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GoNOMAD Travel Podcast

By Max Hartshorne
Travel the world with The GoNOMAD Travel Podcast. Brought to you by the long-running GoNOMAD travel website, The GoNOMAD Travel Podcast brings you audio stories from destinations around the globe. While you're planning your next trip or travel adventure, download and listen to The GoNOMAD Travel Podcast.
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CAT Speeds up the TSA
The TSA has some good news. Their new CAT scanners can eliminate the stop to show the TSA agent your ID at the airport. 
July 02, 2022
Antibes, France
Antibes is a famous French seaport on the Cote d'Azur. It's one of the places people who own superyachts like to dock. Explore why Antibes is so popular, today on the GoNOMAD Travel Podcast.
June 30, 2022
Oktoberfest in Germany
Oktoberfest starts in Germany at the end of September. Here are five cities where you can enjoy the beer and fun.
June 29, 2022
VIDEO PODCAST for SPOTIFY: New in Las Vegas 2022
Las Vegas is open for business, and here are some new attractions to enjoy there in 2022. VIDEO PODCAST, listen to this on Spotify to see the video and the music. 
June 28, 2022
Sumo Wrestling in Japan
Sumo--the mind art--is woven into the culture of modern-day Japan. Find out what takes place behind a sumo match in Tokyo.
June 27, 2022
Nice, Cote d'Azur France
Nice is the capital of the Cote d'Azur, near Cannes and St Tropez in the south of France. What can you find in this city by the Mediterranean? 
June 22, 2022
Perfume in Grasse, France
Grasse, in Provence, is the world's perfume capital. Learn about the scents and the makers and how you can even create your own scent today on the GoNOMAD Travel Podcast. 
June 16, 2022
Cannes, Provence France
Cannes is famous every May for its world-renowned film festival. But what else can you see and do here?  Learn more about Cannes, today on GoNOMAD.
June 13, 2022
Around the Table at the NY Botanical Garden
Around the Table, Stories of the Foods We Love is a new exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx that is all about the food we grow and the many interesting aspects of growing it. GoNOMAD Senior Writer Cathie Arquilla takes in this very cool exhibition
June 12, 2022
Vienna's Coffeehouses
Today on GoNOMAD, travel writer and barista Dana Armstrong shares her story about the multitude of different coffee houses she found and savored in Vienna, Austria.  There is a strong cafe culture in this exquisitely beautiful and civilized capital city in the far west of Europe. Read the story here
June 11, 2022
Caminito del Rey, Walking the Canyon Walls
In southern Spain's Andalucia province, there is a fantastic walking experience like no other. It's the Caminito del Rey, where you hike along a suspended walkway on the sides of a cliff with a 100-meter drop down into a ravine with a rushing river. 
June 08, 2022
Dresden and Leipzig, Germany
Dresden is a famous city–but famous for the wrong reasons.  Ask any American about the city and the first thing many of them will say is “Slaughterhouse-Five.”  Fast forward 74 years to the present and you have today’s Dresden.   Read the story here
June 02, 2022
Gaspe Peninsula Canada
Gaspe Peninsula, also known as Gaspesie, is a fantastic and out-of-the-way destination in Quebec Canada. Find out what's there.
May 29, 2022
Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, Finland, is that perfect combination of urban and outdoors, lively yet laid-back. Helsinki was established as a trading town in the Middle Ages to be a Swedish rival to other ports on the Gulf of Finland. It remained a small fishing village for over two centuries.
May 27, 2022
The Mosque in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
I visited Saudi Arabia and I had an interesting moment outside a mosque in the city. 
May 21, 2022
How to Become a Trusted Traveler
If you're sick of the long TSA lines and intrusive security In a story on GoNOMAD, Susan Krauss explains the details of getting your Global Entry or TSA Precheck designation,  
May 16, 2022
Denver to Moab on the Rocky Mountaineer
Today we take a journey across the west, from Denver's magnificent Union Station to the famous town of Moab, Utah. Read the story on GoNOMAD Read the story here
May 12, 2022
Four Incredible Megaprojects
The modern world is full of gigantic megaprojects that many people have never even heard of. In this episode, we take a look at some of the biggest construction projects both completed and ones that are still being built.
May 11, 2022
Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains
The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia are almost unchanged from the ones George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Daniel Boone knew 250 years ago.  Read the story here
May 06, 2022
Mystery Trips
Mystery Trips are a new way to travel. You sign up and have no idea where the bus will go, it's a complete mystery to everyone on the coach. Read the story here
May 03, 2022
Recycling Hotel Soap
Ever wondered about all of the little soap bars left in hotels after just one or two uses? So did we. What we discovered from the Hustle Newsletter was a very creative thinker named Shawn Seipler, who saw the need and ended up helping the world. .  p
April 29, 2022
Underwater Hotels
Underwater hotels: A round-up of hotels you can visit where you sleep underwater, including the Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo Florida, The Intercontinental Shanghai Wonderland in China, the Manta Resort on Pemba Island Tanzania, The Muraka Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and others. Some require SCUBA gear and others don't require a swim to visit. Episode based on a story in Conde Nast Traveler by Caitlin Morton and Noah Kaufman.
April 28, 2022
Coober Pedy, Australia's Underground Town
In a land as rich with eccentricities as the Australian Outback, Coober Pedy manages to stand out. A small town in South Australia plopped down in a nearly uninhabitable desert, it is dry and sterile, grassless and unpretty.   Read more
April 22, 2022
The Morgan Library in NYC
Midtown Manhattan’s Morgan Library & Museum, was once the personal library of late 19th and early 20th-century financier, investment banker and cultural benefactor John Pierpont Morgan, a fervent collector of early printed books, music scores, manuscripts, prints, and paintings from some of history’s most noted artists, writers, composers, and heroes. Visiting the library is a treat, you can view one of two Gutenberg bibles and see countless other historic treasures at this beautiful ornate library that isn't on most tourist's radar. Read about it on GoNOMAD: Read the story here
April 20, 2022
Coldfoot Camp, Dalton Highway Alaska
Winter in Alaska comes with its own set of travel challenges, as Maria Haase learned on her winter trip to Fairbanks and up the Dalton Highway to Coldfoot, Alaska. This part of the world is where they film the TV Show, "Ice Road Truckers" and the Coldfoot Camp is a lot more than a truckstop. It's a hotel, restaurant, gift shop and a place to enjoy being above the Arctic Circle and see the Aurora Borealis in the sky above high north Alaska. Read the story here
April 19, 2022
Jackson Mississippi
Jackson Mississippi is the state's capital and a center for blues, barbecue and most of all, civil rights.  We visited Jackson in April and got a chance to visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, the Mississippi History Museum and the large art museum. We toured the home and learned a lot about the famous author and Pulitzer prize winner Eudora Welty, who lived in Jackson. We also explored the history of voter's rights, segregation and the Jim Crow era and how so many people, both black and white, resisted the laws and finally created change.  The city is in some ways down on its luck, with high crime and a water problem, but there are great blues clubs, some really tasty BBQ and a friendly vibe that made our trip memorable. Jackson, the City with Soul.
April 14, 2022
Health and Wellness Trends for 2022
Today on GoNOMAD we interview Heather Mikesell, an expert on health, spas, and wellness. She told us about six interesting trends that are guiding wellness retreats around the US including at Carillion in Miami Florida and Kripalu in Lenox, Mass. Non-touch services that eliminate the need to have physical contact is growing, as is breathwork, where you study and perfect the art of breathing. We also discuss silent retreats, adaptogens and battling burnout. 
April 12, 2022
Italian Hand Gestures: A Guide
Today on GoNOMAD we explore the silent way of communication in Italy, namely the famous Italian hand gestures that Italians use to convey their thoughts with their hands as well as their faces.  
April 09, 2022
Taking a Seaplane to Boston
Tailwind Air now offers seaplane service from Plymouth, Massachusetts to Boston, and New York City.  Samantha Butts joined the pilot of Tailwind Air for a quick jaunt from Plymouth, Mass, flying a low-altitude 20-minute hop that landed in the water of Boston Harbor. Seaplane service is a classy way to get anywhere and it's a great addition to the many water taxis and ferries offering new ways for commuters to travel in our crowded cities. Read more on GoNOMAD
April 07, 2022
Sleeper Buses: The Cabin and Jet
Did you know you can take a specially equipped sleeper bus between LA and San Francisco? The Cabin offers sleeping pods and other amenities to make an overnight trip between Santa Monica and San Francisco a comfortable sleepy trip.  Watch the Buzzfeed video about Cabin
April 05, 2022
Great Diamond Island, Portland Maine
Great Diamond Island is one of many islands in Casco Bay, near the city of Portland, Maine.  There was a fort built in the 1800s on Great Diamond Island that's been transformed into a series of townhouses, condos, and a luxury hotel. 
April 04, 2022
Santee Cooper South Carolina with Ginger Warder
Today on GoNOMAD, veteran travel writer Ginger Warder takes a short trip to a fascinating part of South Carolina, The Santee Cooper region. She stayed in some octagonal-shaped cabins, met a friendly armadillo, and then cast her line with one of the only female fishing charter captains, nicknamed Mouse, to fish for catfish sleeping beneath the murky depths. Ginger recalls the local history with the tale of the famous Swamp Fox who was one of the first guerrilla fighters of the Revolutionary War, who captured a British fort with his clever local militia. Read the story
March 31, 2022
Private Rail Car Travel
Private rail cars harken back to the days of the robber barons. But with America's Trains, you can rent a private rail car that gets towed behind an Amtrak train.  
March 31, 2022
Henry Ford Museum
A visit to the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan. Henry Ford was the ultimate collector, but what he loved were the ordinary objects found on farms and in factories and even the buildings that contained them.  Read the story here
March 30, 2022
Riding the Upside Down Train: The Schwebebahn
In Wuppertal, Germany, a city of 350,000 near Dusseldorf, there is an upside-down train, called the Schwebebahn. The train runs for twenty stops along an 8-mile, 35-minute long route, with the tracks and wheels above the train, and the passenger compartment hanging below. The Schwebebahn is a beloved tourist attraction in Wuppertal and carries 80,000 passengers every weekday through the city. It was built and began operation in 1901, following an 8-mile route that takes riders above the Wupper River to the Wuppertal Zoo.
March 29, 2022
What the War in Ukraine Means to Air Travel
As the war in Ukraine goes on, so many ripple effects are being felt after the U.S. and EU's harsh sanctions, especially on the Russian aviation industry. After Boeing and Airbus stopped supplying the nation, Russia retaliated by taking control over leased airplanes in the country. How the ban on flying over Russia affects other airlines.
March 28, 2022
What Boarding Pass Numbers and Letters Mean
Have you ever wondered what those series of numbers, letters and codes mean on your airline boarding pass?  We did too. 
March 25, 2022
Fairbanks, Alaska: Chasing the Aurora
Donnie Sexton traveled to frigid Fairbanks, Alaska with one goal. To photograph the elusive Aurora Borealis, the famous light show that appears at random times and often after a long wait. Read the story here
March 24, 2022
A Local's Guide to San Diego
San Diego is called America's Finest City.  Local resident and GoNOMAD Senior Writer Noreen Kompanik writes lovingly about her adopted hometown, moving there with her husband Mike, a retired naval officer 20 years ago.  Learn about Balboa Park and the big zoo, the city's many beaches, the Embarcadero where many historic ships can be viewed and more in this episode. Read the GoNOMAD article here 
March 23, 2022
Bird Strikes: How Airports Prevent Them
Bird Strikes are something that every airline pilot is concerned about.  More than 10,000 bird strikes to aircraft are reported every year, at all 850 airports across the USA. Learn about how airports keep birds away from runways and the many different ways they use to scare them as far away as they can from aircraft on runways and in hangars. 
March 22, 2022
Lie Flat Airplane Seats
For the past few years, Zephyr Aerospace has been working toward tackling the issue of uncomfortable upright seats on airplanes with a new concept: lie-flat seating on airplanes. Zephyr is reinventing airline seat designs, specifically for travelers on long-distance flights. It will provide access to in-flight sleep, privacy, and aisle access for more travelers on long-distance flights. The double-decker seats/beds will take advantage of unused space above the rows of seats and make every flight way more comfortable. Now, Zephyr just has to convince a few airlines to try out their idea, which also may be useful to make long-distance bus and train travel more comfortable, too. 
March 21, 2022
Ways to Save on Museums and Attractions--Episode 12
Prices are going up everywhere, there is almost no way to escape it. However, there are ways to get discounts and deals on popular museums and attractions across the USA. In 2021, DealA created several lists highlighting the museums and attractions with the highest ticket price increases from 2017 to 2021, as well as those that have stayed the same. We decided to borrow some of the attractions on their lists and show how you can save at these locations in 2022.
March 18, 2022
Air Travel Annoyances
The Most Annoying Things People Do in Airplanes. After an extended time off due to the pandemic, many people are traveling again. With this return to air travel, we are reminded of all the annoying things people do on airplanes. Only Wanderlust conducted a survey asking over 1500 travelers to rank the top 20 airline passengers annoyances. From the person who kicks your seat to the man spreader, this list is sure to ring true for you.
March 17, 2022
Robots in the Airport--Episode 9
Robots are now serving customers all over the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport. The autonomous delivery robots are called Ottobots, and they bring drinks, snacks, sandwiches, and even new sets of AirPods to customers who order on their mobile phones and wait for the robots to bring them their purchases right at the gates.  The company that makes the robots, Ottonomy, equips them with 3D laser scanners, seven cameras, and safety sensors. They can travel in both indoor and outdoor environments. Someday soon you'll be able to order your next preflight snack from a robot in an airport near you.
March 15, 2022
Traverse City, Michigan--Episode 9
Traverse City Michigan is well known by most Michiganders. It's a special place about 100 miles south of the Upper Peninsula, and it has 40 nearby wineries, a famous cherry growing tradition, a busy downtown with two independent movie theaters, summer festivals, and the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore, along with Fishtown and many other fun places to recreate.  Learn about what makes Traverse City one of Michigan's most popular destinations.
March 14, 2022
Middleton's Mustard Museum--Episode 8
In Middleton, Wisconsin, you can visit a museum dedicated to one of the world's favorite's the Mustard Museum, founded by Barry Levenson. He was so sad after the Red Sox lost the World Series in 1986 that he went right out to the store and realized that there were more than 1000 different kinds of mustard, and a lightbulb went off...if you build it, they will pay to come. So today you can see antique mustard jars and more at the Mustard Museum.
March 11, 2022
Rooftop Garden and Major Expansions at the Javits Center--Episode 6
The Jacob Javits Convention Center is the largest space in New York City, and is famous for hosting hundreds of large conventions each year in lower Manhattan. The center has recently added a rooftop vegetable garden, much more exhibition space, and many other innovations to keep it green and ahead of the convention game. Find out about what's new at the Javits Center in 2022. 
March 10, 2022
Eurail Passes: What's New for 2022--Episode 7
What's new for Eurail passes in 2022.  A guide to everything you need to know about this 63-year-old train travel tradition that can take you all over Europe. Where you can use the passes, and where you cannot, how much passes cost, various options including Flexi Pass, continuous pass, the single country passes, Swiss Pass, and Greek Islands Pass.
March 09, 2022
Connecticut's Shore--Episode 5
The Connecticut shore is closer to my home in Western Mass than any other beach. It's a place with dozens of beautiful sandy beaches, excellent dining, fun towns like Mystic, New London, and Essex to visit, and clam shacks right on the water that provide a unique dining experience. 
March 07, 2022
Airline Livery
Airline Livery is what colors airliners are painted. It's an important aspect of any airline's marketing and there are many who have strong feelings about good and bad airline livery. We spoke with an airline livery expert who recently designed the livery for an Alaskan airline and an airplane pilot who has strong opinions about airline livery, both good and bad. 
March 04, 2022
MSG Sphere in Las Vegas - Episode 3
In Las Vegas, a strange round arena is being built right near the monorail, attached to the Venetian hotel and resort. What is it?
March 03, 2022
Freighter Travel - Episode 2
Freighter travel is one of most popular articles on, people are looking for a way to travel across the oceans without the glitz and expense of a modern, crowded cruise ship. Find the answers to your questions about what freighter travel is like, what to expect and how you can do it. 
March 02, 2022
What Took Place Under Rome's Colosseum? - Episode 1
What Took Place Underground Rome's Colosseum? Listen to Episode 1 of The GoNomad Podcast. Discover more travel articles at
March 01, 2022