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TravelPulse Radio Episode 5: Airport Rankings, Cruises, Mattress Running and More

Features & Advice | Patrick Clarke | November 11, 2016

TravelPulse Radio Episode 5: Airport Rankings, Cruises, Mattress Running and More

 Photo: Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America (Photo courtesy of NCL) 

In a "historic" episode of TravelPulse Radio on the heels of the Chicago Cubs' curse-ending World Series championship and Donald Trump's stunning ascension to the U.S. presidency, well-caffeinated co-hosts Tim Wood and Barry Kaufman discuss a handful of hot topics within the travel world before picking the brains of a pair of industry experts.

First, the TravelPulse editors break down ThePointsGuy.com's list of the best and worst airports in the U.S.

"It says something about my typical travel experience that I've only been to four of the 10 best but I've been to eight of the 10 worst," said Kaufman.

Later, the co-hosts take a look at one couple's world record-setting road trip across the U.S. that's surpassed 33,000 miles. Other topics include the Paris charm offensive to attract tourists and Las Vegas' bid to become America's next great sports city.

"At this point I'm convinced that Vegas can be anything," said Kaufman. "It can be a sports town, it can be a family town. It can still be that place you go for your bachelor party that you don't talk about."

At the 34:30 mark, Norwegian Cruise Line president and CEO Andy Stuart joins the podcast to talk about the cruise line's upcoming 50th anniversary and what's in store for cruise passengers down the road.

Finally, at the 54:00 mark, TravelPulse contributor and hotel expert Scott Laird details his experiences as a Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) member and examines the concept of mattress running.

You can listen to Episode 5 of TravelPulse Radio in its entirety below. 

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