Rudy reports on the week’s news in travel and answers a listener’s question about taking a seaplane flight with the help of Brian Schanche, owner of Florida-based Adventure Seaplanes; historian and author of Still Missing: Amelia Earhart & the Search for Modern Feminism Susan Ware describes the last flight of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart; Ric Gillispie, executive director of the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, explains plans to search for Earhart’s airplane this summer in the South Pacific; Johanna Denize has a better way to keep your valuables safe on your person with a new, attractive line of travel clothes from her company, CleverTravelCompanion.com. Plus, Rudy has his usual offering of the week’s travel deals.
Lesley Carlin, a travel blog editor for TripAdvisor, recommends the very best beaches in the US and the world during the travel news segment of today’s show; Douglas Mack bought a copy of Arthur Frommer’s Europe on $5 a Day at a used-book sale in Minneapolis and set out to retrace Frommer’s route to find how travel has changed (or not) in the last couple of decades for his new book, Europe on Five Wrong Turns a Day; Arthur Frommer joins Rudy to comment on Mack’s book and how he thinks travel has changed over the years. And Rudy serves up his deals of the week in the hour’s last segment.
During the opening travel news segment of the show, Jeff Weinstein, editor-in-chief of HOTELS magazine, joins Rudy to discuss the new emphasis on healthy dining in hotel restaurants; Los Angeles Times travel editor Catherine Hamm touts the wisdom of visiting popular European destinations such as London and Paris during the off season; the guest services manager of The Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Garrett Power, gives listeners an on-the-scene report on St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Dublin; and Rudy explores a new way to see downtown Chicago via a Segway from Absolutely Chicago Segway with owner Timmie McGuire. Plus: Rudy’s Deals of the Week.
The president of the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, Dan Rowe, reports during Rudy’s travel news segment on the resort city’s bikini parade on the beach that just made the Guinness Book of Records; Seth Kugel, the “Frugal Traveler” columnist for the New York Times, explains how to find less expensive international tickets by finding travel agents who serve an ethnic community and who often receive deeply discounted tickets from airlines–how does $480 RT between NYC and Croatia sound from an Astoria, Queens travel agency sound compared to a $2,923 ticket for the same trip quoted on Travelocity? And it’s prime whale-watching time in Baja, CA, says Emily Evans, an outdoor environmental educator. For decades, the doorman at the Hyatt Regency Tampa, Antonio de Sousa, hasn’t missed a single day of work, and he explains how he’s managed that. Plus: Rudy’s Deals of the Week.
The show’s “tech guru,” Jason Harris, author of the TechCraver blog, weighs in at the top of the hour on the usefulness of the new iPad for travelers and rejoins later in the hour to discuss several new items savvy travelers might want to consider buying. Jimmy Strong Heart is a native American who always dreamed of living in a green, mist-shrouded land. When he attended an Irish fair in Milwaukee, he saw the land of his dreams on a video screen and now lives in Ireland with his Irish-born wife. It wasn’t an easy journey. Jogger Michael Sandler nearly lost his life when he was skating down a bike path and a father teaching baby stepped in front of him. Sandler swerved to avoid a collision and would up shattering his femur, hip and arm. With a titanium hip and femur and one leg shorter than another, he thought he would never run again, and if Sandler hadn’t discovered how to run barefoot, he never would have. The author of Barefoot Running recounts his struggle to run again and says it’s the best way to see new places. He runs barefoot on snow and ice, down New York City sidewalks, and on rocky paths. Plus: Rudy’s Deals of the Week.