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The Travel Expo is the world’s first consumer-focused, experiential travel exhibition, designed specifically for the next generation of consumer. Showcasing cultures, experiences, and people from across the globe, this event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself and begin exploring a new destination, domestic or international, without leaving the greater Los Angeles area!

The Travel Expo: The entire world… in your backyard.

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Speaker Panel

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Kimi Ellie


@kimiellie

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Kimi Ellie

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Janie Larmour


@zenkiyoga

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Janie Larmour

Janie from Australia has 25 years of experience in health, fitness and training clients with 20 of those years teaching yoga, clocking up over 16,000 hours of teaching group classes, over 45,000 hours working with private clients, over 2,800 hours of formal study, more than that of self-study and over 4,000 hours teacher training others!! Her years of study and experience lead her to develop Zen Ki Yoga® which combines Japanese styles of yoga and shiatsu with impeccable attention to anatomy and alignment. She has had many high profile clients including Baz Lurhmann, 4 time Oscar® winner, Catherine Martin, Collette Dinnigan and is regularly written about in many magazines, books and website publications and has appeared in 4 episodes of ‘Fresh’ on Channel 9 in Australia, she was a regular for 2 years on a variety TV show on the WIN Network around Australia and Channel 9. Janie has recently appeared on the cover with an 8-page story in Australian Yoga Journal in Sept 2016 as well as written articles for Australian Yoga Journal in May 2018 and December 2014 amongst many others. (see 'media' from website). Over the last 3 years, she has regularly travelled to the US presenting at yoga festivals in 6 locations all over the country and was invited to teach workshops and regular Zen Ki Yoga® classes in Beverly Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Houston. As a result, Janie has successfully proved Zen Ki Yoga® as a popular new yoga style in the USA being asked back to train teachers over 2017 and 2018 and present at many more conferences, festivals both in the USA and now also the UK at the Om Yoga Show. Janie has been teaching yoga since 1999, personal training since 1994 and even before that, she began building her knowledge of the body with competitive trampolining and springboard diving from the age of 12 where she spent time at diving camps at the Australian Institute of Sport. Janie has been particularly successful with clients with severe back pain, crippling period pain and endometriosis who have become pain free through Janie’s guidance without requiring surgery or medication. She now specialises in Zen Ki Yoga® (for the last 20 years) and runs a yoga studio in Sydney and two online yoga studios as well as popular teacher training programs both in-studio and via distant education. Her courses are thorough and her knowledge of the body and how to use it for optimal health have made her a popular teacher, trainer and presenter all over Australia and world-wide.

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Ian Ellis


@ianellis5

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Ian Ellis

Ian is a travel influencer, content creator, and social media strategist. After five years as an investment banker in NYC, he left his job to travel internationally and started a digital consulting business along the way. He’s visited over 35 countries across four continents and has worked with brands such as Chase, Marriott, Eater, AGV Helmets, and The Fullerton Hotel Group. Ian is passionate about using social media to promote goodwill and happiness and serves as an ambassador for 365give, a Canadian charity that encourages daily acts of kindness.

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Rachelle Snyder


Co-Founder Coozie Outdoors
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Rachelle Snyder

Most people are outdoor dabblers, or occasional participants in the outdoors. And many of us prefer to spend our money on experiences over buying physical things. However, the retail-driven outdoor industry is focused on gear-owning enthusiasts, leaving the needs of outdoor dabblers behind. Now there’s a new way to explore the outdoors. Coozie Outdoors is an outdoor experience company that makes it easy to experience the outdoors without needing to buy, store or maintain outdoor gear. During this session we will share tips on how to plan your next outdoor experience, how to select your gear and share some of our favorite destinations.

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Anna Lucas


HI USA- Community Affairs Manager
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Anna Lucas

Anna Lucas fell in love with hostelling when she was 21 years old, traveling solo for the first time from the Czech Republic to Croatia. She was immediately hooked and found that at every stop along her journey she was welcomed with instant community and new friends! Today, hostels are still a huge part of Anna's life. For the last five years, she has held a variety of roles at HI USA; currently she oversees the organization's Community Affairs in the Greater Los Angeles Area. In her work she develops partnerships within the local community and organizes events in support of HI USA’s mission promoting cross-cultural exchange. Anna is passionate about hostels' ability to make travel more accessible and bring people together.

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Tiffany Thompson


CEO - The Travel Tailor
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Tiffany Thompson

Tiffany Thompson is the CEO of The Travel Tailor LLC and an Emmy-winning Travel, Food and Comedy Series writer / producer. Her projects over the last twenty years have included Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations (Travel Channel), Rock the Park (ABC), Fire Eater (Travel Channel), Baked with Tom Papa (Food Network), Not Your Average Travel Guide (Travel Channel), Chasing Mummies (History Channel) and Big Brother: After Dark (Pop). Tiffany earned multiple degrees in Anthropology and Archaeology from Brown University and the University of Chicago before being drawn into the world of television by gigs on Survivor (CBS) and The Amazing Race (CBS). Tiffany is a world traveler and adventurer, having lived in 7 different countries outside the US and visiting or working in over 50 others.

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Adam Gootnick

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Adam Gootnick

Adam is a Los Angeles native and international explorer. After living and teaching in Thailand for over a year, he grew so passionate about helping others discover what he experienced, that he started J2 Teach Abroad. His motto is to 'Explore the Unfamiliar.'

Founder


Ian Ellis


Ian Ellis

Ian is a travel influencer, content creator, and social media strategist. After five years as an investment banker in NYC, he left his job to travel internationally and started a digital consulting business along the way. He’s visited over 35 countries across four continents and has worked with brands such as Chase, Marriott, Eater, AGV Helmets, and The Fullerton Hotel Group. Ian is passionate about using social media to promote goodwill and happiness and serves as an ambassador for 365give, a Canadian charity that encourages daily acts of kindness.

AGENDA

May, 11th 2019

Anna Lucas

10:30 AM

Hostelling 101: Find Your Community, Feed Your Curiosity

In this dynamic session, learn why we hostel and why this is the year you go! Hostelling is about more than just an affordable place to stay. It’s a fun and unique way of traveling to meet people from all over the world, find (or create!) your community and discover other cultures. Anna Lucas from HI USA will share stories about hostels and offer travel tips, whether you are a seasoned traveler or dreaming about your first journey.

Tiffany Thompson

11:30 AM

TripAdvisor and Kayak, Hotwire and Priceline, Orbitz and AirBnb… these are all household names in 2019. Everyone is booking their own travel these days, right? Right. In fact, Expedia put out a study a few years ago showing that American travelers spent 8.7 billion minutes a year planning and booking travel online. The average traveler visits 140 websites and spends 24 total hours – one whole day – online, per trip. In this session, you will find out how to make your travel planning time more productive, with the least amount of hassle. With a few key tips from a completely unbiased Travel Expert, you’ll spend less time caught in the web of empty promises of ‘great deals’ and more time surfing your daydreams about your next Adventure.

Rachelle Snyder

12:30 PM

How to Experience the Outdoors without Owning any Outdoor Gear

Most people are outdoor dabblers, or occasional participants in the outdoors. And many of us prefer to spend our money on experiences over buying physical things. However, the retail-driven outdoor industry is focused on gear-owning enthusiasts, leaving the needs of outdoor dabblers behind. Now there’s a new way to explore the outdoors. Coozie Outdoors is an outdoor experience company that makes it easy to experience the outdoors without needing to buy, store or maintain outdoor gear. During this session we will share tips on how to plan your next outdoor experience, how to select your gear and share some of our favorite destinations.

Janie Larmour

1:30 PM

Travel Yoga – arrive fresh and ready wherever you go

Learn the unique style of Japanese yoga – Zen Ki Yoga that is based on Traditional Chinese/Japanese Medicine so you can use incredibly effective tips to keep the energy flowing through your entire body to ward of aches and pains from travel. In this session, you will learn how to avoid deep vein thrombosis by working on your heart meridian, how to prepare for travel, lots of moves while sitting on an airplane for short or long periods of time and how to acclimatise when you arrive at your destination so you can avoid jetlag. Learn from an expert who travels from Australia to the USA and UK several times a year. You will literally feel energy movement in your body from working your meridians just like having a shiatsu massage or an acupuncture session, but you will be using your body instead of another person or needles!! This session is great for ANYONE who works at a desk all day as well.

Ian Ellis

2:30 PM

Ian's Gap Year: An Unforgettable Year in Bali

Ian will share stories, perspective and lessons learned from his three years of travel to 32 countries and four continents, and during his Gap Year in Bali. Traveling and going on a Gap Year trip has countless benefits, and he plans to raise awareness about them in the US, so that young adults, of all ages and backgrounds, can experience a new perspective and be prepared to make more well-informed life decisions. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and it's my goal to help as many people take advantage of it.

Adam Gootnick

3:30 PM

Teach Abroad and Travel with a Purpose

This session will dive into the world of teaching abroad. You'll discover Adam's story, learn about the industry, and understand why he was inspired to start his own program- Journey to Teach Abroad.

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Saturday, May 11th

Pasadena Convention Center

Pasadena, CA