of this extraordinary destination. ¡Pura Vida!

Savvy Traveler Theater
Angel_C

12 Noon – 12:45 pm

The Ultimate Guide for Better Travel in 2024

Angel Castellanos

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Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host, AngelsTravelLounge.comYouTube Channel The Tour Guy

If you want to travel better, smarter and enjoy your vacation, you don’t want to miss this popular talk. The World and travel have dramatically changed. Angel Castellanos, who’s traveled almost one million air miles since 2020, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on practical travel tips and savvy packing techniques. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels and “packed” with the most up to date actionable travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better, and cheaper. In this talk you will learn to plan, book & execute and even pack for the best vacation of your life!  Angel will deliver the best travel tips on changes in tourism, health safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and of course updated packing tips for today’s world! 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! AngelsTravelLounge.com

Travel Theater
Peter-Greenberg-Headshot-600×600

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Pushing the Envelope – The Secrets of Becoming A Road Warrior

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Cameron-Hunt

12:45 pm – 1:15 pm

Journey Through Japan With the Destination Experts

Inspiring Vacations

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Tim Harrison, Travel Specialist, Inspiring Vacations

Inspiring Vacations, award-winning tour operator, has been guiding countless travelers on remarkable journeys through Japan every year. Immerse yourself in the culture, breathtaking sights, unique experiences, and rich history of this incredible nation.
Their premium selection of Japan tours includes iconic destinations like majestic Mt. Fuji, the ancient beauty of Kyoto, and the vibrant energy of Tokyo. Whether you prefer fully escorted classic touring, small group adventures, premium experiences, tailor-made itineraries, or independent exploration, there is the perfect tour to match your travel style.
Discover expert tips and insights, and what to expect when touring the Land of the Rising Sun with the industry leaders. Your unforgettable Japanese adventure awaits!

Savvy Traveler Theater
Julie-Freider-and-Wonder-Year-Editors-Photo

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Wanderlust Masterclass: A Roadmap for Epic Adventures (Even with Kids!)

Julie Frieder, Angela Heisten, and Annika Paradise

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Julie Frieder, Angela Heisten, and Annika Paradise, co-authors Wonder Year: A Guide to Long-Term Family Travel and Worldschooling

Learn everything you need to know about preparing for the epic adventure of a lifetime from experts on long-term travel—including closing up life at home, funding your trip, planning an itinerary, staying healthy on the road, and coming home when the time is right. Whether you are a curious traveler, an industry professional, or a remote worker, this session is for you. Did you know there are thriving communities popping up all around the globe with coworking spaces, accommodations, shared child-care and local teachers, wellness activities, and more? We’ll take a close look at this dynamic space, review the data, trends, vision, and fine print to help you get ready to hit the road for longer than just the usual two-week stint.

Destination Theater
Tia-Froehle

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Alaska & Anchorage By The Numbers!

Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

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Tia Froehle, Senior Sales Manager, Alaska Land & Sea Adventures

What drives traveler’s decisions when planning for an Alaska trip? In short, the numbers. Learn the distances (Alaska IS Big!), temperatures in all the seasons and when to go, money & how to get the best bang-for-the-buck! And lots of other facts about Alaska wildlife, culture & attractions from a seasoned expert. This engaging and entertaining presentation will get you excited to visit the 49th state!

Savvy Traveler Theater
Melanies-Lieberman

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm

How to Oops-Proof Your Vacation

Melanie Lieberman

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Melanie Lieberman, Travel Expert and Writer

Tips and tricks for protecting your trips, saving time, and getting ahead, no matter where you’re going or how often you travel.

Destination Theater
Brianna-McCarthy

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm

Journey to the Islands of Fiji

Tourism Fiji

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Brianna McCarthy, Trade Partnerships Manager, Tourism Fiji

Join Tourism Fiji for a fun and informational journey to the Islands of Fiji. If you’re looking for uncrowded islands, pristine environment, and famously friendly people, you’ll love our islands. Join us to hear more about how easy it is to get to Fiji and about the wide array of experiences for all types of travelers and budgets.

Travel Theater
Patricia-Schultz-Headshot-300×300

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Patricia Schultz

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Patricia Schultz, Author, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”, “1,000 Places To See in the United States & Canada Before Your Die”, and “Why We Travel: 100 Reasons To See The World”

Patricia Schultz is the travel guru and author of the NYT #1 best-selling 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die. Continent by continent, she takes you along to some of her favorite destinations around the world – both predictable and surprising, well known and unsung – or perhaps some special place just a road trip away. Visually beautiful, Patricia’s presentation is filled with insights and practical tips she’s collected along the way, anecdotes and suggestions about how to make each trip a lasting memory.

Book Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Valerie-Bryan-Headshot

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

How to Become a Polar Ambassador

Poseidon Expeditions

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Valerie Bryan, Reservations Manager, Poseidon Expeditions

Come explore some of the most remote and pristine areas of the world with us.  Learn about expedition cruising to the Arctic and Antarctic.  Follow Shackleton’s travels in the South and the path of the Vikings in the North.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Joanne-Weir

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Memorable Meals in Travel

Joanne Weir

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Joanne Weir, Host, Joanne Weir’s Plates and Places

Destination Theater
Brandon-Hughbanks

3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

How to Save Money on Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance Center

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Brandon Hughbanks, Agent Representative, Travel Insurance Center

Benefits, features, and pricing: Know before you buy.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Wanderful_speaker

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm

How to Travel Solo, from The Experts

Stefany Hernandez, Jessica Rogers, Jeanie Fang and Avagail Lozano

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Moderator: Stefany Hernandez, Latina Luxury Travel Creator @WanderingStefany
Panelists: Jessica Rogers, Fora Travel Advisor
Jeanie Fang, Founder @TravelJeanieous
Avagail Lozano, Travel Creator @AvagailAdventures

 

Ever considered traveling alone? Whether you’re a veteran solo traveler or thinking about taking that first trip, solo travel is a special way to immerse yourself in the world around you, and many solo travel experts agree that you’ve just got to do it at least once.

Join the leading women’s travel community Wanderful (sheswanderful.com) and a panel of local solo travel experts and content creators who are going to divulge their top tips for going solo – from what to pack and where to go, to favorite travel hacks along the way to make your next solo trip your best one yet.

This session is for all genders, all ages, and all travel experiences! You’ll walk away with some helpful tidbits plus a free list of our most favorite travel gadgets for your next solo adventure.

*Disclaimer: Show Management reserves the right to change speakers and schedules at its discretion. Check back frequently for updates and changes.

Sunday, March 17

Destination Theater
National-Parks-of-Georgia_

11:30 am – 12 Noon

Explore Georgia's Stunning Nature - Unveiling Protected Wonders

National Parks of Georgia

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Ms. Tamar Khakhishvili, Deputy Chairperson of the Agency of Protected Areas of Georgia

This session promises to take participants on a journey through Georgia’s awe-inspiring natural landscapes, showcasing its protected wonders in their pristine beauty.

Travel Theater
Peter-Greenberg-Headshot-600×600

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Pushing the Envelope – The Secrets of Becoming a Road Warrior

Peter Greenberg

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

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

Savvy Traveler Theater
Melanies-Lieberman

11:45 am – 12:30 pm

How to Oops-Proof Your Vacation

Melanie Lieberman

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Melanie Lieberman, Travel Expert and Writer

Tips and tricks for protecting your trips, saving time, and getting ahead, no matter where you’re going or how often you travel.

Destination Theater
Tyler-Chiles

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Fairbanks, Alaska: Land of the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights

Explore Fairbanks

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Tyler Chiles, Tourism Sales Manager, Explore Fairbanks Alaska

Set deep in the Last Frontier of Alaska, Fairbanks is defined by wild places and natural phenomena that awaken the spirit and nourish the soul. With the midnight sun illuminating the landscape all hours during the summer, winter bringing a playful wonderland of white and some of the best displays in the world of the aurora borealis dancing overheard on clear, dark nights, Fairbanks is truly a place for all seasons Though the locale is remote, Fairbanks offers all the amenities you would expect of a charming city. Discover a thriving arts community, rich Alaska Native culture, our gold rush history, and a myriad of year-round activities and attractions that offer authentic Alaska experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Beth-Santos

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

WANDER WOMAN: Bold Secrets to Traveling Solo and Living a Global Life

Beth Santos

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Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful

Thinking of traveling solo? Whether it’s your first — or 50th — trip, author and entrepreneur Beth Santos has a message for you: it doesn’t matter how far you go, and just about anyone can do it. In this exciting fireside chat with Beth and luxury travel creator Stefany Hernandez of @wanderingstefany, we’ll disrupt traditional myths about what solo travel is and who it’s for, and you’ll walk away with tangible tools to begin living a more global life today. Get ready to see the world different!

One member of the audience will win a copy of Beth’s book, Wander Woman. The session will be followed by a book signing at the bookstore.

Destination Theater
Mario-Herrera-Headshot2

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The World of Viking

Viking Cruises

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Mario Herrera, Director of Business Development, Viking Cruises

Viking was founded in 1997 and provides destination-focused journeys on rivers, oceans, and lakes around the world. Designed for curious travelers with interests in science, history, culture, and cuisine. Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers experiences for The Thinking Person™. Viking has more than 250 awards to its name, including being rated at the top of its categories for oceans, rivers, and expeditions by both Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler.  No other cruise line has ever received these same honors by both publications at the same time.  Today’s presentation will introduce you to The Viking Way™ of experiencing destination travel.  You will learn about Viking’s award-winning ships, and the itineraries that will allow you to Explore The World In Comfort™.

Travel Theater
Patricia-Schultz-Headshot-300×300

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

1,000 Places To See Before You Die

Patricia Schultz

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Patricia Schultz, Author, “1,000 Places To See Before You Die”, “1,000 Places To See in the United States & Canada Before Your Die”, and “Why We Travel: 100 Reasons To See The World”

Patricia Schultz is the travel guru and author of the NYT #1 best-selling 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die. Continent by continent, she takes you along to some of her favorite destinations around the world – both predictable and surprising, well known and unsung – or perhaps some special place just a road trip away. Visually beautiful, Patricia’s presentation is filled with insights and practical tips she’s collected along the way, anecdotes and suggestions about how to make each trip a lasting memory.

Book Signing Immediately Following

Destination Theater
Frank-Owen

1:45 pm 2:15 pm

Wakatobi: An Experience Without Equal

Wakatobi

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Frank Owens, Guest Experience Manager, Wakatobi Dive Resort

Wakatobi: An Experience Without Equal!

Savvy Traveler Theater
Julian-Douglas

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Top Private Tours Around the World With “The Private Tour Connoisseur”

Julian Douglas

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Julian Douglas, Travel Writer, Photographer & Experience Curator. The Private Tour Connoisseur.

Whether you’re looking to explore ancient sights and museums or eat your way across the Italian countryside in a Ferrari, Julian will reveal his Top Private Tours around the world. Learn how to maximize what Private Tours have to offer, tips and tricks to find the best tours, save money and make them happen.  

Do the things you’ve always dreamed of doing, have once in a lifetime experiences, and check them off your bucket list. View the Mona Lisa in private, drive a vintage boat on Lake Como, go behind closed doors at Versailles and see Elephants on an African Safari so close you can hear them breathe. 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 can make it happen.

Destination Theater
Tyson-Verse

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Amazing Thailand, Affordable Africa, and Egypt for the Unsure...

Rail and Sail Vacations

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Tyson Verse, Founder, Rail and Sail Vacations

Join International tour manager and tour operator Tyson Verse for a fun look at some of his favorite destinations, followed by question and answer, and travel pointers on any of the 150 international destinations and countries where Tyson has led small group tours.

Savvy Traveler Theater
Brandon-Hughbanks

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm

How to Save Money on Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance Center

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Brandon Hughbanks, Agent Representative, Travel Insurance Center

Benefits, features, and pricing: Know before you buy.

Travel Theater
Angel_C

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

The Ultimate Guide for Better Travel in 2024

Angel Castellanos

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Angel Castellanos, World Travel Expert, Writer/TV Host, AngelsTravelLounge.comYouTube Channel The Tour Guy

If you want to travel better, smarter and enjoy your vacation, you don’t want to miss this popular talk. The World and travel have dramatically changed. Angel Castellanos, who’s traveled almost one million air miles since 2020, delivers his updated popular and energetic talk on practical travel tips and savvy packing techniques. This highly informative talk is updated from Angel’s extensive travels and “packed” with the most up to date actionable travel tips and inspirational stories from all over the world to help travelers travel smarter, better, and cheaper. In this talk you will learn to plan, book & execute and even pack for the best vacation of your life!  Angel will deliver the best travel tips on changes in tourism, health safety, de-stressing the airport experience, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and of course updated packing tips for today’s world! 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! AngelsTravelLounge.com

*Disclaimer: Show Management reserves the right to change speakers and schedules at its discretion. Check back frequently for updates and changes.