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Dan Cogan


  • Europe,
  • Rocky Mountains,
  • NYC,
  • LA,
  • Beaches,
  • Concerts,
  • Couples Travel,
  • Family Travel
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Advisor - Dan Cogan


A sherpa by nature. Work-from-home husband and hockey dad. Based in Chicago, my wife and I like to get two long weekends alone every year and also a long family vacation in the summer.

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Home airports

Mainly Chicago O'Hare, but I dabble in Midway too.

My travel style

I've traveled just about every way imaginable. I was an avid camper and adventurer in my teens and early 20s and have driven in every state except for Alaska (it's on the list). In my late 20s and early 30s I traveled to Asia for business (which is how I got the original SARS in 2002, ask me to tell you that story) which ignited a new passion to see the world. Since then, my wife and I have mastered the perfect long weekend in Europe and have seen so many cities that way. Some cities we've done detailed itineraries and others we've just winged it, but mostly we do a little of both. I love creating a menu of options for each trip and then letting our mood dictate which experience we opt for. I'd be happy to help you do the same.

Favorite hotels

Recently returned from:

  • Driving the Garden Route in South Africa. 

  • Using the gondolas to access amazing hikes in Switzerland. 

  • Bar-hopping and eating beignets in New Orleans. 

  • Boating and eating in Lake Como.

Dreaming of:

  • Alaska – separate summer and winter trips. 

  • Nazca Lines and Easter Island.

  • My friend's farm in Costa Rica. 

  • Morocco.

One thing I can't travel without...

iPhone, duh!

Two truths, one lie:

  1. I was bit by a rattlesnake in Yellowstone. 

  2. I declared a Kudu horn in customs in Ethiopia. 

  3. I've seen the band Phish in more than 25 states.

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Advisor - Dan Cogan

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Dan Cogan

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