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ATP E016: Travel Like a Boss!

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Welcome back to the Across The Peak Podcast! After a four-year silence we are re-releasing the ATP archive. Here it is, folks, Across The Peak Episode 016: Travel Like a Boss! This show was originally released on 10/17/2018.

How to Travel Like a Boss

Rich’s Drink: Backbone Bourbon
Justin’s Drink: Gotta Get Up to Get Down from Wiseacre Brewing

Travel

Reasons to Travel
– Challenge yourself – become more resourceful and resilient
– Learn (The Ugly American)
– Helps you appreciate your own life
– Building & strengthening relationships
– Have an adventure – fly inverted with the smoke on
– Escape & Relax
– Do the cliched tourist things
– Celebrate

Planning:
1.Where ya going? (Domestic? International?)
2.Why are ya going ‘there’? (Business, Pleasure, To kill people?)
3.What are ya carrying? (What must I take? What do I really want to take?)
4.How are ya getting there? (Air, Ship, Car, Train etc.)
5.Where ya gonna stay? (What town, city, what country(ies)?) https://www.couchsurfing.com/
6.Who’s paying for all this? (Me? My work? Someone else? If so, what do they want?)
7.Rewards clubs, are they legit?

Transportation: Planes, Trains, Buses, Ships, Automobiles, or a combination of each.
1. Trains & Rail Passes
2. Flying: Kayak, Expedia etc…https://www.kayak.com/explore/DEN
3. City Transit?
4. Boats & Buses (Ferries)
5. Driving
• Rent a Car or Take your own
• Car-Rental Insurance and the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
• Tips for Picking Up and Returning a Rental Car
• Behind the European Wheel: Driving Tips and Road Rules
• Navigating Europe by Car: Apps, Maps, and Trip Tips
• Fueling Up and Parking in Europe
• Theft-Proofing Your Rental Car

Money: Cash or Credit (Exchange rates & Communicating to banks about travel)

Phones/Tech & Electronics:
1. Universal adapters are a must for international travel
2. Mobile Devices: Internet & Security, Sim Cards, Wifi

Crime / Safety:
1. https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/back-from-el-salvador
2. Traveling with firearms and other weapons
3. Know where the embassy is and/or know the embassy phone number
4. https://www.passportindex.org/

Sleep / Eat: Travel pillow, sleep mask, ear plugs, melatonin, Benadryl, imodium ad

Health & Hygiene:
1. melatonin, Benadryl, Imodium, laxative, personal medications
2. female needs
3. devices (Sawyer Squeeze, iodine tablets or Life Straw)
4. Bonus points: Iodine is also used to for radiation emergencies, to protect the thyroid gland against radiation. Potassium iodide tablets for use in a radioactive emergencies are commercially available and FDA-approved.

Justin’s Top 5 Travel Tips

“Be a traveler, not a tourist” Anthony Bourdain
1. Learn a little bit of the language: Hello, goodbye, thank you go a long way in the native tongue
2. SMILE
3. Get comfortable getting out of the tourist traps – ask where the locals eat
4. Bring less stuff – optimize your packing, emphasize non single-use items
5. Justin’s Planning Process: Plan loosely, have some things in mind but be prepared to change plans at a moments’ notice. Don’t get married to the itinerary

Book of the Week

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door: The Travel Skills Handbook by Rick Steves

Behind the Scenes

Rich and I recorded this in the Knoxville Hilton. This was a super fun episode to record!


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