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A Year in Travel 2018

42:04 | Dec 28th, 2018

A recap of the year's good, bad, and tragic travel moments. After three years of the Travelogue podcast, this is our last episode. We’ve had such an amazing time sharing our travel stories and tips with you, and want to thank you for being such loyal...Show More

What It Takes to Make Our Gold List

28:37 | Dec 21st, 2018

January 2019 marks the first transatlantic print issue of Condé Nast Traveler—and what better issue to launch with than an exhaustive list of our New York and London editors' favorite hotels, resorts, and cruise ships? In honor of this inaugural edit...Show More

What to Do When Your Trip Goes Terribly, Horribly Wrong

52:50 | Dec 14th, 2018

For the most part, travel goes smoothly. But when it doesn't, it seems like it really doesn't: The river cruise you've been waiting the whole year to take is skipping a port you're excited about due to low water levels. Or your flight is delayed. And...Show More

Where We're Going in 2019

49:16 | Dec 8th, 2018

All year long, Condé Nast Traveler editors meet with hotel owners and cruise operators, tourism boards and globe trotters, to pick their brains; we rack up air miles checking out new openings and revisiting places we haven't seen in 20 years. We talk...Show More

Everything We Want for Christmas This Year

40:54 | Nov 30th, 2018

In this week's episode of Travelogue, our editors are walk through our gift guides and give a few hints as to what they're giving this year (and what they're hoping to get). There's a little bit of everything: luggage (Away, of course), stocking stuf...Show More

We Planned Your First Trip to London

43:54 | Nov 23rd, 2018

This'll serve you well on your second—or twenty-second—visit, too.

How to Survive Holiday Travel With the Kids

45:47 | Nov 16th, 2018

It's possible, we swear. Tune in to hear: Samantha Brown, host of PBS's Places to Love and mom to five-year-old twins Ellis and Elizabeth; Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler's features director and mom to Nell (12), Charlie (17), and Sam (19); Gina Le...Show More

The Joys and Trials of Living Overseas

58:50 | Nov 9th, 2018

This episode originally aired October 20, 2017. Packing up your life and moving halfway around the world is exciting, but it can also be extremely challenging. Here, we learn from those who have done it.

Things You Should Never, Ever Do on a Road Trip

1:02:14 | Nov 3rd, 2018

For many of us, road trips across the U.S. were our first introduction to travel—for others who grew up abroad, the road trip was the pinnacle of American-ness. In this episode, our editors tackle the do's, don'ts, and *oh hell no's* of the road trip...Show More

The Overtourism Stories You Haven't Heard

59:20 | Oct 27th, 2018

The first thing you need to know is that this is a part two of sorts, to an overtourism podcast episode we ran in 2017. You should probably that episode first. But in this week's episode, we check in on places in almost every stage of overtourism—fro...Show More

Inside the 2018 Readers' Choice Awards

48:43 | Oct 19th, 2018

When 429,000 of you speak, we listen—and then we talk about it on the podcast. If you want to know how the sausage gets made, why editor-favorite Hot List hotels (and destinations) are popping up in our RCAs faster than ever, why we're so freaking ex...Show More

We Planned Your First Trip to Chicago

45:29 | Oct 12th, 2018

Those who know it wouldn't dare call Chicago a second city, so it's no wonder it won the best city in the U.S. in our recently released Readers' Choice Awards. Listen in for intel on where to eat, stay, and play in Chicago.

Our Favorite Late Night Eats Around the World

59:34 | Oct 5th, 2018

Warning: Do not listen to this episode on an empty stomach. From fries to doner kebabs, here's what our editors eat after hours.

How to Find the Perfect Suitcase

1:15:46 | Sep 29th, 2018

Do you opt for the durability of a hard shell or the flexibility of soft canvas? Is a built-in battery a must-have or a frivolous marketing ploy? Does the way a suitcase looks matter more than how smoothly it rolls? These luggage questions spark iron...Show More

Where You Should Go This Fall

49:06 | Sep 21st, 2018

From Mexico to New York, here are some fall getaways we can't wait to take.

Things You Should Never, Ever Do in a Restaurant

1:02:18 | Sep 14th, 2018

We cover when it's ok to eat with your hands (steak, never; bacon, always), as well as how to navigate all the different utensils, how picky you're allowed to be, and our overall pet peeves. (Don't use flash photography. Just don't.)

It's Hurricane Season. Time to Plan Your Trip to the Caribbean

53:57 | Sep 7th, 2018

Every September, knuckles from Maine to Venezuela whiten with the approach of storm season, that 3-month window when the wide stretch of the Atlantic between Dakar and Antigua threatens to fling spirals of torrential rain and wind at our eastern coas...Show More

We Planned Your First Trip to Boston

1:06:09 | Aug 31st, 2018

Historical sites, the best dive bars, and (of course) the Green Monstah: We cover it all.

Where to Go for Labor Day Weekend

36:42 | Aug 24th, 2018

Because we actually planned in advance this year...

How to Never Blow a Family Vacation Again

35:30 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Your squeeze-the-most-outta-those-precious-18-summers playbook to family travel.

We Plan Your First Trip to Sydney

58:44 | Jul 20th, 2018

Wait. What's that? You still haven't been to Sydney? What the "bloody hell" are you waiting for? Actually, it's all good. Because on this week's episode, our editors who know, love, and, in some cases, have lived in Australia's biggest city tell you ...Show More

Our Favorite Foods in America

56:29 | Jul 13th, 2018

Spoiler alert: none of them are vegetables.

Things You Should Never, Ever Do in a Hotel

1:10:29 | Jul 6th, 2018

Do you take a bath? Raid the mini-bar? Work in the lobby? Get your towels replaced every day? Use the hotel safe? As usual, our editors have lots of opinions, and duke it out over hotel do's and don'ts in this week's episode.

How Anthony Bourdain Changed Travel

59:55 | Jun 29th, 2018

It seems fair to say Tony Bourdain changed travel even more than he changed food. He may not have *invented* what we now call “experiential” or “immersive” travel, but it *was* how he rolled, and he did it so completely, so consistently, and on such ...Show More

Is LGBTQ+ Travel Inherently Political?

53:03 | Jun 22nd, 2018

In this week's episode, we handed the hosting reins over to contributing media editor Mark Ellwood to answer some complicated questions: Is LGBTQ+ travel political just because it's LGBTQ+ travel? Does spending your money as an LGBTQ+ traveler mean y...Show More

We Planned Your Next Trip to Barcelona

35:34 | Jun 15th, 2018

Here at the Traveler office, we may disagree on a few things, but Barcelona isn’t one of them. What’s not to love? The capital of Catalonia is at once a late-night party town and a destination for those seeking time-traveling tranquility; a place whe...Show More

Why Plastic in Our Oceans Is a Travel Problem, Too

58:55 | Jun 8th, 2018

There are some things that are just too damn big to fit into our little brains: The scale of the universe, the size of a T-Rex, the amount of plastic in our oceans. To wrap our heads around it, we need to resort to analogies, comparisons, or shrink t...Show More

How to Survive a Summer of Crazy-Busy Air Travel

57:55 | Jun 1st, 2018

Air travel this summer is going to be nuts: Some 246.1 million passengers will fly on U.S. airlines between June 1 and August 31—an average of about 2.68 million passengers per day, according to the recent forecast from Airlines for America (A4A), a ...Show More

What Makes a Hotel Great

55:43 | May 18th, 2018

Each year, we vet hundreds (hundreds!) of hotel openings around the world to produce our annual selection of the best of the new: the Hot List. We're not gonna lie, it's a sweet gig. But there's a lot more to the process than simply dialing room serv...Show More

Where You Should Go This Summer

58:59 | May 11th, 2018

Everyone has their summer vacation spot—the beach bungalow on the Outer Banks or the Jersey Shore, or the lake house in Michigan or Idaho where the whole family gathers every year. It's wonderful, it's nostalgic, it...gets old. What if you could conv...Show More

We Plan Your First Safari

51:21 | May 4th, 2018

Planning a safari can be overwhelming. So on this week's Travelogue podcast, some of our more seasoned safari-goers chat with a first-timer to talk the malaria threat (the farther south, the lower the risk), where and when to bring your kids, and how...Show More

What’s Happening to Our National Parks?

58:32 | Apr 27th, 2018

We called in some experts to school us on National Parks 101: What's the difference between a monument and park? How many are there of each? How long have we had them? Are any of our beloved parks under threat? What does it take to maintain a nationa...Show More

Weed Tourism: How Legal Marijuana Is Changing Travel

53:15 | Apr 20th, 2018

As of today—April 20, natch—recreational marijuana is legal in 9 states plus the District of Columbia. That gives everyone who *doesn't* live in those states a whole new reason to travel. And it’s birthing a new wing of the travel industry, too—one t...Show More

Sacred Travel in the 21st Century

1:16:37 | Apr 13th, 2018

Humans have chased higher understanding around the globe since before recorded history. We may not always recognize them, but those journeys continue today. On the heels of our recently released exploration of Sacred Travel ( More

Can You Visit Every Country in the World Without Burning Out?

37:22 | Apr 6th, 2018

We sit down with Jessica Nabongo, on a mission to be the first black woman to visit every country in the world.

U.S. Airlines Need to Do Better By Our Pets

44:41 | Mar 30th, 2018

Pet deaths on a plane are rare, statistically speaking, but any one loss is very real to a pet owner. And when a major airline like United seems to screw up repeatedly, we need to put them on notice. In this week's Travelogue podcast, we cover what y...Show More

Why Etiquette Is Crucial—Wherever You Travel

1:00:12 | Mar 23rd, 2018

On the latest episode of the Travelogue podcast, we dive into all the ways you can be polite and impolite when traveling abroad, covering everything from hugging people in Britain upon meeting them (don't) to passing food with chopsticks in Japan (se...Show More

What We Get Right About Accessible Travel

53:25 | Mar 16th, 2018

This week, we're sharing the first episode of the new season of Women Who Travel, Condé Nast Traveler's second podcast. Hosts Lale Arikoglu and Meredith Carey chat with Alysia Kezerian and Julia Buckley about their experiences traveling with disabili...Show More

We Plan Your First Trip to Tokyo

54:37 | Mar 9th, 2018

Everyone has heard of Tokyo: its grander-than-grand fish market; its imperial palace; its extravagant street fashions. Being there is a fever dream that you don't want to wake up from. With this in mind, we decided to do a deep dive into the Japanese...Show More

Where to Start with Frequent Flier Miles

55:12 | Mar 2nd, 2018

We've been talking a lot on Travelogue about where you should be going, but how are you supposed to get there? This week, we're replaying our 2017 episode about frequent flier miles so you can fly for less (if you play your cards right).

We Planned Your Next Trip to Italy

1:20:29 | Feb 23rd, 2018

We take you inside our March 2018 issue and break down what to do in northern, central, and southern Italy.

How to Plan the Perfect Weekend Getaway

48:22 | Feb 16th, 2018

You can't cover a whole city in three days (but you can try). With that in mind, we dive into the anatomy of the perfect long weekend in this week's Travelogue podcast—sharing real stats (fact: more people are taking more long weekends) and lessons l...Show More

Your Guide to South Korea (And the Olympics!)

1:04:35 | Feb 9th, 2018

Olympics or no Olympics, you should get there. Get your own winter games on in PyeongChang or explore one of the most exciting and varied cities in Asia: Seoul. Fair warning: If you're anything like us, you won't be able to get through the podcast wi...Show More

How to Get Through Airport Security Faster

49:19 | Feb 2nd, 2018

As airlines change the way they play the game—like adding basic economy seats and unbundling fares—travelers need a new set of hacks to feel a little more in control. Let's start with TSA PreCheck. Do you have it? Why not? No, seriously, tell us why:...Show More

Things You Should Never, Ever Do on an Airplane

56:38 | Jan 26th, 2018

Here at the Traveler office, we wholeheartedly agree on most things: that Summer Fridays should be taken full advantage of, that you shouldn't let fear get in the way of travel, and that Georgia is a country everyone should visit, like, now. But ther...Show More

We Planned Your Next Trip to New Orleans

53:27 | Jan 19th, 2018

Grabbing a beer to-go while hopping from one venue to the next, where some of the world's best musicians are playing to intimate crowds; a sculpture garden all to yourself; a plate of jambalaya that tastes like it's been perfected over generations on...Show More

Why You Should Still Visit the Caribbean This Year

54:46 | Jan 12th, 2018

On this week's Travelogue podcast, we wanted to show the Caribbean—a region very close to our hearts—some much-needed love. Now that we're in the thick of winter, it's the perfect time to book tropical getaways, and we've got a guide for what's happe...Show More

This Is Where You Should Go in 2018

1:06:03 | Jan 5th, 2018

Looking for the next Iceland? We’ve got you covered. Because there its a new year, and there are plenty of new places to explore.

Everything You’ve Wanted to Ask About Solo Travel

46:08 | Dec 29th, 2017

This week, we're sharing the first episode of "Women Who Travel," a new podcast at Condé Nast Traveler by women, for everyone. You can listen to our other episodes and subscribe anywhere you find podcasts. Join the conversation as we dive into one of...Show More

The Future of the Road Trip

52:56 | Dec 22nd, 2017

How does a Jetson's future—with autonomous cars, smart roads, and the cities of tomorrow—become a reality? We talk shop with Ford Motor's in-house futurist Sheryl Connelly on this week's episode.

Overtourism Doesn't Mean You Have to Avoid Venice

53:07 | Dec 15th, 2017

Scroll through the news on your phone, and it's likely you'll come across a story (or five) related to overtourism and how tourist-clogged destinations are cracking down on, well, tourists. But what exactly is overtourism? And is it a new problem, o...Show More

In Search of Adventure

49:28 | Dec 8th, 2017

In our latest episode of Travelogue, we dive deep into adventure in its many forms. We discuss how New Zealand basically invented extreme sports, share tales of rallies from the U.K. to Siberia that take two months, and try and parse what makes the b...Show More

Flight Deals, Explained

1:04:31 | Dec 1st, 2017

It's been just over a year since we first sat down with Scott Keyes, the flight deal guru behind Scott's Cheap Flights, on the Travelogue podcast. Now, with more than one million subscribers to his weekly newsletter, we checked in to ask him all of o...Show More

Secrets of a Pilot and a Flight Attendant

38:15 | Nov 24th, 2017

This is a rebroadcast of an episode originally released in August 2017. We sat down with a veteran pilot and former flight attendant to ask all our burning questions about what actually goes on at 30,000 feet.

Tourism Destinations That Have Changed Drastically in 30 Years

57:38 | Nov 17th, 2017

Tourism has changed dramatically since Condé Nast Traveler published its first issue thirty years ago: You can't light up a cigarette on a transatlantic flight anymore (great), and "Basic Economy" is now a thing (not so great). But there are also pla...Show More

Making a Case to Spend the Holidays Abroad

33:44 | Nov 10th, 2017

We dive into all of the messiness—and, it can be said, magic—of spending the holidays abroad, whether as an expat or just on vacation. From Christmas in Marrakech to Thanksgiving in Sydney (and Copenhagen, Singapore, and Paris), we discuss the challe...Show More

How Far We've Traveled for Music, Marathons, and Motorsports

1:05:19 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Some of the best vacations are the aimless ones: when you go to a place with nothing but a hotel booked and a love of spontaneity. But there's a type of traveler who hits the road with purpose. We're not talking about business travel—it's more a pass...Show More

What Annoys Us Most at 30,000 Feet

51:22 | Oct 27th, 2017

There are only so many things you can control at 30,000 feet—and unfortunately, the behavior of other passengers isn’t one of them. On this week’s episode of Travelogue, the podcast of Condé Nast Traveler, editors duke it out over what in-flight beha...Show More

The Joys and Trials of Living Overseas

58:25 | Oct 20th, 2017

The definition of "expat" is not as clear-cut as it may first appear—and that becomes, well, very clear in the opening minutes of this episode of Travelogue. What separates, for example, an expat from an immigrant? Is it all about transience versus p...Show More

How to Travel With Your Parents and Stay Sane

48:55 | Oct 13th, 2017

We love our parents—and some of us ARE parents—but it's not always easy traveling with your folks. It could be a matter of speed: You want to go heli-skiing in Alaska; they'd prefer to cruise there. Maybe it's a difference in price point, or a questi...Show More

When You Should Hire a Local Guide

52:35 | Oct 6th, 2017

We'd like to think we can plan everything on our own: every hotel room, every cross-cultural interaction, every landmark tour, every local hole-in-the-wall dinner... But if we're really, really honest, even Condé Nast Traveler's editors can admit tha...Show More

Where We'd Have Our Last Meal

59:22 | Sep 29th, 2017

There's no doubt a single meal can make a vacation memorable—but what makes a meal unforgettable? Is it really just about what it does to your taste buds, or the quality of the ingredients? Or does greatness extend beyond the palate: Is it also the s...Show More

Where to Travel This Fall

50:02 | Sep 22nd, 2017

R.I.P. Summer 2017. We're chasing summer to the southern hemisphere and exploring America's greatest weekender cities this fall.

Why Summer Vacations Are the Best Kind

1:06:21 | Sep 15th, 2017

While we'd never claim that you should only travel during a single season of the year, there's something especially alluring about summer vacations. Maybe it's grade-school nostalgia or the temptation of skipping town on a Summer Friday, but whatever...Show More

Is It Ethical to Visit North Korea?

43:18 | Sep 8th, 2017

Should Western tourists visit North Korea? Is it an act of voyeurism, or can tourism actually help the country? Does cultural diplomacy outweigh the risk of life? Would you go, if given the opportunity? Listen to this week's podcast and let us know w...Show More

Is Travel Better Now Than It Was 30 Years Ago?

1:01:57 | Sep 1st, 2017

In honor of Condé Nast Traveler's 30th anniversary, we're delving into some of the ways travel has changed over the last three decades.

Why We Travel to Be Near Water

32:34 | Aug 25th, 2017

We dive deep into how water plays a part in our travel lives and the physical and psychological benefits of spending time around oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Secrets of a Pilot and a Flight Attendant

38:15 | Aug 18th, 2017

We sat down with a veteran pilot and former flight attendant to ask all our burning questions about what actually goes on at 30,000 feet.

Why Terrorism Won’t Stop Us from Traveling

50:13 | Aug 11th, 2017

In the past year, suicide bombers and terrorist groups have targeted specific areas—and arenas—that gave them a world stage and a chance to strike travel at its heart. But how does terrorism affect travel? And what do we do, as travelers, when it's a...Show More

The Evolution of Cruises

54:39 | Aug 4th, 2017

Nowadays, cruising can mean a week of fine dining on the high seas; a Disney-themed sailing along the Panama Canal; or even an opportunity to travel to the North Pole. It’s no wonder, then, that the number of people choosing to cruise has surged. It’...Show More

Travel Myths You’ve Been Tricked Into Believing

1:00:43 | Jul 28th, 2017

In addition to the there-is-one-best-time-to-book-a-flight fallacy, we dive into the other travel myths out there that can—and should—be put to rest.

How to Make the Best of Solo Travel

47:14 | Jul 21st, 2017

Sorry, all you Eat, Pray, Love diehards out there—turns out, solo travel isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, earthshaking epiphanies, and whirlwind romances. On this week’s travelogue podcast, Traveler editors dish about their solo travel experiences—th...Show More

Everything We Love and Hate About Home Shares

46:06 | Jul 14th, 2017

There are so many things to love about Airbnb and its competitors: the price point, the flexibility, the immediate access to a culture. But, there are a few things some frequent travelers take issue with—sleeping in a stranger's sheets to start. Our ...Show More

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Travel?

59:45 | Jul 7th, 2017

We've said it before: Travel can be addicting. But, is there a point where travel becomes a competition for bragging rights and a life constantly on the move starts to eat away at any semblance of normalcy or stability—and, if so, is that a bad thing...Show More

So You Want to Go to Asia

52:51 | Jun 30th, 2017

Back in January, we set ourselves up for what quickly proved to be an impossible task: Give a 45-minute run-through of all things Asia over the course of a single episode of our podcast, Travelogue. We knew it as we were wrapping up, but with some ex...Show More

How Travel Can Scientifically Change Your Life

44:49 | Jun 23rd, 2017

Does travel net out to mostly good effects on our minds and bodies? Or can we get a stronger brain by just exploring our own cities? This week, we dive deep into the science of travel and social interaction to see if we can live longer and be smarter...Show More

How to Spend Your Credit Card Points

54:04 | Jun 16th, 2017

If you listened to Travelogue a few weeks ago, we gave you all the intel on how to get airline miles and now, we've got a crash course in how to spend them. Sure, credit card companies often promote redeeming for cash as the simplest way to turn your...Show More

Why Climate Change Is Actually Relevant to Travel

51:18 | Jun 9th, 2017

Pop quiz: What do the Great Barrier Reef, the Alps, Venice, and Napa Valley have in common? They're all buckling under a force that is threatening their very existence—climate change. In light of the news that the U.S. government has decided to pull ...Show More

Sick on Vacation: Editors Share Their Horror Stories

44:32 | Jun 2nd, 2017

We share our own harrowing tales of health emergencies on the road—and what we learned from them. There are stories of organ-destroying parasites, plane rides in which we spent more time in the lavatory than in our seats, and references to at least t...Show More

Where to Start with Frequent Flier Miles

55:12 | May 26th, 2017

If you've made it this far, you know something about frequent flier miles—or at least that you don't know much. Tales of road warriors whizzing about the skies, sipping free champagne, and enjoying automatic upgrades are enough to make you want to ge...Show More

How to Plan a Successful Group Trip

44:18 | May 19th, 2017

Group travel. Once upon a time, that simple phrase sent shivers down these Traveler editors’ spines. But this week, we decided to put our heads together and explore how to have an enjoyable group trip (from bachelorette and bachelor parties to colleg...Show More

The New (Terrible) Normal of Flying

56:54 | May 12th, 2017

A man dragged off an overbooked United flight, a woman accidentally sent to San Francisco instead of Paris, and an all-out brawl at Fort Lauderdale airport due to a string of cancellations: It's been a rough couple of months for air travel. And here'...Show More

Where to Go for Summer 2017

51:22 | May 5th, 2017

Planning summer travel is exciting—but it can also be daunting. Do you stay domestic or opt for an adventure further afield? Bite the bullet and book a two week beach holiday or savor those limited vacation days and venture out on a series of weekend...Show More

Does Anyone Use Guidebooks Anymore?

56:31 | Apr 28th, 2017

With an overload of information flooding our social media feeds, we return to an old standard—the guidebook—to see how it's faring in the 21st century. This week, we chatted (and argued a little) with Andy Steves, son of famed guidebook writer Rick S...Show More

How to Plan a Trip to Cuba

1:05:19 | Apr 21st, 2017

How do you plan a trip to a country where the rules keep changing? And once you're in Cuba, can you use U.S. credit cards? Is there actually Wi-Fi? Do you need to speak Spanish? Are the hotels any good, or should you Airbnb? How do you fly there? The...Show More

Where to Visit Before Your Friends Do

40:44 | Apr 14th, 2017

At what point can a destination be deemed "emerging"? After all, a place that one intrepid traveler has been visiting for years might seem like the equivalent of Timbuktu to someone else. And how exactly does that transformation into the next hotspot...Show More

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

42:06 | Apr 7th, 2017

Should you honeymoon right after the wedding, or wait? Stay close to home, or head somewhere far-flung? Traveler editors debate. Along the way, we touch on the benefits of time apart during a honeymoon, why it pays to look at the exchange rate, thing...Show More

Why 2017 Is Africa's Year

53:22 | Mar 31st, 2017

Last year, we chatted with Traveler editors about how and why you should be planning a trip to Africa. But even since then, there's been new airport and hotel openings, making country-hopping essential (and easy). And this isn't just a safari-fest. Y...Show More

Where to Travel This Spring

50:00 | Mar 24th, 2017

Ah, spring. The mere word stirs lusts of all kinds in our winter-shriveled hearts — including wanderlust. Time to break out of our frostbound caves and explore! Refresh! Renew! Or at least baste ourselves poolside in vitamin D. For some of us, it's a...Show More

How Women Are Changing the Travel Industry

33:57 | Mar 17th, 2017

In a trend that seems more organic than millennial bleisure, the travel industry is catering to women more and more, in ways that work and ways that... don't. Female guides teaching how to rock climb and mountain bike? We're on board with that—hello,...Show More

Does the Travel Industry Actually 'Get' Millennials?

50:02 | Mar 10th, 2017

What do millennials want? It's the marketers' Holy Grail, as they seek to understand that key demographic of digitally-obsessed, stereotypically self-important 20-somethings who have only the vaguest memories of phone books and dial-up Internet. On t...Show More

Air Rage: Why Are There So Many Fights on Planes?

40:48 | Mar 3rd, 2017

"Bad Behavior On Planes Is Getting Worse," says the International Air Transport Association (IATA)—not that the skies have ever been bastions of mannerly calm. Tight spaces, vanishing perks, and packed routes mean shortened tempers. Politics don't he...Show More

Why the World's Top Airlines Are Going Budget

35:13 | Feb 24th, 2017

It's been a busy week for budget travel. This week alone, American and United began selling unbundled basic economy tickets, Norwegian announced $65 flights between Europe and the East Coast, and Air France-KLM got approval to create a new lower-cost...Show More

What Is a Travel Specialist, Anyway?

42:06 | Feb 17th, 2017

Travel agents—they do, in fact, still exist: living, breathing trip planners who can help you find the best hotel for your honeymoon, the right family safari, or just a great place to vacation when time and inspiration are lacking. The best can even ...Show More

Making Sense of Trump's Travel Ban

58:29 | Feb 10th, 2017

Since January 27, the less-than-sexy minutiae of immigration policy and the alphabet soup of visa classes have been headline makers thanks to President Trump's executive order on immigration, which has come to be called, simply, "the travel ban." It'...Show More

How to Get the Best Flight Every Single Time

44:07 | Feb 4th, 2017

One of the questions we get most often at Condé Nast Traveler is how to get the best deal for the next place you're going. Should you buy on a specific day? From a specific airline? On a specific browser? Sadly, there's no catch-all answer to this ve...Show More

How to Plan Your First Trip to Asia

48:37 | Jan 27th, 2017

How do you fit a comprehensive primer on traveling to Asia into a 45-minute discussion? You don't. We know. We tried. So consider this part 1. In which, in less time than it takes to get through a TSA line, we take you to Japan to see why Tokyo and K...Show More

Where the Sun Shines in Winter

53:15 | Jan 20th, 2017

This time of year many of us in the Northern Hemisphere find ourselves deep in a dark, dreary winter, yearning for an escape to somewhere we can get a healthy dose of vitamin D. On this episode, we talk about sunny destinations ripe for escapes—some ...Show More

How to Pick the Ultimate Souvenir

41:20 | Jan 14th, 2017

Here at Traveler, we like nothing more than swapping souvenir stories. Maybe it’s a menu stolen from an unforgettable restaurant, or a one-of-a-kind feathered headpiece from Brazil. Doesn’t matter whether it cost half our rent or just a few cents, al...Show More

Travel Trends Coming in 2017

45:00 | Jan 6th, 2017

In this week's edition, we dive even deeper into what travelers can expect in 2017. Think passport changes, new airport security shortcuts, more (and more) fare classes on airplanes, the rise of low-cost, long-haul flights, and—yep—how Trump could af...Show More

Where to Travel in 2017

58:45 | Dec 30th, 2016

It's that time again: to say goodbye (and, in this case, good riddance) to the year behind us, and to gaze forward into the one to come. At Traveler, that means lining up our travel list for 2017. In our last podcast of 2016, we look at airline trend...Show More

2016: The Year in Travel

43:48 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Travel is often unpredictable—weather pops up from nowhere, flights get delayed, destinations turn out to be ... not what you expected. But making educated predictions about travel is kind of our business here at Conde Nast Traveler. As the year come...Show More

Crystal Cruises Takes to the ... Sky?

50:02 | Dec 16th, 2016

These days, brand expansion isn't just a trend—it's the way to make sure a company not only lasts, but creates a legacy for years to come. This week, special guest Edie Rodriguez, CEO of Crystal, which has parlayed its upscale ocean cruises into a fi...Show More

Would You Travel for Booze?

35:21 | Dec 10th, 2016

Travelers are developing a taste for tipple-fueled journeys, whether that's a visit to a whisky distillery in the Scottish highlands, a stopover at Melbourne’s best cocktail bar, or a day spent wandering Bordeaux’s brand new Cité du Vin. So this week...Show More

The Best Travel Gear of 2016

45:04 | Dec 2nd, 2016

What was the one travel-related item that rocked your world this year? We asked four of our nerdiest editors to come up with an answer, and come prepared to defend it. You'll have to listen to get the full story. Sneak peek: someone cheated and picke...Show More

The Future of Travel Is Fast, Comfy, and A Little Bit Frightening

46:00 | Nov 25th, 2016

The evolution of travel tech has never been faster, more exciting, or more bewildering than it is right now. So we partnered with our friends at Wired to look at how far we've come in the last ten years, and where we might be headed in the next ten. ...Show More

How to Make the Most of Your Layover

32:45 | Nov 18th, 2016

Layovers used to mean long, boring waits in the airport, trying to nap in an uncomfortable chair, overpaying for Wi-Fi, and eating reheated sandwiches from the only restaurant open. But these days, airlines are turning those layovers into stopovers, ...Show More

Where to Travel This Winter

42:17 | Nov 11th, 2016

'Tis the season once more: time to pack up and skip town to huddle around a fire with family, mulled wine in hand, doing your best to avoid any talk of politics—or, you know, take a beach vacation to Australia. This week we're all about winter travel...Show More

How to Stay Sane on A Family Vacation

37:33 | Nov 4th, 2016

The depths of autumn are here, and that means the holidays soon will be too. Many of us will hit the road for vacations with extended family, whether in a gathering at a relative's house or on a group trip out in the world. And *that* means our heart...Show More

Why You Should Visit London Now (And What to Do When You Get There)

48:54 | Oct 29th, 2016

One of the finest times to visit London is that golden week between Christmas and New Year’s, where the department stores sparkle and the 65-foot Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square takes center stage. What’s more, there’s never been a cheaper time to...Show More

The World's Best: Readers' Choice Awards 2016

38:14 | Oct 22nd, 2016

This week, Travelogue turns 1! To celebrate, we go deep on this year's just-released Readers' Choice Awards, a comprehensive list of our readers' favorite cities, hotels, resorts, airlines, and more. In addition to covering the results, we take you b...Show More

Should You Ever Boycott Travel?

54:14 | Oct 14th, 2016

This week, TripAdvisor announced it will no longer sell tickets to animal-based attractions deemed cruel or that involve endangered species. But is this enough—should we even participate in activities where elephants, dolphins, or other wild creature...Show More

Where to Travel This Fall

45:57 | Oct 7th, 2016

Leaves are turning, the air is crisp, everything's suddenly pumpkin-flavored, and—most importantly—peak season is over, so airfares are down. Time to travel. This week we're all about autumn, and we've got you covered no matter your speed. Looking fo...Show More

Secrets of a Hotel Inspector

45:22 | Sep 30th, 2016

Imagine getting paid to travel to the world's most luxurious hotels, or eat in the finest restaurants, perhaps taking a five star cruise to the Antarctic. Even better, once you finish the trip, your opinion is solicited—and you know for certain that ...Show More

How to Take the Stress Out of Family Travel

44:27 | Sep 23rd, 2016

Vacationing parents need to spend time with their kids, but they also need time for themselves, whether to decompress from busy work schedules or to experience a place as adults. This week, in the third installment of our four-part series "Crazy Trav...Show More

Would You Hire a Pro to Photograph Your Vacation?

33:48 | Sep 16th, 2016

How many times have you come back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip only to realize your photos were blurry, or maybe that, because you'd taken all of them, you weren't actually *in* any? These were the problemsNicole Smith was trying to solve when she ...Show More

Crazy Travel Jobs: The Man Who Plans Seven-Figure Vacation Adventures

36:56 | Sep 10th, 2016

Round-the-world honeymoons spent on private islands, superyachts, and private jets; a Greek Odyssey (capital 'O', like the one that features the Minotaur, Cyclops, and Medusa) to reawaken your kids’ imagination; and yes, even staged pirate battles in...Show More

How to Find Cheap Flights (And Change Your Life)

50:46 | Sep 2nd, 2016

What if you could go on a trip to Europe for less than it costs to buy groceries for the week? Self-identified "obsessive" Scott Keyes spends hours scouring airline websites to find great flight deals—so you don't have to. In this week's podcast, the...Show More

Are These Actually the Friendliest Cities in the World?

47:33 | Aug 26th, 2016

Every August, we release what's become one of our most shared, discussed, and controversial Readers' Choice lists: the friendliest and unfriendliest cities in the U.S. and in the world. On this week's podcast, we dissect the lists and try to understa...Show More

Finding the Perfect Cruise (Even If You Hate Cruises)

38:28 | Aug 19th, 2016

The cruising game has changed, almost entirely for the better. So this week, we bring everything you need to find the perfect cruise: small ships vs large; how to customize; Caribbean cruises vs Mediterranean; how a cruise can be the perfect multi-ge...Show More

What to Do When Your Flight Plans Fall Apart

23:31 | Aug 12th, 2016

In the aftermath of Delta’s computer failures, we chat with our aviation expert about how mass cancellations can happen in the 21st century, and how you can still get to your destination ASAP when the system seems to be against you.

How the Summer Olympics Will Change Rio

34:24 | Aug 5th, 2016

Rio de Janeiro: It’s on everyone’s mind right now, thanks to a Zika- and Olympics-fueled buzz. But while the Summer Olympics may last for the next 17 days, its affect on Rio, a city finally growing up from its status as the ultimate beach town, is ye...Show More

Best Places for a Late-Summer Getaway

37:29 | Jul 22nd, 2016

Hard to believe we're already thinking about the end of summer, when it seems like it only just started. But we are—and the truth is, there are some places (like the Pacific Northwest) where the best weather's just getting started, and others where t...Show More

Why You Should Travel to Africa Now

44:07 | Jul 15th, 2016

East-African safaris have been a bucket list staple for generations. And while you should still take one—in many ways they're better than ever—they're far from the only kind of African trip you should be planning these days. This week our editors tel...Show More

Everything You Need to Know About Rental Cars

36:18 | Jul 8th, 2016

It's the summer of the Great American Road Trip, with gas prices at an 11-year low and some 36 million Americans taking advantage of it—many of them in rental cars. Do you know what to do if you're in an accident in a rental car? Or what kind of insu...Show More

7 Reasons We Hate to Love Lists

44:30 | Jul 1st, 2016

Lists are everywhere, right? We hate them, but we can't get enough of them. Best-of lists; worst-of lists; what-to-do lists and what-not-to-do lists. This week Bon Appetit's Andrew Knowlton and Epicurious's Matt Duckor join Condé Nast Traveler's Becc...Show More

Travel Disasters—And How to Survive Them

45:48 | Jun 24th, 2016

Even the pros can't escape an insanely long TSA line, getting stuck on the tarmac for hours, a tropical flood or a rare insect fever. This week we confess the travel disasters we've endured, how we got through them, and why we wouldn't trade them in.

Chef Massimo Bottura of Italy's Osteria Francescana

41:51 | Jun 17th, 2016

This week, we talk to chef Massimo Bottura, whose restaurant, Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, was just awarded the number one spot on the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list. Chef Bottura tells us all about his hometown of Modena, his mind-...Show More

The Tech You Should Pack This Summer

47:48 | Jun 10th, 2016

All the gear you should be packing when you hit the road this season, from a "life-proof" camera to the latest crop of selfie-snapping drones, including one that "boomerangs" when you fling it from your wrist; from a device that turns your cell phone...Show More

Europe Gone Wild: Summer Travel in the Old Country

47:10 | Jun 3rd, 2016

It's summer; time to visit Europe! Except that lately, Europe seems to have gone bonkers—even more than usual. Strikes and fuel shortages in France; flooding in France and Germany; travel advisories and the Brexit vote. This week, we break down news ...Show More

Where to Travel This Summer

48:36 | May 27th, 2016

We're celebrating the arrival of the summer travel season with our not-so-short list of the best places to go. Whatever kind of trip you're looking for, we've got it covered: surprisingly economical standbys like Europe; domestic journeys from the cl...Show More

TSA Lines: Why They're So Long, and What You Can Do About It

39:08 | May 20th, 2016

Our excitement for the coming summer travel season hit a long, ugly, bureaucratic wall last week, in the form of soul-crushing lines at TSA checkpoints in airports across the country. Aviation correspondent Barbara Peterson drops by to talk about the...Show More

What Your Hotel Concierge Really Thinks About You

42:58 | May 13th, 2016

Concierges see and hear it all, from the hilarious to the heartwarming. This week we chat with comic ex-concierges Anna Drezen and Todd Dakotah Briscoe, authors of the blog-turned-book How May We Hate You: Notes from the Concierge Desk, for the scoop...Show More

A Pan Am Flight Attendant on Air Travel's Golden Age

50:10 | May 6th, 2016

It's in our fantasies as we shuffle the TSA line dropping belts and shoes into buckets, or jam ourselves between the iron-maiden-esque armrests of a middle seat: a vision of bygone days when airline crews were uniformly charming and gorgeous, the mea...Show More

Is Kickstarter the Future of Travel Gear?

37:19 | Apr 29th, 2016

Kickstarter has become the go-to space for travel gear innovation, hosting crowdfunded campaigns for inflatable hoodies, bags that actually keep you organized, and a travel jacket that'll hold everything from your iPad to your in-flight cocktail. Thi...Show More

The Great American Road Trip

41:56 | Apr 22nd, 2016

Picture it: Windows down, a full tank of gas, and an endless expanse of highway in front of you—the road trip has remained a constant in the American psyche, and for some very good reasons. We talk about them with National Geographic photographer Jon...Show More

New Low-Cost Airlines to Europe, and Virgin America Gets Sold

40:09 | Apr 8th, 2016

A few upstart European airlines have begun to offer mind-bogglingly cheap flights to Europe, cutting in on the big players' mindshare and making a play for younger travelers. Can it last? Will it change the transatlantic game? Air travel expert Barba...Show More

Our Ultimate Travel Hacks

56:37 | Apr 1st, 2016

This week, we hack travel for you. From booking to packing, points to luggage, curing jet lag to sleeping on planes — here are our secrets to lessening the pain of being on the road and getting more from your journey. Bonus: we take questions from ou...Show More

Secrets of a Flight Attendant

25:28 | Mar 25th, 2016

This week, we talk with special guest "Lauren B" (Lauren Bushnell), winner of the just-concluded 20th season of "The Bachelor" and, as it happens, a professional flight attendant. Lauren gives us the inside scoop on what it's like to fly for a living...Show More

Airplane Etiquette: How to Behave at 30,000 Feet

44:25 | Mar 18th, 2016

Prices have dropped; air travel's been democratized; the number of people flying's more than tripled in the last 30 years. Also, seats are smaller seats and lines are longer. MUCH longer. We spend more time than ever in tight spaces with our fellow h...Show More

SxSW & Austin, TX: Barbecue, Tech, and Breakfast Tacos

42:02 | Mar 10th, 2016

This week the tech, film, and music worlds converge on Austin, Texas for the annual SxSW blowout. Between the talks, screenings, and stagecraft, though, attendees will have a chance to sample one of the most distinctive and fastest-growing cities in ...Show More

Miami, Cuba, and March

43:16 | Mar 5th, 2016

It's March, and Spring is just around the corner. Thoughts turn to warmer climes — like Miami! We'll talk about why Florida's southernmost gem is resurgent, and what you should do when you go there this season. Plus, what travelers should be thinking...Show More

Fashion Week, Unzipped

39:25 | Feb 19th, 2016

New York Fashion Week: the shows, the street style, the snapchats! The chicest week of the year has just concluded, so for this episode, we decided to offer a glimpse into what it's like to attend. From our favorite runway shows to the best backstage...Show More

10 Young Chefs to Watch in 2016

49:24 | Feb 13th, 2016

Food is one of the main reasons we hit the road, so we wanted to know what the future of global cuisine might look like. We found 10 culinary talents making outsized impressions all around the world. This week, we talk about the list with some very s...Show More

Just Don't Call It Romantic: New Rules for Trips for Two

45:24 | Feb 5th, 2016

Here it comes again: Valentine's Day, that most cliché-ridden, overmerchandised of holidays. The conventions of the "romantic getaway" are mostly stress-inducing buzzkills that don't deliver on either "romance" or "getting away." How can we get it ri...Show More

Zika Virus, Passport Renewals, TSA Checkpoints, Overhead Bins

52:14 | Jan 29th, 2016

We take a deep dive on the story of the week, which could become the story of the year: Zika virus. The W.H.O. just sounded the alarm, travel advisories are in effect, and an action plan could come as early as next week. But what exactly *is* Zika vi...Show More

Domestic Travel: Editors' Dispatches

53:59 | Jan 22nd, 2016

It's been a busy season for travel in the U.S., with low gas prices and competitive airfares getting travelers out and about. Our editors are no exceptions. This week, we get their reports from recent journeys to Baltimore, San Francisco, Charleston,...Show More

Traveling With Kids

48:02 | Jan 15th, 2016

What's it like to travel with kids? Digital Executive Editor Maura Walters, our most imminent parent, sits down with some seasoned veterans for a glimpse of what's to come, from the practical to the existential, the spiritual to the mechanical, babyh...Show More

New TSA Rules, Drowning Castles, and Other Travel News of the New Year

52:38 | Jan 10th, 2016

The first week of 2016 has delivered a full slate of travel news: new TSA regulations on the IDs you can use to fly; bans on checked bags; haute couture monument restoration; Brazilian visa suspensions; the differences between men and women during tu...Show More

The Year in Travel: A Look Back at 2015, And A Look Ahead to 2016

57:26 | Jan 10th, 2016

Happy New Year from Traveler! As the year turns, we look back at 2015—the events and trends, good and not-so-good, that passed through the travel world this year—and talk about which ones will stay and which ones will go. And we take a look forward t...Show More

AUSTRALIA 2016! Our Destination of the Year

46:27 | Jan 10th, 2016

For the first time ever, we've named a Destination of the Year, and it's Australia. In this special edition of the podcast, a cast of thousands (well, OK: 8) explores just what it is that's making the land Down Under so special right now—and how you ...Show More

Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers

46:08 | Dec 12th, 2015

We're back! After a two-week hiatus, 'Travelogue' returns, just in time for the holidays. Five days into Hannukah and two weeks before Christmas, it's gift-giving season. What to get for the traveler in your life? We're here to tell you just that. Fr...Show More

How to Survive Holiday Travel

35:37 | Nov 20th, 2015

The week of Thanksgiving is the busiest week for U.S. travel in the entire year. The roads turn into logjams, the airports go full 'Hunger Games.' How can you cope? That's our subject this week. Join in for a look at what the season brings and the tr...Show More

City of (Youthful) Angels

33:03 | Nov 14th, 2015

This year, for the first time ever, Los Angeles was voted Best City in the U.S. among millennials in our Readers' Choice Awards survey. We take a look at the West Coast's resurgent pearl, with an eye toward what's forever beloved and what's changed i...Show More

New York, New York (Baby)!

43:10 | Nov 7th, 2015

It's the Big Apple, home to some of the best food, music, shopping, and culture in the world — and home to Condé Nast Traveler, too. Love it or hate it, there's no getting past it. This year, you didn't try. New York City was chosen Best Big City in ...Show More

Hotels 2.0: The New Piazza

27:27 | Oct 30th, 2015

Hotels have always been gathering places. But in recent years, the recipe has changed. Hotels like the Ace in New York and the Dean in Providence are making strong plays not just for out of towners, but for locals. And it's working. We'll talk about ...Show More

Readers' Choice Awards: The Best in the World

29:34 | Oct 23rd, 2015

This week we talk about the just-released Readers' Choice Awards, our annual survey of popular opinion on the best hotels, resorts, islands, beaches, and much more. This year's survey was bigger and better than ever — and held a few surprises.