Whelchel started her acting career at age 13 as a Mouseketeer on Walt Disney’s The New Mickey Mouse Club. The Littlefield, Texas native wrote her first book, Creative Correction, which was released in 2000 and has sold more than 200,000 copies. Whelchel continued writing, penning more than a dozen more books, including, The Facts of Life and Other Lessons My Father Taught Me, So You’re Thinking About Homeschooling, The Busy Mom’s Guide series, and her most recent, Friendship For Grownups. Looking to help other moms refresh and find support, she founded MomTime Ministries and Personal Mom Coaching. Whelchel is also an international speaker and has toured with Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women and 12 Gifts of Christmas.
In addition to meeting Whelchel and hearing from other celebrities and experts, guests can plan their next adventure and find great bargains at the Great Vacations Travel EXPO. The event offers central Ohio consumers information and EXPO-only deals on everything, from exotic cruises and European vacations to stateside adventures and close-to-home escapes. With more than 250 exhibits, attractions and events, interactive displays bring travel spots to life with the chance to talk one-on-one with travel experts and representatives.
The Great Vacations Travel EXPO opens Friday, January 18 and runs through Sunday, January 20, at Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Downtown Columbus. EXPO hours are Friday 12 p.m. - 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or at any AAA Ohio Auto Club store for $9. AAA members who show their AAA card will save $3 on admission. Children ages 16 and under are admitted at no charge. For additional event details or to purchase tickets in advance, visit www.AAAGreatVacations.com.