Travel Genius

Travel Genius Podcast

What’s the most sure-fire way to get a flight upgrade? How can you find the best, secret local restaurants by asking just one question? What's the first thing you should do when you get into a hotel room? On Travel Genius, we'll give you those answers—and plenty more—as hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood quiz the world’s most experienced globetrotters for their tried-and-true travel hacks.

Announcing Prognosis Daily: Coronavirus
Harnessing Bloomberg's reporting from every continent, Bloomberg's daily Prognosis podcast brings the news, data and analysis you need for living in the time of Covid-19. In around ten minutes, we will explain the latest developments in health and science, the impact on individuals, industries and governments and the adaptions they are making in the face of the global pandemic. Come back every weekday afternoon for a short dose of the best information about the novel coronavirus from more than 120 bureaus a...

Announcing Prognosis Daily: Coronavirus
Harnessing Bloomberg's reporting from every continent, Bloomberg's daily Prognosis podcast brings the news, data and analysis you need for living in the time of Covid-19. In around ten minutes, we will explain the latest developments in health and science, the impact on individuals, industries and governments and the adaptions they are making in the face of the global pandemic. Come back every weekday afternoon for a short dose of the best information about the novel coronavirus from more than 120 bureaus a...

Introducing Deep Background with Noah Feldman: Cooking Through the Crisis with Mark Bittman
From Pushkin Industries, introducing Deep Background with Noah Feldman. Every story has a backstory, even in today's 24-hour news cycle. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg Opinions columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what's really going on behind the biggest stories in the news. With restaurants and bars across the country temporarily closing down due...


The Rockstar Who Flies 500,000 Miles Per Year
In the season 2 finale, who better to offer travel advice than a woman who spends more time in the air than a pilot: Alison Mosshart? The rockstar, a member of two headlining bands - The Kills and Dead Weather – has suggestions on a far-flung hangover cure and the right way to pack (it’s not light). Plus Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein discuss the final frontier in travel: space tourism....

Take Insta-Perfect Vacation Photos
What will travel look like two decades from now? Mark and Nikki explore the findings of a new survey outlining how the landscape might change – and get out their own frequent-flying crystal ball to share a few of their own predictions. This week’s Travel Genius is Moti Ankari. Moti is co-found the dapper shoe line Ankari Floruss. He also juggles his schedule as a full-time cobbler with a second role: one of the foremost menswear influencers on social media (you might be one of the 190,000-plus folks who fol...


Where To Go In 2020
Was your New Year’s resolution to travel more in 2020 To help with your trip-planning, this week Mark and Nikki discuss the destinations that should be on your must-visit list this year. This week’s guest is Dr. Evan Antin, the celebrity vet and host of globetrotting TV show “Evan Goes Wild” (He’s also an alum of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive list). Antin is a steel-nerved explorer who considers snakes a welcomed sight wherever he goes. He’ll also help pet owners nervous to bring their dog or cat alon...

This Woman is Everyone’s Dream Travel Companion
This week on Travel Genius, Mark and Nikki tackle one of thorniest subjects in travel right now: should we be buying carbon offsets for every flight we take? Or should we follow Greta Thunberg’s lead, and scrap any plans to hop on a plane for the foreseeable future? Or is the impact of flying greatly overrated compared with many other industries – and simply called out as it’s seen as a perk of the privileged? If you’re coming down with a case of flygskam (flight shame, in Swedish), they have advice on how ...

Always Look Fresh While On The Road
Next time you’re packing a suitcase, make sure to pack your Preparation H. That’s what this week’s guest, Waris Ahluwalia—who has featured in movies from "The Grand Budapest Hotel" to "The Darjeeling Limited"—swears by to look fabulous after a long flight. Combine it with ice water, and your eyes will depuff and your face will glow.  Mark and Nikki also wax poetic on Australia, where there’s exciting news from top to bottom, coast to coast. They break down the most exciting destinations to prioritize now, i...


Hack Your Way Into Business Class
What’s better than turning left when you get on an airplane? Scoring the premium seat without actually paying a premium. This week, Mark and Nikki break down a handful of new and unsung strategies for booking cheaper business class fares. Then, Hanli Prisloo, champion free diver and onetime stunt double for Halle Berry shares several tips that focus on what lies below the (ocean’s) surface....

Why Do We Go Crazy Boarding Planes?
At the airport, are you a gate louse or a #teamboardlast? Boarding the plane is a contentious, stressful part of any journey, and Mark and Nikki talk about the surprising innovations that airports and airlines are trialing to ease that tension. This week’s Travel Genius is Hitha Palepu, a businesswoman who also moonlights as a travel guru. Palepu wrote the ultimate guide to squeezing everything into a carry-on, “How to Pack,” and chronicles her travel hacks on the go via her Instagram, hashtagging #Hithaont...

The Thing You Should Never Pack
One of the top tips that came out of this week’s chat with beauty guru Bobbi Brown feels especially poignant in the aftermath of Thanksgiving: never, ever pack your skinny jeans. To keep you glowing (and going) through the holidays, we turned to the beauty mogul, wellness entrepreneur, and boutique hotelier for her best tips and hacks. Should your travels this holiday season take you abroad, there’s always one thing to be mindful about: visas. Nikki and Mark discuss the red tape that you can’t ignore, and h...


The Disney Hacks We Can’t Let Go
Susan Veness can show you the world—shining, shimmering, splendid. From the edge of the sea to snow-glowing-white mountains, she’s got a hack for every situation… as long as it’s at Disney. That's because she literally wrote the book, “Walt Disney World Hacks: 350+ Park Secrets.” She’s got friends in hosts Nikki and Mark, who equally feel the love for Walt Disney and his magic kingdoms. They’ll show you the light on everything from the best places to watch the fireworks to the most underrated spots in Orlan...

The Disney Hacks We Can’t Let Go
Susan Veness can show you the world—shining, shimmering, splendid. From the edge of the sea to snow-glowing-white mountains, she’s got a hack for every situation… as long as it’s at Disney. That's because she literally wrote the book, “Walt Disney World Hacks: 350+ Park Secrets.” She’s got friends in hosts Nikki and Mark, who equally feel the love for Walt Disney and his magic kingdoms. They’ll show you the light on everything from the best places to watch the fireworks to the most underrated spots in Orlan...

On Butter and Bourdain
This week’s episode of Travel Genius gets competitive in a way that has little to do with the dings of the hotel bell. We’re talking about competitive travel: an entire subculture of people whose mission is, quite simply, to go everywhere—and to check the most obscure boxes off their bucket lists faster than anyone else. Then, chef Eric Ripert—the toque behind New York’s three-Michelin-starred Le Bernardin—shares how to find the best cookbook store in the world. He also discusses his adventures with his lat...


Let’s Make a Travel Deal
This week we’re hitting a high note, literally. Schele Williams—who came up in the Broadway world as the “Seasons of Love” soloist in RENT—pulls back the curtain on her tried-and-true travel hacks, which are as wide-ranging as her singing voice. Also, Mark and Nikki focus this week on the ultimate currency calculations—the destinations where your dollar will go farthest....

Turning Travel Lemons Into Lemonade
Season two of Travel Genius kicks off with more tips, tricks, and hacks than any episode that’s come before. Co-hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood catch up on all the miles they logged since you last tuned in, while ABC News superstar Rebecca Jarvis riffs on the secret uses for airport yoga rooms, how to pivot when trips go wrong, and a little-known service for cheap business class tickets....

We're Back! Season Two Coming Soon
After clocking another hundred-thousand miles in the sky, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood have a whole new series of flight hacking, restaurant sleuthing, and hotel booking tips to inspire your own getaways—along with a who's who roster of itinerant pros ready to spill their own travel secrets. From a special episode on Disney to a master class on packing, we'll go high, low, east, west, and everywhere in between. The new season starts Nov. 6....


We're Back! Season Two Coming Soon
After clocking another hundred-thousand miles in the sky, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood have a whole new series of flight hacking, restaurant sleuthing, and hotel booking tips to inspire your own getaways—along with a who's who roster of itinerant pros ready to spill their own travel secrets. From a special episode on Disney to a master class on packing, we'll go high, low, east, west, and everywhere in between. The new season starts Nov. 6....

Introducing Prognosis Season 3: Superbugs
On this new season of Prognosis, we look at the spread of infections that are resistant to antimicrobial medicines. You're probably more likely to have heard of these as superbugs. Their rise has been described as a silent tsunami of catastrophic proportions. We travel to countries on the frontline of the crisis, and explore how hospitals and doctors around the world are fighting back. Prognosis’ new season launches Sept. 5....

Introducing "What Goes Up," A New Show From Bloomberg
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Mike Regan and Sarah Ponczek speak with expert guests each week about the main themes influencing global markets. They explore everything from stocks to bonds to currencies and commodities, and how each asset class affects trading in the others. Whether you’re a financial professional or just a curious retirement saver, What Goes Up keeps you apprised of the latest buzz on Wall Street and what the wildest movements in markets will mean for your investments....


Coming Soon: The Pay Check Season 2
The Pay Check is back for a second season! For the next six weeks, we’re going to dig into the number one reason women still make less money than men: Motherhood. Women start their careers earning just about the same as men do, but once they have their first kid, that pay gap grows to a chasm. This season, we’ll show you how this “motherhood penalty” plays out for real women, in real life and how it affects the global economy....

How Andrew Zimmern Picks Restaurants
On the final episode of this season of Travel Genius, Nikki and Mark talk everything Africa. Our guest this week also has suggestions for making the most of the continent, its range of cuisine and varied cultures: chef and host of the TV show “Bizarre Foods,” Andrew Zimmern....

How To Make Friends On The Road
It’s Listener Week all over again! We had such a blast tackling your voicemails that we couldn’t resist turning the show over to your expertise once more. And please keep those tips coming: Call 646-324-3490, and we may even play your tip on the show! Then, the New York Times publishes an annual list of 52 places to visit around the world. Nikki and Mark chat with Jada Yuan, who spent 2018 traveling to all 52 spots. She shares the tips and tricks she learned while on the road....


A Message from The Pay Check
The Pay Check is collecting stories for our upcoming season, and we want to hear from you! Did having a kid change your career trajectory or the way you work? If you have anything you want to share, call and leave us a voicemail at (212) 617-0166. Stay tuned for more very soon!...

Make Your Layover A "Playover"
Nikki and Mark break down the latest intel on who, when, and how much to tip when you’re on the road. Then the conversation shifts to whiz-bang travel planning apps and packing hacks courtesy of Gillian Morris, who founded the innovative airfare search tool Hitlist....

Bargain Like A Travel Pro
Mark and Nikki discuss how to plan a romantic getaway. Then, concert pianist Mame Huntsman shares insights about everything from invisible in-flight facials to global bargaining tactics....


A Stuntman's Bucket List
Nikki and Mark discuss travel tips shared by listeners. Then, adventurer and TV host Aldo Kane talks about everything from rowing across the Atlantic to the essentials he packs to survive in any circumstance. He also shares an unlikely, lesser-known spot in Scotland that’s one of Europe’s unexpected surfing meccas....

Where To Go In 2019
Mark and Nikki break down Bloomberg’s list of the hottest destinations to consider for the upcoming months. Then, Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley explains his surprisingly old-school methods when he’s on the road....

A CEO’s Secrets to Better Sleep
Nikki and Mark pick apart some confusing news from the World Health Organization that seemed to declare the Caribbean region free of Zika, and discuss the destinations that you should and shouldn’t worry about visiting. Then Ron Carson, chief executive of Carson Group, offers indispensable tips for getting great sleep in hotel rooms....


Do Japan Right
Japan is seeing an explosion in overseas visitors. Mark and Nikki share their first-hand tips and tricks if you’re one of the many considering a trip to the country. Then, former Marine, extreme sportsman and motivational speaker Akshay Nanavati stops by to tell some his more harrowing travel stories. Nanavati explains how to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures and offers an unlikely, attention-getting method of banishing jet lag mid-flight....

Introducing "Works For Me," A New Podcast From Bloomberg
On this new show from Bloomberg, hosts Francesca Levy and Rebecca Greenfield navigate the productivity industry by way of their own experiences. In each episode, one of the two becomes a human guinea pig as she tries to solve a specific work-related problem. Using the advice of so-called productivity experts, the duo tackles obstacles like ineffective to-do lists, overflowing inboxes and unruly meetings. Follow along with their attempts, insights and missteps, and maybe find a solution that will work for yo...

Curtis Stone's Epic Travel Misadventure
Mark and Nikki talk about forbidden travel: the places we’re banned from visiting and why so many people are driven to break the rules. Then celebrity chef Curtis Stone reveals the naked truth about one of his most embarrassing travel stories....


The Secrets to Traveling Alone
This week fashion entrepreneur Lisa Sun provides a laundry list of tips on how to make sure  your China trip goes off without a hitch. Also, Mark and Nikki talk about traveling alone: How to do it safely, how to eat alone without being embarrassed, and one place to avoid when you're solo...

Two Magic Words For Holiday Travel
Last year, more than 107 million people traveled between December 23 and January 1, or about one third of the country. And the stresses, strains and overload of an America on the move en masse can be a lot to cope with. We're here to help. Mark and Nikki teach you how to hack flight delays, handle the stresses of TSA checkpoints and much more. Next, bestselling author Tilly Bagshawe shares her favorite ornament shopping destinations and the one, very British item she packs for every season....

There's No Right Time To Buy A Flight
The idea that there is a perfect time to buy a flight for the best price is one of the oldest, most-repeated urban myths in travel. On this episode of Travel Genius, hosts Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein banish that rubbish once and for all, and offer some advice that actually will ensure you never overpay for a flight again. Then Kevin Cirilli, Chief Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg Television, shares how he goes from rumpled to camera-ready no matter the length of journey or quick turnaround time....


The Points And Miles Game
We’ve all heard seen the viral stories: A scrappy traveler scores a round-the-world trip flying first class, all without a single dollar of cold, hard cash. On this week’s episode of Travel Genius, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood give you the five-point plan that’ll help you master the points and miles game just like those fabled globetrotters. Then, Dateline correspondent Josh Mankiewicz shares his best tips for looking TV-ready after a long flight, and uncovering a city’s best restaurants and coffee ...

Never Check A Bag Again
Keeping yourself insured on the road can be a minefield of red tape – and even then, many policies have strategic gaps in what they will and won’t cover. On this episode of Travel Genius, hosts Mark Ellwood and Nikki Ekstein break down the basics of travel insurance and flag a potential law that could simplify this problem. Then Jessica Nabongo joins the conversation. She’s an Instagram influencer, travel specialist and blogger who is on a mission to become the first black woman to visit every country in th...

Philippe Cousteau’s Rolex
On this episode of Travel Genius, hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood look at a few hotspots that have become poster children for over-tourism. Then they chat with a scion of one of the most famous oceangoing families in the world: Philippe Cousteau....


Why TV Host Samantha Brown Recommends Eating Off Ironing Boards
Our first episode of Travel Genius dives deep into a new phenomenon: teenage travel planners. We discuss how companies are thinking about the best ways to keep teens engaged and excited on the road. Then Samantha Brown, host of PBS’ “Samantha Brown's Places to Love,” explains the most delicious ways to learn local vocabulary abroad, the secrets of surviving long flights with young kids, and, perhaps best of all, what it takes to stop a pilot from leaving the airport without you—even after the plane has left...

Travel Genius, a New Show From Bloomberg
What’s the most sure-fire way to get a flight upgrade? How can you find the best, secret local restaurants by asking just one question? What's the first thing you should do when you get into a hotel room? On Bloomberg's new podcast Travel Genius, we'll give you those answers—and plenty more—as hosts Nikki Ekstein and Mark Ellwood quiz the world’s most experienced globetrotters for their tried-and-true travel hacks. Listen weekly, and even your work trips will go from a necessary evil to an expert art form. ...