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The latest travel news, trends and trip ideas featuring host Scott Mayerowitz. Whether you’re an armchair traveler or a frequent flyer, Get Outta Here! provides you with a weekly conversation about travel that’s informative, inspiring and fun.
Explore the world at a different pace with a bike vacation. It’s slower, energetic and a unique way to travel. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with the AP’s Seth Sutel. He has done more than 20 bicycling adventures in his spare time about how to find the right group or how to plan your own trip.
Getting lost on vacation isn’t that bad of a thing. Stop mapping out every second of a trip and allow for random discoveries. It will be a much better vacation. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Seth Kugel, author of the new book “Rediscovering Travel.”
There was once a time when passengers dressed up to take flights. They were served hot meals on fine china - even in coach. The new TWA Hotel at New York’s JFK airport hopes to bring back a taste of that life. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Tyler Morse, the man behind the project, about the unique nature of this hotel.
The relationship between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings gets new attention at his Virginia plantation, Monticello. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Gayle Jessup White, a descendant of both Jefferson and Hemings and now the community engagement officer for Monticello.
Traveling this Thanksgiving or Christmas? The traffic, the flight delays the winter weather. It can be a nightmare. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Joe Cortez, travel rewards expert for NerdWallet, about ways to avoid your holiday vacation turning into a nightmare.
Staying fit on the road is no easy task. There are unhealthy meals. Busy schedules. And hotel gyms that are darker than medieval dungeons. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Sarah Robb O'Hagan, CEO of Flywheel Sports, about how to squeeze a workout into a trip.
Some vacations are more meaningful than others. We might learn something new, do something good for society or spend precious time with loved ones. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with actress and musician Zooey Deschanel about the concept of purposeful travel.
Lonely Planet just released its new list of best travel destinations for next year. There are some surprising spots in the list plus a few that won’t break the bank. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Tom Hall, editorial director at Lonely Planet.
Flying today isn’t just about the journey but about navigating a maze of rules. And just when you think you’ve figured it out, everything has changed again. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Brett Snyder, who writes about the industry at The Cranky Flier.
Singapore Airlines regains the title for operating the world’s longest flight this October with a nearly 19-hour journey between Singapore and the New York metro area. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Campbell Wilson, the senior vice president for sales and marketing for the airline, about what it takes to keep passengers comfortable.
Some Disney World super fans try to tackle all 49 ride at the Florida resort in a single day. They set out with military-like precision aiming to hit all the rides before weather, crowds or exhaustion conquers. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Ed Pizzarello, who recently tried the “parkeology challenge”.
Finding a good meal in a strange place can be a challenge. Sneaking in a bit of local culture while racing through a city can be even harder. Learn some tips for making both happen in this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast. Host Scott Mayerowitz chats with AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo about his frequent trips to college towns and what are the best restaurant chains - if that’s the only option - to frequent while on the road.
The internet has changed many things in travel - especially how we book flights and hotels - but for some trips a travel agent can be extremely helpful. This week, host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Wendy Perrin, a longtime travel journalist and advice columnist, who runs trip-planning site WendyPerrin.com.
It’s getting harder and harder for families to sit together on airplanes without paying an extra fee. Learn how to avoid being separated in this week’s episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast. Host Scott Mayerowitz chats with AP Airlines Writer David Koenig about the size of the problem and how to skip those seating fees.
Getting a free room upgrade is nice. Avoiding the room next to the ice machine might be even nicer. Learn how to get the best hotel room and how much to tip staff in this episode of “Get Outta Here,” the AP travel podcast. Host Scott Mayerowitz chats with Mark Herron, the general manager of Colorado’s Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, who also shares some crazy stories about the extravagant requests the rich and famous have made.
Monique Greenwood and her husband opened their first Akwaaba bed-and-breakfast in a black neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, back in the 1990s. Today they also have Akwaabas in Washington, D.C., Cape May, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. Guests, both black and white, now come from across the U.S. and around the world. The upscale inns carry on a tradition of hospitality for everyone while celebrating black culture.
We hear a lot these days about overtourism and the problems caused by too many visitors in popular destinations. A new book called “How to Be a Better Tourist” offers offbeat ideas and inspiration for how individual travelers can help ease overtourism while at the same time improving their vacation experiences. In this episode of “Get Outta Here,” host Beth J. Harpaz chats with the book’s author, Johan Idema, about his philosophy and ideas. Johan’s suggestions include taking an “alone” day on a trip, exploring the “edges” of cities, and connecting with locals when you travel _ which Idema explains in a chapter called ”Rent a German.”
Reddit “Ask Me Anything!” sessions are a wild and crazy tradition. “Get Outta Here!” host Beth J. Harpaz recently participated in a Reddit AMA and it was so lively that she and a couple of colleagues from Associated Press decided to read the AMA transcript - actually, act it out - for our podcast listeners. You’ll learn everything from the name of the best dive bar in Cleveland to the weirdest advice ever given to a traveler to a strange and secret food that Harpaz always carries in her beat-up old L.L. Bean knapsack. We promise you’ll laugh with us, you’ll learn from us and you’ll have fun.
In this episode of the AP Travel podcast “Get Outta Here,” AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz and AP’s Maine correspondent Patrick Whittle share their favorite Maine destinations, from Acadia National Park to Old Orchard, from whitewater rafting to shopping, the arts and of course, where to get a good seafood dinner.
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