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Frommers.com Podcast



Kelly Regan, editorial director of Frommer's Travel Guides, and David Lytle, editor of Frommers.com, bring you up-to-date, opinionated travel information that will inspire you to hit the road.



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103 - Top Destinations 2010

Fri, 18 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Our round-table panel of editors gather to discuss our top destinations for the new year as well as one city our readers can't seem to get enough of.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_103.mp3




102 - 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:00:00 EST

Voluntourism is a hot topic, but what do you need to know before you try to fit some altruism into your vacation? The author of "500 Places to Make a Difference" joins us to explain.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_102.mp3




101 - Saying No to a Passenger's Bill of Rights

Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EST

Why would traveler's advocate Christopher Elliott turn against the Passenger's Bill of Rights? Listen in as he discusses the why it won't work with Jason Clampet, Online Editor of Frommers.com.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_101.mp3




100 - Food Lover's Guide to New York City

Fri, 11 Sep 2009 00:00:00 EST

Chef, restaurant expert, and author Mike Colameco joins Frommers.com Podcasts host Kelly Regan for a spirited discussion about the New York city restaurant scene. Hear about the best new openings, where to get a great slice, and the dangers of cupcakes and gritty buttercream.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_100.mp3




099 - Flight Attendant Confidential

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EST

Flight attendant and Gadling blogger Heather Poole sits down with Frommers.com Editorial Director David Lytle to chat about her life in the sky, tell you how to be good passenger, and explain the "laviator," her passenger self-portrait concept that's caught on quickly.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_99.mp3




098 - A Conversation with the Cranky Flier

Tue, 25 Aug 2009 00:00:00 EST

Brett Snyder, of CrankyFlier.com, joins host David Lytle for a discussion of recent news and issues in the travel industry: decreased demand, ever-increasing fees, and how you can still find a good deal.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_98.mp3




097 - NYC Vs. San Francisco in a Cheap-Off Face-Off

Thu, 16 Jul 2009 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's "Free & Dirt Cheap" authors Ethan Wolff and Matt Poole face off in a friendly debate about which city -- New York or San Francisco-- has the best deals on dining, culture, and nightlife.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_97.mp3




096 - How Travelers Can Protect Themselves

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

Frommers.com contributor and syndicated columnist Christopher Elliott joins host David Lytle to discuss the state of travel consumers' rights.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_96.mp3




095 - 500 Places to See Before They Disappear

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 00:00:00 EST

Many of the world's most beautiful and fascinating sites are at risk from development, environmental factors and human presence. Author Holly Hughes and host Kelly Regan discuss some of these places and how they were selected for the new book, "Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear"


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_95.mp3




094 - How to Get More out of Hilton Head

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EST

This week, Frommer's editor Jennifer Polland joins host Kelly Regan to explain how you can get more out of Hilton Head Island beyond just golf and tennis. Polland and Regan talk about ways to enjoy Hilton Head's nature and wildlife, as well as venturing off the island to the historic towns of Bluffton and Beaufort, and to the lush, empty beaches of Hunting Island.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_94.mp3




093 - Traveling Smart on the Cheap

Fri, 06 Jun 2008 00:00:00 EST

This week, author and budget travel expert Tim Leffel joins host David Lytle to offer travel solutions to the dollar's sinking value. Lytle and Leffel discuss how to travel smartly within a limited budget, and share tips this season's best value destinations and where to stay and how to eat once you get there.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_93.mp3




092 - An Insider's Guide to Summer in the Great Outdoors

Thu, 29 May 2008 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's author and all-around outdoors expert Kurt Repanshek joins host Kelly Regan to talk about summer season at U.S. National Parks. Repanshek tells you what to expect from fees and rates, how to escape the crowds at the big parks, where to take teenagers and kids, and how to find the best places to visit close to home.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_92.mp3




091 - Camping and Exploring in Namibia

Fri, 09 May 2008 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's guidebook editor Marc Nadeau joins host Kelly Regan to discuss camping and traveling through Namibia where, by day, Marc tours dunes and mountains and by night stargazes beneath the Milky Way. From the capital Windhoek to vast desert-like expanses, Marc shares what it's like to explore this little-visited but visually and naturally stunning destination.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_91.mp3




090 - Insider's Guide to South Korea

Thu, 01 May 2008 00:00:00 EST

This week, host Kelly Regan is joined by Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, author of Frommer's South Korea to hear how travelers can tour the country like a pro. Lee shares tips on navigating hot spots in Seoul, shopping in markets, and exploring national parks and historic sites.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_90.mp3




089 - Suzy Gershman's Where to Buy the Best of Everything

Sat, 22 Mar 2008 00:00:00 EST

Born to Shop author and shopping goddess Suzy Gershman joins host Kelly Regan and Frommer's editor Stephen Bassman for a breezy, informative, and entertaining exploration of the world's best brands and products. Suzy shares tips on how to avoid shopping scams, where to get the most for your money--and what to do when you pass out in the middle of a luxury linen factory store (she knows first hand).


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_89.mp3




088 - Getting Ready for Your Trip to Kenya

Fri, 29 Feb 2008 00:00:00 EST

Host Kelly Regan is joined by publishing colleague Morgan Little to discuss Little's recent volunteer vacation in Kenya. Morgan speaks about her time in Isinya, Kenya, assisting with grant-writing and teaching while working with Beads for Education (www.beadsforeducation.org), a non-profit which sponsors educational programs for Kenyan girls. Also hear about active environmental preservation efforts, camping with hyenas in Amboseli National Park, and what the country's winter 2008 political turmoil means for future visits.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_88.mp3




087 - Eat Your Way Through Puebla, Mexico

Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:00:00 EST

Intrepid eater Gypsy Lovett joins host Kelly Regan to exchange stories about Puebla, which offers a heaping mix of cultural and culinary delights. From mole poblano to the 17th-century Puebla Cathedral, Lovett shares her tips for navigating the city's taste and treasures. Listen to advice about finding the best street food, how to pick a restaurant, and why you should shop at the area markets.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_87.mp3




086 - Making Morocco Go Beyond Your Expectations

Thu, 07 Feb 2008 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's Morocco author Darren Humphrys joins host David Lytle to argue why Morocco makes the perfect introduction to North Africa for any first-time traveler. From the modern outskirts of Casablanca to the rugged Atlas Mountains to mud-walled medinas, this rapidly changing country is moving beyond visitors' expectations.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_86.mp3




085 - Flying the Cranky Skies

Thu, 31 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

Do you find yourself frustrated by the trappings of modern travel? Does flying make you cranky? Brett Snyder, airline industry insider, addresses these issues every day on his blog, The Cranky Flier (www.crankyflier.com). For this week's podcast, Snyder joins host David Lytle to discuss some of the most annoying and most hopeful developments in the industry, including fuel surcharges, security, congestion pricing, customer service and new terminals.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_85.mp3




084 - How to Plan a Wedding Far From Home

Fri, 25 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

Destination weddings are a growing travel trend, and there's a lot to consider if you decide to join the bandwagon. Editor-in-chief of Modern Bride Magazine, Antonia van der Meer, joins host Kelly Regan to provide helpful tips on etiquette and planning, and address some logistic challenges you -- and your guests -- might face. Van der Meer and Regan also reveal some destinations that can be less expensive than a wedding at home, talk about honeymoon registries, and list some hot spots for a spur-of-the-moment wedding (other than Vegas).


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_84.mp3




083 - What's New in San Francisco

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

Editorial Director David Lytle and guidebook author Matt Poole discuss some of their favorite new places to stay, savor a meal and enjoy nightlife in San Francisco, a perennial favorite among world travelers. Find out about both brand new and recently re-opened hotels, get the scoop on a great locavore restaurant, have a classic San Francisco moment at an oyster bar or benefit from the work of professional mixologists at one of the best bars on the nightlife scene.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_83.mp3




082 - Making Travel More Accessible

Fri, 04 Jan 2008 00:00:00 EST

Accessible travel for the disabled isn't nearly as limited as most people think. Editor Candy Harrington of Emerging Horizons magazine joins host David Lytle to discuss a new way to look at accessible travel. Harrington explains how opportunities can vary greatly depending an individual's wants and needs while she also offers advice for all travelers who have special lodging and transportation concerns. She also offers tips on resources, specific questions to ask vendors, and provides unexpected alternatives to theme parks and other traditionally accessible destinations.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_82.mp3




081 - How to Take Better Vacation Photos

Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

Professional photographer and author of "Portrait and Candid Photography: Photo Workshop," Erin Manning, joins host Kelly Regan to talk about digital travel photography and offer advice on educating your "design eye" to take better photos. Learn some basic rules of composition, how to work with and manipulate light, outsmart nighttime shots, and other tricks and practical tips for taking better vacation photos with your digital camera.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_81.mp3




080 - Our Top Destinations for 2008

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 00:00:00 EST

This week, we've gathered editors and writers from around the world for a special extended edition of the podcast. Our travel experts discuss the 13 cities and regions that made this year's Top Destinations list. Find out what it took to make the cut, how you can get there, and the what to see and do once you've arrived.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_80.mp3




079 - The Airfarewatchdog Guide to Passenger Rights

Mon, 19 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

U.S. air passengers don't have many rights when it comes to flying, but there are some rules in place to help protect consumers. George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, joins host David Lytle for conversation about passenger rights, contracts of carriage and what rules you need to invoke to get compensation from the airlines. Hobica also discusses the benefits of government airline regulation, the differences between U.S. and European carriers, and how all passengers can benefit from consumer protection laws.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_79.mp3




078 - A Student's Guide to the Best of Mexico

Thu, 08 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

Jeff Spurrier, Ann Summa and Liza Monroy, co-authors of "MTV Best of Mexico," join host Kelly Regan to discuss their favorite places in Mexico. Despite their student leanings, the authors point out that there's much more for travelers of all ages than fiesta-heavy resort towns and over-developed coastlines. They share affordable ways to experience the thriving cultural scene in Mexico City, outdoor adventures in Puerto Escondido, whale-watching in Baja California, and more.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_78.mp3




077 - Uncovering a Better Side of Costa Rica

Thu, 01 Nov 2007 00:00:00 EST

While Costa Rica isn't considered as off the beaten path as it used to be, there are still ways to visit the country and feel like you're miles away from civilization. Pauline Frommer's Costa Rica author David Appell joins host Kelly Regan to talk about "the other" Costa Rica. Appell discusses great experiences shopping and eating with locals at mercado central, participating in a wildlife rescue, and finding great places to stay for under $30 a night. Appell also reveals how you can find quiet beaches and great surfing, as well as the best ways for travelers to take advantage of the many outdoor and adventure travel opportunities.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_77.mp3




076 - New Travel Websites that Are (and Aren't) Worth Your Time

Fri, 26 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EST

Which travel websites can actually help you plan your trip and save money and which are just hype? PC Magazine's Sascha Segan, a frequent Frommers.com contributor, joins David Lytle to review some of the new sites and technologies, and to recommend sites that deserve to be added -- or removed -- from your list. Find out which sites perform the best analysis and number-crunching of fares, which aggregators to check before you go, and hear about some new sites you need to log into.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_76.mp3




075 - Pauline Frommer's Secrets to Saving in Washington, D.C.

Wed, 10 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EST

Washington, D.C. is full of incredible free sights and experiences -- and equally expensive hotels. This week, guest host Ensley Eikenburg chats with author and travel expert Pauline Frommer as she shares her favorite tips to saving money during a stay in the nation's capital. Get the scoop on the city's restaurant revival, money-saving options for family travel, and great opportunities for cultural adventures at museums, embassies and the Capitol.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_75.mp3




074 - How to Leave Something Good Behind

Mon, 08 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EST

The popularity and availability of service-based vacations is increasing and giving rise to volunteer tourism. Frommer's editor Jen Reilly joins host Kelly Regan to discuss the types of international experiences you can have that interact on a micro level with local cultures. Reilly cuts through some of the misconceptions surrounding voluntourism -- including necessary skills, costs, questions to ask beforehand -- and tells you some of the best ways to balance work and play during your trip.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_74.mp3




073 - Finding Trustworthy Family Travel Tips Online

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EST

When it comes to traveling with the family, being prepared with the right info can make a trip far more enjoyable and less costly. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, editor-in-chief of the family travel website WeJustGotBack.com (www.wejustgotback.com) joins podcast host Kelly Regan to share her expertise. Kelleher points listeners to time-saving, trustworthy planning information and defines what it means to be "family friendly." She also offers tips on how to get kids involved in planning and learning about their destination.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_73.mp3




072 - Learn the ABCs of Southern Caribbean Getaways

Sun, 23 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EST

Christina Colon, Caribbean expert and author of Frommer's Portable Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao, speaks with host Kelly Regan about three of the Caribbean's less familiar islands. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao offer fewer Hurricanes, more natural wonders, and better fall deals than most of their regional counterparts.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_72.mp3




071 - How to Travel for the World for a Long, Long Time

Sun, 16 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EST

Ever wanted to skip work and travel the globe for months at a time? "Vagabonding" author Rolf Potts joins host David Lytle to discuss the best ways to set aside everything and see the world.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_71.mp3




070 - How You Can Stand Up to the Airlines

Sun, 09 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EST

After a harrowing nine-hour delay while stuck on a runway, traveler Kate Hanni decided to do something for flyers' rights. Host David Lytle speaks with Hanni about the events that led up to the creation of the Coalition for the Airline Passengers Bill of Rights and what you can do to make your next flight better.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_70.mp3




069 - Discover the Spain Less Traveled

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EST

Just because Spain is one of the world's most popular destinations doesn't mean you have to follow the crowd when you visit. On this week's podcast, Host Kelly Regan is joined by Frommer's Barcelona Day by Day author Neil E. Schlecht. The author talks about some less-trodden alternatives to Spain's most popular sights, including museums and monuments in Extremadura, incredible food and wine in southern Basque Country, and beautiful beaches in Formentera and Minorca. Tune it to get some advice on great wines to try, the best times to go and towns you definitely shouldn't miss.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_69.mp3




068 - Insider's Guide to Doing Disney With Kids

Fri, 24 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EST

Between couch potato kids struggling to trek miles of park and parents looking to get their money's worth in one day, a vacation in Walt Disney World can quickly become a stressful trip. Disney experts Bob Sehlinger and Liliane Opsomer, co-authors of the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids, join host David Lytle to discuss how to prepare your family for the park, ways to plan your time and make the trip fun for all ages, and some straight talk about realistic expectations that may help you retain your humor and sanity.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_68.mp3




067 - Sun, Sand and Surf in Southeast Asia

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EST

Southeast Asia probably isn't the first place you think about for a beach vacation, but there are many reasons to consider it as viable alternative to a Caribbean getaway. Frommers.com contributor Charis Atlas Heelan joins host David Lytle to talk about the incredible beach destinations in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, as well as the region's affordable luxuries, cultural experiences, and year-round sunny weather.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_67.mp3




066 - Ecuador's Ecological and Cultural Riches

Fri, 10 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EST

Best known for the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador offers far more than those zoological riches. Eliot Greenspan, author of Frommer's Ecuador and Galapagos Islands, joins Frommer's editor Matthew Brown and host Kelly Regan to discuss ecotourism, adventure activities, colonial Quito, coastal culture, and share their favorite Ecuadoran moments, like watching the sun rise over the rim of a volcano.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_66.mp3




065 - Adventure Travel in South Africa

Fri, 03 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EST

Adventure travelers and nature lovers are flocking to South Africa and Zambia's Victoria Falls to satisfy their thirst for outdoor adventure. Just back from her own trip, Frommer's editor Christine Ryan speaks with hosts Kelly Regan about game drives, elephant-back safaris, Victoria Falls, and the incredible variety of adventure options South Africa offers.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_65.mp3




064 - Let Christopher Elliott Make Your Next Trip Better

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EST

Have you ever felt more like cargo than a passenger? Travel troubleshooter and consumer advocate Christopher Elliott of "National Geographic" and Elliott.org joins David Lytle to talk about the shrinking American vacation, recent changes in the travel industry, customer service and passenger rights, and some thoughts on what could make travel enjoyable again.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_64.mp3




063 - Out and About: Gay and Lesbian Travel

Fri, 20 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EST

For the gay and lesbian community, travel presents its own set of special concerns about safety and human rights. Join our panel of experts -- "MTV Roadtrips" co-author Kelsy Chauvin, Frommer's editor Kathleen Warnock, Ed Salvato of "OUT Traveler," and host David Lytle -- as they discuss the issues facing gay travelers and share some insights into some surprisingly welcoming places to go.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_63.mp3




062 - Berlin and Amsterdam for the Next Generation

Fri, 13 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EST

Just back from Berlin and Amsterdam, Frommer's editor Jennifer Polland joins host Kelly Regan to explain why these capital cities are getting attention from a new generation of cool hunting travelers. Polland talks about Berlin's summer beach bars and a stretch of buildings that seems straight out of a sci-fi flick, then explains how to live it up with the locals in Amsterdam -- without breaking your budget.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_62.mp3




061 - Doing a Spa on Any Budget

Fri, 06 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EST

Spas have become destinations of their own -- not just side trips -- and Frommer's editor Anuja Madar joins host Kelly Regan to explain how a spa trip is possible for travelers on every budget. Madar reveals her spa finds and some great deals around the globe, talks about treatment options for men and women, and offers advice on getting your first massage.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_61.mp3




060 - Summertime Fun with ThemeParkInsider.com

Sun, 01 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EST

Summertime is the hot season for theme parks, rollercoasters and fun. Robert Niles, founder and editor of ThemeParkInsider.com joins host David Lytle to talk about the best new rides and attractions for Summer 2007. Niles dishes on the best parks you haven't visited, how to get the most out of your theme park day, and tips on saving money, time and your sanity.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_60.mp3




059 - Explore the World by Rail

Fri, 22 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EST

Rail trips are a great way to explore a destination beyond the city limits. Frommers.com rail expert Sascha Segan joins host David Lytle to talk about big city and small town pairings of day trips you can take by rail. Segan shares advice about traveling outside London, New York, Washington, D.C., Barcelona, Portland and Hong Kong, and gives day-tripping listeners ideas about building their own railway getaways.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_59.mp3




058 - London for the Whole Family

Tue, 19 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EST

"Frommer's ... With Your Family" author Rhonda Carrier joins host Kelly Regan and guest host Mark Henshall to discuss the best ways to navigate London with children. Carrier shares advice on affordable and enjoyable activities for kids, and gives the scoop on London's ongoing transformation into a truly child-friendly capital city.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_58.mp3




057 - Travels Through Tuscany and Umbria

Fri, 08 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EST

Despite the enduring popularity of Tuscany and Umbria, it's still possible to escape to these regions and enjoy your trip like you're the only one visiting. Frommer's travel guidebook author and Italy expert John Moretti joins host Kelly Regan to offer tips on beating the museum crowds, advice on finding accommodations in the charming suburbs of Florence and give a brief introduction to Tuscan wines. John also reveals his favorite Tuscan town and shares a story about a funeral -- for a steak.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_57.mp3




056 - Finding Beds and Baths Beyond Hotels

Fri, 01 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EST

When you leave home you always need a place to stay. For this week's podcast, host David Lytle and Frommers.com online editor Jason Clampet share tips about finding money-saving alternatives to hotels. Whether it's a short-term apartment rental in Tokyo, a monastery in Tuscany, a villa in Thailand, or a couch in Cordoba, Lytle and Clampet will tell you how to plan ahead, what questions you need to ask, and how not to get burned.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_56.mp3




055 - Meander through Montreal

Fri, 25 May 2007 00:00:00 EST

"Frommer's Montreal Day by Day" author Andre Legaspi joins host David Lytle to expound about his very favorite metropolis and some of the surprises that await visitors. Listen in for tips on how to explore the art scene, how to navigate the vast network of underground passageways, and how non-French speakers can get beyond the language.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_55.mp3




054 - Great American Roadtrips for the MTV Generation

Fri, 18 May 2007 00:00:00 EST

Guest host Kathleen Warnock and "MTV Road Trips U.S.A." contributing authors Maya Kroth and Ethan Wolff talk about an American tradition: the road trip. Wolff and Kroth share pre-departure planning advice and some great trip ideas and itineraries for exploring different parts of the country. And what roadtrip would be complete without a soundtrack? Our authors' reveal their favorite songs for the open road.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_54.mp3




053 - Tales and Tastes from a Season in Napa Wine Country

Fri, 11 May 2007 00:00:00 EST

There are 141 public wine-tasting rooms in Napa Valley and good friends Hank Beal and Rick Kushman visited every one. This week, Beal and Kushman join host David Lytle to discuss their new guidebook and travelogue, A Moveable Thirst. The two authors share how they learned about wine, reveal pitfalls of sniffing and spitting, and give advice for beginners and seasoned oeneophiles alike -- including how to maximize the Napa experience on a budget.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_53.mp3




052 - Arthur Frommer on a Half-Century of Travel

Sat, 05 May 2007 00:00:00 EST

Author, editor and guidebook pioneer Arthur Frommer sits down for a Q&A with fellow travel writer Pauline Frommer. From Arthur's early days as a G.I. in Europe trying to make the most of his wages, to his sly techniques for getting inside a hotel room, the two Frommers reveal how much about travel has changed in the 50 years since "Europe on 5 Dollars a Day" was first published. Along with other stories from his traveling history, Arthur offers insight into what makes a successful trip, as well as what it takes to be a successful travel writer.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_52.mp3




051 - Exploring Spain, MTV Style

Thu, 26 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EST

MTV Spain guidebook authors Fernando Gayesky and Kristin Luna join Frommers.com Podcasts Host Kelly Regan to offer their insight about exploring Spain. Gayesky tells Regan why Barcelona is the country's most exciting, cosmopolitan city, while Luna shares tips on exploring the caves and skies of rural mountain areas (and why you should rent a car). Listen further for insider info about the party scene on the Balearic Islands.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_51.mp3




050 - Step out of Cancún and into the Yucatán

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EST

Host Kelly Regan is joined by Frommer's Guide author David Baird as he shares his advice for exploring Mexico's Yucatán. First piece of advice: Expand your travel experience beyond Cancún. Baird explains the ease of exploring this area, tells listeners how they can get past the tourist ports of call, and details the rich culture of the area. Learn more about Playa del Carmen, Mérida and the Riviera Maya, as well as how you can experience the culture -- even if you're staying at an all-inclusive resort.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_50.mp3




049 - Traveling Responsibly, Traveling Green

Mon, 16 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EST

Eco-buzzwords are almost unavoidable these days, but what do they actually mean to travelers and those who want to be responsible citizens of the world? Tom Arnold of TerraPass.com joins podcast host David Lytle to explain terms and concepts like carbon offsets, and to talk about why we're still a long way off from truly sustainable travel. Listen in to understand how your travels impact the environment, and how you can responsibly plan future trips.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_49.mp3




048 - Exploring U.S. National Parks

Fri, 06 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EST

As summer draws near, more and more people will be visiting our national parks - but what should they expect from their visit? Jeremy Sullivan of ParkRemark.com joins David Lytle to discuss changes to the National Parks System during the off-season, talk about some issues facing the parks today including costs and construction, and also reveal some of the underrated and overlooked parks (of our 390 national parks!) that offer a great experience without the crowds.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_48.mp3




047 - Spend Less and See More with Pauline Frommer's Paris

Fri, 30 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EST

Pauline Frommer and Margie Rynn, author of Pauline Frommer's Paris, join host Kelly Regan to share tips for how to spend less and see more in the City of Light. Listen and discover why Paris has some of the cheapest accommodations of any Western European capital (including a surprising number of B&Bs); where to find Margie's favorite "neo-bistro," and how to enjoy a magnifique meal without spending a fortune; how to see the city by rollerblade; where to find Parisians arguing in "philosophy cafes;" and what is Pauline's very favorite Paris experience.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_47.mp3




046 - Riding Elephants into the 21st Century

Fri, 23 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EST

Host Kelly Regan is joined by Frommer's editor Marc Nadeau, who reports back from his recent tour of Thailand and Cambodia. Although he spent time on a lumbering elephant, Nadeau describes a Southeast Asia that has moved rapidly into the future. Listen in to learn about the modern, frenzied culture of Bangkok, the changing landscape of Phnom Penh, and the thriving, yet threatened temples of Angkor Wat.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_46.mp3




045 - Do Flyers Deserve Their Own Bill of Rights?

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EST

Do you know your rights when you fly? Founder of Airfarewatchdog.com and Frommers.com contributor George Hobica joins host David Lytle to talk about current events and issues in air travel, such as the recent wave of hours-long strandings in grounded planes. Along with sharing inside tips about the airline industry, Hobica reveals how passengers can inform themselves about the rights they already have and how they can support legislation to expand them.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_45.mp3




044 - Why You Should Visit Eastern Europe Now

Thu, 08 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EST

Host David Lytle is joined by the authors of the Frommer's Eastern Europe -- Mark Baker, Pippa de Bruyn and Keith Bain -- to talk about what's better with the continent's other half. The three veteran guidebook writers explain why the mountains, cities, rivers and beaches of Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria should be on every traveler's to-do list.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_44.mp3




043 - Get Geared up for Guatemala

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EST

This week host Kelly Regan is joined by Eliot Greenspan, the author of Frommer's Guatemala. Greenspan reveals what he loves about the Central American country and its culture and gives listeners his top reasons to visit along with tips on suggested itineraries. Hear about great food, colonial towns and major cities, boat trips and excursions to stunning natural attractions, such as a seven-tiered waterfall.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_43.mp3




042 - Essential Travel Tips from Offbeat Websites

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

Host David Lyle is joined by Frommers.com Online Editor Jason Clampet to discuss websites that make the web, if not the best, then at least the most enjoyable way to plan a trip. Lytle and Clampet look at sites everyone should use before planning a trip, such as Seatguru.com (where travelers can get advice about specific airline seats), to niche sites like Sleepinginairports.net (where users share tips about where to bed down during an overnight layover). They also talk about Google map mash-ups, roadside attractions and sleeping on a stranger's couch.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_42.mp3




041 - Mardi Gras Around the Globe

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

Host Kelly Regan is joined by a handful of travel experts to discuss some of the world's best pre-Lent festivals. Frommer's guides' Melinda Quintero talks about the family-friendly Carnaval in Mazatlan, Mexico and the artsy grass-roots festivities at Carnevale in Viareggio, Italy. Frommer's editor Marc Nadeau shares his experiences at an island Carnival on Curacao full of fantastic sights, sounds and costumes. Want to stay close to home? Frommer's New Orleans author Mary Herczog gives us the low down on this year's Mardi Gras and reveals how to get involved in alternative celebrations.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_41.mp3




040 - Spend Less and See More in London

Thu, 08 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

"Pauline Frommer's London" author Jason Cochran joins host David Lytle to share tips about how to travel to and save money in London, one of the world's most expensive destinations. Listen and discover why the best things in this city may actually be free and find out how to eat and drink well for less (hint: it starts with beer). Cochran also gives advice and options about where you should stay to get a true London experience at an affordable price.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_40.mp3




039 - Chick Trips: What Makes a Great Women's Vacation

Fri, 02 Feb 2007 00:00:00 EST

Writer and Frommers.com contributor Carrie Havranek joins host Kelly Regan for a discussion and dissection of the "girlfriends' getaway" trend. From upscale hotel pajama parties to shopping excursions in Dubai, Carrie and Kelly explore the pros and cons of women traveling with women -- especially for solo travelers. Listen for great ideas about planning women-only trip: what to do, how to do it, and where to get started with your research and planning.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_39.mp3




038 - An Insider's Guide to Maui

Thu, 25 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

Host Kelly Regan and Frommer's Maui Day by Day author and Hawaii expert Jeanette Foster sit down to discuss Maui. Jeanette offers her take on the great diversity of accommodations and activities and tips on the island's most beautiful and romantic sights. She also reveals her favorite spot for steak as well as how to find a great deal, as well as three simple words of advice that'll improve any trip (you'll have to listen).


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_38.mp3




037 - Day-Tripping Boston

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

"Frommer's Boston Day by Day" author Marie Morris chats with host Kelly Regan about Boston's cultural rebirth, what's new in this 400 year-old city, and some of the city's great places to see and things to do in this capital city. Marie reveals the best place to get lobster, talks about great romantic getaways, and shares engaging activities for kids.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_37.mp3




036 - Travel Tech with PC Magazine

Thu, 11 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

Sascha Segan of PC Magazine joins host David Lytle to talk about how the new generation of tech toys can make travel easier and safer. Sascha explains the ins and outs of unlocked cell phones, international roaming, buying local SIM cards, good carriers, and when you should consider carrying a cell phone when you're traveling abroad. They also discuss some of the best phones for international use, calling cards, using your laptop as a phone, and what to expect no matter which option you choose.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_36.mp3




035 - Colombia Beyond the Cartels

Thu, 04 Jan 2007 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's editor Matthew Brown joins host Kelly Regan to talk about his recent trip to Colombia. Brown doesn't dismiss the travel warnings and dangers in certain parts of the country. Instead, he provides tips for safe travel, sheds light on Colombia's art and cultural scene, explores the Caribbean delights of Cartagena, and tells us why he thinks Colombians were recently singled out as the second happiest people on earth.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_35.mp3




034 - Panama - It's Much More Than a Canal!

Thu, 28 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's Panama author Kristina Schreck speaks with host David Lytle about why now is the time to visit Panama. The country's natural and man-made wonders, its history, and its growing tourism infrastructure are all factors that make it a great destination for first-time visitors to Central America or those who've grown tired of Costa Rica's crowds. Listen in and learn about the incredible variety of activities and sights, such as Panama City's historic center and Coiba Island's natural treasures.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_34.mp3




033 - How to Pack Perfectly and Travel Light on Any Trip

Thu, 21 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

Onebag.com founder Doug Dyment joins David Lytle to discuss the no-nonsense rules for packing wisely. Dyment reveals the secrets to the best bags and suitcases and teaches what to pack and how to fit it all into one bag -- even on a long trip. He also lets listeners in on surprising solutions to typical travel problems and shares the one piece of essential packing advice you should know before heading anywhere.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_33.mp3




032 - An Insider's Guide to Cruising

Thu, 14 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

Cruise expert and gudebook author Matt Hannafin joins Kelly Regan to share his insights into how the cruise industry is changing and what it means to travelers considering a cruise vacation. From mega ships to almost-private cruises, Matt tells us how to prepare for a trip -- getting the best bargains, what destinations to book when, whether to use an agent -- and how to make the most of it once you're there. Matt also reveals the best port activities, tips for cruising with children and his own favorite destination.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_32.mp3




031 - "MTV Europe" Authors Have a Euro Bash

Thu, 07 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

"MTV Europe" authors Sylvie Hogg and Andre Legaspi join host Kelly Regan to reveal the best places to party in Europe. From clubbing in a converted church to hanging out in Venice after dark, they discuss their experiences checking out the scenes in Amsterdam, Rome, Munich and more of Europe's hottest cities for nightlife.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_31.mp3




030 - Foodie Travel Down South

Fri, 01 Dec 2006 00:00:00 EST

Join food and travel writer Amy Zavatto as she reveals agave adventures and great eats along Guadalajara, Mexico's Tequila Trail. Want to stay closer to home? Get the inside scoop on the Whiskey Trail linking the historic distilleries of Mt. Vernon Rum, Jack Daniels and Jim Beam and find out how to become a barbecue cook-off judge in Nashville.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_30.mp3




029 - Tahiti and French Polynesia

Tue, 21 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

David Lytle is joined by author Bill Goodwin (www.billgoodwin.com) for a discussion of Bill's love affair with Tahiti and French Polynesia. From the dinosaur-looking island of Moorea to the awesome sight of Mt. Otemanu, and from exotic Bora Bora to the museums, Bill guides us around French Polynesia and explains why it's his picture of paradise. Listen in for a taste of the history, cuisine, culture and dramatic beauty of these islands, the proper way to pronounce, "Papeete," and how to afford a trip to these islands without breaking the bank.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_29.mp3




028 - Conquering China One Stop at a Time

Thu, 16 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

Join host Kelly Regan and guest Ensley Eikenburg for a recap of Eikenburg's recent travels through China -- and her wondrous and occasionally strange experiences. Learn about the Olympic excitement in Beijing, nightlife in Shanghai and the gorgeous sights to see along the Li River. They also share tales of the Big Buddha, getting used to eating some seriously strange food items (mountain snake, anyone?) and the best ways to get around this very large developing country.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_28.mp3




027 - Top Destinations of 2007

Thu, 09 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

Hosts David Lytle and Kelly Regan reveal Frommer's top picks for where to travel in 2007 with help from fellow Frommer's staffers Jason Clampet and Eva Lesiak. Listen to the experts dish about history in Ethiopia, bargains in Tokyo, natural wonders in Glen Canyon and more. Listen in to discover why these 12 destinations deserve your time in 2007.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_27.mp3




026 - Frommer's Hot Destination: Turks and Caicos

Thu, 02 Nov 2006 00:00:00 EST

Host Kelly Regan and author Alexis Lipsitz Flippin discuss Frommer's Portable Turks and Caicos, Flippin's new book dedicated to this Caribbean island grouping. Get expert advice about how to get there, find small beach hotels, snorkel the world's third largest coral reef, and what exactly a potcake is.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_26.mp3




025 - 500 Place to Take Your Kids, Holiday Edition

Thu, 26 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Host David Lytle and author Holly Hughes chat about great destinations for holiday travel or winter vacations. Whether you want to go celebrate the holidays somewhere where they really celebrate in style, go somewhere warm and sunny to chase off the winter chill, or visit a destination that truly sparkles in the winter, Holly has great ideas for a getaway the whole family will enjoy.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_25.mp3




024 - Buenos Aires, the Paris of South America

Thu, 19 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Author and world-traveler extraordinaire Michael Luongo joins host Kelly Regan to discuss Buenos Aires -- one of the crowns of South America. Michael discusses his love for Buenos Aires: the people, the architecture, the culture, the steak and chorizo (not the sausage). Listen and learn about attending an asado (Argentinian BBQ party), the best neighborhoods to visit and how to truly experience the tango.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_24.mp3




023 - MTV Ireland: Hot, Fun and Unexpected!

Thu, 12 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Author Olivia Edward and host Kelly Regan have a trans-Atlantic chat about Olivia's newest book, MTV Ireland. Olivia fills us in on the Ireland we don't normally think about: the Ireland of youth and energy, adrenaline adventures, kite-surfing, biking and a great indie music scene. From Derry to Belfast, from Galway to Donegal, Olivia tips us off to some great affordable activities, cultural and historical finds, some of the best pubs and clubs, and why Northern Ireland is becoming the hottest new spot for twenty-somethings. Along with hearing anecdotes about the author being chased by sheep and farm dogs, gather some insight about what to eat, what to do and how to experience a new Ireland.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_23.mp3




022 - La Dolce Vita!: The Lure of Italy

Thu, 05 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EST

Travel experts and authors Pauline Frommer and Reid Bramblett chat with David Lytle about traveling to Italy and reveal the best ways to get into the thick of real Italian life. Pauline and Reid offer advice about how to avoid tourist traps and when to save -- and when to spend -- on the most popular attractions. They also share their tips for finding alternative accommodations such as house rentals, camping and one-of-a-kind stays in castles, barns and prehistoric homes. Join us and discover how you can live la dolce vita and watch the carnival of Italian life go by.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_22.mp3




021 - Goin' Fishing in... Brazil?

Thu, 28 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

Host David Lytle and editor Marc Nadeau talk about Marc's recent trip to Brazil -- and fishing along the Xingu River (a 1,230 mile tributary of the Amazon). With a focus on preserving the rainforest and supporting eco-oriented accommodations, Marc shares the "how" and "why" of this exotic fishing phenomenon. Listen in and learn how to plan a trip and get there, and hear some of the reasons you'll be amazed at the beauty of this adventure escape.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_21.mp3




020 - Australia's Northern Territory

Fri, 22 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

Frommer's senior editor Maureen Clarke and host Kelly Regan chat about Clarke's recent trip to Australia's Northern Territory. From the initial awe of its big blue sky and paprika-colored ground, she discusses meeting the artists at Aboriginal art galleries, camel-racing and eating spatch-cock. Listen in as Clarke offers us a glimpse into the Northern Territory and Alice Springs, and also giving the scoop on Sydney and Manley Beach --- including tips on how to get there, advice on making the most of a trip to this huge country and how to handle the long flight.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_20.mp3




019 - All Things Rome with Sylvie Hogg

Thu, 14 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

Author and Rome expert Sylvie Hogg chats with host Kelly Regan about all things Rome: the history, the people, the new anti-smoking laws, the modernization of this 3,000 year old city, the best Roman movies - and reveals the best place to get a great pizza in Rome. Sylvie also gives us some advice on ways to expand your Roman experience beyond the tourist route and get off the beaten track (while not missing the great monuments), getting the most authentic Roman experience, saving money, meeting real Romans and perhaps even where to find an ancient Roman mausoleum in the middle of a parking lot.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_19.mp3




018 - Shopping New York with Suzy Gershman

Thu, 07 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EST

Global Shopping Goddess Suzy Gershman and Kelly Regan get together to talk shop... or shopping, anyway. Suzy, author of the "Born to Shop" series reveals what she considers to be the latest shopping trends in New York, and names her favorite three places to shop in the Big Apple. Along with some advice on shopping philosophy and how to determine if something you want is really worth the price on the tag, Suzy also tells us about her upcoming "Shopper's Guide to the World," names the best place in the world to buy a raincoat for a dog (Tokyo) and much more!


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_18.mp3




017 - Frommer's Hot Destination: Vietnam

Thu, 31 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

The author of Frommer's Vietnam, Charlie Agar, and our host Kelly Regan take some time to talk about Vietnam as a travel destination. With its natural beauty, lush coastal plains as well as steel-and-glass modern cities, Vietnam is a lively, exciting and gorgeous introduction to Southeast Asia. Charlie and Kelly discuss the opportunities for adventure travel, sightseeing, historical travel and religious sites, as well as Vietnam's history and culture. Includes tips on planning a getaway to Southeast Asia (including nearby Cambodia, Laos and Thailand).


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_17.mp3




016 - The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

Thu, 24 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

Get the inside scoop on Walt Disney World with the author of the best-selling, "The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World", Bob Sehlinger, and our host David Lytle. Find out what makes this guide different and how dozens of authors and researchers stand in line and walk for miles to help create a great experience for you - and how they incorporate readers' comments and opinions to give you the real deal from real people! While you're at it, get some tips on the hidden Disney, advice on trekking through the park and maximizing the fun during your Disney stay.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_16.mp3




015 - "The Other" New York City with Pauline Frommer

Thu, 17 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

Pauline Frommer and host David Lytle discuss Pauline's guide to New York City from her new series. She focuses on "the other" New York - experiences that visitors can have in NY to make their trips much more exciting and interesting. Learn about finding free classes and lectures, learning to cook from professional chefs, dancing with Broadway stars, getting dinner at a performance art restaurant, attending a Japanese tea ceremony and checking out the various spiritual sites in the City. You'll get to hear about some of the great things you can do in Manhattan (and the Bronx and Queens). Pauline Frommer's New York City is in bookstores now.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_15.mp3




014 - Inside Airfare with Airfarewatchdog (Part 2)

Tue, 08 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

Listen to part 2 of host David Lytle's interview with George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, for an informative conversation about airfare costs and strategies for finding the best deals. George reveals the best dates and times to find the best fares and how to plan your flight research to maximize your savings. Part 2 of 2.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_14.mp3




013 - Inside Airfare with Airfarewatchdog (Part 1)

Thu, 03 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EST

Host David Lytle is joined by George Hobica, founder of Airfarewatchdog.com, for an informative conversation about airfare costs and strategies for finding the best deals. George explains some of the factors that determine costs of airfare (other than fuel prices) and reveals how dueling airlines benefit the consumer, how booking sites sometimes aren't the best way to find the best deal, and how doing some research can really pay off. Part 1 of 2.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_13.mp3




012 - 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up

Thu, 27 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

Author Holly Hughes, her daughter, Grace, and host Kelly Regan discuss Holly's new book, "Frommer's 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up." Holly talks about how she picked 500 places that kids (and their families) will enjoy. Whether you're planning a dream vacation with your kids or a weekend getaway to somewhere exciting and new, Holly provides practical information on how parents can prepare for travel with kids, how to prepare your kids, tips for gathering background info, and how to make any trip with your kids into an intriguing (and more fun!) experience. We also hear from 11-year old Grace who gives us a kids' eye-view on traveling the world, and how to pass the time on long flights.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_12.mp3




011 - Destination: Peru (Part Two)

Thu, 20 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

Join us for part two of this episode where Kelly Regan discusses Peru with our guidebook author, Neil Schlecht. This week's conversation starts with the rise of tourism to Macchu Pichu and how it both enhances and inhibits the experience. Neil talks about the discoveries of new Inca ruins, alternative trails, and lost cities, as well as how to be a responsible tourist, support local sustainable development and leave the faintest footprint possible when visiting these sometimes fragile sites. On the lighter side, learn about traditional Peruvian cuisine like cebiche and which is the better culinary bet in Peru -- guinea pig or piranha. This episode ends with practical info on getting there, getting around and dealing with altitude sickness


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_10_2.mp3




010 - Destination: Peru (Part One)

Fri, 14 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

In part one of a two-part episode, Kelly Regan is joined by author Neil Schlecht. Neil and Kelly discuss Peru, one of the most diverse and memorable places to travel in the world. From man-made Inca ruins to the natural beauty of the Amazon rainforest, Lake Titicaca and the Andes mountains, Peru offers a great variety of goosebump-inducing sights for travelers. While Peru's political and government history has been complex and bordering on surreal, Neil and Kelly give us a rundown on the recent history and how it's affected the society and people. Additionally, they cover the rise of eco-tourism and some great new travel discoveries. Join us next week for Part Two - Macchu Pichu and beyond...


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_10.mp3




009 - Traveling "Outside of the Box" with Pauline Frommer

Thu, 06 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EST

Host David Lytle is joined by travel and media guru, Pauline Frommer (yes, the daughter of Arthur Frommer) for a sneak peek at her new travel series, the Pauline Frommer Guides. Pauline gives us the inside scoop on her guides (and continuing the legacy of "travel for everyone") and how to travel like an adult without breaking the bank OR having to live on ramen noodles. She also offers listeners some expert suggestions for traveling "outside of the box" and looking for alternative accommodations, finding original and unique experiences (building a gondola in Venice or indoor sky diving in Vegas), and invites listeners to get in touch for more travel chat! Listen in and get the goods on this exciting new series - in stores in August.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_09.mp3




008 - Explore America by RV

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

Special guest Harry Basch, author of "Frommer's Exploring America by RV" and several other RVing guides, joins host David Lytle and editor Kathleen Warnock for an intro to the RV lifestyle. Whether you're a first-timer renting a "Class C" or a longtime owner looking to find some new roads to wander, Harry enlightens us with info on how to get started, the benefits (economical, practical and experiential), where to stay, and how far RV parks have come (spas, satellite TV and 18-hole golf courses!) Whether you choose to getaway from it all (but bring food and lodging) or take the luxury roadtrip of a lifetime, Harry's expert advice will set you on the right path.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_08.mp3




007 - Come On Back to New Orleans!

Fri, 16 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

In this week's podcast, host Kelly Regan and Mary Herczog (New Orleans resident and author of several of our New Orleans guides) discuss indefatigable New Orleans. Mary gives us her take on the remarkable post-Katrina Jazzfest, and the spirit of the city. While urging travelers to return to New Orleans and stimulate growth in the region, Mary also gives us the inside scoop on what's open for business, where to go, great places to eat, hot spots for nightlife and music - and what to expect in the areas still trying to recover. Visiting New Orleans now allows you be observe history in the making, so listen in and head on down.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_07.mp3




006 - Visiting National Parks with Kids

Fri, 09 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

Naomi Black, editor of "Frommer's National Parks with Kids", and host Kelly Regan get together for a chat about visiting America's national parks with your kids. Naomi shares tips and tricks for parents and kids planning on visiting the national parks. From planning and preparation to outdoor safety, and from GORP to making hiking "goodie bags", we give you the ideas and info you need to create a great trip. Naomi also gives us some advice on age-appropriate parks and activities (based on her own travels with her kids!), info on Junior Ranger programs, and talks about food and lodging options - including what you need to know when straying off the beaten path in the parks. Join us and start planning a memorable trip with your kids!


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_06.mp3




005 - Buda + Pest = Budapest

Thu, 01 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EST

David Lytle hosts and editor Stephen Bassman pops in from his recent visit to Hungary to discuss his time in Budapest and western Hungary. Learn about some of the differences between Buda and Pest, two sides of a city separated by the Danube. Learn about bathhouse culture at the Gellert Baths and Szechenyi Bathhouse, find out what a "courtyard bar" is, and where to find the beautiful castles (Fertod), churches, abbeys (Pannonhalma) and museums that stand as symbols of Hungary's history. In addition, Steve tells us about "wellness hotels" in Sopron, enjoying 90 degree baths in thermal Lake Balaton, Hungarian food reform and how easy it is to get around Budapest and Hungary. Listen in to learn more about Budapest and the best of Hungary!


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_05.mp3




004 - Visiting California Wine Country

Thu, 25 May 2006 00:00:00 EST

A visit to wine country doesn't have to be pretentious or prohibitively pricey. This week, editor Caroline Sieg joins host David Lytle for a conversation about California's Napa and Sonoma wine regions. Caroline provides tips for first-timers (start with Sonoma and then visit glitzy Napa) and overall advice on how to make this trip yours by asking questions and being ready to learn, taking in the local flavor of the regions beyond the wine, or catching a hot-air balloon ride. You'll also hear about what you can expect during each season, how to get there, ideas for accommodations and more! Raise your glass and join us for this toast to California's wine country, just in time for our new edition of Frommer's Portable California Wine Country.


Media Files:
http://www.frommers.com/audio/frommers_ep_04.mp3