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Rudy Maxa        

Consumer Travel Writer & Expert

Maxa is host and executive producer of 95 television episodes on the world’s great destinations that air on public television stations nationwide. His television episodes also air in 121 countries in 22 different languages on Travel Channel International. You may view episodes on Create Travel.

Maxa’s latest edition to his Rudy Maxa’s World series is four episodes on Japan – showcasing the country as viewers have never seen it…

In his Rudy Maxa’s World: Taste of Japan series, debuting nationwide in 2017, Maxa is joined by his friend Washington, DC, restaurateur Daisuke Utagawa, co-hosting four new episodes; a one-hour special that highlights three distinct regions of Japan by focusing on its food and the people who work the fields and waters, plus three individual :30-minute episodes on Tokyo, Hokkaido, and Kyushu.

Maxa is a fascinating and informative speaker on the subject of travel today and speaks extensively around the world.

He is well known as public radio’s “Savvy Traveler” and an award-winning contributing editor with National Geographic Traveler magazine. He is a contributing editor to Delta’s SKY magazine and Artful Living, the Twin Cities’ lifestyle magazine. The voice of National Geographic Traveler’s “Walks of a Lifetime” podcasts, he also hosts America’s most widely-syndicated travel radio show, Rudy Maxa’s World with The Careys, which airs on 230+ mostly news/talk stations in North America and via its own channel 24/7/365.

As a writer for Traveler, Maxa’s articles have earned him two Lowell Thomas Bronze Awards for Excellence in Travel Writing from the Society of American Travel Writers. He has contributed travel articles to GQ, Worth, Forbes, Modern Maturity, USAToday, the Washington Post, Town & Country Travel, the Los Angeles Times, as well as, and He’s a frequent guest on national television networks and shows, including CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and The View. And he speaks frequently to both public and industry groups.

After 13 years as a Washington Post investigative reporter and personalities columnist, Maxa worked nine years as a senior writer with the city magazine, Washingtonian, before becoming Washington bureau chief of SPY magazine for two years.

Political scandal reportage by Maxa was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize by the Post, and he has written two non-fiction books. He wrote for the ABC-TV dramatic series Capitol News and for several years hosted a Saturday-morning, public affairs talk show on WRC-AM, the NBC owned-and-operated radio station in Washington, DC.

Episodes of the Rudy Maxa’s World television series have garnered dozens of awards, including five regional Emmy Awards. He was named “best regular columnist” by the Florida Magazine Association for his writings in Ocean Drive. And as a Post reporter, he won the John Hancock Award for Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism for a series of stories unmasking an international Ponzi scheme. His alma mater, Ohio University, gave Maxa the L.J. Hortin “Distinguished Alumnus Award” in 2002.

Maxa lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, is the father of a grown son and daughter, and is a doting grandfather.

Speech Topics

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Confessions of a Travel Junkie

Tales of a Travel Journalist


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