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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 […]

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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 […]

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8 Great Things To Do in St Croix

The variety and quality of cuisine really impressed me on my two visits to St. John (still one of my favorite places in the world). When I was invited to a culinary trip to its sister island of St. Croix, I could not say Yes fast enough. St. Croix is one of the three major US Virgin […]

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

8 Great Things to See in Newcastle, England

Seems pretty evident but the name Newcastle is very literal. Newcastle means a new castle. Newcastle England has long been a strategic location for fortresses, dating back to the Romans in the 1st to 3rd century AD. In the 11th century, the Norman conquerors built a wooden castle on the site of the Roman ruins, the “new castle” providing […]

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Places to stay in Victoria. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

8 Great Things to Do in Quebec

For a milestone birthday, I selected Quebec City as the place to go. Among the dozens of activities my family did, I narrowed my list to these 8 Great Things to Do in Quebec City Canada. 8 Great Things to Do in Quebec City 1. Cirque du Soleil. After choosing Quebec City, I checked the calendar of events. When I discovered that Cirque […]

8 Great Spots to Visit in the Florida Keys. Article and photo by Charles McCool for McCool Travel.

8 Great Scenic Drives in South Florida

When visiting South Florida, most visitors miss wonderful opportunities to experience natural Florida beauty, scenic views, and less traffic congestion. Since learning to drive there 30 years ago, I have found many scenic drives in South Florida and will share a few local road trips with you in this article.   >>> Looking for a Florida […]

Relaxed Luxury Resorts in Florida: Boca Resort

8 Great Cool Luxury Hotel Free Amenities

Travel consumers can choose from a dizzying array of lodging options for upcoming trips. Even within the luxury lodging category, choices seem unlimited. To distinguish themselves from competitors, luxury hotels tempt potential customers with free amenities. Wi-fi really should be free. Same with breakfast or at least tea and coffee. Am I right? Oh, and beach resorts providing beach […]