Posted in January 2014

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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Hertz Gold – Golden and Tarnished

Longtime McCool Travel followers and former students know that Hertz Gold is one of my favorite travel programs. Well over 90% of my car rentals over the past 20 years have been with Hertz Gold and National’s Emerald Aisle. Though I typically rent cars less than a handful of times a year, I (and anyone) … Continue reading

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