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Out of Office is a travel podcast hosted by us, Ryan Davis and Kiernan Schmitt. From early childhood, we were each infected with a serious case of wanderlust (among other things.)

We define travel broadly, from local day trips to high-flyin’ overseas adventures. Every episode, we dig into one topic—ranging from the serious to the silly, the practical to the outlandish—and give advice on how to get out there and explore the world.

Out Of Office: A Travel Podcast A Travel Podcast

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Out of Office is a travel podcast hosted by us, Ryan Davis and Kiernan Schmitt. From early childhood, we were each infected with a serious case of wanderlust (among other things.)

We define travel broadly, from local day trips to high-flyin’ overseas adventures. Every episode, we dig into one topic—ranging from the serious to the silly, the practical to the outlandish—and give advice on how to get out there and explore the world.

    Mammoth Cave National Park

    Mammoth Cave National Park

    On this episode of “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” the boys put on their hard hats, light their lanterns, and head underground! Ryan and Kiernan are fresh back from Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky—the largest cave system in the world! They have tales to tell about secret subterranean rivers, folksy rangers, and gypsum flowers that take eons to grow.
    Things we talk about in this week’s episode:
    Mammoth Cave National Park
    https://www.nps.gov/maca/index.htm 
    The Cave Wars
    https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/the-kentucky-cave-wars.htm 
    Stephen Bishop
    https://www.nps.gov/people/stephen-bishop.htm 
    George Morrison
    https://www.nps.gov/people/george-morrison.htm 
    Floyd Collins
    https://www.nps.gov/articles/000/tragedy-at-sand-cave.htm 
    Frozen Niagra
    https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?id=335A7FB9-AA3A-4D2E-A446-C2F15F29DE5E 
    Historical Tour
    https://www.nps.gov/media/photo/gallery.htm?id=3CDB5B65-5954-49BB-A2FE-AEA32F56FC03 
    Gothic Avenue Tour
    https://www.greatamericanhikes.com/post/gothic-avenue-tour-in-mammoth-cave-national-park 
    Grand Avenue Tour
    https://www.alittletour.com/2017/06/01/grand-avenue-tour-mammoth-cave-kentucky/ 
    All Tours
    https://www.nps.gov/maca/planyourvisit/cave-tours.htm
    Book Tours here
    https://recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234640 
    Cave City
    https://cavecity.com/ 
    Wigwam Village
    https://historicwigwamvillage.com/ 
     

    • 1 hr
    Richmond, Virginia (Return Trip)

    Richmond, Virginia (Return Trip)

     



    This week on “Out of Office: A Travel Podcast,” we revisit the November 2022 episode on Richmond, Virginia. It was Ryan and Kiernan's first overnight trip together (staying in separate hotels, of course)! They discuss museums, historic homes, graves, Presidents, and plenty about the Civil War. They also share their restaurant recommendations and uncover a standout hidden treasure in a National Park!






    The American Civil War Museum
    https://acwm.org/ 
    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
    https://vmfa.museum
    John Marshall House
    https://preservationvirginia.org/historic-sites/john-marshall-house/
    Hollywood Cemetery
    https://www.hollywoodcemetery.org/
    Maggie Walker House
    https://www.nps.gov/mawa/index.htm 
    Society of Cincinnati
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Society_of_the_Cincinnati 
    Virginia State Capitol
    http://virginiacapitol.gov/index.php/tours/ 
    Statue of George Washington
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statue_of_George_Washington_(Houdon) 
    James Madison’s Montpelier
    https://www.montpelier.org/ 
    Paul Jennings
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Jennings_(slave)  
    Eater’s Richmond List
    https://dc.eater.com/maps/best-bars-restaurants-bakeries-richmond-dining-guide 
    Barcode
    https://www.barcoderva.com/ 
    Triple Crossing Brewery
    https://triplecrossing.com/ 
    Emily Dickinson’s House
    https://www.nytimes.com/2022/10/28/arts/design/emily-dickinson-museum-renovation.html 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Flight Attendant Secrets

    Flight Attendant Secrets

    On this episode of "Out Of Office: A Travel Podcast," Ryan chats with “Jade,” a flight attendant for a US airline, about the high-flying lifestyle and her biggest traveler pet peeves. Recorded in-person in Boston, Ryan also complains about the Logan Airport Uber Pickup experience.
    Things we talk about in this week’s episode:
    Michelin in Mexico:
    https://guide.michelin.com/us/en/tags/Mexico
     

    • 50 min
    Guatemala

    Guatemala

    On this episode of "Out Of Office: A Travel Podcast," Kiernan leads us through highlights from his trip to Guatemala—museums of Guatemala City, the pyramids (and howler monkeys!) of Tikal National Park, Antigua volcano hikes, and the part-devil/part-saint of Lake Atitlan. Plus, LOTS OF GORY CATHOLIC STUFF!
    Things we talk about in this week’s episode:
    The Rick Steves Guide to Life
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/travel/2024/04/29/rick-steves-home-partner-philanthropy-washington/
    US State Department Guatemala Safety Information
    https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Guatemala.html  
    Brief History of Guatemala’s complicated political history and civil war
    https://cja.org/where-we-work/guatemala/  
    Palacio Nacional de la Cultura
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Palace_(Guatemala) 
    Museo Ixchel
    https://museoixchel.org/en/museo-ixchel-english/ 
    Museo Miraflores
    https://www.museomiraflores.org.gt/ 
    Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y Etnologia
    https://sig.muniguate.com/proyectosDIGM/cultura/museos/MUSEOS/Arqueolog%C3%ADa%20y%20Etnolog%C3%ADa.html 
    Tikal National Park
    https://www.tikalnationalpark.org/ 
    Antigua
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_Guatemala 
    Santa Catalina Archi
    https://theculturetrip.com/central-america/guatemala/articles/a-brief-history-of-antiguas-santa-catalina-arch 
    Convento de las Capuchinas
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iglesia_y_Convento_de_las_Capuchinas,_Antigua_Guatemala 
    Efrain Recinos sculpture park
    https://intothearmsofamerica.com/destinations/guatemala/antigua/the-little-museum-up-in-the-antigua-hills/ 
    Lake Atitlan
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Atitl%C3%A1n

    Maximon
    https://atitlanliving.com/guatemala-travel-information/how-to-visit-a-cofradia-in-santiago/ 
    Michelin Star Analysis
    https://www.chefspencil.com/michelin-dining-costs-analysis/ 
    Your iPhone’s Hidden Noise Machine
    https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/iphone-tips-tricks/ 
     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Traveling For Concerts (Taylor’s version)

    Traveling For Concerts (Taylor’s version)

    On this episode of "Out Of Office: A Travel Podcast," Ryan interviews Emma Weissmann on the boom of concert travel led by Taylor Swift. Plus, Kiernan endorses Mitt Romney again. 
    Things we talk about in this week’s episode:
    Mitt Romney for Harvard President.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2024/04/16/mitt-romney-harvard-president-antisemitism/ 
    Emma Interview: 
    TravelAge West: https://www.travelagewest.com/

    Emma’s podcasts: https://www.travelagewest.com/Podcasts
    Taylor Swift cruise: https://www.travelagewest.com/Travel/Cruise/taylor-swift-cruise
    NPR article on economic impact:  https://www.npr.org/2023/12/27/1221483930/girl-economy-taylor-swift-beyonce-barbie-2023
    Last Stop:
    https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/books/a60314481/literary-travel-boom/

    https://www.bnbfinder.com/
     

    • 36 min
    Italian Cuisine Expert Fred Plotkin is BACK!

    Italian Cuisine Expert Fred Plotkin is BACK!

    On this episode of "Out Of Office: A Travel Podcast," Kiernan digs in on regional Italian cuisine with one of the show’s most interesting guests ever: opera and Italian cuisine expert Fred Plotkin. Fred talks us through some of the most popular and most obscure foods of Italy, sharing history and wonderful anecdotes all along the way. Part 2 of 3!
    Things we talk about in this week’s episode:
    “Italy for Food Lovers”
    https://store.ricksteves.com/shop/p/italy-for-food-lovers
    Fred Plotkin biography
    https://www.wqxr.org/people/fred-plotkin/ 
    The Atlantic’s “Crying Myself to Sleep on the Biggest Cruise Ship Ever” by Gary Shteyngart
    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2024/05/royal-caribbean-cruise-ship-icon-of-seas/677838/
    CNN’s Grandmother and Son Are on the Move
    https://www.cnn.com/travel/grandma-joy-ryan-grandson-seven-continents/index.html 

    • 1 hr 21 min

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Great travel podcast

I’ve been struggling to find a good travel podcast for a while and Out Of Office podcast is just what I’ve been looking for! Good travel recommendations and fun casual chat! :)

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