Charles McCool is one of those travel writers who seems to have been around so long he is a permanent fixture and I cannot believe it is only just now that he is appearing on Traveler Tuesday! Charles mission is to make travel happy and he has devoted his life and expertise to helping travelers, destinations and brands understand just how to do it. He is an award-winning writer that has produced exceptional stories, book, classes, and talks for many years.
Let’s meet Charles!
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 When and how did you become a traveler?
Well, I was born in Spain, traveled to several countries and over 10,000 miles across oceans and roads before I was 9 months old. That sense of exploration was dormant for about 22 years and then a boring job woke me to get out and see the world. I would call it an evolution, that “becoming a traveler” is not accurate. As they say, the journey is the reward, not the destination.
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
A fun traveler!
 What do you love most about traveling?
Exploring new places, things, tastes, and people.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
OK, to counter my earlier statement, the journey is no longer the reward. The act of traveling no longer appeals to me. I especially dislike air travel. However, travel, or rather, transportation, is a means to an end. That end is me exploring fun places, things, tastes, and people.
 Why should people travel?
Personal growth. Find your un-comfort zone and find yourself.
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with.
My wallet, clothes, and iPhone are the only things I have on every trip. Depending on where and when I go, other items vary.
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Be yourself. No one does YOU better than YOU.
Charles’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Airport: the one behind me (get me out of airports ASAP)
Mode of Transportation: 4WD with no top to explore off-road on nice days
City or Country: Tough, USA. So much variety.
Travel Gear: filtered reusable water bottle (still looking for the ideal one)
Travel snack: wasabi peas
Book: any biography. I love reading about other people.
Song: Out in the Woods by Buddy Guy
Quote: “We’re lost but making good time.”
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