Meet Your Favorite TV Hosts, Authors and Adventure Experts

At Adventures in
Travel Expo in Chicago January 10-11

Chicago, IL, December 23, 2008—Why does Andrew Zimmern, host of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, eat those yucky things? The answer will be revealed in his keynote speech at 1 PM Saturday, January 10 during the Adventures in Travel Expo, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

The two-day Expo will feature seminars and presentations by a wide range of travel experts from around the world on Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11, including explorers, photographers, authors and game rangers: adventurers every one.

Music, dance and cultural performances from across the globe will transport Expo attendees from the Philippines to Tanzania.

Throughout the Adventures in Travel Expo, the National Geographic ADVENTURE Theater will spotlight hour-long presentations by top adventure travel authors and photographers, many followed by autograph or book-signing sessions.

Saturday’s schedule begins at 11:30: join adventure journalist and photographer Peter Potterfield, who has hiked more than 5,000 miles on a variety of journeys, from the Swedish Arctic to the wilds of New Zealand, on Classic Hikes of the World, followed at 1 PM by keynoter Andrew Zimmern, host of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Andrew is game for anything, from chasing down large water rats in Louisiana to flushing out cave bats in Malaysia.

At 2:30, Trip Jennings, National Geographic ADVENTURE’s 2007 Adventurer of the Year, will take the audience on a multimedia journey to three threatened biological hotspots with Rivers In Demand: Conservation and exploration at the edge of the world, and for further inspiration, at 3:45 photographer and journalist Tom Clynes, a National Geographic ADVENTURE contributor, will discuss Life as Adventure: Dream It. Plan It. Do It, while at 4:50 Rob Holmes, President and founder of the Green Living Project, describes his travels across East Africa, showcasing a variety of sustainable living and responsible travel opportunities, each encouraging traveler involvement, in Green Living Project…Sustainability Across Africa.

On Sunday at 12 Noon, National Geographic ADVENTURE photographer and journalist Peter McBride will explore Yaks, Shamans and Solar Panels, just a few of the sights he’s seen visiting more than 50 countries. At 1:30 PM, keynoter Patricia Schultz, author of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die and executive producer of the companion TV series, will highlight top travel choices for today’s economy. To conclude the show, at 3 PM Trip Jennings will reprise Rivers in Demand: Conservation and exploration at the edge of the world.

Both days, the Expo’s Adventure Travel Theater will feature a succession of five 35-45-minute presentation covering destinations and travel experiences around the world. Saturday begins with Travel Experiences Down Under....Ways to Go Australia & New Zealand” with Anthony Saba, Goway Travel at 11 AM, followed by tracing Marco Polo’s 15,000 mile overland route from Venice to Beijing in The Marco Polo Odyssey with Harry Rutstein, Executive Director, The Marco Polo Foundation and author of The Marco Polo Odyssey at 12 noon.

After a break, “Stories from the Bush – the Life of an Africa Game Ranger” with James Currie, brand ambassador for andBEYOND, recounting tales from his time at the spectacular Phinda Private Game Reserve, follows at 2:30; A World of Adventure Awaits in the Philippines with Lisa Greyhill, Co-founder of the Adventure Travelers Society, who’s counted at least 7,000 adventures from the mountains to the sea, at 3:25 and concluding with tips on traveling safely and happily on any budget, solo or in a group, in “Wandering Women..

.Planning Your Next Great Adventure!” with Beth Whitman, women's travel expert, editor, founder and author, Wanderlust and Lipstick at 4:15 PM.

Sunday, The Adventure Travel Theater highlights “It’s Your Adventure…Australia, New Zealand and Vanuatu” presented by Aussie Experts President Sunnie Rossi, followed by Papua New Guinea - a Thousand Journeys, a Thousand Faces” with Michele Benoy-Westmorland, award-winning wildlife photographer, owner of Westmorland Images and author, Ocean Duets, as well as a travelogue of the Philippines at 2:30 PM; and at 3:30 Mayflower Tours’ Mary Novak Beatty, CTC telling you how to ‘Spice Up Your Life – Travel The World with Mayflower Tours’

The Global Beats stage will feature dance troupes and entertainment from around the world, almost nonstop, including the Filipiniana Dance Troupe; Mariam Tanzania Dancers; Kaua'i Hawaiian Entertainment; Royal Scottish Country Dance Society; Oneida Nation; Jasmine Jahal Dancers on Saturday; Hooked on Drums, the Natya Dance Theater and That Tall Juggler Guy will join the lineup on Sunday.

Expo attendees can learn to kayak and scuba dive, climb a rock wall, test their endurance on a ropes course and even as Survivor Challenge Course on the exhibit floor, then immediately book the adventure of their dreams with any of the more than 100 exhibitors, each an expert in active and adventure travel.

The event is presented by the Chicago Tribune with National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine as the National Magazine Sponsor, the Travel Channel as Supporting Sponsor and the Philippines Department of Tourism as Featured Destination. It is being held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (formerly the Rosemont Convention Center). Hours are 10:30 AM-5:30 PM on Saturday; 11 AM-4:30 PM on Sunday. Tickets are $15.00, and may be purchased online at www.adventuresexpo.com.

The Adventures in Travel Expo (ATE) is the world’s largest active and adventure travel show for the trade and consumers. In 2009, it will be presented in five U.S. cities: Chicago, January 10-11; Los Angeles, February 14-15; Washington, DC, February 21-22. New York City, October 10-11; Seattle, December 5-6. ATE highlights responsible, experiential, active, adventurous, cultural and heritage travel with exhibitors, presentations, hands-on adventure experiences and cultural performances. For more information, visit the Adventures in Travel Expo website at www.adventureexpo.com.