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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…

 
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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,…

 
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Make the Most of Their Time

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

 
 

Are you wasting people’s time? Lost time is a fundamental part of travel, and many of us are accustomed to delays resulting from weather, mechanical failures, flight issues and other misfortunes on the road. And although they’re frustrating, delays aren’t often anyone’s fault. What is much more frustrating is when someone demands your time and…

 
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2017, the Best Year Ever

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on January 15, 2018

 
 

Irecently retweeted an interview with the CEO of Delta Air Lines that SKIFT published following its annual forum in New York. As I have previously written, I recommend its free daily e-newsletter about travel industry issues and trends. You can sign up at www.skift.com. Delta CEO Ed Bastian admitted he thought his company’s business would…

 
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When Gas is Cheap

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

 
 

It’s hard to believe that a gallon of gasoline once cost $4. It was the summer of 2008. Fuel prices had been climbing steadily for about five years, and nobody knew where they would stop. We watched as the average price of fuel broke the $3 mark, then $4. For all we knew, those prices…

 
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Risk Management

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on November 10, 2017

 
 

It’s funny how being a parent changes your perspective. I did a lot of traveling when I was young and single, both for my work here at the magazine and for fun in my personal time. And during those years, I did a number of things that were perhaps dangerous — or at least ill advised…

 
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No Happy Accidents

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on October 05, 2017

 
 

Nothing amazing happens by accident. Sure, there are sometimes unexpected events that lead to happy outcomes or coincidences that result in pleasant surprises. But anytime you buy, experience or participate in something that leaves you impressed, you can be sure a lot of thought, planning and hard work went into that success, maybe a lot…

 
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We Need to Talk

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on July 06, 2017

 
 

Travel planners, we need to talk. And it’s going to be a tough conversation. I love travel and the impact it makes on people’s lives. I love the tourism industry and the people like you that make it run. I’m your biggest cheerleader. And because I care about you, I’m going to tell you some…