The second hour of a special broadcast from the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is one of the world’s leading cities in terms of nightlife and design. Rudy’s first guest, Leon Avigad, is a hotelier and owner of Brown TLV, a stylish, Tel Aviv, boutique hotel that he hopes will be the first in a string of similar hotels. Dalit Nevirovsky, editor of a new guidebook, City Guide Tel Aviv, explains why Tel Aviv is such a popular beach town. And Yair Feinberg, chef and owner of Fein Cook, describes the robust culinary scene in Tel Aviv; he offers food market tours and cooking classes to visitors. You might know actor Aki Avni from appearances on the television show “24″ or the 2009 movie “Universal Soldier: Regeneration.” Currently starring in the musical “Cabaret” in Tel Aviv, Avni says Tel Aviv is “a city that belongs to the youngsters . . . a cross [between] Rio de Janeiro and Manhattan.” And, finally, Eytan Schwartz, from the mayor’s office in Tel Aviv, says the city is “a technologically oriented city” with more start-up companies than any European city. Not to mention 300 days of sun a year.
The first guest in a new, occasional series of travel experts revealing their best travel secrets, Spud Hilton, travel columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, joins Rudy with his tips. Cornell University history professor Barry Strauss discusses visiting ancient battlefields in Italy that once saw conflicts by the stars of his new book, Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership. Rick Seaney, CEO of FareCompare.com, explains why airlines don’t want to lower airfares. And Harriet Baskas, author of the blog, StuckAtTheAirport, explains why Boston’s Logan airport will pay your bus fare from the airport into town. Pus, Rudy delivers the latest travel news and deals.
Tony Giorgianni, an editor at Consumer Reports, warns against joining a “travel club” that asks for a high up-front fee to join while promising deep travel discounts. What would you say if a couple asked you to give up your airline seat so they could sit together? Or if a child behind you on a plane repeatedly kicked the back of your seat? Steve Loucks from Travel Leaders reports on the results of a survey that asked travelers etiquette questions like those. And what’s with the TSA’s “Pre-Check” program? Members find themselves sometimes shuttled to lines where they don’t have to remove their shoes, belts, or jackets and may leave their liquids and computers in cases. But other times, they’re directed to the usual lines. Seattle Times travel columnist Carol Pucci reveals the secrets of why “Pre-Check” folks don’t always get a pass. Plus: The week’s news in travel and Rudy’s deals of the week.
Does it matter what credit card you use to rent a car out of the US? You bet, says Consumer Reports’ Wendy Perrin who tells Rudy you need to know whether your card gives you primary or secondary coverage and which countries in which your card will not cover you. Hodophobia is the fear of travel, and Paul Dooley of AnxietyGuru.net, explains how to overcome it. Which airline, hotel, and rental car companies have the “most satisfied” employees? Scott Dobrowski of Glassdoor.com knows and argues those companies often have the highest customer satisfaction, too. And listeners learn the definition of “Alabama barbeque” when Rudy talks with Grant Brigham from the Freshworks Festival in Birmingham. Plus: Rudy’s deals and the latest in travel news.
Rudy drops in on the Central Coast Oysterfest in California and talks with Mike Mamot on the scene. In the hour’s second segment, Rudy is joined by author Kate Hopkins whose new book, Sweet Tooth, takes a smart look at the history of candy and chocolate. Rudy answers a question from a listener from Kutztown, PA, who’s worried about hiking alone; long-time walker Henry Fortunato helps out. And Duane Young of the World Airline Historical Society explains why some folks collect airline memorabilia. Plus, as always, Rudy offers listeners several great deals of the week and reports on the week’s news in travel.