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The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- it's more about the journey than the destination

The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- it's more about the journey than the destination

Location:

United States

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The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- it's more about the journey than the destination

Twitter:

@mpeacock

Language:

English


Episodes

Why Business Travel Is Coming Back; Learning Airport History

6/15/2021
Business travelers are getting itchy. They know Zoom calls can't replace a face-to-face meeting, but they can't meet with people who aren't in their offices yet. We also talk about how surprisingly great the LaGuardia Terminal B renovation is, and then talk about airport history with Professor Janet Bednarek, professor of history at University of Dayton. Check out this episode's show notes here

Duration:00:26:36

How to Find Local Tour Guides; Rebuild Travel Muscles

5/9/2021
I can feel travel beginning to come back. TSA checkpoint volumes are hitting post-pandemic highs, business travelers are starting to come out from behind their Zoom sessions, and vaccination rates are prompting more people to make travel plans. So on this episode, we first talk to Paul Melhus, CEO of ToursByLocals about the state of the local tour market and then about how frequent travelers are starting to stretch their atrophied travel muscles. Check out this episode's show notes here

Duration:00:26:21

How the Pros Plan Their Taproom Tourism

4/10/2021
Looking at the Beer section of this new website design, I saw I needed more content. So I got hold of Rob Cheshire of the This Week in Craft Beer podcast to talk about our approaches to taproom tourism and to trade taproom travel stories. I also talk about mask hassles on a couple of recent flights, Hertz's continuing downward service spiral, and Uber and Lyft driver shortages. Check out this episode's show notes here and the uncut video of Rob's and my beer chat here

Duration:00:26:41

What's New in Travel Insurance; Keeping Ahead of Expiring Miles

3/12/2021
As travel bookings beginning to rise with vaccination rates, we talk with Michael Giusti of InsuranceQuotes.com to find out what's changed over the last year. I make the rounds through all my frequent traveler programs to reset impending expiration dates. We also talk about yet another travel data breach, a favorite beer bar is a COVID casualty, and bankrupt Hertz is starting to let its cars get old. Check out this episode's show notes here

Duration:00:28:49

Timeshares Without the Pitch; Notes on Tucson

2/16/2021
Escaped the Chicago winter for a week of hiking in the mountains around Tucson and searching for good Sonoran food. We also talk with Mike Kennedy, CEO and Co-Founder of Koala about how he’s making it easy to rent timeshares without buying into them. Also, how travel planning got hot but then cooled back down, and trying to extend the life of my Avios points Check out this episode's show notes here and my Tucson trip blog post here

Duration:00:28:17

Data Privacy and Rental Cars; 2021 Travel Planning Tips

1/14/2021
Was all set to head to San Diego for a week’s break from Chicago’s grey January and then looked at the COVID restrictions… and then pivoted to Arizona. With people starting to think about 2021 travel, I pulled together my top 5 travel planning tips. Slow vaccine roll-out will probably keep us restricted for longer than we thought. Andrea Amico of Privacy4Cars joins us to talk about the dangers of leaving our data behind in rental cars. Check out this episode's show notes here

Duration:00:27:32

Show Me the Proof; Hereditary Road Warriors

12/16/2020
No Thanksgiving travel, but looking at the travel volume for this, the busiest travel week of the year, shows just how far things have fallen. The Qantas CEO said “No vax, no fly”, so we dig into the emerging world of digital vaccine passports. And then I trace my travel genealogy, wondering if road warrior-ism is hereditary. Check out this episode's show notes here

Duration:00:25:35

Pandemic Holiday Gift Guide; Year-End Status Offers

11/12/2020
No travel since the last episode, so I had some time to think back through my post-lockdown travel and come up with my top 10 gift ideas for your pandemic travelers. We look at the start of the year-end efforts by airlines, hotels, and credit card companies to keep their grounded travelers, unpack the work-from-hotel offerings from Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt, and dissect the latest hotel reservation system data breach. Check out this episode's show notes here

Duration:00:29:42

Surviving Quarantine Theater; Traveling for Food

10/16/2020
Trying to recover from a long weekend of eating and drinking through the neighborhoods of South Philly. Our movable feast reminded me that food may be the one experience of a place left that can’t be easily exported and bought on-line. We talk about the FBI’s cybersecurity warning to work-from-home types using hotels for getaway offices, and are a bit amazed at how fast last year’s 'flight shaming' gave way to 'flights to nowhere.' And we think about 'quarantine theater' — how cities and...

Duration:00:26:56

6 Months On; Why Keep Travel Cards?

9/19/2020
Drivable getaway to Michigan's Upper Peninsula; looking back 6 months to start of pandemic; downloading 12 years of TripIt data; what to do with travel card points we can't use?

Duration:00:25:21

167 — 6 Months On; Why Keep Travel Cards??

9/19/2020
Drivable getaway to Michigan's Upper Peninsula; looking back 6 months to start of pandemic; downloading 12 years of TripIt data; what to do with travel card points we can't use?

Duration:00:25:21

What Is The Meaning of Travel?

8/13/2020
Travel planning amidst changing quarantines and lockdowns; writing off Barcelona trip; Emily Thomas and her new book "The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad"

Duration:00:29:21

166 — What Is The Meaning of Travel?

8/13/2020
Travel planning amidst changing quarantines and lockdowns; writing off Barcelona trip; Emily Thomas and her new book "The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad"

Duration:00:29:21

First Post-Lockdown Flight; When Does Business Travel Come Back?

7/17/2020
Experiences on my first post-lockdown flight; Hertz's new cleaning program; reviewing my new pair of Bose headphones, wonder when business travel will return

Duration:00:23:13

First Post-Lockdown Trips; Travel Credit Cards

6/9/2020
First post-lockdown trip, a fast drive down I-65. Talk about hotels swapping hospitality for sanitation, Hertz's bankruptcy, tips for travel credit card usage

Duration:00:25:54

New World of Travel Insurance; Getting Medical Help On The Road

5/8/2020
People are doing short car trips. Before doing more extensive travel, they'll want more spacing in aircraft, travel insurance, and finding medical attention on the road

Duration:00:27:57

Post-Corona Trip Planning; Keeping a Travel Journal

4/11/2020
Cyberattacks on frequent flyer accounts now that we aren't checking them; planning my post-pandemic trips; re-reading my travel journals provides a travel fix

Duration:00:21:40

New Crisis, Old Question; Driving Down to Key West

3/21/2020
Things started out well, skipping out on Chicago winter for a drive down to Key West. But then last week, coronavirus hit the US and everything unraveled

Duration:00:23:34

Disappearing Seatback Screens; Shrinking Difference Between Ride-Share and Taxis

2/29/2020
Fading away of seatback entertainment; watching the Super Bowl across flights and airports; Uber and Lyft looking like the taxi companies they fought to replace

Duration:00:23:35

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