Podcast Ep.25 Presidential Inauguration Stories

January 1, 2021 in Podcast

Covid-19 has significantly disrupted the 2021 inauguration. Unfortunately that means the excited crowds, the parade and parties from past inaugurations won’t really happen this year. Instead, we rounded up some of our favorite stories from past presidential inaugurations to give you a sense of what a more typical inauguration is like. Some of these stories are pretty wild!

In this episode Rob is joined by Aaron Killian from Historic America. Check out the Historic America website and see the multi-sensory DC tours that they offer. Aaron also hosts Dead, White and Blue, a YouTube show about the final resting places of prominent Americans. And he is the host of A Place in Time, a podcast which places you in a historic American location at a remarkable moment in time and brings it all together with a compelling true story.

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Podcast Ep.24 Washington DC Travel Tips During & Post Covid-19

October 31, 2020 in Podcast

After months of closures and restrictions, some travelers are starting to get back out and explore. Washington, DC is slowly but surely reopening tourist sites and attractions. However, it’s extremely important to set realistic expectations and research every detail of your trip. You don’t want to be disappointed or caught of guard once you arrive the nation’s capital.

In this episode Rob is joined by Mark and Jocelyn Wolters. They are half of the Wolters World traveling family. Keep up with their travels on YouTube, Facebook and their website. Or follow Jocelyn and Mark on Instagram. Pick up some cool merch (including face masks) at the Wolters World store.

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Podcast Ep.23 The Future of Trip Hacks DC

July 1, 2020 in Podcast

2020 is a rough year for the travel industry. Halfway through the year, it’s clear that Washington, DC tourism is not going to be the same because of Covid-19. As a result, it’s time to discuss the future of Trip Hacks DC.

In this episode Rob takes the mic for a solo podcast. He gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what the decline in tour revenue has meant for the company. And what the future holds for the Trip Hacks DC podcast, YouTube channel, and tour company.

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Covid-19 Tour Precautions

June 8, 2020 in COVID-19

We want you to have fun on our tours; we also are serious about the importance of keeping your family and our staff safe. Fortunately, outdoor walking tours are one of the safest activities that you can participate in right now. We are following guidance from both national and local authorities to make sure that everything goes smoothly.

Specifically, here’s what to expect on a Trip Hacks DC tour in 2020:

Tours are Completely Contactless

  • Sign up and pay online.
  • We will check you in digitally at the meeting spot.
  • As much as we are happy to welcome you on the tour, handshakes and fist bumps are suspended for now.
  • You are welcome to take as many photos as you’d like, but for everyone’s safety we won’t be able to take photos on your own phone.

Face Coverings Keep Everyone Safe

Social Distancing is in Effect

  • Tours are completely outdoors, with plenty of space to spread out.
  • Group size is limited to only 9 people (plus your guide) to keep group sizes to a maximum of 10 people.

Podcast Ep.22 Washington DC Movies to Watch Before Your Trip

June 1, 2020 in Podcast

Whether you’re looking for something to watch during the 2020 quarantine or trying to get inspired for an upcoming trip, these Washington, DC movies will provide hours of entertainment. Washington, DC doesn’t have nearly as many movies set here as New York or Los Angeles, but there are still plenty of gems.

In this episode Rob is joined by Ronald Young Jr. He is the owner of OhitsBigRon Studios and the host of the Leaving the Theater and Time Well Spent podcasts. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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Podcast Ep.21 How Washington DC Tourism Evolved over the Years

May 1, 2020 in Podcast

What is Washington, DC tourism going to look like post COVID-19? We don’t know! No one does. Rather than guess about the future we thought it would be more useful to look back for lessons from how things changed over the past few decades. How did 9/11, government shutdowns, new sports venues and Uber change the way that visitors experience Washington, DC?

In this episode Rob is joined by Tim Krepp. He is the author of Capitol Hill Haunts and Ghosts of Georgetown as well as a veteran DC tour guide. Pick up one of Tim’s books online today or visit East City Bookshop to support a local business when you visit.

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Podcast Ep.20 Coronavirus & the State of DC Tourism

April 1, 2020 in Podcast

The Washington, DC tourism industry is upended because of Coronavirus. In fact, that’s true every where in the world as there is currently nowhere that safe for travel. There were many hints that a crisis was coming, but the damage happened quickly and painfully.

In this episode Rob takes the mic for a solo podcast. He describes the first three months of 2020 from the perspective of a small tour company owner. He also talks about what happens next and what COVID-19 means for your own trip to Washington, DC.

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Podcast Ep.19 Airbnb Tips: the Good, Bad and Ugly

March 1, 2020 in Podcast

Accommodations is one of the most important decisions that travelers make. Airbnb and other home rental websites like Vrbo offer an alternative to standard hotel stays. Are they better? What do travelers need to know before they book one? We’ve got a few Airbnb tips to share.

In this episode Rob is joined by Jocelyn Wolters. She is a member of the Wolters World traveling family. Keep up with their travels on YouTube, Facebook and their website. Or follow Jocelyn and husband Mark on Instagram.

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Tour Guide & Trivia Host

February 10, 2020 in Jobs

We are looking for an energetic and self-motivated tour guide to host our Monumental Trivia at Twilight tour for the 2020 season. Monumental Trivia is a 3-hour walking tour held in the evening on the National Mall. In addition to exploring the sites, travelers compete against each other for the title of trivia champ!

We are seeking experienced tour guides with part-time availability to host this tour from March through October. We offer generous compensation and pay per tour. We want guides to deliver unforgettable experiences and don’t expect them to worry about any other duties. 

Requirements and Qualifications:

  • At least one-year of tour guiding experience
  • Exceptional storytelling ability
  • Love of U.S. history and trivia
  • Passion for showing off DC to visitors from around the world
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

To apply, send us a message at jobs@triphacksdc.com with your resume and links to a few outstanding TripAdvisor, Google or Yelp reviews from your tours. 

Podcast Ep.18 National Parks Near DC

February 1, 2020 in Podcast

Washington, DC visitors spend a lot of time on the National Mall, a National Park Service unit that gets more yearly visitors than Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, combined! Park enthusiasts won’t have to spend all of their time on the Mall. There are plenty of other great National Parks near DC.

In this episode Rob is joined by Danielle Jacobs-Erwin. She is the host of Everybody’s National Parks, a podcast dedicated to family adventure in our national parks.

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