About Author

Wayne Pat Dunlap Plan Your Escape

Wayne & Pat Dunlap - Plan Your Escape®

Wayne Dunlap is former Economics professor and experience traveler (100 countries), award-winning photojournalist/blogger, featured speaker at large travel shows, travel TV host (Plan Your Escape® TV) on the CW network, and travel columnist for the Huffington Post. Wayne and his wife, Pat, have been fortunate to live their dreams and are members of the exclusive Travelers’ Century Club. In total, they have visited 100 countries and island groups on 6 continents as well as 44 U.S. states.

Recently, the Dunlaps rented their home and traveled the world for the past 3 years. They have taken over 100 trips taking cars, trains, buses, and organized tours. They have also done home exchanges and taken 31 cruises on 14 different cruise lines on ships ranging from 10 to 3,000 passengers. They now enjoy most of their traveling with interesting tours and independently on their own.

The Dunlaps’ popular travel blog (UnhookNow.com) has won many awards including: Top Travel Blog 2013, Best Boomer Travel Bloggers to Follow, and Top 25 Adventure Blog to Follow in 2014. Stories about their travel adventures and unique travel tips have appeared in many media such as the Wall Street Journal, Frommers’ The Travel Show, Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The Christian Science Monitor, Entrepreneur Magazine, Newsmax, EuroTravel, SecondAct Magazine, TV, Radio and many others (see below for some of the articles).

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 discover good travel values and safely realize their travel dreams. Wayne was a business owner, executive of high-tech companies, and an Economic professor after his PhD program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is listed in Who’s Who Among American Professionals.

Pat Dunlap 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.”

Travel TV hosts of Plan Your Escape® TV – sharing travel experiences and giving great travel tips and bargain-finding strategies as well as the women’s and man’s perspective on traveling. Plan Your Escape® TV shows you how you can realize your travel dreams visiting wonderful places in the world. Click here to view recent episodes of our travel Plan Your Escape® TV Show.

Proud travel columnist for the ‘Huffington Post’: HUFF POST50: “We Traveled the World for Two Years, Finding More Adventure and Romance In Our Lives

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



Feature Speakers – Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show



Travel Blog has Won Many Awards:


Top 25 Adventure Travel Blog 2014



Top Travel Blog 2013:




Hostelbookers – “50+ Travel: The Best Baby Boomer Travel Bloggers to Follow”




For free travel tips and cost-saving bargains:
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Plan Your Escape

Contact the Dunlaps to arrange an inspirational and informational Plan Your Escape® travel presentation for your organization about great travel tips, unique bargain-finding strategies, trip planning tools, and interesting stories. Plan Your Escape™ – safely realize and afford your travel dreams! See quotes below from attendees.

Learn more about the Dunlaps and their life-changing world travel adventures on their Plan Your Escape® World Travel Adventures Blog – Unhook Now… for Life!



Read About the Dunlaps’ Travel Adventures and tips in the News:

The Christian Science Monitor – “Top 5 Ways to Save on Your Summer Vacation”

Entrepreneaur Magazine  – “Taking a Gap Year? Go Global”


SecondAct online magazine – Feature article – “Go Global”

The Coast News – Front page featured story – “2 Year Adventure Results in New Book”

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 Pat and Wayne Dunlap”

Del Mar Times, Rancho Santa Fe Review, Carmel Valley News, and Solana Beach Sun – Front full page LifeStyles featured story – “Planning Your Escape: Del Mar Residents Share Secrets”

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

Listen to the Dunlaps Talk About Their Interesting Story:


See the Dunlaps on Web TV:

Atlas Sliced – “How to Travel the World for Less Than the Cost of Living at Home”



Published Travel Tips and Advice:

inBed.me Travel Tips“Meet Wayne & Pat Dunlap: Career-Break Enthusiasts and Members of the Travelers’ Century Club”

SelfGrowth“3 Common Holiday Travel Scams and How to Avoid Them”

Mint.com mintlife5 Little-Known Ways to Save on International Travel”

San Diego Reader ‘Gather No Moss’ travel section – “Greek Island Hopping: A How-to”

Gadling – a travel blog from The Huffington Post Valentine’s Day Inspiration from Travel Blogging Couples”

Featured on Other Popular Travel Websites:

Johnny Jet: “Travel Style: Wayne & Pat Dunlap”

1000 Places to Fight Before You Die – “Putting the Boom! in Boomer Travel”

Tanama Tales: “Featured Travelers: Wayne and Pat of Unhook Now”

Travel Link Sites: “Travel the USA: Wayne and Pat Dunlap of Unhook Now”

Honored at:
• Warwick’s ‘Weekends with Locals’ Most successful book signing in years – La Jolla, California – “The Country’s Oldest Family-Owned & Operated Bookstore!” – Book now available at Warwick’s La Jolla

Plan Your Escape® Travel Seminars

Organizations presented to include:
• Featured speakers – Travel and Adventure Show (the #1 series of travel show in the U.S.,  OneWorld Travel Mart, & Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show
• University of San Diego’s University of the Third Age
• Expert Guest Speakers – 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 Dunlap’s Plan Your Escape® travel seminars:

“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 book 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

“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

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

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