Travel Thoughts

Brian Jewell

We Need to Talk

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on July 06, 2017

 
 

Travel planners, we need to talk. And it’s going to be a tough conversation. I love travel and the impact it makes on people’s lives. I love the tourism industry and the people like you that make it run. I’m your biggest cheerleader. And because I care about you, I’m going to tell you some…

 
 

When you visit Myrtle Beach, it’s easy to pack a schedule full of shopping, shows, attractions and other fun. But if you’re like me, you should make some time for one of my favorite activities in the area — a leisurely seafood lunch in a beachside restaurant. No matter where I go, I always look…

 
 
 

Group leaders with crazy schedules can head for Nashville one month, the French Riviera the next and Kenya the month after that. Those in charge of other travelers not only have to deal with packing their own bag, but field questions from travelers, confirm travel plans and deal with other last-minute issues. So many calls…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What is an unexpected hidden gem that you have encountered in your travels?” Discover what our staff will be up to with their responses below. Sorry, I can’t think of anything.  I guess it’s still hidden. — Stacey Bowman, director, advertising sales Hanging Lake in Colorado. I first visited it on…

 
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I Can and I Will

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on June 01, 2017

 
 

“I can and I will.” I have uttered that mantra under my breath dozens of times over the past two months. And I’m starting to believe it. If you have been involved in the tourism industry for any length of time, you may have noticed that this line of work comes with some specific occupational hazards….

 
 

We asked our staff, “What are your summer travel plans?” Discover what our staff will be up to with their responses below.   “We are making our annual summer trek to Grayling, Michigan, to visit my parents and go fly fishing and canoeing on the Au Sable River. My kids are also begging me to…

 
 

I just finished my favorite “quick read” on travel trends for the year ahead. Nothing tells me more about what groups are doing and not doing than the comments we get from our buyer breakout sessions held at the annual Select Traveler Conference each February. So here are seven travel trends or ideas I gleaned from…

 
 
 

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…

 
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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…