Dan Forth blogs about the world of travel as he sees it.
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Jim Markel Makes The World’s Best UnWheeled Luggage And Travels Responsibly

Jim-MarkelFormer US Marine rigger, Jim Markel, builds Red Oxx Luggage in a workshop in Billings, Montana. Backed by a simple ironclad guarantee, and built to the best specifications, we’ve traveled with it for years and speak from experience. Jim joins us here to talk about the quality that makes his luggage special but also his attitudes about travel. Wherever he goes in the world he works to make a difference whether in bettering the life of residents of villages in Guatemala through jobs or distributing mosquito netting to children to combat malaria in Africa. Along with his humanitarian efforts he discusses with Paul some recent fishing adventures in Africa.

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Ted Bravos and ITMI Have Made Tour Directing Into A Career

Ted BravosTed Bravos and the International Tour Management Institute, that he founded, have made being a tour director a career. He has trained thousands of people in the art and craft of being tour managers and most of his graduates find work in this fascinating niche iin the travel business. Think traveling and getting paid to do it. Elizabeth and Paul talk with Ted about the business and how it has changed.

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Krav Maga Is Workout As Well As Excellent Self Defense For Travelers

ontravel logoCombining exercise and what they refer to as reality-based self defense Krav Maga is ideal for travelers. Paul chats with Howard Mallen who is the co-founder and CEO of Krav Maga Worldwide. Howard began training in Krav Maga at age twelve receiving instruction directly from Chief Instructor Darren Levine, who brought Krav Maga to the United States and was mentored by the founder of Krav Maga, Imi Lichetenfeld. Howard has practiced Krav Maga for over 30 years earning his black belt in 1993 and his third degree black belt in 2012.  He served as the Director of the Krav Maga Association’s Law Enforcement Training Division and spent 15 years as a lead force instructor for the Santa Monica Police Department’s defensive tactics unit.

Howard points out that traveling can frazzle your brain. Between trying to remember if you locked up the house or put your ID back into your wallet, thinking about personal safety in airport parking lots is the last thing on most women’s minds. However, poorly lit parking garages, arms full of luggage, confusing parking signs, forgetting where you parked and keys buried in the bottom of an overflowing purse can make women easy targets for predators. To help women stay safe while traveling,  has put together a list of personal safety tips to keep in mind when at the airport, train station or in an unfamiliar city.

Krav Maga Worldwide is the largest reality-based self-defense organization in the world, and industry leader in Krav Maga-based self-defense, fitness, and fighting.  Krav Maga Worldwide has certified hundreds of the most elite law enforcement agencies and military units throughout the world. These organizations have adopted Krav Maga as their official self-defense system because of its instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training methods.

 

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Gary Oster Talks About Importance of Travel To US And Reveals Great Deals

USTravel_4C_TypeOnly_copyGary Oster of  the U.S. Travel Association chats with Paul and Elizabeth about the Associations’s sixth annual Daily Getaways program. It runs though April and new deals appear most weekdays at 1pm. You have to move with lightning speed since they sell out quickly. Gary talks about some of the incredible deals that can be had with savings of upwards of 50 percent. Check out the website for all the details on some of the best deals in travel you’ll see this year. We also talk about the importance of travel to our health and welfare and why a program offered by the U.S Travel Association means a better life for every worker and more money for the economy. Read more…….

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Marc Patterson Wifi Guru With Boingo Talks Wifi And Travel

boingo logoMarc Patterson of Boingo talks WIFI and connectivity while traveling. Paul and Marc discuss the advantages and disadvantages of keeping in touch while traveling. From years of experience on the road they share tips and tricks for using WIFI and also the advantages of Boingo, especially when it comes to security. Paul points out the advantages of an account when on the road.

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Los Angeles Times Festival Of Books Has A Travel Focus

LAT_Travel_icon_smCatharine Hamm, travel editor of The Los Angeles Times, talks with Paul about the Festival of Books and the program which includes many experts who can share their expertise in travel. It costs nothing to attend the Festival but there are packages available that can add to the experience. Experts such as TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez and travel safety expert Kevin Coffey will be sharing during the weekend. One panel features experts like Johnny Jet and Gabe Saglie discussing tips and tricks for saving money. If you are planning on visiting Southern California or live in the region the Festival is a great place to learn about all sorts of books but if you are interested there is a great focus on travel.

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Internet At Sea That’s Faster Than At Home

BillMartin0612Bill Martin with Royal Caribbean International talks with Paul about fast WIFI at sea on the four newest cruise ships of Royal Caribbean. Low earth orbit satellites and ground breaking technology have made the dream of fast internet at sea a reality. Bill explains how the system works and how popular it is with those cruising on these ships.

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Master Story Teller And Travel Editor Spud Hilton Weaves Great Tales

palau_kayak_mugSpud Hilton, award winning travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, talks with Paul about what makes great travel writing and both agree, “it’s the story stupid”. Today’s bloggers often forget that people love to read stories. Spud also talks about the necessity of bringing back stories and observations about places that convey a true sense of place. He talks about a story on the islands of Palau that revealed ancient ruins from a civilization that once inhabited the country. Observations that go way beyond the usual diving in Palau story.

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Travel Skills Provide Valuable Lessons In One Miami School

CSM Cutler Bay AcademyMaria Newman joins Paul and Elizabeth to discuss a teaching program at Cutler Bay Senior High School in Miami. The school program is giving students a chance to earn college credits while learning skills useful in the travel industry. Along the way they also learn life skills and valuable lessons about how travel, the world’s largest industry, works. Newman also talks about the joys and rewards of teaching. Some of the students and their teacher are shown on a learning trip to Cruise Shipping Miami, the leading industry trade show. CSM Cutler Bay Academy (photos: Andy Newman)

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Just Ahead Is The Perfect Driving App For Touring U.S. National Parks

DSCN1205_2Bob Howells joins Paul for an indepth look at what just may be the perfect app for exploring our National Parks by car. Just Ahead tells you where to go in our most popular National Parks using GPS guidance and combining expert knowledge and accurate information. It blends technology with serious travel information in a very useable format. Better than any printed travel guide Just Ahead perfects the audio driving tour.