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. Each week, 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.
The Museums of Iceland
On this episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan talks to A. Kendra Greene, the author of “The Museum of Whales You Will Never See: And Other Excursions to Iceland’s Most Unusual Museums.” The book is not only a primer on the huge number of museums on this small island, it is a deep dive into Iceland’s culture, history, and national psyche.
Day of the Dead/Día de Los Muertos
On this special early-release episode of Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan learns about Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, by talking to Harvard Professor of the Study of Latin America Davíd Carrasco about the history and traditions of the holiday. Kiernan also talks to Texas Monthly writer José Ralat about pan de muerto, the festival’s signature bread of the dead. How about Ryan? You know Ryan.
Knoxville & The Great Smoky Mountains
This week on Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Ryan hops in the jalopy and heads to Knoxville, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. Plus, Kiernan realizes that somehow they’ve recorded eighty four episodes without ever talking about Ryan’s proclivity for doll furniture.
This week on Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan discusses his recent trip to Maine’s Downeast region, including Acadia National Park. From lobsters to seascapes to yurts (yes: yurts), Maine earns its nickname of “Vacationland,” so don your best Bean boots and give a listen.
Summer Break Wrap-Up
This week on Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan and Ryan catch-up on their summer adventures, donate to museums in need, and dust off the mics for their new biweekly pandemic-related schedule change. Plus, Kiernan forgets ever recording an episode about how to pack!
Every National Park with Conor Knighton
This week on Out of Office: A Travel Podcast, Kiernan has a whizbang interview with author and “CBS Sunday Morning” correspondent Conor Knighton who spent a year visiting every American National Park. His new book “Leave Only Footprints” shares his tales from the trails. Needless to say he is now Kiernan’s idol.
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love these guys
been a fan of the pod for well over a year now. these guys are incredibly knowledgeable and have inspired me to consider traveling to places i wouldnt have normally considered. thanks guys for broadening my horizons!
These guys are great!
I came across them while researching a trip to Machu Picchu (since canceled, thanks Covid) and am so glad I did! I frequently find myself laughing out loud at the back and forth between the two hosts Ryan and Kiernan.
Awesome podcast to learn about places you haven’t been!