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Kelly Regan, editorial director of Frommer's Travel Guides, and David Lytle, editor of Frommers.com, bring you up-to-date, opinionated travel information that will inspire you to hit the road.
||Clean103 - Top Destinations 2010||Our round-table panel of editors gather to discuss our top destinations for the new year as well as one city our readers can't seem to get enough of.||12/17/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean102 - 500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference||Voluntourism is a hot topic, but what do you need to know before you try to fit some altruism into your vacation? The author of "500 Places to Make a Difference" joins us to explain.||12/13/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean101 - Saying No to a Passenger's Bill of Rights||Why would traveler's advocate Christopher Elliott turn against the Passenger's Bill of Rights? Listen in as he discusses why it won't work with Frommers.com.||9/21/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean100 - Food Lover's Guide to New York City||Chef, restaurant expert, and author Mike Colameco visits Frommers.com for a spirited discussion about the New York city restaurant scene.||9/10/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean099 - Flight Attendant Confidential||Flight attendant and blogger Heather Poole visits Frommers.com to chat about her life in the sky, tell you how to be good passenger, and explain her passenger self-portrait concept.||8/26/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean098 - A Conversation with the Cranky Flier||CrankyFlier.com's Brett Snyder joins Frommers.com for a discussion of recent news and issues in the travel industry: decreased demand, ever-increasing fees, and how you can still find a good deal.||8/24/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean097 - NYC Vs. San Francisco in a Cheap-Off Face-Off||Frommer's "Free & Dirt Cheap" authors Ethan Wolff and Matt Poole face off in a friendly debate about which city -- New York or San Francisco-- has the best deals on dining, culture, and nightlife.||7/15/2009||Free||View in iTunes|
Too Painful to Listen
Print and podcasts are two entirely different media. Some people are blessed with skills to command both, but you can't expect it. And that's the fatal flaw with Frommers: The information is good, the presentation is not.
Hosts giggle and interrupt their way through otherwise-interesting interviews and debates. (Right. Right. Right.) They turn quick questions into eternal ones. They redirect the spotlight from guests to themselves.
It gets so annoying that you can end up screaming at your iPod -- and how useful is that? -- begging the host to shut up and let the guest have his say.
And the sound quality ... well, that's another problem entirely.
I like Frommers travel guides and there's some potential here for a very nice series. But only if they take the podcast medium as seriously as they do print.
Has there ever been someone who you actually might consider letting them travel around the world for you? I mean really, I love to travel but sometimes I think I would just rather sit on the couch and live through Rick ;)
There are other cool travel podcasts like Amateur Traveler or Insider Perks, but honestly Rick is in a league of his own.
Can't wait for the next one!