Down in Florida this week, picking up a bit of the local heat and humidity. Recorded in the bathroom of the Marriott Courtyard in Oldsmar, FL, somewhere between Tampa and Clearwater, we talk about how travel skills are passed from parents to children, spotting some famous people in ORD and LAX, rare emotions in the Frequent Traveler screening line, and a review of travel podcasts. Also, the final results of our Worst US Airport poll. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file

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Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #12:

  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Recorded in the bathroom of the Oldsmar, FL Marriott Courtyard
  • Denver Int’l Airport wins the Worst US Airport poll by one vote over LAX
  • Stories of how parents pass down business travel skills to their kids
  • Airport celebrity sightings — Steve Case, Julie Delpy
  • Intense emotions in the Frequent Traveler screening line
  • A 2×2 matrix classifying travel podcasts

10 comments on “Podcast #12 – Emotions in the Screening Line; Other Travel Podcasts

  1. Frick says:

    I never really thought about your point of our parents influencing our carrer choices. My dad also traveled and I am a second generation bag hauler.
    My favorite story of his was once he was traveling with a co-worker. When they arrived at their destination the client asked “How was you flight?” my Dad’s co-worker replied “It was so rough I had to put my wedding ring back on.”
    I remember my first year traveling how I counted the remaining flights and connectons till I reached any sort of medallion status. Now years later I don’t that much attention to it until it’s vacation time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I appreciated the mention on the show even if I did not make it to your top two shows. I will work on that 🙂

    Chris Christensen – the “Amateur Traveler”

  3. mark says:

    Chris – Sorry that I didn’t have room to play some of the Amateur Traveler. I burned too much time on that segment explaining my 2×2 matrix 🙂 Send me a promo or a good snippet and I’ll include it in my next podcast.


  4. Anonymous says:

    The list of podacsts and classification was GREAT!! Very insightful – and helpful too.

    Can I add mine to the list, and maybe for you to mention in your great podcast/ blog!? I enjoy your show a great deal.

    Mine is called “My Travel Reviews (with Gary Bembridge)

    Blog: (I have a link to your site/ podcast on the linsk on the right hand side)

    RSS feed for podcast:

    It is also in iTunes but not worked out the link yet…!


  5. mark says:

    Gary –

    I popped over to your website this weekend. Thanks for the cross-link. I’ll listen to your show and give you a shout-out in the next couple of shows.

    Thanks for the comments and thanks for listening.


  6. TerryLee says:

    Love your show and how each bathroom sounds a little different.
    You mentioned other podcasts on traveling.
    If you have not been to Kyoto Podcast listen….Just
    once, you might get hooked. Excellent audio and use of topics.
    To bring you up to speed, it’s about an Australian
    who was kicked out of Japan and now does a podcast
    about Japan in Austraila. Love the way he speaks and
    his use of pictures and special “originals” like you do in the
    bathroom. Keep up the good work.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a podcast from a different point of view.

    THe corresponding blog is

    It features Joe Dion who is a pilot with a major US airline. He takes along a recording device and collects stories from fellow pilots and flight attendants. It’s one of the first podcasts that I regularly listened to and unfortunately, there aren’t enough of them for me.

    It’s great to hear about travel from the point of view of the airline folks.

    Ed Vawter

  8. mark says:

    Just listened to a couple of his podcasts — great stuff. Nice interviews and great production values. I’ll mention his podcast in my next podcast.

    Thanks for the pointer,

  9. Anonymous says:


    In which industry did the term “repurposed” originate? This is the first time I have heard of this term…


  10. mark says:

    Good question. Not sure where the term originated, but I first ran into it in the web business in the late ’90’s when many media companies “repurposed” content from their newspapers to populate their web sites. The subtext was that material created expressly for the web was better/more appropriate for that medium than content originally written for a magazine or newspaper and then put on the web site.

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