The nation’s top experts on travel and adventure — Rick Steves, Cheryl Strayed, Peter Greenberg, Barbara Schultz, Johnny Jet — will deliver keynote talks on emerging destinations, value vacations and more when the South Bay hosts the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show this weekend.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Here are highlights (note that scheduled speakers and times are subject to change):
— European travel expert Rick Steves will speak twice on Saturday. His 10:15 a.m. talk will focus on European travel skills and destinations. At 3:30 p.m. he will discuss how to broaden your global perspective through travel.
— Johnny Jet will advise travelers on maximizing rewards and credit card miles. He’ll speak at 10:45 a.m.Saturday and 1:45 p.m. Sunday..
— Cheryl Strayed, author of the memoir “Wild,” will discuss her trek on the Pacific Crest Trail — and the personal challenges that led her to undertake that grueling hike — at 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
— Barbara Schultz, author of “1,000 Places to See Before You Die,” will talk about European river cruises at 12.45 p.m. Saturday. Then at 1:15 p.m. Sunday she will highlight “Europe and its Many Don’t-Miss Treasures, from Paris to Dubrovnik.”
— Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News, will discuss “Beating the Airlines, Hotels and Cruise Lines at Their Own Game” twice — at 2 p.m. Saturday and again at 2:45 p.m. Sunday.
Autograph sessions will be held after each keynote talk. Hicklebee’s from San Jose will host an on-floor bookstore (Booth 1854) where attendees can buy travel books to have them signed.
Besides the keynote sessions, the show will feature more than 200 travel exhibitors and specialty seminars, including talks on travel to Asia, Africa, Canada and on U.S. road trips by Moon Travel Guides authors.
An online admission deal of $11 one-day tickets and $18 for both days will run until midnight Friday at www.travelshows.com. Tickets at the door will cost $15 one day and $22 both days, cash only (ATM onsite). Children 16 and under are admitted free with an adult.
The convention center is at 5001 Great America Parkway. Parking is free.
Travel show: Rick Steves, Cheryl Strayed, Peter Greenberg and more – The Mercury News