The Frugal Travel Guy To Be A Featured Guest on “Around The World” Radio Talk Show on June 23

Rick Ingersoll will share his best recent travel deals and teach listeners

Rick Ingersoll, The Frugal Travel Guy

how they can become frugal travelers.

June 21, 2011 (Santa Barbara, CA) – Rick Ingersoll, author of the popular blog “The Frugal Travel Guy,” will be a featured guest on “Around The World” an international travel talk-radio show on KZBA AM 1290 in Santa Barbara, CA, on Thursday, June 23, at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EST), with re-broadcasts on Thursday evening from 8-9 p.m. PDT and on Saturday the 24th at 10 a.m.

Ingersoll is a recognized leader among “travel hackers,” a term used for people who amass and maximize frequent flyer miles and rewards points, and combine those with other techniques to travel the world for free or nearly free. He is frequently in the media for his expertise on frugal travel, including The New York Times, Consumer Digest, Budget Travel, and the Kiplinger Newsletter.

Ingersoll shares his knowledge and tips with over 5000 readers each day on his blog, and he receives email every day from readers who have been on trips they say they never could have afforded were it not for what they’ve learned from his blog and his book, The Frugal Travel Guy Handbook.

There are many “travel hacking” blogs similar to Ingersoll’s. What sets his apart from the others is that he is “on a mission to teach ‘regular’ folks, who don’t think they can afford to travel, that they can if they use my tips and techniques,” he says. “I call it ‘seeing the world at prices we can all afford.’ “

 Ingersoll’s 10-minute segment on Around The World will let him take his mission to an even larger audience. The show is also on a delayed broadcast in Australia on Queensland’s 99.7 FM as well as on over 30 other radio stations via ComRadSat. It also streams live audio and video online at and

Among the tips and techniques Ingersoll may touch on during the June 23 segment are:

  • How to use “the bump” to amass travel vouchers from airlines.
  • How to find mistake rates and make the most of them.
  • How to capitalize on consumer promotions that offer miles or points.
  • How to make the most of fare wars and best-rate guarantees.
  • How to “churn” credit cards responsibly to get thousands of rewards points and miles.

Around the World is a live 60-minute travel talk show that was launched in 1998. Veteran travel writer and broadcaster Arthur von Wiesenberger hosts the weekly show, which received the International Restaurant and Hotel Award (IRHA) for the Best Dining and Travel in Radio in 2008. For more information, go to

For more information on Rick Ingersoll, visit his blog at

About The Frugal Travel Guy:

Rick Ingersoll is the author of The Frugal Travel Guy blog, which is read around the world and averages 5000 views per day, and The Frugal Travel Guy Handbook. He is constantly on the lookout for the best credit card and debit card sign-up bonuses and other promotions. He posts frugal travel tips deals every day on his blog with the goal of reducing his readers’ travel costs for the rest of their lives. He is also available for seminars and speaking engagements. A retired mortgage banker, Ingersoll and his wife live in Hilton Head Island, SC, and Traverse City, MI, when they’re not traveling the globe. For more information visit

New York City Jazz DJ Weighs In On “Curioso”

WLTW-FM’s Helen Little comments on Marc Hoffman’s eclectic CD.

(CHARLOTTE, NC) – Helen Little, the midday DJ for WLTW-FM (106.7) in New York City, recently reviewed Curioso, the all-original jazz CD by Marc Hoffman that Virillion Music released this year. Her comments underscored the eclectic intention of the compilation.


Of the title track, “Curioso,” Little said: “’Curioso’ is one of my more favored. It was bright, fun, yet not too simplistic. It seems to have a very visual sound to it, with captivating changes.” (Gary Dalkin of Film Music on the Web has called it “an amiable stroll though classic piano, bass, drums, jazz trio territory.”)


Another stand-out for Little is “Aila Leya,” the only vocal tune on the CD and intentionally reminiscent of the jazz-rock of the late ‘70s, early ‘80s. “It has a mild Lyle Mays-[Pat] Metheny-esque feel to it,” she said.


Likewise, “Pontified put me in mind of JL Ponty,” she said, as was the composer’s intention.


“This track was Inspired by my appreciation for Jean Luc Ponty, especially his music from the late ‘70s to early ‘80s,” Hoffman said. “And I had the pleasure of personally giving Ponty a copy of the tune when I first wrote it.”


Yet the “most interesting and engaging track” on the CD to this New York DJ is “Q,” a lyrical dialogue and a tribute to the strength of one of Hoffman’s piano students at the Salisbury School of Music in Salisbury, NC where he is Artistic Director. His student was battling a life-threatening illness at the time he wrote the tune.


“Her calm strength was so inspiring,” he recalls.


Overall, Little said she “liked the variety of musical textures” on Curioso.


“And eclecticism was the point,” Hoffman said. “I wanted to represent as many styles of jazz as there are tracks on the CD. To have a radio personality like Helen Little note the variety of musical textures is quite a compliment.”


Curioso has enjoyed air time on the famous WWOZ-FM in New Orleans, the NPR station WFSS-FM in at Fayetteville State University, KTU Jazz Radio in Kaunus, Lithuania, and on “All That Jazz with Brian Parker” in Malaga, Spain.


MP3 versions of all tracks on Curioso are available on iTunes and at Selected tunes can be heard on Marc Hoffman’s website


WLTW-FM’s studios are located on the Avenue of Americas in New York City. For more information, visit


About Marc Hoffman:

Marc Hoffman

Curioso, an all-original, eclectic jazz CD, is Hoffman’s third recording through Virillion Music. It follows “Long Way Home,” featuring piano music that blends jazz, easy listening and Hoffman’s unique style of composition and performance; and his jazz-flavored “Christmas Time” collection of original tunes and new arrangements of traditional seasonal standards. Curioso began as a compilation of various jazz tunes Hoffman wrote over two years initially entitled simply “Jazz.” After excellent feedback, Hoffman decided to remix and re-master all tracks for wide release and to re-name the CD for his personal favorite in the collection, “Curioso.” For more information on the artist visit