Travel Thoughts


With airlines, sometimes the price isn’t the only consideration. Just read the news to learn why some consumers desire customer service over the bottom line. For those looking for an airline that will treat them right, one of the best ways is comparing their frequent flier programs with other airlines. The U.S. News and World…



We asked our staff, “If you could travel to any historic site in the world, what would it be?” Learn the top historic attractions on our staff’s bucket list below.   “I’m going to have to say I’d like to visit and play the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland, which is traditionally considered…


Brian Jewell

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…



We asked our staff: “What is your favorite travel memory from childhood?” See our staff’s responses below!  “During the holidays one year, my family stayed at Great Wolf Lodge and received a noise complaint because of a lengthy pillow battle instigated by my dad.” — Savannah Osbourn, Staff Writer   “My family went to San…

Family having a picnic beside their camper van, full length


Why watch animals from behind a glass when you can float next to giant manatees, observe penguins’ artistic ability up close and encounter other animals up close? The thrill or snorkeling next to a shark or standing near a herd of running Chincoteague ponies will stay with your group members long after the experience. Think…


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…