Ireland luxury lodging. Photo and article by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland

On our recent 24 day trip around Ireland, we stayed at a dozen different properties. Each place exhibits its own distinct luxury travel characteristics. These Ireland luxury lodging properties range from inns, to large hotels, to medieval castles. Ireland Luxury Lodging: Where to Stay in Ireland Killarney Park Hotel Ireland’s #1 luxury hotel rated by […]

Hotel George food

8 Great Hotel Advantages (over Airbnb)

As an independent travel consumer advocate, I am not loyal to any one supplier or way of doing things. As a travel consumer, I seek value—certainly I have preferences and I recently published an article about Airbnb advantages. Here I flip the script and present hotel advantages, with some help from friends. >>> Please also read my […]

5 fun places to eat in Annapolis: Carrol's Creek Cafe

5 Fun Places to Eat in Annapolis Maryland

Annapolis Maryland is a wonderful destination year-round, and it is only an hour from Washington DC. It is the perfect spot for sailing the bay, exploring history on foot, or touring the town by trolley. We love to sample new restaurants and pubs and, fortunately for us, there are plenty of great places to eat in Annapolis. […]

sunset from Negril, Jamaica

15 Fantastic Sunrise and Sunset Photos

In the #ExpediaChat Twitter travel chat last week, Rick Griffin (a chat host) and other fun travel friends were sharing beautiful sunrise and sunset photos. I tweeted a few of my photos and, of course, everyone was in awe of my photos and said they were the best (wink wink). Anyway, I joked we should have our own […]

Airbnb Montreal deck

8 Great Airbnb Advantages Over Hotels

In general, a vacation rental—whether a home, apartment, condo, boat, yurt, shared space, or other property—represent tremendous value for flexible, more adventurous travel consumers (when compared to hotels). While I have rented, and written about, vacation rentals for years, I am way overdue in discussing the biggest player in the game. Airbnb is not only the biggest […]

Hiking Slieve League Donegal Ireland

Cool Things To Do In Donegal Ireland and the Wild Atlantic Way

Cool things to do in Donegal Ireland span the rugged Wild Atlantic Way and explore unique hidden gems of the “Coolest Place on Earth”. Surf and ride at beautiful beaches, hike dramatic cliffs, sip tea in a castle, and travel a less-visited side of Ireland. After the 2017 TBEX travel conference, Donegal Tourism hosted us […]

sunset from Sunset Beach, Tarpon Springs, Florida

3 New and Useful Travel Tips

On recent trips, I have experienced some useful travel tips and tricks that I have not previously published or have seen published elsewhere. Rather collect a few more to justify another 8 Great travel tips article, I created this quick read. Perhaps you will use these useful travel tips this weekend or your next trip. Where are you going next? 3 […]

scenic drives in Florida: Seven Mile Bridge

7 Fun Scenic Drives in Florida

Experience gorgeous natural settings when you exit the interstate highways and explore some of these fabulous Florida road trips. Florida is so much more than theme parks and massive buildings to check in for your Caribbean cruises. Allow me to introduce you to some amazing scenic drives in Florida.   7 Fun Scenic Drives in Florida Florida Keys […]

Rumdiggity AKA McCool's Island Dream by Charles McCool

Heat Relief: McCool’s Island Dream

I invented a drink! My recipe was published in the Spring 2010 issue of Caribbean Living magazine. If you concocted your own cocktail, what would you name it? I decided to call it McCool’s Island Dream but I also informally call it rumdiggity. On this hottest of hot days at McCool Travel HQ, the staff will surely […]

places to visit near DC: Great Falls National Park.

Great Places to Visit Near DC

Washington DC is one of the most popular and visited destinations in the world. Even though visitors can spend weeks in Capital City there is so much to do in the areas surrounding and near Washington DC. So, happy travelers, please stick around Washington DC for an extra week or so to experience some of […]