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The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- it's more about the journey than the destination

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    • Places & Travel
    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- it's more about the journey than the destination

    Surviving Quarantine Theater; Traveling for Food

    Surviving Quarantine Theater; Traveling for Food

    Eating local in South Philly and the UP; FBI cybersecurity warning on working from hotels; ‘flight shaming’ gives way to ‘flights to nowhere’; signaling concern about COVID does nothing but hassles travelers

    • 26 min
    6 Months On; Why Keep Travel Cards?

    6 Months On; Why Keep Travel Cards?

    Spent a week in Michigan's Upper Peninsula hiking, biking, kayaking, and running into a lot of other people getting away to do the same, which got me looking back six months to the start of the pandemic. I talk about a surprisingly good flight cancellation experience with American Airlines, and figuring out how to download 12 years of TripIt data. We wrap up talking to Matt Schulz of LendingTree, asking him what are we doing with travel credit cards that are generating frequent traveler points we can’t use?

    • 25 min
    What Is The Meaning of Travel?

    What Is The Meaning of Travel?

    Trying to plan an August trip amidst dueling state quarantine lists and rapid lockdown changes while writing off my September plans for Barcelona. What's worse - hotels cutting back on housekeeping or breakfasts? And talking with Emily Thomas about her new book "The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad".

    • 29 min
    First Post-Lockdown Flight; When Does Business Travel Come Back?

    First Post-Lockdown Flight; When Does Business Travel Come Back?

    My first post-lockdown flight was a 90-minute Southwest non-stop from Chicago to Nashville. It wasn't bad, but not as casually easy as my last pre-coronavirus flight in February. We talk about that experience as well as Hertz's new cleaning program, my latest pair of Bose noise-cancelling headphones, and then wonder when business travel will return

    • 23 min
    First Post-Lockdown Trips; Travel Credit Cards

    First Post-Lockdown Trips; Travel Credit Cards

    I broke Chicago's containment for my first post-lockdown trip, a fast drive down I-65. We talk about hotels swapping hospitality for sanitation, Hertz's bankruptcy, and tips for travel credit card usage

    • 25 min
    New World of Travel Insurance; Getting Medical Help On The Road

    New World of Travel Insurance; Getting Medical Help On The Road

    Though I'm still locked down on the shores of Lake Michigan, data shows that people are starting to do short car trips. We talk about what people will need to feel comfortable to do more extensive travel - spacing in aircraft, and putting a higher priority on travel insurance and finding medical attention.

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Denrael ,

Travel Personified

When people ask where I live, I usually just say airports and hiltons. As someone who lives the life of the road warrior, I find this podcast strikes an all to familiar chord with my own experience. A definite must listen to understand the life of the traveller.

I wrote the above a number of years ago and it is as true now as it was then. I look forward to Mark’s take on travel, it’s more about the journey, and cannot count the number of times when I’ve shook my head, laughed and said “yep, been there”.

GHLGB ,

Informative and easy

Mark does a great job of relating the world of the road warrior with a bit of branching out to those of us who are miles and points nutty

Always a calm and reasonable voice one that’s been in my ears for four years

AbeFroman21 ,

Excellent travel tips

I have been a fan of this podcast for many years. If you are a road warrior or a mileage runner, you will love the tips to make your travel easier.

Cheers

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