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Running and travel/aviation links
An evolving list.
Here are some recommended blogs, podcasts, and other sites for runners and travelers. This list will enlarge and evolve over time!
DC Rainmaker: Go-to site for running/fitness tech product reviews and news. And some travel content, too.
Running After 40: Uplifting blog and podcast dealing with a subject after my heart.
Ali on the Run: Great podcast about all things running.
Great Runs: A handy resource for planning running routes in unfamiliar places around the world. I’ve found it very helpful, including for planning run-seeing.
Go! Running Tours: Connects traveling runners with local runner guides all over the world.
AeroLOPA: Has lately become my favorite site for checking seating configurations on airlines around the world.
Next Trip Podcast: A podcast for travel and aviation enthusiasts presented by an airline pilot and airport operations manager. One of my favorite podcasts — I listen to it every week (usually while running).
Non-Rev Lounge: Another of my favorite travel podcasts, this one — presented by three airline employees, a gate agent, flight attendant, and ramper — focuses on non-rev travel. A great resource if you have staff travel benefits or want to learn about them — and interesting takes on air travel from the airline employee perspective even if you are a revenue passenger.
Standby Secrets: A fairly new podcast emphasizing nonrev travel, but also travel hacks and tricks more generally.
Flying Smarter: Great podcast for flyers at all levels of mileage accrual who want to maximize their airline passenger experience.
Routes: Weekly column in SF Gate — an online SF Bay Area news site — with a round-up of news about domestic aviation and overseas operations in and out of the US with a particular focus on routes flown. A great resource for keeping on top of who is flying where.
Staff Traveler: An indispensable crowdsourcing resource for airline employees who want to check loads while nonrevving on other metal. Available on the web and via mobile apps. Users earn points by sharing load information or can buy them. Points then get used to request loads on other carriers.
FlyZED: Useful resource listing different airlines’ general policies for ZED-fare travelers (that’s the fare type generally used when nonrevving on other airlines). But always check your airline’s specific ZED agreements to confirm eligibility and specific rules.
The Man in Seat Sixty-One: I love traveling by train as well as planes. And this site is by far the best resource for planning serious train travel just about anywhere in the world.
(Last updated: March 31, 2023.)
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