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Come along for a bucket list adventure of a lifetime as we join hospitality & travel entrepreneurs, Todd Bludworth & Andy McNeill in search of your next travel wanderlust. They’re checking-in with celebrities in the know, hospitality experts and native connoisseurs to discover must do’s, and inspirational destinations to plan your next getaway. Explore the world’s most unique and desirable hotels, exotic foods with top chefs, and once in a lifetime experiences along the way. Todd and Andy are going back to their favorite travel destinations, exploring new ones, and are bringing you along. Get ready to add things to your bucket list after each exciting Podcast. Welcome to Destination Everywhere. Todd and Andy are the founders of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), a multimillion dollar global meetings and destination business that has propelled them to over one hundred countries. Whether you are planning your next vacation getaway or a meeting destination for your business, come along to the best places to stay and the most amazing adventures to do through the Destination Everywhere podcast. As an Army brat, Todd has lived abroad his entire childhood, including Germany, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas before his family settled down in the Washington, D.C. area. His father traveled the world as Army Liaison for the US Senate, and would always bring back new and exciting gifts. This fascinated Todd, and his desire to see the world never waned. In Todd’s early career, he managed a political campaign, then later became a Special Events Manager in South Florida for an Anheuser-Busch distributor. He spent seven years working on some of the state’s largest and most successful sporting and social events. He then traveled the world putting on meetings and events on almost every continent. In 2005, Todd joined AMI as Chief Marketing Officer then became a principal owner in 2006. Sharing the mic with Todd is Andy McNeill, AMI’s CEO and Founder. With over 30 years of experience in the global meeting management and hospitality services, he is a thought leader in the hospitality and meetings industry. Being born and raised in South Florida, Andy began his love of travel by experiencing the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands as a child with his family who were avid boaters. Seeing different cultures lit the passion of travel. When he started AMI, the company afforded him to travel even farther staying at the best hotels and locales in the world. He is a true veteran of the hospitality and meetings industry. His weekly blog on the American Meetings website is one of the industry’s leading series of professional meeting management articles and thought leadership. Bringing a wealth of event management knowledge to the AMI team, Andy firmly believes in the strategic meeting management model, and provides consulting services to Fortune 100 clients on the practice. Whether you’re a business traveler or have a passion for visiting unique and fun destinations, check them off your bucket list with Todd, Andy, and their special guests who are now sharing their unique experiences with you! Hear directly from celebrities, business experts, historians, hotel general managers, and famous chefs, from the region who have boots on the ground and know their way around the greatest places to stay, the best activities, and the top restaurants that will give you the best overall meeting or destination travel experience. The list goes on and on, so pack up your bags and get ready to explore destinations unknown here on AMI’s Destination Everywhere podcast with Todd and Andy!

Come along for a bucket list adventure of a lifetime as we join hospitality & travel entrepreneurs, Todd Bludworth & Andy McNeill in search of your next travel wanderlust. They’re checking-in with celebrities in the know, hospitality experts and native connoisseurs to discover must do’s, and inspirational destinations to plan your next getaway. Explore the world’s most unique and desirable hotels, exotic foods with top chefs, and once in a lifetime experiences along the way. Todd and Andy are going back to their favorite travel destinations, exploring new ones, and are bringing you along. Get ready to add things to your bucket list after each exciting Podcast. Welcome to Destination Everywhere. Todd and Andy are the founders of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), a multimillion dollar global meetings and destination business that has propelled them to over one hundred countries. Whether you are planning your next vacation getaway or a meeting destination for your business, come along to the best places to stay and the most amazing adventures to do through the Destination Everywhere podcast. As an Army brat, Todd has lived abroad his entire childhood, including Germany, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas before his family settled down in the Washington, D.C. area. His father traveled the world as Army Liaison for the US Senate, and would always bring back new and exciting gifts. This fascinated Todd, and his desire to see the world never waned. In Todd’s early career, he managed a political campaign, then later became a Special Events Manager in South Florida for an Anheuser-Busch distributor. He spent seven years working on some of the state’s largest and most successful sporting and social events. He then traveled the world putting on meetings and events on almost every continent. In 2005, Todd joined AMI as Chief Marketing Officer then became a principal owner in 2006. Sharing the mic with Todd is Andy McNeill, AMI’s CEO and Founder. With over 30 years of experience in the global meeting management and hospitality services, he is a thought leader in the hospitality and meetings industry. Being born and raised in South Florida, Andy began his love of travel by experiencing the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands as a child with his family who were avid boaters. Seeing different cultures lit the passion of travel. When he started AMI, the company afforded him to travel even farther staying at the best hotels and locales in the world. He is a true veteran of the hospitality and meetings industry. His weekly blog on the American Meetings website is one of the industry’s leading series of professional meeting management articles and thought leadership. Bringing a wealth of event management knowledge to the AMI team, Andy firmly believes in the strategic meeting management model, and provides consulting services to Fortune 100 clients on the practice. Whether you’re a business traveler or have a passion for visiting unique and fun destinations, check them off your bucket list with Todd, Andy, and their special guests who are now sharing their unique experiences with you! Hear directly from celebrities, business experts, historians, hotel general managers, and famous chefs, from the region who have boots on the ground and know their way around the greatest places to stay, the best activities, and the top restaurants that will give you the best overall meeting or destination travel experience. The list goes on and on, so pack up your bags and get ready to explore destinations unknown here on AMI’s Destination Everywhere podcast with Todd and Andy!

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Come along for a bucket list adventure of a lifetime as we join hospitality & travel entrepreneurs, Todd Bludworth & Andy McNeill in search of your next travel wanderlust. They’re checking-in with celebrities in the know, hospitality experts and native connoisseurs to discover must do’s, and inspirational destinations to plan your next getaway. Explore the world’s most unique and desirable hotels, exotic foods with top chefs, and once in a lifetime experiences along the way. Todd and Andy are going back to their favorite travel destinations, exploring new ones, and are bringing you along. Get ready to add things to your bucket list after each exciting Podcast. Welcome to Destination Everywhere. Todd and Andy are the founders of American Meetings, Inc. (AMI), a multimillion dollar global meetings and destination business that has propelled them to over one hundred countries. Whether you are planning your next vacation getaway or a meeting destination for your business, come along to the best places to stay and the most amazing adventures to do through the Destination Everywhere podcast. As an Army brat, Todd has lived abroad his entire childhood, including Germany, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas before his family settled down in the Washington, D.C. area. His father traveled the world as Army Liaison for the US Senate, and would always bring back new and exciting gifts. This fascinated Todd, and his desire to see the world never waned. In Todd’s early career, he managed a political campaign, then later became a Special Events Manager in South Florida for an Anheuser-Busch distributor. He spent seven years working on some of the state’s largest and most successful sporting and social events. He then traveled the world putting on meetings and events on almost every continent. In 2005, Todd joined AMI as Chief Marketing Officer then became a principal owner in 2006. Sharing the mic with Todd is Andy McNeill, AMI’s CEO and Founder. With over 30 years of experience in the global meeting management and hospitality services, he is a thought leader in the hospitality and meetings industry. Being born and raised in South Florida, Andy began his love of travel by experiencing the Bahamas and other Caribbean islands as a child with his family who were avid boaters. Seeing different cultures lit the passion of travel. When he started AMI, the company afforded him to travel even farther staying at the best hotels and locales in the world. He is a true veteran of the hospitality and meetings industry. His weekly blog on the American Meetings website is one of the industry’s leading series of professional meeting management articles and thought leadership. Bringing a wealth of event management knowledge to the AMI team, Andy firmly believes in the strategic meeting management model, and provides consulting services to Fortune 100 clients on the practice. Whether you’re a business traveler or have a passion for visiting unique and fun destinations, check them off your bucket list with Todd, Andy, and their special guests who are now sharing their unique experiences with you! Hear directly from celebrities, business experts, historians, hotel general managers, and famous chefs, from the region who have boots on the ground and know their way around the greatest places to stay, the best activities, and the top restaurants that will give you the best overall meeting or destination travel experience. The list goes on and on, so pack up your bags and get ready to explore destinations unknown here on AMI’s Destination Everywhere podcast with Todd and Andy!

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Episodes

London. Official Blue Badge Guide Sophie Malerba Shares Best Things To Do In London, And Catch Iconic Events With The May Fair Hotel’s Anjie Keegel

2/22/2021
From famous movie sets to afternoon tea, Sophie Malerba shares her Blue Badge Guide knowledge on all things London. Plus, as the official hotel of London Fashion Week and London Film Festival, hear from The May Fair Hotel’s Anjie Keegel. Together with Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth they take us into a view of London as we've never seen before, be it for business or pleasure or both. Curating unforgettable experiences for your next London trip not only with a great hotel but also with...

Duration:00:40:59

Dallas. Father Of Southwest Cuisine Chef Dean Fearing Shares His Famous Tortilla Soup And The Statler Hotel’s Ryan Miyamoto Tells The Tales Of Its Historic Past

2/15/2021
From the cuisine to the music, Dallas offers great restaurants and venues for business and leisure travelers. Learn about the best things to do in Dallas with our guests Dean Fearing, the Executive Chef and Partner of Fearing's Restaurant, and Ryan Miyamoto, the General Manager of the Statler Hotel. The two showcase the unique beauty of the city embedded in the Southwestern cuisine and dashing hotels. For our bucket list, we go beyond the year-round rodeo and highlight the less-explored side...

Duration:00:42:13

Costa Rica. Adventurous General Manager Federico Gurdián Shares Guest Experiences In Paradise And Celebrate The Pura Vida Lifestyle With Outdoor Enthusiast Chakiris Menafacio

2/8/2021
Costa Rica is a bucket list destination for its beaches, volcanoes, and wellness tourism. Hear about the best time to visit Costa Rica with Federico Gurdián, General Manager of Casa Chameleon Hotels, and learn how to take advantage of outdoor activities with Chakiris Menafacio. Meanwhile, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth go deep into their top ten things to do in perhaps the most relaxing country in Central America, from hiking in the excitement-filled mountains, achieving temporary flight in...

Duration:00:42:22

Los Angeles. Celebrity Chef Penny Davidi Talks Things To Do In Los Angeles And Hear From Luxury Hotel Peninsula Beverly Hills' Managing Director, Offer Nissenbaum

2/1/2021
Food Network Star and Chopped All Star, Penny Davidi, shares her Los Angeles travel guide. Plus, Todd and Andy chat with Offer Nissenbaum, Managing Director of the Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel to learn about 5-star experiences. From Hollywood, the Sunset Strip and Venice Beach to Rodeo Drive and Disneyland, there are many iconic experiences found only in LA. If you need the extra push to add The City of Angels to your bucket list, tune in as Todd and Andy look at what makes it one of their...

Duration:00:39:37

Conversations with Emmy-Award Winning Travel Journalist Peter Greenberg, Pt. 2 - Travel Tips

1/25/2021
CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares his best travel tips and how to discover secret spots. Peter also shares his favorite travel stories as a CBS journalist. Known in the travel industry as “The Travel Detective,” he is America’s most recognized, honored, and respected front-line travel news journalist. Don’t miss this second installation of Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill’s conversation with Peter to discover more special and unique things for you to do wherever you go. Love the show?...

Duration:00:14:40

Conversations With Emmy-Award Winning Travel Journalist Peter Greenberg, Pt. 1 - Hidden Gems

1/18/2021
CBS Travel Editor Peter Greenberg shares his best hidden gem travel destinations. From Egypt to the USA, learn the best travel tips and how to discover secret spots. He talks with Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth on his career history, why he chose to delve both into investigative journalism and travel writing, and the advantage of disobeying signage. Peter also goes deep into why he prefers to travel to Thailand and Portugal should he be given a chance to get on a journey right now, as well...

Duration:00:18:08

Asheville. Historic Omni Grove Park Inn shares unique things to do in Asheville & hear a tune from local swing band Queen Bee and the Honeylovers

1/11/2021
From US Presidents to famous holiday traditions, The Omni Grove Park Inn provides us with their Asheville travel guide. Plus, we chat with band leader Whitney Moore on how the city inspires her music. This episode of Destination Everywhere is going to give you a great view of Asheville, North Carolina—the four-season destination for both business and for pleasure. Join Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth as they chat with Jennifer Wagner of The Omni Grove Park Inn and local band queen Whitney...

Duration:00:38:35

Quebec City. Prominent Hotelier Ken Hall of the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world, talks things to do in Quebec City, plus award-winning composer Steve Barakatt shares how he composed the Frontenac official anthem

1/4/2021
Let's explore Quebec City for a taste of European charm and luxury in North America. Learn about the historic past of the most photographed hotel in the world and activities in Quebec City. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth sit down with Ken Hall, the General Manager of the hotel, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, and Steve Barakatt, writer and performer, to give us a local’s perspective of this beautiful city as well as its historic past and how the buildings have stood the test of time....

Duration:01:07:44

Kenya. How to plan a safari in Kenya Africa with travel expert Monica Irauzqui, and Sanctuary Retreats' own Lara Vancans

12/28/2020
Want to plan a safari and visit Keyna Africa? We'll discuss Kenya tourism, things to do in Kenya, and how to prepare for a trip to Africa. In 2017, it was recognized as the World Travel Award for Place to Be. As the world's leading safari destination, there is no other place to go see a safari if you want to see what you see on TV and National Geographic. Aside from the safari, there are also other great experiential experiences that you can check out like their amazing beaches and the...

Duration:00:55:43

Copenhagen. Celebrated hotelier Peter Pedersen of Villa Copenhagen speaks sustainable travel, and notable entrepreneur Kasper Eich-Romme, Cofounder of GoBoat, talk things to do in Copenhagen

12/21/2020
Copenhagen hotels and the best time to visit Copenhagen are shared as we explore traveling with sustainability in mind to this bucket list city in Denmark. In this episode, Andy McNeill & Todd Bludworth take us to a travel destination that can save those woes. They bring us to Copenhagen, Denmark, with Peter Høgh Pedersen, the Managing Director of Villa Copenhagen, and Kasper Eich-Romme, the co-founder of GoBoat. Copenhagen is great in that it is compact, has beautiful and colorful...

Duration:00:56:43

Croatia. Michelin Star Chef Rudi Stefan talks Croatia tourism, and GM Kai Behrens of the Kempinski Hotel Adriatic Istria shares the best places to visit in Croatia

12/14/2020
There are so many things to do in Croatia. Join us as we explore this country of untouched beauty as our guests give us bucket list tips and the best time to visit Croatia. From biking trails and medieval towns to breathtaking views of the crystal-blue Adriatic, Croatia offers a variety of landscapes, cultures, cuisines and fun activities. Joining Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill in this episode, veteran hotelier Kai Behrens and chef Rudolf Stefan give us an enthralling depiction of what you...

Duration:01:00:24

Lake Como. Famed hotel operator Samy Ghachem of il Sereno shares things to do in Lake Como, Italy and we look into renting an amphibious car

12/7/2020
Chatting it up with Samy as he shows us around the newest Lake Como luxury hotel. Plus Andrea Rotta & Francesco Ornaghi owners of Europe's first amphibious car rental. Such is the magnificence of the lake that it has been the object of the rich and famous’ adoration since ancient Roman times and continues to be extremely popular today. If you’re amped about visiting quaint small towns and venerable historical sites, cycling, hiking, olive oil tasting or just enjoying the scenic lakeside...

Duration:00:55:19

The Bahamas. Celebrated Chef Dean Max of the Pink Sands Resort shares his Bahamian travels

11/30/2020
World-renowned Chef, Dean Max, The King of American Seafood explores the Bahamas & the Pink Sands Resort with Todd & Andy. From bustling Nassau to serene Harbor Island, this paradisiacal archipelago offers a cornucopia of fun excitement – the mystery of the blue holes, the novelty of Pig Beach, the pleasure of flamingo watching, reef diving, the adrenaline of cave-diving and shark swimming and the intense energy of Junkanoo to name just a few. Joining Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill in this...

Duration:00:56:59

RV Across America. Respected CEO of RV Share Jon Gray talks RV adventures

11/23/2020
Planning an RV trip across America can be a once in a lifetime bucket list experience. Get off the grid ideas for your next adventure as Jon provides RV travel tips and destinations. On today’s show, Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill share some of their childhood road trips and camper stories. They are also joined by Jon Gray, the CEO of RVshare, the world's largest RV rental marketplace. Want to know more about traveling with an RV? Then hop on and enjoy this episode. Love the show?...

Duration:00:55:47

Chicago. Iron Gauntlet Chef Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio shares things to do in Chicago and we sit down with Peninsula Chicago's esteemed manager Max Schroeder

11/16/2020
From the best hotels in downtown Chicago to the best Italian food, we sit down to talk the top things to do in Chicago. Join Todd Bludworth and Andy McNeill in this episode as they explore Chicago with Max Schroeder, the Hotel Manager from The Peninsula Chicago. They are also joined by Chef Sarah Grueneberg of the Monteverde Restaurant. Sarah is a James Beard Award winner, a finalist on Bravo’s “Top Chef: Texas” and on Food Network’s “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” Max and Sarah share their favorite...

Duration:01:08:41

Australia. Famed Bucket List Guy Trav Bell shares things to do in Australia and a local's view of Australia tourism

11/9/2020
For the best places to visit in Australia, we sit down with Australian native and Bucket List Expert Trav Bell as we explore things to do and how to live a purpose filled life. Travis is a self-appointed ʻBucket Listologistʼ who has designed his life around his bucket list and now helps bucket listers all over the globe create and cross off theirs. Know more about Australia as Todd and Andy share their favorite things about it, and Travis’ philosophy behind his focus on the bucket list...

Duration:00:52:34

Vermont. Ben and Jerry's Sean Greenwood talks places to visit in Vermont and stopping by the Ben and Jerry's factory

11/2/2020
Get out your Vermont travel map as we visit Vermont resorts and give you bucket list things to do in the Green Mountain State. They talk about its unique authenticity, the many places and activities it offers, and, most importantly, it's great people. Sean also takes us inside the Ben & Jerry factory, considered to be a bucket list item to go and visit. What is more, he then shares the important work Ben & Jerry is doing towards social justice. From its famous covered bridges to its...

Duration:00:42:41

Ireland. Renowned hotelier Mark Nolan of Dromoland Castle gives tips on the best Irish hotels, and famed storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin talks Irish travel

10/26/2020
When is the best time to travel to Ireland? Let's talk to the experts and find out as we see what its like to stay in a real Irish Castle. We will give you the best places to visit in Ireland, and hear stories from the two-time Irish storyteller champion, Máirtín de Cógáin. As a true son of Ireland, Máirtín shares with us a unique view of the country, one where tradition meets music and storytelling. Join this fun and exciting conversation to know more about your next travel...

Duration:01:03:53

Las Vegas. TV actor Jaymes Vaughan shares the best Vegas hotels, and how locals visit Vegas

10/19/2020
Straight from the Billboard Red Carpet, the Amazing Race, and Big Brother All-Stars, Jaymes shares the best time to visit Las Vegas and bucket list things to do around the entertainment capital of the world. As they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. But beyond the glitz and glamour, is there more to this bright city? In this episode, Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth take you deeper by inviting no other than someone who has not only lived there for years but is also a local celebrity,...

Duration:00:55:48

America the Beautiful. Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Susan Goldberg shares their new book America The Beautiful and where to travel in the US

10/12/2020
Nat Geo and their first female editor stops by to discuss where to travel in America, how Susan has seen the world with National Geographic travel, and how to catch the latest National Geographic Podcast. In this episode, we dive into a destination through the eyes of this iconic brand. Andy McNeill and Todd Bludworth sit down with the Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, Susan Goldberg, to talk about the impact of National Geographic and their ever-expanding footprint and the new coffee...

Duration:00:51:35