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Inspiring Places to Visit in 2017: Antarctica. Photo credit: Sherry Ott

Absolutely Inspiring Places to Visit in 2017

Looking for some inspiring places to visit in 2017? Surely you have been dreaming of 2017 travel, if not already have planned some trips. I certainly have been (both). Instead of simply writing another list of places I want to go, I asked some professional travelers and travel industry influencers for their thoughts. I asked them: “a place you […]

Museums of Midwest US: Toledo Museum of Art

Fascinating Small Town Museums in Midwest US

This article covers small town museums in Midwest US, including Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Please also see Fascinating Small Town Museums in Southeastern US and Fascinating Small Town Museums in Western US and Fascinating Small Town Museums in Northeastern US. Along with my personal recommendations, I received suggestions from travel writer friends, tourist offices, PR representatives, and museums themselves. I […]

Smith Fork Ranch, Colorado: Credit Philip Van Nostrand Photography. digital detox

Travel Happy at These No-Tech Destinations

U.S. Travel Association reports that over half of US workers did not use all of their vacation days last year. In total, 222 million vacation days remained unredeemed last year. Here at McCool Travel, we like to create Happy Travelers and help solve this perplexing problem of people not taking their allotted and earned vacation time. Even when people do take […]

Iceland photos Fjaðrárgljúfur

8 Great Iceland Photo Destinations

These 8 great South Iceland photo destinations offer inspiring landscapes and incredible nature, perfect for amateur photographers and sightseers.   I was thrilled when I first learned that my family and I would be taking our annual vacation to Iceland. The weather suited me and it was the perfect mix of an urban lifestyle and […]

Fascinating Small Town Museums in Eastern US

Fascinating Small Town Museums in Southeastern US

There are over 35,000 museums in the United States but travel articles consistently cover the same 50 or so. I have been to many fascinating museums in countless small towns across the United States and believe lesser visited museums should be recognized and visited. Along with my personal recommendations, I received dozens of suggestions from travel writer friends, tourist offices, PR representatives, and […]

8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

8 Great Boca Resort Relaxed Luxury Features to Enjoy

In the mid 1920s, Addison Mizner, a preeminent architect of South Florida mansions, built what was then one of the most expensive and lavish properties in the world. Celebrities, wealthy, and upper class moguls considered Mizner’s retreat as “THEE” place to people watch and be seen. Imagine The Great Gatsby and the Roaring Twenties. [ OK, I am […]

Castles and convents Viking River

Viking River Cruises Danube Waltz Highlights

From capital cities to small, historic towns, our Danube Waltz highlights give you a sneak peak at one popular European Viking River Cruises itinerary. We enjoyed this fabulous trip on the Viking Freya in April 2016, a few months after our Romantic Mediterranean trip with Viking Ocean Cruises. We looked forward to learning how the river and ocean cruises would differ as we explored beautiful […]

Many fun Florida road trip stops are waiting to be explored and discovered. What are your favorites Florida road trip stops?

8 Great Fun Florida Road Trip Stops

Continuing the current theme of Road Trips from my last article (Road Trip Habits), here are some Florida road trip stops to entertain (and hopefully inform) you. Seeing Florida from smaller roads is much more fun than from the highways. 8 Great Fun Florida Road Trip Stops 1. Cemetery Humor Residents of Key West, locally called The Conch Republic, […]

Budapest mosaic art

8 Great Budapest Sights

My wife and I recently visited Budapest, at the end of our Viking river cruise and four days afterward. It was nice to remain in one spot for a few days and experience these and other Budapest sights. Following are some Budapest sights we enjoyed, certainly not everything we saw, nor everything Budapest has to offer, nor the “best” […]

places to visit in Northumberland

8 Great Places to Visit in Northumberland

Have you been to Northumberland? Northumberland is the most remote and least populated county in England, which made it very appealing to me. Occupying the northeast corner of the country, Northumberland has been labelled the most tranquil place in England. Travel north or west and you reach Scotland. Just south of Northumberland is Newcastle and Cumbria while the […]