The beloved novel "Little Women" turns 150 this year, and it's a great time to plan a trip to Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, to honor this enduring literary classic. Orchard House is where author Louisa May Alcott lived and where tours offer insight into her life, times and the book.
Nearly every time you book a flight, cruise or tour, you get prompted to buy insurance. But do you need insurance for every trip? In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz talks about the issue with Beth Godlin, president of Aon Affinity Travel Practice.
Godlin offers advice on when travel insurance is a good hedge against unanticipated expenses or problems, and what exactly you can expect it to cover.
Travel agents: What can they really do for you?
When you can book every aspect of a trip online, why would you need a travel agent? In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," Erika Richter, communications director for the American Society of Travel Agents, explains how travel agents can enhance your vacation while simplifying the planning process for you.
Pack like a pro with these tips from frequent flyers
Packing your bag can be such a drag: the hassles, the mistakes that get you in trouble with the TSA, the impossibility of ever learning to travel light for a change. In this episode of the Associated Press travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz talks with two AP journalists who've spent a lot of time in the air, Scott Mayerowitz and Lisa Lerer, to get their advice on how to pack the perfect bag.
Did you know that the original symbolism of the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants? And that Mount Rushmore was built as a way to get tourists to drive all the way to South Dakota?
You'll hear the inside story on these and other American icons from Geoffrey Baer, host of the PBS series "10 That Changed America," in this week's AP Travel podcast "Get Outta Here!"
Planning a trip to New York City can seem intimidating. So many choices, such high prices and how about those New Yorkers? They have quite the reputation!
Synchronous fireflies: In a dark forest, tiny creatures flash in unison and light up the night
It's not unusual to see fireflies flashing in backyards here and there this time of year. But deep in a Pennsylvania forest, synchronous fireflies blink in unison in a rhythmic display that lights up the night.
One of the most famous condiments in the world is celebrating its 150th birthday this year: Tabasco. The famous hot pepper sauce was invented in 1868 by Edmund McIlhenny on Avery Island, Louisiana. Tabasco is still made there today, and the company is still run by McIlhenny's descendants.
‘Get Outta Here!’ is now a travel book
We've taken the theme of our "Get Outta Here!" podcast and turned it into a book. Our just-published "Get Outta Here!" travel anthology features 80 experiences, adventures and destinations around the world, with bonus sections on cruising and how to save time and money when you travel.
Every year, a few days before Memorial Day, a coastal scientist known as Dr. Beach releases a list of what he considers the 10 best beaches in the U.S. Who is Dr. Beach, anyway? And how does he come up with this list?
In this week's episode of "Get Outta Here," we interview Dr. Beach, aka Professor Stephen Leatherman, to find out who he is, how the list began, what his criteria and goals are in creating the list, and why so many beaches don't make the cut.
Thinking about a trip to a Disney park? Putting all the pieces in place for a perfect itinerary -- lodging, rides, restaurants -- can be stressful. But here's a terrific expert resource: the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Anyone planning a Disney vacation may email the panel for customized free advice.
Are you a fan of the British royals? The kind of person who devoured every episode of "The Crown" and is loving all the news about the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and his American bride, actress Meghan Markle?
A new memorial to the victims of racial terror lynchings is expected to attract thousands of new visitors to Montgomery, Alabama, in the next year. In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz visits the city to see the memorial and a new museum dedicated to the legacy of slavery and segregation.
The number 18 is important in Judaism, connected to the word "chai," which means life. This year, the organization Birthright Israel, which has taken 600,000 young Jews on free trips to Israel, celebrates its 18th birthday.
Episode 51: Summer travel tips from Johnny Jet
He was once afraid to fly, but today John DiScala -- better known as Johnny Jet -- is an expert on air travel. In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," AP Travel editor Beth J. Harpaz and AP's former airlines reporter Scott Mayerowitz chat with Johnny Jet about summer travel. We'll offer advice on finding and booking flights, getting the best deals and the best seat, and strategies for coping with baggage restrictions and with grumpy airline personnel.
Episode 50: Retiring abroad: What you need to know
Have you thought about where you might live when you retire? Some Americans are retiring outside the U.S., taking advantage of warm weather, lower costs of living and expat communities in other countries.
In this episode of AP's weekly podcast "Get Outta Here," Associated Press Travel editor Beth Harpaz speaks with personal finance expert Liz Weston of NerdWallet about the pros and cons of retiring overseas. We also look at a couple of up-and-coming retirement communities outside the U.S.
Episode 49: Andy Steves talks travel for a new generation
You may be familiar with Rick Steves, the travel guidebook writer, tour company operator and TV show host. Now his son Andy Steves is offering up his own brand of travel, with tips and tours for a new generation.
Is this a new model for travel? You can hire a local in your destination to plan your trip for a flat fee of $25 a day through a service called ViaHero.
In this episode of the Associated Press Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," host Beth Harpaz, the AP travel editor, speaks with ViaHero CEO Greg Buzulencia about the company that he created to fill what he perceived as a demand for more authentic travel and "personal curation" in trip-planning.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated on April 4, 1968, while standing on the balcony of a hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. The National Civil Rights Museum was built on the site of the actual Lorraine Motel where King was staying.
Episode 46: Real Wakanda
Fans of the blockbuster movie "Black Panther" who long to visit Wakanda will find real cities, landscapes, culture, clothing and history all over Africa that will remind them of the fictional high-tech kingdom depicted in the film.
In this episode of the AP Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," hosted by Associated Press travel editor Beth Harpaz, we'll hear from AP's Africa editor Andrew Meldrum about destinations on the continent that offer glimpses of the world depicted in "Black Panther."
Episode 45: Oneika the Traveller
Oneika Raymond -- also known as Oneika the Traveller -- has been to more than 100 countries and lets us tag along on her trips through her blog, her Instagram feed and two digital/Facebook series on Travel Channel: "One Bag and You're Out" and "Big City, Little Budget."
Episode 44: FOMO at SXSW?
FOMO at SXSW? Fear of missing out at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, can be a problem for attendees overwhelmed by the massive event.
Episode 43: Beer culture around the world
Think of beer and you may think of Irish pubs or Germany's Oktoberfest. But a book called the "Atlas of Beer," written by two geographers, surveys beer across six continents, from banana beer in Tanzania to beer made in wine barrels in Argentina.
In this episode of the AP Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," Associated Press travel editor Beth J. Harpaz talks to "Atlas of Beer" authors Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark W. Patterson about beer culture around the world.
There's a certain type of movie fan who gets a kick out of visiting the place where a favorite film was made. This year's Oscar-nominated films are connected to all kinds of interesting destinations, from a UNESCO World Heritage site in Ireland to a historic movie theater in Canada.
Episode 41: Visiting Mexico for spring break: Safety, tips and places
Mexico is one of the most popular spring break destinations for Americans. In this episode of the AP Travel podcast "Get Outta Here," Associated Press travel editor Beth Harpaz gets insider tips and advice on visiting Mexico from one of AP's editors there, John Rice, along with Marjorie Miller, former editor of AP's Latin America coverage.
We'll also discuss what the U.S. State Department has to say about safety in Mexico.
When you hear about honeymoons or romantic getaways for Valentine's Day, so often the trip involves expensive hotels in upscale destinations.
Most Americans had probably never heard of Pyeongchang, South Korea, before it was chosen as the host city for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, but the Olympics have a way of making destinations famous.
In this episode of "Get Outta Here," hosted by AP Travel editor Beth Harpaz, we'll talk with AP's correspondent in Korea, Foster Klug, to find out everything we need to know about Pyeongchang, from what to eat to what to see and do.
This episode of "Get Outta Here!" originally aired Jan. 10, 2018.
Bonus Episode: Super Bowl destination Minneapolis: Bold North
Minneapolis is the northernmost city to host a Super Bowl and tourism officials are making the most of that as they prepare to welcome visitors to what they call the "Bold North."