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Rudy Maxa

Travel Writer & Commentator


Rudy Maxa is one of America’s premier consumer travel experts whose writings and radio and television shows have helped save thousands of travelers both time and money. A former Washington Post investigative reporter and life-long traveler, Maxa began covering the travel industry 20 years ago for public radio’s evening business show, “Marketplace,” where his commentaries under his moniker, “The Savvy Traveler,” were heard by millions of listeners.

Today, Maxa hosts the #1 weekend travel/talk radio show in the United States. “Rudy Maxa’s World,” the radio show, and his Monday-Friday one-minute travel commentary have a weekly audience reach of approximately 1.4 million upscale leisure & business travelers via 230+ radio stations,, active social media platforms, online streaming and more.

His “Marketplace” appearances led to the creation of a one-hour, weekend radio magazine show, “The Savvy Traveler,” that Maxa co-created and hosted from its inception in 1997 until the summer of 2001.

Maxa also hosts a series of public television shows, also called Rudy Maxa’s World, that are broadcast throughout North America on local PBS stations as well as in the United Kingdom, Russia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and India on Travel Channel International. The shows have garnered three regional Emmy awards as well as two CINE Golden Eagle Awards and two Silver Telly Awards. Episodes released in the winter of 2010 include shows on London, Edinburgh, Korea, the Silk Road cities of Uzbekistan and three shows on South Africa (“Safari,” “The Garden Route & Wine Country,” and “Cape Town”).

Sixty-five earlier episodes of his public television series, Smart Travels: Europe with Rudy Maxa and Smart Travels: Pacfic Rim with Rudy Maxa, also garnered numerous awards and continue to air on PBS stations as well as the PBS lifestyle network, Create.

Maxa is a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler where he’s received two, bronze Lowell Thomas Awards for Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel from the Society of American Travel Writer’s Foundation. He is also a contributing editor with Delta Air Lines’ in-flight magazine, Sky.

Maxa’s travel articles have also appeared in the Washington Post, Forbes, GQ, Travel & Leisure, the Los Angeles Times, Ocean Drive, Self, WORTH and dozens of other major publications around the world. He has written regular, weekly columns for, American Express’ web site and And he’s a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CNNfn, Fox News Channel, The View, The World and other radio and television shows.

A journalist by training, Maxa was a columnist and reporter for 13 years with the Washington Post, a senior writer and columnist for nine years with Washingtonian magazine, and Washington bureau chief of SPY for two years. He is the author of two non-fiction books and lectures frequently on travel. A member of the Writer’s Guild of America, Maxa has written dramatic scripts for the ABC-TV series Capitol News. He hosted for several years a four-hour, Saturday morning talk show on the NBC owned-and-operated station in Washington, WRC-AM.

Rudy Maxa is a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Journalism, from whom he received the L.J. Hortin Distinguished Alumnus Award.


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