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Even when we’re not going anywhere, we’re planning our next adventure. As a global leader in travel, Expedia has created this entertaining podcast offering travel information and ideas so you can learn and get inspired. Before you embark on your next trip, join host Nisreene Atassi to swap tips with travel experts and industry insiders, as well as people just like you who have great travel stories to share. Subscribe today, and learn to navigate the online travel booking space and Out Travel The System.

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39 Episodes
Just ahead of our full episode about Japan, we thought it might be handy to show you how we at Out Travel the System stay on top of changing travel conditions. This mini-episode takes you through navigating an extremely useful page: Expedia's COVID-19 travel guide. You know we love to inform and inspire, so please take a listen through in advance of Out Travel the System's next episode. These other links may also be handy as you dream of traveling to Japan:   See for privacy information.
Winter is here and that means new opportunities to re-think what a 'staycation' can mean, in this episode of Out Travel the System. From setting up a little oasis of self-care at home, to strapping on some snowshoes and heading out into the frosty blue yonder, it's shaping up to be a great time to get in touch with some of the things you've always wanted to do... but haven't had time to do. Host Nisreene Atassi gets tips on planning a winter staycation and how locals are being courted by attractions from Nathan Lump, Expedia VP of Customer Marketing, and Olly Stringer, Director of Partnerships at Expedia. For more winter staycation inspiration, check out Things to Do From Home See for privacy information.
It's that time of year again - where we settle down on the couch with a plate of snacks and a favorite beverage, and watch ALL.THE.HOLIDAY.MOVIES! On this episode of Out Travel the System, we're living vicariously through picture-perfect scenes and solvable plot problems, and doing some advance research for future destinations to fully get into the Christmas spirit.  Along for the (sleigh) ride with host Nisreene Atassi are Tracy Lanza, Senior VP of Integrated Marketing for Brand USA, and Ron Oliver, a long-time T.V. and movie director, screenwriter, and producer. You may have already watched this, this, or this from him. We talk about small town vs big city for splashy holiday celebrations, and ways to get that holiday movie look and feel in your life this year. Listen in to gather up some inspiration to mark the occasion. There are some specific hotels mentioned in the episode as well, and you can find out more about them here: -The Plaza in New York -The Drake in Chicago -The Fairmont in San Francisco -The Boulderado in Colorado See for privacy information.
Chances are, you or someone you know has spent time in Mexico before. But if you were asked where the country's most beautiful beach was, where to get the best seafood tacos, or where you could soak in some beautiful architecture, would you know what to say? These are just a few of the ideas that permeate this episode of Out Travel the System. Nisreene Atassi learns about a whole host of options for things to do and places to go, thanks to help from Christian Villalva, Sr. Business Development  Manager for Expedia in Mexico, and Colby Holiday, a U.S. expat blogging about her life in Merida, Mexico. It's a big area well worth exploring, so listen in to figure out where's the right place for you to visit in Mexico, when the time is right. See for privacy information.
This is a special mini-episode of Out Travel the System, hosted by Nisreene Atassi. It's designed to give you some perspective on possible travel to Mexico, when the time is right for you. It comes ahead of our full episode, where we deep dive into Mexico as a destination. Expedia's COVID-19 travel guide provides easy access to some key resources to incorporate into any travel you may be planning to do. At Out Travel the System, we're here to both inform and inspire. See for privacy information.
Ever wished you had a crystal ball that could show you the future in travel? This episode of Out Travel the System is the next best thing, because it's a deep dive into Expedia's Travel Trends report. It's based on a foundation of billions of data points about travelers, flights, accommodations, and various local attractions. Join host Nisreene Atassi, Christie Hudson, Sr. PR Manager for Expedia, and Chuck Thackston, Managing Director of Data Science and Research for Airlines Reporting Corporation (aka ARC), as they take a look back on what 2020 looked like in the travel sphere, and project those trends into the next year. As always, there are some signature tips and tricks about how to ensure you're accessing big travel savings, so make sure you listen all the way through! See for privacy information.
Turns out host Nisreene Atassi and guest Nilou Motamed really, really love talking about food, travel, and all of the great memories still waiting to be made. Here is a bonus episode of Out Travel the System, continuing the conversation from Season Two's Episode Seven, A Trip Down Food Travel Memory Lane. See for privacy information.
Consider this fair warning - snacks are going to be necessary while listening to this episode of Out Travel the System! Join host Nisreene Atassi as she and guest Nilou Motamed - who you may know from Top Chef and her time as Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine Magazine - discuss how they're re-living key travel memories through the meals they're making. Their conversation touches on memorable meals through previous travels, and how food connects us all through the globe. They talk about bringing home bulging suitcases of tasty souvenirs, and the particular charms of eating like a local in destinations around the world.  Make sure you listen for Nissy's hack for bringing home a taste of your travels - Nilou might steal it, and you can too! See for privacy information.
Road trip season doesn't have to end when the summer does - in fact, there are many reasons to get out onto the open road all year round. In this episode of Out Travel the System, host Nisreene Atassi gets the insider scoop on where and when to time your car rental to coordinate with your larger travel plans or score epic reverse road trip savings. She's joined on the journey by Paul Tomasiello, Expedia's Sr. Director of Global Car Supply, and Megan Lundquist, an extremely expert road tripper. Listen in for tips on road safety, packing like a road trip superstar, and even their confessions about road trip indulgences - all that and more in this episode of Out Travel the System. See for privacy information.
Hawaii is a bucket list destination for many. Even if you've been there before, there is always something new to discover, and something refreshing for the soul in the aloha spirit. This episode of Out Travel the System is all about helping you not only dream about heading to Hawaii, but giving you practical trip-planning advice that you can use to make your trip a reality now, or at some point in the future. Join host Nisreene Atassi as she speaks with Damon Fairchild, Expedia Sr. Business Development Manager for Hawaii and South Pacific, and Valerie Akiona, a flight attendant, and life-long hula dancer. Valerie even gives a quick Hawaiian language lesson that you won't want to miss! See for privacy information.
Shoulder season is one of those travel terms that you may have heard seasoned travelers bandy about - but when does shoulder season actually happen? The short answer is: it depends on where and when you're traveling. Join host Nisreene Atassi for this episode of Out Travel the System to learn some of the best-kept secrets for taking full advantage of shoulder season deals, including why going against the flow of traffic could be your best bet. She is joined in this episode by Christie Hudson, Senior PR Manager for Expedia, and Katherine Fan, Senior Travel Features Reporter for The Points Guy. Katherine takes us through some of the epic shoulder season deals she's scored before, including this trip to New Zealand. See for privacy information.
In this episode of Out Travel the System, the big idea is to get you fully up to speed on all of the details around booking flights and accommodations right now - including what you need to know before you book - and why right now is the perfect time to be planning ahead. Host Nisreene Atassi is joined by Bill Furlong, Vice President of North American Business for Expedia, and Julie Kyse, Vice President of Global Air Partnerships for Expedia. Listen in on their conversation as they discuss all of the measures being taken by airlines and accommodation providers to ensure travelers feel safe, and how to access some of the big travel bargains currently available." See for privacy information.
Be Prepared, Travelers

Be Prepared, Travelers


Out Travel the System is back for Season Two, bringing you the information that travelers both want and need right now. In this first episode, we preview what's to come in the new season - including how to make the most of your travel budget - and the best way to plan for destinations like Hawaii and Japan. We're indulging in our love of food, whether it's how to travel like a foodie, or how to bring your favorite dishes home from your travels. We're also taking the opportunity to answer some of your burning questions about previous travel plans that probably didn't turn out the way you had initially hoped for. Host Nisreene Atassi puts Haytham Akremi, a customer experience manager at Expedia, in the proverbial 'hot seat' about refunds and credits. They also look ahead to what travelers can research as they take advantage of some of the amazing travel deals currently out there. Here are some of the links discussed in the episode: Expedia Self-Service Portal Expedia Customer Support  See for privacy information.
Here we are, 2020

Here we are, 2020


Why re-start a podcast about travel now? That's what we get into, in this mini-episode of Out Travel The System. We also look ahead to the new season and why travelers will want to subscribe now. Join host Nisreene Atassi for this 'in-betweenisode' in advance of the official first episode of Season Two of Out Travel the System See for privacy information.
For some, a solo trip sounds like an adventure and for others, downright intimidating. Expert solo travelers and influencers Gareth Leonard and Mickela Mallozzi join guest host Courtney Scott, to share their tales from life on the road. These friends have all the tips and tricks you need to make your next (or first!) solo trip one you won't forget. Send your travel tips and stories to or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia!  See for privacy information.
The global impact of Coronavirus is affecting travelers everywhere with canceled flights, route changes, and travel advisories in place. Here's how you can prepare if you're not changing your travel plans and what to expect if you booked travel with Expedia.  See for privacy information.
March Madness is approaching and our team is sharing everything you should know to make your 2020 experience a slam dunk! Big Ten Network Analyst and 20-year hoops expert Mike DeCourcy joins our squad in this episode and reflects on his favorite memories. Send your travel stories to or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia! See for privacy information.
Should you invite your Taurus bestie on that next vacay, or would your Aries boyfriend be a better fit? The AstroTwins are back again and they're consulting the stars to reveal your best travel companions and what to do when signs collide on group trips. Share your travel stories with us! Send us an email at or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia. See for privacy information.
Music festival season is upon us, but before you pack those Insta-worthy outfits and lock in your lineup, there are some things you should prepare for. Festival experts, Duncan Meuluma (@undersmusic) and Lauren Brand, creator of the Bombay Beach Biennale, join host and filmmaker, Courtney Scott (@court_scott) to swap advice and stories from their favorite festivals around the world. Have your own awesome festival experience? Let us know at or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia! See for privacy information.
Traveling with kids is bound to be stressful and complicated... or is it? Karen Akpan, @TheMomTrotter, and Bethany Braun-Silva from are sharing tried and true travel hacks to make your family spring break a breeze -- whether you're headed to Hawaii, overseas, or just the next city over. Send us an email with your best travel stories and tips at or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia! See for privacy information.
Comments (2)

Kateri Meyerhofer

Hi, I’ve enjoyed listening to your podcast and have been looking for one on tips and tricks about traveling to Vietnam, would it be possible to do one like that? 

Dec 9th

Zamorita leon


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