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A Bike Ride Gives You A Slower, Sweeter Perspective

Jun 21, 2018
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On our weekly travel segment “Going Places,” we often talk about ways to slow down while you travel. One way is by seeing your destination from a bicycle, instead of a car or bus.

Lynn DiBenedetto, of Bainbridge Island, has led bike trips domestically and overseas. She spoke with KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley about some of her favorite spots, near and far.

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Chile stretches more than 2,600 miles down the west coast of South America. In that stretch you'll find mountains, a desert, icefields, and vineyards.

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Victoria, B.C., is a popular destination for visitors to the Pacific Northwest. From downtown Seattle, many people take the Victoria Clipper to get there via water.

But another good jumping off point for Victoria – and one that will let you bring a car – is Port Angeles. The city on the northern edge of the Olympic Peninsula offers service via the Black Ball Ferry to the capital of British Columbia.

Matthew Brumley

It was 74 years ago next week that the Allied forces landed in northern France.

A Trip To Thailand Brings Heat, Food And New Friends

May 24, 2018
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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired Dec. 8, 2016.

Thailand has become a hub of tourism in Southeast Asia. Tyson Verse has traveled there extensively as a tour arranger and guide. 

"There's nothing like a nice evening stroll with a little mix of curry-scented air with exhaust from the tuktuk three-wheeled taxis floating by," he said. "It's magic."

Matthew Brumley

Gregory Porter, Melody Gardot, Dhafer Youssef and Marcus Miller are a few of the names set to perform at this year’s Jazz a Vienne festival in central France.

The festival started in 1981, and has grown significantly. Artistic director Benjamin Tanguy says he wants to bring in new audiences.

Roman History, Ancient Passages Greet You In Lyon

May 10, 2018
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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has been leading tour groups through Europe for more than 20 years. So even he was surprised when he realized he’d never been to Lyon, France. He corrected that, finally, and sent us his first impressions for this week’s Going Places

“I’m not sure what took me so long,” he said. “It’s got world-class wines, some of the best cuisine in all of France, fantastic archeological sites, and these really odd, winding passageways that make their way underneath the city, called traboules.”

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Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Aug. 7, 2014.

India is a natural wonderland and also host to some of the world’s busiest cities. Its 1.3 billion people make it the second most populous country on Earth, and it’s second only to the United States for the number of people who speak English.

It’s April in Paris, and the chestnuts really are in blossom, reports KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley.

He says the spring and the fall are the best times to visit the capital of France.

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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired on March 26, 2015.

Both KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley and KNKX All Things Considered​ host Ed Ronco love British Columbia. Certainly the nearby destinations of Victoria and Vancouver are worth a quick weekend trip (or more, if you want).

But taking a little more time can lead you deeper into the province, where you’ll find some real gems. Here are three of our recommendations:

The former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau sits about an hour west of Krakow.
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Krakow, Poland, boasts plenty for a traveler to see. There are museums and opportunities to take in the arts. There are festivals, concerts, art exhibits and more.

But many visitors to Krakow also make time to see a sobering and solemn reminder of one of history’s darkest events: The Holocaust.

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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired on May 28, 2015.

Travel over long distances can wear you out. As anyone who’s flown a great distance can tell you, the sudden change in time zones can wreak havoc on your body. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has been almost every continent on the planet and has a lot of experience fighting off jet lag. Here's his advice.

A boat enters the channel leading from Lake Michigan to Round Lake, in Charlevoix, Mich., where Ed spent some time last summer. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says to begin your search for summer plans by talking to friends.
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The arrival of spring has KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley thinking ahead to summer. He's already planning where he'll go with his family when the weather turns warm. 

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At the top of the Reichstag building is the Käfer Dachgarten, a fine dining restaurant with open air seating overlooking all of Berlin.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley had lunch there on his last trip to Germany and spoke with manager Mario Novak.

Dunn Gardens

From time to time, our weekly travel segment "Going Places" likes to highlight getaways that are nearby -- opportunities to escape your routine and "travel" somewhere without having to go a great distance. This week, we're staying in Seattle.

Don't Be A 'Trophy Hunter' While You're On Vacation

Mar 8, 2018
Seeing the sights is nice. But sometimes a vacation's best memories come from taking time to stop and just look around.
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Editor’s note: This is episode of “Going Places” was originally broadcast on June 12, 2014.

Here’s how not to do it: 8 a.m.: breakfast, 9 a.m.: Eiffel Tower, 10 a.m.: Arc de Triomphe, 12 p.m.: lunch in nearby café, 12:30 p.m.: Louvre, 3 p.m.: Notre Dame, and so on.

That's too much, too fast, says KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley.

Sea-Tac Airport has pre-conditioned air at all of its gates. A pipe on the jet bridge connects to a hose, which connects to parked aircraft.
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With millions of passengers coming and going each year, Sea-Tac International Airport operates like a small city. That means it also has a significant impact on the environment.

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Three new airlines begin flying to Sea-Tac International Airport later this year.

Air France returns in March with service to Paris after a nearly six-year hiatus. Aer Lingus starts flying from Seattle to Dublin in May, which is also when the Thomas Cook Airline will begin offering a flight to Manchester, England.

But getting those airlines to set up service can be complicated. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley turned to Mike Ehl, director of operations at Sea-Tac, for some insight. 

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Editor’s Note: This is the first of a three-part report.

Mid-morning at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport: All throughout the entrance hall, passengers are figuring out how to check in and drop off their bags. Pilots and flight crew are moving with purpose toward security checkpoints, and the public address system repeats its message not to leave any of your belongings unattended, thank you very much.

In Cape Town, locals fill containers at a source for natural spring water, on Feb. 2. The drought-hit city introduced new water restrictions.
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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley calls Cape Town, South Africa, his favorite place on the planet. He’s led many trips there over his years of guiding group tours.

But right now the city faces a serious water crisis. Some news reports say Cape Town could run out of fresh water as early as mid-April, though that date – Day Zero, as it’s being called – seems to be moving later in the year as locals heed warnings to conserve.

Brumley called his friend and fellow guide Brian Nel, in Cape Town, for the view from the ground.

Travel Changes Us, And That's Usually A Good Thing

Feb 1, 2018
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Travelers often bring back souvenirs – maybe a T-shirt or a piece of art from an open-air marketplace.

But KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says the best souvenirs are things you can’t necessarily stick on a shelf. Travel exposes us to new music, new food, new people and new ideas. And it often changes us.

People ride bikes in Amsterdam.
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Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Jan. 30, 2014. It's one of the very earliest "Going Places" segments we did. But the advice is timeless.

So you go on vacation and your guide says he knows the best place to get leather jackets in Madrid. Or the best restaurant in all of London. Or maybe he’s getting a kickback from the business in exchange for shepherding tourists through the front door, says KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley.

What’s Wrong With That?

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The National Art Schools in Havana have been at the center of Cuba’s changing history. Established as part of the utopia Fidel Castro and Che Guevara wanted to create, it was later nationalized in the mid-1960s, when art was seen as an extravagance Cuba could not afford.

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Editor’s note: This is an encore presentation of a Going Places episode that originally aired on Dec. 10, 2015.

Winter in the Northwest is famously gray and drizzly. And that causes many of us to look for a temporary reprieve. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says how far you travel to find it depends entirely on what you’re looking for.

 

Cold Sunshine

Sometimes, all we need is a little sunshine. If that’s the case, you’re in luck, Brumley says. Here are some nearby recommendations.

Bathing With A Couple Hundred People In Budapest

Jan 4, 2018
A peek inside one of the pools at the Rudas Baths in Budapest.
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This time of year, the Danube River is about 40 degrees Fahrenheit as it flows through Hungary. But right next to the Danube, in Budapest, are some much warmer waters that get well above 100 degrees.

Missed Your Flight Connection? Here's A Silver Lining

Dec 28, 2017
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Editor's note: This is an encore presentation of a "Going Places" episode. It originally aired on March 31, 2016, but we thought it might be particularly timely given the holiday travel season. 

“I hope I miss my flight sometimes.”

Not words you expect to hear from a flyer as frequent as KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley. But he's a huge fan of layovers, including those that begin when the pilot comes on and announces a flight delay before takeoff.

Mauritius offers a diversity of cultures, languages, cuisines and activities.
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If you go to Africa, and venture out to Madagascar, then keep going east, you’ll find a small island nation called Mauritius. About 1.3 million people live here, and it’s often held up as an example of a peaceful, diverse paradise.

This week on “Going Places,” KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley speaks with Avi Erish. They met recently while they both were working aboard a river cruise in Europe. Erish grew up in Mauritius and is part of the country’s Hindu majority.

Piazza Armerina, on Sicily, is famous for its ancient mosaics.
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If there’s one rule KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley adheres to, wherever he goes, it’s this: Always talk to the locals.

Now's The Time To Book Post-Holiday Travel

Nov 30, 2017
Leavenworth's holiday lights are a big draw for visitors. But the town retains its winter charm well past the holidays.
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There can be a lot of things to remember this time of year: Gift buying, holiday travel plans, school schedules, and more.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says it's also important to remember to book any post-holiday travel you plan on taking.  

Some Thanks For The People Who Help Us Travel

Nov 23, 2017
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The most important parts of travel are often the parts you don't see.

Without ticket agents, baggage handlers, ramp workers, hotel housekeeping, museum staff, dock workers, ship crews and more, we'd all be flailing.

This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we observe what is becoming a Going Places tradition. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley and host Ed Ronco say thanks to the people who make it all work.

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