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27 minutes | a month ago
How the Pros Plan Their Taproom Tourism
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 I beer chat here
29 minutes | 2 months ago
What's New in Travel Insurance; Keeping Ahead of Expiring Miles
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
28 minutes | 3 months ago
Timeshares Without the Pitch; Notes on Tucson
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 pointsCheck out this episode's show notes here and my Tucson trip blog post here
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Data Privacy and Rental Cars; 2021 Travel Planning Tips
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
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Show Me the Proof; Hereditary Road Warriors
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
30 minutes | 6 months ago
Pandemic Holiday Gift Guide; Year-End Status Offers
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
27 minutes | 7 months ago
Surviving Quarantine Theater; Traveling for Food
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 states are focusing on activities to signal they are serious about COVID, but that most folks know aren’t really effective.
25 minutes | 8 months ago
6 Months On; Why Keep Travel Cards?
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?
29 minutes | 9 months ago
What Is The Meaning of Travel?
Travel planning amidst changing quarantines and lockdowns; writing off Barcelona trip; Emily Thomas and her new book "The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad"
23 minutes | 10 months ago
First Post-Lockdown Flight; When Does Business Travel Come Back?
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
26 minutes | a year ago
First Post-Lockdown Trips; Travel Credit Cards
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
31 minutes | a year ago
157 — Notes from the Baltics-Riga, Latvia and Tallinn, Estonia
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.
35 minutes | 2 years ago
156 — Airport Satisfaction; eScooters; Smaller Luggage
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.
31 minutes | 6 years ago
A Decade of TravelCommons
Looking back over 10 years of TravelCommons
25 minutes | 12 years ago
Looking Back Over Four Years of TravelCommons
The fourth year anniversary episode of TravelCommons
28 minutes | 15 years ago
Looking Back Over The First Year
The first year anniversary episode of TravelCommons
23 minutes | 15 years ago
Best of 2005
The best of the 2005 episodes of TravelCommons
3 minutes | 16 years ago
A Taste of TravelCommons - Telling travel stories from hotel bathrooms around the country
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