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Going Places

Tourists who have just disembarked from a cruise liner, talk to the driver of a vintage American convertible taxi, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. The Trump administration has imposed major new travel restrictions on visits to Cuba by Americans.
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American travelers will no longer be able to visit Cuba using a people-to-people license, after the Trump administration announced new restrictions eliminating the most common category for tourism. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has led trips to Cuba dozens of times through his company, Earthbound Expeditions. He shared his reactions to today’s news with All Things Considered host Ed Ronco.

After 5 years, KNKX bids adieu to Going Places

Dec 27, 2018

Dear listeners,

We have some news about Going Places. As we close out 2018, we’re also ending our travel segment as a weekly feature.

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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We all have those people who are impossible to buy holiday gifts for.

“I’m in that situation right now,” said KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley. “I’m missing a couple key presents for a couple key people in my life – one of them being my wife.” (She knows.)

An ambulance drives through the streets of Tokyo.
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Editor's note: This segment was originally broadcast on May 29, 2014.

Sometimes, people get sick while they're away from home. KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley certainly has seen that in his decades leading group tours around the world. "I've been probably in 20 different hospitals in 20 different countries in the last 20 years," he said.

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Thanksgiving kicks off a holiday travel season that's famously busy and stressful for many. Travelers can face long lines at airports, winter weather delays, difficult drives, and so much more.

So it's become something of a tradition on our weekly travel segment, "Going Places," to reflect on those who make the experience a little easier.

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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is in Hawaii this week, exploring the Big Island and learning about its history. 

Editor's note: This segment originally aired on Feb. 5, 2015.

Travelers from the United States spend a lot of time abroad, mostly in Europe. Far fewer head to South America. KNKX  travel expert Matthew Brumley has five things everyone should see and do in two South American countries: Chile and Argentina.

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Editor's note: This segment originally aired Dec. 10, 2015.

The fall and winter are famously gray and drizzly in western Washington. In fact, we’re already seeing some of that weather. 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.

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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley had a busy summer. He was in Switzerland, England, Croatia and Solvenia, just to name a few places. And everywhere he went, it seemed the crowds were bigger than he's seen, even with 30 years experience as a travel guide.

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Winter isn't too far away, and KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley is thinking about where he's going over the next few months.

That includes both holiday travel, trips he plans to take in early 2019. Brumley has one clear message for people planning some travel between now and the spring: Book now.

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A visit to Bellingham likely means a stop at a museum or two. There's the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, and the Bellingham Rail Museum, to name a couple.

And then there’s the Whatcom Museum, spread over two buildings, chronicling history, nature and art in the Northwest. From now until Jan. 6, the museum’s Lightcatcher building is hosting an exhibition focused on endangered species.

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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley continues his trip through Croatia.

Last week, he gave us his first impressions of the capital city Zagreb. This week, he's along the Dalmatian Coast, in the southern part of the country.

A Jog Through Zagreb Gives A Great First Impression

Sep 27, 2018
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KNKX travel expert Matthew Brumley has been to Croatia plenty of times, and he's shared those visits with us in his weekly "Going Places" travel segment.

But he's never been to the capital city, Zagreb. Until now.

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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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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.


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.