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Podcast #11 – Business Dress Codes; Kinder, Gentler TSA?

Swinging through the West Coast, I recorded this podcast in the bathroom of the Orchard Hotel a block or two from the summit of Nob Hill in San Francisco. In this podcast, we talk about how the post-9/11 reduction in carry-ons has made packing for different business dress codes a real hassle. Is there an…

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Podcast #10 – Hacking Hotel Rooms; Fun in Really Small Towns

I’m back in the US and back on the road — ths time, though, on wheels, not in the air. Recorded in the TravelCommons “mobile studio” (a ’95 Chevy Blazer), this podcast talks about security risks of hotel Internet access, the hassle of replacing forgotten things while on the road, and, in the latest edition…

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Podcast #9 – Wrapping Up the Vacation

Finishing my vacation with a podcast from the bathroom of the Budapest (Hungary) Marriott, high above the Danube. The second vacation podcast focuses on differences between business and leisure travel — how to “downshift” from business to leisure travel, balancing cost with risk when chosing a travel brand, and a Budapest traffic accident illustrates what…

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Podcast #8 – TravelCommons on Vacation

This TravelCommons podcast comes to you from my first day on vacation, recorded in the bathroom of the Novotel in Geneva, Switz. I walk through the Internet technologies that I used to book a small non-chain hotel in the French Alps, talk about the sort of “travel insurance” that people believe they get from chosing…

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Podcast #7 – Eating Alone; Classic Travel Stories

The TravelCommons podcast is back on the East Coast in Boston. Recorded in the bathroom of the Residence Inn in Charlestown, I talk about the tight summer travel market, strategies for eating alone without looking like a loser, and more Classic Travel Stories — fun on Air Canada. Also, e-mail and audio comments from listeners….

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Podcast #6 – The TSA Talks Back

This week’s TravelCommons podcast is an “odds-‘n’-ends” podcast, following up on items from previous podcasts and answering questions from web boards and e-mails. I follow-up on last week’s Sean Penn sighting and read the reply I received from the TSA in response to my complaint about Chicago Midway airport. Responding to a topic request on…

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Podcast #5 – Celebrities in Airports; The Right Car Rental

This week’s TravelCommons podcast comes from the East Coast — recorded in the Mystic Marriott in Groton, CT. This week, I talk about recent experiences with rental cars, airport celebrity sightings, and my efforts to get out of my travel ruts. Here’s a direct link to the podcast file. [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”http://travelcommons.com/podcast/travelcommons_5.mp3″]

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Podcast #4 – The Good Things About Travel

This week’s TravelCommons podcast focuses on the good things about travel. Last week’s podcast seemed a bit negative, so I try to bring a bit of balance this week. Recorded in the LAX Westin, I stow the laptop for a night and walk the Manhattan Beach, CA pier, reflect on a rare window seat ride…

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