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April, 2022 | Brownell Travel mentors select up-and-coming independent travel advisors to create experiences beyond expectations. Sarah Groen shares her experience and how she quickly rose to the top tier of Brownell’s advisors, Pages 20-21 Read More >>


March 16, 2022 | The Russia-Ukraine conflict threatens travel far beyond Eastern Europe. Gas prices are rising, and there’s a growing sense of unease about the upcoming travel season. So how do you protect your vacation from a distant war? Read More >>


March 21, 2022 | TravelAge WestBeing a travel advisor is the best career for a working mother. Or, is it actually the worst? Read More >>

Hot Travel Destinations Booking Fast and Prices Rising for Summer 2022

March 8, 2022 | AARP

Expedia, Vrbo and others see big interest in Florida and Tennessee, plus other trends. Read More >>

Haven’t Booked Spring Break Travel Yet? It’s Not Too Late With These Tips

February 18,  2022 | AFAR

Demand for spring break 2022 is high, but travel advisors say there are still plenty of vacation opportunities, provided you’re willing to be flexible. Read More >>


February 14, 2022 | Travel Weekly

Hear firsthand from one of our travel advisors, Betsy Talbot, owner of Travel by Talbot in Mandeville, La, how her experience was when this exact scenario played out in December when she had clients travelling with us. Read More >>

Flyers are feeling the pain of omicron, and so are their advisors

January 4, 2022 | Travel Weekly

Angela Hochhalter, air team manager for Brownell, and Sandy Grodsky, owner of Brownell independent affiliate SG Travel Advisors, explain the challenges of dealing with the nearly 19,000 U.S. flights that have been cancelled over the last few weeks. Read More >>


December, 2021 | Condé Nast Traveler

Mimi Lichtenstein, owner and custom travel advisor of Truvay Travel, an affiliate of Brownell, has seen all sorts of changes in the ways women are prioritizing their travels—with some actually choosing to forego their budgets after being grounded for so long.  Read More >>

Travel insurance market booms as clients seek more protection

September 20, 2021 | Travel Weekly

As the threat of the delta variant looms large and borders tighten up across the globe, demand for travel insurance continues to rise. Read More >>

What’s the best travel insurance for your fall trip? It depends.

September 8, 2021 | The Washington Post

Finding the best travel insurance has never been easy, but if you’re planning a trip for this year, it’s never been this confusing. Read More >>

Don’t Make These Travel Protection Mistakes During The COVID Surge

August 14, 2021 | Forbes

The latest COVID surge is sending shock waves across the travel industry, prompting many people with vacation plans to have second thoughts. Read More >>

Older adults are vaccinated and ready to take to the skies

June 7, 2021 | Atlanta Journal Consitution

When the coronavirus pandemic led to a shutdown in March 2020, plans to take a cruise or visit another continent were put on hold. Now, with vaccinations on the rise among older adults, vacations are back on the table. Read More >>

DELTA CEO: Prices are down but expected to rise with summer travel

May 27, 2021 | CBS 46

ATLANTA (CBS46) — Brace yourself for the cost of summer travel. Right now, Delta’s CEO says ticket prices are down 15 to 20 percent but that soon could change. Read More >>

6 Things You Should Know About Traveling to Europe This Summer

May 26, 2021 | New York Times

Shifting flight schedules, varying hotel flexibility and new tech: A lot has changed since the last time you packed that passport. Read More >>

The Travel Advisor, an Unsung Hero of the Pandemic—and the Key to Safe Travels in 2021 and Beyond

April 15, 2021 | Veranda

Brownell Travel Vice President Beth Flowers was checking up on the company’s partners and guides in Africa during January 2020 and started noticing many people wearing masks across larger cities, like Johannesburg, by the time she flew back to the U.S. Read More >>

Don’t You Dare Protect Your Summer Vacation Like This

April 10, 2021 | Forbes

No one in their right mind would take a vacation this summer without a little protection. And I’m not talking about sunscreen, either. Read More >>

How to Book a Better Beach Vacation

February 2021 | D Magazine

To go alongside our February cover story, we asked Dallas-based travel agent Sam Murphy for some of her top tips to help plan your first post-pandemic getaway. Read More >>

How to find a travel advisor amid the pandemic

January 27, 2021 | The Washington Post

Finding a good travel adviser used to be easy. Plenty of qualified and experienced travel agents were out there. But then covid-19 happened. No one knows how many travel agencies closed during the pandemic. But last year, the American Society of Travel Advisors predicted that a stunning 72 percent of agents would go out of business within six months if they didn’t receive government aid. Read More >>

Is Free Travel Insurance Enough For Your Next Trip? Here’s How To Know

January 19, 2021 | Forbes

Free travel insurance is without question the top travel insurance trend of 2021. Airlines, destinations and hotels are offering “insurance included” vacations in the hopes of attracting more post-pandemic visitors. Read More >>


January 8, 2021 | Wall Street Journal

After nearly a year of vacation deprivation, frustrated globe-trotters are starting to dream about traveling freely again. Read More >>

Post-Vaccine Vacation Dreamers Plot to ‘Get the Hell Out of Their House’

December 30, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus cabin fever is inspiring some big-trip plans for 2021; ‘a little hopefulness’ Read More >>

Still traveling despite the CDC warning? Here’s how to pick a safe vacation destination

December 11, 2020 | USA Today

Here’s a trick question: Where’s the safest place to travel during the pandemic surge? Is it somewhere nearby? Or a squeaky-clean destination that takes its disinfecting really seriously? Read More >>

Brownell Travel’s sounding board

November 30, 2020 | Travel Weekly

Brownell Travel in Birmingham, Ala., is home to a community of 115 independent contractors. With dozens of ICs on the books, the agency has come up with an interesting way to make sure they all have a proverbial seat at the table with Brownell: The Independent Contractor Advisory Board. Read More >>

How can the cruise industry attract new cruisers in 2021

December 2, 2020 | Conde Nast Traveler

Brownell Independent Travel Advisor shares her insight on how the cruise industry will have to appeal to and attract a younger clientele in the new year.  Read More >>

11 ways 2020 may ultimately change travel for the better

November 12, 2020 | Independent

From contactless service to politeness and new cleaning policies, 2020 may leave a good as well as bad legacy for travel. Read More >>

How the lessons of 2020 may make travel better in the long run

November 11, 2020 | The Washington Post

The conventional wisdom is that 2020 has nearly destroyed travel. And though it’s true that covid-19 ruined our vacations and took a wrecking ball to a large part of the industry, the conventional wisdom is wrong. Read More >>

Why Travelers Are Moving the Home Office Abroad to Work Even More Remotely

November 8, 2020 | Robb Report

These new nomads are making the best of a bad situation. Read More >>

What’s the state of the travel industry?

November 2, 2020 | WBRC

Brownell’s Vice President of Marketing & Development Haisley Smith shares about the state of the travel industry and an innovative program to temporarily live and work in a new destination. Read More >>

Want To Go Somewhere? 4 Reasons To Be Optimistic About The Future Of Travel

October 31, 2020 | Forbes

These days, almost every conversation about leisure travel feels like an exercise in heartache. With the global pandemic closing borders, cancelling journeys, and shuttering hotels, every part of the travel industry is being confronted with existential challenges. Yet while the future might feel bleak for the industry and for the all of the individuals whose livelihood depends on it, there nonetheless remains reason not only for hope, but reason for optimism as well. Read More >>

How Covid-19 ended the city escape

October 13, 2020 | CNN

Around the world, cities are taking a pounding from Covid-19 as travelers are avoiding visiting large conurbations during the global pandemic. In turn, tourism numbers in metropolises have plummeted. In Madrid, tourist arrivals dropped by 63.8% during the first half of 2020. Read More >>

How To Buy Travel Insurance For Extended Trips

October 2, 2020 | Forbes

Most travel insurance lasts only as long as your vacation. So if you want to extend your trip, you might be out there without any coverage. How do you buy travel insurance for extended trips? Read More >>

The Future of Travel in 2020 and Beyond

September 26, 2020 | Barron’s

While the world continues to battle Covid-19 and scramble for an effective vaccine, many of us long to jet around the globe safely again. As we slowly dip our toes back in, we’re likely to see some worldwide shifts, as people are more inclined to travel responsibly and consider their impact on a destination before booking a trip. Read More >>

How Cruises Are Planning for a Busy 2021

August 26, 2020 | Conde Nast Traveler

If you hope to cruise in 2021, word in the industry is: Book now. Between the passengers who bumped 2020 sailings because of the pandemic and general interest in getting out to sea again, cabins on ships both small and large, river and ocean, are filling up fast. “Already, availability is limited,” says Linda Allen-Speer of Cruises by Linda Read More >>

How To Buy Travel Insurance Based On Your Destination Country

August 17, 2020 | Forbes

When it comes to travel insurance, one size does not fit all. At least that’s what Hanna Thomas discovered when she planned a recent trip across Asia. It turns out that buying travel insurance based on your destination isn’t easy. Read More >>

Virtuoso speakers propose pathways to restore confidence, restart travel

August 14, 2020 | Travel Weekly

Consistency, transparency, flexibility and price integrity will be key to travel’s comeback from the coronavirus crisis. That was the message from suppliers and agency executives during Virtuoso Travel Week, which this year was held virtually for the first time. Read More >>


August 2020 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Marion McDonald, an independent advisor at Brownell Travel, goes exploring to discover some gems out west. Read More >>

Changing the Paradigm of Luxury Travel

August 2020 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Helen Jordan of Jordan Luxury Travel, an affiliate of Brownell, tries camping and a visit to a luxury resort for her domestic vacations. Read More >>

Avoid These Travel Insurance Mistakes For Your Post-Pandemic Vacation

July 30, 2020 | Forbes

When it comes to travel insurance, everyone makes mistakes. After all, policies are filled with jargon and exclusions. And that’s particularly true for vacations planned after the pandemic. Read More >>

Longer, Slower, Farther: Savoring the Prospects of Future Travels

July 28, 2020 | New York Times

In the travel lull induced by the pandemic, many people are planning ambitious, once-in-a-lifetime trips. Optimists are targeting 2021. For others, their next big trip will be in 2022. Read More >>

Why Travel Advisors are Everyone’s Best Friend Right Now

July 24, 2020 | ILTM

While it’s clear that the pandemic hasn’t put an end to the desire to travel, how clients book and the priorities they now hold have undoubtedly shifted. This modified attitude towards travel has manifested in a variety of ways, not least of all in creating a new dimension of discourse between brands, advisors and their clients. Read More >>

Our Favorite Drives in the U.S.

June 2020 | Virtuoso

It’s the summer of the road trip. While some this year’s grandest travel plans may be on pause, not all vacation hope is lost. As countries and states ease restrictions and hotels, national parks, and other attractions cautiously begin to reopen, the allure of the open road is strong. Read More >>

COVID-19 forcing many to change summer travel plans

June 15, 2020 | WVTN

Travel is starting to pick back up, but for many people their summer vacation looks a lot different because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brownell Travel is working with clients to plan vacations within the United States. Haisley Smith, Vice President of Marketing for Brownell Travel, talked to WVTM 13 about options travelers have despite the current restrictions. Read More >>

Recreational Renaissance

June 10, 2020 | Travel Weekly

It was late March when Martha Gaughen, an owner and vice president of Birmingham, Ala.-based Brownell Travel, a Virtuoso member agency, came to terms with the fact that the international travel she’d booked for the year was likely a washout. Read More >>

The pandemic’s devastating effect on wildlife and conservation efforts

June 3, 2020 | The Points Guy

When travel was put on pause and countries slammed shut their borders, some destinations that had long been plagued by overtourism began to show signs of recovery. Venetian waterways became significantly more clear, and smog above the Himalayas dissipated. In some countries, however, the absence of tourists can be disastrous, and one sector of the industry has been left particularly vulnerable. Read More >>

In A Covid-19 World, Here’s Why You Should Use A Travel Agent

May 28, 2020 | Forbes

Many of us are starting to think about a vacation, and now matter how nice our homes, there is strong desire to go someplace different.Chances are you will start seeing deals and discounts, if you haven’t already. Free nights, credits to use the spa or at restaurants, and of course 60% off are all standard tools for travel marketers. Read More >>

Is the Future of Luxury Travel Private?

May 19, 2020 | Veranda

Picture yourself waking up in a luxurious villa in Sicily to the aroma of breakfast being prepared by a private chef. On the agenda for the day: exploring ancient ruins, lunch at an olive oil farm, afternoon yoga around your villa’s pool, and dinner in the garden under the stars. Read More >>

This Is Why You Need A Travel Advisor For Your Post-Pandemic Vacation

May 14, 2020 | Forbes

If you’re planning a trip after the pandemic, maybe it’s time to call a professional. A competent travel agent can help you navigate the strange new world of airlines, hotels and rental cars. Travel is radically and almost unrecognizably different after the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why you need a travel advisor, say experts. Read More >>

Travelers Are Ready to Cruise Again—And They’re Booking Up 2021

May 7, 2020 | Conde Nast Traveler

Brina S., a 41-year-old mom in Florida, has a family cruise booked with Royal Caribbean next year: It departs in late May 2021 out of Barcelona with stops in Italy and France. Read More >>

Don’t Make These Expensive Travel Insurance Errors

April 29, 2020 | Forbes

When it comes to buying travel insurance, there are important new rules after the pandemic — and troubling new ways to lose money. But they are expensive travel insurance errors that you can easily avoid. Read more >>

Travel Agent Superheroes: Going Above and Beyond for Clients Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak

March 23, 2020 | Travel Pulse

If there’s any silver lining to the coronavirus outbreak, it’s that more travelers will recognize that professional travel advisors are worth their weight in gold – especially during a crisis. Read more >>

Travel and the Coronavirus: Answers to Your Top Questions

March 18, 2020 | New York Times

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe and countries continue to tighten their travel restrictions, the questions of whether to travel and where it’s safe to go have become increasingly complicated. Read more >>

Coronavirus Forces Families to Rip Up Spring Travel Plans

March 14, 2020 | Wall Street Journal

For months, Scott and Patrick Soltys-Curry had planned to celebrate their second wedding anniversary with a spring break trip to Dollywood in Tennessee and a visit to Scott’s nearby mother and stepfather. But as the new coronavirus started spreading, the family worried about Scott’s stepfather, who is 68 and recently had triple bypass surgery. Read more >>

Why the Virgin Voyages Cruise Line Postponed Its Launch

March 13, 2020 | Conde Nast Traveler

Stylish, sexy, and promised as a new kind of cruise for travelers, the much-anticipated Virgin Voyages cruise line—the latest venture from Sir Richard Branson—will keep crowds waiting just a little bit longer. The line announced on March 12 that the maiden voyage for its first ship, the Scarlet Lady, originally planned for April 1, has been pushed back to August 7 (with a few industry-aimed “showcase” sailings scheduled from mid-July). Read more >>

Does travel insurance cover coronavirus-related cancellations?

March 11, 2020 | AJC

As coronavirus continues to spread, companies have pulled back on business travel and U.S.-based airlines are reducing international flights. However, travelers who already had jet-setting plans prior to the outbreak may find themselves in a bind. Read more >>

An Expert’s Guide to Travel: A Conversation with Megan Winslett

March 5, 2020 | The Scout Guide

Meet Megan Winslett, owner of MEGAN WINSLETT TRAVEL, an independent affiliate of BROWNELL TRAVEL, a luxury travel consultancy. Megan’s professional background includes stints as executive director of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce’s foundation, and in executive-level leadership development partnered with the Center for Creative Leadership. Read More >>


February 24, 2020 | Travel Weekly

At last count, at least 27 cruise ships in Asia have had to cancel or modify not only single itineraries but in some cases entire seasons in response to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak in China. Read More >>


February 18, 2020 | Studio 4

A vast and highly diverse continent full of fascinating cultures, dramatic scenery, and extraordinary animals, Africa offers some of the most amazing travel experiences in the world. Traveling to the world’s second-largest continent feels a little overwhelming, which is why having a travel advisor can certainly help. Our own personal travel guru, Susan Teeple is in today, having just returned from Africa. Read More >>


February 7, 2020 | The Points Guy

As miles-and-points-wielding travelers, we may not immediately think of using a travel agent to book our getaways. But, there are times that warrant consulting an expert. Read More >>


February 5, 2020 | Sonoran News

Remember the excitement your children shared when you took them to Disney, traveled to a family-friendly resort, and cheered them on at a sports tournament far from home? If your children have left the nest, those vacations may be in the past for you. While those experiences are surely cherished memories, you may find new experiences with your adult children even more meaningful. Read More >>


January 26, 2020 | Forbes

Want to rent a villa in Tuscany and do it on your own? It’s simple. Just type “Villa Rentals Tuscany” into Google, then wade through the four and a half million responses – most of which look the same, whether they are good or bad, legit or bogus. Spend just 10 seconds each vetting sites, and you’ll be done in a year and a half – and still won’t have rented anything. Read More >>


January 15, 2020 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas — Susan Teeple is back with us this afternoon to take us on a trip of a lifetime to Chile! Read More >>


January 15, 2020 | Sonoran News

Welcome the new roaring 20’s with a passion to refresh your outlook on travel and make this the year for new travel destinations and experiences. Exploring a destination for the first time? Fantastic! Returning to a city or country that you absolutely love? Great – I suggest you commit to experiencing it in a fresh new way. Here are five ways to put an exciting spin on your travels in 2020. Read More >>

How to Take a Family Sabbatical

January 5, 2020 | Worth

For many, the idea of taking a year off to travel with family is a pipe dream. But as paid leave policies and remote education become more prevalent, it’s becoming a reality for a growing number of people. Interested in taking your family on an around-the-world adventure? Read this first. Read More >>

Susan’s Travel Trends: The United Arab Emirates

November 20, 2019 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — You will experience culture, luxury, even adventure as you admire some of the world’s most notable landmarks and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the white beaches of UAE. Read More >>

Susan’s Travel Trends: Going Greek

October 2, 2019 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Greece is a beautiful country full of history, culture, and unique buildings. Susan Teeple recommends this country for a great getaway! Read More >>


September 30, 2019 | Reader’s Digest

Looking for somewhere to go during the months of December, January, and February? From snow-capped ski resorts to sunny islands, these are the hottest travel destinations to visit this winter. Read More >>


September 30, 2019 | Travel Market Report

Let’s be blunt. When it comes to the quality of your clients’ travel experience, travel advisors are in many ways at the mercy of the suppliers who deliver the end product. Read More >>

Storm preparedness for travel advisors

September 16, 2019 | Travel Weekly

Hurricane Dorian is firmly set in the rearview mirror, but the Atlantic hurricane season extends through the end of November, leaving plenty of time for another storm system to disrupt travel and affect vacation plans. Read More >>

The Company Off-Site: Mega Perk or Dreaded Chore?

August 29, 2019 | Wall Street Journal

For some, a corporate retreat is the rare chance to deepen professional ties and revel in a free trip. For others, its obligatory ‘fun’ and round-the-clock awkwardness. We sink deep into the debate. Read More >>

Why You Should Become a Travel Agent This Year

August 29, 2019 | Travel Market Report

Looking for a profession that lets you work from home, be your own boss, earn a good living, and see the world — and while you are at it, build understanding and human relationships? This year, many travel advisors say, their chosen career is more lucrative and rewarding than ever, and there is more support and training available from reputable host agencies to help newcomers learn the basics. Read More >>

Susan’s Travel Trends: San Miquel de Allende, Mexico

August 21, 2019 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Are you looking for a vacation full of culture, art, and architecture? Susan Teeple says San Miquel de Allende, Mexico is the place! Read More >>

The Hottest Perk in Tourism: Making the Crowds Disappear

August 14, 2019 | Wall Street Journal

High-end hotels in some of the world’s most tourist-jammed destinations are selling something increasingly elusive: privacy. Read More >>

Susan’s Travel Trends: Italy 2.0

July 31, 2019 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — There is so much to do when visiting Italy that you might need to visit twice! Travel advisor, Susan Teeple has details on what to do and how to navigate Italy like a pro. Read More >>

Don’t Go Anywhere Without These Expert Tips For Buying Travel Insurance

June 9, 2019 | Forbes

There’s no shortage of expert tips for buying travel insurance online. But where’s a pro when you really need one? That’s what Mike Mehta wanted to know when he contacted me recently. “Is travel insurance worth buying?” he asked. “Do you have any recommendations for reasonably priced travel insurance providers?” Read More >>

ASTA Legislative Day Brings Advisors to Capitol Hill

June 7, 2019 | Travel Market Report

This week, approximately 160 travel professionals convened at the nation’s capital to discuss issues and concerns regarding the travel industry with their state and local representatives, during the American Society of Travel Advisors’ (ASTA) annual Legislative Day event. Read More >>

Oldest agency has youth appeal

June 3, 2019 | Travel Weekly

Not too long ago, the travel industry had a pretty big, collective concern: that it would age out. “By and large, I think it’s a problem that we’ve largely solved,” said Troy Haas, president and CEO of Birmingham, Ala.-based Brownell Travel. “I think we benefit from the fact that the younger generation wants to do work that means something to them, and we do work that means something to people. These are careers that are enjoyable.” Read More >>

Susan’s Travel Trends: A Trip to Napa Valley

May 22, 2019 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – North of San Francisco, California’s Napa Valley wine country is one of the world’s great destinations, especially for lovers of great wine, fantastic food, and beautiful views. Travel Advisor Susan Teeple calls a trip to Napa Valley, “the Mother ship trip.” Read More >>

Birmingham’s Best Places to Work for 2019

May 16, 2019 | Birmingham Business Journal

In a low unemployment rate environment, the battle for talent is key. That’s particularly true these days, as Birmingham employers in a range of industries are facing challenges finding skilled workers. It’s an employee’s market, and that makes it critical for companies to create a great workplace culture. Today, we’re unveiling a list of companies that have done just that – our 2019 Birmingham’s Best Places to Work. Read More >>

3 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting a Travel Agency

May 15, 2019 | Travel Pulse

When you start your first business, three things are guaranteed to happen—you’ll work harder than you’ve ever worked in your life, your first sale will make you prouder than anything you’ve ever done, and every single person you know will have an opinion on your business. Read More >>

How 3 Travel Advisors Combat Overtourism

May 1, 2019 | Recommend Magazine

At last year’s USTOA Conference & Marketplace, when the results for the biennial economic impact study, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC (PwC), were released, we learned that overtourism had been newly added to the survey’s potential threats list because it’s a growing concern for USTOA active members. With that in mind, we reached out to travel advisors to get their take on the strategies they use to combat overtourism. Read More >>

Exploring the World from Above

Spring 2019 | Travel Advisor Magazine

FOR SOME, THE WINDOW SEAT IS A NIGHTMARE. FOR ME, IT’S MY HAPPY PLACE. The surreal happening of a never ending scroll of landscapes passing me by is one of my favorite memories of a trip. From the flat, cracked jigsaw pieces of the midwest desert, to the highest peaks of the Alps; the transparent, aqua waters of the Caribbean and the lush canopy of Central American jungle, I may have seen more of this world from above than on solid ground. But it’s not just the window seat that gets us these bird’s-eye views. Read More >>

Susan’s Travel Trends: The Bahamas

April 17, 2019 | Studio 4

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – With the summer travel season on the horizon, a getaway could be in your future. Susan Teeple shares why the Bahamas is a great getaway. Read More >>

From One Million to Two in Travel Sales: How Advisors Can Jump the Hurdle

April 12, 2019 | Travel Market Report

Research shows that the jump from $1 million to $2 million in annual sales is among the toughest hurdles for travel advisors. But for those with the fortitude and drive to go for it, the next million is within your grasp, the experts say — and they have the data to back that up. Read More >>

Millennial Travel Forum Los Angeles: Meet the Agents Attending

March 26, 2019 | Travel Pulse

With less than a week away, TravelPulse reveals the names of the 14 agents who will be traveling to Los Angeles for the United States debut of travAlliancemedia’s Millennial Travel Forum. Read More >>

Expert Tips for Packing Light

February 6, 2019 | Sonoran News

New York Times writer Susan Heller famously said, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” Read More >>

Caribbean Spas: Four Luxury Hotels to Help You Recharge

January 10, 2019 | Luxury Travel Advisor

The holidays are over (whew). They seem to be meant to allow you to rest and recharge but often they’re the most stressful part of the year. Luckily, Luxury Travel Advisor has your back — and, with it, four suggestions for a Caribbean spa escape to help you actually rest and recharge. Read More >>

Luxury Travel Advisor’s Trendsetters

December 2018 | Luxury Travel Advisor

Welcome to our second “Trendsetters” issue, in which we highlight top advisors in the most prestigious luxury travel agencies across the United States and beyond. Read More >>

The Best Places to Visit in 2019 Before They Get Too Popular

December 2018 | Reader’s Digest

Fancy yourself a travel trailblazer? From up-and-coming destinations to hidden gems you didn’t even know existed, here are 15 locales to put on your radar ASAP. Read More >>

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 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 >>

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 >>


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 >>