John Werner

John Werner

As a 38 year veteran of the travel industry and the President of MAST Travel Network since 2002, John’s career has included 14 years as a travel agency owner. He has served in various capacities on the Board of the Midwest Chapter of ASTA including Treasurer and Vice President. John has also held several positions on the Board of Directors for MAST including Vice Chairman and Board Chairman during the years he owned Travel Group International, a MAST member during the 1990s.

Posts by John Werner:

Best Midwest Wine Trails To Visit

Amidst the Covid 19 pandemic, the need to get out and get away has never been so urgent for our mental health. Short distance road trips are quite popular. If you live in the Midwest, love sipping wine, and enjoy lazy afternoons in picturesque settings, consider visiting a few midwest wine trails. Southern Illinois Wine […]

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Facts, Weather & More

One of the most accessible national parks in the U.S. straddles both Tennessee and North Carolina. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers incredible vistas, mountain meadows covered in wildflowers, remote wilderness areas, and diverse forests. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Facts & Accommodations There are at least twelve mountain peaks above 6000 feet. Among […]

Best Secrets Resorts & Spas To Visit In Mexico

As travel resumes, one of the destinations many vacationers are familiar with and comfortable traveling to because of the close proximity to the U.S. is Mexico. Popular resorts are often located on sprawling beachfront properties with expansive pools and wide beaches offering lots of personal space and relaxation. One of my favorite resort companies is […]

A holiday trip is the perfect gift for your family

Spending time with family and friends is one of the top reasons people travel so it makes total sense that taking a trip as a family, over the holidays, is like giving a gift to each other that will be remembered and cherished. I went on a Danube River cruise aboard AMA Waterways from Budapest […]

Luxury Comes to Contemporary Cruising

You may be thinking what does luxury cruising have to do with a 4000 passenger cruise ship? I found it aboard the Norwegian Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line’s newest ship in their fleet of Breakaway-plus class of ships. Elements of luxury, through tastes and sights, are felt throughout the ship. It’s in the decor, the furniture, […]

Iconic Greek Islands and Istanbul

Many people dream of visiting the Greek Islands, all dotted with whitewashed houses and clay tile roofs painted blue. The deep blue Aegean Sea surrounds the islands and its waters glisten from the bright sunshine overhead. I have dreamed as well about seeing the beauty of Greece and the islands so I took a cruise […]

Incredible Istanbul

One of the great cities of the world is Istanbul, a city I have always wanted to visit. This massive metropolis of nearly 16 million people is incredibly fascinating and captivating. Every street and neighborhood has a different vibe and character. I took an early evening boat ride on the Bosporus Strait separating the city […]

The Rail Journey of a Lifetime

Among the world’s famous rail journeys is Rocky Mountaineer in western Canada. I have done train travel before in the U.S. and in Europe but Rocky Mountaineer is not a mode of transportation. I had a one-of-a-kind experience that will be among the highlights of my travels. The double-decker, GoldLeaf, glass-dome rail car is spacious […]

Astounding Beauty in the Canadian Rockies

Recently I discovered the pristine wilderness of Canada’s western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. The Canadian Rockies straddle a vast area and showcase the power of nature. In every direction, there are mountain tops of sculptured rock and rivers of slate-colored water flowing through woods that carpet the surrounding hillsides. Forests are filled with […]

Expedition Cruising

You can travel to the most remote areas of the world in comfort with familiar surroundings on a ship built for Expedition-style cruising. This is not big ship cruising with Broadway shows, casinos, and late night dancing in pulsating nightclubs. On a Hurtigruten expedition ship, you’ll see penguins and polar bears, whales and sea lions, […]