Episode 236 – Travel to China, Eclipse, etc

Travel to China, Eclipse, etc with David Swanson - This Week in Travel 236

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest:

David Swanson – travel writer and president-elect of SATW (Society of American Travel Writers)

This Week’s News:

  • Flight 1380: First air accident-related fatality for nine years named
  • More dogs die on United than on any other airline. Here’s why.
  • The Surprising Reason that There Are So Many Thai Restaurants in America
  • The hunt for General Tso
  • The Struggles of Writing About Chinese Food as a Chinese Person
  • Adam Gordon Photography
  • Gary on Amateur Traveler – Travel to Montenegro – Episode 604

Picks of the week:

Travel to China, Eclipse, etc with David Swanson - This Week in Travel 236

Episode 235 – Souvenirs, Kitsch, and Tchotchkes – with author Rolf Potts

Souvenirs, Kitsch, and Tchotchkes - with author Rolf Potts = This Week in Travel #235 (Podcast)

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt and Jen Leo are joined by this week’s guest:

Author and now podcaster Rolf Potts

This Week’s News:

  • Dog dies on United Airlines flight after being forced into the overhead bin
  • United Sent A Dog To Japan Instead Of Kansas City
  • United Airlines suspends pet cargo service
  • LA to Vegas
  • Passengers Were Delayed 27 Hours Because Their Pilot Got in a Physical Fight
  • Las Vegas Airport rolls out cannabis ‘disposal amnesty boxes’
  • Female tourists 25 and over can now visit Saudi Arabia without a male escort
  • Saudi Arabia plans luxury beach resorts on the Red Sea

Souvenirs, Kitsch, and Tchotchkes - with author Rolf Potts = This Week in Travel #235 (Podcast)Picks of the week:

  • Jen – What to Do with Travel Souvenirs – Pinterest
  • Gary – AARP for travel discounts (associate membership)
  • Chris – Two Years Before the Mast
  • Rolf – Hawaii
  • Rolf – Kate Harris – Lands of Lost Borders
  • Rolf – Carl Hoffman – Last Wildmen of Borneo
  • Jen – This Week in Podcasts newsletter

Episode 234 – A Case for Travel to Russia

A Case for Travel to Russia - This Week in Travel (Podcast)

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest:

Robert Reid from ReidOnTravel.com joins us for a discussion of his recent article Why U.S. Travel Media Won’t Tell People to Visit Russia. Robert has reported on travel to Russia for years (including Travel to the Russian Far East – Amateur Traveler #406) but sees a surprising dearth of stories about travel to Russia from major U.S. travel publishers.

This Week’s News:

    • Panicked United Passenger Pops Chute, Uses Emergency Exit Inflatable Slide to Get Off Plane at Newark Airport: Airline
    • A Woman Actually Got Into a Baggage Scanner So She Could Hold on to Her Handbag
    • New craft beer hotel in Scotland to feature beer taps in every room | Lifestyle from CTV News
    • Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight | Fox News
    • Girl injured by support dog on Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix – ABC15 Arizona
    • United Airlines Cracking Down On Emotional Support Spouses
    • Delta sets more stringent requirements for support animals on board
    • How To Fly With An Emotional Support Animal
    • Tourism to U.S. under Trump is down, costing $4.6B and 40,000 jobs
    • Wine Flies Free on Alaska Airlines

Picks of the week:

  • Chris – openflights.org to summarize your travel year from tripit.com
  • Jen – Bed & Brew: 20+ U.S. Breweries with Beer Hotels
  • Jen – Emotional Support Animal Certification
  • Gary – Visit the Arctic
  • Robert – and the southern hemisphere

A Case for Travel to Russia - This Week in Travel (Podcast)

Episode 232 – Universal’s Blog Squad: Class of 2018

Universal's Blog Squad - Class of 2018 - This Week in Travel #232

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular host Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest:

Caroline Eubanks, travel author (This is My South) and blogger at carolineinthecityblog.com and ThisIsMySouth.com.

Both Chris and Caroline are part of Universal’s Blog Squad (Class of 2018) which is creating content for Universal Resort Orlando. This show was recorded on a press trip centered around the Celebration Harry Potter.

Universal's Blog Squad - Class of 2018 - This Week in Travel #232

Episode 231 – Arbitrary 2018 Travel Lists

Arbitrary 2018 Travel Lists - This Week in Travel #231 (with Guest Spud Hilton from the SF Chronicle)

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest:

Spud Hilton of the San Francisco Chronicle

This Week’s News:

  • Alaska Airlines: Early boarding today for ugly holiday sweaters
  • Guest ‘fined’ by a hotel after posting a negative review
  • Best Trips 2018
  • The Ultimate Arbitrary List of Places to Visit in 2018
  • American Airlines Is Banning Smart Luggage Unless It’s Got This Feature

Picks of the week:

  • Gary – IHG Credit Card
  • Chris – Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Surge Protector
  • Spud – Don’t believe the special rates on Wow and Norwegian
  • Jen – Gear lists at travelaway.me

Arbitrary 2018 Travel Lists - This Week in Travel #231 (with Guest Spud Hilton from the SF Chronicle)

Episode 230 – Teaching English Abroad

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo, and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest:

Marilyn and Matt from Words with Winos about teaching English as a Foreign Language with a special appearance by Jen’s daughter Cora talking about her first travel assignment

This Week’s News:
  • Computer Glitch Gives All AA Pilots Leave Over Christmas Week
  • United Airlines to auction off Boeing 747 hardware to MileagePlus Members
  • Two American tourists fined in Thailand for ‘butt selfie’ at a temple
  • Anthony Bourdain Is Now Banned From Ever Entering This Country Again
  • The odds are ever in your favor because a Hunger Games theme park opened – KarryOn
  • Disney World Just Revealed Exciting New Details About Toy Story Land
  • This Is the Most Dangerous Country in the World

Picks of the week:

  • Marilyn and Matt – Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate
  • Marilyn and Matt – vipkid.com
  • Jen and Cora – Cora’s first assignment on Fisherman’s Wharf
  • Gary – Parrot Zik Headphone
  • Chris – Mike’s Video of the Roman Forum (6th-grade report)
  • Chris – Roomkey.com
  • Jen – Caretaker Gazette
  • Marilyn and Matt – TrustedHouseSitters.com

Episode 228 – Couples Adventure Travel

Couple's Adventure Travel - This Week in Travel #228 (Podcast)

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guests:

Mike and Anne Howard from honeytrek.com, authors of National Geographic, Ultimate Journeys for Two

This Week’s News:

  • Tourists in Mexico join rescuers to save lives
  • Tourists: Don’t take plastic bags to Kenya or face 4 years in prison
  • This Airport Is Getting an Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • VietJet: No bikini-clad flight attendants on flights to Muslim country

Picks of the week:

  • Jen – Love and Romance: True Stories of Passion on the Road (Travelers’ Tales Guides)
  • Chris – Workers on Wheels
  • Chris – Joggins Fossil Cliffs – UNESCO World Heritage Site in Nova Scotia

Couple's Adventure Travel - This Week in Travel #228 (Podcast)

Episode 227 – Eclipses and Elephants

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by this week’s guest:

Bhaskar Krishnamurthy, photographer and documentary filmmaker of “Elephants in the Coffee

This Week’s News:

  • Chinese tourists arrested for Hitler salutes in Germany
  • Disney World is building a restaurant that will make you feel like you’re dining in space
  • Thailand targets Western ‘begpackers’
  • The U.S. will face a staggering shortage of pilots
  • Pilots forget to retract landing gear, almost run out of fuel
  • Expedia to stop selling some animal tours
  • Teen Arrested After Opening Emergency Door and Sliding Down Plane Wing at San Francisco Airport

Picks of the week:

"Eclipses and Elephants" - This Week in Travel #227 (Podcast)