Travel Thoughts

Risk Management

Posted by Ashley Ricks 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…

 
Mac Lacy

The Travel Itch

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on August 04, 2017

 
 

It’s summertime, and I should be going somewhere. Three years ago, I was headed to China with Wendy Wu Tours. To this day, I have never seen an evening skyline to match Shanghai’s from the Bund District. Two years ago, I cruised the Danube between Prague and Budapest with Mayflower Tours. Is there anything more…

 
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…