Washington DC Travel and Adventure Show

Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 at 11:15am

Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, DC 20001

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Schedule of Events

Speaker Stages

4 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Patricia Schultz, Pauline Frommer, Kellee Edwards, Peter Greenberg, Rudy Maxa and Paul Theroux 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.

Frequent Traveler University Theater: Featuring intimate sessions throughout the weekend, you'll discover how to use your credit card and reward points like a pro. From booking reward airfare and receiving upgrades, to budget travel tips and how to earn enough miles to travel the globe, experts from Frequent Traveler University have you covered.

11:15 am - 11:45 am: Destination Theater

South Caucasus Trips: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia
Mrs. Inga Belova, CEO & Director, Travel Promotions Georgia
Join us to learn more about the South Caucasus region and its Tourism possibilities connecting people across the borders and cultures. We offer Trips and all types of other related travel services - accommodation, transportation, guiding, catering, consultancy, MICE

11:15 am - 12:00 Noon

Savvy Traveler Theater
99 Ways to Cut Your Travel Costs - Without Skimping
Russell Hannon, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert, Break the Travel Barrier
Known for wowing TV and radio audiences with untold budget travel tips, Ultra-Economical Travel Expert Russell Hannon from breakthetravelbarrier.com offers 99 ways to quickly and easily find the best and least expensive travel options for you. No matter what your travel type is, or where you want to go, you will leave with dozens of practical tips and tricks you can put to work right away to save.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm: Travel Theater

Secrets From a Travel Journalist
Rudy Maxa, Travel Journalist & Broadcaster
The travel landscape has changed dramatically in the last several years, and Maxa's anecdotal presentation provides advice on how to navigate the new rules. Plus, recent studies have shown that travel can be beneficial to your physical, mental, and emotional health-Maxa reveals some surprising statistics that will make you want to book a ticket out of town sooner rather than later!
Autograph Signing Immediately Following

11:45 am - 12:45 pm: Frequent Traveler University Theater

From Bookings to Bandwidth, How to Supercharge Your Business Travel
Tess Zhao, TEDx Speaker, Owner of DelicateRevolt blog and YouTube Channel
Rob Pegoraro, Tech Writer
A conversation on how to save money when booking for flights, how to use business travel to improve your career, and how to stay productive on the road.

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Destination Theater

Europe's Ancient Cultural Trails: In the Footsteps of Medieval Pilgrims
Juanma Pintado, Sales Team Lead at CaminoWays.com - Greenlife Tours Ltd
More than a pilgrimage or just a hike, the Camino de Santiago has a long history that stretches back to Medieval Times and even earlier! The CaminoWays.com experts will explain the history and different routes of this ancient network of trails that has been attracting walkers of all ages and nationalities for many centuries. In addition, we'll also introduce you to other important cultural trails such as the Via Francigena to Rome, the St Francis Way in Italy and more.

12:30 pm - 1:15 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 - 1:15 pm: Destination Theater

Celebrity Cruises: From The Retreat to the Galapagos, Everything You Need to Know
Albion Stiffler, Market Sales Representative, Celebrity Cruises

1:00 pm - 2:00 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

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm: Frequent Traveler University Theater

How to Travel Anywhere and Everywhere with Points
Stefan Krasowski, Founder Every Passport Stamp Facebook group, blogger at Rapid Travel Chai
You can travel the world in style using points, no matter if you're seeking millionaire perks, adventurous excursions, romantic escapades, or just sticking to a tight budget. Credit card, airline, and hotel reward programs can provide easy access to incredible travel across the world.
Stefan used points to fulfill his own dream every country in the world (along with every U.S. state!) before turning 40. He'll show how to get started with loyalty programs regardless of how much you're currently traveling.
Amazing destinations from beaches to safaris are achievable following Stefan's 90-day Quick Start guide to miles and points.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Destination Theater

EXPLORING EUROPE: Top Destinations, Attractions and Experiences
David McGuffin, Founder and CEO of David McGuffin's Exploring Europe, Inc.
Join European travel expert, David McGuffin as he shares savvy travel tips, favorite destinations, and lessons learned from forty years on the road. David spends five months a year in Europe leading his small group tours, writing about his favorite destinations, and sharing his adventures via his social media pages and travel blog. He is an advocate of traveling off-season, avoiding crowds, and embracing the culture of the locale. His picture-packed presentation is loaded with pertinent travel information, suggested routes, sage advice, and information about his small-group tours in Europe.

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm: Savvy Travel Theater

7 Secrets to Maximize Your Solo Travels
Beth Santos, Founder and CEO, Wanderful
Thinking of traveling alone but not sure how to start? From inspiring memoirs like Wild and Eat Pray Love to our everyday Facebook feeds showing us epic landscapes from all corners of the world, solo travel is more popular than ever before, and anyone — yes, anyone — can do it.
Join Beth Santos, founder and CEO of Wanderful, for an invigorating session about why now is the time to take that solo trip, and how to make it your most memorable travel experience yet.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm: Destination Theater

Anguilla…Beyond Extraordinary
Mrs. Lorine Charles-St. Jules, Director of Sales, Anguilla British Caribbean
Join me to learn about the amazing destination of Anguilla. One of the Caribbean's best kept secrets.
1000 Places To See Before You Die - Travel Shows

2:30 pm - 3:30 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

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm: Frequent Traveler University Theater

The Indispensable Primer on Reward Travel
Tiffany Funk, One Mile at a Time
Everyone has a travel budget, but rewards programs make it possible to have a first-class experience at economy prices! Knowing which reward program enables the kind of travel YOU aspire to can make your dream trip possible, or at least your everyday travel more comfortable.
Tiffany and her team combined have decades of experience helping travelers of all walks of life use miles and points to visit destinations all around the world. Join her as she discusses how to get started in earning - and more importantly, redeeming! - miles and points for the trip of a lifetime.

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

Greece Always in Season!
Fay Georgousis, Public Relations/Marketing, , Greek National Tourism Organization Ministry of Tourism
From award winning beaches to snow topped ski resorts why the time to visit is NOW! Come find out why Greece is the destination for all seasons!

Global Beats Stage

Feel the Rhythm and Vibes of Cultures from Around the World
Watch the world come alive on the Global Beats Stage, where you'll see cultural performances representing different destinations from around the world right on the show floor! Feeling like you want to join in? Hop on stage and learn how to become a travel rock star on your next trip!

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm: Dances of Bolivia, Performed by Tradiciones Bolivianas
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm: Middle Eastern Dance, Performed by Sahara Dance
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm: Dances of Ireland, Performed by Laureen O'Neill-James, TCRG, ADCRG
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Dances of Bolivia, Performed by Tradiciones Bolivianas
2:30 pm - 3:15 pm: Middle Eastern Dance, Performed by Sahara Dance

Hands-On Activity

Experience the Adventure with Hands-On Activities Fit for the Whole Family!

Greater Miami CVB Photo Booth #411
Picture yourself in Miami!
Stop by the Greater Miami CVB Photo Booth #411 and discover the area's unique destinations.
You can leave the show with some pictures of you and yours at exciting Miami locations with our interactive and hugely fun Green Screen Photo Booth. Pick your spot from our amazing collection of Miami's most famous travel icons - and our professionals will prop you up, snap a great pic and give you a take home photo.
Booth #411

Ride on A Segway
Stop by the City Segway Tours and Capital City Bike Tours to test drive the world famous Segway Personal Transporter. And while you're there, hear about ecofriendly ways to get around some of the world's best cities, including the Nation's Capital!
Booth #1125

Go Dive Now Pool
Try scuba in a heated pool! Over the years tens of thousands of people have been introduced to scuba diving at the "Go Dive Now Pool". Now it's your turn! Anyone age 10 and older can discover the fun and exciting sport of scuba diving in the comfort of a tropically warm pool (10 and 11 need to be accompanied by an adult in the pool). Bring your swim suit - we will supply all the scuba gear! It's a great way to try scuba diving and test some of the latest scuba equipment. You can also have a photo of yourself taken underwater as a keepsake of your "diving adventure."
Bring your swimsuit or wetsuit and towel to the show!
Booth #342

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