Travel Thoughts

Brian Jewell

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…

 
 

We asked our staff: “What is your favorite travel memory from childhood?” See our staff’s responses below!  “During the holidays one year, my family stayed at Great Wolf Lodge and received a noise complaint because of a lengthy pillow battle instigated by my dad.” — Savannah Osbourn, Staff Writer   “My family went to San…

 
 

Why watch animals from behind a glass when you can float next to giant manatees, observe penguins’ artistic ability up close and encounter other animals up close? The thrill or snorkeling next to a shark or standing near a herd of running Chincoteague ponies will stay with your group members long after the experience. Think…

 
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Bring Your Own Device

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on March 09, 2017

 
 

I have seen the future of in-flight entertainment, and it is awesome. If you’re like me, you may have had a love-hate relationship with airline entertainment options for much of your traveling life. There’s no question that watching a movie or two can provide a welcome distraction on long flights, especially overseas flights that can…

 
 

We asked our staff: “What food have you had in your travels that you wish you could recreate at home?” See our staff’s responses below!    “I think I could live on a Mediterranean diet. Last April, I spent a week in Nice with Collette and ate fresh seafood and salads almost exclusively. I did not…