• 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? Watching the daily number of COVID cases and holding our breath that we don’t hear about a new dangerous variant have become daily routines for all of us in the travel industry. Could there be a bigger threat coming this winter to recovery? Nord Stream 2. If you haven’t heard of it you will. Energy […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]