Podcast #32 – Traveling Home, Trolling for Free WiFi

Recorded in the Marriott Courtyard in Irvine, CA, this week’s visits to old haunts in Memphis and Huntington Beach prompts thoughts on how traveling back home is different. Also, we talk about experiences in searching for free WiFi hotspots, and a bit of puzzlement about the TSA’s ‘Registered Traveler’ program. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file.

Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #32:

  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Recorded in the Marriott Courtyard Hotel in Irvine, CA
  • Finally received a bit of notice from American Airlines after hitting the 2 million mile mark in January
  • A listener writes in about his public transit experiences in Boston, London, and Geneva
  • Bridge Music — Fly, Fly, Fly by Adrina Thorpe
  • “Medley” of past TravelCommons bathroom intros
  • Driving through Memphis checking out old houses and neighborhoods
  • Walking down Main Street and the pier in Huntington Beach, CA
  • Bridge Music — Beggarstown by Hollow Horse
  • Two resources for free WiFi hot spots — wififreespot.com and metrofreefi.com
  • Use the free program NetStumbler to search for hot spots
  • Mid-tier hotels are racing each other to light up their lobbies with free WiFi
  • Bridge Music — Homemade Hurricane by amplifico
  • TSA’a much delayed “Registered Traveler” program is in the spotlight again
  • Benefits you get for $80 fee and a background check is unclear
  • Bridge music from Podshow Podsafe Music Network
  • Feedback at comments[at]travelcommons.com, the comment board on podcastalley.com, or right here in the comments section below
  • Direct link to the show
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  1. Thanks for the podcast, your humility and respect for the listeners compared to some other travel casters is key in retaining your “customers”.

    Your cursory mention of NetStumbler in the last two podcasts whetted my wistle when it comes to travel tips. Please give more information about what NetStumbler is and how you use it (any special scripts, etc.).

    I’m also interested in what other software you use in your travels (or line of work). Any other travel tips like the shaving brush and soap are interesting and useful. Speaking of a shaving brush and soap, what brush do you use, and what do you use for a case?


    – Dan

  2. Thanks for the tip on the Continental President’s Club wifi! Unfortunately I got shut out in ORD over the weekend– club might’ve been empty on a midday Saturday so it might’ve been overly obvious that no one should’ve been connecting…