Day 3444 – The Benefits Of A Sober Friend

– You always have a designated driver.

– You have someone to watch your back if you’ve had too much to drink and some random person is hitting on you.

– You’ll know if you have boogers in your nose.

– You’ll (depending on the sober friend) have someone who can go grab you more to drink.

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Day 3443 – How I Got $1100+ In Free Flight This Holiday Season

This year, we’re traveling to California for the holidays. If you’ve ever looked into flying during the holidays, especially if your dates are limited, you know it can be really expensive. We recently got the Southwest business credit card and thanks to the bonus miles, we are flying for almost free, save for about $20 in taxes. Travel hacking is truly amazing and I wanted to give another plug for the travel hacking course I took. Below is a repost all about the course. It’s well worth the cost of the course since you can get SO much for free.

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Originally posted 10/23/18
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A few months ago, I completed an AWESOME course about travel hacking. I learned the tips and tricks of getting free flights, tracking what you need to do, all told in an easy to digest format. One thing I loved was that the videos started right where I left off.

You all know I’ve gotten a number of free/cheap flights through Southwest and have shared about that a few times. But I only knew Southwest, there was SO much I didn’t know. I don’t think I realized how much I had to learn until I took Aaron and Zephan’s Travel Hacking 101 course* (this is an affiliate link, see below for a little more about my experience!)

Since I mostly focus on road trips, I asked Aaron if he could share his experiences with travel hacking and road trips.

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“How to Apply Travel Hacking tricks to your Road Trips with Free AirBnB

I remember the justifications that used to come to mind –

“Aaron, you don’t have the money.”
“You can’t afford that right now.”
“When you get your income to $100,000, you can do that.”

These kinds of excuses used to cripple me. I’d scroll through page after page of travel photos or read through articles on world travel.

All I had to do was decide, but instead, I was full of envy.
I quit my job in 2015, and finally found my freedom. I partied for a week.
Reality set in, and I panicked for the ensuing week.
After calm lapped over me, I sat in the same chair I always did. But this time I had a new thought.
I was FREE. It was time to go.
But how?
Enter, my brother’s travel hacking push. Not long after, he and I were using a travel hacking method to trek the world for free. Even better, flights, hotels and airbnb’s were free too!

If you’re more of the road trip type, there’s a natural tendency to look for disconnection. The hills, the open highway, fresh country air. So much better than an airport lobby.
Most would assume travel hacking is about flying places but that’s only one piece. In simplest form, travel hacking is about removing barriers. It’s about eliminating those “No,” reasons that we shared above. It’s about taking our freedom now, while we are young, free and mobile.

Over the last year, I’ve perfected a simple system and used it to provide thousands in travel dollars at no expense.

Imagine staying in a custom built glass cottage overlooking the hills of California. Here’s an example of one.

For those that want to travel hack their way to free AirBnBs, pay close attention:

Credit cards like the Barclay Arrival Plus offer a 60,000 mile bonus when you spend $5,000 in 90 days.

The travel hacking system revolves around smart use of credit and points. But I want to share the overview so you can use this to your advantage in your road trippin’ adventures.

Once you amass the points, you can book an AirBnB with a card like the Barclays card. From the credit card dashboard, you can redeem points for those charges. For every 10,000 points, you get $100 to redeem. So on a 60,000 mile card, you get $600 worth of AirBnB booking to waive.

There’s no better feeling than paying for your weekend getaway in the open mountains and then waiving all fees.

WHISK- here comes a weekend of total liberation – physically, financially, and spiritually.

But before you go making mistakes (like I have), let’s make sure you know the rules before you take on free AirBNBs.

There are three rules to this travel hack:
Never pay late fees
Never pay interest
Pay on time
You can use your credit card, the one listed above (or others) to pay for things you normally would. Things like gas, food, rent (yes, there’s a way), and your other basic expenses. But you have to follow the rules.

If you play well with your cash (i.e. spending below your means), you’ll be on your way to that dream road trip.

I made a lot of mistakes in this process, so part of what I’ve developed is a system, so that I avoid breaking the rules. I’ve also created over $18,532 in free travel in 2018, after about $5,783 in 2017. To start travel hacking, you can take a course that I launched with fellow travel hacker Zephan B.

When you get started, be mindful of the rules, and let the open air, natural habitats and allure of a comforting home at no cost to you guide you forward. Travel hacking awaits!”

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If you want to learn more, check out theTravel Hacking 101 Course.*

* For full disclosure, I will get a small % if you decide to purchase the course. You won’t pay any more and my sharing policy is to ONLY share things I have personally used or done myself. I learned a lot about travel hacking in this course, and the course will pay for itself with your first bonus. I recently signed up for the Southwest Business card and I will be getting 60,000 bonus points, which translates to about $900 worth of flights. This course will answer all your questions about travel hacking! If you have any questions about the course itself, let me know!

View from one of my free (save for the $5 tax fee) flights!!

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Day 3442 – The Importance Of Routines And Systems In Your Life

One thing I’m constantly refining and fine-tuning are my routines and systems. I pay attention to my habits and try to change the bad ones and add the good ones.

A great current example of my systems at work is the reprinting of my to-do list. I’ve talked before that I have multiple to-do lists – daily ones written on notepads and a printed weekly one. The printed to-do list is mostly a guide for the week, what I want to blog about, keeping my days organized, seeing what’s scheduled, and big reminders on each day.

I just finished printing out my to-dos for the next few weeks. We’re going to Cali for the holidays, so being organized in what needs to be done is pretty important. I plotted out what I want to blog about for most of the days and other priority things that need to be done.

It’s a really nice feeling knowing that I have a plan for the coming weeks. I’m currently reading It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy At Work, and the biggest thing is about having a calm work environment and how important that is. While I have a pretty decently calm environment and day, there are some things that add to “not calm” so I’m working on trying to minimize them. Having my to-dos all ready to go definitely adds to the calm.

I have checklists for so many areas of my life and it really helps to have a workflow for things you do often – because it can be easy to miss something. This is where Asana is my best friend, because I can set up those recurring reminders and know things will get done.

Do you have routines and systems in your life?

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Day 3441 – Most Ideas Sound Dumb At First

I was thinking the other day that most ideas sound dumb at first.

“Hey, what if we put this unknown host in a car with famous singers and, well, they just sing their songs?” Was likely met with “no one will ever do that” or “that’s a terrible idea.” If that idea person didn’t speak up, we wouldn’t have carpool karaoke with James Cordon.

“Hey, what if we had regular people drive their own cars like a taxi?” Was likely met with “no one will ever do that” or “that’s a terrible idea.” If that idea person didn’t speak up, we wouldn’t have Uber, Lyft, etc.

I’m sure you have an idea brewing that you think is dumb. “There’s no way I can make money doing that…..no one will care about this….it won’t make a difference in the world.”

I’ve found that sometimes you can put a ton of stuff out there and it only makes a difference to a few people. The people who have reached out about their drinking have been few, compared to my subscriber list and friends list, but that’s ok with me. So don’t throw out your “dumb idea” follow through with it and who knows where you’ll end up.

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Day 3440 – International Mountain Day

One place my soul is always at home is in the mountains. There is nothing like breathing the mountain air and hiking to the summit. I love that there are days to celebrate mountains.

Here’s some of my fav mountains.

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