At Expedia — We know travelers have a lot of questions. That’s why we constantly ask ourselves one thing: In the busy online travel space — what does it mean to be helpful? Out Travel The System is a brand new podcast designed to help you dig under the surface and help you find the answers to all of your questions before, during, and after your trip. Because with more than 20,000 travel experts, partners and suppliers at our fingertips, who better to help you navigate the complex world of travel than us?
Every other week your host, Nisreene Atassi, will be joined by experts from all over the travel industry and people just like you, sharing their stories, reviews, insider tips, tricks and hacks for how to make your next vacation a success. If you’re looking for the best travel podcasts, we hope ours can help you plan your trip!
Travel Podcast Synopses
Summary: Why re-start a podcast about travel now? That’s what we get into, in this mini-episode of Out Travel The System. We also look ahead to the new season and why travelers will want to subscribe now. Join host Nisreene Atassi for this ‘in-betweenisode’ in advance of the official first episode of Season Two of Out Travel the System.
Summary: Out Travel the System is back for Season Two, bringing you the information that travelers both want and need right now.
In this first episode, we preview what’s to come in in the new season – including how to make the most of your travel budget – and the best way to plan for destinations like Hawaii and Japan. We’re also indulging in our love of food, whether it’s how to travel like a foodie, or how to bring your favorite dishes home from your travels.
We’re also taking the opportunity to answer some of your burning questions about previous travel plans that probably didn’t turn out the way you had initially hoped for. Host Nisreene Atassi puts Haytham Akremi, a customer experience manager at Expedia, in the proverbial ‘hot seat’ about refunds and credits. They also look ahead to what travelers can research as they take advantage of some of the amazing travel deals currently out there.
Summary: In this episode of Out Travel the System, the big idea is to get you fully up to speed on all of the details around booking flights and accommodations right now – including what you need to know before you book – and why right now is the perfect time to be planning ahead. Host Nisreene Atassi is joined by Bill Furlong, Vice President of North American Business for Expedia, and Julie Kyse, Vice President of Global Air Partnerships for Expedia.
Listen in on their conversation as they discuss all of the measures being taken by airlines and accommodation providers to ensure travelers feel safe, and how to access some of the big travel bargains currently available.
Summary: Shoulder season is one of those travel terms that you may have heard seasoned travelers bandy about – but when does shoulder season actually happen? The short answer is: it depends on where and when you’re traveling.
Join host Nisreene Atassi for this episode of Out Travel the System to learn some of the best-kept secrets for taking full advantage of shoulder season deals, including why going against the flow of traffic could be your best bet. She is joined in this episode by Christie Hudson, Senior PR Manager for Expedia, and Katherine Fan, Senior Travel Features Reporter for The Points Guy. Katherine takes us through some of the epic shoulder season deals she’s scored before, including this trip to New Zealand.
Summary: This is a special mini-episode of Out Travel the System, hosted by Nisreene Atassi. It’s designed to give you a quick snapshot of what travelers currently need to know – as of October 2020 – before planning a Hawaii trip. It comes ahead of our next full episode, where we deep dive into Hawaii as a destination.
Here are some of the specific elements mentioned in the mini-episode, and other things we thought might be useful:
- Where you can take a pre-travel test
- Where to create and fill out a Safe Travels profile
- Overall information about Hawaii travel during the pandemic
- A handy flow chart that walks you through different steps of planning
- Expedia’s centralized COVID-19 travel guide, another helpful resource for people dreaming of travel to destinations around the globe.
Summary: This short, introductory episode covers what listeners can expect from Expedia’s brand new travel podcast, Out Travel The System. Host Nisreene Atassi along with Expedia travel experts Christie Hudson and Adam Francis share a glimpse into the top travel topics we’ll be covering each episode. From specialized sports-themed trips (hello Super Bowl) to cosmic travel tips, this podcast has something for every traveler.
Summary: One of the top questions travelers ask us on social media is “When is the best time to book my vacation?” In this episode of Out Travel The System, we’re sharing the cold, hard data and busting myths about the best time to book a trip. Chuck Thackston of the Airlines Reporting Corporation and Julie Kyse, VP of Global Air Platform at Expedia, join host Nisreene Atassi to answer this popular question and more.
Summary: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is 14 acres of Star Wars-inspired Disney magic. Modeled as a “remote frontier outpost” on the planet of Batuu, the new land made its public debut at Disneyland in California in May of 2019, and soon after at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Kent and Canaan Reiersgaard of ‘No Vacation Required’ were there for the opening. These serious Star Wars fans and long-time contributors to Expedia’s ‘Viewfinder’ travel blog join host Nisreene Atassi to give you the lowdown on the Galaxy’s Edge.
Summary: 32,000 miles. That’s how far Minh-Chau and Vu Chu, a.k.a. “The Traveling Chus” drove with their 4-year-old son, Harvey, on an epic 8-month road trip visiting 51 US National Parks. Along the way, they reconnected with one another and rediscovered their passion for nature. They join host Nisreene Atassi to share their stories and tips from the road.
Summary: When’s the best time to fly around Thanksgiving? How do you get the whole family (plus presents) to Christmas dinner on time? Christie Hudson, head of PR for Expedia North America, shares holiday travel advice, while Para Raman, Expedia’s Director of Data Science, backs up his hot tips with some cool stats. Join them, along with guest host Jordi Lippe-McGraw, to unwrap some super-useful holiday booking travel hacks that will get you where you need to go, on time and on budget.
Summary: Don’t let the stars interfere with your travel plans this Mercury Retrograde (Oct. 31- Nov. 20). In the first installment of this series on astrology and travel, guest host Christie Hudson sits down with The AstroTwins, Ophira and Tali Edut, to talk about how this cosmic cycle can make vacation plans and technology go haywire. Tune in for hilarious travel mishaps and tips for Retrograde-proofing your next trip.
Summary: Whether you’re a baseball rookie or seasoned veteran, we’re covering all the bases in this bonus episode about traveling to the World Series and why it’s an unforgettable experience. Former MLB player and Houston Astros’ Analyst, Geoff Blum, describes all of the sights, sounds and smells of the Fall Classic and why it’s truly America’s favorite pastime. Have a great topic suggestion or travel story for us? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia!
Summary: The smell of a freshly-baked chocolate croissant, the sound of waves crashing against the sand, these memories alone are enough to take you back to your favorite vacation. Oscar Reveles from Buzzfeed shares his most memorable trip, inspired by his grandma, while Tammy Snow, Expedia’s Sr. Director of User Research, discusses how traveler research has shown us that memories aren’t just the result of vacation – they’re the reason we take trips in the first place.
Summary: Knowing where you’re from is just as important as knowing where you’re going. Guest, Steve Balistreri traces his roots back to Siciliy in a moving personal story while we discuss the growing popularity of heritage trips with Michelle Ercanbrack, a Senior Family Historian at Ancestry.com.
Summary: You can battle the Black Friday mobs in stores, or with the help of our guests, snag the best travel deals from the comfort of your computer. But booking a trip isn’t always as simple as buying the newest gaming console – you’re going to need a strategy. Hear from The Points Guy’s Katherine Fan and Expedia’s Dan Reed as they share expert tips for getting a smart deal on travel this Black Friday. An unexpected getaway may be right around the corner!
Summary: Have you ever been tempted by an unbelievable flight deal, only to discover it’s gone by the time you get to check out? Do booking sites really increase their prices based on how long you spend on the site? We’re fact-checking and myth-busting with Expedia’s own Director of Revenue Optimization, Amy Cisneroz.
Summary: Kent and Canaan Reiersgaard from ‘No Vacation Required’ are back for a special bonus episode with early access to the new Rise of the Resistance ride at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening today in Orlando. We got the full scoop on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland with Kent and Canaan back in episode three on this season of Out Travel the System.
Summary: From New Orleans to the beaches of Hawaii, there’s an incredible experience waiting for every college football fan this bowl season. Get your game face on as we tackle everything from tailgating to bucket list bowl games with Connor O’Gara, Senior Columnist at Saturday Down South.
Summary: Find out what the stars have in store for your 2020 travels in the second installment of our astrology series with The AstroTwins. From Caribbean vacays to hiking the Rockies, the twins are revealing the perfect trip for every sign.
Summary: Between tourists FaceTiming on the streets and Instagram influencers posting perfect travel photos, it seems like we need to document our every move while on vacation. Guest host and filmmaker Courtney Scott interviews Tansy Kaschak, Sustainability Editor for @AHotelLife and Heather Lilleston, founder of @YogaforBadPeople, for tips on how to actually disconnect and recharge during your next vacation.
Summary: Women are increasingly dominating the solo travel scene, so we called in two leading ladies who know a thing or two about setting out on their own. Paula Froelich, from “A Broad Abroad,” an award-winning adventure travel website and Nicole Wineland, from travel and tours company AdventureWomen dish practical tips and hilarious stories on this episode.
Summary: From sustainable vacations to hopping a shuttle into space, we’re looking at some very different future travel possibilities. Ecotourism expert, Gregory Miller, shares tangible tips on how to be an environmentally-conscious traveler and Rose Eveleth, host of “Flash Forward,” describes what a journey to Mars might look like.
Summary: Traveling with kids is bound to be stressful and complicated… or is it? Karen Akpan, @TheMomTrotter, and Bethany Braun-Silva, Editor at Parenting.com, are sharing tried and true travel hacks to make your family spring break a breeze — whether you’re headed to Hawaii, overseas, or just the next city over.
Summary: Music festival season is upon us, but before you pack those Insta-worthy outfits and lock in your lineup, there are some things you should prepare for. Festival experts, Duncan Meuluma and Lauren Brand, creator of the Bombay Beach Biennale, join host and filmmaker, Courtney Scott to swap advice and stories from their favorite festivals around the world.
Summary: Should you invite your Taurus bestie on that next vacay or would your Aries boyfriend be a better fit? The AstroTwins are back again and they’re consulting the stars to reveal your best travel companions and what to do when signs collide on group trips.
Summary: March Madness is approaching and our team is sharing everything you should know to make your 2020 experience a slam dunk! Big Ten Network Analyst and 20-year hoops expert, Mike DeCourcy, joins our squad in this episode and reflects on his favorite memories.
Summary: Coronavirus is causing serious impacts to the travel industry. We sit down with a customer service analyst at Expedia to take a look at how impacts may affect our customers.
Summary: For some, a solo trip sounds like an adventure and for others, downright intimidating. Expert solo travelers and influencers, Gareth Leonard (@tourist2townie) and Mickela Mallozzi (@travelbarefeet) join guest host, Courtney Scott to share their tales from life on the road. These friends have all the tips and tricks you need to make your next (or first!) solo trip one you won’t forget. Send your travel tips and stories to email@example.com or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @Expedia!