Millennial Travel Podcast

Travel Like a Pro with Mark Peacock of TravelCommons

Matt Wilson
January 16, 2024

Mark Peacock is the host of the TravelCommons podcast, one of the longest running travel radio shows on the internet. Mark has been a frequent business traveler for more than 30 years.  He travels all over the world for high-tech companies and management consultancies.  

Mark Peacock’s first TravelCommons podcast was recorded in May 2005 in the bathroom of the Wardman Park Marriott in Washington, DC. Originally, TravelCommons was going to be a travel blog, but Mark turned out producing the “Voice of the Traveler” podcast.  Ask Mark frequently says, “it is more about the journey than the destination.”

Mark has lived all over the United States, and is currently living in Chicago for the third time with his wife and two kids.

In this episode of The Millennial Travel Podcast I discuss with Mark Peacock: 

  • How Mark started a travel podcast and hosts one of the oldest travel podcasts on the internet.
  • How Mark started TravelCommons podcast in a hotel bathroom in 2005 and what has kept him going.
  • How does Mark get any work done while traveling? Does travel spark creativity? 
  • How technology interrupts our ability to chat with the people around us while traveling. 
  • Why Mark advises his family not to travel during “rush hour” in airports on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings. 
  • Should you invest in TSA PreCheck? 
  • Why Mark always focuses on one airline, goes to the airline lounges, and has the airport credit cards.
  • Does Mark get upgraded as a frequent business traveler and is airline status worth it? Why is it more difficult to get upgrades these days? 
  • Mark Peacock’s tips for rental cars. Should you lock in your gas price with a rental car company? Is it worth it? 
  • What are some of Mark’s craziest travel stories as a business traveler?
  • Mark’s tips for traveling during the winter and having backup plans. 

The Millennial Travel Podcast Rapid Fire Questions I ask Mark Peacock: 

- Favorite domestic airport

  • Terminal 2 in San Francisco 

- Favorite international airport

- Favorite airline

- Favorite booking website 

- Direct with airlines, but search with Google 

- Favorite travel bloggers

Resources from Mark Peacock: 

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Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30Experiences and Author of The Millennial Travel Guidebook: Escape More, Spend Less, & Make Travel a Priority in Your Life. He is host of the Live Different Podcast, Millennial Travel Podcast, and formerly Co-founder of He is committed to helping people live more adventurous lives.


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