• Egyptomania 47 BC to 2022 Viking Osiris. Photo: Viking Egyptomania- 47 BC to 2022. Most historians say Egyptomania began when Napoleon visited Egypt in 1798-1801. I disagree. It began when Cleopatra sailed down the Nile with Julius Caesar and every Roman wanted to visit this magical land. In 2022 you can sail down the Nile, tour the temples, including the […]
  • Viking TV interviews Jean Newman Glock, Viking’s Ambassador-at-Large Onwards! Thank you, Viking TV and Anne Diamond, for a fun interview about travel, past, present, and future. Thanks for watching. Here are the Cliff Notes (does that age me?) 1. Embrace the now. Everyone is asking when travel will return to normal. There never was a normal with travel, and there will not be […]
  • Packing Tips for a 2 week Viking Cruise Puppy Panic What do I pack for 2 weeks cruising the Danube with Viking? This is the question I am asked most often so here is a very boring packing post. Warm weather packing is easier than colder but I do just carry on for both. 1. It always starts with a panicked pandemic puppy who […]
  • Looking for a Scapegoat? Everyone is looking for a scapegoat for the plague we have been enduring. We are tired and weary but blaming one segment of the travel industry, the cruise industry, without looking at the facts does not help us develop policies and procedures needed to move on with our lives. I would argue the opposite. The […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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, […]
  • Instagram Influencer or Luxury Travel Advisor — The Best Job in the World? Instagram Influencers Are you thinking luxury travel influencer sounds like a great job?  Thousands claim the title on Instagram, but few succeed in turning their posts into a profitable career. Those that do are amazing, but most are influencing other influencers in an echo chamber of those looking for free travel. As Instagram clamps down […]