Day 3415 – Where I Wanna Be Today

I’m not one to complain. I really do try to enjoy whatever I’m going through and if it’s hard (i.e. complain worthy) I try to keep it to myself.

I am SO thankful for everything we’re working on and the abundance of work. I can see how the harder things are stretching us and challenging us to be better.

But all that to also say, I really wish I was here today. 🙂

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Day 3391 – How To Travel For Free – Travel Hacking 101

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 3389 – How We Can Travel So Much

Following this blog any amount of time, and you’ll find we travel a lot. I did some calculations a few weeks ago and found we’re traveling about 11% of this year. That’s amazing and awesome and wonderful. I am SO thankful for the freedom we have to travel as much as we do, but it definitely comes at a price.

As you know, we’re building a real estate investing business, and that has been taking most of our time. We know how much our ROI is for the business, it’s one of those things that will pay us back SO much more than other things. Building any business calls for some sacrifices.

Yes, we travel a lot, but I don’t talk as much about what our trips actually look like. On our Long Island trip, I did most of the driving because Bret was taking calls and working.

On our trip to Canada for a wedding, we stopped at Watkins Glen State Park (a MUST see, I have to say!). We had a few calls to return in the parking lot, so we took care of that and hit the trail.

We had JUST started our hike when we got another phone call. Bret sat down on the side of the trail and took the call. There was a slight embarrassment when folks walked by, but honestly, it’s something I’m mostly ok with. Sure, to the outsider, it looks like we’re not enjoying the scenery and being tied to our phones, but in actuality, taking that call is likely leading to a deal. THAT is worth any “what are those people doing?” vibes we might get.

After Watkins Glen, we headed over to Seneca Falls, the little town that It’s A Wonderful Life is based on. There’s a cute museum with all kinds of memorabilia from the movie. We were sitting in the car for a bit doing some work, made a call and headed in.

We got to look around for about 10-15 minutes and we got a phone call. Bret stepped out to grab it and I quickly followed. We then got back on the road while Bret talked to the caller.

We left for Canada from Maryland around 4:30 am. We stopped off for the hike around 10 am and arrived in Canada at our Airbnb around 7 pm. We ate, did some reading, and went to sleep. Just as we drifted off, we got a call and had to get up and do work. Again, that is likely leading to a deal as well. Again, well worth it.

We ended up sleeping about 10 hours (I can’t remember the last time we did that!….in a bed no less!

Because of a number of reasons, we had a ton of work to do while we were in Canada. So, after our morning coffee, we got to work. All morning and up until we had to leave for the wedding, we worked.

After the wedding, we made coffee and ended up working some more that night. There wasn’t too much work we could do in the morning of the next day, so we were able to swing by the Parliament of Canada, walk the grounds, and grab lunch before driving home.

I think it’s important to talk about the “behind the scenes” of working while you’re traveling. It can be easy to get caught up in this “laptop lifestyle” that folks talk about, and think that it’s easy. While it’s not easy, it is our choice. We knew what we were signing up for and we’re willing to make the hard decisions and tough calls now to have a life we’re dreaming of down the road.

Do you work on vacation?

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Day 3388 – A Few Favorite Photos From Canada Last Weekend

We had such an amazing time in Canada last weekend. It’s been such a busy week here that I really haven’t been able to do a proper full post about our trip. Y’all will have to still wait for that, but here are a few of my favorite photos.

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Day 3386 – Get Smart About Credit Day

I’m going to share soon about an AMAZING travel hacking course* I took a few months ago, but I wanted to share the link today because it definitely relates to the topic. What’s cool about the course is that it also talks about credit. So why not kill two birds with one stone and get free travel out of it?

Credit is one of those things that can be a big mystery. Thankfully, there are lots of tools out there to help you figure it out and that track things for you. My biggest source of updates and to keep an eye on all of my finances and budgets is Mint.com. I’ve used them for well over four years and have been super happy.

It tracks everything that I spend, I can change categories for things, and I get a very true and clear picture of where we are financially. The only downside with it is that it starts tracking from the day you sign up. So it can take a few months to see your trends. Thanks to Mint, we were able to see how much we were spending on food and gas and other things. Instead of a “well, I think we should budget XX for this” we can definitely say “we spend this much.”

What do you do to keep up with your credit?

*Affiliate link – I will get a small percentage if you purchase the course, at no additional cost to you. Y’all know I ONLY share things that I have personally used, done, and approve of. The course will more than pay for itself with your first bonus. I recently got a new Southwest Business card and will be getting about $900 of free flights because of the bonus.

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