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: 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.
Latest Podcast Posts
Travel Podcast Ep. #8: Traveling Back to Your Roots
Knowing where you're from is just as important as knowing where you're going. In this episode of Out Travel the System, Steve Balistreri traces his roots back to Siciliy sharing details from the recent trip he took with his 82-year old father.
Travel Podcast Ep. #7: A Trip Down Memory Lane
In this episode, guest Oscar Reveles from Buzzed shares his favorite travel memories while the Expedia team shares how memory impacts our travel decisions.
Travel Podcast Bonus Ep.: The Fall Classic with Houston Astro’s Geoff Blum
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.
Travel Podcast Ep. #6: Mercury Retrograde Travel Tips with The AstroTwins
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 Mercury Retrograde can make vacation plans and technology go haywire.
Travel Podcast Ep. #5: “Holiday Booking Travel Hacks”
When’s the best time to fly around Thanksgiving? How do you get the whole family (plus presents) to Christmas dinner on time? We're covering all of the holiday travel hacks your family needs to know on this episode of Out Travel The System.
Travel Podcast Ep. #4: “National Parks”
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.
Travel Podcast Ep. #3: “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”
The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Empire State Building in New York, and Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland. They all pack the same punch for Star Wars fans Kent and Canaan Reiersgaard from ‘No Vacation Required.'
Travel Podcast Ep. #2: “The Best Time to Book a Vacation”
One of the top questions travelers ask us about vacations revolves around timing. "When is the best time for me to book a flight?, How long should I stay for?, How do I get the best price?" and more.
Travel Podcast Ep. #1: Introducing Out Travel The System
This short, introductory episode covers what listeners can expect from Expedia’s brand new travel podcast, Out Travel The System.