McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Jeff Deck, co-author of The Great Typo Hunt

McCool Travel is excited to present tips from travel experts in our 5 Minutes interview series featuring travel industry giants, super frequent travelers, and adventurous persons.

For the 23rd profile, I am honored to present Jeff Deck. A couple of weeks ago, I published an article about Fun With Typo Signs and mentioned a book called The Great Typo Hunt. I reached one of the authors and he graciously shared some travel thoughts for this spot. Any typos in this post are my fault, not his!

Jeff Deck is a writer, editor, typo hunter, and unabashed geek. His book, The Great Typo Hunt: Two Friends Changing the World, One Correction at a Time (co-authored with Benjamin D. Herson), was a Boston Globe bestseller and broke the Amazon Top 100 Bestsellers, and was an Indie Next Notable pick. He has spoken to audiences across the U.S. and with local, national, and international media about grammar education and the importance of proofreading. Deck lives in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, with his girlfriend Jane, and frequently vacations in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction.

McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Jeff Deck

Jeff Deck, travel interview by McCool Travel
Jeff Deck, The Great Typo Hunt

Always in my luggage…

At least one book.

3 favorite home-away-from-home places…
– Portland, Oregon (great food, beer, public transportation)
– Madison, Wisconsin (friendly folk and fine curds)
– Boston, Massachusetts (my actual home until not too long ago)

A favorite travel memory is…
Both times I’ve visited the Carmel area of California (first during my typo hunt across America, second for a wedding) I’ve been absolutely awed by its beauty.  I loved stopping by the side of Route 1 and gazing at the ocean, and the town in the valley has some curiously innate ward against rainclouds…

3 favorite travel brands…
Southwest (reliable, no bullcrap!)
Amtrak Acela (the way to travel if you can afford it)
C&J Trailways (super-comfortable New England bus service)

3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…
Priceline bidding
Econo Lodge
– pitching a tent (in a Vegas parking lot, even!)

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…
– A guiltless approach to eating;
– appreciation of the reading time during long flights/rides;
– walking explorations of new cities/towns
– (bonus) keeping an eye out for typos!

8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Listen more than you talk—appreciate little details.”

My favorite non-travel website…
Most memorable souvenir…
At the Dallas stop of our book tour for The Great Typo Hunt, my co-author and I each got a wooden cast of David’s  eye and cheekbone (as in Michelangelo’s Statue of David).  His pupil kind of looks like a comma, so I can see the connection…

Favorite Cheap Eat
Tacos in the town square of Santa Fe, New Mexico.  And the food trucks of Portland, Oregon, and Cambridge, Massachusetts (MIT campus)!  They were a thing before food trucks were a thing.
Recent Discovery…
Stowe, Vermont is gorgeous; it’s overshadowed, I think, by big brother Burlington.
I am fortunate to have met…
My girlfriend Jane, the travel partner I’d always been hoping for.
I would like to meet…
Rick Steves. Jane and I have been enjoying his various European travel-guide videos, and I think he’d be a pretty fun travel buddy.

Thank you, Jeff, for sharing your thoughts with McCool Travel and may you have countless more memorable travel adventures!
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