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Going Places

Matthew Brumley is the founder of Earthbound Expeditions, which organizes group travel to destinations around the world for various clients, including KNKX. "Going Places" is our new weekly travel segment exploring all aspects of getting from Point A to Point B.

Going Places is hosted by Ed Ronco and produced by KNKX Public Radio. 

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Editor's note: This segment originally aired Oct. 13, 2016. 

When the weather breaks from summer heat to the gray, cool fall, I always think of a particular scene in the NBC television series "The West Wing," in which President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) is recording his weekly radio address.

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It's not yet autumn, but it is what's known as the "shoulder season": that span of time when there are fewer people taking vacations, but when much of the visitor infrastructure is still running.

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Barcelona is the second largest city in Spain, and smack in the middle of the country’s Catalonia region. This week on Going Places, we hear from Cesar Escuin, a tour guide who lives there. He spoke with KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley about the region: from its famous artists to the soaring Sagrada Familia, or Holy Family church.

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The top of Seminary Hill rises about 500 feet above sea level. Not a towering peak, but unmissable on the flood plain of Centralia, in west Lewis County.

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Searching for a deal when you travel can be challenging. Many people look to low-cost airlines. They offer lower ticket prices and fewer frills than the big carriers.

But KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says he recently had two experiences that left him thinking twice about flying on the cheap.

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Editor's Note: This episode of "Going Places" originally aired on April 28, 2016.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is a big fan of travel experiences that allow for some unexpected discovery. But it's still good to be informed about your destination before you arrive, he says.

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When you think of jazz festivals in Europe, you probably think about Montreux, in Switzerland.

This week on "Going Places," KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley tells us about a festival in the Netherlands that you probably don't know. It's the Amersfoort Jazz Festival, which seeks to highlight newer talent from around the world, in a small Dutch town that dates back centuries.

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We're off to London on this week's Going Places. But KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is not our guide. Instead, he's handing things over this week to his 14-year-old daughter, Aiyana.

She offers her take on what's fun to see and do in London, from the British Museum to the Harry Potter tour.

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Your Tour Guide Does A Lot Of Work You'll Never See

Jul 26, 2018
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Editor's note: This segment originally aired on June 4, 2015.

If you’ve ever traveled abroad – especially with a group – you’ve probably met up with a local tour guide at your destination.

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has been leading tours around the world for nearly 30 years. He says local guides are key experts that bring a lot of knowledge to a trip. But there are other layers of guiding that happen behind the scenes. Here are three things you might not know:

In a lot of countries, it’s a lucrative job.

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The Montreux Jazz Festival just wrapped up in Switzerland. The diverse lineup included Gregory Porter, Chick Corea, along with Iggy Pop, Jack White, and others.

But music is everywhere at Montreux during the festival – in the performance venues, along the streets, and on the shores of Lake Geneva.

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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley leads group travel all over the world. It’s not often he finds himself in a country on the day its team wins the World Cup. 

KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has spent a lot of time in France leading group travel.

He’s driven the roads.

He’s ridden the rails.

But this last trip was aboard a riverboat, cruising down the Seine.

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Editor’s note: This segment originally aired July 2, 2015.

You’re looking to get away for a weekend, but the Fourth of July has come and gone, and summer in general kind of crept up on you. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley says have no fear: There are still plenty of options.

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Most of us know when we travel to safeguard our personal possessions. You pay attention to where your passport is kept. You might put your money in a discreet pocket or one of those around-the-neck pouches under your shirt.

But experts say it's just as important to safeguard your digital life while traveling.

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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