The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- more about the journey than the destination


  • How to Find Local Tour Guides; Rebuild Travel Muscles

    10/05/2021 Duration: 26min

    I can feel travel beginning to come back. TSA checkpoint volumes are hitting post-pandemic highs, business travelers are starting to come out from behind their Zoom sessions, and vaccination rates are prompting more people to make travel plans. So on this episode, we first talk to Paul Melhus, CEO of ToursByLocals about the state of the local tour market and then about how frequent travelers are starting to stretch their atrophied travel muscles.Check out this episode's show notes here

  • How the Pros Plan Their Taproom Tourism

    10/04/2021 Duration: 26min

    Looking at the Beer section of this new website design, I saw I needed more content. So I got hold of Rob Cheshire of the This Week in Craft Beer podcast to talk about our approaches to taproom tourism and to trade taproom travel stories. I also talk about mask hassles on a couple of recent flights, Hertz's continuing downward service spiral, and Uber and Lyft driver shortages.Check out this episode's show notes here and the uncut video of Rob's and my beer chat here

  • What's New in Travel Insurance; Keeping Ahead of Expiring Miles

    12/03/2021 Duration: 28min

    As travel bookings beginning to rise with vaccination rates, we talk with Michael Giusti of to find out what's changed over the last year. I make the rounds through all my frequent traveler programs to reset impending expiration dates. We also talk about yet another travel data breach, a favorite beer bar is a COVID casualty, and bankrupt Hertz is starting to let its cars get old.Check out this episode's show notes here

  • Timeshares Without the Pitch; Notes on Tucson

    17/02/2021 Duration: 28min

    Escaped the Chicago winter for a week of hiking in the mountains around Tucson and searching for good Sonoran food. We also talk with Mike Kennedy, CEO and Co-Founder of Koala about how he’s making it easy to rent timeshares without buying into them. Also, how travel planning got hot but then cooled back down, and trying to extend the life of my Avios pointsCheck out this episode's show notes here and my Tucson trip blog post here

  • Data Privacy and Rental Cars; 2021 Travel Planning Tips

    15/01/2021 Duration: 27min

    Was all set to head to San Diego for a week’s break from Chicago’s grey January and then looked at the COVID restrictions… and then pivoted to Arizona. With people starting to think about 2021 travel, I pulled together my top 5 travel planning tips. Slow vaccine roll-out will probably keep us restricted for longer than we thought. Andrea Amico of Privacy4Cars joins us to talk about the dangers of leaving our data behind in rental cars.Check out this episode's show notes here

  • Show Me the Proof; Hereditary Road Warriors

    17/12/2020 Duration: 25min

    No Thanksgiving travel, but looking at the travel volume for this, the busiest travel week of the year, shows just how far things have fallen. The Qantas CEO said “No vax, no fly”, so we dig into the emerging world of digital vaccine passports. And then I trace my travel genealogy, wondering if road warrior-ism is hereditary.Check out this episode's show notes here

  • Pandemic Holiday Gift Guide; Year-End Status Offers

    13/11/2020 Duration: 29min

    No travel since the last episode, so I had some time to think back through my post-lockdown travel and come up with my top 10 gift ideas for your pandemic travelers. We look at the start of the year-end efforts by airlines, hotels, and credit card companies to keep their grounded travelers, unpack the work-from-hotel offerings from Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt, and dissect the latest hotel reservation system data breach.Check out this episode's show notes here

  • Surviving Quarantine Theater; Traveling for Food

    17/10/2020 Duration: 26min

    Trying to recover from a long weekend of eating and drinking through the neighborhoods of South Philly. Our movable feast reminded me that food may be the one experience of a place left that can’t be easily exported and bought on-line. We talk about the FBI’s cybersecurity warning to work-from-home types using hotels for getaway offices, and are a bit amazed at how fast last year’s 'flight shaming' gave way to 'flights to nowhere.' And we think about 'quarantine theater' — how cities and states are focusing on activities to signal they are serious about COVID, but that most folks know aren’t really effective.

  • 6 Months On; Why Keep Travel Cards?

    19/09/2020 Duration: 25min

    Drivable getaway to Michigan's Upper Peninsula; looking back 6 months to start of pandemic; downloading 12 years of TripIt data; what to do with travel card points we can't use?

  • What Is The Meaning of Travel?

    13/08/2020 Duration: 29min

    Travel planning amidst changing quarantines and lockdowns; writing off Barcelona trip; Emily Thomas and her new book "The Meaning of Travel: Philosophers Abroad"

  • 165 — First Post-Lockdown Flight; When Does Business Travel Come Back?

    18/07/2020 Duration: 23min

    Experiences on my first post-lockdown flight; Hertz's new cleaning program; reviewing my new pair of Bose headphones, wonder when business travel will return

  • 164 — First Post-Lockdown Trips; Travel Credit Cards

    09/06/2020 Duration: 25min

    First post-lockdown trip, a fast drive down I-65. Talk about hotels swapping hospitality for sanitation, Hertz's bankruptcy, tips for travel credit card usage

  • 115-A Decade of TravelCommons

    14/05/2015 Duration: 30min

    Looking back over 10 years of TravelCommons

  • 74-Looking Back Over Four Years of TravelCommons

    15/05/2009 Duration: 24min

    The fourth year anniversary episode of TravelCommons

  • 40-Looking Back Over The First Year

    13/06/2006 Duration: 28min

    The first year anniversary episode of TravelCommons

  • TravelCommons Promo

    07/07/2005 Duration: 02min

    A Taste of TravelCommons - Telling travel stories from hotel bathrooms around the country