About the Dunlaps

Selected Top 25 Travel Blog
in the World by TripAdvisor!
Wayne and Pat Dunlap
show people what is worth seeing and unique strategies how to travel for half the cost for all types of travel from budget to luxury and 100's of other unique travel tips.
We make no money on this - just a retirement give back to help people travel and enjoy it more.

Wayne & Pat Dunlap

They have visited 106 countries on 6 continents as well as 48 U.S. states and are award-winning travel photojournalists and bloggers.

Learn How to Travel for Half the Cost 
for all Types of Travel
The Dunlap's have 225,000 interested social media followers and are top travel influencers, featured travel speakers at large travel shows, and author of the 5-star how to travel book Plan Your Escape®. They were proud to have hosted the travel TV show Plan Your Escape® TV aired on the CW network.

They have been fortunate to live their dreams and are members of the exclusive Travelers’ Century Club.
225,000 Interested 
Social Media Followers
Top Travel Influencer
Travel Tweeter 
in the World

Please enjoy 250+ wonderful places around the world, with award-winning photos, from our BLOG ARCHIVE down on the right ---->

Visited 106 Countries
The Dunlaps have an inspiring life-changing story. They rented their home, sold their business, and traveled the world for 4 years visiting 106 countries in their lifetime. 

Wayne Dunlap Selected Top 25 Travel Blog in the World by TripAdvisor!
Selected Top 25 Travel Blog

in the World by TripAdvisor!

They have taken over 150 trips taking cars, trains, buses, and organized tours. They have also done home exchanges and taken 48 cruises on 17 different cruise lines on ships ranging from 10 to 4,000 passengers. Now they enjoy most of their traveling with interesting tours and independently on their own.

The Dunlaps' popular travel blog UnhookNow.com has won other awards including: 
Top Travel Blog 2013 - 2022
• Best Boomer Travel Blogger to Follow
• Top Couple Travel Blogger  

Stories about their travel adventures and unique travel tips have appeared in many major media (see below for complete articles) such as:

• Wall Street Journal
Featured in 
Leading Media
U.S. News & World Report
Frommers' The Travel Show
Huffington Post
• The Christian Science Monitor
• Entrepreneur Magazine
• TripAdvisor
• ABC News
• The American Dream TV
Travel Columnist 
for Huffington Post
• National Radio Network
• KCBQ 1170 AM & 93Q Radio
Newsmax, EuroTravel, & SecondAct Magazines
and many more TV, Radio, and other media (see below)

Top Travel Influencer
The Dunlap's are Top Travel Influencers having 225,000 interested social media followers. For example, Toyota sponsored them on a trip to help market their Venza car, touting them as top influential communicators. Visit Santa Barbara selected them to help promote Santa Barbara and the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board choose them among 8 influential journalists to market their dineLA Restaurant Week.

Featured Speakers 
at Large Travel Shows

The Dunlaps love to inspire others to travel and help people travel for half the cost for all levels of travel. They are featured speakers at the Travel & Adventure Show (the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S.) and other large travel shows such as the San Francisco Travel Show and The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show.

Former Economics 
Wayne has a burning passion for travel and being a former Economics professor, also has a sincere desire to inspire others to travel by helping them discover great travel values and safely realize their travel dreams. Wayne was a business owner, executive of high-tech companies, and an Economics professor after his PhD program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Professionals.

Love to Help People 
Travel the World
Pat is a winner of Entrepreneur of the Year for San Diego and says: “Choosing to run away with my husband and best friend, has been the most rewarding lifestyle change one can make. It's brought us closer together.” 
Hosts of Plan Your Escape® Travel TV Show

Wayne and Pat Dunlap hosted the travel TV show Plan Your Escape® TV aired on the CW network - sharing travel experiences and giving great travel tips and unique bargain-finding strategies as well as the woman's and man's perspective on traveling.  

Plan Your Escape® TV showed you how you can realize and afford your travel dreams visiting wonderful places around the world 

Travel Columnist for the 'Huffington Post':

Appeared on Frommer's The Travel Show (our interview starts at minute 19:15)

Appearances on TV:

Travel Segment on the Silver Hair Tsunami TV Show


Want a more affordable vacation with less hassle? Watch me explain how to do it on LIFESTYLES San Diego TV - StayCations in America’s Finest City

Watch Wayne Dunlap give great travel tips on "The American Dream" TV show (starting minute 4)

Featured Speakers at Large Travel Shows:

Travel & Adventure Show (the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S.) in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco

OneWorld Travel Mart

Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show

Top Travel Influencer (some examples):

Because of the Dunlaps' thousands of interested social media followers, the following organizations choose them.

Toyota sponsored them on two trips to help market their Venza and Roadrunner cars.

Chosen by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board to market dineLA Restaurant Week.

Selected by Visit Santa Barbara to promote Santa Barbara

Sponsored by Villa Del Palmar Resort in Loreto, Baja California, Mexico

Marriott Coronado Island Resort & Spa

Travel Blog has Won Many Awards:

TripAdvisor’s list of “20 Baby Boomers having more fun than you!”

Top 25 Adventure Travel Blog
by TripAdvisor

Honored as Top Travel Blogger

Honored as Best Travel Blogger:



#4 on “TOP COUPLE TRAVEL BLOGS OF 2016!” from HelloTravel

#5 on "35 Incredible Couple Travel Blogs To Follow In 2016" from Sunset Travelers

  Top Couple Travel Blogger

Top Travel Blog: UnhookNow  

Published Travel Tips & Advice:

MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones – The Wall Street Journal – “10 tips for getting the best travel deals”

ABC News Explore - "6 Tips to Save Money on Your Ski Vacation"

"10 Essential Places to Travel in Your 50s (& Advice From Baby-Boomer Travel Experts)"

So honored to be included with these travel experts

Expert Travel Contributor - "65 Things to Do When You Retire - Travel" - Article 19 - "We Traveled the World for Two Years, Enhancing Our Lives with More Adventure and Romance"

Read about the Dunlaps' Travel Adventures in the News:

San Diego Entertainer Magazine - "How to travel on a Budget: Advice from World Travelers Pat and Wayne Dunlap"
San Diego Entertainer Magazine - "Discover Italy with the Dunlaps"

SecondAct online magazine - Feature article - "Go Global"

Before It's News - "Alaskan Inside Passage Cruise - Vancouver, Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, & Glacier Bay"

The Coast News – Front page story - “2 year Adventure Results in New Book” 

North County Times – Front page Local - “After 51 Countries, Del Mar Couple Still Planning Their Next Escape”

Listen to the Dunlaps Give Travel Tips:

KCBQ AM 1170 - 10 minute interview on "Ways to Save Half the Cost of Travel"

KCBQ AM 1170 "Winning in Life with Steve Sexton" - Hour long talk on Unique Travel Tips to Improve Your Life

Travel on Transition Radio

93Q Radio "The Good Life" - Travel Tips

Other published travel stories & tips:

sheknows - 8 Insider tips from expert cruisers
SelfGrowth - “3 Common Holiday Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them”

Featured on Other Popular Travel Websites:

Johnny Jet: "Travel Style: Wayne & Pat Dunlap"
5 Minutes with Wayne Dunlap

360 of Travel - “Finding Other Boomers Traveling & Writing About Their Voyages”
Wanderlust & Lipstick - "Take Your Leap - Plan Your Escape"
Travel Link Sites: "Travel The USA: Wayne and Pat Dunlap of Unhook Now"

Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers Share Their Travel Fears in 2017

Honored to be included with these outstanding travel insiders – Absolutely Inspiring Places to Visit in 2017

Honored at:
 Warwick’s ‘Weekends with Locals’ - Most successful book signing in years - "The Country’s Oldest Family-Owned & Operated Bookstore!"
Please enjoy 250+ wonderful places around the world, with award-winning photos, from our BLOG ARCHIVE on the right ----> 

Travel for half the cost for all levels of travel from budget to luxury and 100's of other unique travel tips! The Dunlaps' groundbreaking and comprehensive how-to world travel book Plan Your Escape, Secrets of Traveling the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home is receiving 5-star customer reviews revealing secrets how you can travel and see more for half the cost for all trips from weekend getaways to longer vacations and trips, experience more adventure and romance, safely realize your travel dreams with comprehensive trip planning tools and checklists, and much more! 

Plan Your Escape® Travel Presentations:
Organizations presented to include: 

Featured speakers - Travel & Adventure Show (the #1 series of travel shows in the U.S.) in Dallas, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco

 Featured speakers - OneWorld Travel Mart

Featured speakers -
Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show

University of San Diego's University of the Third Age
Guest expert speakers for Meet, Plan, Go
American Association of University Women (AAUW) 
Rotary International
City of Oceanside
Del Webb
Travel Well Meetup
Travel Buddies Meetup 
Lifestyle Potentials

Quotes about the Dunlaps' travel presentations:

“You guys are really dynamic speakers and had a lot of good travel tips to share. Nice! Your story, TV appearance, and book are all good."Regina Fraser, Grannies on Safari, Travel Speaker and Emmy award winning travel TV host

“Wayne and Pat presented at the University of San Diego’s University of the Third Age and did an outstanding job! What I was most impressed with was the way they maneuvered a very sophisticated travel audience, who thought they knew everything, and had them scrambling to take notes of all the wonderful resources they shared with the audience. Their information is current, timely and inspirational. After listening to them present we were all dreaming about where our next vacation would take us (and doing it for less than $100/per day per couple!). Thank you Wayne and Pat for joining us at this year’s USD’s U3A program!” - Jodi Waterhouse, Director, Corporate and Professional Education, University of San Diego

“Wayne and Pat’s talk for Plan Your Escape® clearly inspired Oceanside readers to get out and travel. The Dunlaps’ enthusiasm is contagious, their travel tips are immediately practical, and they have demonstrated that their remarkable international lifestyle truly is attainable!” - Monica Chapa Domercq, Principal Librarian, Oceanside Public Library

"Thank you again for last night for our workshop. Your presentation was exceptional and received positive feedback from the guests." - Gina Fogelmanis, Sexton Advisory Group

"THANK YOU, Wayne!  I know the group enjoyed your talk a lot. I have attended two AAUW activities this week and at both, they were talking about you and Pat. One person had purchased your book for her Kindle. She was commenting on all the other tips in your book." - Betty Reed, American Association of University Women

“My heartfelt thank you for your wonderful program in our Library - informative, humorous and encouraging. I especially liked how you shared your own experience in finding websites and best deals for airfares, budget hotels and restaurants. The content of your presentation stimulated much interest for discussion after the program. The energy of your presentation was beautiful. I felt fortunate to have you in our Library. Your experience inspires many of us to travel the world!” - Oksana Radomyshelsky, Adult and Outreach Services Librarian, Oceanside Public Library

“Excellent presentation of very specific credible and useful info...plus motivation to keep on traveling.” – Mary & George Leitner

“A wonderful afternoon and fabulous information on travel! Thank you, Wayne and Pat!” – Freddi Pakier

“I was totally satisfied with this experience. It was enriching - I learned a lot about travelling wisely and loving life deeply. Wayne and Pat were inspiring!” – Tessa

“Fun and really useful in the same time.” – Inna

“Wayne gave a very informative talk and he and his wife were both very hospitable and friendly” – Sherry Denton

“Was great. Pat and Wayne conveyed a lot of knowledge. Great book!” – Barbara Launspach

“Pat & Wayne's presentation was informative and inspirational. I left wanting to read the book cover to cover and plan my next trip.” – Laura Wildeman

“Terrific talk - great insights - unique perspectives!! Great book - even for seasoned travelers!” – Christine Barton

“Pat and Wayne truly exemplify the art of traveling worldwide. Their approach to helping other travelers prepare for and enjoy life throughout their journey is very refreshing. I bought their book, Plan Your Escape, and I am already making plans to start putting it to use. This is not just a travel book but a potential life changing opportunity.” – Larry Bogle

“We enjoyed it! ...good ideas!” – Meg Behle

“It was very good with great tips.” – Archee Aguiar

“Wonderful information and valuable first hand insights.” – Sharon Burrus


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