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Michael McKinnon



About Me

I'm usually a solo traveler. I've visited Europe about 15 times with visits that lasted from 2-11 weeks. I've hitchhiked from Cambridge to the Orkneys, to the Outer Hebribes, around Ireland. I've used Eurail, and month-long French Rail passes. I haven't visited the Scandinavian countries, Greece, Poland, Russia or the countries that formerly made up Yugoslavia, but have spent time in Germany, Austria, Italy and the Czech Republic. I spent 6 weeks in Egypt in 1978, from Alexandria to Abu Simbel. I visited Australia for a total of 2 months in 91-92. I've also traveled extensively in the Western U.S. and know my way around the Spring Training ballparks in and around Phoenix AZ. I usually seek out bargain hotels and rely on public transportation and my feet when touring in Europe or Australia.

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A  August 21, 2018

Santa Barbara to Portland: Itinerary

Your route may be affected by seasonal weather. As of August 21, 2018, forest fires rage throughout California. 300,000 acres have burned around Mendocino​. During the winter and spring, mudslides have closed parts of the PCH through Big Sur​.... See More

A  August 13, 2018

Trinidad (California): How long to stay in Trinidad California, whilst on a road trip

California is in the midst of a terrible fire season. I read that fires are raging near Mendocino. I think you should check the weather maps and forecasts. The fires seem to be widespread. See More

A  June 26, 2017

London: What to do in London with someone whos already been there?

No matter how many times I visit London, I know I'll find something new on a West End theatre stage. A visit to and to could help you find what's playing and how to save money on tickets. The Globe Theatre and National Theatre sites will also... See More

A  June 19, 2017

London: Staying near the Waterloo station-safe or not? Rundown or nice?

The area near Paddington Station has many hotel and B and B options, pubs and restaurants and good underground, bus and Heathrow connections.    Pimlico/Victoria also offers options similar to those near Paddington as well as good bus connections to the West End. See More

A  October 05, 2016

Seattle: Best Hiking/Nat'l Park Near Seattle

You could stay in Seattle and visit Woodland Park Zoo​ and see clouded snow leopards, Grizzly bears, lions on a savannah, and gorillas with their own outdoor habitat. Green Lake​ is nearby; a walk around the lake is about 3 miles.... See More

A  February 18, 2016

Paris: Help me if i need some adjustment for my itinerary

You've got the right idea. You know how you like to spend your time, so you might as well go where you want, see what you want to see, and suppress those inner voices from friends and family who tell you what you "should" see. Paris is one of my favorite places... See More

A  January 20, 2016

Travel cards vs credit cards vs cash

Sean offered many helpful suggestions. I only use my debit card at ATMs. My debit card is issued by Bank of America. I can get fee-free cash at these B of A international partner ATMs: Barclays (United Kingdom) BNL D’Italia (Italy) BNP Paribas (France) China Construction... See More

A  April 30, 2015

Seattle: Best free things to do in Seattle?

After a cup of clam nectar and an order of fish and chips to share with the seagulls at Ivar's Salmon House​ on the waterfront, walk onto the Winslow Ferry that docks nearby. In about thirty minutes, you'll find yourself in an island village... See More

A  February 19, 2015

Paris: Where are the best running routes in Paris, France?

​The Coulée verte René-Dumont or Promenade plantée (Coulée verte) (French  for  tree-lined walkway ) or(French for  green course ) is a 4.7 km (2.9 mi) elevated linear park  built on top of obsolete... See More

A  February 19, 2015

London: Best city to visit for a day trip from London?

I did a quick search and found three websites that might help you. The first website offers suggestions for things to do in Bath and other cities: I went to the second website: See More

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