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Travel Tip: Road Trip Rules, When To Break Them

A recent post covered my road trip rules, including not driving on interstate highways and not visiting chains. I admitted that I sometimes break my own rules. Specifically, on road trips I do sometimes drive on interstates highways and visit chains. Although I really, really try not to do so, there are instances that warrant it. … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: Save Money By NOT Buying In Quantity

Consumers buying multiple products (in quantity) receive discounts. This is a standard business rule. Except for one industry. Yep, the travel industry. OK, to be fair, the travel industry is a bit schizophrenic. Consumers might get discounted rates when staying at a hotel for a designated number of nights; could be 10 or 30. One … 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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Finding Last Minute Lodging Deals

On a recent road trip with my wife to the Finger Lakes region of New York state we found a fantastic last minute lodging deal. She searched on TripAdvisor for highly rated lodging options and really liked the description and reviews of Skaneateles Suites (#1 rated lodging place in Finger Lakes, NY). Checking the property … Continue reading

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McCool Travel Tip: Corporate Rentals

A great way to reduce lodging expenses when traveling is corporate rentals. Corporate rentals are fully furnished apartments that are rented for a month or more to people on long term work assignments or who are relocating. When units are empty, however, travelers can rent corporate apartments on a short term basis. (NOTE: some states … Continue reading

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Travel Tip: Better Than Groupon

Groupon offers substantial discounts for restaurants, health and beauty services, events, leisure activities, and other products and services–in more than 500 markets in over 44 countries. Groupon is a recent online phenomenon, only launching 2 1/2 years ago. Groupon offers a deal of the day to its members; it is free to join. Each deal … 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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8 Great Sights of New Orleans

Today is Mardi Gras! Nothing signifies Mardi Gras more in the United States than New Orleans. Here are 8 great (I hope you think so) photos I took in New Orleans this past September. 1. If you arrive by airplane, you will be greeted in the small New Orleans airport terminal by a Louis Armstrong … Continue reading

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