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Southwest Florida Back Roads Road Trip, Part 2

My goal, as with most road trips, is to completely avoid interstate highways and find the most interesting roads (usually not appearing on maps). This is a continuation of my Southwest Florida Back Roads Road Trip. This one day road trip started when I arrived at Orlando airport and rented a Mustang Convertible for less than … Continue reading

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2014 Washington DC Travel and Adventure Show

This past Sunday, I attended the Travel and Adventure Show in Washington, DC. As a travel blogger, I applied for and received a complimentary Press pass. I have also attended the show on other occasions. The majority of the conference floor space is taken up by vendors promoting their products and services. These vendors include … Continue reading

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Southwest Florida Back Roads Road Trip

My goal, as with most road trips, is to completely avoid interstate highways and find the most interesting roads (usually not appearing on maps). This one day road trip started when I arrived at Orlando airport and Barbara at Avis gave me a free upgrade to a Mustang Convertible. I could not ask for anything … Continue reading

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Opa Locka: Funny Name, Cool Architecture

Right now I am back in cold and snow-covered Northern Virginia but last week I was in sunny, hot South Florida. One of my stops last week was Opa Locka, Florida, a small city about 13 miles northwest of downtown Miami. You likely have not heard of Opa Locka. The primary reason why most tourist … Continue reading

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Travel Value: More Fun, Less Cost

I am currently planning a trip to Miami and also want to spend a day in the Ft. Myers area. I have many options. I could fly a simple roundtrip into and from South Florida (Miami and/or Ft. Lauderdale)—and drive to Ft. Myers and back. However, I would prefer one-way flights into Ft. Myers and … Continue reading

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Filet Mignon Travel at Hamburger Prices

After college graduation, I changed apartments every few months, eventually renting a room in Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes Estates. Palos Verdes is one of the most beautiful spots on earth, with extraordinarily high real estate prices to match. A softball teammate called Palos Verdes “Hamburger Hill”—because people spend so much for their houses they … Continue reading

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Best Source for Authentic Travel Tips is …

WHO you ask for travel tips makes a huge difference. A few times in Twitter chats I have mentioned the worst travel advice I ever heard. I overheard a volunteer visitor center worker suggest Taco Bell for Mexican food in Monterey, California. Gasp. What is an Authentic Travel Tip? So, Taco Bell is not my … Continue reading

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Best Source for Family Travel Tips is …

I chuckle (not quite LOL and definitely not ROFLMAO) when I read or hear family travel tips presented by people without children. C’mon, Man. Really? Whether tips are compiled from other sources (research?) or provided by suppliers (regurgitating marketing spiel), you* are not a family traveler and thus your information is not believable. It makes … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tip: Another Vacation Rental Advantage

Vacation rentals are one of my favorite travel value. Compared to hotels, vacation rentals (houses, condos, apartments) offer more space and amenities at a lower cost. Here is the view from the private walkway to the beach from our beach vacation rental last summer. During a Twitter chat yesterday, I thought of another advantage of … Continue reading

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