Lab Podcast — Episode 68

Virtual Travel Experiences & Pent-up Wanderlust (Feat. Warren Webster, CEO of Atlas Obscura)

Scott Elchison
IPG Media Lab
2 min readMay 21, 2020


We start the episode with your co-hosts Adam and Scott going over some of the most interesting news items of the week — lookout for two really snappy segues.

In this week’s episode, Adam and Scott chat with Warren Webster, CEO of Atlas Obscura, all about the current state of the travel industry under the impact of COVID-19, how his company is pivoting to virtual experiences in response to this pandemic, and some predictions for the future of travel.

Atlas Obscura is an online magazine and travel company that catalogs unusual and obscure travel destinations via user-generated content. The editorial articles comprise a mixture of features and news articles on topics including history, science, and food, in addition to travel and exploration, as well as hosting a collaborative, definitive guide to the world’s most obscure places. Follow them on Twitter @AtlasObscura

As usual, you can find co-hosts Adam and Scott on Twitter at @adamjsimon & @tippier. DM them your thoughts and feedback. Join us every Friday at 2pm ET on for our Office Hours live sessions.

Covered News:

  • Facebook buys GIPHY and integrating it with Instagram [The Verge]
  • Facebook and Instagram roll out Shops, turning business profiles into storefronts [TechCrunch]
  • Chuck E. Cheese selling pizza under a different name on Grubhub [Complex]
  • Disney Streaming Chief Kevin Mayer Leaving To Become TikTok CEO [Axios]


“Travel is not going to look like what it used to.”


“The notion of responsible travel that we are really behind has now expanded to mean something even bigger.”

— Warren Webster, CEO of Atlas Obscura