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The latest travel news, trends and trip ideas featuring host Warren Levinson, calling on the experience of Associated Press correspondents all over the world. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a frequent flyer, “Get Outta Here!” provides you with a weekly conversation about travel that’s informative, inspiring and fun.

The latest travel news, trends and trip ideas featuring host Warren Levinson, calling on the experience of Associated Press correspondents all over the world. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a frequent flyer, “Get Outta Here!” provides you with a weekly conversation about travel that’s informative, inspiring and fun.


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The latest travel news, trends and trip ideas featuring host Warren Levinson, calling on the experience of Associated Press correspondents all over the world. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a frequent flyer, “Get Outta Here!” provides you with a weekly conversation about travel that’s informative, inspiring and fun.




The Russophile

Former Associated Press Moscow correspondent Andy Katell talks about his travels in Russia as a journalist and a tourist, taking the cover off a vast country largely unknown to Americans. In lieu of My Favorite Trip this week, Andy previews his seminar on sorting real information from fake news in a time of pandemic.


Thinking About Travel in a Time of Quarantine

The Covid-19 restrictions on travel have turned the industry upside down and forced us to rethink what travel is all about. That's in the long term. In the short term, what are we supposed to do about getting refunds for what we've already booked? And when is it appropriate to start booking again? To answer those and other questions, we've called on Melanie Lieberman, travel editor at The Points Guy. And on My Favorite Trip, AP sports columnist Jim Litke recalls two of his favorite baseball...


The Romance of the Seine

Elaine Sciolino takes us on a trip along what she considers the most romantic river in the world, from its source in Burgundy, through Paris and to the ocean at Le Havre. Sciolino, a former New York Times Paris bureau chief, is the author of The Seine: The River that Made Paris. And on My Favorite Trip: award winning fashion designer Prabal Gurung tells us why he loves New York.


(Don't) Get Outta Here? Travel and COVID-19

The new coronavirus has turned the travel business upside down,. with quarantined cities and towns, postponed and canceled conferences and public events and uncertainty. A lot of uncertainty. Johanna Read (, a travel writer whose piece for Fodor's Travel is called Should You Change Your Travel Plans Due to the Coronavirus?, brings us up to date. And on My Favorite Trip, writer and photographer Susan Portnoy ( takes us to Antarctica and the...


The Film Festival Experience

Even as streaming services cut into movie theater attendance, the number of film festivals around the world is exploding. There are now more than three thousand around the world, from the famous -- Cannes, Sundance and New York -- to the lesser-known -- the DC Black film festival in Washington, for example, and the film festival in Wroclaw, Poland. Our guide to visiting film festivals is Jake Coyle, who's been writing about movies at the AP for a decade. And on My Favorite Trip, actress Lucy...


Slavery Tourism

Some commentators refer to it as the rise of Dark Tourism: the desire to visit places that played significant roles in disasters or evil acts. The history of slavery fits uneasily into that category. Uneasily, not because human ownership and forced labor aren't evil, but because visits to slavery sites are usually an attempt to educate, or grapple with a dark past. This week, Associated Press correspondent Russell Contreras takes us to slavery museums in Liverpool, England and Lagos,...


A Can't-Miss Birding Expedition

Travel writer and former Get Outta Here host Beth Harpaz went to Nebraska to watch hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes linger at their rest stop on the North Platte River, and she can't stop thinking about it. She stops by to tell us why. And on My Favorite Trip: a woman raised in New Jersey reflects on a childhood visit to her grandmother's place in still legally segregated South Carolina in 1962.


Painters' Paradise in Mexico

A visit to San Miguel de Allende, a Mexican town with a rich cultural and architectural history and a vibrant artistic and international present. And on My Favorite Trip, Hall of Fame pastelist Richard McKinley takes time from leading a nine-day workshop to recall a painting trip to Provence.


Travels with Charley(s)

The novelist John Steinbeck (The Grapes of Wrath, East of Eden) was a giant of American literature and a peripatetic traveler. He also wrote one of the most charming of travel books, Travels with Charley, about a journey he took with his dog in 1960 to reacquaint himself with the country he was famous for describing. Steinbeck's widow Elaine accompanied him on most of his travels in the 18 years of their marriage. She was a prolific letter writer all of her adult life, and her letters and...


Miami: Back in the Super Bowl Spotlight

The Super Bowl is back in a familiar spot: Miami, which is playing host to the NFL championship for a record eleventh time But a lot has changed, both in Miami tourism and the hoopla surrounding the game, in the ten years since Miami's last Super Bowl. Our guide to the scene for 2020 is Bill Talbert, CEO of the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau. And on My Favorite Trip, AP college football writer Ralph Russo takes us from the 2001-2 Super Bowl to the snows of Kilimanjaro.


Vacation in Middle Earth

Former Associated Press Tokyo bureau chief Malcolm Foster was expecting gorgeous scenery when he took his family on vacation in New Zealand. They're big fans of the Lord of the Rings movies, which were shot there. But they were gobsmacked by just how beautiful it was. Malcolm Foster reports on traveling through southern New Zealand with his wife and two teenage sons in the family's first camper van trip. And on My Favorite Trip: an upcoming auction takes us inside the travels of the Nobel...


The Ukrainian Vienna

Most of the headlines about Ukraine have centered on impeachment and the war with Russia for control of the eastern half of the country. AP Rome correspondent Frances D'Emilio paid a visit to Chernivtsi, a charming, bustling college town a university campus that's a UNESCO World Heritage site. And on My Favorite Trip, New York correspondent Deepti Hajela reports on a visit to Antarctica.


Revisit: Scorpion Hunt!

Associated Press News Director Peter Prengaman, newly relocated from South America to Phoenix, grabs his flashlight, black light and salad tongs — and indulges a longtime fascination with scorpions on a hunt in an Arizona state park. On My Favorite Trip, Bishop Briggs on Hong Kong.


Beaches, Tea and Buddha's Tooth

A year ago, the Lonely Planet guide called Sri Lanka the place to go in 2019. We check in with AP New Delhi correspondent Emily Schmall on the tea plantations, the trains, the elephants, the beaches -- and the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in the commercial capital of Colombo. Plus: In the spot where we usually do My Favorite Trip, we'll look at a new survey of what kind of behavior travelers find acceptable and not acceptable on board a jetliner. Spoiler alert: we don't care for...


Gift Guide

Looking for a little thing -- or a big thing -- for the traveler on your shopping list? Our guest experts on holiday gifts are Mike and Anne Howard, who have been on the world's longest honeymoon since 2012. On My Favorite Trip: Actor Tim Dolan, who described his Broadway theater walking tour business a couple of weeks ago, tells us about a special day off from the cruise ship where he was working.


Revisit: Montgomery's Slavery Museum and Lynching Monument

A memorial to the victims of racial terror lynchings is attracting new visitors to Montgomery, Alabama. In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz visits the city to see the memorial and a new museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery and segregation. You'll hear from visitors who drove across the country to be there for the opening, and you'll hear what Ava DuVernay and others have to say about it. The podcast also explores some of...


The Show Behind the Show

Spare time is something actors tend to have a lot of. In his spare time, actor Tim Dolan has created a Broadway walking tour company, Broadway Up Close, which takes visitors around the theater district. Recently, after years of entreaties, he's been able to add a tour that shows the magic of the theater from inside Broadway's oldest playhouse. Plus: this week's My Favorite Trip features Broadway star Rebeca Luker.


Going to Hong Kong?

Hong Kong has been wracked by demonstrations for the last six months. The number of visitors has been cut sharply. Precautions are in order if you travel, but there are also large areas of the territory untouched by protests. AP correspondent John Leicester, back from a reporting trip to Hong Kong, describes what made him fall in love with the place. On My Favorite Trip, a screenwriter visits with Dian Fossey's Gorilllas in the Mist


Going Solo in Barcelona

If your friends and family are unavailable to travel with you, do you go anyway? If you're Courtney Bonnell, an editor in the AP's Phoenix bureau, and the destination is Barcelona, you do. She returns with an architecture-heavy travelogue of the Catalonian capital, and some advice for solo travelers. And on My Favorite Trip, actress and lifestyle brand Jane Seymour lives it up on the road with her grown children.


Visiting Cuba Today

It is the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, and despite White House moves to keep U.S. residents from going, it's still legal for Americans to visit Cuba, and, reports Michael Weissenstein, the Associated Press news director for the Caribbean, well worth the effort. On My Favorite Trip: a tourist's reminiscence about a Cuba tour.