McCool Travel interview with Carmen Edelson

5 Minutes With Carmen Edelson of Carmen’s Luxury Travel

For McCool Travel’s 132st travel profile, I am happy to present Carmen Edelson of Carmen’s Luxury Travel. We have been social media friends for years and I love her focus of luxury travel along with family travel.

Carmen Edelson’s bio:

Carmen Edelson is a full-time luxury travel influencer who specializes in writing about luxury and family travel. Her website, CarmensLuxuryTravel.com, was launched in 2013 and is a fast-growing Florida based blog where she shares her travel content with fellow travelers around the world. The main goal is to provide her dedicated readers with quality travel content which will entertain, inspire, and guide them towards a life of luxury travel. Carmen has worked with numerous hotels, restaurants, tour companies, and tourism boards in order to provide her readers with the best travel advice.

McCool Travel interview with Carmen Edelson

Carmen Edelson on Charles Bridge in Prague

Carmen Edelson – Carmen’s Luxury Travel

Hometown …

I grew up in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, but now live in Fort Lauderdale.

Always in my luggage …

I can’t travel without my MacBook, a USB Hub to charge multiple devices, camera, and GoPro.

3 favorite home-away-from-home places …

  1. Cuba
  2. San Francisco
  3. Tenerife, Canary Islands
McCool Travel interview with Carmen Edelson of Carmen's Luxury Travel

Carmen Edelson in Tenerife, Spain

A favorite travel memory is …

My first time returning to Cuba after leaving some 45 years ago, and reconnecting with family for the first time after so many years.

3 favorite travel brands …

  1. British Airways, my favorite airline for international travel
  2. Curio Collection by Hilton
  3. JetBlue, for local travel within the US

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are …

  1. always use airport ATMs to dispense local currency before you leave the airport
  2. use miles when possible to book travel, hotel rooms, or get upgrades on flights
  3. use Uber for airport transfers instead of taking taxis, otherwise I use Blacklane

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. stay in a luxury hotel paid for with points
  2. explore the local culture and people
  3. explore nature

8 word (or less) travel mantra …

My dream? To Travel the World

favorite non-travel website …

Facebook—I like staying connected with my friends and family when I’m traveling

McCool Travel interview with Carmen Edelson of Carmen's Luxury Travel

Carmen Edelson at John Lennon Wall in Prague

most memorable souvenir …

Recently in Spain I was in search of a joker box that my husband had purchase a decade ago and wanted me to find him another one. I found the store in Granada as I was about to start a tour of Alhambra called Laguna Taller De Taracea. Not only did I buy the last two boxes that were made, I also purchase a beautiful handmade game table as a souvenir from the trip which they shipped home for me.

favorite cheap eat …

eating in a paladar in Cuba verses a restaurant

recent discovery …

an Italian gourmet food and wine market that also serves authentic Italian meals called il Paesano in Fort Lauderdale

I am fortunate to have met …

I am fortunate to have meet both President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama in two separate occasions.

I would like to meet …

I’m a huge fan of Hugh Jackman and would love to meet him one day.

McCool Travel interview with Carmen Edelson of Carmen's Luxury Travel

Carmen Edelson with President Obama


Thank you so much, Carmen, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.

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