Travel Thoughts

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…

 
 

I have often thought that if the U.S. were as well run across the board as is the National Park Service and the Coast Guard, we would have one really exceptional and responsive form of government. Wishful thinking aside, however, and recognizing that even the NPS has a (relatively small) share of the bureaucratic pie…

 

Five favorites: Hidden gems

Posted by Mac Lacy in Travel Thoughts on October 18, 2012

 
 

  Tenakee Springs, Alaska For our recent Group Travel Industry Buyers Guide, I was asked to compile a list of five favorite places I’ve been that could be considered hidden gems.  Here are four in the United States and one in Italy that certainly fit that description for me. Ground Zero, Clarksdale, Mississippi There are…

 
 

All of us (hopefully, at least) have a few friends that we can always count on to “be there” whenever we need them. I am fortunate in that my best friend, Graydon “Gig” Gwin, has also been gainfully employed in the travel industry, so we have a lot in common professionally and have been able…

 
 
 

Forbidden fruit has always had a particular appeal to me. Tell me not to do something, and I have an irresistible urge to do just that thing. Ask me to close my eyes for a moment, and you’re practically begging me to peek. Prohibit me from going somewhere, and that place takes first priority on…

 

Group travel gets hands-on

Posted by Herb Sparrow in Travel Thoughts on August 13, 2012

 
 

Group travel today is much more than just sitting on a motorcoach. Today’s more active group travelers demand more chances to learn about and experience the destinations they are visiting. Over the past decade, many destinations and attractions have seen the value of providing such opportunities. On two recent trips, I got to immerse myself…

 
 

The author with his motor home in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, TX In no particular order… 1. Learning to drive a 36-foot motor home, towing a compact car behind, and avoiding as many “big city” traffic hazards as possible by parking the motor home in the outskirts and using the car to get into and around town…