When you travel to the developing world, it’s not the poverty that takes you by surprise. It’s the wealth. I was about 13 years old the first time I left the United States, visiting a village in southern Mexico with my dad and a group of other students and chaperones. Before we left, the trip…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s a meaningful personal interaction you have had with locals while traveling?” Find out which personal experiences have made an impression on them. Many years ago, I was traveling in Jordan with a small group of journalists. We were walking through the market in a small town — I don’t even remember…

 
 

Busy interstate crossroads make for great shopping stops in Asheville, N.C.; Des Moines, Iowa; Little Rock, Ark. and West Palm Beach, Fla.; where premium outlet centers have opened in the last few years. Boston-based New England Development opened all of the outdoor outlet centers, starting with Palm Beach Outlets in 2014. All but Asheville are…

 
 

Wisconsin’s culinary scene offers a wide variety of iconic supper clubs in the Fond Du Lac and the Lake Winnebago region. Few places define Wisconsin’s culinary tradition as well as the “supper club.” Before chains dominated the American landscape restaurants prided themselves as family-owned and run operations that celebrated food, good times and excellent service….

 
 

I just returned from our annual Select Traveler Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and I’m always inspired by the vast array of travel that comes up in conversation there. It is an exhilarating way to kick off our year. Thanks to the great work of our moderators, we had another outstanding breakout session in Louisville, which…

 
Brian Jewell

The Joy of Travel

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on March 01, 2018

 
 

Is the travel industry sitting on a largely untapped mental health remedy? Patrick Marsden thinks so. Marsden, a sales director for global promotional products company MaCher, is a millennial. And he is concerned about the emerging mental health crisis he sees among people his age. “We are 25 percent more likely to be depressed than…

 
 

The first time I walked through the West Baden Springs Hotel, it was in ruins. The second time, it was a masterpiece. When it opened in 1902, the West Baden Springs Hotel was the pride of French Lick, a tiny town in southern Indiana. Dignitaries from around the country attended its opening ceremony, and everyone…

 
 

“Life change happens in circles.” My pastor loves this saying. He’s all about the business of changing lives, and he believes that happens more effectively in someone’s home on a weeknight than in the church sanctuary on a Sunday. At church, we sit in rows looking at the stage. But when we gather in homes,…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s your go-to dessert when celebrating something special?” Find out what sweets they love to celebrate with. Well, it’s not chocolate. For 35 years of marriage, I’ve taken grief about all my fruit desserts, but so be it. I’m a sucker for citrus: lime, lemon, whatever. Raspberry, strawberry, blackberry — something…

 
 

If your travel takes you to the Carolinas – and if not, it may be time – check out the NarroWay Theatre (narroway.net). It’s a place your groups will talk about for years to come. Located at I-77 exit 90, NarroWay is just across the South Carolina border, right outside of Charlotte, NC. Every major…