Rudy Maxa

Travel  journalist and Emmy Award-winning host of “Rudy Maxa’s World”

The Transformational Power of Travel



Rudy Maxa, aka “The Savvy Traveler” is one of America’s premier consumer travel experts whose writings and radio and television shows have helped save thousands of travelers’ time and money. A former Washington Post reporter, Rudy is a contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler and Delta Air Lines’ Sky magazine. His nearly 100 public television episodes on the great destinations of the world have numerous awards including several Emmy Awards. The television series he hosts, “Smart Travels: Europe with Rudy Maxa,” has won numerous CINE Golden Eagle Awards, one of the highest awards a non-theatrical presentation can receive, as well as a Crystal Award of Excellence from The Communicator Awards. His weekend radio show, “Rudy Maxa’s World,” is the country’s most widely syndicated travel talk radio show, and recipient of the 2012 Gold Lowell Thomas Award from the Society of American Travel Writers, the highest honor given a travel radio show.

As a speaker, Rudy uses real-life (and often amusing) anecdotes to reveal travel secrets that can save audience members thousands of dollars while traveling. Infectious in his enthusiasm for travel, he explains why you should never pay full price for a last-minute international ticket; how to find the cheapest airfare, and why the Internet isn’t always the answer; how to negotiate hotel rates; and how to fly in the front of the plane without a business or first class ticket.

Rudy has written on travel topics for ForbesWorthGQThe Washington PostAARP MagazineThe Los Angeles TimesTravel & Leisure, and Best Life, as well as National Geographic Traveler. And he’s a regular guest on network news shows commenting on travel issues.