LA Times Travel Show 2014

This weekend we’re headed to the LA Times Travel Show.  I’ll be focusing on different parts of California and other US states for road trip ideas.  Looks like they have a great show lined up.  If you are in the area, make sure to drop by the LA Convention Center!

Do you have any good road trip ideas?

Stay Inspired!

Los Angeles Times Travel Show welcomes the world to Southern California January 18 and 19 at the L.A. Convention Center. We’re counting down to the 16th annual event with tips from veteran travel experts who can help attendees discover… smart, cost-conscious, safety-shrewd and tech-savvy travel advice.

Mark Boster/Los Angeles

 Times © 2013

Make all of your adventures postcard-worthy
Times Travel journalist Chris Reynolds and photographer
Mark Boster tell tales from their year-long multimedia project Postcards From the West, show how to approach even familiar destinations in a new way, and provide tips for capturing the best images along the way.
Postcards From the West
Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m. | LA Times Stage

Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times © 2013

Get more rock when you roll
Times Arts & Entertainment writer Jessica Gelt, creator of Bonnaroo and Great GoogaMooga
Rick Farman, host of KPFK’s “Global Village”
Betto Arcos and award-winning film and music video maker Nigel Dick talk traveling for festivals, how to see your favorite artists, and finding local music abroad.

On the Road: Traveling for Music & Festivals

Saturday & Sunday at 12 p.m. | LA Times Stage

Go for the gold
Times Sports columnist & assistant Travel editor Chris Erskine, Cartan Global’s Daniel Gamba, and Matt Thornton of Jay Buckley’s Baseball Tours suit up for a lively discussion about how to check world-class sporting events like the Olympics, MLB in Sydney and FIFA World Cup off the bucket list.
A Sporting Chance: Seeing Your Favorite Sports Around the World

Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m. | LA Times Stage

Get a bigger bang for your travel buck

Discounts are everywhere, but they are not always the bargain they appear to be. Nationally syndicated Web Buzz columnist Jen Leo, acclaimed world traveler Johnny Jet and “The Points Guy” experts Brian Kelly and Eric Rosen will help you travel more while spending less.

More for Your Money: The Best Value for Your Vacation Dollars

Saturday & Sunday at 12 p.m. | Travel Smart Stage

Skip that trip to the local police station

Times Travel Editor Catharine Hamm and police detective and expert in travel crime avoidance Kevin Coffey will discuss how to keep wallets, purses, smartphones and other valuables safe while traveling.

Street-Wise Travel Skills: A Traveler’s Guide to Staying Safe

Saturday & Sunday at 1 p.m. | Travel Smart Stage


  1. Never pay cash in advance for a rental house; always use a credit card so your purchase is safe and protected. (Catharine Hamm, LA Times Travel editor)
  2. Always ask how much a taxi will cost in advance to avoid expensive surprises. (Johnny Jet,
  3. Thieves target women who are usually carrying the bags with the most valuables, so create a better plan. (Kevin Coffey, police detective and expert in travel crime avoidance)
  4. Extend your iPhone’s battery life when traveling abroad: Turn off Background App Refresh, Siri, Bluetooth, Data Push, and don’t automatically update apps — but do turn on Auto-Brightness. (Jen Leo, “Web Buzz” columnist, blogger, co-host of “This Week in Travel” podcast)
  5. Frequent fliers can now apply for TSA’s new Pre-Check program that allows pre-screened passengers to go through a separate, shorter line at airport security. (Nico Melendez, TSA spokesperson)


See The World’s Most Inspiring Travelers Live On Stage


Headliners Alyssa Milano, Adam Richman, Henry Rollins and Arthur Frommer will be sharing their knowledge and experiences that can help enhance anyone’s next adventure. The show floor will be buzzing with informative talks, delicious cooking demos, live cultural entertainment, exhibitors from near and far and don’t-miss features including:

  • Screening RoomWatch spectacular travel films and great reader-submitted vacation videos.
  • Ask the Experts Station – Get your toughest travel questions answered by specialists with intimate knowledge of their subjects in Booth #941.
  • One-Stop Shopping Research, plan and book your trip with onsite agents, and take advantage of onsite passport services and show-only deals you won’t find anywhere else.

Review the full program schedule and list of exhibitors to finalize your Travel Show plans.  Register for your media credential now! Application closes January 15.

Tickets are $8 in advance (with code Travel2014) or $10 at the door; children ages 16 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets and info at
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