McCool Travel Tips: 5 Minutes With Melvin Boecher, TravelDudes.org

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 eighth profile, I am thrilled to present Melvin Boecher—Founder, Owner, and Editor of the popular travel website TravelDudes.org. Melvin lives in Köln (Cologne), Germany, where I reached him for some travel tips and thoughts. The inspiration for TravelDudes is “great travel tips from other travelers or locals always add something special to our travels.”
Melvin Boecher Traveldudes
 
Always in my luggage…
Definitely my flip flops (unless I travel to Antarctica) & my sunglasses
3 favorite home-away-from-home places…
I loved Havana, Cuba. Then I would choose Conil de la Frontera in Spain and maybe Barcelona, even if I haven’t been there yet, but I know from friends, that I would love it.
A favorite travel memory is…
How we drove through the Australian Outback with a 4×4, which we bought before. We had so many adventures, but if I would highlight one, it’s the Karijini National Park with superb gorges!
3 favorite travel brands…
I don’t have any. I like all and nothing. 🙂  The brands I like should be fair & should care about quality.
3 money-saving travel tactics I use are…

  • Sleep in the car, once in a while. Saves you some good money & then you can spend that money for a good trip/tour.
  • Try to travel together. Share rides & other transport.
  • Go couchsurfing. Meet locals & have a great time.

3 ways that I have fun while traveling are…

  • To travel independent. I love to self-drive & do everything organized by my own. Things don’t always work out, but like that and because of that, you have amazing experiences.
  • Just to sit in a cafe, read a magazine/newspaper & chill a bit. Experience the atmosphere around you.
  • Do some adventures, which you wouldn’t be able to do at home. Explore gorges, watch wild animals, go kayaking, hiking etc.

8 word (or less) travel mantra…
Don’t listen to what they say. Go see.
My favorite non-travel website…
http://www.spiegel.de (News)
Thank you, Melvin, for sharing your thoughts with McCool Travel and may you have countless more memorable travel adventures!
Melvin is very active on Twitter (@TravelDudes) and Facebook.


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