Knowing of my interest in travel, my friend Glen Rylko suggested Peter Greenberg’s Travel Today podcast. Greenberg is a multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter, producer and travel news journalist. Travel Today is a travel news show recorded from different locations with various local experts. While he hasn’t done a Travel Today this year, I am enjoying working my way through the 400 episodes.
Another favorite podcast is Jill Urchak’s On a Quest Paranormal. A Chicago media veteran, Urchak sets out to learn more about the unknown, unseen and unproven. On a Quest Paranormal is Urchak chatting with regular folks about close encounters, reiki, animal spirits and more. Like me, Urchak is uncertain but curious, and we are all learning together. I had the pleasure of interviewing Urchak about “On a Quest.”
My friend Tommy Else started Checking In to check in with his friends. On the surface, it is Tommy talking to his friends while social distancing. Despite the self-isolation, this actually brings people closer. With his friends from various areas, lifestyles and professions, it is a look at how people are handling this current situation. Checking In might have limited interest outside of Else’s circle of friends, but I mention it as an example for others. It’s a great idea to close the gaps in a time when we need it most. Tommy said, “I started the Checking In podcast to showcase the unique scenarios and varying obstacles people are facing, all on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re all facing the same problem but in different ways. You may relate to some guests’ trials, and others may share some you hadn’t considered. Either way, it’s hopefully a reminder that none of us are alone in this.”
Ed Gonzales and Heather Owens share their love of Funko Pop figures on the Pop Drunk podcast. It’s a humorous romp through the world of Funko Pop collectibles mixed with a little alcohol sampling. You don’t have to be a collector of Funko Pops to enjoy Pop Drunk, but it might make you become one.
I miss live sports, but Running with the Bulls helps fill the void. Journalists Adam Chalifoux and Reed Denver discuss the Chicago Bulls and the NBA. Even without NBA action, these two are not without entertaining content, as you will see in my interview with Chalifoux.
Other podcasts I enjoy are:
Jonathan Brandmeier’s Showcast
National Radio Hall of Famer and Chicago favorite Jonathan Brandmeier is back and as fun as ever.
Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend
Long-time television host O’Brien is searching for deep, meaningful friendships, or at least friends for hanging out.
Work in Progress with Sophia Bush
Actress Bush talks to folks who inspire her to learn how they got where they are and where they are going.
Life Is Short with Justin Long
Actor Long is on a mission to find the meaning of life as he talks with friends.
We Didn’t Start the Podcast
Of course, I must have a Billy Joel-related podcast. Cohosts Meg Donahue and Adam Ragusea give an album-by-album recap of Joel’s life and career.
While for now these podcasts entertain me at home, I really look forward to them helping me pass the time and miles on many future road trips as I #ComeBacktoTravel.
— John Wroblewski, online writer
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
History and culture are etched into every corner of Greece. Beginning with its language, the oldest written language still in existence, and moving from the traces of passing civilizations and religions to pre-historic findings and works from many movements, there’s a wealth of culture to discover on your next trip to Greece.
The InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco announced a new amenity for guests in collaboration with Porsche. Porsche electric vehicle charging stations will now be located in the valet area of the hotel’s parking deck, allowing guests and visitors to top off the batteries of electric vehicles while enjoying a cocktail at Top of the Mark, enjoying farm-to-table fare at Nob Hill Club or staying overnight at the property.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Reykjavik with us.