Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have America’s 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 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 Peter Greenberg 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.

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

Nadine Sykora - Travel Show Speaker

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

Tips and Hacks for the Solo Traveler

Nadine Sykora, Top Female Travel Vlogger

Exploring the world solo can be a bit daunting, so let’s break it down and answers those questions & concerns. Join a top travel expert and learn some helpful tips and tricks for your first or next solo adventure.

10:15 am – 10:30 am
Travel Theater

Special Appearance by NBC4’s Eun Yang!
Autographs to follow her introduction of Samantha Brown

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

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

10:45 am – 11:15 am
Destination Theater

The Niche Travel Approach: 11 Keys to Extraordinary Journeys

Pamela Haack, President, Strada Toscana

Join author and expert travel consultant, Pamela Haack, for this upbeat session as she reveals her best kept secrets for crafting an extraordinary, inspirational vacation. Be ready to take notes, as you’ll take away priceless tips and simple strategies for choosing or creating your most memorable trip ever! Pamela will be on hand afterwards to answer any questions you might have about this hottest NEW approach to traveling: The Niche Travel Approach.

11:30 am – 12 Noon
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Ruth Rosewarne Kimerer, Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska
Juno Kim, Tourism Sales Manager, Visit Anchorage Alaska

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit? Come and learn what Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

12:15 pm – 12:45 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.

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

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Diana Riel, Director of Business Development, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

Rudy Maxa

12 Noon – 1:00 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
Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

12:30 pm – 1:15 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.

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Destination Theater

Wellness Travel Panel

Anne Dimon, Journalist, Founder/CEO Travel to Wellness, Program Director of the Travel & Adventure Show’s new Wellness Travel Experience, and Co-Founder of the new Wellness Tourism Association
Panelist: Joan Wolff, Owner, and Director, Deerfield Health Retreat & Spa;
Ewunike Akpan, Founder/Director, Lotus Fitness;
Kimberly Rossi, Director of Business Development, Art of Living Retreat Center & Shankara Ayurveda Spa;
Kevin Carter, CEO/President, Hilton Head Health

Are you looking for the perfect wellness retreat in 2018? Join us to find out more about Wellness Travel, the world’s fastest growing travel sector. What it is. Why it’s important. Where you should go. And, how to find the perfect fit for your own wellness travel personality.

Brian Kelly - Travel Expert Speaker
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

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

The Key to Maximizing Your Travel Experiences Through Credit Card Points and Frequent Flyer Miles

Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com

Credit card points and frequent flyer miles open the door to premium experiences like never before—but how do you know which products and programs are right for you? One expert has the answer to these questions, along with the keys to help you unlock a maximized lifestyle around the world.

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Travel Theater

What Smart Travelers Need to Know to Navigate the World and Why the World has Suddenly Become a Global Buyers’ Market

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

You’ll learn everything you need to know to navigate the world of airlines, hotels and all things travel…and why offline might actually be better than online.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Your Own Italy – Boutique Travel Perfected

Carmen Carbonell, President of 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 from staying in small boutique hotels, apartments in historic centers and villas in Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast.  You’ll travel off-the-beaten path with guided tours that include…wine tasting and local cuisine in family owned villas, walking city food tours, hands-on cooking classes and cultural experiences like village festivals throughout Italy.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Packing Tips & Savvy Travel Skills

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

Make the next trip, the next best trip of your life! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed seminar on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares and inspires travelers with savvy tips to travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, new airport security rules and tricks, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with practical travel tips to help you travel like a pro. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? No problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Israel - Travel and Adventures Shows

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Destination Theater

Israel: History, Adventure, Faith Wine & Food – Oh My!

Chad Martin, Director of the Northeast Region for the Israel Ministry of Tourism

Though this small country is but the size of New Jersey, situated on the border between Asia, Africa and Europe, Israel is one of the most topographically and historically unique destinations in the world.  We will explore the many attractions and fun activities an adventurer can experience from visiting the lowest place on earth to enjoying the delights of an emerging culinary and wine scene to walking in the footsteps of the bible.

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

3:15 pm – 4:15 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

The 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. Dipping into the book’s rich and varied collection of attractions, the author shares history, interesting facts, and beautiful photography that help illustrate some of the globe’s countless treasures – from the fjords of Norway to Patagonia’s dazzling glaciers to the Sing Sing Festival in Papua New Guinea.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Make Money & Save Money to Travel the World

Alyssa Ramos, Travel Blogger and Social Media Influencer, My Life’s A Movie

In under four years, America’s favorite travel adventurer Alyssa Ramos has visited 75 countries, the 7 Wonders of the World, the 7 Wonders of Nature AND all 7 continents! With her travel savvy tips and tricks, she will show you the best ways to save money to travel the world AND how to make money too!

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

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

11:15 am – 12 Noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

Expert Tips on Multi-Generational Travel

Maggie Miller, Owner, Family Finds Fun

How to set reasonable expectation taking into consideration; budget, health, safety, and personality for all. Tips for maintaining boundaries and private time as well as obtaining input from each traveler (young & old), and how to elicit 3 things most important to each person and their top 3 #MustSee list.

Brian Kelly - Travel Expert Speaker
Credit Card Points - Travel Events

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

The Key to Maximizing Your Travel Experiences Through Credit Card Points and Frequent Flyer Miles

Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of ThePointsGuy.com

Credit card points and frequent flyer miles open the door to premium experiences like never before—but how do you know which products and programs are right for you? One expert has the answer to these questions, along with the keys to help you unlock a maximized lifestyle around the world.

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

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Destination Theater

European River Cruises

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

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, what you need to know and the questions you need to ask before booking, while sharing some of her own favorite itineraries and personal experiences.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Travel Theater

What Smart Travelers Need to Know to Navigate the World and Why the World has Suddenly Become a Global Buyers’ Market

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

You’ll learn everything you need to know to navigate the world of airlines, hotels and all things travel…and why offline might actually be better than online.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Destination Theater

The Wonders of Eeyou Istchee Baie-James

Victoria Crowe, Marketing Agent, Eeyou Istchee Baie-James

Eeyou Istchee Baie-James represents one fifth of the province of Quebec. Its immense lakes, wild rivers, Northern Lights, seemingly endless forest, and wealth of wildlife are truly humbling. Join us to learn the many fascinating and “can’t miss” experiences in Eeyou Istchee Baie – James, Region to the Eastern James Bay Cree.

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

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

Travel Like A Pro: Travel Smart with Technology

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

Do you want to use your smartphone or other gadgets abroad without going broke? What are the best apps for travel? Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his acclaimed “Travel Smart with Technology” seminar to answer all of these questions and so much more. 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

Man About World - Travel Expos

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Destination Theater

LGBTQ Travel: Hot Destinations, Cool Events and Unforgettable Tours, Cruises and Experiences for 2018

Moderator: Ed Salvato, Editor in Chief of ManAboutWorld
Panelists: Troy Petenbrink, Travel Writer and TV Personality;
Brynn Tannehill, Trans Travel Writer;
Allister Chang, Travel Writer

All welcome! Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and trans travel. If you’re LGBTQ or have friends and family who are in the community, this panel is for you. Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. The panel has collectively visited all seven continents and over 200 countries as out gay and lesbian travelers. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

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

Travel Matchmaking with Cruise Planners

Diana Riel, Director of Business Development, Cruise Planners

Join Cruise Planners for a fun, interactive Travel Matchmaking Game Show to learn about your bucket list destinations and be matched with the vacation of your dreams! Come learn, laugh, and have a chance to win some fun travel prizes. Plus, each person at the session will receive a gift just for attending!

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Travel Theater

How to Travel Safely

Carl C. Risch, The Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs

The Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs announces changes to the way the Department of State provides safety and security information to U.S. citizens traveling and living abroad.  Take us with you – we’re there to give you reliable, up-to-date safety and security information before and during your trip, and we’ve got your back if an emergency happens overseas.