McCool Travel Tips from Travel Experts: Barbara Winter

McCool Travel is excited to present a new feature: interviews with travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons.
For my first profile, I am thrilled and honored to present Barbara Winter. Barbara wrote the classic guide to successful self-employment, Making a Living Without a Job and leads empowering seminars such as Support Your Wanderlust and Establish Yourself As an Expert. I met Barbara at a conference a few years ago, attended two of her seminars this year in DC, and presented at her Joyfully Jobless Jamboree in October. Her stories are legendary with countless tales of her travels especially around Europe. She recently called herself a homeless, home-based entrepreneur but I was able to reach her at her new world headquarters in Valencia, California.
Barbara Winter
Always in my luggage…
My first response is “as little as possible.” However, my real answer is a good book and my iPad.
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…
The Lake District in the UK, Venice, Sedona
A favorite travel memory is…
On our first rainy morning in Dublin, my friend Georgia and I stood at the bustop trying to figure out how to get to the museum where we planned to spend the day. We were joined by an elegantly dressed elderly gentleman so I asked him which bus we needed to take. He gave us the information and then I asked a second question about the fare. “Do we need the exact change?” He nodded. Georgia and I began scouring our wallets, but neither of us had the proper amount.
Our new companion, dug in his pocket and handed us the correct change. We were both a bit surprised and began to thank him. Just then, his bus pulled up. The door opened, he gave us a smile and said, “Damsels in distress are my specialty.”
3 favorite travel brands…
Southwest Airlines, Larkspur Landing hotels, Bellagio Las Vegas
3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…
frequent flier miles, traveling off season and midweek whenever possible, using the services of At Home in London which has a pool of rooms for rent in lovely homes at about half the price of a London hotel
3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…
have a theme for each trip such as gardens, architecture or interesting businesses; include a special splurge such as a theater or concert; talking to strangers whenever possible
8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Live in a bigger world
My favorite non-travel website…
I’m a huge fan of NPR and visit their website several times a day to read/listen to things I may have missed on air
Most memorable souvenir…
Italian and Greek pottery that I live with every day
Favorite cheap eat…
love Wagamama’s in UK
Recent discovery…
book downloads for iPad
I am fortunate to have met…
Bill Bryson: people who showed me that the entrepreneurial spirit is not limited to any national boundaries
I would like to meet…
Richard Branson
Learn more about Barbara Winter at JoyfullyJobless.com. She shares her thoughts on Twitter (@JoblessMuse) and her blog (Buon Viaggio)
Thank you, Barbara and many more memorable travels!


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