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Oct 17, 2017

Former teacher Dianne Sivulka knows how to combine education with adventures! She's the founder of Our Edventures and chats with Mark about making travel fun and educational for kids, how to use her downloadable itineraries and worksheets for your next trip, and her top tips for travelers of any age.

Oct 10, 2017

James Van Fleet is the chief meteorologist for Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Mark chats with Jim about this extremely active hurricane season, how he forecasts the weather for one of the world's largest cruise lines, how he helps decide which ships to divert or cancel, why he thinks it's so important to respond to cruisers on social media, and he reveals his top tips for travelers.

Oct 3, 2017

A new documentary called "Flights from Hell: Caught on Camera" uses lots of viral, shocking videos to illustrate the high-stress nature of our aviation system today. Mark chats with the producer director of the program, Chris McMillan, about extreme behavior in airports and on planes caught on camera, whether there are more incidents occurring this year or just more smartphones to record it, and his top tips for travelers to avoid in-flight meltdowns.

Sep 26, 2017

Meet the Airbnb of private campsites. Mark chats with Hipcamp founder Alyssa Ravasio about the "wave" that gave her the inspiration to start the site-sharing platform, the unique lands her site unlocks for campers and explorers, and her top travel tips for travelers.

Sep 19, 2017

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is almost here! This breathtaking annual display of aerodynamic color and light has become a massive event for travelers, drawing nearly a million people each year. Mark chats with the Fiesta's Tom Garrity about how the Fiesta began, the highlights of this year's show, and tips and tricks to beat the crowds and save money.

Sep 12, 2017

Combine the love of travel with the love of craft beer by beercycling through a country! Mark chats with Matt and Nikki Kummer of Wisconsin about their recent nine-day bicycle ride through the hills of Belgium beer country.

Sep 5, 2017

National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Ben Horton travels the globe telling stories with his cameras. Ben chats with Mark about how he chooses the tales he tells, how he uses his lens to weave a story and his personal goals when he goes to capture that one-of-a-kind, split-second image.

Aug 29, 2017

Millions just witnessed the Great American Total Solar Eclipse. Mark chats with Patti Isaacs and her husband, Gauss Rescigno—both eclipse watchers for nearly 40 years—about their reflections and experience seeing the 2017 Eclipse, their lifetime of star chasing, and the lessons we can all learn from gazing at the stars.

Aug 22, 2017

It's time to ask a flight attendant! Mark interviews commercial airline flight attendant Mia Herman and asks all the questions you want answered. Mia gives her do's and don't's for passengers, talks about her favorite places, shares stories from her travel blog, and reveals her most memorable moments in the sky.

Aug 15, 2017

The Chicago Tribune called Competitours the "Amazing Race for regular people." We chat with the mastermind of this unique adventure about the 11-day challenge extravaganza, how he plans the itineraries, his tips for travelers, and how you can take part in the next edition of Competitours.

Aug 8, 2017

House sitting is becoming increasingly popular as a way to save money on lodging while traveling. Mark interviews a couple who moved out of their house and now housesits full time around the world. They share how they did it, how much it costs, and how you can use house sitting to skip the hotels!

Aug 1, 2017

The Akron-Canton Airport in Ohio is trying something innovative: a Mom's Tour for parents of young children who want to have a dry run of the airport and airport security before an upcoming trip. Mark chats with the airport's director of marketing about the goal of the program, its growing popularity, and how it all works.

Jul 25, 2017

We celebrate our first 24 podcasts by tweeting one podcast every hour. In this episode, our editor-in-chief, Mark Albert, plays the highlights from The Voyage Report's first 24 podcast episodes around the globe, with tips, tricks, and memorable moments.

Jul 18, 2017

Our guest has just set a world record—the youngest person to visit every country on Earth. At just 24 years old, Eric T. Nguyen accomplished his globetrotting goal. Mark chats with Eric about why he did it, the hardships and scary moments along the way, his favorite countries, and his well-earned tips for both frequent and infrequent travelers. 

Jul 11, 2017

Mark Matthews is a professional mountain biker and media athlete. He travels the globe to compete and to shoot amazing images while conquering the toughest trails and courses. He chats with Mark about his favorite places in the world to mountain bike, his recent discovery in Turkey, and if he's ever scared as he's hurtling through the air.

Jul 4, 2017

We go on the road to Romania and Transylvania, home of the real Dracula. In the first Voyage Report podcast recorded in the field, Mark chats with Wise Transylvania tour guide Adrian Ungureanu about his homeland, why more Americans are visiting Romania, and his most popular tour—"Dracula's castle."

Jun 27, 2017

The Great American Total Solar Eclipse is less than two months away. It's a rare phenomenon that will cross the United States from coast to coast. NASA scientists recently held a briefing for reporters and the public about what to expect, how to watch the celestial event safely, and what researchers hope to learn. Listen to part of that briefing, as well as a Minnesota couple who has been traveling the globe to chase eclipses for more than 35 years.

Jun 20, 2017

It's time to ask the captain! Mark interviews commercial airline pilot Charlie Schaffer and asks all the questions you want answered. Charlie dispels some aviation myths, talks about his top tips for passengers and what they should not do on an airplane, how aviation has changed in the decades he's been flying, what he thinks about the U.S. government's electronics ban, and his favorite places to fly.

Jun 13, 2017

Come explore caves with us! We descend into these underground cathedrals with the National Speleological Society. Incoming president Geary Schindel shares with Mark his love of caving, the best caves in the United States and around the world, and how to get into caving for free in your local community.

Jun 6, 2017

The Frugal Traveler columnist for The New York Times, Lucas Peterson, dishes on his favorite destinations, deals, and dinner. Lucas chats with Mark about how he finds his savvy travel bargains; how he plans his trips and writes them for savvy readers; and his passion as a foodie, which he shares with viewers as the host of 'Dining on a Dime' on Eater. And he reveals his top tips for travelers.

May 30, 2017

Simply Smart Travel is a website run by Dr. Jeff Orenstein, the former publisher and founder of Living on the Suncoast Magazine. Jeff chats with Mark about his favorite destinations; his top tips for travelers, including those over 50 years old; and his number one rule for a successful trip.

May 23, 2017

The U.S. State Department is preparing for an unprecedented surge in passport applications this year, as many passports are due to expire. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Passport Services, Brenda Sprague, talks with Mark from Washington, D.C., about doubling the number of passport adjudicators, increasing passport offices, and the step-by-step instructions for any listener who needs to apply for or renew a passport—including some little-known rules that may save you from ruining your dream vacation.

May 16, 2017

The Vittoria Energy Expedition is a global journey onboard an entirely renewable energy-powered sailing ship. Mark chats with Nathan Sermonis, one of the co-creators of the project. Nathan tells us about the non-profit's mission and travel, how his team built a green sailing ship with solar panels from scratch, and the expedition's next destination: Cuba.

May 9, 2017

Celinne Da Costa quit her New York City advertising job and put her belongings in storage to set off on an unusual journey of exploration. She decided to couchsurf her way around the globe, only staying with people she met via social media. She's now writing a book about the journey that took her to 17 countries and the homes of 70 strangers. Mark chats with Celinne about the life-altering moment that made her leave her job, what she discovered on the road, and her practical tips for frequent and infrequent travelers.

May 2, 2017

One of the largest airline relocations in modern aviation history starts May 12, when 'Moving Day' comes to LAX, the second-busiest airport in the United States. Mark Albert chats with Los Angeles World Airports' Keith Wilschetz and Charles Pannunzio about the relocation of 21 airlines, the airport's $14 billion, multi-year modernization project, and how this incredibly complicated project will affect fliers.

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