First world problems

For the past several days, my wife has been laying out clothes and texting/coordinating with her girlfriends finalizing what they’re going to wear on their annual girl’s trip. (Last year it was Miami. This year… Mexico.) Last night, she spent 2 hours trying to figure out what to take out of her bags without sacrificing […]

Book VIP – Scam or legitimate company?

[Disclaimer: The JGOOT Way of travel does not condone timeshare ownership OR strategies that Book VIP uses to get vacation discounts. This is simply a review of an alternative method to getting great deals on vacations.] BookVIP.com is a discount vacation reseller that is able to offer significantly discounted vacations at all-inclusive resorts. The catch? […]

Seriously???

I’m in a few Facebook travel groups, and one of them in particular is an especially active one. The average post gets over 20 replies, but one in particular got over 100 replies in the first hour, and is up to over 350 comments. The post was “How do you guys travel so much?”  and […]

From one of the greats

Wayne Gretzky is among the greatest hockey players in history. When asked what he attributes to his success he quoted a simple lesson his Dad gave him: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been.” Want to spend so little, your friends don’t even believe you when you tell them […]

Ummmmm… Hell no.

[TL;DR? Watch a video at the bottom of this post instead.] I bargained with my sophomore son and told him if he took a free ACT practice test on Friday, he could take a friend snowboarding today. I was going to go boarding today too, but it was NEGATIVE TEN DEGREES outside, and was only […]

Your “Travel More” New Year Resolution

Happy New Year!  Have you got 5 minutes? Let’s get you started on your first step toward actually getting to your dream destination affordably this year, shall we? Step 1: Think of a destination that is on your bucket list Step 2: Go to a site called AirfareWatchdog.com, and search for their “fare alerts” feature. Step 3: […]

Reach out and touch someone

 . In the late 70’s – long-distance calling was extremely expensive ($.10 to $.25 per minute), rates were very confusing, and most people only called for really special occasions. So AT&T launched a campaign about how their new calling plans allowed you to “reach out and touch someone” for $.02 to $.10 per minute […]

The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.

“The great composer does not set to work because he is inspired, but becomes inspired because he is working.” – Ernest Newman, Born Nov. 30, 1868. One of the best copywriters I am proud to know (Colin Theriot) wrote an article using the above quote as inspiration for copywriters experiencing writer’s block.  I couldn’t help […]

An epic Vegas bachelor party… On a budget.

Years ago, my brother-in-law was getting married. (We’ll call him Kenny, and we’ll call his fiancé Kelly.) I was his best man and he wanted to have his bachelor party in Vegas. When he gave me the list of friends he wanted to invite he said “These guys are all in grad school and most […]

This site is not for you if…

Yesterday, I got a text from one of my subscribers, Brooke Merkle, while she was on vacation.  When CBS News profiled her less than a year ago, she had taken her family on 3 JGOOT-inspired trips, and was going on her fourth trip to Hawaii. She’s now gone on ten JGOOT trips total and she’s not […]

Oops! Sorry about all of the extra posts today.

Today, you will get a bunch of extra/irrelevant emails from old trips out of DEN with a bunch of dead links. Sorry in advance for filling your inbox up with them. All should be back to normal tomorrow. –Joel “Working too late and got sloppy” McDonald

My Mom & Dad’s Anniversary in Greece