Travel Hacking 101ST
mod (Andy) note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from December 2010. If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.
"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." - St. Augustine
It's been a while since I've written a travel post, and I came across something yesterday that I had to let you guys know about. A buddy of mine sent me this article about a guy who is going to fly 35,000 miles, hit 4 continents, and visit 15 cities in 9 different countries all for $418. You read that right: $418. Total. Even better, he tells you exactly how he did it.
It's not well-known, but the fact is that round the world (RTW) travel is surprisingly affordable and flexible. In fact, you're not even held to scheduling constraints on an RTW ticket - if you need to change the date or time of your scheduled flight you can do so with no penalty (you can't change cities once you purchase the ticket, however). For those looking to spend the summer traveling, it's definitely worth looking into.
Travel hacking has become a popular practice for many. Maxing out frequent flyer programs and credit card offers to pay for airfare is now common. No one is better at this than Chris Guillebeau, and he's about to offer an alert service for those of you who want to be tipped off to travel hacking deals. For an excellent video teaching travel hacks, go HERE.
Anyway, I thought you guys could use the tips. Nothing broadens your world view like travel. Here's one other bit of travel advice from your Uncle Eddie: you can save a ton of dough if you're willing to be a pioneer. Here's what I mean.
My wife and I have traveled the world and enjoyed some of the plushest resorts because we're willing to be among the first to try them out and we have the flexibility to travel off-season. For example, we were one of the first guests of The Verandah in Antigua when they opened in November 2007. This place was unbelievable, and it was still under construction when we stayed there. It was all-inclusive (yup, that means free booze - an important consideration for me) and we spent a week there for $2,200 total, including airfare.
A week later we were off to Rome, where we stayed at the Hotel Artemide downtown for $100 a night and get this: they stocked the mini bar with free beer every morning. I could go on and on. We spent 10 days in Paris in early 2003 for $1,200 total (for both of us), including airfare because we were willing to travel at the drop of a hat.
So if you love to travel, learn the hacks. If you can fly around the world for less than $500, why wouldn't you? One of the best books written on the subject was actually written by a drinking buddy of mine, Rolf Potts. The book is Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel and you should check it out if you're the least bit interested in long-term travel. Rolf just completed a 6-week round the world trip with no luggage just to see if it could be done. Watch the videos if you want to laugh your ass off.
It's time to start planning for Pamplona in July guys. Don't let me be the only one running with the bulls this year. I'm telling you - it'll be one of the exclamation points in your life.
I'm gearing up for my trip back to New Orleans next week. Anyone have any exciting travel planned?