Travel Thoughts

2017, the Best Year Ever

Posted by Ashley Ricks 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 www.skift.com. Delta CEO Ed Bastian admitted he thought his company’s business would…

 
 

We asked the GTL Staff,We asked our staff,”What do you look forward to eating when you travel South?”Find out what tastes they crave on their southern travels with their responses below. There’s only one thing I look for on the menu when traveling in the South: shrimp and grits. — Kelly Tyner, Director of Sales and…

 
 

You know you’re about to encounter something profoundly powerful and moving when you see tissue boxes stationed throughout a museum exhibit. Though our group only visited the Newseum in Washington D.C. for a brief time, I made sure to stop by the 9/11 Gallery, which showcases the personal stories, footage and photos of journalists who…

 
Brian Jewell

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…

 
Mac Lacy

In the Travel Know

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on December 01, 2017

 
 

Recently, I glanced at an article on the popular travel commentary website SKIFT titled “Strong U.S. Dollar Means Little to Outbound Tourists.” SKIFT is a relatively new travel industry think tank whose observations can be followed online at no charge at www.skift.com. Its staff do extensive research on topics of interest to the industry and…

 
Brian Jewell

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…

 
Brian Jewell

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…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What items or experiences do you splurge on when you travel?” Find out what travel items are worth blowing the budget over with their responses.   “In our most recent travels, our family has been splurging on nicer rooms at better hotels. Since we have young kids, we like getting a…

 
Eliza Myers

Eclipse Chasing

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on August 25, 2017

 
 

One year ago, when my husband first mentioned we needed to watch the upcoming eclipse in the path of totality, I just nodded. I had no idea what that meant. I had seen a couple of eclipses before, so I was prepared for a neat experience and hadn’t given it much thought beyond that. Because…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What items or experiences do you splurge on when you travel?” See what our staff dips into their wallets for with their responses below. In our most recent travels, our family has been splurging on nicer rooms at better hotels. Since we have young kids, we like getting a suite that…