Returning from a quick trip to Austin, TX, this week’s podcast talks about the 15-part Airworld series in AdAge, the behind-the-scenes view of why every airport looks the same. A recent business trip to Detroit breaks through the state tourism propaganda and gets into the city’s true nature. Ignoring WC Fields’ advice, my kids make an appearance, giving their views of my travels. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file.

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Here are the show notes from TravelCommons podcast #17:


  • Intro music — Warmth by Makkina
  • Tried to record this in the bathroom of the Austin Courtyard Marriott, but the exhaust fan wouldn’t turn off
  • Bridge Music — Moonshiner by Uncle Tupelo
  • John Birkhead of the Desertcast podcast sends in his description of the new event for the 2012 London Olympics — the Gatwick to Heathrow dash
  • Airworld — our own little ecosystem
  • Bridge Music — The Same Old Story by Billie Holiday
  • Direct Link to the Airworld series in AdAge (registration required)
  • Bridge Music — Lincoln Town by John Hiatt
  • Business travel helps you “break through” to what’s really happening in a place
  • Bridge Music — Walking in Your Footsteps by the Police
  • My kids offer their opinions on my travel
  • Closing music — Ramblin’ Man by the Allman Brothers Band
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  • Direct link to the show
  • 3 comments on “Podcast #17 – Generic Airworld; Kids’ View of Dad’s Travels

    1. Anonymous says:

      Salt Lick is a local institution, but just franchised out:

    2. mark says:

      Thanks for the pointer. I’ll bet that the chopped beef sandwich at the original Salt Lick is better than what I had at the airport.

      The second link was also very interesting. It says that Delaware North operates “300 restaurants and retail outlets serving more than 300 million customers a year in more than 30 airports across the U.S. including and Oakland International (OAK), Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood International (FLL), Nashville (BNA), Newark International (EWR), and Phoenix Skyharbor (PHX).” Host Marriott says they serve over 70 airports, while Delaware North serves 30 airports. Seems that the two of these would have control over the stomachs of over 80% of the US flyers.


    3. Anonymous says:

      Dear Mark,
      This is Udayan and no worries, you pronounced my name well! Thanks for mentioning me. I really enjoy the podcast, and I have done a fair bit of travelling in my life, I moved from Singapore when I was 10 to London and now do a podcast called Life in London, it can be found in iTunes. Really enjoy TravelCommons, one of my favourite, alongside DSC, Diggnation and Squadcast – my top 4 in fact!

      Thank you for your great podcast.
      Mine is 10 minutes, 1/2 or more of which is Podsafe Music or from
      Udayan – Life in London (

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