Hi, I’m Joel McDonald & this is my wife Michelle.

Our friends call us “Jochelle.

We discovered “The JGOOT Way” of travel in 2015 when I stumbled across mysteriously low fares to Aruba (during peak season).  We snatched them up and three months later, we flew there and stayed  6 nights at a luxury resort with its own private island for $1104. (Not each… Total.)

We’ve taken dozens of trips since using the same strategy – all for five to twenty cents on the dollar.

Want to be able to do the same? Click here to try my premium trip-alert service out for a dollar.

Don’t want to subscribe to my paid service? Read the various blog posts below & I’ll teach you how to find them for yourself.

Happy travels!

Joel

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

Thanksgiving musings

It’s the end of the day on Thanksgiving. Our friends & family have left & the dishes are done. Today, I watched in amazement as my teenage kids were not only engaged in something other than their phones, but were excited and enthused to be involved in conversations with friends and family who came to our […]

“I wish I could travel like you”

Every time my wife & I get together with friends, they comment on our most recent Facebook travel pictures saying “I wish I could travel like you.” The funny thing is… if you want to travel like me, all you have to do is… Travel like me. When you travel like me, you spend an average […]

The 60 second method to finding amazing travel deals

Remember that scene from Karate Kid where the culmination of all of Daniel’s “karate training” painting fences, waxing cars, and sanding floors comes together? Click on the video clip below and watch Daniel’s face as he instantly goes from exhausted, discouraged and pissed – to seeing a whole new world of possibility.    Daniel’s breakthrough […]

Nothing like bumping an airline employee from the plane

Every once in a while, I get an email or Facebook message from an irate Airline employee saying they’re in the industry and THERE IS NO WAY the mistake fares I am posting are legit.  (That’s them yelling. Not me.) Ummmm… How do they know? They fly standby for free and rarely even pay attention […]

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Travelocity did to Travel Agents what Wal-Mart did to Mom & Pop Stores

Let’s talk about travel agent commissions. Travel agents get 0% to help you book a domestic flight. (But they usually help in hopes that they can book your hotel & car too.) They get between 4% and 8% to book an international flight. They get 5% or so to book a rental car for you […]

Traveling affordably (with no math involved)

In case you didn’t know it. I’m a numbers guy. My co-author and I wrote a book about cracking Google’s algorithm with paid advertising (Google AdWords for Dummies), and after that, Google hired us to write two books for them to give to their advertisers.  Now, I use algorithms to find mistake fares the same […]