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11 Useful Travel Tips You Have Never Seen: Getting There

Air Travelers Holiday Wish List

I first published this “Air Travelers Holiday Wish List” in 2002. That first year, some airline employees found it and told me that they loved it and shared it with the office. So, in 2015, which of these wishes are still desired? Are any list items worse? The following is the last verse, to be sung to the […]

Petite Auberge room

Petite Auberge, San Francisco Hotel Review

For my trip to San Francisco last month, here is how I decided to stay at Petite Auberge and my thoughts about the property. My goal was to find a hotel in a central location so that I could walk everywhere without relying on public transportation. Another goal was use a $500 prize I was fortunate to win from Expedia […]

Quirky SF Tenderloin

8 Great Fun and Quirky San Francisco Scenes

Looking through pictures from my trip to San Francisco last month, I am reminded that the city offers a wide variety of activities, viewpoints (scenic and political), cuisine, cultures, and more. Countless resources show you the mainstream tourist spots (including me here, here, and here) but I hope to show some fun and quirky San Francisco scenes in this article. […]

SF Tiled Steps

16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco

In a prior post, I mentioned receiving tips from Twitter and Facebook friends to visit the San Francisco stairways called Filbert Steps and Greenwich Steps. Another San Francisco attraction which was highly recommended by several people (and websites) is another fantastic public stairway, the Tiled Steps. Although it has many names—including Moraga Steps (AKA Moraga Stairs/Stairway/Staircase), Tiled Steps […]

Paula Froelich

5 Minutes With Paula Froelich

For McCool Travel’s 45th travel profile, I am happy to introduce you to Paula Froelich, the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Travel. When I recently send out a Twitter request asking for “fun travelers,” @PFro was the first suggestion. I have not yet met Paula in person but I follow her exploits online, including on her website, A Broad Abroad (and the video series). She wears […]

affordable luxury hotel

Finding a Last Minute Affordable Luxury Hotel

For my recent trip to San Francisco, I intentionally left my first night free for the purpose of this article. I wanted to find an affordable luxury hotel as close as possible to Union Square in downtown San Francisco. On the BART ride from the airport, I researched available hotel rooms on smartphone apps, like HotelsByMe and Hotels.com. I also […]

Virginia Fall Foliage

Fall Foliage Guide 2014

Yesterday was a gorgeous day (labelled a rare 10 by Capital Weather Gang), so my wife and I headed for the hills; the hills of Virginia Shenandoah, that is. Our fun day of scenic driving, short hikes, and viewing delightful early autumn colors is covered more thoroughly on our local website, FuninFairfaxVA. You should at least see the insect […]

Shane Dallas, The Travel Camel

5 Minutes With Shane Dallas

For McCool Travel’s 44th travel profile, I am happy to introduce you to Shane Dallas, aka The Travel Camel. Shane is from Australia but is a true world citizen. He has visited over 80 countries and has been on the road continuously since December 2012.   Read more about Shane Dallas on his About page on TheTravelCamel.com and from him on TravelBlog.org. Shane Dallas Hometown Born in Adelaide […]

Amazing Travel Tips

8 Great Airline Lounge Perks

My return flight from San Francisco included a red-eye flight followed by a three hour layover. I did not sleep as well as I expected on the red-eye flight and I was a walking zombie at the interim airport (MSP). Lucky for me I had a complimentary airline lounge pass. Several months earlier, I traded points in […]