"The Trip Chicks" New Travel Talk Show Has Washington D.C.-Area Radio Listeners Talking

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With a new travel talk radio show underway in Washington D.C., and more than 60 countries and 22 years of travel industry expertise under their belts, savvy travel agents Ann Lombardi and Wendy Swartzell, a.k.a. "The Trip ChicksÂ?", have a lot to cluck about these days.

Veteran certified Atlanta travel consultants Wendy Swartzell and Ann Lombardi, a.k.a The Trip Chicks™ of Passport to Adventure Inc., have hit the airwaves of the nation’s capital with their new weekly travel talk radio show on Washington’s FOX affiliate WMET 1160.

The zany co-hosts of The Trip Chicks Travel Show treat their radio listeners to sage, sometimes controversial travel advice on the 50,000-watt radio station, reaching listeners in the District of Columbia, Richmond, and Baltimore. The broadcasts are audio-archived on the station’s website, WMET1160.com.

"Each time we fly the coop from Atlanta to D.C. for our weekly show, we decide which of our often unorthodox travel tips we want to share," grins Ann Lombardi. "Then we interview neat guests like USA TODAY.com Cap’n Meryl Getline, Lonely Planet’s Don George, Savvy Traveler Rudy Maxa, or Gretchen and Meredith from The Amazing Race."

Wendy Swartzell nods. "We discuss everything from the slow travel movement, making friends with Costa Rican howler monkeys, the mysteries of airline seat inventory, and secret Swiss hideaways, to surgery medical tourism trips to Europe, international motorcycle tours, farm and monastery stays, offbeat Kansas, and homestay hospitality network programs," she says.

The Trip Chicks™ admit there are not many travel consultants who tell travelers with a reservations or baggage problem to avoid a grumpy airline agent at check-in by letting "the person behind you in line go ahead of you." Their suggestion is to "fake a coughing attack and wait for an agent who’s in a good mood."

Nor would most travel agents brag about coming in last in the Berlin Marathon, swimming in a volcanic thermal crack with a buck-naked Icelandic guy, wandering into a drug raid in Old San Juan, or hitching a ride on an Amish horse and buggy, to name but a few of their unusual travel adventures. One of their favorite group travel experiences is The Trip Chicks™ annual biking and barging trip to the Netherlands during tulip-time.

"The Trip Chicks Travel Show offers something for every adult, whether active or armchair traveler," says Lombardi. "To say we have a unique perspective on traveling the world is but the tip of the iceberg. Our clients and radio audience know us for our travel expertise, sense of humor, special brand of travel serendipity, and our mission to encourage people to seek out memorable, even life-changing vacations."

The Trip Chicks™ website, TheTripChicks.com, touts getaways such as a September Bike Bohemia tour to the Czech Republic, a Costa Rica beach and rainforest trip, and an October Tuscany adventure offering "culinary delights, wine, and medieval treasures."

Too many places and too little time is the mantra of the energetic duo. "Travel is one of our most important freedoms," Swartzell says. "We always encourage our fellow Americans to use that hard-earned vacation time. Just listen to The Trip Chicks Travel Show. Then get out there and travel!"

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