Travel Genius

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.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 34m. Bisher sind 47 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 19 hours 53 minutes


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...


 2020-01-08  31m

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...


 2020-01-01  37m

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...


 2019-12-25  36m

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at


 2019-12-18  33m

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...


 2019-12-11  31m

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...


 2019-12-04  34m

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...


 2019-11-27  35m

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...


 2019-11-20  35m

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.  Learn more about your ad-choices at


 2019-11-13  33m

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. Learn more about your ad-choices at


 2019-11-06  34m