Hi I'm Joel McDonald, and this weekend with my wife, other JGOOT subscribers, 2800 other cyclists, and Kari (who kindly shared her booking experience in the interview above), we are riding 150 miles to raise awareness for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
To encourage generous giving, I've partnered with Book VIP and they have generously given me several "empty allotment" vacation vouchers worth $585 to $2380 to anyone who donates between $50 and $150 to my fundraising page with the MS Society (link below).
"How can they do this?" It's called "empty allotment space" and it's how travel agents and people in the industry get comped rooms and have to pay nothing other than taxes and mandatory fees.
"What's empty allotment space?" Hotels are only 100% sold out about 20% of the year. The rest of the time, rather than letting the room go empty (and miss out on selling hundreds of dollars in food, drinks, activities, and getting tips for their staff), they let people in the travel industry stay for the cost of nothing other than mandatory taxes & fees. As long as you're slightly flexible on the dates you can go (ie: don't expect to go the last couple weeks of December, or during major holiday weekends), these vacation vouchers will allow you the same amazingly affordable perks as travel agents and travel bloggers.
More details below. Thanks in advance for your generous donation!
Founder: Just Get Out Of Town, LLC