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In Search of Glowing Recommendations

Between Yelp, Chowhound, asking the right questions, and exploring, I feel that I have a knack for finding great places to eat in unfamiliar towns. Yesterday, I had lunch with Anne. She operates Regali Jewelry (check it out). Our conversation included Charlottesville, Virginia. Anne mentioned my recents posts (including Ace BBQ) and said I probably have been to … Continue reading

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8 Great Holiday Flight Travel Tips

It is no secret that flights during the year end holiday season are stressful. Flights are more packed (more people), there is less onboard space (more bulky clothes and carryon gifts), and security lines are longer (because “novices” are flying). I have shared many holiday flight tips in recent Twitter chats and figured it would … Continue reading

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8 Great Ways to Get Free Lodging in New York City

Originally posted September 6, 2010 on Travelskills.blogspot.com. ****************************************************** Tomorrow I (and many others) begin a month of travel using JetBlue‘sAll-You-Can-Fly pass. One destination I want to visit is New York City. That is convenient, since New York’s JFK airport is a JetBlue hub and their HQ. Some say New York City is the greatest city in the world. I recently … Continue reading

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8 Great Ways to Find Travel Deals

Here are eight great ways to find travel deals: Twitter. Follow the Twitter accounts of individual airlines, hotels and hotel chains, rental car companies, cruise lines, and other travel companies. Journalists, travel industry experts, and other Twitter users also tweet travel deals. TIP: I created a Twitter list, and frequently check it for travel deal … Continue reading

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To App or Not To App

In Old School Trip Planning, I said that I would not use any apps on my trip to Morocco. How did I do? Well, I succeeded. I visited Morocco without using apps and made it home in one piece. I did pre-trip research in guidebooks and online, so I had a basic plan for my … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tips from Travel Experts: OrdinaryTraveler.com

McCool Travel is excited to present interviews with travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For the fifth profile, I am thrilled to present Christy and Scott from OrdinaryTraveler.com. They live in San Diego, when they are not surfing or traveling around the world. They are a couple of surfers sharing travel stories, … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tips from Travel Experts: Jason Scott

McCool Travel is excited to present interviews with travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For the third profile, I am happy to present Jason Scott. Jason is CEO of Sunday Drive, LLC. Their flagship product is the Sunday Drive iPhone app. Sunday Drive is a community of  locals, enthusiasts, and conservationists building … Continue reading

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McCool Travel: 2011 Resolutions (Part 1)

With 10 days left in 2010, it is a great time to recall the whole year and set a road map for the next year. 2010: Where McCool Travel Went * the McCool Travel blog launched September 17, 2010, replacing the Travel Skills blog. * regular McCool Travel blog posts (more than 3 per week) … Continue reading

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Making Good Decisions

One Good Decision Leads to Another That seems to be the theme of a Nutrigrain commercial* I recently saw. Starting your day with a Nutrigrain bar, instead of a doughnut, leads to better and healthier decisions throughout the day (it implies). That made me wonder whether a good decision while traveling or trip planning works … Continue reading

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