Could Energy Costs Replace COVID as the Biggest Threat to Travel’s Recovery?
Update: July 16, 2022 I could say I was prescient…..or not. I wrote this article in October 2021, and I did not foresee Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Germany’s withdrawal of support for Nord Stream 2 due to the war. But the basic tenet of Russia ( and OPEC) using gas and now oil supplies […]
Asking When Travel Will Return to Normal is the Wrong Question
When Will Travel Return to Normal? Two excellent travel writers asked this question of their readers this week. The responses were predictable. “There is a new normal.” “Demand is so high we are back to 2019 levels”, “Travel is back and travelers are more interested in sustainable metrics, ecologically, economically, and culturally.” Bravo, so it […]
Which Way is the Wind Blowing?
Note: Below is an “inside the Beltway” discussion that has been making the rounds in the travel industry and most particularly among travel advisors who are wondering if they should be sharing their own travels or marketing travel to their clients. What are the risks of doing so… and the rewards? Everyone’s answer will be a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Exploring Paris: Beyond the Top Ten Sites
Tuileries Gardens Time to explore Paris is the ultimate luxury. Deciding how to spend that precious time is always the challenge. You can visit the iconic monuments, Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame, wade through the crowds and click them off your list. Or you can take a slightly different roadmap and experience the […]
Follow the Art: Traveling through History
The provenance of art in the world’s museums can paint a timeline of history as clearly as any book. Whenever I travel I visit museums, but my focus is less the artistic value of the art than the story its history of ownership tells about the region or country I am visiting. Looking at the provenance of […]