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Podcast #38 – The Accidental Vacation, Trusting Travel Technology

Recorded in the Huntington Beach, CA Hilton Resort, I’m once again triangulating across northern and southern California. My decision to by a new Saab convertible now has me planning an impromptu vacation to Sweden, a place that has never been on the top of my vacation spots list. Also, some travel stories about people who…

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Podcast #37 – The Cranky Traveler, Spontaneous Entertainment

Recorded in the San Mateo, CA Marriott, we work through a bunch of listener feedback and follow-up items, talk about what seems to be a general increase in the crankiness of frequent travelers — for good cause or the whining of spoiled brats? — and stumbling across what seemed to be the spontaneous break-out of…

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Podcast #36 – Happiest Flight, Long and Short of It

Recorded in the Orlando Downtown Marriott, I talk about a real rarity — a planeful of happy people. Also, the results of a recent study confirm that hotels are increasing their use of add-on fees and surcharges, and listener feedback about the timeliness of long-haul vs. commuter flights. Here’s a direct link to the podcast…

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Podcast #35 – What I Miss About Travel, Milking the Status Seekers

Back after a longer-than-planned absence, this episode is recorded at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott in Dana Point, CA. We talk about the TSA‘s return to a hard line on shoes, the thing I miss most when I’m off the road, and the latest way for airlines to raise cash from their frequent flyer programs. Here’s…

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Podcast #34 – 20-Minute Vacation, Making It Look Easy

Back in front of the microphone after a week off, it’s been a light travel week. A quick down-&-back to Tampa offers the opportunity to take a 20-minute vacation on the Gulf of Mexico. A flight attendant on my flight back from Houston last week gives a smooth performance in passenger care, and a couple…

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Podcast #33 – Listener Mailbag, What’s in My Briefcase?

Two trips but no hotels means this episode is recorded in the TravelCommons studios outside of Chicago. Rummaging through the virtual mailbag, I comment on listener e-mails and web site postings. I also talk about finding some free WiFi in Houston’s Bush International Airport and give a guided tour of my briefcase. Here’s a direct…

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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…

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Podcast #31 – TSA Rage, Woes of WiFi

Spent all week at home and ended up catching a cold from my son. This week’s topics are spurred by listener e-mails and web postings. We talk about bad experiences with rude TSA screeners, some thoughts about travel toiletries, and the cost of broadband on the road. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file….

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