The Los Angeles Times Travel Show opens this weekend at the L.A. Convention Center with a lineup of activities, speakers and events that bring the world closer to home. Here are some highlights of what to see:
Get inspired: Meet the big kahunas of the travel world during the two-day show: guidebook author and travel expert Arthur Frommer, host of "The Amazing Race" Phil Keoghan, European guidebook author and TV host Rick Steves, actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy, and Mike Wolfe of "American Pickers." They'll share their expertise and stories and maybe answer a few questions too.
Get information: Learn about niche travel, like the best diving spots in Belize (Belize Tourism Board), the best places to golf in France (BlueGreen), the best ranches and farms to go to for a family stay (Farm Stay U.S.) and what to expect on a visit to one of the Biggest Loser Resorts.
Get eating: Food is a big motivator for traveling foodies, and panels of food experts will be sharing their thoughts on adventurous dining around the world. Also, the Culinary Stage will feature cooking demonstrations by chef Brian Malarkey; Amy Finley who wrote "How to Eat a Small Country"; and Debbie Lee, author of "Seoultown Kitchen."