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8 Great Ways to Get Free Lodging in New York City

Originally posted September 6, 2010 on Travelskills.blogspot.com. Tomorrow I (and many others) begin a month of travel using JetBlue‘sAll-You-Can-Fly pass. One destination I want to visit is New York City. That is convenient, since New York’s JFK airport is a JetBlue hub and their HQ. Some say New York City is the greatest city in the world. I recently saw Travel […]

8 Great Ways to Find Free Lodging for Travel

Recently there has been an uptick of travel articles about house sitting. As if house sitting is a newly discovered process for reducing (or eliminating) your lodging expenses. Here are eight other ways (not including house sitting) to find free lodging for travel. House Swapping. If you own a house, condo, etc., you can exchange properties […]


Travel Lessons From a Guinea Pig

Yesterday I took our family guinea pig pet, Slinky, outside for “grass time.” Slinky LOVES to eat grass. That is probably his favorite thing in the world. However, Slinky was hesitant to eat the grass yesterday. He was completely protected. I was right next to him. He was covered by his cage top and his little wooden […]

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To App or Not To App

In Old School Trip Planning, I said that I would not use any apps on my trip to Morocco. How did I do? Well, I succeeded. I visited Morocco without using apps and made it home in one piece. I did pre-trip research in guidebooks and online, so I had a basic plan for my […]

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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 […]

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8 Great Travel Lessons

I just returned from a short trip to Morocco and Madrid. I did not have to travel thousands of miles to learn these travel lessons but the trip helped reinforce them. 8 Great Travel Lessons Limit Research. Too much planning results in less fun. Be spontaneous. See what happens. Before the trip, I spent too […]

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McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Melvin Boecher, TravelDudes.org

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. For the eighth profile, I am thrilled to present Melvin Boecher—Founder, Owner, and Editor of the popular travel website TravelDudes.org. Melvin lives in Köln (Cologne), Germany, where I reached […]

#1 Tip to Save Money on Lodging

In a previous post, I showed the one travel tip that will help you save money (and have more fun)—on EVERY trip. That tip is to Be Flexible. That same premise can be applied to lodging. #1 Travel Tip to Save Money on Lodging *** Be FLEXIBLE *** I will assume that your destination and dates of […]

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JetBlue All You Can Jet (AYCJ) Pass

My AYJC pass starts out with the shuttle ride at IAD, where I met the pilot of my first flight and another fellow AYJCer, Drew Lawrence. While most people (including me) are using the JetBlue pass for fun, Drew is on a mission. Drew wants to raise awareness about cancer, inspired by his mother’s death […]