Travel Thoughts

Brian Jewell

Bring Your Own Device

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on March 09, 2017


I have seen the future of in-flight entertainment, and it is awesome. If you’re like me, you may have had a love-hate relationship with airline entertainment options for much of your traveling life. There’s no question that watching a movie or two can provide a welcome distraction on long flights, especially overseas flights that can…



We asked our staff: “What food have you had in your travels that you wish you could recreate at home?” See our staff’s responses below!    “I think I could live on a Mediterranean diet. Last April, I spent a week in Nice with Collette and ate fresh seafood and salads almost exclusively. I did not…


Mac Lacy

Tom Hanks’ Next Big Role

Posted by Mac Lacy in Asia, Travel Thoughts on February 02, 2017


Raise your hand if you’ve heard of Jim Thompson. Now that I’ve visited his museum in Bangkok, I’m wondering why Tom Hanks hasn’t played him. The mystery surrounding his life and death is that good. Thompson was a World War II veteran and intelligence officer who was highly trained in jungle survival. He left the…



We asked our staff: “What music is on your playlist for long trips?” See our staff’s responses below!   My playlist today for long flights includes alt rock musicians like Jay Farrar, Sonvolt and The Tallest Man on Earth, plus old favorites like Van Morrison, Bob Dylan and Tom Petty. There is also one particular…


Brian Jewell

Looking to the Future

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on January 19, 2017


If you went to meet your maker tomorrow, what would become of your organization? No, I’m not here to sell you life insurance. But I do think it’s important to talk about the future. Because if there is value in what you do as a travel leader — and I believe there is — then…


Eliza Myers

Top Travel Trends for 2017

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on December 29, 2016


It seems travel in 2017 will focus more on one thing: relaxation. Many of the top trends predicted for the year include popular ways to make travel easier and more laid back. Whirlwind trips with a checklist continue to fall in popularity, while a slower, simpler style of travel appears to be the tonic to…



We asked our staff: “What is the most memorable hotel you have ever stayed in?” See our staff’s responses below!   “On a trip to New Orleans we stayed in the historic Omni Royal Orleans in the French Quarter. The hotel is gorgeous, the service was excellent, and the food was amazing. We enjoyed a…


Brian Jewell

Get to Know America Again

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on December 09, 2016


One of the most overlooked benefits of travel is the opportunity it affords to get to know people who are unlike us in almost every way. We often think about the trips we’re planning based on the places we want to go and the things we want to do when we get there. Our itineraries…


Brian Jewell

The Past Ten Years of Travel

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on December 02, 2016


What a difference a decade makes. I recently celebrated my 35th birthday, and the nostalgia of the occasion got me to thinking about what my life was like a decade ago. The differences are striking. I did a ton of traveling in 2006, including numerous research trips to destinations around the United States. The highlights,…



Last month, I sat in on a presentation by a receptive tour operator who was giving travel industry representatives some advice about how they can succeed in working with tour operators. I was surprised to hear how often she emphasized the importance of returning client phone calls and emails, a best practice that some tourism…