Travel Thoughts

 

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,…

 
 

A  few months before the birth of our daughter in 2014, my wife, Laura, and I took a “babymoon” trip to Nashville to enjoy one last weekend of freedom before becoming parents. We took it slow, sleeping in late and enjoying brunch at a local hot spot, then spent Saturday afternoon at Cheekwood Estate and…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s your favorite way to spend the Fourth of July?” Find out our favorite ways to celebrate the Fourth in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. “Our family starts the day off at the local neighborhood Fourth of July parade and picnic at the park. The rest of the day is spent with…

 
 
 

Every decision I have made today has been with one goal in mind: Tonight, I want to fall asleep sitting up straight. As I write this column, I’m waiting at a departure gate at New York’s Kennedy Airport. It’s about 8 p.m., and I’ve been traveling since early afternoon. Two flights down, and one more…

 
Mac Lacy

Meaningful Media

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on May 16, 2018

 
 

As evidenced by this outstanding magazine, print is far from dead. At the risk of sounding like an apologist for the publishing industry, I’ll just say that current events are confirming that every type of media is ultimately judged for what it can and cannot do. It is digital media that is under the microscope…