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Shake Shack Founder Danny Meyer Shares How Travel Shaped His Life: Italy, France, New York, Japan, and More

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Here to explain how travel helped turn a kid from St. Louis into the leading restaurateur behind both Union Square Café and Shake Shack is the one-and-only Danny Meyer.

The son of a travel entrepreneur, Danny takes us back to the vivid childhood travel memories he has, reminiscing about everything from the lake water and fresh baguettes in France to the roadside burger in California that might have been the initial spark for his now-famous restaurant chain. He leads us on his adventures as a young adult, explaining how he was able to travel roundtrip for just $44 a ticket, sharing his eye-opening experience as a tour guide in Rome, recalling the time he got blessed by the pope, and spelling out the invaluable lessons he learned along the way.

Danny also talks about how he continued this tradition of family exploration with his own kids, including his daughter Hallie Meyer, who would later open Caffè Panna.

This episode isn't just about travel or food; it’s about the profound impact it has on who we are and what we create. But there’s still plenty of great travel inspiration and advice, including a few of Danny’s favorite restaurants around the globe.


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This season of Travel That Matters is presented by Silversea, the world’s most luxurious ocean and expedition voyages for the curious.

Travel That Matters is a CurtCo Media production.

Host: Bruce Wallin

Producer: AJ Moseley

Marketing: Catrin Skaperdas

Music: Joey Salvia

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