He writes for magazines ranging from National Geographic Traveler (for whom he’s an award-wining contributing editor) to Forbes. A former Washington Post investigative reporter and columnist whose reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, Rudy brings a professional journalist’s eye to the world of airlines, cruise lines, hotels, and destinations worldwide.
Rudy tailors his speeches to the interests of his audience. For travel industry and corporate clients, he works with meeting planners to bring his experience and sense of humor to a professional audience. For general audiences, his personal and anecdotal speeches are popular.
Rudy Maxa Speaking Topic Choices
“Confessions of a Travel Junkie”
Rudy’s most popular speech for a general audience is a highly anecdotal and personal account of becoming a travel journalist and what it’s like shooting television shows in dozens of countries. Among his stories: Why you should never climb aboard a camel named Katherine in Khiva, Uzbekistan (even though she is the only camel in town); how to avoid the dreadful lines at the Eiffel Tower; and why he thinks most Parisians are in an international witness protection program.
“The Eight Most Common Mistakes Travelers Make”
A lively description of the mistakes even experienced travelers make as they seek the best airfare, hotel price, and rental car rate. Rudy offers advice on the best time to buy an airline ticket to get the best price, how to get a better room at a luxury hotel, and why you shouldn’t have to pay retail when you rent a car. Plus: a host of other insider travel trips to help travelers save money and time.
“The Future of Travel”
We may not be getting from Point A to Point B via a Time Machine, but expect hotel rooms with walls that are giant screens bringing you your hometown news when you awake; cars that drive themselves; a return of super-sonic passenger air service; and themed hotels that are also medical centers, cooking schools, music centers, and other specialized, mini-theme parks.
“What Do Travelers Want, Anyway?”
Aimed at travel professionals, this presentation by Rudy dissects the rapidly changing hotel industry that’s facing the loss of business as Millennials turn to more personalized lodging options such as Airbnb; why airline passengers like Southwest despite its lack of assigned seating more than the traditional legacy airlines; and what constitutes the elusive “experiential travel” that “authentic travel” that appeals to today’s tourists.
The Transformative Power of Travel
The not-so-obvious benefits of travel that make travelers more creative and more likely to live longer.
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“There are umpteen ways to earn miles these days that don’t involve getting anywhere near an airplane . . . Remember the Citibank ads for its American Airlines credit card that asked, ‘Was he really sorry? Or was it the miles?’ Miles have become a way of saying ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘Notice me.’ Why not offer someone 75,000 miles to settle a fender bender without involving the police? Your lover walks into a restaurant and discovers you’re on a date with someone else? I’d say 100,000 miles would be an appropriate offer.” —“Postmodern Money,” by Rudy Maxa, Forbes