When Anthony Bourdain Speaks, I Listen

“It’s punishing,” Bourdain says with a grimace. “The sort of frenzied compression of time needed to take the tour, to see the sights, keeps you in a bubble that prevents you from having magic happen to you. Nothing unexpected or wonderful is likely to happen if you have an itinerary in Paris filled with the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.

Since Kitchen Confidential and No Reservations came on the scene, I've been listening to whatever Anthony Bourdain has to say.  CLICK HERE for this great interview and piece on Anthony from MoneyLook for the term "nerd fury" and the genius travel advice tactic it stems from.  (And set your DVRs. The 11th season of Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown starts April 29th on CNN.)  

A Guide to Transformational Travel (TravelAge West)

I was nodding along to this TravelAge West article by Mindy Poder at every line.  Every trip changes you in some way, and it is the travel providers and brands that very purposefully design their user experiences around the fact that people want to change for the better.  "Transform" is the buzz word.  It's certainly what I strived for in creating expeditions that added new elements to a familiar place, or a personal connection with a particular culture, artisan or expert.  You want the user to find something within themselves while they are in your care that they might otherwise have left unexplored.  This article is a great overview of that process. 

CLICK HERE for the full article. 


PODCAST: Why Not Now? with Amy Jo Martin

Solid, solid, solid podcast that features interviews with successful people who at a crucial time in their life asked themselves, "Why not now?"  Host Amy Jo Martin is insightful, warm and carries the interviews along smoothly.  And the interviewees?  Really interesting people like Simon Sinek, Mark Cuban, investor Chris Sacca (you may remember him from Gimlet's The Startup Podcast), Amy Purdy.  Some of my favorites are from people new to me, like Tani Austin who travels the world to help people hear.  

Amy Jo mines the applicable insights from each guest's "why not now?" moment.  Give it a listen; maybe it will inspire you to take that trip you've been talking about for a while, or take a leap into something new. 

Check it out now. 

Skift's 2018 Megatrends Reports

If you work in the travel industry, you probably already know about Skift, the media, insights and marketing platform--an intelligence platform, as they call themselves.  I've been loving Skift's articles and insights, but their Megatrends Report is fantastic.  

Pieces cover topics like "Personal Fulfillment is the New Ultimate Luxury," cities navigating visitor and local economies, and blockchain changing the technology race in travel.  It really runs the gamut and the writing is engaging as well.  Not the slow, drab reporting typically found in such compendia.  

If you're interested in seeing where the travel industry is heading, check it out.  It's free!