Travel Thoughts

 

Whether you have a group of five or 50, Newport is always in season. Once known as the “summertime playground” for the Gilded Age elite, this charming and diverse destination has welcomed travelers from around the globe for nearly 400 years. It’s the footprint of the past that captivates visitors today as our rich history,…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What travel plans do you have for 2019?” See what trips we’re planning for the year ahead. No plans yet, but Southeast Asia is next on my bucket list. — Savannah Osbourn, staff writer I’m definitely looking forward to my Bahamas cruise and to doing weekend trips to cities within a…

 
Brian Jewell

Tips to Stay Sharp

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on October 21, 2018

 
 

How sharp is your saw? Stephen R. Covey first popularized the concept of “sharpening the saw” in his 1989 bestseller “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Since then, the idea has been taken up by nearly every leadership, productivity and personal growth guru in the country. The term comes from a simple illustration: Two woodcutters…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s the most memorable wildlife encounter you’ve had while traveling?” Check out our wild memories in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. A couple of years ago, I had the bright idea of going camping in the Everglades in late spring, a time when most people avoid the area because of the heat…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s a memorable piece of artwork you have seen while traveling?” Find out our the artwork that made a lasting impression on us in this month’s Staff Sound-Off.  There is a rotating head of Franz Kafka in a busy area in Prague that has always stuck in my head. It popped…

 
Brian Jewell

Embrace Your Travel Calling

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on September 06, 2018

 
 

Can I let you in on a secret? For years, I was scared to call myself a writer. I had spent my entire academic career writing things. I even wrote for the student newspaper at my university. But I never saw anything special about that because everyone writes in school. Things began to change soon…

 
Brian Jewell

Keep Your Shoes on

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on September 05, 2018

 
 

I don’t have to take my shoes off anymore. The evolution of airport security screenings has been long and difficult. For most of my professional career, the changes have all been for the worse: more restrictions, more intrusions, more hassles and less freedom. Now, for the first time in a long time, the tide seems…

 
 

It’s amazing how small gestures can help turn a bad situation around. My family and I came home from vacation a few weeks ago to discover that a water line in our guest bathroom had sprung a leak. We called our favorite plumber to come stop the leak, but in the process, he had to…

 
Mac Lacy

A Big Travel Year Ahead

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on July 17, 2018

 
 

It was about this time last year that I penned a column about not having any major travel plans for the summer. I heard from several readers who wondered how a travel publisher could find himself in such a predicament. This year is shaping up more nicely for me. We’ll join three other couples in…

 
 

We asked our staff, “Who do you root for during football season?” Find out our favorite teams in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. “My team is the Florida State Seminoles and anyone playing against the Gators. There is a renewed sense of pride and excitement for Seminole fans due to our new head coach Willie Taggart,…