Posted in August 2011

Travel Tip: When To Travel, Part 2

Recent McCool Travel posts provided travel tips about WHERE to go and WHEN to go. In WHEN to go I talked about seasons of travel and how you can save money and avoid crowds by traveling during periods of low demand. A second aspect about WHEN to travel is visiting places before the masses discover … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: When To Go?

Perhaps more important than WHERE to go is WHEN to go. For the best deals, visit a destination during the tourism lull. When most people want to visit somewhere (high season), the prices are highest and it is most crowded. My favorite example is Orlando, Florida. People visit Orlando throughout the year but tourism is … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: Where Do You Want To Go?

People ask all the time, “Where should I go next?” It is relative. People are different. The same person may even want to go to different places at different times. I know I do. Many years ago, I saw a friend back in South Florida about ten years after our high school graduation. My eyes … Continue reading

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Cheap Hotel Rate: Matching Coupons

On a road trip last week I was tipped off to a new money-saving strategy. As I have mentioned before, on road trips I usually do not know where I will end up staying so it is not worth trying to find a hotel in advance. In such cases, hotel coupon guides usually offer the … Continue reading

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Tips for Negotiating a Cheaper Hotel Rate

Have you ever negotiated a hotel rate? Yes, I said negotiated. By negotiating, I don’t mean simply trying to get lower hotel rates–although, that is the intent. I don’t mean applying your discount programs (AAA, Costco, Entertainment, Room Saver) to get the best possible published rate. Negotiated hotel rates are not published–or at least I … Continue reading

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