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Brian Jewell

Embrace Your Travel Calling

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on September 06, 2018

 
 

Can I let you in on a secret? For years, I was scared to call myself a writer. I had spent my entire academic career writing things. I even wrote for the student newspaper at my university. But I never saw anything special about that because everyone writes in school. Things began to change soon…

 
Brian Jewell

Keep Your Shoes on

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on September 05, 2018

 
 

I don’t have to take my shoes off anymore. The evolution of airport security screenings has been long and difficult. For most of my professional career, the changes have all been for the worse: more restrictions, more intrusions, more hassles and less freedom. Now, for the first time in a long time, the tide seems…

 
 

It’s amazing how small gestures can help turn a bad situation around. My family and I came home from vacation a few weeks ago to discover that a water line in our guest bathroom had sprung a leak. We called our favorite plumber to come stop the leak, but in the process, he had to…

 
 
 

Last May, I wrote a column in this magazine with some advice for tour operators and travel planners about acting professionally during familiarization (FAM) tours and professional events. Some readers in the travel industry have since asked for a follow-up article that would address FAM tours from their point of view. In 15 years of…

 
 

A  few months before the birth of our daughter in 2014, my wife, Laura, and I took a “babymoon” trip to Nashville to enjoy one last weekend of freedom before becoming parents. We took it slow, sleeping in late and enjoying brunch at a local hot spot, then spent Saturday afternoon at Cheekwood Estate and…

 
 
 

Every decision I have made today has been with one goal in mind: Tonight, I want to fall asleep sitting up straight. As I write this column, I’m waiting at a departure gate at New York’s Kennedy Airport. It’s about 8 p.m., and I’ve been traveling since early afternoon. Two flights down, and one more…

 
 

Taking group trips can be amazing. But organizing, marketing, selling and collecting payments? Not so much. If you’re like most tourism professionals, you got into the business because you love travel and you love people. Days on the road with a group of your friends can be among the highlights of your year. And your…

 
 

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…

 
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…