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Listen in to The Travel Guys where everyday people come to learn how to become a smarter traveler. Hosted by Mark Hoffmann and Tom Romano. The show airs live every Sunday, from 3-4pm on KFBK AM 1530 and Newstalk 93.1 FM in Sacramento, CA. The show also streams live from kfbk.com.

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Listen in to The Travel Guys where everyday people come to learn how to become a smarter traveler. Hosted by Mark Hoffmann and Tom Romano. The show airs live every Sunday, from 3-4pm on KFBK AM 1530 and Newstalk 93.1 FM in Sacramento, CA. The show also streams live from kfbk.com.

    Canada is about to hold airlines accountable for delays

    Canada is about to hold airlines accountable for delays

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    On the Sunday, May 22nd edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, Canada is about to follow Europe in holding airlines accountable for delays. So why isn’t it happening here in our country? Because the airlines have WAYYYY too much power in Washington, DC. Plus, Southwest expands again, this time from Sacramento to Santa Barbara. Service starts June 5th.

    * COVID is becoming an issue again, and that is impacting travel. So what about the idea of VOLUNTARILY testing BEFORE you travel, to make sure you are safe to be around others?

    * Mark has spent the last week in Hawaii with one of his groups. Have a Hawaii trip on your travel schedule already, or about to plan one? Mark will share his insight on what it’s like in the islands right now. Hint: This might not be the best time to go. And if you do, be respectful of the islands and the people who live there.



    Highlights



    * Hawaii Tourism Authority (Info on Hawaii travel)

    * Hawaii overtourism: Residents beg tourists to stop visiting amid post-pandemic boom

    * Dog walking from Kimpton

    * Info on the golf tournament and The Wreath Project

    * Travelers United – COVID testing

    * Ultimate guide to planning a trip

    * Ultimate guide to planning a cruise

    * CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View

    * Safely paying for things while traveling

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    Is Southwest Airlines the best or the worst in the sky?

    Is Southwest Airlines the best or the worst in the sky?

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    On the Sunday, May 15th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, the small national hotel chain Kimpton, has added dog walking services for guests nationwide. Southwest Airlines is either the best or the worst in the sky, depending on which survey you listen to.

    * In our Smarter Traveler segment, we talk about the importance of “timing” during the busy summer travel season. Airports, hotels, attractions, and especially restaurants are going to be busy. Timing is going to matter. Do your homework and be flexible is part of the message.

    * The Wreath Project is a locally-led effort to honor the fallen at the Sacramento Valley Cemetery each Christmas. One of their fund-raisers is a golf tournament. See the adjoining list (and below) for a link to tournament information.*

    * Charlie Leocha, the President of Travelers United, the voice of the traveler in Washington, DC, joins us to try and sort out the confusing mess regarding COVID tests and your return to the US from overseas.





    *6th Annual RememberAVet Golf Tournament: Friday, June 3, 2022, at Haggin Oaks Golf Complex – Alister MacKenzie Course – in Sacramento will be our venue again this year. We are to happy to be able to return to a shotgun start at 7:30 AM, followed by a bbq lunch and awards program. Please register as soon as possible, since we are limited to the number of golfers participating. The registration forms can be found here and payment can be accepted online or checks can be mailed to the PO Box or brought with you the day of the tournament. You may call or text Susie at 707.249.5852 to register over the phone or if you have any questions. We are also looking for raffle items for that day, so if you could help by donating to that, please call or text Melanie at 707.249.5853.



    Highlights



    * Dog walking from Kimpton

    * Info on the golf tournament and The Wreath Project

    * Travelers United – COVID testing

    * Ultimate guide to planning a trip

    * Ultimate guide to planning a cruise

    * CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View

    * Safely paying for things while traveling

    • 44 min
    Airbnb is responding to out-of-control party complaints

    Airbnb is responding to out-of-control party complaints

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    On the Sunday, May 8th Mother’s Day edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, Airbnb is responding to complaints about out-of-control parties at some of its rental properties by expanding a policy that limits renters with bad reviews from certain types of rentals on holiday weekends.

    * Is it ok to ask a fellow traveler if they are vaccinated, or to wear a mask? What happens if you don’t get the answer you are hoping for? Is it even appropriate to ask the question in the first place? Tom and Mark share their opinions on this newest aspect of COVID-era travel.

    * Listeners of The Travel Guys often write Mark with travel questions, through this web site. Mark answers as many as he can personally. Occasionally, the guys like to dip into the mail bag and share some of your questions, and the answers, with our listeners. The Travel Guys Mail Bag takes up the back half of the program.

    * Note: Our friends from the TSA in Sacramento, originally scheduled for this Sunday, will join us on next Sunday’s program.



    Highlights



    * CDC COVID Data Tracker: County View

    * We have the technology to end the airport liquid ban, so why is it still in place?

    * Europe Travel: Updated Entry Requirements For Every European Country

    * You should work out on your next long flight. Here’s how.

    * Average Price of Domestic Flights by State

    * Baseball trips with Sports Leisure Vacations

    * TSA Marijuana Rules Explained

    * Flight seeing over San Francisco

    * Transcendence Theater Company – Napa – Summer Shows

    * Safely paying for things while traveling

    * Rules for traveling on planes with firearms

    * Finding your flight’s on time record

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    Mask and vaccination requirements update

    Mask and vaccination requirements update

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    On the Sunday, May 1st edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, we update the mask and vaccination requirements. Believe it or not, they are coming back in some destinations, including a couple of places close to home.

    * Airbnb is changing their COVID-friendly refund policy. We update you in our Smarter Traveler segment; and Mark offers a reminder about the importance of flexibility if you are traveling this summer.

    * We introduce you to a company which can provide you with information about your vacation rental before you make a reservation or pay a deposit. Mysmartrenter.com is a site you might want to visit.

    * Finally, we talk about a local company which has been taking people to baseball games in Oakland and San Francisco for over 40 years. Baseball fans take notice!



    Highlights



    * Update on masks

    * International Destinations Still Closed or with Restrictions

    * Find out about your vacation rental BEFORE you commit

    * Baseball trips with Sports Leisure Vacations

    * TSA Marijuana Rules Explained

    * Flight seeing over San Francisco

    * Transcendence Theater Company – Napa – Summer Shows

    * Safely paying for things while traveling

    * Rules for traveling on planes with firearms

    * Finding your flight’s on time record

    * Travel Credit Cards to Consider – No recommendation

    * Hearst Castle

    • 44 min
    Summer travel to Venice, Italy is going cost a little extra

    Summer travel to Venice, Italy is going cost a little extra

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    On the Sunday, April 24th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, United says the FAA is causing huge delays in Newark by ignoring flight limits, and if you are going to Venice, Italy this summer, it’s going to cost you a little extra.

    * We make you a Smarter Traveler by sharing information from our friends at Wallet Hub. Which US airline was the best overall last year? Which is the most pet friendly, the most comfortable? We have the numbers.

    * This week’s show focuses on theater. We have news on outdoor theater in Napa, the Music Circus in Sacramento and Broadway shows in the Big Apple.



    Highlights



    * Wallet Hub’s Airline Ratings

    * Broadway Sacramento

    * Thunder Over Louisville

    * TSA Marijuana Rules Explained

    * Flight seeing over San Francisco

    * Transcendence Theater Company – Napa – Summer Shows

    * Safely paying for things while traveling

    * Buying Lost “Stuff”

    * Rules for traveling on planes with firearms

    * Finding your flight’s on time record

    * Travel Credit Cards to Consider – No recommendation

    * Hearst Castle

    • 40 min
    Spirit Airlines has two potential merger partners

    Spirit Airlines has two potential merger partners

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    On the Easter Sunday, April 17th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, Spirit Airlines now has both Frontier and Jet Blue as potential merger partners, and if you think inflation is bad at the grocery store, you should see the startling numbers from the travel industry.

    * How can you get into one of those extra leg room seats on the plane for free? We have an idea. Plus, what are passenger’s Pet Peeves on planes? We have details.

    * Flight seeing over San Francisco and the bay. Does that sound like an adventure? On a sea plane no less.

    * Voices of California has a spring show at San Juan High School on April 23rd. We have details and two tickets to give away.



    Highlights



    * Flight seeing over San Francisco

    * Info on April 23rd Voices of California show at San Juan High School

    * Transcendence Theater Company – Napa – Summer Shows

    * Safely paying for things while traveling

    * Buying Lost “Stuff”

    * Rules for traveling on planes with firearms

    * Finding your flight’s on time record

    * Travel Credit Cards to Consider – No recommendation

    * Hearst Castle

    * Contact Gwen Duncan

    * Updated guide for traveling with disabilities abroad

    * Elliott Advocacy

    * Donations to Ukraine through a local church

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