By Mark Peacock
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The Frequent Traveler's Podcast. The voice of the frequent traveler -- more about the journey than the destination
||Clean144 — Outside Airports; Hospitality Mentality||Traveled to Copenhagen, Brussels, and Scotland; California outside airports; hospitality mentality common in hotels but not restaurants: European perspectives about Chicago||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean143 — How Bad is Business Travel For Your Health; Make Layovers Fun||Regional jet delays; effects of "de-hubbing" on airports; frequent business travel -- poor health choices and the need for "mindfulness;. time needed for a fun layover tour; my Chicago restaurant and taproom recommendations||8/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean142-Sleeping in Business Class; Changes from Chinese Tourists||Another last-minute international trip, this time to Frankfurt; United and Lufthansa business class seats; changes driven by Chinese tourists; new smart bag||7/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean141-When You Think the TSA is Bad...; Expired Money||A last-minute trip to Pune, India provided material for this episode: a visa dash, very hands-on airport security, worthless rupee notes, flight disruptions. We read obits for smart bag companies and hear why MSP's T2 isn't so ghetto after all.||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean140-Travel Tech Gets Physical; Pay Attention to the Safety Briefing||Physical travel technology; TSA K9 screening; new Lyft gadget; TravelCommons now on Alexa; National Business Travelers Day; dingy terminals in Detroit and Minneapolis, airline safety demonstrations are more strident.||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean139-Brewing Best Hotel Room Coffee; Notes from Spain||Returning to the mic after 10 days of food, wine, wind, rain, and snow in the north of Spain. I talk about traveling in Spain, and with my guest Coleman Collins about how to make the best coffee in your hotel room.||3/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean138-Travel Turning Me Hipster; Every Delay Has a Story||Traveling south in February is good travel. I walk through how each change in airport security has pushed me to be more hipster and how we all want to understand the real cause of the flight delays that inconvenience us.||2/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean137-New Year's Travel Status Tips; How to Shop for a Suitcase||Four weeks into the new year and 50% have already ditched New Year's resolutions, but there's still time to line up 2018 travel status. I walk through the shopping criteria I used for my new suitcase.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean136-Is Cash A Waning King; Don't Make It Hard to Cash in on Loyalty||Am I the last generation of cash payers; upcoming smart luggage ban; struggle to redeem British Airways Avios points; a new Uber driver story||12/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean115-A Decade of TravelCommons||Looking back over 10 years of TravelCommons||5/14/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean74-Looking Back Over Four Years of TravelCommons||The fourth year anniversary episode of TravelCommons||5/14/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean40-Looking Back Over The First Year||The first year anniversary episode of TravelCommons||6/12/2006||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean27-Best of 2005||The best of the 2005 episodes of TravelCommons||12/27/2005||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTravelCommons Promo||Taste of TravelCommons||7/6/2005||Free||View in iTunes|
Best independent podcast your earbuds will ever deliver
Remember this guy's name (Mark Peacock), because I'd be willing to bet that as Independent Podcasting listening audiences continue to grow, he'll emerge as one of the top personalities in the genre. I've been downloading his podcasts since early spring, and although I've picked up a ton of great travel tips and (even as a seasoned "road warrior" myself) have learned a great deal, this isn't the reason that Travelcommons is my favorite podcast. It's all about the delivery: It's just the way he tells a story, his effortless wit and flawless comic timing will have you smiling no matter what kind of travel week you're experiencing. I pop in the earbuds and suddenly Travelcommons has me smiling from the back of the longest security line at LAX, or laughing out loud from a center seat in coach. Download and episode and you'll be hooked.
Even if you don't travel frequently, TravelCommons is an excellent way to live vicariously through the eyes and ears of a business traveler. Mark paints a picture like few other's can with his travel stories.
When people ask where I live, I usually just say airports and marriotts. As someone who lives the life of the road warrior, I find this podcast strikes an all to familiar chord with my own experience. A definite must listen to understand the life of the traveller.