Christopher Elliott travelToday’s guest is on an open-ended trip around the world with his family and covering his adventures on National Geographic and The Huffington Post.

Back in 1994, he founded the internet’s first business travel website, and in 1996, he started blogging before it was even called blogging. He became’s first travel columnist in 1997, when he founded his consumer advocacy company to empower travelers to solve their service problems. His writing has been published by National Geographic Traveler, USA Today, Washington post, NPR, and many other massive publications.

Most recently, he’s the author of a book called How to Be the World’s Smartest Traveler (and Save Time, Money, and Hassle)and author of The Travel Troubleshooter, a weekly Q&A syndicated on National Geographic.

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Christopher Elliot on The Daily Travel PodcastExplorer Quote:

“You have to travel now while you still can because when you’re 65 you might not be able to… don’t wait, go now. Get lost!”

What We Cover:

  • Why you shouldn’t wait to travel, and go now.

  • How to balance the over-abundance of information available with the ability to freely explore and find new things.
  • Why consumer advocacy matters for travel.

Explore Further:

Chris’ Best Travel Advice:

  • The First Step: Get the skill set that you need, job skills or language skills, that can be used online or in another country — like teaching — then you can take your skills anywhere, and travel indefinitely.
  • Money Saving Tip: Look for the way the locals are getting there and not the tourists. The plane is not always the best option. Overland travel can often be a cheaper, and more rewarding, way to travel.
  • Favorite Internet Travel Resource: Kayak, Google Flights. “We can see things that only travel agents once could see. And that’s a beautiful thing.”
  • Favorite Travel Book: “I think it’s important to have something in your life to remind you that your travels are only beginning.” 1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz
  • Favorite Travel Gear: iPhone
  • Weirdest Food: Crawfish! “The type that is spiced so heavily you feel the inside of your mouth melt.”

Music Credit: Intrepid Journey, by Aaron Static

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I’m a lifelong international traveler, the host of The Travelers podcast, and founder of Holocene, a framework and community for writing the story of your life using travel and creativity.