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An On-The-Road Epiphany

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on November 21, 2014

 
 

Returning from Jordan last week on Royal Jordanian Airlines, I enjoyed a cosmic moment in my life. It started uneventfully. In a rush to get on the road to the airport in Amman that morning, I threw my headphones into a small bag I usually take on the plane. But for this trip, I had…

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On March 30, for the first time ever, we assembled a group of about 150 travel planners for banks, chambers of commerce and alumni associations for face-to-face conversations at the Select Traveler Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. Our kickoff program at the conference was the popular breakout session where planners sit and share ideas in a…

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Why we all travel

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on February 21, 2013

 
 

Most of us who publish this magazine and most of you who read it will travel at the drop of a hat. We live for our next adventure. And if we’re going somewhere we’ve never been before, that’s even better. All of us have friends or family members who couldn’t care less about traveling. Their…

 

Five favorites: Hidden gems

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on October 18, 2012

 
 

  Tenakee Springs, Alaska For our recent Group Travel Industry Buyers Guide, I was asked to compile a list of five favorite places I’ve been that could be considered hidden gems.  Here are four in the United States and one in Italy that certainly fit that description for me. Ground Zero, Clarksdale, Mississippi There are…

 

Switzerland in sun

Posted by Mac Lacy in Switzerland on September 11, 2012

 
 

  On this day, I left the group and hiked for two hours from Holenstein down to Grindelwald   The last full day of our trip, the Swiss Alps were illuminated by a bright, clear sun.  I was thrilled for my Swiss hosts, for my comrades who had never seen this country so clearly, and…

 

Switzerland in snow

Posted by Mac Lacy in Switzerland on September 11, 2012

 
 

  A couple prepares for a day in the mountains at the Wilderswil train station   Our group was treated to two very different Switzerland experiences in our five days on the ground.  The first few days we were there it was snowing in the Alps.  We were there in celebration of the Jungfrau Railways…

 
 

  Zurich’s Dolder Grand Hotel, built in 1899,  is home to a remarkable collection of original artwork, both indoors in its public spaces and out on its grounds   Zurich, the financial center of Switzerland, has been a gateway to this spectacular country for decades.  But this is a proud city that would like to…

 
 

Vintage WW II planes are the stars at Virginia Beach’s Military Aviation Museum   When Jim Coggin picked me up Monday morning at the airport for a couple of days of touring Virginia Beach, he nailed his colors to the wall early. ‘We want to make sure that bank travel directors across America are aware…

 
 

                  *The five photos in this blog from our cleanup project were provided courtesy of Terrapin Blue Local tourism leader Rogers Valencia Espinoza addresses the gathering.  Tourism Cares CEO Bruce Beckham is shown at right.   Our whirlwind adventure in Peru was wrapped up with a boisterous welcome back to Cusco for a cleanup project…

 
 

Terraced hillsides step downward from the city’s walls and courtyards   Understandably, Machu Picchu regularly rests atop the various bucket lists of worldwide travelers published by magazines and websites.  Its iconic images of a ‘lost world’ resting high in the Andean mountain range are immediately recognizeable to most of us, like the Taj Mahal or…