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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.

    Hawaii is expecting a big summer, but vaccine/testing requirements remain

    Hawaii is expecting a big summer, but vaccine/testing requirements remain

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    On the Sunday, May 9th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, Hawaii is expecting a big summer with lots of visitors – but vaccine/testing requirements remain in place for most. USTOA, one of the country’s largest tour operator groups, says despite limited cruising, Alaska is the most inquired about/booked destination for the summer, with Arizona, Florida, Wyoming and Utah close behind, as travelers continue to prefer beaches and wide open spaces in the US.

    * In our Smarter Traveler segment, Mark talks about how he got caught in the exact car rental trap he warned listeners about last week; we explain The Jones Act, which is keeping cruise ships from going to Alaska this year; and more countries, and perhaps soon Hawaii, add themselves to the “you must be vaccinated to come here” list.

    * We invite you to call and share your favorite travel memory with mom.

    * Tauck Tours, America’s oldest and thought by many to be the finest tour company in the country, gives us an update on their summer and fall seasons. Their products include river cruises, land tours and family-themed vacations.



    Highlights



    * No vacation without a vaccination

    * Explaining the Jones Act – Cruise ships to Alaska

    * Tauck Tours and Vacations

    * Take Me Out to the Ballgame

    * Clear – a pre-check program

    * Registration for Clear

    * Travelers put vaccination high on their list

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    TSA extends mask mandate until September 11

    TSA extends mask mandate until September 11

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    On the Sunday, May 2nd edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, TSA has announced the mask mandate, scheduled to expire in the next two weeks, has officially been extended until September 11th. This means you will have to remain masked on trains, planes, buses and other public transport through the summer. Real ID, the universal ID card, has a new deadline and the cruise industry is encouraged about the opportunity the CDC is allowing them to return to the oceans of our planet.

    * Charlie Leocha from Travelers United is on hand to discuss why we should post basic rights for flyers in airports around the country. And why doesn’t our system allow passengers to collect fines for delays within the airlines’ control? An update from the people who fight for consumers in Washington, DC.

    * Reporter Clayton Whitehead has a report on Dark Tourism. What makes places from Alcatraz to Auschwitz so popular with visitors?

    * Finally, Mark shares the story of Alaska state legislator Lora Reinbold, who had such an issue with wearing a mask and the Alaska Airlines employees who enforced the rule, she has been banned from flying the airline. With her home near Anchorage and the legislature meeting in Juneau, that has created a bit of a problem. And from Broadway comes word that the pandemic may have changed the way Broadway shows are presented going forward. Mark has the story.



    Highlights



    * Travelers United – Travelers Rights

    * Dark Tourism Attractions to Explore:



    * Jesse James Museum

    * Wounded Knee Museum

    * Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum

    * Titanic Museum

    * Old Joliet Prison

    * Alcatraz





    * Alaska lawmaker who blasted airline for ‘mask tyranny’ now banned from flights

    * Actually, Disney World IS Living up To Walt’s Values and Vision

    * Clear – a pre-check program

    * Registration for Clear

    * Travelers put vaccination high on their list

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    Airlines expanding summer flights to meet growing demand

    Airlines expanding summer flights to meet growing demand

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    On the Sunday, April 25th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, airlines are expanding summer flight schedules to meet growing travel demand and Hawaii reports hotel numbers are going up each month. Sadly, the Hotel Pennsylvania, the New York Hotel whose phone number, Pennsylvania 6-5,000, became a hit for Glenn Miller, is likely to stay closed. It shut down during the pandemic and its owner wants to demolish the hotel and turn it into a mixed-use tower, something it has been trying to do for nearly 20 years.

    * In our Smarter Traveler segment, we introduce you to CLEAR, a better way to get through security lines at airports. CLEAR arrived in Sacramento in March and we have Mitch Nadler from the company with us to explain how it works, how much is costs and how you can join. In Mark’s Just One Man’s Opinion piece, he warns us that fuel surcharges are coming to travel very soon, and why on some level, the charges are legit.

    * The second half of the show is for your input on the restart of travel. We open the phone lines, bribe you with an offer of possibly winning a See’s Candy Gift Card, and give you the opportunity to share your opinions. Are you ready to travel now? Still waiting for a while? Where are you on vaccines for getting into theaters and events? It’s always interesting to hear our audience’s take. If you are reading this after the show is broadcast, you can hear the comments on the podcast. The link can be found on this page.



    Highlights



    * Clear – a pre-check program

    * Registration for Clear

    * Travelers put vaccination high on their list

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    Reopening continues at museums, hotels and theme parks

    Reopening continues at museums, hotels and theme parks

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    On the Sunday, April 18th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, reopening continues at museums, hotels and attractions, especially theme parks. Southwest has announced new service to two Pacific Northwest cities, Eugene, Oregon, and Bellingham, Washington. While you would have to connect to those destinations (no non-stops from Sacramento), it’s important to note that Bellingham is very close to the Canadian border (when it reopens) and is also the jumping off spot for the Alaska Ferry.

    * California could be headed for a big fire season this year. Recently, a tour operator friend of Mark’s, Shebby Lee, had to flee her home in the Black Hills on a moment’s notice. Her experience might help you prepare for a similar occurrence in your neighborhood. Shebby also offers one heck of a Lewis and Clark tour you might want to participate in this year or in the future.

    * Gwen Duncan of Cordially Yours Travel joins Mark to debate the return of cruise ships to the high seas. Gwen says the ships have done a lot to improve traveler safety on board against Covid. Mark says he’s not sure you can trust cruise lines, who haven’t always proven to be the best environmental partners, among other sins, and how can a cruise possibly be safe during Covid?

    * 50 years ago, a vocal duo named Brewer and Shipley wrote and sang a controversial song, ‘One Toke Over the Line.’ It was about smoking too much funny tobacco. The song was WAYYY before it’s time. Next week, April 20 (4-20) comes to calendars. 4-20 is a longtime part of marijuana culture. Tom sits down with one of the duo and gets the story behind the song. It really is a great interview. Especially the part about the song being played on the Lawrence Welk Show.



    Highlights



    * Shebby Lee Tours – Lewis & Clark Tours

    * Cordially Yours Travel

    * One Toke Over The Line – Brewer & Shipley

    * One Toke Over the Line – Lawrence Welk

    * Take a vacation where you live

    * How to avoid BIG costs of automatic toll systems while traveling

    * Would you like to fly a plane for United?

    * New app for all National Parks

    * Going to a Giants Game this year? Get tested or vaccinated.

    * Carson & Virginia: A Tale of Two “Cities”

    * The Ladies of the Comstock – great 5 minute video

    * Best Frequent Flyer Programs 2021

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    Carnival Cruise Lines threatens to move operations off shore

    Carnival Cruise Lines threatens to move operations off shore

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    On the Sunday, April 11th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, Carnival Cruise Lines threatens to move operations off shore if they aren’t allowed to sail from US ports, many national parks will be tied or appointment entry only this summer and we tell you about a new airline taking to the sky, headquartered in Burbank.

    * Baby’s Away is the place to get travel supplies to help you go the distance with mini-travelers. Now you know all about them!

    * Chris Elliott is not only the Travel Writer for USA Today and Forbes Magazine, he runs Elliott.org, a great consumer action web site, and is a regular guest on our show. Chris talks about his change in travel advisories for some groups, gives a great lesson on solving consumer issues and tells the story about how Elliott Advocacy got an “F” from the Better Business Bureau.



    Highlights



    * New app for all National Parks

    * No more open middle seats on Delta

    * Going to a Giants Game this year? Get tested or vaccinated.

    * The baseballs are a bit different this year

    * Carson & Virginia: A Tale of Two “Cities”

    * Huge spike in car rental prices has Hawaiian officials concerned

    * The Ladies of the Comstock – great 5 minute video

    * Best Frequent Flyer Programs 2021

    * The lady who dresses for church EVERY Sunday

    * What to Do if Your Airline Voucher Is About to Expire

    * Virginia City, Nevada

    * Baby’s Away – Traveling with a child

    * 3 ways DOT should post basic passenger travel rights at airports

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    You can travel to Italy without quarantine

    You can travel to Italy without quarantine

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    On the Sunday, April 4th edition of The Travel Guys… 



    * In the Travel News, the CDC has a host of new guidelines for travel, starting with domestic trips and including guidance for the cruise lines. American Airlines says you can travel to Italy without a quarantine and several airlines have weighed in on the laws which appear to restrict the ability to vote in Georgia and other states.

    * Mark headed to Seattle for business and a little baseball this week. He shares some updates and observations on airports and the behavior of travelers in our Smarter Traveler segment.

    * Ever since the days of the Comstock, women have played a major role in the running of Virginia City. That’s still happening today. Meet the ladies of Virginia City and learn about what makes it an incredibly unique place to visit, very close to home.

    * For 25 years, David Watts Barton was the music reviewer for the Sacramento Bee. His second career is as an author and he has a fascinating book on Japan, Japan: From Anime to Zen. We’ll talk with him about it.



    Highlights



    * Carson & Virginia: A Tale of Two “Cities”

    * American Airlines announces new COVID test options, quarantine-free travel to Italy

    * Huge spike in car rental prices has Hawaiian officials concerned

    * The Ladies of the Comstock – great 5 minute video

    * Review of David’s book, Japan: From Anime to Zen

    * Best Frequent Flyer Programs 2021

    * The lady who dresses for church EVERY Sunday

    * NYC launches effort to vaccinate Broadway workers

    * Lydgate Farms – Chocolate Farm Tours & Great Chocolate from Kauai

    * What to Do if Your Airline Voucher Is About to Expire

    * The Future of Travel with Rick Steves

    * Virginia City, Nevada

    * Amtrak’s NEW New York City Station

    * Baby’s Away – Traveling with a child

    * 3 ways DOT should post basic p...

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