The Travel Life | Brownell Travel

2021 Conde Nast Traveler Travel Specialists

We are thrilled that not one, not two, not three, but 10 of our amazing Travel Advisors were selected as Travel Specialists by Conde Nast Traveler. These advisors went through an extensive process of interviews and client references, and they came out on top in their specialties. But beyond creating exceptional travel experiences for their clients around the… Read More >

Brownell Is Best in Class

The great team at Host Agency Reviews named Brownell among their Supernova Award winners recognizing the best host agencies in the United States. Brownell’s remarkable community of Independent Contractors recognized Brownell by posting the most 5-star reviews on our award-winning Hosting Program. In celebration of the award, we are highlighting just 5 of the many… Read More >

The Anatomy of a No

One of the most positive, freeing, and considerate words in the English language is “no.” And yes, you read that correctly! Learning to say no is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and your business. Saying “yes” to the wrong clients takes an emotional and financial toll, while saying “no” frees your… Read More >

I Think We Need To Break-Up: When to Say Goodbye to Your Host Agency

You’ve been feeling it for a while. The nagging thought that you are not appreciated by your host agency. The sense that you are by yourself on an island. The resentment from doing all of the work with none of the recognition. The lingering feeling that there is something better out there, something “MORE.” Break-ups… Read More >

Sarah Groen: Luxury Travel Insider

When COVID-19 hit, the travel industry came to a screeching halt. Trips were cancelled or postponed, and then the phones stopped ringing and the inbox was quiet. But Brownell Independent Advisor Sarah Groen saw the crisis as an opportunity to innovate and launched a podcast called the Luxury Travel Insider. In each episode, she chats… Read More >

Why a Travel Insurance Desk is Important for Your Business

If there is one thing that is in high demand with traveling in a COVID-19 world, it is travel insurance. Your clients want to know how they can protect their investment in their travels but navigating the travel insurance world can be challenging and time consuming. But for Brownell Independent Advisors, we’ve got the Travel… Read More >

How to Prepare for the Return of Travel Post COVID

You have “un-booked” virtually every trip on your departure list. You have reviewed and revised your Terms & Conditions until your eyes have crossed. You could write a best seller on travel insurance. And if you have to answer “do you know when I am going to get my refund?” one more time you may… Read More >

Tips for Choosing the Right Host Agency

You’ve determined that you need a host agency, but finding the right host agency for you and your business can be a challenge. There are so many wonderful options for a host agency and each one has a unique model and focus. We asked a few of our Independent Contractors (or ICs) to share their… Read More >

7 Questions with Anne Bluntzer

Meet Anne Bluntzer. After years working for congress, governmental affairs, and in the financial industry, Anne followed her heart and turned her passion for travel into her full time job. Anne was hardly a new kid on the block in the travel industry before founding Bluntzer Travel joining Brownell’s Hosting Program. After working for over ten… Read More >

Managing Your Travel Business During COVID-19

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash Over the last few years, the travel industry has experienced incredible growth, and it has been an exciting time to be a travel advisor. Then COVID-19 hit and the travel industry came to a screeching halt. Though this virus is new to our world, disruptions to the travel industry… Read More >

Mentoring Class 22

We are so excited about the latest Mentoring Class in the Brownell Mentoring Program. The five incredible women that make up Class 22 come from around the world with unique backgrounds, but each of their paths led them to the travel industry. Learn a little more about them below.   Abbay King Auckland, New Zealand… Read More >


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Brownell ICs are the Best

Your Brownell IC’s are the very best I have ever met. Congratulations on your excellent Brownell program.

Evelyn Weber, Manager, Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France

We could not do this without you!

“The Mentoring Program gave us the chance and the training to start a business AND the continued support to grow that businesss. We could not do this without you!”

King & Whitson, Chattanooga, TN & Washington, VA Washington, VA

Beyond Helpful

“Wow – seriously yall, this is amazing! We are all so lucky to have such a proactive and innovating hosting team. Thanks so much for continually evolving and assisting us to the best of your ability. Seriously, what yall think of and how organized you are is beyond helpful! Yall are awesome!”

Blaire Kochar, Houston, TX

An incredible opportunity to join the industry as a newbie

“The mentoring program was an incredible opportunity to join one of the premier travel agencies in the world as a complete newbie. Brownell’s staff was always available and willing to help with the countless questions I had during my first year. Being mentored by the top travel professionals in the industry contributed immensely to the success that I am now enjoying.”

David Ourisman, Berkeley, CA

I don't know how you do it

“I really don’t know how you do it, but the common denominator in all Brownell Advisors is that they are all the BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD!!!!!!”

Susan Teeple, Amarillo, TX

I am loving every minute of my new career

“The Mentorship program is amazing! I am loving every minute of my new career.”

Kristen Nix, Whitefish, MT

The mentoring program was critical

“The Brownell mentoring program was critical to the successful launch of my travel business. It was a year well-spent learning the ins and outs of the industry and the Virtuoso network. When I graduated from the program, I felt fully integrated into the company and was ready to take my business to the next level.”

Katherine Gould, Richmond, VA


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