Charles McCool works with destinations and brands to promote fun and unique travel experiences to highly engaged audiences. McCool Travel reaches active and passionate travelers throughout the world.

Charles was kind enough to answer some of our travel questions below.

Hundreds of intact sand dollars in Naples, Florida. Photo Courtesy of Charles McCool.

TA: How many years have you been traveling and what got you hooked?

Charles: More than 25. I was looking for excitement away from work and loved exploring new places.

TA: Do you specialize in a particular type of travel?

Charles: Cool, happy, and fun

TA: What is the best vacation you've ever taken?

Charles: I am still researching that. :D Just this past year, I have been to Galapagos, Lapland (Finland), and many other places that are amazing.

TA: What's one place you've always wanted to visit?

Charles: Antarctica

TA: What's one thing you ALWAYS pack when you travel?

Charles: Trite but my sense of adventure

TA: If you could only give a traveler one piece of advice, what would it be?

Charles: Be flexible

Blue-footed boobies in Galapagos. Photo Courtesy of Charles McCool.

TA: Where was the most unusual place you've ever stayed?

Charles: I slept on a golf course the night before my 30th birthday.

TA: What's the strangest thing you've ever eaten overseas?

Charles: Calf brain paté. Part of a culinary experience with Chef Anthony, the head of cuisine for Viking Cruises. So much amazing food and drink.

TA: What is the best piece of travel advice you've ever been given?

Charles: Pack as little as possible and buy what you need/want at the destination. Rather than stressing about your toothpaste, have some fun shopping at local markets.

TA: Is there something you think most travelers worry too much about?

Charles: I think most travelers over plan their itineraries. Most of my vivid travel memories are from serendipitous experiences thus I try to not plan whenever possible.

TA: What's something that other tourists do when traveling that drives you crazy and why?

Charles: Drives me crazy when people eat at fast food chains that they can visit at home. Get out and try local fresh food!

TA: Which underrated destination deserves to be more famous?

Charles: Mississippi Gulf Coast. Magnificent beaches, amazing 500 year old oak trees, fresh seafood (shrimp capital of the world), quirky and artsy people and vibe, and so much more.

Learn more about Charles:

Visit his website McCool Travel.
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