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Episodes

159 — Planning the Trip of a Lifetime in Southeast Asia

1/25/2020
Extreme travel planning for a 9-week sabbatical trip thru Southeast Asia; Fasten Seatbelt signs and a bad back; Comparing Kickstarter power adapters

Duration:00:30:55

158 — Travel Potpourri for $400, Alex

12/31/2019
December trips to Phoenix and Sedona, AZ; a Christmas flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; good and bad Hertz experiences; odds-‘n’-ends from my travel notebooks

Duration:00:25:25

157 — Notes from the Baltics-Riga, Latvia and Tallinn, Estonia

11/30/2019
Wrapping up my Charlottesville, VA travel; a quick trip in the Baltics; a listener talks about the reason for his day trip from Washington, DC to Hong Kong.

Duration:00:30:32

156 — Airport Satisfaction; eScooters; Smaller Luggagey

10/14/2019
JD Power's 2019 Airport Satisfaction Survey; eScooters; shopping for a smaller bag to fit Euro budget airline, need to delete Bluetooth pairings in rental cars.

Duration:00:34:40

155 — RJ Delays; Street Food in Poland and Hungary

9/20/2019
No problems with 787's flying 4,800 miles to Europe and back, but the 560-mile regional jet flights have been problems; Krakow and Budapest street food

Duration:00:28:35

154 — Will We Still Love Uber When The Prices Go Up?

8/13/2019
Booking relaxed flight itineraries lessens impact of summer storms; figuring out iPhone's dual SIM feature; will we still love Uber and Lyft when their prices go up?

Duration:00:30:07

153 — Travel By Algorithm; Leaving Places Behind

7/26/2019
Two-week trip in Ireland and Scotland; end of American Airlines' MD-80; algorithms changing how we travel; melancholy of leaving places for the last time

Duration:00:26:24

152 — Overwhelming Travel; New and Old Restaurant Trends

6/16/2019
New listener asks how to keep from being overwhelmed in a new place, restaurant trends from the Nat'l Restaurant Asso's show including growth in food delivery and sustainability, strategies for using frequent traveler points

Duration:00:26:27

151 — Traveler Data Leaks; Brittany Street Food

5/7/2019
Symantec threat researcher talks about travel websites leaking data and protection tactics; new flight rebooking app; Google Maps becoming a "super app"; great Breton street food

Duration:00:29:09

150 — Travel Interruptus

4/22/2019
Two of this month's three trips spiraled into head-shaking metaphysical "What the hell is going on here" questioning of my decision to get out of bed that morning

Duration:00:28:24

149 — Dining Single; Airlines Need To Tell Us More

3/19/2019
Budget airlines; losing some Hertz status; why I bought physical guidebooks for a trip to France; the challenges of being a solo diner; a classic travel story.

Duration:00:28:17

148 — Travel Potpourri for $200, Alex

2/10/2019
Strategies for flying home during the polar vortex; Kondo-izing my old suitcases; Cash is king in Laos but not Sweden; 1-day vacations on flight layovers; why all the airport airtrains?

Duration:00:24:26

147 — Holiday Travel Tips; Notes from Santa Fe

12/17/2018
Holiday travel tips; flying on Thanksgiving, losing and recovering my tablet from United; Las Vegas with 50,000 Amazon Web Services users; Santa Fe, New Mexico

Duration:00:27:42

146 — Rental Demolition Derby; Traveler Gift Guide

11/20/2018
Maximizing credit card benefits; UK rental car scrape finally paid off by Chase Visa; Wall Street Journal's US airport rankings compared to Skytrax's international scores; my Christmas gift guide for frequent travelers.

Duration:00:30:08

145 — Restaurant Karma; Hotel Breakfasts

10/7/2018
Dodging Hurricane Florence; tight connection thru Amsterdam; odd concierge lounge rules; hotel breakfasts; balance of visiting good and not-so-good restaurant towns

Duration:00:23:07

144 — Outside Airports; Hospitality Mentality

9/15/2018
Traveled to Copenhagen, Brussels, and Scotland; California outside airports; hospitality mentality common in hotels but not restaurants: European perspectives about Chicago

Duration:00:25:47

143 — How Bad is Business Travel For Your Health; Make Layovers Fun

8/9/2018
Regional jet delays; effects of "de-hubbing" on airports; frequent business travel -- poor health choices and the need for "mindfulness;. time needed for a fun layover tour; my Chicago restaurant and taproom recommendations

Duration:00:30:04

142-Sleeping in Business Class; Changes from Chinese Tourists

7/4/2018
Another last-minute international trip, this time to Frankfurt; United and Lufthansa business class seats; changes driven by Chinese tourists; new smart bag

Duration:00:23:18

141-When You Think the TSA is Bad...; Expired Money

5/31/2018
A last-minute trip to Pune, India provided material for this episode: a visa dash, very hands-on airport security, worthless rupee notes, flight disruptions. We read obits for smart bag companies and hear why MSP's T2 isn't so ghetto after all.

Duration:00:25:47

140-Travel Tech Gets Physical; Pay Attention to the Safety Briefing

4/30/2018
Talk about physical travel technology rather than latest phone app; TSA K9 screening; new Lyft gadget; TravelCommons now on Alexa; National Business Travelers Day; dingy terminals in Detroit and Minneapolis, and flight attendants' safety demonstrations have become a bit more strident.

Duration:00:26:10