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Episode 28: The Rockstar Who Flies 500,000 Miles Per Year
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Alison Mosshart, singer in The Kills and Dead Weather, on hangover cures, overpacking and kitschy souvenirs.
Episode 27: Always Ask What’s Included in Your Hotel Rate
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Footwear designer and influencer Moti Ankari says you could be missing out on free room service and other perks.
Episode 26: How to Travel With Your Pets, Stress-Free
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Celebrity vet Dr. Evan Antin, host of Evan Goes Wild, has advice on how to pack—for your pets.
Episode 25: This Woman is Everyone’s Dream Travel Companion
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Like a human Swiss Army knife, Mythbusters alum Kari Byron is always prepared for anything
Episode 24: Underwater Suites and Undereye Creams
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Why you should never leave home without Preparation H, how to best explore Australia, and the person who will make your travel dreams come true.
Episode 23: Hacking Your Way Into Business Class
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Learn how to score premium airline seats without actually paying a premium—and the best places to go shark diving.
Episode 22: Bring Home With You on the Road
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Hitha Palepu, author of How to Pack, on what to bring to make a long trip feel more like home.
Episode 21: The One Thing You Should Never Pack
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Beauty guru Bobbi Brown dishes on a full range of beauty, wellness, and fashion tips that will keep you glowing (and going) through the holidays.
Episode 20: The Disney Hacks We Can’t Let Go
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Three Disney nuts gather all the fairydust needed to turn your herculean family vacation into a manageable, small-world-after-all affair.
Episode 19: On Butter and Bourdain
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Of all of the travel hacks chef Eric Ripert has perfected, none are as important as the ones he inherited from his decades-long friend, the late, great Anthony Bourdain.
Episode 18: Let’s Make a Travel Deal
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Broadway superstar Schele Williams pulls back the curtain on her tried-and-true travel hacks, which are as wide-ranging as her singing voice.
Episode 17: Turning Travel Lemons into Lemonade
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Surprising ways to turn around a bad trip, get a cheap business class ticket, and avoid airport madness, courtesy of TV and podcast superstar Rebecca Jarvis.
Episode 16: Here’s How to Pick the Best Restaurant
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
New York City hot dogs taught TV host Andrew Zimmern a lesson about finding the best food when traveling.
Episode 15: How to Make Friends on the Road
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Jada Yuan crisscrossed the globe in 2018. She shares what she learned from her year-long journey.
Episode 14: Travel the World Without Any Luggage
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Ultra-minimalist packing strategies can keep you hands-free in the airport and stress-free on the ground.
Episode 13: The Ultimate Guide to Global Bargain Hunting
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Concert pianist Mame Huntsman is a maestra in more ways than one.
Episode 12: Why Scotland Is Europe’s Secret Surfing Hotspot
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Extreme adventurer and TV host Aldo Kane on the trips you wouldn’t dare take.
Episode 11: Why Foursquare Co-Founder Dennis Crowley Always Packs A Soccer Ball
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
You’d expect that one of the world’s most influential tech founders would have a laundry list of favorite travel apps—or at least a digitally-enhanced jet-lag survival strategy. But Dennis Crowley, who created Foursquare ten years ago and still serves as its executive chairman, uses surprisingly old-school methods when he’s on the road. On this episode of Travel Genius, he tells us why his must-pack object is a deflated soccer ball, why his reminders end up on his hand and not his phone, and why you should set up your hotel room like a retail store—not a second home.
Episode 10: Steal a CEO’s Secrets to Better Sleep
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
There ain’t no mountain high enough for Ron Carson, chief executive of Carson Group, one of the largest wealth management firms in the United States—and we mean that literally. The Barron’s Hall-of-Famer is on a quest to summit all of the country’s major mountains. On this week’s Travel Genius, Carson talks about a lot more than hiking, including how to sleep well in a hotel room.
Episode 9: How Many Push-ups Should You Do on a Plane?
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Adventurer and motivational speaker Akshay Nanavati offers an unlikely, attention-getting method of banishing jet lag mid-flight.
Episode 8: Get a Chef's Recommendation For Any Restaurant In The World
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone shares his best tips for hacking room service, his dirtiest packing secrets, and how to find the best restaurants anywhere in the world.
Episode 7: The Secrets to Traveling Alone
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
You know you’ve hit a new threshold of travel greatness when you can step off a long-haul flight and look like you’ve been decked out by a personal shopper at Barneys—hair and makeup included. Fashion entrepreneur Lisa Sun, founder of Project Gravitas, gets it right every time. On the latest episode of Travel Genius, Sun shares her tips for how we can do the same. (Hint: Your hotel has one key amenity you’re probably not using.) Don’t need the style tips? Use her array of travel tips for China, instead—her insights make the country as easy to navigate as it is to love.
Episode 6: Two Words to Transform Your Christmas Travels
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
It's the time of year to talk about holiday travel. Last year, more than 107 million people traveled between December 23 and January 1, or about one third of the country. And the stresses, strains and overload of an America on the move en masse can be a lot to cope with. We're here to help: On this week's Travel Genius, Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein teach you how to hack flight delays and handle the stresses of TSA checkpoints. We even get insight from Nikki’s own family. When things go wrong, as her brother-in-law proves, you don’t always have to pay what the airline might insist at first.
Episode 5: The White House Reporter Who Always Packs Black Socks
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
The idea that there is a perfect time to buy a flight for the best price is one of the oldest, most-repeated urban myths in travel. On this episode of Travel Genius, hosts Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein banish that rubbish once and for all, and offer some advice that actually will ensure you never overpay for a flight again.
Episode 4: How Dateline's Josh Mankiewicz Finds the Best Meals Everywhere He Goes
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
We’ve all heard seen the viral stories: A scrappy traveler scores a round-the-world trip flying first class, all without a single dollar of cold, hard cash. On this week’s episode of Travel Genius, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood give you the five-point plan that’ll help you master the points and miles game just like those fabled globetrotters—including a simple overhaul of your online shopping habits that might come in handy ahead of the holiday season
Episode 3: Why Instagram Influencer Jessica Nabongo Always Travels During The Rainy Season
Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein
Keeping yourself insured on the road can be a minefield of red tape – and even then, many policies have strategic gaps in what they will and won’t cover. On this episode of Travel Genius, hosts Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein break down the basics of travel insurance and flag a potential law that could simplify this problem.Then Jessica Nabongo, better known as “The Catch Me If You Can,” joins the conversation.
Episode 2: Why Philippe Cousteau Always Brings A Rolex On His Travels
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
The best places to travel are popular for a reason, but that popularity can lead to over-tourism. You know the problem – you visit  Venice or Dubrovnik, and you feel surrounded by fellow tourists, but few locals. On the second episode of Travel Genius, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood look at a few hotspots that have become poster children – poster places, even – for this problem, and suggest equally intrig
Episode 1: TV Host Samantha Brown on How to Get on a Plane That's Already Left the Gate
Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood
Ever wonder how to boost your chances of a flight upgrade? Or how to find the best local restaurant with a single question?
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