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Traveling With AAA podcast

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Get insights from those who know on Traveling With AAA

Traveling With AAA is a new podcast that inspires listeners to discover the joy and transformational value of travel. Find hidden gems, get tips from knowledgeable travel advisors, and listen to interesting guests tell stories about their adventures.


Podcast episodes

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Episode 18: Holiday Travel Tips

Award-winning travel writer Elizabeth Harryman shares tricks for travel during the holidays.

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Episode 17: Voyage to the Galápagos

National Geographic Travel editor-at-large Don George recounts his recent cruise to the Galápagos Islands aboard a small Celebrity ship specially designed for the archipelago and its wildlife. He says it was a life-changing and healing experience.

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Episode 16: Colombia – The Enchanting Country Behind Encanto

Travel writers Jim Benning and Elizabeth Harryman discuss Colombia’s emergence as a tourist destination. Among the attractions discussed are world-class coffee, a gold museum, and a major bicycle event.

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Episode 15: Alaska by Land or Sea

Fran Golden is the co-author of 100 Things to Do in Alaska Before You Die. Fran tells what made her fall in love with the Last Frontier, from majestic scenery to encounters with wildlife. She also narrows down her list to the No. 1 thing every visitor must do.

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Episode 14: Why Outdoor Enthusiasts Love Fall

Chez Chesak, executive director of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, is an avid skier, biker, and backpacker. He offers tips on making the most of autumn’s cooler days and shares his favorite fall hiking and biking spots.

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Episode 13: Australia Adventures

Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Jessica Fender tells about her Australia experiences on a Contiki escorted tour aimed at travelers age 18 to 35. Jessica cuddled a koala at an animal sanctuary, took a surfing lesson, and climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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Episode 12: Visiting Italy: A Love Story

Author and Italy expert Susan Van Allen shares insights on making the most of a visit to Italy. She wrote 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go. She also produced her own 1-woman show about an Italian-American family and was a staff writer for the show Everybody Loves Raymond.

Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
Episode 11: Visiting Disney World and Disneyland in 2022

What’s it like to stay in the new Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel at Walt Disney World? What’s new at Disneyland? Jordan Poblete offers tips on visiting the parks and shares his experience on Galactic Starcruiser.

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Episode 10: River Cruising in America

River cruising in the U.S. is gaining in popularity—is it right for you? Guests Nick Chabarria and Elizabeth Harryman Lasley share their experiences cruising U.S. rivers and offer insights about riverboating on the Mississippi and others. 

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Episode 9: RV Camping - Oregon Coast

RVs offer a comfortable way to see the country and camp in the great outdoors, but they may not be for everyone. Brad Wright shares his experience as an RV newcomer and offers tips to others considering RV travel and exploring Oregon.

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Episode 8: All-Inclusive Resorts

The popularity of all-inclusive resorts is soaring. Is an all-inclusive right for you? What’s it like to stay in one? Jack Richards, CEO and president of Pleasant Holidays, discusses the many advantages of a staying in these popular resorts.

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Episode 7: Hawai‘i for First-Timers

The Hawaiian Islands offer something for every type of traveler, but knowing where to begin can be tricky if you’ve never been. Doug Shupe, recently returned from his first visit to the islands, offers insights and tips for first-time visitors.

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Episode 6: The Rise of Wellness Travel

More than ever, travelers want to focus on their health and well-being, and resorts and other travel providers are racing to meet their needs. Pulitzer winner Jessica Fender discusses the trend and offers tips.

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Episode 5: Cruising

Is it time to go back on the water again? We give you the answers to safely plan your cruise. Fran Golden, an award-winning journalist and cruise expert, chats with Mary about setting sail.

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Episode 4: Visit Hawai‘i

Hawai‘i-based journalist Rachel Ng will share the rich cultural heritage of the Hawaiian Islands, discuss activities on the different islands, and give updates on the state’s COVID protocols and requirements.

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Episode 3: Visit Mexico and the Caribbean

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon (JetSet Sarah), former editor of Caribbean Travel and Life, reveals the magic of Mexico and the Caribbean, including shopping, unusual activities, and all-inclusive resorts

Chichen Itza, Mexico
Episode 2: Explore the Great Outdoors

ACE Publications travel editor Jim Benning and AAA field cartographer Shane Henry explore Arches National Park and share tips on visiting many of the country’s most popular parks.

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Episode 1: Travel Planning in the Age of COVID

Emma Weissmann, Digital Managing Editor of TravelAge West, touches on the value of using a travel advisor, how to keep up with COVID protocols, and how far to plan ahead. Then Doug Shupe recaps his cruise to Alaska during the pandemic.