5 Minutes With Wayne Dunlap

For McCool Travel’s 87th travel profile, I am pleased to present Wayne Dunlap. Wayne and his wife Pat are award-winning travel authors and photographers, speak at travel shows, and have a massive social media following. They rented their home in order to travel the world for three years. I am honored that Wayne took a few minutes to share some travel memories and tips. Please visit his website, UnhookNow, for more travel tips and write-ups about destinations.

Wayne’s bio:

Wayne and Pat Dunlap are award-winning travel photojournalists and have visited 100 countries on 6 continents as well as 44 U.S. states. They were chosen as TripAdvisorTop 25 Travel Blogger to Follow 2014 as well as other awards: Top Travel Blogger 2013 and Best Boomer Travel Bloggers to Follow. Articles about them appeared in Wall Street JournalU.S. News & World ReportABC News, & many others. The Dunlaps are active speakers with presentations at large travel shows such as the Travel & Adventure Show (the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S.), San Francisco Travel Show, and The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show. Wayne is author of the 5-star rated travel book Plan Your Escape®, Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home and is a travel columnist for the Huffington Post. The Dunlaps were TV hosts of the travel show Plan Your Escape® which aired on CW network.

Wayne Dunlap, Plan Your Escape

Wayne Dunlap, Plan Your Escape

Wayne Dunlap

Hometown…

San Diego, California

Always in my luggage…

  • as little as possible saying we will “look the same a lot”
  • day pack to carry items for the day so we don’t have to go back to the hotel (good for use as carry-on bag)
  • travel cards to hand out so we stay connected with new friends we meet along the way
  • compact hooded travel poncho so rainy days don’t spoil your day
  • silk long thermal underwear – always warm on cold days without the need for heavy bulky coats
  • electrical three-way plug because you always have many things to charge

3 favorite home-away-from-home places…

  1. Greek Islands
  2. Mexico beaches
  3. many places in beautiful California

A favorite travel memory is…

  • riding an elephant in Thailand by ourselves without a driver
  • alms giving in Luang Prabang, Laos
  • hiking Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand
Wayne Dunlap, Plan Your Escape

Wayne Dunlap, Plan Your Escape

3 favorite travel brands…

  1. TripAdvisor
  2. WikiTravel
  3. Lonely Planet

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

  1. travel off season and consider staying in hostels and local hotels
  2. “Follow the Disaster” – great deals available to countries sometimes long after unexpected tragedies have occurred
  3. renting or exchanging your home

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…

  1. stay in local hotels and eat in local restaurants for better prices and more unique local travel experience
  2. include less expensive but interesting smaller cities and towns
  3. get to know locals and other travelers. Enjoy experiences with them and the fun places they suggest in addition to expensive tourist attractions.

8 word (or less) travel mantra…

“The world is a wonderful place – enjoy it and learn more about yourself”

Favorite non-travel website …

Google and Facebook

Most memorable souvenir …

we take home great photos and memories and less souvenirs

wayne dunlap

Favorite cheap eat …

fish tacos

Recent discovery …

the sharing economy (ex: Uber instead of taxis)

I am fortunate to have met …

so many people all around the world who have made my life better

I would like to meet …

all those who see our wonderful world as their playground


Thank you very much, Wayne, for taking the time to share your travel inspiration and tips.

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17 Responses to “5 Minutes With Wayne Dunlap”

  1. suereddel August 7, 2015 at 5:28 pm #

    Great interview! I’m a huge fan of the long silk underwear too. I also enjoyed Wayne’s tips for packing. He’s been to some terrific places.

    • McCool Travel August 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm #

      Thank you for the note, Sue!

  2. I always enjoy reading about other traveler’s experiences and tips. I dream about riding an elephant in Thailand (someday) and love Wayne’s travel mantra! A very interesting interview. Anita

  3. Carole Terwilliger Meyers August 6, 2015 at 5:03 pm #

    Interesting interview with Wayne Dunlap. Now if he can only explain to me why he likes Uber so much. I used it recently in NYC and found the charge to be higher than it would have been if I’d hired a car, leaving me not a fan.

    • McCool Travel August 6, 2015 at 5:41 pm #

      Thanks, Carole. I have not tried Uber so cannot vouch either way.

    • Wayne Dunlap - Plan Your Escape® August 7, 2015 at 10:50 am #

      Hello Carole, thank you for your comment. We have found Uber to less expensive than taxis and talked to others who have had the same experience. Not sure what happened in NYC. Good luck in all your travels… Wayne

  4. Doreen Pendgracs August 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm #

    Thanks for the post about Wayne. I love to travel, and so I always love reading about fellow travellers. We are cut from the same cloth, as I feel like a bird whose wings have been clipped when I am unable to travel.

    • McCool Travel August 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Fly, birdie, fly. Thank you, Doreen.

    • Wayne Dunlap - Plan Your Escape® August 7, 2015 at 10:52 am #

      Doreen, nice comment… my wife tells me she feels like a puppy dog wagging her tail when I mention an idea about a new trip. Please stay in touch about your travels… Wayne

  5. Suzanne Fluhr August 6, 2015 at 11:33 am #

    Thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading about the many different ways Boomers travel. We’re heading to Europe in December. I’ll have to check out the long silk underwear tip. 😉

    • McCool Travel August 6, 2015 at 5:39 pm #

      Once upon a time, I traveled with long silk underwear (from LL Bean, I think). Great for camping.

    • Wayne Dunlap - Plan Your Escape® August 7, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Hello Suzanne, love to hear that you are traveling to Europe – one of the best places in the world. Hope you enjoy it…. Wayne

  6. Paula McInerney August 6, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Nice interview and like Wayne, we also get our greatest pleasure from meeting local people, eating local food and taking in the atmosphere.

    • McCool Travel August 6, 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Thank you for the note, Paula. Similar travel philosophies, huh?

    • Wayne Dunlap - Plan Your Escape® August 7, 2015 at 10:54 am #

      Hello Paula, thank you for your comment. It is the wonderful people of the world that makes travel so rewarding… Wayne

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