• 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, […]
  • Dear Tor, A Letter to Tor Hagen, Chairman and CEO Viking Cruise Lines Viking Star sailing into Greenwich Dear Tor, As you have just launched your sixth ocean-going ship, Viking Jupiter, I hope you won’t mind my sharing a personal note with a few readers. Our past goes back many years and has had it’s ups and downs. From the video depiction of the Bayeux Tapestry onboard Viking […]
  • 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 […]
  • Where to Go in 2019: Travel Advice or Travel Advertorial? Ignacio Maza and Jean Newman Glock  #itscomplicated “Where to go” travel lists are ubiquitous.  Everyone has one, top ten lists are click-bait on social media but how can you trust that they are not driven by advertiser dollars? #itscomplicated The conventional wisdom is that you can’t trust any of us who write about travel while accepting […]
  • When Did Travel Get So Complicated? Transformational, authentic, experiential, wellness, instagrammable,  overtourism or unplugged,  these buzzwords are ubiquitous in all travel promotions these days.  Add to them, the multitude of land touring choices: independent, small group, large group, or private jet and the choices increase exponentially.  I haven’t even mentioned the dilemma of choosing the right ship or boat for cruising the world’s […]
  • Guernsey: Shadows of German Occupation Guernsey, an island previously known more for its cows than World War II, is becoming a port that savvy cruise ships choose to add to their itineraries. Sailing into St. Peter Port much seems the same as it did during the Occupation Thanks to the best-selling novel, “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” […]
  • Full Disclosure: Embracing Age, Defying Labels and a New Job Embracing Age, Defying Labels I can get the senior discount, sometimes.  I am a grandmother times 4.5.  I rarely admit the first, adore the second but not the preconceptions that come along with the term.  But in the interest of full disclosure, and in light of the diminishing effects of botox, I have decided to come […]
  • Forgotten St. Petersburg: Shadows of the Romanovs Many Romanov sites in St. Petersburg and nearby Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) have been restored in the past few years, but a few remain untouched.  I had planned to write an article about “Reinventing the Romanovs” as Russia continues to restore and open many new palaces.  But as often happens to me, my plans shifted once I arrived. […]
  • The Glories of Imperial St. Petersburg, Russia I will be returning  to St. Petersburg on another Baltic Cruise this summer onboard Viking Oceans, Viking Sky.  Check out the fabulous Viking Homelands itinerary here. This article is from my visit last summer.  New discoveries  always await in St. Petersburg, but here are my highlights.  At the Catherine Palace.  Right at Home! For most cruisers, […]
  • Holidays at the White House House Museums present history and the lives of their inhabitants in time capsules. No house museum in the world does this better than The White House in Washington, D.C.  Home to the Presidents of the U.S. since 1800 when President John Adams and his wife moved in, the rooms of this iconic mansion hold treasures […]

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