5 Minutes With Cacinda Maloney of Points and Travel

For McCool Travel’s 136th travel profile, I am pleased to present Cacinda Maloney. Dr. Maloney—she is a licensed chiropractor in Arizona—made a decision long ago to travel 6 weeks every year and now travels full time. I met her briefly last year but then spent more time with her on a magnificent trip to Lake Charles, Louisiana, where we both received very memorable souvenirs. Read on!
Cacinda Maloney‘s bio: “Dr. Cacinda Maloney has traveled every six weeks of her life for over 20 years, 47 countries in 2016. She has hiked to Machu Picchu, galloped on camels at sunrise in Jordan, zip-lined through a rainforest in Mexico, rappelled a 100-foot waterfall in Costa Rica, kayaked in the Galapagos, sailed through Greece, floated in the Dead Sea, marveled at the markets of Guatemala, danced with natives in Fiji, swam with stingrays in the Cayman Islands, dived with sharks in Roatan, admired the Old City in Israel, — just to name a few.”

McCool Travel interview with Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney

Dr. Cacinda Maloney of Points and Travel

Hometown …
Small town outside of Amarillo, Texas called Pampa.
Always in my luggage …
iPhone, DSLR, spare batteries/cords

McCool Travel interview with Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney of PointsandTravel.com

3 4 favorite home-away-from-home places …

  1. Mexico (from San Miguel de Allende, to the beaches along the coasts, to Oaxaca, I love it all)
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Santiago, Chile
  4. Italy – all of it!

A favorite travel memory is …

  • Having hot tea and homemade bread in a Bedouin camp in the middle of a nowhere desert in Jordon.
  • A hot air balloon ride over the castles in Lithuania
  • Meeting my travel partner in crime … Annette Slowik-White of BucketListJourney.net in Tuscany, Italy at Montestigliano
  • Galapagos twice!
McCool Travel interview with Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney in Jordan

3 4 favorite travel brands …

  1. Travelocity, as I am a Travel Ambassador for them and I love the gnome!
  2. Rocky Mountaineer – Also a Travel Ambassador, how can anyone not love the Rockies?
  3. Viking River Cruises – I’ve done 7 cruises with them and love it!
  4. Trafalgar Tours – a recent convert of this amazing company

3 money-saving travel tactics I use (before trips) are …

  1. Clear my cookies or open up a new browser when looking for a flight.
  2. Use miles and points to help pay for flights and hotels
  3. Eat two meals a day and bring protein bars/snacks to eat throughout the day

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are …

  1. Photography is the main way I have fun, I love it!
  2. Scuba diving if I get a chance.
  3. Hanging out by the pool, spa, or the beach is my fun!
McCool Travel interview with Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney in Cenote Kulkulkan, Mexico

8 word (or less) travel mantra …
My tag line: “Adventure & Culture by day, Smart luxury by night!
favorite non-travel website …
I don’t have any, only TRAVEL!
most memorable souvenir …
Currently it is those alligator slippers I got from #LakeCharles, Louisiana!
favorite cheap eat …
street tacos (preferably in Mexico)
I am fortunate to have met …
Eduardo Garcia, of Bozeman, Montana, whose life was made into a documentary called CHARGED … life changing.
Luigi Lombardi, the violin maker in Emilia Romagna
… the young man behind the lost art of print blocking from Carpegna, Italy
… the group of men that make up the Accademia Del Padlot, in Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy
… my guide Dario Castagno who helped me explore the secret lair of Siena’s Contrade System
Dr. Mark Radermacher, who introduced me to the concept of traveling every 6 weeks of your life!
I would like to meet …
Mr. Geoffrey Kent of Abercrombie & Kent, the international luxury travel company’s CEO.

McCool Travel interview with Cacinda Maloney
Cacinda Maloney and Family

Thank you so much, Cacinda, for taking a few minutes to share travel inspiration and tips.
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