Rudy Maxa

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, Rudy began covering the travel industry 15 years ago for public radio’s evening business show, “Marketplace,” where his commentaries under the moniker, “The Savvy Traveler,” are heard by nearly five million listeners.

Rudy Maxa 

His "Marketplace" appearances led to the creation of a one-hour, weekend version of "The Savvy Traveler" that Rudy hosted from its inception in 1997 until the summer of 2001.

Rudy's newest and sixth series of travel shows on public television debuted May 2008 with a new title, "Rudy’s Maxa's World."

The 13 shows join Rudy's other award-winning, 65-part public television series, “Smart Travels: Europe with Rudy Maxa.”  Episodes (re-formatted for commercial television) may also be seen on the Fine Living channel.

Rudy is a contributing editor to National Geographic Traveler, and he received the bronze Lowell Thomas Award for the Best Magazine Article on Foreign Travel ("A Dish Too Far," National Geographic Traveler, Dec. 2003) from the Society of American Travel Writer's Foundation in 2003. His 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. Rudy has written columns for, American Express’s web site, and And he's a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, CNNfn, Fox News channel, “The View,” and other radio and television shows.

A journalist by training, Mr. 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, Mr. Maxa has written dramatic scripts for the ABC-TV series "Capitol News." And 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, 59, lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has a son and daughter.