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A New Take on Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

November 15, 2018 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations. For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read More >>


Susan’s Travel Trends: Getaway to Spain

November 14, 2018 | Studio 4

If you’re looking to travel overseas, our friend and travel advisor, Susan Teeple, suggests going to Spain. Read More >>


The 19 Best Places To Travel In 2019

October 25, 2018 | Forbes

What’s on your travel wish list for 2019? We tapped into some of the world’s top travel experts to find out where they want to go next. From a colorful beach town in Belize that is slowly becoming discovered to an unexpected European country with a vibrant new arts scene, here are the most exciting places to travel in 2019. Read More >>


ILTM North America Wraps Up in Mayakoba with Record Attendance

October 2, 2018 | Insider Travel Report

With North America continuing to be one of the world’s fastest growing luxury travel source markets, something that is expected to continue until at least 2025, ILTM North America last week welcomed 328 travel advisors (buyers) from 152 cities across Mexico, Canada and the U.S. and 328 exhibitors (suppliers) from 60 countries from around the world. Read More >>


Susan’s Travel Trends: Hot Spots for Spring Break 2019

September 19, 2018 | Studio 4

It might be fall, but it’s time to start thinking about Spring Break 2019. Our friend and travel advisor, Susan Teeple, offers up her three favorite spots to book now. Read More >>


Age 14: A Gap Year Around the World

August 2018 | Virtuoso Life

Zander Galli’s far-reaching gap year – between middle school and high school – opened his eyes to a world of wonders. Read More >>


Something Special

August 2018 | Travel Weekly

When Samantha McClure opened Small World Travel in Austin, Texas, in 1999, she wanted to focus only on family travel. But a more experienced agent gave her some advice: “You have to be all things to all people,” McClure recalled. “You have to book air, you have to do corporate, you have to do honeymoons.” Read More >>


See this local couple’s collection of travel treasures

August 8, 2018 | Birmingham magazine

Travel is a way of life for Haisley Smith. As the vice president of marketing and development at Brownell Travel, she has turned her passion into a career, as well as inspiration for decor in her Mountain Brook abode. Smith shares the space–and her love of globetrotting–with her husband, Carlton, and their daughters Adelaide and Winnie, and thanks to a recent renovation project, the home comfortably accommodates the family, as well as all their treasures from afar. Read More >>


Embracing Technology a Key for Agents

July 2018 | Travel Pulse

The words “travel agent” and “tech-savvy” don’t usually go hand in hand. Travel advisors have never been known as early adopters or, for that matter, committed users of technology tools designed to help them do business. Yet, these days increasing numbers of agents are giving the lie to that notion. We asked a handful of tech-savvy advisors to share their insights on how technology helps them do business, and which solutions are most useful. Read More >>


Brownell Travel features its top hotels in new web guide

June 11, 2018 | Travel Market Report

Brownell Travel of Birmingham, Ala., has created an online guide to its top hotels, the Little Brownell Book, available on its website. The guide features nearly 50 hotels with more to come later this year. According to Brownell, the hotels featured were chosen because they “have exceptional service, desirable locations, and will go above and beyond for Brownell guests.” Read More >>


Brownell Travel Launches “Little Brownell Book” of Top Hotels

June 11, 2018 | Insider Travel Report

Brownell Travel has launched the “Little Brownell Book,” a digital listing of luxury hotel reviews for its most tried-and-true properties worldwide. Brownell, which bills itself as North America’s first travel agency dating from 1887, says it has more than 130 years of data and intelligence to back up its insider hotel information. As a Virtuoso member agency, Brownell if offering even non-clients (and yes, its competitors) a peak at its “little black book” of hotels in the aptly named Little Brownell Book section on its website. Read More >>


Travel Agents Selling U by Uniworld Discuss Brand’s New Focus

May 17, 2018 | Travel Market Report

With neon-lit lounges, high-energy land excursions and a youthful marketing vibe, U by Uniworld has set sail this inaugural season minus its initial concept of selling only to Millennials… Read More >>


River cruising – Breaking the old stereotype

May 14, 2018 | Sonoran News

If you think river cruising is just for “old” people, toss that idea overboard. The industry is breaking the old stereotypes and offering activities for vibrant, active travelers who want more than to settle into a lounge chair on deck. River cruising is hot and getting more popular with younger travelers… Read More >>


Where Would You Send Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Their Honeymoon

May 2, 2018 | The Virtuoso Life

With Royal Wedding fever at a high, we asked three Virtuoso advisors: Where would you send Prince Harry & Meghan Markle on their honeymoon? Read More >>


Travel Agent Talk: Jessica Hart

April 24, 2018 | Travel Age West

Traveling the globe with her own two children has provided Jessica Hart, owner of Los Angeles-based Travel By Hart, an independent affiliate of Brownell, a Virtuoso Agency, with an appreciation for the importance of sharing the world with kids. It has also given her a firsthand understanding of the special requirements necessary for family travel.. Read More >>


One agency’s recipe for success

April 16, 2018 | Travel Weekly

Brownell Travel is the oldest travel agency in the United States. Its roots are in a July 1887 trip to Europe aboard the SS Devonia with ten travelers led by Walter A. Brownell. Today, 131 years later, Brownell has served more than 75,000 clients. Read More >>


The Perfect Honeymoon Based on Your Personality

March 26, 2018 | Brides

The honeymoon is a time-honored tradition. It’s a chance to set off on your first adventure as husband and wife—both literally and figuratively. Many times it’s all about the journey, but in this case the destination does matter. Read More >>


Vow to WOW this Valentine’s Day – travel tips for love!

February 6, 2018 | Sonoran News

Cupid is practicing his aim and many of you are firmly in his sights. February is the time when men and women ask themselves the burning question, “How can I make this year very special for my Valentine?” We humans are all hardwired to care and provide for our loved ones. Read More >>


10 Genius Ways to Turn a Good Vacation Into the Getaway of Your Dreams

January 2018 | Coastal Living

The gurus of making dreams come true—luxury travel advisors from the Virtuoso network—share inside tips on how to capture that vacation magic in a bottle. Read More >>


Let’s Get Out There and Travel!

January 17, 2018 | Sonoran News

Do you ever feel left out of the conversation when your colleagues and friends share their fabulous travel stories and you have nothing to contribute? Like happiness, positivity and a good friend, travel is something we want in our lives, so much so that we talk about it all the time, and some of us will even post our travel bucket-list destinations on Facebook. You know who you are. Travel is the “new” luxury and it’s time you start adding more to your life. Read More >>


Where to Go and What to Do

January 2018 | Simply Buckhead

“I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list,” the writer Susan Sontag once said. While it’s wonderful to have a heightened sense of wanderlust, how do you narrow the vast planet down when planning your next trip? Do you want to take a slow train through Ireland, visit kangaroos in Australia or catch the northern lights in Scandinavia? Jessica Battista, a trip advisor with Brownell Travel in Buckhead, shared her picks for the hottest destinations of 2018 and why we want to go there, as well as this year’s top travel trends. Read More >>


Travelers, here’s what to expect in 2018

December 10, 2017 | K5 News

Fellow travelers, it’s not too soon to start thinking about your 2018 itineraries. Steven Scholnick is. He’s planning a trip to Europe with his wife next summer to celebrate their 50th birthdays, with stops in Amsterdam and Dublin. “I expect a larger police presence at popular destinations,” says Scholnick, a software engineer from Pittsburgh. Read More >>


The 15 Elements of Extraordinary Travel

September 6, 2017 | Furthermore

Furthermore and Cole Haan have partnered to bring you the elements of extraordinary in fitness, travel, nutrition, and mindfulness. We tapped our team of experts and high-performers to learn how to eat well at every meal, truly experience a vacation, and level up your workouts. Read More >>


Luxury Travel Trends for 2018

August 22, 2017 | Independent

Over 5,600 industry experts descended on Las Vegas for the annual Virtuoso Travel Week conference. Ianthe Butt reveals the trends that got tongues wagging. Read More >>


Why take this trip, with these people, now?

August 21, 2017 | Travel Weekly

When a client wants to take a vacation, one of the most natural questions an agent might address first is the where the client wants to go.But there are aspects of a trip that might be even more important, and Discover More, the travel-planning process developed by Brownell Travel in Birmingham, Ala., is designed to put the emphasis on more than just the “where” of travel. Read More >>


Explore these 10 incredible honeymoon destinations

July 19, 2017 | Birmingham Magazine

Planning your honeymoon can be one of the most exciting things surrounding your wedding. It gives you a chance to relax after all the craziness of wedding planning and fully enjoy being newlyweds. Read More >>


Amanda Foshee of Sojourns by Brownell Travel: FACES of Birmingham

July 16, 2017 | StyleBlueprint

Amanda Foshee loves exploring other cultures and lands through travel, and her work as a travel advisor at Brownell Travel allows her to share that same passion with her clients. Read More >>


Kerry Dyer Joins Brownell as Director of Talent Development

May 24, 2017 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Kerry Dyer, a celebrated luxury hotels executive, has joined Brownell Travel as director of talent development. Dyer, most recently director of sales & marketing with Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and director of travel industry sales (the Americas) with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, will pioneer the role for Brownell. Read More >>


Get the story behind Birmingham’s century-old travel agency

May 18, 2017 | Birmingham Magazine

There are few things in Birmingham older than Brownell Travel.

Vulcan wasn’t sculpted until the 1904 World Fair. The historic Lyric Theatre wasn’t built until 1914, and across the street, the Alabama Theatre wouldn’t be built for another 13 years after. Even Sloss Furnaces, a company largely credited with pioneering the city’s development, only preceded Brownell by seven years. Read More >>


Want family travel to really count? Make a plan

May 22, 2017 | New York Times

When the first of her three children neared age 8, and school events and sports increasingly demanded the family’s time, Tracy Krechevsky, 52, a teacher in Wellesley, Mass., decided they needed a plan to make the most of their vacations. Read More >>


Why travelers are returning to travel agents

November 18, 2016 | USA Today

Sure it was fun, empowering, often money-saving in the early days, when online travel agencies like Expedia and Travelocity became a presence on the Web for price-shopping, and TripAdvisor, CruiseCritic and Hotels.com became fonts of reviews and opinions. Read More >>


Travel Agents Find Ways To Market Brexit

July 13, 2016 | Travel Market Report

Within days of Britain’s historic June 23 vote to exit the European Union, U.K. specialist Ellen LeCompte was emailing her travel partners in England to check into pricing and availability for a hastily arranged garden tour in early September. It’s an unusually short planning window. But LeCompte, an independent affiliate for Brownell Travel based in Richmond, VA, wanted to jump on the great values afforded by a plummeting British pound. Read More >>


Celebrating July 4 — in South America

June 15, 2016 | New York Times

Instead of a stateside getaway for the long July 4 weekend, why not get into a different kind of American spirit by heading to South America? Courtney Regan, a South America specialist at Brownell Travel, an agency in San Francisco, says that in July, the continent offers a variety of trips for every kind of traveler. Read More >>


Britain’s EU exit creates opportunity and uncertainty

June 14, 2016 | Travel Weekly

It’s too early to tell exactly how Britain’s vote to leave the European Union will affect the travel industry over the long term, but right now is a great time for Americans to visit the U.K. because of the plummeting British pound. Following the vote to leave the EU, the pound plunged to a 31-year low, falling about 10% in a span of a few hours. Read More >>


5 Droolworthy Summer Travel Destinations

April 13, 2016 | Style Blueprint

We just put away our spring break suitcases and we’re back to the daily grind, but that doesn’t mean we also have to pack up our travel dreams. Plus, a world-class vacation calls for world-class planning, which means you should start brainstorming your next great adventure now! Our local leaders in travel planning, Brownell Travel, share five stellar summer travel destinations, as well as their insider tips for getting the most out of each destination. Read More >>


A Lofty View

March 2016 | Virtuoso Advisor Insight

If you were to imagine a beautiful villa with sweeping sea views, just steps away from vibrant nightlife with top entertainment or a magnificent spa, you would only just begin to describe Royal Caribbean’s bi-level Oasis-class suites. Read More >>


An Odd Couple? Traditional Agent Finds Success Online

February 16, 2016 | Travel Market Report

Attracting new customers via the Internet is tough going for many travel agents. Converting online prospects into loyal revenue-generating clients is tougher still. Not so for travel consultant Jessica Ourisman of Ourisman Travel, an independent affiliate of Brownell Travel. Fully 90% of Ourisman Travel’s clients first come to the agency via the Internet. Read More >>


Anthem of the Seas review

December 2015 | Virtuoso Traveler

Claiming a host of first-at-sea features, Royal Caribbean’s Quantum Class ships are as innovative as their name implies. As the line prepares to launch its third Quantum Class vessel, Ovation of the Seas, in spring 2016, we asked a Virtuoso Travel advisor to share her insights on its sister ship, Anthem of the Seas. Read More >>


OK, you’re an expert. But are you a designer of life?

August 24, 2015 | Travel Weekly

It wasn’t like a scene out of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; it was breakfast at Tiffany’s. At 8:15 a.m., Linda Allen of Harrison, Ark., was standing in front of a display case filled with glittering bijoux of every shade, cut and clarity, surrounded by people sipping champagne and nibbling on passed plates topped with caviar and gold leaf. Read More >>


Offbeat Ways to Make Travel Affordable

Five Great-Value Cruises from U.S. Ports This Spring

March 19, 2014 | Conde Nast Traveler

These April and May voyages set sail from U.S. ports—which means many of you can drive to the ship. Here are my top picks when it comes to that hard-to-find combo of good itinerary and good price. Even better than the unusual cruise values for this summer are a few cruise deals that have popped up this spring. Read More >>


Found: Your Great-Value Summer Vacation

March 17, 2014 | Conde Nast Traveler

Dear fellow parents: Now that we’ve made it through planning spring break, we can turn our attention to summer vacation. One option to consider—since it will offer particular value for your dollar this summer—is a family cruise. Read More >>


Guilt Trip? Ease the Pain of Separation

January 2014 | The Costco Connection

For the parent who travels for business, nothing feeds guilt like a long goodbye with a sobbing child wrapped around his or her leg. Traveling away from the comforts and relative predictability of home can be stressful enough, but factor in a child’s anxiety and life “up in the air” can seem downright painful. Read More >>


Margret Propper Named Godmother of UN-CRUISE Vessel

May 2013 | Seattle PI

Unveiling UN-CRUISE Adventures for its combined fleet of upscale yachts and expedition vessels, InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises inaugurated two boats in time for a full summer of adventures in Southeast Alaska. Read More >>


America’s oldest agency is one of its most progressive

The owners of Brownell Travel of Birmingham, Ala., the oldest leisure travel agency in the U.S., have done something remarkable: They have created a cutting-edge service methodology and a model corporate culture, either of which could be featured at a TED conference or as a case study for the Harvard Business Review. Yet Brownell still embraces its 125-year-old principles, traditions and history. Read More>>


Biz hub Panama hopes to lock into leisure market, too

September 15, 2011 | Travel Weekly

Panama, for all its charms, is perhaps best known to U.S. travelers as a place to pass through on their way to somewhere else, whether via its famed, century-old canal linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans or the much newer Tocumen Airport, now Central America’s busiest transit air hub. Read More >>


Brownell Travel

July 31, 2011 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Today’s face of Brownell Travel would be somewhat unfamiliar to its founder, Walter T. Brownell, who set up the company in 1887. The new headquarters, which opened this year, sits in one of the poshest retail districts of BirminghamAL, rubbing elbows with Brooks Brothers and Saks Fifth Avenue. Read More >>


Finding cruise deals in a recovering economy

February 18, 2010 | CNN

The jaw-dropping cruise deals of 2009 have all but dried up. This year travelers will have to work harder to find a way to save on floating escapes. Read More >>


Charting a New Path, Brownell Shifts Focus in Changing Travel Industry

December 8, 2006 | Birmingham Business Journal

Brownell may be one of the oldest travel agencies around, but it is by no means stuck in the past. Founded in 1887, the company has changed with the times, and as the evolution of online travel planning has absorbed business from standard full-service agencies, Brownell is thriving as a specialty operation catering to leisure travelers with a taste for far-flung adventure and upscale amenities. Read More >>


Brownell Travel Consultants Tapped to Sell the Ultimate Vacation – A Trip to Space

December 2006

Troy Haas, CEO of Birmingham-based Brownell Travel, and Vicki Upchurch, a Brownell Travel Consultant, have been chosen amid a select group of travel consultants in the country authorized to sell the next hot travel destination – Outer Space. Read More >>


OLD, BUT NOT OLD-FASHIONED

October 2, 2006 | Travel Weekly
After nearly 120 years in business, Brownell Travel, one of the country’s oldest travel agencies, has quietly unveiled a new name and logo. The intent is to more effectively convey the image of an upscale, service-oriented company, said Troy Haas, president of the Birmingham, Ala.-based agency. Read More >>


The luxury of a niche agency

February 14, 2005 | Travel Weekly

Customers looking for standard cruises wont find what theyre looking for at Leslie Fambrinis travel agency. And she wouldnt have it any other way — because Fambrini focuses on one sector of the cruise industry and one sector only: luxury. Read More >>


Making custom a custom

September 30, 2002 | Travel Weekly

Going ashore has many meanings. To a number of agents, it means customized excursions that yield additional earnings for the agency while providing more trip satisfaction to cruise customers. The concept is not exactly new. Ask Meg McGriff North, executive vice president of Brownell Travel in Birmingham, Ala., who said any “true consultant” with experience and connections has long been offering special land arrangements to discerning travelers. Read More >>


Home Away From Home, the offices of Brownell Travel

My Turnstone Blog

It’s rare that I come across a commercial office space that feels just like home. Sure there are elements that bring in a “homey” type vibe like your favorite colors from home or a piece of furniture. A lot of times when someone wants to bring in the feeling of home they do so in a not so aesthetically pleasing way. An entire office space that feels like home(and is stylish too), however is a bit more rare. Here is an inside view of the Brownell Travel, my favorite home away from home office space. Read More >>


Motivational Travel, The most Rewarding Perk

Business Alabama

In ever-tightening economic times, CEOs  must ask: Are corporate re­treats worth the expense?  Mary Pat Kaufmann,  Vice President of Brownell Motivation travel agency in Birmingham, says, “Even as budgets  are cut and expenditures decrease, many companies  continue holding corporate  retreats. “With a well-planned program, employees feel as though they’ve been treated to a luxurious, yet purposeful, vacation. A dull one might as well be another day at the office. Read More >>


Worldly Success, Brownell Independent Advisor Sam McClure

Travel Agent Central

For sheer audacity, it’s hard to beat Sam McClure’s niche: round-the-world travel for families. A year-long, 30-country trip, with small groups of friends and relatives occasionally join­ ing the core family for part of the trip, isn’t some­ thing you’ll find in any brochure. Read More >>