LA Travel and Adventure Show 2014

This weekend I’m headed to Long Beach to attend the LA Travel and Adventure Show. Since I am thinking of visiting Hawaii this year, I’m going to pay special attention to the Hawaiian booths. If you are in the Long Beach area and need some help with your upcoming vacation, make sure you drop by.

Where do you want to visit this year?

Stay Inspired!


Rick Steves, Travel Channel’s Samantha Brown, Don Wildman, and Todd Carmichael, Peter Greenberg, Pauline Frommer, Patricia Schultz among others

(Long Beach, CA) – California’s biggest travel show with over 450 destinations, the Travel & Adventure Show™ has announced its participating star speakers including, Rick Steves– host and writer of the popular public television series Rick Steves’ Europe; inspiring and celebrated Travel Channel personality- Samantha Brown; Todd Carmichael– coffee expert, explorer and host of Travel Channel’s “Dangerous Grounds“; Don Wildman– history buff, museumgoer and host of Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum“; award-winning travel expert, radio host and Editorial Director of Frommer’s GuidebooksPauline Frommer; Emmy award-winning investigative travel journalist Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor for CBS News and host of the new public television series: The Travel Detective with Peter Greenberg; and Patricia Schultz– author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller “1,000 Places to See Before You Die.”


Apart from the headline speakers, the show will also include a varied selection of destination-specific seminars where aspiring travelers can receive very specific, local information about a destination they wish to visit.


Saturday, February 8th Speakers:

Rick Steves: Join the travel expert – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebook series, public television series, and public radio shows – as he shares all the latest in smart European travel. Freshly back from travel hot spots, Rick Steves will explain the practical, money-saving ins and outs of independent travel. Packed with tips on getting the most out of every mile, minute, and dollar on your next trip, this will be a must see discussion!

*Rick Steves will also be speaking on Sunday.


Pauline Frommer: Will lead a fast-paced seminar about money saving methods of travel, less usual destinations, and ways to tailor a vacation so that it meets an individual’s personality.


Samantha Brown: The Travel Channel expert will take the audience on a voyage around the globe and introduce the everyday life activities in other countries. Brown’s travel goal is to always show that if she can do it, you can do it. No matter where she takes you, Brown will find delectable food, fabulous shopping and an authentic taste of the region you won’t find in any tourist guidebook.

*Samantha Brown will also be speaking on Sunday afternoon.


Todd Carmichael: As owner of La Colombe, coffee fuels Todd Carmichael’s passion for adventure, and travel is his life. Carmichael explains how, when hunting down rare strains of coffee in some of the most fascinating and unseen places in the world, you never know what the next adventure will be. Carmichael relishes those unexpected moments and off-the-beaten-path experiences that you could never plan for, such as surfing the Nile River and navigating the mountains of Nepal in an ultra-light aircraft.


Piper Mackay – Focus on Africa: The professional photographer who guides safaris throughout Africa will lead listeners on an incredible journey through the savannas of the Serengeti in Tanzania, the great migration crossing the Mara River in Kenya, Mountain gorillas in Rwanda, and the dramatic desserts of Namibia. Mackay will also explore the Omo Valley and share her adventures of staying with the local tribes and camping in the wilds of Africa.


Jim Gale – Focus on Costa Rica: 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 with Jim Gale – the visionary and developer of the Osa Mountain Village and Serenity Gardens EcoVillage.


Jeff Crochet – Focus on South Pacific: Join Jeff Crochet and learn about Tahiti. 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.


Matt Greenham – Focus on New Zealand: Join the destination specialist 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, there’s no shortage of adrenaline-charged experiences such as bungee jumping and 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 Greenham 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 hardcore daredevil, you will find plenty of opportunities to experience the very best of Middle-earth!


Brett Snyder, Sharlene Earnshaw and Jennifer Miner: There’s more in the apps world than just Angry Birds and Plants vs. Zombies! iPhones and other Smartphones make travel planning on the go a snap, but it helps to have the best travel apps on tap. Top travel and tech experts share their most recommended apps to make vacation be as easy, adventurous, or delicious as possible.


Sunday, February 9th Speakers:

Patricia Schultz: Best-selling travel author and TV producer 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.


Peter Greenberg: America’s most recognized, honored and respected front-line travel news journalist, who has appeared on CBS This Morning, CBS Evening News and CBS Sunday Morning, Peter Greenberg will share his cutting-edge travel information and insider tips that everyone should know before ever leaving home. Listeners should definitely bring a pen and paper (or tablet) to take notes!


Ralph Velasco: The travel photography instructor, author and international tour guide will discuss the importance of using a ‘shot list’ for creating a cultural portrait of any destination. He’ll define what a shot list is and explain how to effectively create and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of images from your travels. Velasco will also discuss photographic storytelling as well as reveal his number one photo tip that is guaranteed to bring your photography to another level.


Whitney Lennon: Yosemite National Park is over 740 thousand acres and has 800 miles of hiking trails that overlook glacier-carved granite peaks, steep valleys and a breathtaking number of waterfalls – But that is just the beginning of what this region has to offer! Whitney Lennon will take you on a tour of the regions diverse offerings including wine tasting, zip lining, taking pictures of 14,000 foot peaks, helicopter rides, visiting gold towns rich with mining history and much more. Whether you prefer to sleep under the stars or watch TV on the big screen in the comfort of your hotel room, Lennon can point you in the right direction for creating a personalized ‘Yosemite Experience’.


Brent Nixon: Travel with marine researcher Brent Nixon in an exploration of this amazing Leviathan’s struggle from highly endangered to present day pre-exploitation numbers throughout the North Pacific Ocean. Witness spectacular feeding efforts in the brisk waters of Alaska’s protected inside passage from the warm comfort of your seat. Brent has over twenty-five years of field studies, stunning video footage, and awe inspiring still photography that bring this show to life. If you are looking for an energetic, humorous, fact-filled, thirty minutes of entertainment about one of Earth’s magnificent mammals then this is your show!


Allie Almario: Ranked as one of the top eco-tourism destinations in the world, the pristine environment of the Galapagos Islands offer inquisitive adventure travelers one of the best up close and personal wildlife encounters anywhere in the world. There is nowhere else in the world can you snorkel so closely with sea lions, penguins, white-tipped sharks and penguins – photographers delight in how close they are to blue-footed boobies and Galapagos hawks. It’s a model that works so well for both the traveler and nature conservationists but it comes with a price and a lot of rules. Find out why your Galapagos adventure is almost guaranteed to be picture-perfect, what to ask your tour operator, and how to choose the right cruise for you.


The 2014 Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show™ will take place on February 8th and 9th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Long Beach Convention Center located at 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Tickets are available online for $10 with Promo Code: LAPR or at the door for $15. Children under 16 years of age receive free entry. For tickets and event information, please visit, email, or call 203.878.2577.



Unicomm LLC is an independent business-to-business communications company specializing in originating and managing world class trade shows and conferences. Unicomm’s properties include the nation’s largest and longest running series of travel events, the Travel & Adventure Show™ in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco Bay Area, Washington, D.C. and San Diego.

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2 Responses

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    As always, if I do any travel this year my first pick will be to go to NJ and TN to visit family. Exotic leisure travel is not something I have time and money for and my priorities are to spend time with my kids, my mother, and my siblings. It would be fun to go to other locales and if I were around my family all the time then the other kind of travel would be something I’d consider.

    Have fun at the travel show. I don’t think I’ll be going.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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