#TBT Catching the Travel Bug

Blame the finally seasonable weather, but I’m craving a destination vacation. After satiating my wanderlust with a winter retreat in Slovenia, the travel bug has returned with a vengeance. I’m pinning exotic locales, pricing far-flung adventures, and salivating over the aromatic foods pictured in guidebooks. I’m still in the early stages of planning (and saving) for my next globetrot. Happily, a quick search of Marriott Alumni Magazine’s archives turned up a surprising wealth of advice for both the savvy adventurer and the travel novice. In honor of Throwback Thursday, here are some of the mag’s best bits of overseas wisdom. I’m looking forward to putting them—and my passport—to good use very soon.

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Feel-Good Tourism

Writer Chad Nielsen outlines three ways to make your next trip more sustainable, without sacrificing comfort, in “Destination Unknown.”If a low-key getaway isn’t your style, Nielsen explains how high-end Destination Clubs work and if they’re worth the six-figure fees.

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Take a Break

Making time for a vacation has huge implications at the office—think increased productivity, better health, and reduced stress—writes Jennifer Mathis in “How a Sunburn Can Prevent Burnout.” Leaving this article in the break room could be a subtle way to warm up management to that ten-day safari you’ve been eyeing.

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Business Class

In “Out of and on the Clock,” former Marriott Alumni Magazine editor Emily Smurthwaite Edmonds provides helpful tips for making the most of business trips, as well as great advice for beating jet lag. My fave? Chow down on a high carb meal to induce sleepiness. Pass the pasta, please!


Still need a cure for your travel itch? Check out alum Kimberly Clark’s tips for a happy holiday or read professor Patti Freeman’s rules for a trauma-free family trip.