• 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 […]
  • Dear Tor, A Letter to Tor Hagen, Chairman and CEO Viking Cruises Viking Star sailing into Greenwich   Update May 15, 2022: (Spoiler alert).  On May 15, 2022, Viking hired me as their Ambassador-at-Large.  A position that will allow me to sail the world with Viking and share the story of the absolute best ocean and river cruise line in the world. (See Footnotes at end of […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 5 Cruises I Want to Book Right Now Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia If I could take every cruise I wanted over the next 12 months, these would be my top 5 choices. This is not an #ad and my choices are only influenced by the itineraries I find most intriguing on the ships I love. It is highly personal and therefore highly biased. […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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” […]