Travel Thoughts

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…

 
 

Taking group trips can be amazing. But organizing, marketing, selling and collecting payments? Not so much. If you’re like most tourism professionals, you got into the business because you love travel and you love people. Days on the road with a group of your friends can be among the highlights of your year. And your…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s your dream road trip through the United States?” Find out which trips want to make them hop in the car and go in this month’s Staff Sound-Off. Honestly, I’m not much of a road tripper, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be around the Northern states…

 
 

When you travel to the developing world, it’s not the poverty that takes you by surprise. It’s the wealth. I was about 13 years old the first time I left the United States, visiting a village in southern Mexico with my dad and a group of other students and chaperones. Before we left, the trip…

 
 

We asked our staff, “What’s a meaningful personal interaction you have had with locals while traveling?” Find out which personal experiences have made an impression on them. Many years ago, I was traveling in Jordan with a small group of journalists. We were walking through the market in a small town — I don’t even remember…