Seminar Descriptions - 2014

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Travel Channel Theater
Sponsored By:
Destination Theater

Saturday - March 29, 2014

Main Stage MC:
Elizabeth Hansen
Travel Editor/Writer, Authentic Luxury Travel (www.AuthenticLuxuryTravel.net) and Ranch & Coast Magazine

10:15am - 10:45am

Crossing South with Jorge Meraz: You've Never Seen This Mexico Before
Jorge Meraz, Host/Director, Crossing South, Popular Travel Series on KPBS San Diego

Host and director of the popular travel series Crossing South on KPBS San Diego, Jorge Meraz brings you fantastic adventures South of the border in Baja Mexico. Jorge demystifies the area by meeting the people, participating in activities, and, oh yes, eating the foods. We also have a special treat of seeing a highlight of footage from our latest tv episodes.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

10:15am - 11:00am

FOCUS: TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
Secrets of Successful Travel Photography
Jim Cline, Jim Cline Photo Tours

Jim will reveal many of the secrets and techniques he employs to take his photography to the next level. From planning before the trip begins to arriving back home, he will cover many of the steps in creating dynamic travel photographs. He’ll show examples of how to use the light to your maximum advantage and coverage logistics of taking your digital camera and accessories on the road. Jim will discuss many aspects of how to photograph people to help capture the spirit of a place, including how to feel comfortable approaching strangers for photos. He will also talk about some of the key settings on a digital camera.

11:00am - 11:30am

FOCUS: SPAIN
Spain: A Perfect Blend of History, Culture, Food and Modern Comfort
Supinder Singh, President, Palace Tours

For many travelers, Europe tops the list of travel goals and desire. There are many opportunities and options for travel to Europe and something for everyone... In this presentation you'll hear the many ways to experience and immerse yourself in the wonderful destination of Spain. Looking for something different in your next vacation to Spain? Maybe staying at historic buildings that are now 5 star hotels, or how about a luxury train cruise? How can you best plan your next journey? What are some current deals and travel opportunities to take advantage of? You’ll leave this session with insider tips on travel to Spain.

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11:00am - 12noon

Samantha Brown's "How to Travel Better"
Samantha Brown, Host of Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2014”
 

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
 
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11:30am - 12noon 


FOCUS: TRAVEL SMART 
How to Use Your iPhone and other Gadgets Abroad (without going broke) 
Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Do you want to use your iPhone or other gadgets abroad without going broke? Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his acclaimed “Travel Smart with Technology” seminar. This informative and popular presentation prepares travelers (step-by-step) so they can confidently use their mobile devices while traveling. By attending this talk, you will be able to communicate effectively while on the road just like a temporary local and without breaking the bank . Angel will also cover the best travel apps to enhance your travels! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with great advice and helpful apps to help you travel smarter with your technology. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel often and well!

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12noon - 12:30pm

FOCUS: SOUTH PACIFIC
The Islands of Tahiti: Just Eight Hours from San Diego but Seemingly a World Away
Jeff Crochet, Marketing Manager, Tahiti Tourisme North America

Tahiti. The word evokes visions of an island paradise. Just eight hour from Los Angeles but seemingly a world away. Closer than you think and easier to travel to then you might imagine. With 118 islands boasting high, rugged mountain peaks, coral reefs, turquoise-blue lagoons, white sand, palm-fringed beaches, and luxuriously intimate resorts, each island paradise has something for everyone.
 
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12:30pm - 1:30pm

Don Wildman, History Explorer and Museum Enthusiast, Host of Travel Channel's "Mysteries at the Museum"

As host of Travel Channel's “Mysteries at the Museum,” “Monumental Mysteries,” and "Greatest Mysteries," Don Wildman pulls back the curtain on an unseen America. In his first series for the network, “Off Limits,” Wildman crisscrossed the United States, going behind locked doors to uncover the secrets of our country’s man-made world. Whether unearthing notable tales behind artifacts and monuments across the U.S. or exploring hidden turfs, he discovers the fascinating behind-the-scenes of our everyday life. Wildman embraces the meaning of being a traveler, and shows how lifting the veil on our surroundings – from museum relics to buildings and bridges – can reveal unforgettably adventurous stories.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

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12:45pm - 1:15pm

FOCUS: AFRICA
Making Your Dollars Work in Africa--The Conservation and Social Value of Travel in Africa, a Namibia Case Study. 
Chris Liebenberg, Piper & Heath Travel

Join San Diego based Namibian native, Chris Liebenberg as he shares his personal story on the value of tourism in Africa, and the profound affect travel has not only for the people of Africa, but also its wildlife and special areas so desperately in need of protection. Chris will teach the audience how to be contentious about ensuring that their travel dollars do only good things in Africa.

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1:30pm - 2:00pm


FOCUS: TRAVEL SMART
Travel Skills, Tips & Tricks: Know Before You Go
Angel Castellanos, Travel Ambassador, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his acclaimed “Travel Smart” seminar. Having traveled to over 40 countries on 4 continents and with over 10 years experience in the travel Industry, Angel is a passionate world traveler. His talks inspire people to enjoy the wonders and peoples of the world without stress. This informative and popular presentation prepares travelers for each step of the journey (including packing!). Angel will cover the latest TSA rules, packing light tips, safety & security, 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 smarter. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel often and well!

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2:00pm - 3:00pm

1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, Best-selling Author 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die

Best-selling travel author and TV producer Patricia Schultz discusses some of her favorite destinations from the newly revised 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, followed by signing of her books.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

2:15pm - 2:45pm

FOCUS: MEXICO 
Puerto Peñasco: Mexico's Newest Beachfront Destination 
Betty Majors, RPR Mexico 

Join long time resident Betty Majors as she presents this beautiful seaside destination with 100 km of white sandy beaches. Enjoy the local flavor of life on the Sea of Cortez as well and one of the most tourist friendly vacations you will ever experience. Luxury beachfront condos that are fully furnished and equipped, modern hotels, private homes, quaint local hotels and modern RV Parks are bilingual are all available. Golf, Fishing, Diving, and the scenic wonders of Reserva de la biosfera del Pinacate, a UNESCO World Heritage site are but a few of things to be savored.

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3:00pm - 3:30pm

FOCUS: SOLO TRAVEL
Solo Travel: Living Your Dream
Beth Whitman, Founder and Editor, Wanderlust and Lipstick

Solo travel can be a frightening thought for many women (and men!), but Beth Whitman has learned in her 25+ years of travel that the most empowering moments come when she's faced with a challenge alone - be it in Guatemala, India or Alaska.

Come learn from this seasoned travel pro how to best prepare for your journey, get past your fears, overcome obstacles and find the brave you. You'll learn tips for preparing for your journey, staying safe while traveling solo and how and when to ask for help.

Attend this session and receive a $25 voucher for use on Expedia!

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3:30pm - 4:30pm

Amazing Adventures of a Nobody - The Kind Way Around
Leon Logothetis, Global Adventurer, TV Host, Producer, Host, Author of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

3:45pm - 4:15pm

FOCUS: ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Croatia, Slovenia & the Dolomites of Northern Italy
Gary Scott, Right Path Adventures

Australian born adventure guide Gary Scott has spent the last four summers hiking, sailing and exploring Croatia, Slovenia and the Dolomites of Northern Italy. Gary will show slides and tell stories about the best places to go in Croatia and Slovenia, and discuss the best hikes in the beautiful Dolomites where he has walked over 100 different trails.
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4:15pm - 4:45pm

FOCUS: PHILIPPINES
The Philippines FUN Explorations: A Closer look at the Pearl of the Orient
Ms. Annie Cuevas, Philippine Department of Tourism

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Sunday - March 30, 2014

Main Stage MC:
Elizabeth Hansen
Travel Editor/Writer, Authentic Luxury Travel (www.AuthenticLuxuryTravel.net) and Ranch & Coast Magazine

11:15am - 12noon

FOCUS: CALIFORNIA 
Iconic California: Itineraries with Intrigue 
Michael Cervin, Travel Writer

Join travel writer and radio show guest Michael Cervin as he examines three classic California drives populated with hidden gems, secluded spots, breathtaking vistas and intimate sights. California offers more than visitors and even locals realize and it takes a well-trained and well-traveled writer to point out what you might be missing. Cervin investigates three unique drive itineraries: “Castle to Castle” looks at the sites and sounds driving from Cambria to Napa, while “Mulholland’s Highway” appraises this little known but historically significant highway with secluded places of interest. “Son of a Beach: Imperial to Long,” assesses San Diego and Southern California Beach culture. Along the way Cervin points out the unique, unusual and intriguing.

11:30am - 12:30pm

Samantha Brown's "How to Travel Better"
Samantha Brown, Host of Travel Channel’s “The Trip: 2014”
 

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
 
Click Here to Learn More About Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel

12:15pm - 12:45pm
 

FOCUS: NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand: Adventures in Middle-Earth
Matt Greenham, Air New Zealand Vacations

Join Destination Specialist Matt Greenham, as he explores the wonders of New Zealand and the amazing diversity of its North and South islands. New Zealand is a destination packed with adventure activities! For the thrill seekers there¹s no shortage of adrenaline-charged experiences from bungy jumping to jet-boating. This South Pacific country is blessed with a phenomenal playground of landscapes that inspires the spirit of adventure in all who visit. The truly spectacular scenery formed the setting for 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'The Hobbit' trilogies, and Matt will present on some of the key locations and tours associated with these visually stunning films. So whether you seek mild activities or are a hard core adventure seeker, you will find plenty of opportunities to experience the very best of Middle-earth; New Zealand!

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1:00pm - 1:30pm
 

FOCUS: CULINARY TRAVEL/VOLUNTEER VACATIONS 
How to Experience the True Culture of a Country Through Volunteer Vacationing 
Sucheta Rawal, Founder of Go Eat Give 

When you visit another country, do you end up eating at tourist-trap restaurants and bring back exact same pictures as all of your friends? Do you feel that with your limited vacations, you can only scratch the surface of another culture? Sucheta Rawal, founder of the international nonprofit, Go Eat Give, will tell you how you can avoid being a tourist and get the authentic experience of another culture, while saving time and money. Among other unique experiences, you can take a dessert safari into the Sahara, hobnob with the locals in Kathmandu, and enjoy the Spanish countryside, all while chowing through the local cuisine and giving back to the communities you visit.

Attend this session for a chance to win a 4-nights getaway at the Santa Fe Sage Inn in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Winner must be present to claim prize.

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1:00pm - 2:00pm

1,000 Places to See Before You Die
Patricia Schultz, Best-selling Author 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die

Best-selling travel author and TV producer Patricia Schultz discusses some of her favorite destinations from the newly revised 1,000 Places To See Before You Die and 1,000 Places To See in the USA and Canada Before You Die, followed by signing of her books.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following

1:45pm - 2:15pm

FOCUS: HAWAII
Backroads and Byways of Hawaii — For Adventurers and Do-it-Yourself Travelers
Michele Bigley, Writer, Author & Photographer

Led by the author of the new Backroads and Byways of Hawaii guidebook, this session highlights Hawaii's most interesting (and often unchartered) itineraries. Itineraries include Maui's best backroads and hidden gems, the foodie scene on Oahu, exploring the unchartered expanse of Molokai, haunted Lanai, adventuring on the Big Island, Kauai's natural paradise, and much more. Attendees will also get information on locally owned small businesses in Hawaii that are definitely worth our travel dollars and ways to have an authentic experience on the islands. The session will include how to best plan your time, info on local culture, and insider's knowledge on what you can skip and what deserves a visit. Michele will also do a Q&A session and sign copies of her books.

2:30pm - 3:00pm
 

FOCUS: COSTA RICA
Living Well with Energy & Food Independence in Costa Rica’s Southern Pacific Zone
Jim Gale, Visionary & Developer, Osa Mountain Village and Serenity Gardens EcoVillage

Discover the beauty of the Southern Zone of Costa Rica and two model sustainable cooperative communities that offer an enviable and affordable quality of life.

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2:30pm - 3:30pm

Amazing Adventures of a Nobody - The Kind Way Around
Leon Logothetis, Global Adventurer, TV Host, Producer, Host, Author of Amazing Adventures of a Nobody

3:15pm - 3:45pm
 

FOCUS: MEXICO 
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Carlos Dominguez Olvera, Villa Group at The Islands of Loreto
 
The Islands of Loreto, located in Baja California Sur, is a haven of both relaxation and adventure with its quiet beaches, scenic vistas, rich history and astounding natural habitats. Travelers looking to explore the outdoors can enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, hiking, fishing and more, while vacationers looking for a tranquil getaway can drink in the breathtaking beauty of the Sierra de la Giganta Mountains, the cultural significance of Mission San Javier and the indigo waters of the Sea of Cortez, once dubbed "The Aquarium of the World" by Jacques Cousteau for wildlife that rivals that of the Galapagos."
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