A president toppled and protests in the streets, mudslides rolling down mountains and killing villagers, and flood waters cresting through through the streets of a major city. Not exactly what Tunisia, Brazil and Australia (respectively) want during the height of their tourist season. American Airlines says ‘get lost’ to Orbitz and Expedia, and in the northern hemisphere, it’s still winter. How do you avoid getting stuck at the airport?
The new full-body scanners being used by the TSA have certainly ruffled some feathers of late. Are they a vital part of keeping the skies safe, or are they the latest scene in what some have called “security theater?” We’ll get the skinny from two seasoned travelers on this episode of Talking Travel.(Photo: Ralf Roletschek)
In this episode of our travel podcast, we ponder some seriously scary Halloween destinations. We’ve got haunted castles in Transylvania, Mexico’s Day of the Dead, and even a major Halloween festival in Hong Kong. Listen in to find out where in the world to get spooked this Halloween. (Photo: Craig Heimburger)
Imagine going to sleep as your train leaves Oslo, Norway, and waking up north of the Arctic Circle! Yes, the overnight train trip is alive and well in Europe, and in this episode of our Talking Travel podcast we’ll explore some of the best ones your money can buy. We’ll also talk about the joys, and pitfalls, of traveling as a couple.
This is Shera, mascot for the Commonwealth Games, which have started in Delhi. There have been major problems with venues leading up to the Games. Some countries even threatened to boycott. But, the Games are underway, and in this episode of our travel podcast, we’ll find out what’s to see in Delhi (besides netball and lawn bowls, of course).
Forget the Tube, the double-decker busses, and the Black Cabs. London’s got a new mode of transportation. It’s called, lovingly, the “Boris Bike,” after the city’s Mayor, Boris Johnson, who also happens to be an avid cyclist. Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall tells you more about London’s new bike rental scheme on this episode of our Talking Travel podcast. (Photo: Mark Boyce)
Images like this are a stark reminder of how the unusual summer heat and the accompanying wildfires, have seriously affected life in Moscow. In this episode of our Talking Travel podcast, Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid says Russia’s a big place, and you shouldn’t let the wildfires stop you from visiting the country’s many tourist destinations. We’ll also discuss air rage, and some animals that seem to want to pack their suitcases and take a holiday. (Photo: Sergei Gutnikov)
Cuban streets might still be filled with American cars, but American tourists have been effectively banned from visiting the island nation for decades now. But the US Congress is now looking at a number of measures designed to ease restrictions on travel to Cuba. In this episode of our Talking Travel podcast, Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid and Tom Hall offer their assessments of what increased US tourism might mean for Cuba, and its people. (Photo: Dirk van der Made)
In this episode of our Talking Travel podcast, Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid talks about his recent trip to the Gulf Coast in Florida. Reid went down to assess the short-term and potential long-term damage to the region’s tourism industry. Each year, people from across the globe come to the area. Reid advises to not be too hasty in canceling your trip. (Photo: US House of Representatives)
In this episode of our Talking Travel podcast, we speak with Paul Clammer, author of the Lonely Planet guide to Haiti. Clammer recently went back to Haiti, to assess the recovery efforts and to spend a week volunteering to help clear rubble in the town of Leogane. You can hear his impressions of where Haitians stand six months after the January earthquake. (Photo: Amy Bracken)
In the latest episode of our Talking Travel podcast with Lonely Planet, we look back at the musical, and travel, legacy of that Master of Metal, Ronnie James Dio. Dio died on May 16 at the age of 67, but his music lives on around the globe. Lonely Planet’s Robert Reid managed to get an interview with Dio before the singer started his 2005 world tour in…wait for it…Siberia. Also, we try to hitch a ride on Iron Maiden’s “Ed Force One.” (Photo: rjforester via Wikipedia)
If we here on the Talking Travel podcast never hear the phrases “volcanic ash cloud” and “travel chaos” again, we’ll be happy. Unfortunately, if Eyjafjallajökull’s got anything to say about it, we’re in for a rough few months ahead. Maybe even more. In this episode of our podcast, Lonely Planet’s Tom Hall discusses the sheer scale of travel chaos caused by the volcano, and whether or not the ongoing eruptions, and disruptions, should make you switch your summer travel plans. (Photo by Boaworm via Wikipedia)