FrankBasile

The Traveling Life columnist

Basile is a professional speaker, author, community volunteer, philanthropist and retired executive of the Gene B. Glick Co.  He has presented 1,400 speeches and holds the designation of certified speaking professional.  The author of 13 books, he wrote a weekly column on management for IBJ for 20 years and has penned more than 1,500 articles for various other publications.  Basile served as board chair of nine not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on the board of seven. He was senior vice president of the Gene B. Glick Co. for 33 years and has received numerous awards and recognition for his volunteer and other activities. Basile was born in New Orleans, graduated from Tulane University and is married to Katrina, who is a Realtor.  Besides speaking, writing and volunteering, his hobbies include ballroom dancing, reading, attending movies and plays, collecting art, exercising, travel and philanthropy.

E-mail: Frank_Basile@sbcglobal.net

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BASILE: For more fun, invite serendipity into your summer road trips

July 26, 2014
No matter what our plan, we are always flexible about modifying it if we come across some unexpected sight or event. Frequently the most interesting experiences are unplanned.
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BASILE: Visiting Vegas (while steering clear of the tempting slots)

December 28, 2013
A beyond-high end car dealership? A mobster museum? On a recent trip to Sin City, I experienced another side of Vegas.
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BASILE: Odds are Branson visitors will be treated like family

September 28, 2013
Hokey? Sure. But other cities could learn something about customer service from how this Missouri country mecca.
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BASILE: Getting to Cuba isn’t easy, but rewards are worth it

July 27, 2013
The Cuba we found was quite different from the Cuba of 1958, frequently portrayed in books and movies. Instead, of neon and casinos, we found crumbling buildings and functioning 1940s and 1950s American cars.
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BASILE: My (big) easiest destination choice: New Orleans

April 27, 2013
I have been remiss in not writing anything about a prime tourist destination—and my hometown—New Orleans. Correction time
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TRAVEL: For best experience, go with no reservations

December 29, 2012
Like most of our trips, the only reservations we made were for the flights.
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BASILE: In Houston, a megachurch offered a practical message

October 27, 2012
As a professional speaker myself, I could appreciate his pacing and understated gestures.
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BASILE: Glad to say goodbye to Kaliningrad

July 28, 2012
Two Russian policemen approached me and asked to see my “papers.” After a cursory look, they escorted me into a small cinder block “interrogation” room, which could barely contain the three of us and my backpack.
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TRAVEL: Learning about roots makes Sicilian sojourn worthwhile

April 28, 2012
The only information we had about my ancestral family on my father’s side was a baptismal certificate for my paternal grandmother. It said she was baptized in a town called Alia.
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TRAVEL: Surprise! Carmel has turned into a place I'd like to visit

January 28, 2012
Over the past few months, we’ve fallen in love with a charming city just a few miles north of our Indianapolis home.
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TRAVEL: Gambling on wedded bliss in Las Vegas

October 29, 2011
We did not want a traditional wedding. So we went to the traditional home of non-traditional nuptials.
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TRAVEL: Overcoming Olympic travel hurdles in Greece

September 17, 2011
How a tour guide named Poopie kept an accident from turning into a traveller's nightmare.
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TRAVEL: Heading south of the border again and again

August 27, 2011
Katrina and I have made more trips (10) to Mexico and traveled to more cities and towns there (35) than we have to any other foreign country in the last 12 years.
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BASILE: Navigating South America proves challenging

May 28, 2011
Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana are connected to South America by land and little else.
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Frank's rules of travel

March 12, 2011
Following these guidelines can make for a better vacation
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TRAVEL: Perfectly Franks--Namesake meeting in Big Apple

January 29, 2011
In 2002, I received an e-mail from a gentleman in New York City named Frank Basile who said he attended Indiana University in the mid-1980s and was often asked if he was my son.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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