Featured Blogger: Charles McCool

This week we’re learning more about Charles from McCool Travel!

1. First of all, what are your website and social media links?

McCoolTravel.com, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Klout, and StumbleUpon.

2. How did you come up with your website name?

Boring old formula of surname + “Travel.” I like my surname, though.

3. What more can you tell us about your blog? What are your goals or intentions for it?

I have always been interested in “how to” travel aspects, rather than trip reports and “what I did.” My primary mission is to teach people how to save money, time, and stress on every trip. An aspiration is that I will someday be paid to speak to groups about my favorite travel topics.

4. Can you provide us with a Throw Back Thursday picture of one of your favorite travel memories with an explanation?

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Here I am flying a Korean War era fighter plane (2 seater) over Monterey Bay. My roommate at the time was a flight instructor and was able to rent cool planes by the hour. I was about 25 then. I am a little older now. 😀

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And for a real #TBT, here is my first road trip. I was born at a US Air Force base near Madrid and my parents took me out to explore somewhere in Spain.

5. Which are your favorite and least favorite cities you’ve traveled to? Why?

Favorite: Hong Kong, Sydney, and Venice

Least: Huelva, Spain and Elizabeth, New Jersey. I do not like places that smell like oil.

6. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Where?

I am mildly adventurous but have not tried anything too out of the mainstream. Exotic meats are probably the strangest items I have tried: python, rattlesnake, alligator, boar, things like that. My 7-year-old son ate a termite on a trip to Mexico so I should really step up my game.

7. Who are your travel idols?

Rick Steves, Paula Froelich, and Marco Polo. I am in awe of so many people who have the ambition, confidence, and courage to be location independent, like Amy Truong and, recently I learned, Christopher Elliott.

8. What’s your best travel tip?

Be flexible

9. Which is your favorite post you’ve written? Please provide a link.

3 Habits of Happy Travelers. I was thrilled when it was picked up by Yahoo Travel.

10. What advice would you give to someone new to travel blogging?

Talk about what interests you. Writing quickly becomes a chore when you do not absolutely love it.

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