Speaker Stages

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 Samantha Brown, Andrew McCarthy, 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.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

Saturday, March 16

Lee Abbamonte

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

How I’ve Traveled to Every Country in the World and Amazing Stories from the Journey

Lee Abbamonte, Youngest American to Visit Every Country in The World, Entrepreneur, TV Personality 

Take a journey with Lee as he shares his stories from around the world and how his travels have inspired millions of would be travelers.

Andrew McCarthy
The Longest Way Home by Andrew McCarthy

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Travel Theater

Andrew McCarthy, Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor, and Director

Join Andrew to hear about his personal journey and how travel and self-reflection changed his life. Aside from his successful acting and directing careers, he is now a successful writer and editor at large for National Geographic Traveler. He’ll discuss fear of the unknown, taking the time to enjoy the precious moments in life, pushing yourself to try new things, and looking at the world with new eyes.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

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

11:30 am – 12:15 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

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

12:30 pm – 1:15 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!

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

1:45 pm – 2:45 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
Patricia Schultz Travel Author - Travel Shows

2:30 pm – 3:15 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 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 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.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Mickela Mallozzi
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

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

DNA Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Join Mickela Mallozzi, Host of the Emmy®-winning travel series on PBS, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, on an inspirational journey of travel through one’s own DNA – her upcoming season features destinations based on her DNA map!  Learn how you can research and plan your own successful DNA trip, learn how to dig deeper with heritage travel through your genealogy, and find real connection in places around the world where your ancestors come from!

Sunday, March 17

Mickela Mallozzi
Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

11:15 am – 12 noon
Savvy Traveler Theater

DNA Travel: Walking in Your Ancestors Footsteps

Mickela Mallozzi, Host and Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

Join Mickela Mallozzi, Host of the Emmy®-winning travel series on PBS, Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, on an inspirational journey of travel through one’s own DNA – her upcoming season features destinations based on her DNA map!  Learn how you can research and plan your own successful DNA trip, learn how to dig deeper with heritage travel through your genealogy, and find real connection in places around the world where your ancestors come from!

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Travel Theater

Samantha Brown, Host, PBS’s Samantha Brown’s Places to Love

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

12:30 pm – 1:15 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

Peter Greenberg Travel Celebrity - Travel Shows
Peter Greenberg Worldwide

1:00 pm – 2:00 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

1:45 pm – 2:30 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!

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

2:30 pm – 3:30 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

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

Medical Tourism: What You Need to Know Before You Go

Frank Nunez, CEO, My Medical Destination

My Medical Destination will provide the information you need to determine if traveling for your treatment is the best option for you. MMD will also help you select the right doctor and the right destination. We’ll provide you with helpful tips to make this easier.