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|SATURDAY, February 21st|
|10:00AM||SHOW FLOOR OPENS|
Philadelphia Passport Office – Smart
Traveler Enrollment Program
The Philadelphia Passport Agency explains how the U.S. Department of State can assist U.S. citizens traveling overseas through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). A free service, STEP provides updates on Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and other information about your destination, as well as provides State Department assistance in case of an emergency.
Frommer – When to Splurge and When
to Scrimp on Vacations
All vacations are made up of a few standard components: lodging, food, transportation and activities. Join Arthur as he discusses which of these categories you can cut back on without harming your vacation and which deserve a splurge. He’ll also let you in on all the latest tricks for saving, whether you decide to pinch pennies or go all out. Bring a notepad and pencil, as you’ll undoubtedly want to take notes of these valuable pointers. Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
Bramblett – Beyond Hotels
Award-winning travel writer and guidebook author Reid Bramblett will show you alternatives to traditional hotels that are always more interesting and almost always cost less. Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
Frommer – Getting Out of Your Vacation Rut:
New Types of Vacations and Destinations to
Do you find yourself going to the same places and doing the same activities over and over? Let Arthur introduce you to places you might not have considered and new styles of intriguing, invigorating vacations. Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
Luke – Creating the Perfect FrankenFood
Hear from Tony Luke Jr., CEO of Tony Luke’s and host of SpikeTV’s Frankenfood, just what constitutes a perfect "FrankenFood". Luke is an actor, musician, and entertainer, as well as restaurateur of the successful sandwich chain Tony Luke’s, which has 20 stores nationally and internationally. Tony Luke’s has been praised by Gourmet magazine, The New York Times, GQ and is included in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” Hall of Fame.
The Clouds in Peru and Machu Picchu
Join Steve Solosky, The Traveling Professor (travelingprofessor.com), on a breath-taking journey through Peru and Machu Picchu – from Lima’s historic center, then a train ride through the Sacred Valley into Machu Picchu’s Lost City of the Incas, finally ending in a tour in Lake Titicaca, the world’s highest navigable lake. This is a fascinating journey of rich cultural and scenic attractions, thrilling landscapes, and ancient communities with haunting music, bright costumes and exotic traditions. Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
Experience New Destinations by River
Come learn why river cruising has exploded in popularity. Kathie DeVincenzo with the award-winning AmaWaterways will discuss the benefits of river cruising and also highlight the exclusive Tulips & Beer River Cruise hosted by Joe Sixpack (aka Don Russell).
|5:00PM||SHOW FLOOR CLOSES|
|SUNDAY, February 22nd|
|11:00AM||SHOW FLOOR OPENS|
Grinnell – The Road Less Traveled
Max Grinnell (TheUrbanologist.com) walks everywhere. Over the past 15 years, he has written about his favorite walks around the United States for Frommers, the Not For Tourists guides, Rough Guides, the Chicago Tribune, and Boston Magazine. Join Max as he talks about some of his favorite walks on the Eastern seaboard and the unsung corners of Portland, Boston, Providence, and Philadelphia. He'll share tips for a great city walk and also places to eat and people-watch along the way.
You can follow Max on his travels via his Twitter feed (@theurbanologist) and learn about his talks, writings, and much more. Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
Larissa & Michael Milne – A Fresh Look at Historic Philadelphia
View historic Philadelphia through the fresh eyes of global travelers returning home and discovering new pleasures in their own backyard. After visiting six continents, Philadelphia natives and award-winning journalists Larissa and Michael Milne returned home to write about their favorite city. Join Inquirer former Travel Editor Philippa Chaplin as she interviews the Milnes about their new book “Philadelphia Liberty Trail: Trace the Path of America’s Heritage,” and uncover little-known historic (and often funny) nuggets about the City of Brotherly Love. As global nomads, the Milnes write about their adventures at www.ChangesInLongitude.com, which won the 2013 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Award. Their work also has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Huffington Post, Travel + Escape, American Way and other media outlets. They have made the world their home since 2011.
Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
Bramblett – Undiscovered Italy
Get off the beaten track of over-crowded Italian destinations and find new places to explore and enjoy at a discount. Award-winning travel writer and guidebook author Reid Bramblett will share his vast knowledge of Italy to make your next trip the vacation of a lifetime. Book signings follow at the on-site Towne Book Center bookstore.
|4:00PM||SHOW FLOOR CLOSES|