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

Recent Articles

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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BASILE: Your personal history can be highlight of a trip

November 27, 2010
These days, it’s easier than ever to reconnect with important people online. But face-to-face is still far better than Facebook when it comes to telling someone how important he or she was in shaping the person you’ve become.
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BASILE: For an in-state outing, you can bank on Wabash

August 28, 2010
Instead of writing about some international location this time around, I thought I’d rediscover something near home: Wabash, southwest of Fort Wayne.
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  1. President Obama has referred to the ACA as "Obamacare" any number of times; one thing it is not, if you don't qualify for a subsidy, is "affordable".

  2. One important correction, Indiana does not have an ag-gag law, it was soundly defeated, or at least changed. It was stripped of everything to do with undercover pictures and video on farms. There is NO WAY on earth that ag gag laws will survive a constitutional challenge. None. Period. Also, the reason they are trying to keep you out, isn't so we don't show the blatant abuse like slamming pigs heads into the ground, it's show we don't show you the legal stuf... the anal electroctions, the cutting off of genitals without anesthesia, the tail docking, the cutting off of beaks, the baby male chicks getting thrown alive into a grinder, the deplorable conditions, downed animals, animals sitting in their own excrement, the throat slitting, the bolt guns. It is all deplorable behavior that doesn't belong in a civilized society. The meat, dairy and egg industries are running scared right now, which is why they are trying to pass these ridiculous laws. What a losing battle.

  3. Eating there years ago the food was decent, nothing to write home about. Weird thing was Javier tried to pass off the story the way he ended up in Indy was he took a bus he thought was going to Minneapolis. This seems to be the same story from the founder of Acapulco Joe's. Stopped going as I never really did trust him after that or the quality of what being served.

  4. Indianapolis...the city of cricket, chains, crime and call centers!

  5. "In real life, a farmer wants his livestock as happy and health as possible. Such treatment give the best financial return." I have to disagree. What's in the farmer's best interest is to raise as many animals as possible as quickly as possible as cheaply as possible. There is a reason grass-fed beef is more expensive than corn-fed beef: it costs more to raise. Since consumers often want more food for lower prices, the incentive is for farmers to maximize their production while minimizing their costs. Obviously, having very sick or dead animals does not help the farmer, however, so there is a line somewhere. Where that line is drawn is the question.

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