McCool Travel interview with Angel Castellanos of Angel's Travel Lounge.

5 Minutes With Angel Castellanos of Angel’s Travel Lounge

For McCool Travel’s 166th travel interview, I am pleased to present Angel Castellanos from Angel’s Travel Lounge. I met Angel a couple of years ago after he spoke at the Washington DC Travel Show and then again last week during the New York Times Travel Show. He travels a lot but also wants to help other people travel smart, travel well, and travel often.

Angel Castellanos bio:

Angel Castellanos has over ten years experience in the travel industry as a tour guide, retailer, buyer, travel consultant, and brand strategist. Traveling to over sixty countries on four continents, Angel draws on his experiences to teach “Smart Travel” and equip travelers with skills to make their trips easier and more enjoyable. He spends 12 weeks traveling internationally every year in addition to crisscrossing the United States for various appearances, talks, and in-studio segments as a travel expert.

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Angel Castellanos: Angel’s Travel Lounge

HOMETOWN …

El Monte, California

ALWAYS IN MY LUGGAGE …

iPhone, Passport, Money/Credit Cards those are the absolutes!
Chapstick, Anti-bacterial, water bottle, ziplock bags, and moleskine/pen are some things I always bring.

3 FAVORITE HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME PLACES …

  1. Paris
  2. London
  3. Venice Beach

A FAVORITE TRAVEL MEMORY …

traveling to Central America with my parents as a kid

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3 FAVORITE TRAVEL BRANDS …

  1. Eagle Creek
  2. Kühl
  3. Patagonia

3 MONEY-SAVING TRAVEL TACTICS I USE …

  1. picnic often
  2. avoid foreign transaction fees
  3. pay with credit card points for as much of the trip as possible

3 WAYS THAT I HAVE FUN WHILE TRAVELING …

  1. drinking booze/coffee/tea with locals
  2. physical adventures
  3. practicing local language

8 WORD (OR LESS) TRAVEL MANTRA …

Travel is my PhD in Life.”

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FAVORITE NON-TRAVEL WEBSITE …

BBC News

FAVORITE SOUVENIR …

my Pilgrim’s certificate from the Vatican

FAVORITE CHEAP EAT …

Kebab. I’m a sucker for rotating meat on a stick.

RECENT DISCOVERY …

Mongolia. Rad country!

I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE MET …

so many wonderful people throughout the world

I WOULD LIKE TO MEET …

Queen Elizabeth II—one of the most traveled women in the world

McCool Travel interview with Angel Castellanos of Angel's Travel Lounge.

Angel Castellanos of Angel’s Travel Lounge


Thank you so much, Angel, for sharing your travel inspiration and tips.

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McCool Travel presents tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes travel interview series—featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons. Check out McCool Travel’s previous travel interviews. Previous 5 Minutes travel interview: Harvey Silikovitz.


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