Travel Thoughts

Change is in the air

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on May 21, 2013

 
 

Change is in the air this spring. It’s not just the flipping of calendar pages that lets us know that life is changing. Examine the group travel landscape around you, and you might notice that it looks remarkably different from the industry you remember of 10 or even five years ago. The passing of the…

 

Interesting People

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Travel Thoughts on May 15, 2013

 
 

John Harwood Among the many nice folks I met in March, the following particularly stood out: 1.    John Harwood, a multi-talented Brit who resides in Manaus, Brazil…botanist, author, poet, troubadour and a member of SeaDream II’s Expedition Team 2.    Carl and Judy Eben from San Francisco: Very experienced world travelers and simply one of the…

 

Interesting Places

Posted by Bob Hoelscher in Travel Thoughts on May 15, 2013

 
 

The Leticia Fish Market What would the travel industry be without unique places to visit? Sometimes it is the unexpected out-of-the-ordinary destinations that stand out in your mind after a trip. Here are just a few of the gems I discovered during March while traveling internationally to experience the vessels and hospitality of four different…

 
 

The staff at The Group Travel Leader, Inc. relate their secrets to passing time on a long flight. ‘Fortunately, I have trained myself to sleep on long flights. As long as I have my travel pillow and don’t stare at any bright screens for too long, I drift off into a sort of half-slumber. Ideally,…

 
 
 

“I hate it when I ask for no pickles, and they give me pickles anyway.” Lately, I’ve been fascinated by the concept of first-world problems; there are plenty of little annoyances and aggravations in life that get under our skin. But when you stop and think about them in the context of the wider human…

 

Why we all travel

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on February 21, 2013

 
 

Most of us who publish this magazine and most of you who read it will travel at the drop of a hat. We live for our next adventure. And if we’re going somewhere we’ve never been before, that’s even better. All of us have friends or family members who couldn’t care less about traveling. Their…

 

Better safe than sorry

Posted by Donia Simmons in Travel Thoughts on January 16, 2013

 
 

“Are you ready … for a disaster?” A roadside billboard with this message greeted me each morning throughout the month of September. The first time I saw it, I actually got a little nervous. It made me think about things I had never thought about. After visiting the website posted on the sign, I discovered…

 

Five Favorites: Events

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on December 13, 2012

 
 

Courtesy CMA If I had to choose, here are my five favorite events that I would recommend to anyone. Fiesta San Antonio During Fiesta, several large parades take place in locations throughout the city. There are flower parades, pet parades, the Fiesta Flambeau and more. My favorite memory of Fiesta is attending the Texas Cavaliers…

 

Five favorites: Museums

Posted by Eliza Myers in Travel Thoughts on November 20, 2012

 
 

Courtesy The Field Museum I found it very difficult to rank my five favorite museums, since I tend to be a fan of almost all museums. History museums especially intrigue me, since even a small, budget-conscious museum can have incredible stories to tell. So I tried to pick the ones I would happily get lost…

 
 

Although I could easily list dozens more, the following is a list of ten wonderful scenic drive that are all particular favorites of mine. Group travel coordinators (and even individual vacationers) would be well advised to include in their future trip planning. Please note that these are all routes that are primarily outside of our…