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It’s amazing how events that take place in your youth can carry on far into adulthood — or be totally forgotten by the time you’re 25. On the one hand, the teenage years seem made for frivolity, and most people’s adult lives rarely turn out the way they expected. Plenty of people dabble in high…


Brian Jewell

The Magic of Fall

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on October 07, 2015


Sometimes, you don’t know how special something is until you miss it. In the fall of 2000, I was beginning my sophomore year in college and kicked things off by spending a semester on a study-abroad program in Morelia, a gem of a colonial town in the mountains of central Mexico. I spent three months…


Eliza Myers

Stuck on an Alp

Posted by Eliza Myers in Switzerland, Travel Thoughts on September 17, 2015


Truth be told, I did not like the idea of sleeping in a chicken coop. However, as I jumped over boulder after boulder in search of the gondola about to ditch me on an alp in Switzerland, this seemed like best option if I ended up stranded for the night. Sometimes travel plans gone awry…



I’ve noticed a phenomenon in airports that seems to occur frequently. Perfectly polite people enter the doors of the airport and leave their common courtesy behind. I realize the high level of frustration involved in every visit to the airport. However, when you have to deal with rudeness on top of waiting in long lines,…


Brian Jewell

Team Luxury or Team Local

Posted by Brian Jewell in Travel Thoughts on September 02, 2015


Are you on Team Local or Team Luxury? There are two competing ideas in tourism that attempt to dictate the way Americans travel. In one corner, Team Local is all about immersion. They say that the greatest reward of travel is to see how the locals live and to join them in their lifestyle. In…


Mac Lacy

A Travel Maverick

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on July 22, 2015


Don’t tell my favorite travel companion, but someday I want to be like Roy Sidlo. My favorite travel companion is my wife, Kim. Roy is a retired cinematographer from Chicago who travels on his own quite a bit. I met him on a Danube River cruise with Mayflower Tours in May. We met early on…



“I’ve been with the company for 25 years now, but I’ve never seen it change so much as it has in the past two years.” When Tony Etienne, vice president of affinity market sales for Collette, made this statement to the delegates at the Select Traveler Conference in February, it got my attention. The 97-year-old…



It’s been a long time since I’ve switched on a hotel room television. Last spring, in anticipation of the birth of our daughter, Daisy, my wife and I made the difficult decision to discontinue our cable service at home. In its place, we began subscribing to Netflix and Hulu, two online streaming video services that…



If the taxi industry had innovated when it had the chance, it wouldn’t be shaking in its boots over Uber. If you haven’t heard of Uber yet, you soon will. This technology-based ride-sharing company enables people who need transportation to open an app on their smartphones, input their location and destination, and then wait just…



If there were one thing about group travel that you could change, what would it be? Our industry is in the middle of an important transition period. Tour operators and travel suppliers understood the previous generation of travelers well and tailored group trips to fit their tastes. But as the Greatest Generation ages out of…