Podcast #43 – Here We Go Again, Old World vs. New

Recorded in the TravelCommons studios, I look back on my trip through SFO as I try to navigate the new TSA rules on the first full day of the new regime and gird myself for 4 trips through the gauntlet this week. A listener tops my Heathrow lines (queues?) story, and we compare and contrast European and US travel experiences. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file.

Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #43:

  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Recorded in the TravelCommons studio outside of Chicago
  • Delayed recording this podcast so I could give you my personal experiences with the new TSA travel rules
  • Thursday morning’s news is a mix of elation — glad they busted the plot — and dread — the flight home from SFO is going to be brutal
  • Some mundane concerns — try to figure out how to salvage my nearly-new container of anti-perspirant gel
  • All for naught when a contractor decides that all wheeled bags need to be checked
  • The growing tediousness of travel wears on the frequent traveler — no recovery time
  • Bridge Music — Persephone by Ethereal
  • Instead of recording my own podcast Thursday night, I was a guest on Chris Christensen’s Amateur Traveler podcast talking about Chicago. Here’s a direct link to the episode’s show notes.
  • Peter Rukavina sends in his own story of epic lines at Heathrow
  • Bridge Music — Ghost by Hollow Horse
  • Some contrasting impressions of travel in Europe and the US
  • Security screening is much less of a hassle in Europe
  • Although there are a number of exceptions, I think that, on the whole, US airports are nicer than European airports
  • US airlines’ “no meals” cost cutting has turned their planes into picnic grounds
  • Europeans dress nicer on planes, but Americans seem to dress nicer on trains
  • Just can’t figure out why Europeans would travel thousands of miles in a bus
  • Closing music — iTunes link to iconPictures of You by Evangeline
  • Bridge music from the Podsafe Music Network
  • Flying down to Houston and hoping to get through security with my toiletry kit intact — replaced all my gels and pastes with powders
  • 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. Mark, as you always hear me complain; your shows whizz by too fast! You’re right, it’s crazy that so many use coaches to get around Europe, from a train station nearby there are services across into Eastern Europe, which is horrible.

    Still, it is far cheaper than the EuroStar and EasyJet can be a zoo.

    Final thought; your appearence on the Amateur Traveller was very insightful, I’d love to visit Chicago with that MP3 playing.