Host and executive producer Rudy Maxa is a former Washington Post investigative reporter whose political reporting was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He turned to travel journalism 16 years ago when he began the popular “Savvy Traveler” segment on public radio’s nationwide business show, Marketplace. Maxa is a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine where his articles have earned two Lowell Thomas awards for excellence in travel writing. His articles have also appeared in Forbes, GQ, Travel & Leisure, Town & Country Travel, Worth, USA Today, Modern Maturity, the Los Angeles Times, and dozens of other publications.
As a consumer travel writer and commentator, Maxa brings a journalist’s eye to travel. Along with advice aimed at helping travelers save money and hassles on the road, Maxa strives to make destinations accessible to first-time visitors.
“There’s no reason anyone can’t visit nearly any country in the world,” Maxa says. “Travel is a good idea on so many levels, but there are still people hesitant to try a new place. Our shows are meant to ease that hesitation while also entertaining armchair as well as experienced travelers.”
Maxa searches for the authentic while on the road, combining the history, culture, people, music, and cuisine of a place with gorgeous photography by an impressive staff of shooters well known for their eye for destinations.