Traveling with AAA

Traveling with AAA

To help you get the most of your travel experiences, Traveling with AAA takes you around the country and the world through conversations with industry pros. You’ll hear tips and tricks, travelers’ tales, and hard-won wisdom that will inspire you to plan your next adventure. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are not necessarily the views of Auto Club Enterprises/The Automobile Club of Southern California, AAA and/or its affiliates.

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June 20, 2024 26 mins

Interconnected networks throughout Europe make rail travel one of the best and most romantic ways to see the continent, whether it’s winding through the dramatic Swiss Alps, absorbing the natural solitude of the Scottish Highlands, or glimpsing the lively coastline along the Med. It’s also one of the easiest, most relaxed ways to get around.

While railcar interiors may have changed over the years and our handheld suitcases have now ...

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The American road trip is a quintessential pastime. But if you’re looking for something a bit more international, there are spectacular drives all around the world that are just waiting to be explored. 

Although perhaps nothing else quite ticks all the boxes like the one we’re talking about today. 

Lush green forests, hills, mountains, steep cliffs that dramatically overlook the sea, plus lively pub culture, great seafood, and tradit...

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It’s the birthplace of K-pop, famously rich Korean drama productions, and maybe the only place in the world where 7-11 (yes, the convenience store) needs to be on your dining agenda.

We’re back in Seoul, South Korea, to discover the fun and vibrant pop culture that this city has become famous for. From music to film to strangely fascinating cafés, this is a city that leaves an impression.

Today, Angie Orth is back with Samantha Gross...

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Have you ever been to a place where the past, present, and future collide—and somehow magically it creates an aesthetic that works?

In societies with ancient roots, modern architecture can seem out of place. But there’s one city where you can see ancient temples and marvel at beautifully designed towers. You can be in the city but still sense nature all around you. And, you can pop into tiny local restaurants that have been serving ...

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You’re dreaming about seeing African wildlife up close and personal (safely, of course), sleeping under the stars, and waking up to the tantalizing smells of breakfast being cooked over the coals of a hot campfire. 

There’s just one problem …

How do you narrow it down when there’s an entire continent to explore? 

Today, Angie Orth welcomes Sherwin Banda back for another all-you-need-to-know safari session. As an expert in just about e...

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Have you ever felt the call of the wild? 

There’s only one way to see the wild animals of the African landscape in their element, capture photographs of otherworldly landscapes, and sleep under the stars—all while knowing you’re perfectly safe and secure. 

You take an African safari. 

Today, Angie Orth welcomes Sherwin Banda, a safari expert and president of tour operator African Travel. His commitment to inclusion has made the organi...

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Lucky you…you’re all packed and ready for an adventure! 

But this is a different kind of trip. 

The Camino de Santiago is a journey that changes you. 

Today, Angie Orth is back with actor, director and award-winning travel writer Andrew McCarthy.

In the previous episode, he shares his experiences walking the Camino de Santiago with his son, the he explores in his book Walking with Sam: A Father, a Son, and Five Hundred Miles Across Spa...

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We all go through hard times in our lives. Whether it’s a tough breakup, losing a job, or losing someone you love, these are experiences that change our paths in unexpected ways. 

When you pair those changes with a little thirst for adventure, then what we do to mark these changes can become an event in itself. 

Pilgrimage offers us a literal path through the hard times. It’s a rare time-out that allows us to take space, process our ...

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Whether you’re visiting the Empire City for the first time or the fifth time, this is one destination where you will always be spoiled for choice. 

And for that very reason, it’s always good to have a plan. 

Today, Angie Orth is back with New York native and travel guide author Pauline Frommer. The author of the best-selling Frommer's EasyGuide to New York City and Frommer's New York City Day by Day is here to share her top 5 insider...

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Sky-high city spires, a global exploration of cuisine, and more museums and galleries than you can count. 

There is no place in the United States that’s more iconic, more historically significant, or more culturally diverse than New York City. 

It’s been a bucket list travel destination for over a century. But with so much to do and see, you need to have a really good plan if you want to make the most of your visit to this fascinatin...

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When you get bitten by the roadside-attraction bug, stopping to see these unique structures, and learning the stories behind them, can quickly become an obsession. 

But with such a big country to explore and countless highways to cover, it can be a bit overwhelming to know where to start. 

Today, Angie Orth is back with roadside-attraction expert Valerie Bromann. The 

founder of the blog Silly America shares her top tips and favorite ...

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Do you ever wonder how big the World’s Largest Ball of Twine actually is? Have you ever been curious about all those strong and unreasonably tall muffler men standing outside of gas stations along Route 66?

If you answered “Yes!” to either of these, then your curiosity has probably steered you toward the exit signs of many of America’s weird and wonderful roadside attractions.   

Today, Angie Orth welcomes Valerie Bromann. As an avid...

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Traveling solo is exhilarating! But while the narratives that you encounter on social media may all look perfect, planning with safety and comfort in mind can make or break any trip. 

Safety is paramount, and the more you do in advance to prepare for the unknowns, the better you’ll feel going into it. The outcome can often depend on how prepared you are for your next solo voyage.

For smart solo travelers, laying the groundwork during...

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March 21, 2024 10 mins

Do you love to travel, but don’t love waiting on other people to commit? Do you feel like you often have to skip things you’re interested in because your travel partner(s) aren’t interested in the same experiences?  

Then the biggest trend in travel might be just what you’re looking for.

Solo travel is on the rise. So if you’ve been flirting with the idea of hitting that “book now” button, without having to coordinate with others or ...

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So you’ve made up your mind: Jamaica is your next beach vacation. In our previous episode with Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, we traveled to the best beaches and whet your appetite for Jamaican jerk, beef patties, and of course, rum punch. 

Today, Angie Orth welcomes journalist and photographer Kris Griffiths to talk about another very important part of Jamaican culture, reggae music. Specifically, the influence of the legendary Bob Marley...

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Craving a beach vacation that’s not too far from home? There are many places where you can dig your toes into the sand and experience a breathtaking sunset. But if you also want to move to the beats of reggae and sip a fruity rum punch, then the beautiful island of Jamaica is calling your name.

Today, Angie Orth welcomes Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon, a.k.a. JetSetSarah. She’s a writer, editor, on-screen host, and self-described “Carivange...

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Astrotourism is trending, and for good reason. The skies above us are magical places where things are happening all the time. Every once in a while, major events take place that are definitely worth putting on the calendar, even traveling for. 

But you can’t go if you’re not in the know.  

Today, Angie Orth is back with travel and space tourism writer Valerie Stimac. In our previous episode, we talked about astrotourism and some of t...

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Everyone looks forward to a vacation. But did you ever think about looking up? 

Countless spectacular events take place in the skies above us. From magnificent meteor showers to the amazing auroras that blanket the North and South Poles, these natural phenomena are unforgettable experiences. So, why not build a travel itinerary that includes seeing something out of this world? 

Today, Angie Orth welcomes travel and space tourism writ...

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Guidebooks are great for when you’re a first-time visitor to a city. But what about when you want to dig a little deeper? How do you find those hidden gems that give you a real feel for how locals experience their home turf? 

The answer is obvious, but not always so easy to do. You talk to a local. Luckily for you, we’ve got just the one you want to talk to if you want to experience the more authentic side of this famous city. 

Today...

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February 8, 2024 23 mins

Is it the Michelin-starred restaurants, the wild and whimsical architecture, or the easy-going energy of the people that keeps people coming back? Of course, we’re talking about the coastal Catalonian city of Barcelona. And the answer is all of the above. 

Today, Angie Orth welcomes Matt Ford. He’s a Barcelona-based journalist and filmmaker who has spent over 20 years telling stories. He’s been everywhere from the star-studded film ...

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