2015 Event Schedule – Special Guests and Activities
We've assembled an all-star lineup of special guests and travel experts to help you plan your next vacation. The Great Vacations Travel EXPO provides fun and convenient ways for you to learn about what's new, what's popular, and what's best when it comes to your next getaway.
Legendary Aerialist and High-Wire Artist Nik Wallenda
Sunday, January 18 at 2 p.m.
Renowned daredevil and high-wire artist, Nik Wallenda shares his unusual perspective on the world’s most spectacular destinations. He stunned the world when he crossed the Grand Canyon in 2013; and again in November when he walked a 544-foot wire, 600 feet above ground, between two Chicago skyscrapers…with no harness! Don’t miss this awe-inspiring presentation where Wallenda reveals what it’s like walking a high-wire, what makes him do it and how you, too, can see the world from a different angle.
Best-Selling Author Patricia Schultz
Friday, January 16 at 2 p.m.
Author of multiple No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, including 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, veteran travel journalist Patricia Schultz shares decades of discovering the world’s best travel experiences with EXPO guests. Get ready to refine your bucket list with Schultz’s top picks…many completely hidden, some total surprises, others right nearby, but all worthy of your list!
James Beard Award-Winning Food Writer Josh Ozersky
Saturday, January 17 at 4 p.m.
Esquire Magazine’s sometimes controversial restaurant editor knows better than anyone how to find the best restaurants and food experiences in the world. Also a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine and loads of other publications and books, Josh Ozersky shares insider secrets on how travelers can truly immerse themselves in a destination through its food.
Packing Expert Anne McAlpin
Friday, January 16 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Presented by AAA Member Rewards VISA
For many travelers, packing can be among the most daunting parts of a trip. But Anne McAlpin makes packing a snap with her incredible tips, packing checklists and more. McAlpin helps travelers lighten their load and make travel easier and more enjoyable – just by implementing clever, yet simple ideas. McAlpin’s tips have been featured on HGTV, Oprah, and more!
Hiking Expert Jeff Alt
Saturday, January 17 at 1 p.m.
Teach your kids how to experience the world’s most remarkable and beautiful spots in a way that’s free and easy…hiking! Award-winning author and hiking expert, Jeff Alt will lead a family hiking clinic, offering tips on planning, gear, safety and more. You and your family will come away with the knowledge and inspiration to plan an unforgettable off-road family vacation and seize every magnificent moment the Great Outdoors has to offer!
Prime Timers Day
Friday, January 16
Travelers age 55 or older: Mark your calendar for Prime Timers Day at the EXPO. You’ll enjoy $2 off general and AAA-rate admission, plus special deals, programs and giveaways designed just for the way you like to travel. Whether it’s a multi-generational trip that you, the kids and the grandkids will love, an affordable escape or the vacation of a lifetime, you’ll find it at the EXPO!
Kids Day Fun
Saturday, January 17
Kids Day offers families a day packed with live entertainment, fun and great family travel ideas. Don’t miss the wild menagerie of live animals from The Farm at Walnut Creek in Ohio’s Amish Country. Play “Passport for Prizes” and get your passport stamped and be entered to win an unforgettable family getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC. And be sure to explore the Metro Parks Great Outdoors Area, featuring hands-on activities and lots of purely natural fun for kids.