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Simon Lehmann On Travel Tech From Phocuswright 2016

hotelplan / foto:philipp rohner

hotelplan / foto:philipp rohner

Simon Lehmann joins Paul and Elizabeth from Switzerland to talk about one of the world’s leading conferences focusing on the present and future state of digital travel at Phocuswright 2016. Simon has a global view of the digital travel world and as president of Phocuswright he discusses the advances that he sees in the world of travel technology. 


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Jennifer Dombrowski And Christmas In France

Dombrowski 1Jennifer Dombrowski chats with Paul and Elizabeth about Burgundy wine auctions and tastings in Beaune, France. And then the talk turns to Christmas in France and specifically Bordeaux where the local Christmas Market is only a two minute walk away. France celebrates the holidays with joy and decorations but also with food. And for Christmas there is always bouche del noel the lavish cake shaped like a Christmas log. 


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Memorable Travel Through The Eyes Of Our Military Part 2

Sergeant First Class Nick Waddell, U.S. Army; Petty Officer First Class Stephen Hale, U.S. Navy; Staff Sergeant James Barrett, U.S. Army; Petty Officer Second Class MacKenzie Adams, U.S. Navy

Sergeant First Class Nick Waddell, U.S. Army;
Petty Officer First Class Stephen Hale, U.S. Navy;
Staff Sergeant James Barrett, U.S. Army;
Petty Officer Second Class Mackenzie Adams, U.S. Navy

In what is becoming an annual tradition Paul and Elizabeth talk with members of our American Forces about travel and special experiences they have had with people and places around the world.[podcast src=”https://html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/4892297/height/0/width/0/theme/standard/autonext/no/thumbnail/yes/autoplay/no/preload/no/no_addthis/no/direction/forward/” height=”” width=””]

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Roger Dow President of U.S Travel Association Talks Improving TSA

Roger Dow CasualRoger Dow chats with Paul and Elizabeth about a recent study that points out ways in which the TSA can improve with very little effort. The study points out the about a third of TSA funds are diverted to other uses. 

Since the Transportation Security Administration’s inception in 2001, the agency has been tasked with a difficult but critical job: protect our nation’s transportation systems and travelers while processing them as efficiently as possible. The men and women of the TSA have done a remarkable job keeping America safe for 15 years. The agency’s mission, however, has been rendered more challenging in recent years, thanks to political and budgetary turmoil, resulting in agency staffing shortages, long lines at airport checkpoints and other frustrations. The agency has improved its performance despite the tumultuous policymaking environment, but it must continue to evolve to meet the demands of a constantly shifting security landscape—and in doing so, provide a more streamlined travel experience for all U.S. flyers.  Read More…

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Learn About North America’s First Floating Brewery

John Carpenter visits the show to talk about the world of brewing. The Red Frog Pub aboard the Carnival Vista is the first floating brewery in North America, brewing its beer on board the ship. It partners with Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewery to create unique beers for its guests. John talks about the on-board pub as well as beer brewing around the world, including history, types of beer, and even health benefits.

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Celebrate U.S. National Park History at BBC.com


To celebrate the U.S. National Park’s 100th anniversary, BBC.com has created a series on the national parks. Anne Banas, travel editor at BBC.com, visits with Paul and Elizabeth to talk all things National Park. While the beauty of the landscape is an exciting draw, this series focuses on the people that make the parks unique. From rangers, employees, and other volunteers that keep the parks up-and-running to sharing their passion and stories with visitors, the people across the U.S. who work at the parks make them special places to travel to. Anne shares highlights from the series as she talks with Elizabeth and Paul.

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Book Passage Conference is Like Summer Camp For Travel Writers and Photographers

Elaine Petrocelli

Nothing quite compares to the community created at the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference in Corte Madera, California. Located just outside of San Francisco, the bookstore celebrates its 40th anniversary and the conference its 25. Owner and founder Elaine Petrocelli visits with Paul and Elizabeth at the conference to share how the bookstore and conference came to be, what you can expect when you attend, and share some of the stories of specials guests and best selling authors throughout the years.

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“My Holiday in North Korea” with Wendy Simmons


Not a traditional place for vacationing, Wendy Simmons visited North Korea and wrote her book, “My Holiday in North Korea: The Funniest/Worst Place on Earth.” Wendy visits with Paul and Elizabeth to share insights on her trip and how the experience impacted her. From getting an hour-by-hour itinerary approved prior to her visit, to having escorts every time she was outside, Wendy shares the unique elements about traveling to a place like North Korea as well as the glimpses she had into the daily lives of people living there.

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Sneak Peak at the 2017 Toyota Prius Prime

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Nathan Kokes from Toyota visits the show to talk about the new Toyota Prius Prime. The newly designed plug in version of the well-known Prius now has its own unique look (as well as a new aerodynamic design), differentiating itself from other Prius as well as other plug-ins on the road. It has new features, better engineering, exceptional ergonomics, and is an easy and intuitive car—on top of its plug in technology.

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James DeRuvo Tackles The Apple Watch


James DeRuvo visits the show close to the Apple product announcement to share his frank and expert advice and tech knowledge. With the launch of the new Apple watch, Apple TV, and Macbook, James shares why the Apple watch is the newest exciting thing in tech and gives honest and useful tips and tricks.

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