Posted in April 2011

8 Great Key West Tips

Any visit to Key West is memorable. Things are just different in the Conch Republic. Life is peaceful, people are friendly, the weather is always gorgeous. Here are 8 great tips, mixed in with a few pictures and descriptions, from my latest trip to Key West. getting there. No matter how you arrive in Key … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Marianne Schwab

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For the 16th profile, I am honored to present Marianne Schwab. For over twenty years, TV Travel Show Producer Marianne Schwab has been collecting money saving travel tips as … Continue reading

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Forgotten Travel Tips and Travel Karma

It would be snarky to say that I have forgotten more travel tips than you will ever know. I don’t know what you know nor will ever know. On my last trip I was reminded of a travel tip I wrote about long ago and forgot for many years. Maybe I have forgotten more travel … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Samantha Brown

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For the 15th profile, I am honored to present Samantha Brown. Samantha is the wildly popular Travel Channel host of programs including Passport to Great Weekends, Samantha Brown’s Asia, … 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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Currency Trading

I was short 5 Dirhams (less than 1 US dollar) for my last night’s hotel room in Casablanca. I had just arrived on the train from Marrakech and was flying to Madrid the next morning. It was after 6pm and the nearby Cambios were closed. The hotel clerk said there were no nearby ATMs and … Continue reading

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Cheap Hotels? How about FREE lodging?

Finding hotel discounts is great. Even better is FREE lodging. Indeed, you can travel anywhere in the world and drastically cut or even eliminate lodging expenses. How does that sound? I have known about Couchsurfing for many years but finally decided to participate on my recent trip to Morocco. Couchsurfing Basics Couchsurfing (CS) has over … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Pauline Frommer

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For the 14th profile, I am honored to present Pauline Frommer. Recognize the name? Her father is Arthur Frommer, a true travel industry giant. Pauline Frommer is blazing her … Continue reading

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8 Great Travel Lessons

I just returned from a short trip to Morocco and Madrid. I did not have to travel thousands of miles to learn these lessons but the trip helped reinforce them. Limit Research. Too much planning results in less fun. Be spontaneous. See what happens. Before the trip, I spent too much time reading guidebooks and … Continue reading

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