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This Week in Travel

Author: Gary Arndt and Jen Leo

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A weekly roundtable discussion on travel news and the travel industry with leading travel writers, bloggers, and podcasters.
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SPECIAL GUEST: Chris Christensen   Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler which is an award winning online travel podcast / blog that focuses primarily on travel destinations. He is also a co-host emeritus for This Week in Travel. https://amateurtraveler.com/     Chris talks about his recent trip to the Galapagos Islands with Quasar Expeditions. https://www.quasarex.com/   See Chris and Gary’s photos of the Galapagos!   Photos on Amateur Traveler https://travelphotos.amateurtraveler.com/South-America/Ecuador/Galapagos/   Photos on Everything Everywhere https://travelphotos.everything-everywhere.com/South-America/Ecuador/Galapagos-Islands-2015/    DESTINATION TIPS   Gary: If you’re flying into Quito, move on quickly to Guayaquil on the coast or plan for some extra time there in Quito. It’s 9000 feet so you’ll want to acclimate.   Gary: Galapagos islands of North America Haida Gwaii an archipelago off British Columbia’s west coast, in Canada. Where the Alaskan panhandle ends. You’ll see the other type of sea lions up there. Very few people know about it or visit the UNESCO world heritage site on the island. SG̱ang Gwaay Llanagaay. The last place on earth where you can see original totem poles.     Chris: Paso Robles, CA. The region has matured in my lifetime. 300 different wineries and a distillery trail. The Light Show - Sensorio. They have a field of lights that are driven by solar power. See Chris’s California blog to see pics of it. https://sensoriopaso.com/ https://travelphotos.amateurtraveler.com/USA/California/Paso-Robles/i-kkGJNXt    Jen: Sonora, CA. Columbia, Little Roots, Jamestown.   Starlink update:  up to 1500 satellites. Just partnered with Google. Expanding ground stations at the Google Data Centers. Australia, NZ, many countries in Europe. Third generation satellite launching soon. It will make it possible to use Starlink on ships. https://www.starlink.com/    Travel tips of the week:   Gary –  Project Gutenberg is a collection of public domain books. Free. But my tip is the new site https://standardebooks.org/. They take the PG titles and they format them so it’s properly formatted with cover art and colorized images. A proper ebook that you’d buy from Amazon but it’s totally free. Hundreds of titles of classic books.     Jen – https://rooftopcinemaclub.com/ Locations: Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Tampa, San Diego, New York, London.   Chris: Black rapid wonder bundle. It has a tab on the back of your  iPhone and a loop through the charging port where you can attach a strap.  https://www.blackrapid.com/wander-bundle/s https://pacsafe.com/    Find our guest and hosts online: Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Jen: @jenleo, @bitcuriousmom, Bitcuriousmom.com  Chris: @AmateurTraveler, https://amateurtraveler.com/
Melanie Radzicki McManus is a freelance travel writer, speaker, and author of Thousand-Miler: Adventures Hiking the Ice Age Trail. “I’m also The Thousand-Miler. Someone who hikes a lot – 7,200+ miles (11,587 km) and counting – and wants to inspire and encourage everyone to give it a try.” https://thethousandmiler.com DESTINATION TIPS Gary: On the Ice age trail - Door County, WI. One of the most visited places in the state. The New England of Wisconsin. Jen: Oceanside, CA https://visitoceanside.org/ Melanie: Whitesands National Park.  Largest Gypsum San Dunes in the world. Get a sled and slide down the sand dunes. Only ten campsites. Sunset changes the colors of the dunes. Otherworldly.    Travel tips of the week: Gary –  RErouted.co. Used gear marketplace. Gear for Hiking, Skiing, Snowboarding, and more.  Jen – Nature Scavenger Hunt Outdoor Kids Activity https://stuffedsuitcase.com/nature-scavenger-hunt/  Melanie: Sun gloves. Find our guest and hosts online: Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Jen: @jenleo, @bitcuriousmom, Bitcuriousmom.com  Melanie: @Thethousandmiler
SPECIAL GUEST: Xiomara Rodriguez Director of Marketing & Communications at DiscoverPuertoRico.com   Xiomara Rodriguez talks about Puerto Rico’s recent history and current availability as a tourist destination    Puerto Rica after 2017 Hurricane Maria Infrastructure is back to normal. Tourism and hospitality took advantage of the time after Maria and remodeled and refreshed their properties and attractions.    Puerto Rico during the Pandemic The tourism industry was hit really hard, but was also one of the first US territories to take stringent measures and went into lockdown quickly.   Puerto Rico today.  People can visit Puerto Rico now. They’ve seen a recent increase in tourists coming to the island. Every passenger needs to bring in negative Covid results within 72 hours prior to arrival and a travel declaration form where they upload the results.    Travel tips of the week:   Gary – Bacardi rum factory tour Jen – ThePoingsGuy.com/coronavirus Xiomara – Bomba drums - Louisa in northern part of San Juan is a great place to hear them. There are also Bomba tours.  Vaca Negra farm. You can make your own cheese. https://vacanegra.com/en/ Coffee plantation: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/profile/hacienda-la-mocha/9548   Find our guest and hosts online: Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Jen: @jenleo, @bitcuriousmom, Bitcuriousmom.com  Xiomara: https://www.discoverpuertorico.com/
Brad Niva is the executive director of Travel Southern Oregon, the contracted tourism management organization representing Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Klamath, and Lake counties.   Under Niva's management, this 34-year-old tourism office is in the process of reshaping its future to highlight the best of Southern Oregon. This includes strategic partnerships with the Umpqua Valley and Rogue Valley wine regions and making the wine industry a key tourism asset for visitors coming to the area.   Brad has owned and managed three tourism businesses in the Rogue Valley and has a passion to use tourism as an economic development tool to promote our region and support our Oregon communities.       Brad Niva talks about Southern Oregon as a travel destination. https://www.southernoregon.org/      Destination pics of the week:   Gary – Lava Beds National Monument, Tule Lake https://www.nps.gov/labe/index.htm  Jen – Rivers Edge Restaurant  https://www.riversedgerestaurant.net  Brad – Galice Resort  http://www.galice.com    Travel tips of the week:   Gary – New locations. UK, Germany, Southern states in the United States and Australia  https://www.starlink.com/ Jen – Guy Kawasaki Remarkable People Podcast https://guykawasaki.com/remarkable-people Brad – Thank you to SATW travel writers for their inspiration   Find our guest and hosts online: Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Jen: @jenleo, @bitcuriousmom, Bitcuriousmom.com  Brad: https://www.southernoregon.org/ 
SPECIAL GUEST: Bruce Poon Tip Entrepreneur, leader, and philanthropist Bruce Poon Tip, is the founder of G Adventures, an award-winning small group adventure travel company and pioneer of community tourism. ... We host 200,000 travelers per year, offer more than 750 tours, and travel to 100 countries — across all seven continents.       Bruce Poon Tip talks about his book https://unlearn.travel/   Destination pics of the week:   Gary – Alberta, Canada — Wood Buffalo Jen – The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology https://tyrrellmuseum.com/  Bruce– Japan - outside of big cities. How to get lost in rural Japan. Fishing villages in coastal Japan.    Travel tips of the week:   Gary – 1.1.1.1 https://1.1.1.1/   Jen – Toca Boca apps for kids of all ages  https://tocaboca.com/  Bruce– Vago compression bags https://vago.global/    Find our guest and hosts online: Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Jen: @jenleo, @bitcuriousmom, Bitcuriousmom.com  Bruce: https://www.instagram.com/brucepoontip 
Simon Wright is the industry editor at The Economist and recently wrote the publication's "Future of Travel" special report.     Simon Wright talks about his report in the Economist, “Return of the Wanderer” https://www.economist.com/special-report/2021-02-13   Picks of the week:   Gary – Check on your travel credit cards and do an audit. Check your passport status before you fly again.  Jen – https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-25/covid-vaccine-passports-2021-the-golden-ticket-for-international-travel Simon – IATA app. https://www.iata.org/en/youandiata/travelers/iata-travel-pass-for-travelers/   Find our guest and hosts online: Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Jen: @jenleo, @bitcuriousmom, Bitcuriousmom.com Simon: Economist.com
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2021-03-0501:05:55

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and Jen Leo.   CO-HOST EMERITUS:   Chris is the host of the Amateur Traveler which is an award-winning online travel show that focuses primarily on travel destinations. It includes a weekly audio podcast, a video podcast, and a blog. In 2014, Chris won a Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Journalism from the Society of American Travel Writers and was called the "Best Independent Travel Journalist" by Travel & Leisure Magazine in their annual SMITTY Awards.    He has worked for years in technology startups in Silicon Valley. He was formerly the Director of Engineering for TripAdvisor's New Initiatives group and was the EVP Engineering at LiveWorld where his team built and ran online communities and events for companies including eBay, HBO, TV Guide, Expedia, Marriott, A&E, History Channel, the NBA, NBC, ABC, Disney, Microsoft, WebTV, and American Express.    Subscribe on Apple Podcasts | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download   This Week’s News:   U.S. Optimism About COVID-19 Situation Reaches New High https://news.gallup.com/poll/331832/optimism-covid-situation-reaches-new-high.aspx   California says Disneyland and other amusement parks can reopen April 1 https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/disneyland-amusement-parks-california-reopening/index.html   Royal Caribbean will offer a 'fully vaccinated' cruise with sailings starting in Israel https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/cruises/2021/03/01/royal-caribbean-offer-fully-vaccinated-sailing-new-cruise-ship/6871142002/?fbclid=IwAR2L4YzYRtW-RBytlMz7bgpzVaJZhfdJBr_J-JmrOGpA9d_CLIDFz46GxKs     Picks of the week:   Gary – Mac Book Air M1 https://www.apple.com/macbook-air/ Jen – Universal Yums https://www.universalyums.com/?uy=vuj8wpumb7 Chris – California - all of it, back up your computer! Find Gary: Everything-everywhere.com  Chris: AmateurTraveler.com Jen: @jenleo, @bitucriousmom    
This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest travel writer David Swanson from https://www.100sandiego.com/
This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest: Robert Reid from reidontravel.com who has left travel writing for a variety of reasons and returned to Oklahoma.
#267 - Take a Schoolcation

#267 - Take a Schoolcation

2020-09-2901:17:20

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Spud Hilton are joined by this week’s guest: Jen Campbell Boles is the owner and Chief Exploration Officer of Explore More Family Travel, a boutique travel agency
This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest Nora Dunn from The Professional Hobo.
#265 - Welcome to the USA

#265 - Welcome to the USA

2020-08-2001:16:55

This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest: Caz and Craig Makepeace from the yTravel blog
#264 - The Future of Travel

#264 - The Future of Travel

2020-08-1101:25:21

This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest Robert Cole. Robert is a hotel and hospitality consultant at RockCheetah.
#263 - Where to Go and When

#263 - Where to Go and When

2020-06-2301:08:16

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest: SPECIAL GUEST BIO: Sherry Ott is a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer with one goal in mind - to make you wish you were somewhere else. She writes about her travel lifestyle and around the world adventures on Ottsworld.com and her social media channels. She continues to seek out epic adventures to intriguing places in order to challenge herself and inspire people to overcome their fears and reap the benefits of travel. Where to Go & When ebook - https://bold-grass-4654.ck.page/2d3f7584ec
SPECIAL GUEST BIO: Anietra Hamper is an award-winning travel writer and photographer with a penchant for outdoor adventure and fishing for some of the largest fish in the world. Prior to writing for travel publications, Anietra spent 18 years as a top-rated, EMMY nominated television news Anchor and investigative reporter. Anietra takes a “boots-on-the-ground” journalistic approach to all of her stories to provide authentic information from actual experiences. Anietra is passionate about adventure. Whether she is fishing for the giant wels catfish in Spain, trekking glaciers in Iceland, breaking angling records in Thailand, rafting Class V rapids in West Virginia, shrimping in Louisiana or hiking the jungles of Cambodia, this is how Anietra prefers to experience new destinations. Anietra currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her dog Sunny. You can find out more about Anietra’s travels, photography, blog and next extreme fishing adventure at www.threewordpress.com. Anietra tells us her incredible story of being stuck in a remote part of India and her harrowing experience getting home.
#261 - Coronavirus

#261 - Coronavirus

2020-03-1301:10:05

This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen talk about the Coronavirus Covid-19 and its impact on life, travel, and the travel industry.
This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Chris Christensen, and Jen Leo are joined by this week’s guests: Earl Bridges and Craig Martin, long time philanthropy veterans, globetrotters, and best friends,  are co-hosts of the new PBS Travel Series THE GOOD ROAD.
#259 - 2020

#259 - 2020

2020-01-2001:11:06

This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen talk about 2019 and 2020.
This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Jen Leo, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest: Steve Kaufmann who is a retired ex-diplomat, founder of two companies, YouTuber, and polyglot. He spends most of his time on YouTube these days, speaking about language learning (he speaks around 20 languages). He now has an app LingQ.
#257 Travel to North Korea

#257 Travel to North Korea

2019-11-1301:08:06

This Week in Travel - Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, Spud Hilton, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week's guest: Stephen Harris author of Traveling Through North Korea: Adventures in the Hermit Kingdom and bigbeaverdiaries.com
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