Welcome to “On the Road with Alan”
by Alan E. Lewis
Entry: September 2010
Alan Lewis, Chairman of Grand Circle Travel.
You’re probably saying to yourself: “On the Road with Alan?"— what’s this?!
Well, it’s a place where I plan to share my thoughts with travelers like you, and anyone else who cares to read them. It will feature some of my musings and memories on world travel, including a few of my favorite travel experiences over the years. But it will be a lot more than that.
I also envision “On the Road” to be a forum where I can share my views on leadership—both in an organizational sense and with regard to personal growth and development. I work closely with so many business and community leaders, youth organizations, and budding entrepreneurs—both in Boston and around the world—that I felt others might wish to benefit from the many business and life lessons I’ve picked up along the way. I also plan to shed some light on how community service and "giving back to the world" is not only the right thing to do, but makes sense from a business perspective, too.
I’ve included some of these insights in a new book I’ve just written with my wife (and Grand Circle’s co-chair) Harriet, called Driving With No Brakes. It’s been 25 years since Harriet and I purchased Grand Circle, and we wanted to share the story of the long and rewarding ride we’ve been on (yes, once literally without brakes) that has brought us to heading up the best travel company in the world.
But even after 25 years at the helm of Grand Circle, each day brings new insights—both in life and in the travel business. Events unfold so quickly in today’s world; there are always new ideas sprouting up and new directions to take. And I’ve always believed that you can sit back and let the world pass you by, or you can change with it and seize new opportunities. So as the world changes, I try to change with it. And when I do, I’d like to tell you about it on this little corner of our website.
By the way, you’ll also have an opportunity to comment on any of my future articles (I plan on posting a new one every month or so). Whether you agree or disagree with what I have to say, I’d love to hear from you. And don’t hold back—I have a well-earned reputation for welcoming the “tough questions.”
I also saw that Harriet was having such a good time sharing her thoughts and travel experiences on her “Harriet’s Corner” section of our website, I thought to myself: “Why should she have all the fun?”
So please join me “On the Road”—and let’s see where it takes us …
Alan E. Lewis