Gilded Age Travel
Dining Room at Le Meurice Hotel, Paris Note: The world was on the precipice of unimaginable changes. And no one saw it coming. A World War, a pandemic, and a global depression would wipe away all the gilding in short order. The wealthiest dynasties the world has ever known were wiped out in a few […]
Dining With George Washington at Mount Vernon
Lawn at Mount Vernon facing the Potomac River As we all hopefully enter the last weeks of our COVID isolation, dreams about travel become concrete plans. My first visit will be a return to George Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon, specifically to study the gardens and the foods they ate. Culinary history tells me so […]
Who is the Viking Traveler? And Why Are they so Successful?
For Viking it is Personal…Very Personal “People like their own grandchildren, but they don’t like other people’s grandchildren.” Tor Hagen The author with her grandson Viking is a brand that is unapologetically personal. Before they introduced Viking Ocean, Chairman Tor Hagen sailed on several ocean cruise lines to determine what he liked or found unnecessary. It […]
What is Old is New Again: Rediscovering Crete
Sustainable Travel. What is it? How to achieve it while meeting consumer expectations and the expectations from locales for low to no impact visits? The travel industry and travelers are all navigating this confusing landscape. Even if the answers aren’t clear, proven, or easy, every step, even backward ones, will help. The terms may be confusing, […]
Jordan: My Perfect Itinerary
The following article was published in Ultimate Experiences, January 2020. A link to the PDF of that article can be found here: Feature_JORDAN (4). If you wish to book your adventure to Jordan, contact me or click here to find an expert travel advisor who can make it happen. Happy travels to a small, welcoming country with so many world-class treasures […]
Three Great Myths About Working with a Travel Advisor
I want to dispel the three biggest myths about working with a travel advisor. Why? Because I just don’t understand why everyone planning a vacation does not work with an expert that offers great value. I have traveled around the globe hundreds of times by every method possible. I know Russia and Egypt like the […]
RIP Influencers. Long Live the Experts
Part rant, part ‘come to Jesus moment’; you have been warned…… This may sound strange coming from me, but I am bored with social media. Not updates from friends and family, those I love. But I am bored with the artfully crafted, fluff that is passing for influencer marketing in travel. I am over it, […]
From Notre Dame to Petra: Our Shared Humanity, Our Shared Obligation
Notre Dame Burns Notre Dame was burning and the world stopped to watch and pray that the smoke would stop and that we would not lose a site that meant something personal to so many worldwide. More than a building, Notre Dame was our collective history. From medieval times to personal visits that were shared […]
When Did Leisure Travel Get So Serious?
The only time you see “vacation’ mentioned in travel articles today is to bemoan the fact that Americans take so little ‘vacation time’. Serious travelers don’t take vacations. They are supposedly searching for something much deeper. Vacation seems to imply sitting on a beach sipping tall drinks. I think this is a misnomer. At least […]
How To Market to the Affluent Traveler?
Note: The editor of a leading travel industry publication called me “entitled” recently. I was shocked. Fortunate yes, but hardly entitled. But I thought maybe my language is, maybe my travels appear so? And is that a bad thing when I hope to inspire high net worth travelers? I don’t think so, and that inspired […]