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2014


12/27/2014


December 27, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of a special "Best of RMW 2014" show hosted by Bob & Mary Carey:

An overall look at the state of travel in these United States in 2014.
What’s it like to oversee the resort that won Northern Ireland’s 2014 Hotel of the Year? Lough Erne Resort’s General Manager Andrew Phelan & award-winning Executive Chef Noel McMeel share a behind the scenes peek into the luxurious, 5-star destination.
Sir Richard Lewis of Richard Lewis Communications in the UK talks with Rudy about how different cultures understand time and the possible impacts on travelers.
New study shows travel can make you smarter & richer.
NYT “The Getaway” columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom explains how best to Find Your Travel Tribe on the World Wide Web.




December 27, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of a special "Best of RMW 2014" show hosted by Bob & Mary Carey:

JoeSentMe.com’s Joe Brancatelli shares his views on JetBlue’s less than compelling argument that even with its upcoming changes, it’s still the best of the worst of the cheap airlines.
The Travel Insider’s David Rowell and Rudy talk tips & tricks for how not to return home from a trip abroad to find many thousand dollar bills from your wireless services provider.
Yvonne Beigel, director of marketing communications of this Waldorf Astoria Maui property explains this destination as a “fun land” for adults and families with its amazing pools, Hawaii’s award-winning and largest spa, world-class golf and tennis, extensive art collection, top shops and restaurants.
Keith Bellows, National Geographic Travel Magazine Editor-In-Chief talks about travel in The Balkans.
The life-long manager of the Doobie Brothers and founder of BR Cohn Winery, Bruce Cohn, brings Melissa Etheridge, Peter Frampton & others to his annual rock concert.




12/20/2014


December 20, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

On a recent Virgin Atlantic flight from New Delhi to London, security expert Marc Weber Tobias and his fellow passengers were told they COULD use smartphones in flight.
Snake-phobic journalist Rob Kiener joins Rudy to talk about his nighttime hike in the Amazon.
Brother sound engineers, Jesse & Jonah Marks of The Touch Of Sound join Rudy to talk travel with Rudy & listen to samples of holiday sounds of celebration from around the world.
Want to find the exact restaurant or hotel featured in a favorite movie? CEO Ty Cooper of TheTake.com has an app for that.
AllTheRooms.com CEO Joe DiTomaso explains what makes his company different from others in this sector.



December 20, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

TravelLeaders’ Chief Communications Officer Steve Loucks joins Rudy to talk about the impact of the US normalizing its relations with Cuba; what it means for travelers and how quickly we will see changes.
Annie Griffiths talks with Rudy about National Geographic photographers that shine a light on programs that empower women and girls in the developing world.
Two-time Olympic Medalist Shannon Bahrke is Montage Deer Valley’s Ski Ambassador in Utah. She tells Rudy was that means for the resort’s guests.
Techcraver’s Jason Harris talks with Rudy about last minute stocking-stuffer gadgets.




12/13/2014


December 13, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's broadcast:

Friends of the Earth (FOE) program director, Marcie Keever, explains FOE’s 2014 Cruise Ship Report Card.
Cycling enthusiasts Alice Honeywell and Bobbi Montgomery wrote a book, “Across America by Bicycle,” and they talk with Rudy about the enjoyment of simple and complex bike rides.
Author Marcia DeSanctis talks with Rudy about her favorite selections from her new book, “100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go.”
Trout Point Lodge proprietors Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary spearheaded a mission to have their lodge in Nova Scotia known and formally listed as an “astro-tourism” destination.
Andrea Wolschleger of the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park talks with Rudy about why its 132-acres of gardens are both fascinating and inviting to travelers even in the depths of the Michigan winter.



December 13, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's broadcast:

Airfarewatchdog.com founder, George Hobica, talks with Rudy about the debut of HotelWatchDog.com.
Travel expert Wendy Perrin talks with Rudy about what’s hot, hot, hot travelwise for 2015, and her newly launched WOW List of trusted travel experts.
MileValue.com’s Scott Grimmer talks about the gymnastics soon needed to reach elite status on Delta Airlines.
Author Piu Eatwell joins Rudy from Paris to talk her new book, They Eat Horses, Don’t They?
John Edman of Explore Minnesota’s CheckpointMN.com, talks with Rudy about Minnesota being a one-of-a-kind winter travel destination, and this year’s scavenger hunt, complete with prizes, for travelers who want to explore this winter wonderland.




12/06/2014


December 6, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show, co-hosts Robert & Mary Carey explore the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands region of Northern Ireland.

What’s it like to oversee the resort that won Northern Ireland’s 2014 Hotel of the Year? Lough Erne Resort’s General Manager Andrew Phelan & award-winning Executive Chef Noel McMeel share a behind the scenes peek into the luxurious, 5-star destination.
Changing things up a bit, co-hosts Mary & Robert Carey take the show on location to Belleek Pottery Works and talk with its managing director, John Maguire.
Passionate about history? With more than 45 published books and hundreds of additional articles, historian & Irish genealogist, John B. Cunningham’s passion and level of expertise of the heritage influences on Irish history are unparalleled.
This weekend’s Rudy Maxa’s World co-hosts Mary & Robert Carey also visit the famed Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark and share their experience from hundreds of feet below the earth!



December 6, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show, co-hosts Robert & Mary Carey explore the stunning Fermanagh Lakelands region of Northern Ireland.

Sean Magee and the Magee Family musicians are featured in this weekend’s edition of Rudy Maxa’s World from Northern Ireland.
Find out what happens when a few brave souls who’ve stopped in to the pub for a pint at Blakes of the Hollow agree to be interviewed by co-hosts Mary & Robert Carey during a segment of Rudy Maxa’s World they call Give & Go!
The Headhunters Barber Shop and Railway Museum a one of a kind active barber shop and railway museum.
Irish butcher Pat O’Doherty is a man so passionate about his “Black Bacon” that he’s bought a private island for his pigs! This is by far some of the best bacon we’ve ever tasted but what makes it good is worth a listen.




11/29/2014


November 29, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of a special show being broadcast from Derry, Northern Ireland:

Sixteen years after the signing of the peace agreement ending “the Troubles,” how is Derry planning for the future?
In a nutshell, why you should consider a visit to Derry in Northern Ireland.
Details on specific sites to visit in Derry.
Confessions of a veteran tour guide.



November 29, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of a special show broadcast from Derry, Northern Ireland:

The story behind Amelia Earhart’s unexpected landing in Derry following her trans-Atlantic flight.
Advice on how to discover your Irish heritage from a genealogist.
Details on the revival of Gaelic language and culture in Northern Ireland.
A 16-year-old singer performs an Irish folk song she wrote.




11/22/2014


November 22, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's broadcast:

Scott Grimmer of MileValue.com talks United Airlines going same route as Delta regarding it being more difficult to accumulate reward miles.
The Travel Insider’s David Rowell and Rudy talk tips & tricks for how not to return home from a trip abroad to find many thousand dollar bills from your wireless services provider.
Stella Ma, Little Passports co-CEO, wanted to design an inspiring and fun way for kids to learn about other countries and the 50 states. She talks with Rudy about how it started and how it works.
Flight attendant & 99 Ways to Make a Flight Attendant Fly--Off the Handle! authorJoAnn Kuzma Deveny shares her Top 5 with Rudy.
Silver Dollar City’s An Old Time Christmas festival has the Ozarks aglow. Its General Manager Brad Thomas tells Rudy some of what visitors to the Branson, Missouri amusement park will enjoy.



November 22, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's broadcast:

Liftopia CEO Evan Reece has some strategies on how to save on a ski vacation.
JoeSentMe.com’s Joe Brancatelli shares his views on JetBlue’s less than compelling argument that even with its upcoming changes, it’s still the best of the worst of the cheap airlines.
Rudy talks with NewYork.com’s Laura Michonski on how travelers can take a tasty & budget-friendly bite out of the Big Apple this holiday season.
There’s la dolce vita in all Susan Van Allen’s book and the latest, “50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go” is no exception.
Single father, Karl Wiedemann, had to travel often for work and be away from his young daughter. Her love of his around-the-world postcards sparked the idea for Rocket Bear, a weekly postcard subscription for children with interesting facts and stories about the places the bear has visited.




11/15/2014


November 15, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

Author/journalist Michael Smith specializes in the history of polar exploration. Smith joins Rudy to talk about his latest book, SHACKLETON: By Endurance We Conquer.
Author David Hume Kennerly talks about this new book, David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone: Secrets and Tips from a Pulitzer Prize-winning Photographer.
PrivateGiant CEO Shaun Murphy shares the latest security tips, like creating temporary passwords for any accounts you plan to access while away from home, for using digital devices when traveling.
Children’s author Shannon Jones talks about her latest edition in her reading series for young travelers, KeeKee’s Big Adventures.



November 15, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

The campaign for the floating train to connect New York to DC hots up and Wayne Rogers, CEO of The Northeast Maglev talks about how his Magnetic Levitation Train Line Would Link Northeast Corridor of U.S.
Kimberly Stirdivant Wason of VirtualTourist.com talks the world’s best airports in which to spend the holidays.
Former Walt Disney World concierge supervisor turned author, Julie Neal, talks about her “The Complete Walt Disney World 2015: The Definitive Disney Handbook” to help navigate Walt Disney World in Orlando.
WSJ’s Sara Clemence talks with Rudy about what you can do to have a multi-generational vacation go smoothly.




11/08/2014


November 8, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of a special show broadcast from the Carnegie Library in Mendocino County, California:

TheStreet.com’s transportation reporter, Ted Reed, shares his take on the AIRLINES FOR AMERICA report about Thanksgiving Air Travel Forecast and its Reported Year-to-Date 2014 Financial Review.
Robert Pinoli, Owner of the Skunk Train, tells us the story of the Skunk Train; tourism in Mendocino County.
Mushrooms in Mendocino County.
Frey Wine was the first organic winery in the county; organic and biodynamic wines in Mendocino County; GMOs; growth of organics.
Alison Glassey, Director of the Mendocino County Museum, talks about the importance of maintaining museums/history.



November 8, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of a special show from Carnegie Library in Willits, California:

The state of Beer in Mendocino County; unusual beers available only at the brewery tap room. How to "harp Boontling" - Boonville's jargon.
The arts and artists in the county.
Nicholas Petti, Chef and Owner of Mendo Bistro, tells us about food in the county - local and organic.




11/01/2014


November 1, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of a special show being broadcast from the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California:

The Story of the Fess Parker Winery
The Many Facets Of Beautiful Santa Barbara
“Cooking With Love” Santa Barbara-style at the Fess Parker Resort
Set on the site of a former private estate with sweeping ocean and mountain views, the Santa Barbara Zoo is considered one of the most beautiful zoological parks in the world. The Food Network called it, “The Audrey Hepburn of zoos… petite, charming and beautiful.”



November 1, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of a special show broadcast from the Fess Parker Resort in Santa Barbara, California:

Rob Decker@robertbdecker is the creative spirit behind The National Park Posters Project. He joins Rudy to talk about his mission to photograph and create iconic WPA-style posters for each of this country’s national parks.
Adventure tours add insights into the unique activities in the Santa Barbara Area. Santa Barbara has so many unique and memorable adventure trip options. We think you could spend weeks here and still not see all of these incredible attractions.
The Santa Barbara Golf experience. Championship golf in a spectacular setting for an exceptional price.
Maggie Campbell, Executive Director of the Downtown Organization of Santa Barbara, discusses the Downtown Santa Barbara experience.
Beth Olson, Director of Sales at the Fess Parker, tells us about the perfect Santa Barbara “home base.”




10/25/2014


October 25, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of this week's show:

Dr. Todd Curtis of the AirSafe Foundation talks with Rudy about the realities of instituting air travel bans to control epidemics.
Can the SS United States be saved? The granddaughter of the designer Susan Gibbs joins Rudy to describe her quest as well as why the ship has such historical value.
For 20 years, travel journalist Doug Lansky has collected amusing signs from around the world, and this week Ultimate Signspotting will be published by Lonely Planet.
What do passengers want, anyway? Charlie Leocha, TravelersUnited’s chairman & CEO has some answers.
HotelPower.com’s founder & CEO Randy Warren tells Rudy what makes his service different.



October 25, 2014 - Hour 2
In Hour Two of this week's show:

Wall Street Journal columnist Scott McCartney talks about the best day to buy airline tickets.
TechCraver’s Jason Harris (@HarrisJa) shares news about the latest travel apps and gadgets.
Travel guru Johnny Jet joins Rudy to talk Thanksgiving 2014 and how procrastinators can still find cheap flights.




10/18/2014


October 18, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of Rudy's show:

Jeanenne Tornatore of Orbitz has tips for Winter Holiday Travel 2014.
Dr. Amesh A. Adalja, an Infectious Diseases Society of America spokesperson, talks with Rudy about the Ebola virus and whether there is reason to panic or not.
Jeffrey L. Nichols, President & CEO of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the third POTUS’s personal post-term retreat in Virginia, invites listeners to Legends of the Land, its annual guided, lantern-lit evening tours through the plantation grounds.
In his new book, Eat More Better, Dan Pashman asks: What if you could make everything you eat on airplanes more delicious? He joins Rudy with some answers.
Rudy talks with Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness about her 10 recommended tips to stay healthy while traveling this holiday season.



October 18, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

For 20 years, travel journalist Doug Lansky has collected amusing signs from around the world, and this week Ultimate Signspottingwill be published by Lonely Planet.
Writer/speaker Jessica Fellowes talks with Rudy about how to visit England and immerse yourself in all things Downton Abbey.
Since licensing and regulating marijuana businesses, Colorado has seen reductions in teen marijuana use, traffic fatalities, andviolent crime, while seeing record economic growth and tourism, Mike Elliott, Esq., Executive Director of the Marijuana Industry Group explains.
John Anderson is Ireland's most widely experienced TV and Radio Producers/Directors. He is also a broadcaster and award-winning composer and writer.




10/11/2014


October 11, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of this week's show:

Rudy talks about TSA PreCheck.
Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Disease specialist Dr Pritish Tosh talks with Rudy about what do travelers need to know about the Ebola virus.
NYT “The Getaway” columnist Stephanie Rosenbloom explains how best to Find Your Travel Tribe on the World Wide Web.
Have you been “moosing?” North Woods freelance writer Gustave Axelson recently wrote a personal journey essay for the NYT about what is it, where to do it, and why.



October 11, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Thomas Wolters of Enterprise Rent-A-Car in the Netherlands talks with Rudy about the recent install of Wi-fi in its cars.
StudentUniverse VP of Marketing, Paul Jacobs talks its recent survey done with partner Skift, on the State of Student Travel.
John Eslich, president of the Haunted Attraction Association, tells Rudy where to can get your scare on during October’s bewitching season.
Globetrotting bartender of Bar Hemingway and Hotel Ritz Paris fame Colin Peter Field, talks with Rudy about travel and stories from behind the bar.




10/04/2014


October 4, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's broadcast:

Travel Leaders 2014 Fall Travel Trends Survey highlights.
Freelance food & travel writer Jay Cheshes talks buying tickets to dine.
Wanted: Couple to run coastal Maine inn mid-May thru Mid-Oct in historic lighthouse.
Is supersonic passenger travel set to make a comeback? Freelance writer David Szondy talks likelihoods with Rudy.
Orbitz Air Traffic Analyst Chris Hills gives Rudy his learned perspective on the ripple effect of the recent Chicago Control Center fire on air travel.



October 4, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's broadcast:

The last-minute, discount hotel app begins allowing travelers to book a week ahead. HotelTonight.com CEO Sam Shank joins Rudy.
Step back into the ‘70s and have dinner in a replica of a Pan Am Boeing 747 on a soundstage in LA.
Freelance writer Michael Luongo on visiting Argentina in a time of economic turmoil.
Does Branson, Missouri come to mind as a location to learn about RMS Titanic? It should. John Joslyn, owner Ceo & President of Titanic Museum Attraction talks with Rudy about what’s to see, and why it’s located in mid-America.
Todd Powell of Vacations By Rail talks with Rudy about the 5 Most Exotic Train Vacations in the World.




09/27/2014


September 27, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

Tourism Ireland’s CEO Niall Gibbons talks about sunnier tourism and economic times for Ireland.
Rudy talks with NY Times bestselling author Chris Guillebeau about his latest book, The Happiness of Pursuit, and how anyone can bring meaning into their life by undertaking a quest.
Rudy talks with Bernard Baskin about “Hunting” in NYC using Gatehouse Publishing’s latest city guide in its popular HUNT travel guide series.
SF Business Times writer Annie Sciacca talks the trend of buying tickets to reserve tables at restaurants.



September 27, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Travel Leaders 2014 Fall Travel Trends Survey highlights.
The modernization of the U.S. air-traffic-control system is seeing a bumpy rollout and Wall Street Journal's senior special reporter Andy Pasztor talks its many implications with Rudy.
Author Tom Courtney talks about with Rudy about Walkabout Malibu to Mexico: Hiking Inn to Inn on the Southern California Coast, a how-to guidebook about a walkable 200-mile stretch from Malibu to Mexico.
Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet, edited by award-winning author and also a world traveler Clifford Garstang features 20 stories from 20 authors set in 20 countries.
Rudy talks the latest in “chili tourism” with Jake Poterbin from GoCampingAmerica.com.




09/20/2014


September 20, 2014 - Hour 1
In a special show being broadcast from the B. R. Cohn Annual Charity Fall Music Festival in Sonoma County, CA:

Art is as important as wine in Sonoma; Kate Eilerrtsen describes the current exhibit of realistic paintings at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art.
The life-long manager of the Doobie Brothers and founder of BR Cohn Winery brings Melissa Etheridge, Peter Frampton & others to his annual rock concert.
Two beer lovers, Matt Piazza and Dax Marchus of HopMonk Sonoma, on life in a world of wine.
Aventine head chef Adolfo Veronese explains how he marries CA and Italian cuisine.
Dan Nelson on the re-birth of an historic hotel that’s now a resort and entertainment venue.



September 20, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of a special broadcast from the B. R. Cohn Annual Charity Fall Music Festival in Sonoma County, CA:

Sonoma Intl Film Festival director Kevin McNeely on how anyone can dive into great films every spring.
Grant Benziger, lead singer of a Sonoma band, The Curly Wolf, reflects on the 60-something rockers he’s sharing a stage with at the BR Cohn fall music festival.
Along with her husband who is the chef, Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser operates the Glen Ellen Star, one of Sonoma’s newer restaurants for CA cuisine.
Kenny Gradney was bass player with Little Feat when “Dixie Chicken” became a hit in 1973. And he’s still with Little Feat.
The new CEO of BR Cohn Winery, Dan Cohn, critiques the current harvest and explains the relationship between olive oil and wine.




09/13/2014


September 13, 2014 - Hour 1
This weekend Rudy’s on vacation so travel partners Robert & Mary Carey host the program, and they delve into the Aloha spirit of America’s 50th State -- Hawaii.

September 13, 2014 - Hour 2
This weekend Rudy’s on vacation so travel partners Robert & Mary Carey host the program, and they delve into the Aloha spirit of America’s 50th State -- Hawaii.


09/06/2014


September 6, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

MainStreet.com blogger Robert McGarvey warns travelers to exercise great caution when using hotel business centers.
Benoit Denizet-Lewis, author of Travels With Casey, talks with Rudyhis 13,000-mile journey with his dog to explore America's love affair with dogs.
FlightChic’s Marisa Garcia talks with Rudy about what happens to passengers when airlines worry more about cargo than human cargo.
British writer, beachcomber and creator of the Lego Lost At Sea Facebook page, Tracey Williams, talks with Rudy about the modern treasure that washes up on UK beaches.
Rudy talks with AskThePilot’s Patrick Smith about the Knee Defender and hypoxia as it may relate to the September 5 small private plane crash off Jamaica.



September 6, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Rudy talks to the creator of the Knee Defender, Ira Gold, for his take on his gadget causing such turbulence.
Rudy talks with director Erik Nelson about special for the National Geographic Channel, “9/10: The Final Hours”, as it retraces the day before the world changed.
Rudy talks with veteran journalist Melanie Wells about her experiences in trading homes for vacations.




08/30/2014


August 30, 2014 - Hour 1
This show is a re-broadcast from August 16. In the first hour of a special show being broadcast from the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA:

The opening, attraction and facilities of Salamander Resort & Spa, and why the company chose Middleburg as its corporate location (they manage three resorts in Florida).
The profound history of the area/Middleburg, which includes Revolutionary War, Civil War and the Kennedys era.
The equestrian culture of the area; Rob is the former publisher of the Chronicle of the Horse newspaper, and runs the facility that hosts the Gold Cup races, which attracts 50,000 in the spring and 30,000 in the fall.
The evolution of Virginia wines, what is indigenous to the area, and how Boxwood grows those groups.



August 30, 2014 - Hour 2
This show is a re-broadcast from August 16. In the second half of a special show broadcast from the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA:

Rudy talks with International SPA Association chairman, Michael Tompkins, about ISPA’s recent study with good news in spa visit trends.
The story behind why Sheila built the resort, what’s behind the name Salamander, and the three acts of Sheila Johnson’s life (music teacher; BET; now hospitality).
Susan was assigned to write a profile about Sheila Johnson for Essence magazine (published this past January). She fell in love with the resort and area and has been back as a guest since, and will return again in October.
How the spa was conceived and built into the natural environment, incorporating the surroundings.
Betsy has been the Mayor of Middleburg for several years, and also grew up in town. Her father is a famed photographer who took many shots of the Kennedys when they spent weekends in the village, and she used to play with Caroline when they were small children. Her family run the most amazing store in town called The Fun Shop. If they don’t stock it, you don’t need it.




08/23/2014


August 23, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

University of Minnesota Infectious Disease Center Director Dr. Michael Osterholm explains what you should know about the latest virus afflicting visitors to the Caribbean--chikungunya.
Behind those speakers on cruise ships; an expert on castles and catapults describes his craft.
Good bye 747, hello 787. Patrick Smith of AskThePilot.com explains “the beauty of the beast.”
Behind the scenes at the The Great Minnesota Get Together, Minnesota’s state fair.
The power of music on a place and how to research a destination’s music before a visit.



August 23, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

Cult film director and writer John “Polyester” Waters describes where he retreats to recharge in a “Places of the Heart” interview.
Author Brian David Bruns bikes through small-town Iowa and rekindles an old friendship in his humorous new book, Rumble Yell: Discovering America’s Biggest Bike Ride.
Author Gary McKechnie offers advice on how to plan a great Alaska cruise in 2015.




08/16/2014


August 16, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of a special show being broadcast from the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA:

The opening, attraction and facilities of Salamander Resort & Spa, and why the company chose Middleburg as its corporate location (they manage three resorts in Florida).
The profound history of the area/Middleburg, which includes Revolutionary War, Civil War and the Kennedys era.
The equestrian culture of the area; Rob is the former publisher of the Chronicle of the Horse newspaper, and runs the facility that hosts the Gold Cup races, which attracts 50,000 in the spring and 30,000 in the fall.
The evolution of Virginia wines, what is indigenous to the area, and how Boxwood grows those groups.



August 16, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of a special show broadcast from the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, VA:

Rudy talks with International SPA Association chairman, Michael Tompkins, about ISPA’s recent study with good news in spa visit trends.
The story behind why Sheila built the resort, what’s behind the name Salamander, and the three acts of Sheila Johnson’s life (music teacher; BET; now hospitality).
Susan was assigned to write a profile about Sheila Johnson for Essence magazine (published this past January). She fell in love with the resort and area and has been back as a guest since, and will return again in October.
How the spa was conceived and built into the natural environment, incorporating the surroundings.
Betsy has been the Mayor of Middleburg for several years, and also grew up in town. Her father is a famed photographer who took many shots of the Kennedys when they spent weekends in the village, and she used to play with Caroline when they were small children. Her family run the most amazing store in town called The Fun Shop. If they don’t stock it, you don’t need it.




08/09/2014


August 9, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

Festival founder Meg MacFadeyen tells Rudy about shopping for beefsteak-themed art and taste testing Bloody Marys at this weekend’s 11th Tomato Art Festival in East Nashville, Tennessee.
How to prepare for a trip to Burning Man--details from Rudy’s son who is about to attend his 8th Burning Man.
USTA’s head of marketing, Nicole Kankam, talk with Rudy about the coming US Open and traveling to grand slam tennis tournaments for people who have this on their bucket list.



August 9, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

If the current Ebola outbreak DOES get worse, what might that scenario look like? Journalist David Quammen talks about his book, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic.

NYT bestselling author Kathleen Flinn talks the family travel aspects of her delightful memoir, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good.

WSJ’s The Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney talks buying round-the-world tickets.
JumpJet’s Founder & CEO Will Ashcroft talks with Rudy on business life as a private-jet startup.




08/02/2014


August 2, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

Can planes be boarded more efficiently? Dr. Jason Steffen says, Yes, and talks the hows with Rudy.
Spirit Airways CEO B. Ben Baldanza talks to Rudy about how his company does things differently than other airlines.
Is 60 the new 20? Two “over-the-hill” city-dwellers Louise Lague and Tom Lichty talk about their year-long global travel adventure and new book: “The Expat Almanac: Sell It All, Pack One Bag, Hit The Road”.
If you’re 45 years + chances are you’re planning a ‘celebration vacation.” AARP’s Travel Ambassador Samantha Brown explains why and what that is.



August 2, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Freelance writer, Rebecca Flint Marx, talks with Rudy about her WSJ article about a tasty trek along Vermont’s cheese trail.
Mike & Anne Howard did a 2 year honeymoon, a.k.a. HoneyTrek, that took them to 6 continents, 33 countries, 302 places, and now they want to mentor you.
Patrick Smith of AskthePilot.com talks about the history of the "Crash Cluster".




07/26/2014


July 26, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

The Motley Fool’s Rich Smith on anti-missile defenses for commercial airliners.
Bestselling author and Vanity Fair contributor William Stadiem talks with Rudy about his book “Jet Set: The People, the Planes, the Glamour & the Romance in Aviation's Glory Years”.
Public Affairs person Kristin Mooney talks with Rudy about why a visit to the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan is an educational time capsule.
With a million plus visitors to its credit, Crystal Bridges Museum is proving itself as quintessentially American as its WalMart family money.
Aviation expert Dr. Todd Curtis of Airsafe.com talks about airplane crashes coming in sets of threes.



July 26, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

Given the escalated state of the current conflict Rudy asks Omer Eshel, director of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism Midwest Region, how safe is it for tourists in Israel.
Former NTSB Board member John Goglia explains crash site standard operating procedure and contrasts what’s going on in Ukraine.
Rudy talks with Professor J. Edward Chamberlin about his book “Island - How Islands Transform The World”.
Chief Curator Scot Keller of the LeMay – America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, WA talks with Rudy about America’s love affair with the automobile and its spark for family travel.
Don’t return that rental car late! Detroit News editor/columnist Brian J. O’Connor explains grace periods are evaporating.




07/19/2014


July 19, 2014 - Hour 1
This week in the first half of Rudy's show:

The details that would make “a perfect hotel room.”
Got a yen for tea? Tracy Lesh describes the tea tours she operates out of Shanghai.
Greyhound’s Marketing head Kim Plaskett talks with Rudy about its century mark, and what the next 100 years holds for its fleet, employee & customers.



July 19, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of Rudy's show:

In the light of this week’s downing of a 777 passenger jet Rich Smith of The Motley Fool and Rudy talk anti-missile technology on passenger planes.
Is virtual reality now a reality? WIRED senior editor Peter Rubin describes the Occulus Rift & its impact on travel.
Writer/blogger GutsyTraveler Marybeth Bond talks Antarctica up-close and personal, eye-to-eye with penguins, whales and seals (Antarctica by kayak).
Yellowstone Country beckons travel procrastinators and Claudia Wade tells Rudy why it’s not too late to plan a Western vacation this summer.




07/12/2014


July 12, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

AirSafe Foundation director Dr. Todd Curtis talks about how an air traveler, airline professional, or travel advisor may find information on how to reduce, avoid, or eliminate risks associated with marijuana-related travels.
USAToday national reporter Rick Hampson talks about why the once fabled Atlantic City, New Jersey is in free fall.
June 1 2014 Amelia Rose Earhart began tracing her namesake’s 1937 trip around the world in a Pilatus PC-12 NG. She talks with Rudy about her accomplishment and plans for the future.
Scott Grimmer of MileValue.com shares a frequent flier mile secret: How to add an additional one-way flight to many award tickets.



July 12, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

Rudy talks with bestselling author John Keahey about his latest Italian travelogue, “Hidden Tuscany.”
An update from bestselling author & blogger Norm Schriever on going with the flow when traveling abroad for an extended period.
Respected winemaker Sam Sebastiani talks with Rudy about Winemaker’s Island, his life as a waterfowl conservationist, and the importance of being Mother Nature’s steward.
Senior industry analyst Matt Schultz of CreditCards.com joins Rudy to share his recommendations for the best chip-and-PIN cards available in the states.




07/05/2014


July 5, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

Colorado’s Marijuana Industry Group exec director, Mike Elliott, talks with Rudy about marijuana legalization and its positive even record tourism effects.
Brothers Jonah Marks and Jesse Marks demonstrate sound touch travel memories.
Security expert Marc Weber Tobias has nifty ways to avoid credit card fraud. For example: Get notified with a text instantly every time your card is used.
WSJ’s The Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney talks the current loyalty points free-for-all.



July 5, 2014 - Hour 2
In Hour Two of this week's show:

Rudy talks with author Elizabeth Pisani about her latest book, Indonesia Etc., and her life there.
Rudy talks with Francophile and bestselling author Ellen Sussman about her latest novel, A Wedding In Provence.
Travel journalist Ramsey Qubein talks with Rudy about his recent behind the scenes look at Delta Air Lines in Atlanta.
AirSafe Foundation director Dr. Todd Curtis talks the TSA's implementation of "enhanced security" at overseas airports with direct flights to the US.




06/28/2014


June 28, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

TripAdvisor surveyed more than 25,000 people worldwide to determine their tipping behavior when traveling. Who tips most, who tips least? Travel expert Julie Cassetina tells Rudy the survey’s results.
The Nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln has his own presidential library and museum in Springfield, IL. Chris Wills, the facility’s communication director, describes its glories.
Nicholas Wood talks with Rudy about Political Tours taking people to places all over the world from Scotland to North Korea and Ukraine.
Mike Bigelow talks about the state of water parks today, plus what’s special about Schlitterbahn’s South Padre Island (Texas) locale.



June 28, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of Rudy's show:

The USA Today reporter who wrote on high death toll of passengers in private planes & helicopters updates reaction to his investigative series.
John Waters discusses his new book, Carsick.
On Monday, the nation’s newest airline takes to the skies as PeoplExpress begins flying from Newport News, VA. Its CEO Jeff Erickson joins Rudy.
Listener Jennifer says hotel booking site buries $25 charge for cancellations in lengthy “terms of service.”
Vacations By Rail President Todd Powell discusses train travel trends.




06/21/2014


June 21, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

Every day in the US, three small planes or helicopters crash killing, on average, more than one person a day. Often those accidents are blamed on pilot error when they’re really the fault of manufacturing errors that have been covered up, USA Today reporter Thomas Frank tells Rudy.
Sir Richard Lewis of Richard Lewis Communications in the UK talks with Rudy about how different cultures understand time and the possible impacts on travelers.
What are repositioning cruises? CruiseMates.com’s editor Paul Motter explains and talks with Rudy about his best recommendations.
Greg Tepper, CEO of Exeter International joins Rudy to talk tourism in Russia.
Philadelphia Mayor Nutter extends an invite for travelers to join in his city’s 4th of July celebrations. His PR person, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, has the details.



June 21, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

Doreen Welsh, an air steward aboard the emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River January 15 2009 tells Rudy her story, and its NatGeo Channel TV show.
The Neon Museum’s executive director Danielle Kelly talks with Rudy about the importance of being dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic and cultural enrichment.
Wendy Clark works for the National Endowment for the Arts as the acting director of museums, indemnity, & visual arts. She talks with Rudy about overseeing the partnership program Blue Star Museums, along with Blue Star Families.
Rudy talks about how to avoid outdoor vacation rookie mistakes with a list of 10 essentials from Greg Aiello, outdoorsman and host of Motion on Live Well Network.




06/14/2014


June 14, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey, more Americans are choosing air travel in planning their 2014 vacations, Kevin Carter talks with Rudy about why.
Copacabana, the iconic beach of Rio, is more than a beach--it’s a melting pot and way of life says Rob Kiener of Reader’s Digest.
AirCare, from Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection, is a fixed-benefit flight protection plan that compensates passengers for many of the air travel inconveniences that fall through the cracks. Its COO Mike Meeks explains.
Inspired by his passion for the aircraft, Oregonian Bruce Campbell of AirplaneHome.com converted a Boeing 727-200 into a sustainably designed home in the middle of the woods.
James Schend editor from Taste of Home talks with Rudy on tips for road-trip travel-ready recipes that are easy to make, easy to pack and best of all, won’t break the bank.



June 14, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

U.S. Customs and Border Protection celebrates six years of expedited clearance for pre-approved low-risk travelers arriving in the U.S., made possible by the Global Entry program. John Wagner, Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Field Operations explains.
Where do airplanes go to die? Rudy talks with Jim Martin, owner of an “airplane boneyard” near Tucson, Arizona.
TechCraver’s Jason Harris (@HarrisJa) shares Father’s Day gift gadget news.
Jeri Erickson talks with Rudy about the 30th annual Winesong charity auction & tasting in September by the Mendocino Coast Hospital Foundation.
Writer, editor, and avid baker Betsy Fentress joins Rudy to talk about her new cookbook about almonds, recipes, history, and culture, plus how you can visit popular orchards and festivals.




06/07/2014


June 7, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of a special "Best Of" show:

JoeSentMe.com’s Joe Brancatelli shares new tactics for airline lounge club memberships.
The Motley Fool’s Rich Smith explains that commercial aircraft are beginning to consider anti-missile devices.
Author Eileen Ogintz has a new edition to her The Kid’s Guide series, plus she talks with Rudy about how to travel smart with kids this summer.
Creative thinkers & entrepreneurs who are Millennials travel cross country in a Pullman train meeting with local communities. The Millennial Trains Project CEO & Founder Patrick Reilly Dowd explains.
Security expert Marc Weber Tobias explains how a SIM card overlay that allows you to make international calls at sharply reduced rate from abroad.A



June 7, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of a special "Best Of" show:

PlaneFinder.com site allows you to snare a private jet at a discounted rate if it’s returning from a trip empty.
Author Cash Peters talks about his new book Best Vacation Ever!, an amusing personal account of a recent river cruise.
Women business travelers connect with others on the road through Maiden-Voyage.com. Its US head of partnerships, Amanda Powers, explains.
Mike & Anne Howard did a two-year honeymoon, a.k.a. HoneyTrek, that took them to 6 continents, 33 countries, 302 places.
Cruisemates.com editor Paul Motter talks wave season in the cruise ship industry and how to get deals.




05/31/2014


May 31, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of Rudy's show:

Aviation expert Dr. Todd Curtis of Airsafe.com explains how Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 search has become most expensive aviation hunt in history.
Now that the snow’s departed, what’s trending in travel in America’s Dairyland? Wisconsin’s Secretary of Tourism, Stephanie Klett of TravelWisconsin, knows what’s cooking.
Greg Tepper, CEO of Exeter International joins Rudy to talk tourism in Russia.
iJet International’s Bob Howell reinforces why its better to plan on being safe versus being sorry when traveling abroad.



May 31, 2014 - Hour 2
In Hour Two of this week's show:

Charlie Leocha, Chairman & Founder of TravelersUnited.org, discusses airfare transparency legislation.
Columnist Lauren Wolfe admits it’s hard to assess the risk of women traveling solo, but high-profile cases raise flags. She talks with Rudy about her recent NYT article on the subject.
Everyone loves going to art fairs and art fair expert Connie Mettler of ArtFairCalendar.com has attended, organized, and run more fine art shows than anyone!
FlightCar’s co-founder Rujul Zaparde explains how instead of costing you while its parked, your car can make you money while you’re traveling out of town.




05/24/2014


May 24, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

After a harsh winter more Americans are starting their summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway, and AAA’s Marshall Doney has the travel forecast.
Aviation design expert & FlightChic.com blogger Marisa Garcia explains why rules on in-flight electronics are still complicated.
Attention all germaphobes, a recent Auburn University study reveals your fears are well founded - bacteria in airplane cabins are living longer than we knew.
GetMyBoat Director Bryan Petro explains how you can rent everything from luxury yachts to sailboats to hovercrafts and kayaks.
June and July are perfect family vacation times to visit Sea Turtle Inc in South Padre Island, Texas -- the home of "Allison," the first sea turtle in the world to successfully use a prosthetic -- and to watch hatchlings “frenzy” into the Gulf of Mexico.



May 24, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

MERS, what is it and how nervous should travelers be? USA Today’s transportation reporter Bart Jansen weighs in.
Shannon Stowell, president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, offers a thoughtful appraisal on the collapse of this season’s Mt Everest climbs following the death by avalanche of more than a dozen Sherpas.
Salk’s International Airline Guide
Writer/blogger Marybeth Bond from Gutsy Traveler talks camels in Australia and other Down Under wonders.
NYC’s Hilton dispensed with room service in 2013, Marriott has just opened its multi-million dollar Marquis property in D.C. without it. Travel guru Barbara Delollis has insider details & customer reaction.




05/17/2014


May 17, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of a special show broadcast from the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Rudy's guests include:

Marc Bromley, the Resort Manager at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.
Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian.
Thorunn Reynisdottir, Director at the Iceland Tourist Bureau.
Mark Scarp from the Heard Museum of American Indian Art & History, a living museum that is giving voice to a uniquely American people.



May 17, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of a special show broadcast from the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North:

As the boycott of the Beverly Hills and Bel Air Hotels in Los Angeles continues, Rudy checks in with former Ritz-Carlton hotel executive Michael Matthews for his take on how to handle the protests against the imposition of Sharia law in the sultanate of Brunei.
RIPE Award recipient, executive sous chef Jesse Hansen, responsible for assisting with all aspects of the food and beverage operation throughout the 210-room property, draws culinary inspiration from his US road trips.
Curator Colin Pearson, leads listeners on a virtual tour of Phoenix’s Musical Instrument Museum, which opened April 2010, and is the largest museum of its type in the world.
Recipient of the Hospitality Industry's National Employee of the Year Award, Four Seasons Resort Front Desk Supervisor Olivia “Liv” Fierro shares a heart-touching experience.




05/10/2014


May 10, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of this week's show:

Is it fair to picket or boycott the Bev Hills & Bel Air Hotels because their ownership is based in Brunei, a sultanate that’s adopted Sharai law that severely punishes gays and adulterers?
Hostelling International CEO Russ Hedge updates Rudy on why today’s hostels are not your parents’ hostels, yet remain thrifty alternatives to hotels.
General Manager Adnan Aykac talks about Turkish Airlines new US routes to Istanbul.
One of Wisconsin’s most popular tourist stops, the National Mustard Museum has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Food Network, HGTV’s The Good Life, and in the pages of dozens of national magazines & newspapers.
Olive Odyssey author Julie Angus, who talks olives and their oil like an oenophile talks grapes and wine, tells us where to travel for the finest experience too.



May 10, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

What affect has the legalization of marijuana in Colorado had on its tourism?
An overall look at the state of travel in these United States in 2014.
The Great Bull Run is the real deal, modeled after the famous San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, but without all the time and money required for a trip to Europe!
Gary McKechnie is part of the Cannon Ball Project, retracing the route taken by motorcycle racer Erwin Baker in 1914 from San Diego to New York in 11 ½ days.




05/03/2014


May 3, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of this week's show:

Former Navy and commercial pilot (Pan Am, Delta) reacts to Amy Fraher’s book, The Next Crash: How Short-Term Profit Seeking Trumps Airline Safety.
The FDA announces laser pointers should be banned to make flying safer, and Patrick Murphy, a laser expert from LaserPointerSafety.com explains.
Teresa Genaro of Brooklyn Backstretch explains how to be a “rail bird” at the famous Thoroughbred horse stakes races.
Promising a bigger, better slice of everything rhubarb, Osceola Wisconsin Public Library hosts its 4th Annual Rhubarb Days.



May 3, 2014 - Hour 2
In Hour Two of this week's show:

A road trip to remember, Taking My Parents To Burning Man is a parental coming-of-age story.
Single mom, entrepreneur and frequent flyer Eve Buechner transformed her travel angst into the launch of refund.me to protect passengers from costly travel delays and cancellations.




04/26/2014


April 26, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

John T. Peters talks about an exclusive travel study USA TODAY did looking at the emerging attitudes and behaviors that distinguish today’s “travelers,” and how they connect with the news when on the go.
Fan favorite Sue Aikens of National Geographic Channel’s cult hit series Life Below Zero talks about living 197 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Mountaineer Tom Whittaker lends perspective to the all too often untold value of what sherpas bring to climbing Mt Everest.
WSJ’s The Middle Seat columnist Scott McCartney talks the current loyalty points free-for-all.



April 26, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Aviation journalist Christine Negroni explains how a Fox Cable Executive was fired for emails sent to Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 family member.
Author Amy Fraher talks about her new 2014 book “The Next Crash: How Short-Term Profit Seeking Trumps Airline Safety”.
Susan Helstab the Four Seasons executive vice president of marketing for its new private jet experience talks its itineraries to legendary destinations at every corner of the globe, with Four Seasons as your guide.
Publishing the world's first & only series of travel guidebooks made just for women, Go! Girl Guides founder Kelly Lewis helps inspire women to travel the world.
MainStreet.com blogger Robert McGarvey talks how to save money when planning summer travel.




04/19/2014


April 19, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first half of Rudy's show:

Dr. Fred Van Bennekom takes a critical look at TSA PreCheck waiting line time.
Scott Brusaw of Solar Roadways devises way to embed the nation’s highways with solar cells to produce electricity.
May is Minnesota Museums Month. With nearly 600 to visit, luckily the MN Historical Society has an app for that.
Reunited in love after 35 years and wrestling with a serious case of retirement wanderlust, Lynne Martin & husband Tim sold everything to live on the road.



April 19, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of Rudy's show:

Visit the Crime Museum in the nation’s capital this summer and learn about Crime Scene Investigator (CSI) work and much more.
Rudy examines Airbnb’s problems with NYC re: taxes and use of customer’s apartments for prostitution.
NYT’s reporter Joe Sharkey explains the plight of America’s small airports.
Touted as “the youngest American to visit every country in the world,” travel writer Lee Abbamonte has visited 312 total countries.




04/12/2014


April 12, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

Rudy discusses some abrupt changes to AA's award schedule.
Blogger Matthew Kepnes reveals 15 ways to work overseas and still keep traveling.
Learn why 73,000 women worldwide subscribe to the free women’s travel tip newsletter, journeywoman.com.
Lenin Lives Next Door author Jennifer Eremeeva light-heartedly explores Russian customs, cultures and the fascinating history of the world’s largest country.



April 12, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

The operator of the blog that’s critical of United Airlines, Dr. Jeremy Cooperstock of Untied.com, has won a round against the airline’s legal campaign to force him to change the url of his site.
Blogger of GutsyTraveler.com, Marybeth Bond, discusses kayaking in Antarctica.
What Happens Over Vegas, Stays Over Vegas.
VeggieHotels connects travelers who are vegan or vegetarian with hotels and guesthouses worldwide who serve neither meat nor fish.
Personality Hotels CEO talks “babymoons” and pampered mother-to-be hotel stay trends.




04/05/2014


April 5, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of this week's show:

New tactics for airline lounge club memberships.
Commercial aircraft begin considering anti-missile devices.
How to travel smart with kids this summer.
Creative thinkers & entrepreneurs who are Millenials cross country in a Pullman train meeting with local communities.
SIM card overlay that allows you to make international calls at sharply reduced rates from abroad.



April 5, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of Rudy's show:

A web site that allows you to snare a private jet at a discounted rate if it’s returning from a trip empty.
The best river cruise ever--an amusing personal account.
Women business travelers connect with others on the road through Maiden-Voyage.com.
Mike & Anne Howard did a 2 year honeymoon, a.k.a. HoneyTrek, that took them to 6 continents, 33 countries, 302 places.




03/29/2014


March 29, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

What legal avenues do family members of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 have without plane wreckage or black box data recorders.
Planefinder.net offers an app that allows you to track air traffic in real time worldwide thanks to a global network of volunteers with aviation-tracking receivers on their rooftops.
Luggage Forward founder Aaron Kirley explains why it's safer & more economical for you to never schlep your bags again.



March 29, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of Rudy's show:

Rudy Maxa delivers the latest news in travel.
Viking River Cruises sails into the Guinness World Record for most new ships christened in one day.
A 1st person story of swimming with piranhas in the Amazon River by a Reader’s Digest writer.
Homestay.com CEO talks about this emerging trend in experiential travel and lodging choice, and why you should try it.




03/22/2014


March 22, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

The bad news for consumers re: the Transparent Airfares Act of 2014.
USA Today’s aviation editor, Bart Jansen updates theories regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.
Award-winning author, Eileen Ogintz suggests before you plan your family’s next excursion to Boston, get some help from a travel professional… and your kids!
Rides on the Wild Side is the first and only dedicated horseback riding safari agency in Botswana.
The Saturday Evening Post tours the Whiskey Trail from Mount Vernon to Bardstown, Kentucky, rediscovering its rich heritage and deep roots in our nation’s history along the way.



March 22, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

The rise of “perched” hotels (and hotelier Michael Matthew’s fear of heights).
TechCraver’s Jason Harris shares news from the 2014 SXSW Interactive in Austin, Texas.
Culinary Editor Janice Wald Henderson shares her insights on traveling solo to Marrakech.
Three of screen icon Marlene Dietrich’s grandchildren offer fans the opportunity to share in her historical legacy.




03/15/2014


March 15, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of Rudy's show:

The Wall Street Journal’s Scott McCartney explains big changes in airport lounge rules for frequent flyers.
Irish Tourism CEO Niall Gibbons describes the world’s longest designated driving route in the world, the launch of the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Wall Street Journal’s Sara Clemence uncovers 4 lesser-known Florida destinations where you can find “classic Florida.”
John Lowrie on why volunteering at a Cambodian orphanage as a tourist is a bad idea.
Ever wonder what happens to unclaimed baggage? Here’s the answer.



March 15, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's broadcast:

Bob van der Linden of the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum believes Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be found.
Author Jim Hinkley says you can still get your kicks on Route 66.
Chris Gast of Boeing describes studies to combat pilot fatigue.
Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts the inaugural Relais & Chateaux GourmetFest in late March.
Amusement Park Enthusiast Pete Trabucco reveals America’s best roller coasters.




03/08/2014


March 8, 2014 - Hour 1
This week's "best-of" show features some of our favorite interviews from past shows.

A behind the scenes glimpse at Orbitz.com when Mother Nature wreaks travel havoc.
Brendan I. Koerner discusses his new book, The Skies Belong To US.
Lesley Carlin from TripAdvisor.com reveals the best James Bond hotels.
Orbitz’s Jeanenne Tornatore shares her picks for closer-to-home winter destinations where winter-game enthusiasts can get their Olympian on.



March 8, 2014 - Hour 2
This week's "best-of" show features some of our favorite interviews from past shows.

Stuck in an inside cabin on a cruise ship? You need a virtual balcony.
What makes a five-star hotel? And where are the most of them in the US?
The Greyhound bus, still an affordable way to travel, with no dreaded middle seat option.
You can book a marijuana tour in Colorado and leave the driving to someone else.
In the 21st Century, people can work from anywhere, and the tiny Montana Silver Rush town of Philipsburg wants you.




03/01/2014


March 1, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of this week's show:

How Delta’s radical change in collecting SkyMiles next year affects frequent flyers.
Author Anne McCarthy offers a clever look at living as an American in Paris in her new book, a memoir, Big Macs in Paris.
A new walking tour in Rome allows you to experience the eternal city as a source of inspiration for filmmakers.
Travel like an ultramarathoner -- 50 marathons, in all 50 US states, in 50 consecutive days.
Ecuador offers travelers the opportunity to experience three South American “bucket list” destinations – the Galapagos Islands, the Amazon, and the Andes.



March 1, 2014 - Hour 2
In Hour Two of this week's show:

There is a future for high-speed rail in the US if done properly, says the author of a new book, Rail.
Today’s trends in sustainable/responsible travel and entrepreneurship in the tourism industry.
Author Liza Carter paints a portrait of a traditional nomad family as they struggle to survive the harsh landscape and unforgiving climate in a land once considered the greatest empire on Earth.




02/22/2014


February 22, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

The Carlson hotel group unveils plans for two new brands, one hip, one upscale.
A new book offers locals’ insider tips to more than 300 cities in the world.
How history shapes today’s South Korea and what a visitor should know.
Options for travelers who would like to sail aboard a freighter ship.



February 22, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

The head of the World Travel & Tourism Council, David Scowsill, says Russia has to act fast to capitalize on the Olympics and boost tourism.
Robin Leach talks about the super-sizing of Vegas clubs and a $30 million contract for a DJ?
On June 1 Amelia Rose Earhart begins tracing her namesake’s 1937 trip around the world in a Pilatus PC-12 NG.
Death Valley, California’s Furnace Creek Resort has been welcoming guests year-round since the 1930s. Why should you choose to visit such a desolate sounding destination?




02/15/2014


February 15, 2014 - Hour 1
In a special show broadcast from Fort Myers, Florida:

Millennials (ages 18-30) are more comfortable mixing business with pleasure, according to recent Expedia study.
Tamara Pigott of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau gives us an overview of the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.
Chris Pendelton, President of the Edison & Ford Estates, discusses the history of Thomas Edison's winter retreat.
Steve Tutko, spokesperson for the Babcock Ranch, tells us about the wildlife that visitors can experience there.
Shelling expert Pam Rambo talks about her love of shelling and why Sanibel is the best place for it.



February 15, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of a special broadcast from Fort Myers, Florida:

Scott McCartney talks with Rudy on why airlines re-schedule flights more often and more drastically.
Jason Parrish, Associate Director at the Florida Repertory Theatre, talks about the local culture.
Ranger Toni Westland tells us about a wildlife refuge on Sanibel that was begun by an editorial cartoonist from Iowa.
Best-selling author Randy Wayne White describes how he turned real life into an enduring fictional character in his first novel, Sanibel Flats.




02/08/2014


February 8, 2014 - Hour 1
In Hour One of this week's show:

A behind the scenes glimpse at Orbitz.com when Mother Nature wreaks travel havoc.
Beating Savannah (GA), Naples (FL), and Santa Fe (NM), Saint Paul (MN) was recently named 'Best Romantic N. American Getaway' by 10Best & USA Today Travel.
Orbitz’s Jeanenne Tornatore shares her picks for closer-to-home winter destinations where winter-game enthusiasts can get their Olympian on.



February 8, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

Stuck in an inside cabin on a cruise ship? You need a virtual balcony.
Why foreign airlines ought to be allowed to fly to points within the US.
Vietnam tourism prospects and challenges.




02/01/2014


February 1, 2014 - Hour 1
This week in the first hour of Rudy's show:

Can we do anything about norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships?
Macao already rakes in seven times the gambling revenue of Vegas, but it’s just beginning.
Is the world about to lose islands due to global warming?
Australian wins competition and receives $100K to travel the world, all expenses paid, and post stories for one year.



February 1, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Groundhog Day & Punxsutawney Phil Tourism. How can you attend in 2015?
How’s Haiti’s tourism industry faring four years after the big earthquake?
The Greyhound bus, still an affordable way to travel, with no dreaded middle seat option.
You can book a marijuana tour in Colorado and leave the driving to someone else.




01/25/2014


January 25, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of Rudy's show:

New study shows travel can make you smarter & richer.
Behind the scenes of Minnesota’s most popular tourist attraction, the Mall of America.
What’s hot & what’s not at the annual Sundance Film Festival & how can you attend next year?
GirlFriendCircles.com links women in 25 cities and offers trips abroad for women only.



January 25, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of Rudy's show:

Have tourists flocked to Colorado since purchasing marijuana became legal?
What makes a five-star hotel? And where are the most of them in the US?
In pursuit of Delta miles, Rene earns 13,000 by taking 10 flight legs getting to and from Indiana & Hawaii. Cost: $1,600.
Ecotourism and fly fishing at Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico & Colorado.




01/18/2014


January 18, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

Thomas Gounley of the Springfield News-Leader discusses the Southwest flight that landed at the wrong Branson airport.
Filmmaker Dr. Pegi Vail addresses the question, Is tourism destroying the world?
PointsHound CEO talks with Rudy about its new partnerships to aid travelers.
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson has been working on redesign & rebranding. Its sleek, modern efforts have just debuted in Springfield, Illinois - the Land of Lincoln.



January 18, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Colorado’s DOT replaced its 420 highway marker with one that reads "MILE 419.99.” Why?
Why airline food isn’t great, and how to make your meal a lot better.
2013 was a record-breaking year for tourism in Israel. Omer Eshel, its counsel on tourism talks its many hidden gems.
Journalist Ann Mah joins Rudy to talk about her food memoir and its adventures in food, France and beyond.




01/11/2014


January 11, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

Vikram Singh, co-founder of madbooker.com, explains how Airbnb is disrupting the hotel market.
Ben Froumine, co-founder of RoomerTravel.com,talks about his new website that allows people to sublet their hotel rooms.
Patrick Smith of AskthePilot.com discusses the Norwegian Airways controversy.



January 11, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second half of this week's show:

Andrew describes his $30 Delta ticket to Hawaii trip following screw-up on Delta.com.
Author Porter Fox discusses, Deep: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow, his new book about skiers and how the efforts to save snow and ice might end up saving the world.
TechCraver’s Jason Harris shares news from the 2014 International Consumer and Electronics Show convention in Las Vegas.
It’s wave season in the cruise ship industry. Paul Motter from Cruisemates.com tells us how to get the deals.




01/04/2014


January 4, 2014 - Hour 1
In the first hour of this week's show:

Travel Leaders Group talks initial findings from its authoritative 2014 Travel Trends Survey.
Paul Theroux talks with Rudy about his love of Maine in Places Of The Heart.
KOA’s Toby Hedges talks its 2014 travel trend: the rise and modernization of camping.
A travel book with a naughty title features hilarious, useful entries and stunning photography from award-winning journalists. 101places.com.



January 4, 2014 - Hour 2
In the second hour of this week's show:

Tired of your job? Sherry Ott talks about taking a career break and how Meet Plan Go can help.

Even close to home, author world traveler Mark Murphy contends you can Travel Forward on an exciting journey of self-discovery and fulfillment.
Kim Valentini of Smile Network International explains its adventure travel abroad and medical missions to help children.



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