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“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 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…


When you visit Myrtle Beach, it’s easy to pack a schedule full of shopping, shows, attractions and other fun. But if you’re like me, you should make some time for one of my favorite activities in the area — a leisurely seafood lunch in a beachside restaurant. No matter where I go, I always look…

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I Can and I Will

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on June 01, 2017


“I can and I will.” I have uttered that mantra under my breath dozens of times over the past two months. And I’m starting to believe it. If you have been involved in the tourism industry for any length of time, you may have noticed that this line of work comes with some specific occupational hazards….

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Beware Fake Travel News

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on April 01, 2017


Are the travel magazines that you read filled with fake articles? There has been a lot of talk about fake news in our culture recently, especially in light of the recent presidential election. And while there’s no need to get political here, I have found the discussion about fake news intriguing because it dovetails with…