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A Travel Maverick

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on July 22, 2015


Don’t tell my favorite travel companion, but someday I want to be like Roy Sidlo. My favorite travel companion is my wife, Kim. Roy is a retired cinematographer from Chicago who travels on his own quite a bit. I met him on a Danube River cruise with Mayflower Tours in May. We met early on…



“I’ve been with the company for 25 years now, but I’ve never seen it change so much as it has in the past two years.” When Tony Etienne, vice president of affinity market sales for Collette, made this statement to the delegates at the Select Traveler Conference in February, it got my attention. The 97-year-old…



It’s been a long time since I’ve switched on a hotel room television. Last spring, in anticipation of the birth of our daughter, Daisy, my wife and I made the difficult decision to discontinue our cable service at home. In its place, we began subscribing to Netflix and Hulu, two online streaming video services that…



If the taxi industry had innovated when it had the chance, it wouldn’t be shaking in its boots over Uber. If you haven’t heard of Uber yet, you soon will. This technology-based ride-sharing company enables people who need transportation to open an app on their smartphones, input their location and destination, and then wait just…



If there were one thing about group travel that you could change, what would it be? Our industry is in the middle of an important transition period. Tour operators and travel suppliers understood the previous generation of travelers well and tailored group trips to fit their tastes. But as the Greatest Generation ages out of…



The recent free fall of petroleum prices has reminded me that as a youngster, I would regularly walk from my family’s suburban St. Louis home to a nearby discount service station (self-serve had yet to be invented) with a gallon can to get gasoline, so I could cut the grass with our power lawn mower….



Group Travel Resolutions

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on February 18, 2015


It’s mid-February, which means that most of us who made New Year’s resolutions have already given up on them. I’m not here to make you feel guilty; instead, I’d like to offer an alternative set of resolutions that you can still achieve this year. Unless you’re taking a group to some wintery destination, chances are…

Garden stone path


Looking at the clock as soon as I walked off the plane, I determined that I had nine hours to kill before my connection flight left New York. Since there is only so much a person can do in an airport, I had already decided to make the most of my day in the Big…



Staff Soundoff: Jet Lag

Posted by Group Travel Leader in Travel Thoughts on December 08, 2014


  We asked staff at The Group Travel Leader the question: “What are your tricks for dealing with jet lag?” Find out what works for these seasoned travelers below!   “I’ve found it most helpful to stay awake throughout the first day after landing overseas, no matter how badly I want to sleep. Getting out,…



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…