LAT Travel Show – Budget Travel Highlights

This weekend I’m headed to the Los Angeles Times Travel Show.  Since I write about personal finance, I wanted to focus on budget travel.  Here are some budget travel highlights below.  If you are in Southern California this weekend and are interested in travel, make sure you drop by the L.A. Convention Center and visit the Los Angeles Times Travel Show.

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The Los Angeles Times Travel Show welcomes the world to Southern California February 23 and 24 at the L.A. Convention Center. We’re counting down to the 15th annual event by highlighting many of the exciting facets and providing tips from the globetrotting, distinguished experts appearing over the weekend. With the holidays behind us and tax season upon us, this week we will focus on… traveling on a budget and money-saving tips!

JUST ANNOUNCED: Mike Wolfe, star of History’s runaway hit show “American Pickers,” has just been added as a headlining speaker. What’s a picker, you say? “A picker’s kind of like a nomad. Wherever he goes, he unearths hoards of unique items and spends some quality time with the offbeat characters who collected them,” says Wolfe, who’ll be speaking about his coast to coast travels in search of forgotten gems. His talk is a must-attend for those that enjoy a treasure hunt, particularly in the most unlikely places.

TIPS FOR THE BUDGET-CONSCIOUS TRAVELER

Arthur Frommer

Arthur Frommerhelped transform the way Americans travel 55 years ago with his original guide book “Europe on $5 a Day.” With more than 340 Frommer’s Travel Guides, frequent blog posts on Frommers.com, and a weekly radio show, Frommer remains an international authority both on where to go, and how to get there economically. Frommer has indicated that some destinations are better overall values than others, generally because they’re promoting tourism and packaging vacations. For instance, he highlighted Ireland and China as the top travel bargains of 2012, and expects that to hold again this year.

John DiScala

John “Johnny Jet” DiScala, who’s been featured in USA Today, Fortune, The New York Times and on Travel Channel, ABC, CBS and CNN, is a budget travel expert. JohnnyJet.com was named one of the best money-saving websites by Budget Travel magazine and a top 10 online travel resource by the LA Times. DiScala suggests zigging when others zag. If you’re going on a midweek trip, you might get a deal on a resort. If you’re traveling on weekends and busy seasons, look at hotels that cater to business travelers.

 

Catharine Hamm

Catharine Hamm is LA Times’ travel editor and writes the syndicated “On the Spot” travel column. While Hamm has been editor, the LA Times Travel section has won multiple Society of American Travel Writers Foundation honors, including the top prize for newspapers (circulation 350,000+) three times. Hamm recommends staying outside the city center and using public transportation to save money on lodging. You’ll often end up having a more authentic experience, eating in less touristy restaurants, talking to locals and getting a better sense of what life is like in that part of the world.

 

SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS

Saturday, Feb. 23

  • Headlining Speakers:
    • 11:00-Noon – Arthur Frommer presents: The Top New Trends and Destinations in Travel.
    • 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Phil Keoghan, Host of “The Amazing Race” and Author of “No Opportunity Wasted.”
    • 3:00-4:30 p.m. – European Travel Skills with Rick Steves.
  • Budget Travel Panel:
    • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Los Angeles Times Presents: More For Your Money; Budget Tips for Savvy Travelers with Johnny Jet, Brian Kelly and Gabe Saglie, Moderated by Catharine Hamm.
  • Destination Workshops from Travel Show Sponsors Throughout the Day Including Ecuador, South Africa, Turkey, Guam, Taiwan, Dusseldorf, Germany and Airberlin.

 

Sunday, Feb. 24

  • Headlining Speakers:
    • 11:00-Noon – Mike Wolfe of History’s “American Pickers”
    • 1:00-2:00 p.m. – Andrew McCarthy, Author of “The Longest Way Home.”
    • 3:00-4:30 p.m. – European Travel Skills with Rick Steves.
  • Budget Travel Panel:
    • 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – Los Angeles Times Presents: More For Your Money; Budget Tips for Savvy Travelers with Johnny Jet, Brian Kelly and Gabe Saglie, Moderated by Catharine Hamm.
  • Destination Workshops from Travel Show Sponsors Throughout the Day Including Ecuador, South Africa, Turkey, Guam, Taiwan, Dusseldorf, Germany and Airberlin.

 

The show is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.Check the full schedule for additional speakers, demos and activities. Visit the event site for speaker bios.

SHOW-ONLY SPECIALS AND GIVEAWAYS

Attendees can browse the five-acre show floor for every type of vacation imaginable and talk directly with the most seasoned experts and providers in the industry.

 

Exhibitors will be offering special pricing and giveaways throughout the weekend. Trip giveaways and sweepstakes will include:

  • A four-night trip for two to Reykjavik, Iceland from Icelandic Glacial and Los Angeles Times. 
  • A one-week stay at a Biggest Loser Resort with wellness, fitness and nutrition weight-loss programs.
  • A visit to Sonoma, America’s premier wine, spa and coastal destination, from Sonoma County Tourism Bureau.
  • A four-night getaway to Laguna Beach including complimentary dining and entertainment from the Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau.
  • 500,000 Hilton Honors Points from Hilton Grand Vacations.

 

Tickets are $8 in advance (use code “LATPR”) or $10 at the door; children ages 16 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. For the cost of the ticket, attendees can learn how to save hundreds on future travel and take advantage of show-only specials and giveaways.

 

For tickets and more information, go to latimes.com/travelshow. Connect via Facebook.com/LATimesEvents and @LATimesEvents (#travelshow).

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3 Responses

  1. krantcents says:

    I always try to cut the things that do not matter on a trip. For example, I will stay in a discounted 3 or 4 star hotel, but I don’t want to miss out on the experience. My flight is always covered by using miles.

  2. Traveling has become one of the most important part of everyone’s life. People often travel due to several purposes like for business purposes, for education or for long family trips so traveling is the crucial part of people. But traveling in a proper way is quite essential as it should be in budget.

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