Current Trip Map:
What have I accomplished so far?
2+ years of travel, 23 states, and 3 countries: ~$4000 total!
I’ve used planes, trains, buses, and cars. I’ve camped, couchsurfed, housesat, and even stayed in hotel lobbies.
I’ve been all over the USA, and have made stops in Canada and Mexico.
visited 33 states (66%)
Create your own visited map of The United States or Like this? try: Mapped Web
Now: how can YOU do the same? :)
It’s time to see the world for little-to-no money!
Articles from this site:
- How to Get a $5 Flight to Hawaii in Three Simple Steps
- AH Part I: How to Hack Amtrak (Legally) and Immediately Save 76%
- AH Part II: First-Class on Amtrak from Coast-to-Coast for $0
- AH Part III: Planes, Trains and Automobiles
- You Gotta Have Faith, Faith, Faith…to Travel
- Knowing When To Go Offline and Recharge [EPIC TRIP AHEAD]
- 21 Life Lessons from an Unplugged Road Trip: 14 Days and 3200 Miles (Part One)
- 21 Life Lessons from an Unplugged Road Trip: 14 Days and 3200 Miles (Part Two)
- How to Eat Healthy, Exercise, Be at Peace, & Travel the Country (in 1st Class) for Free
from Chris Guillebeau and Steve Kamb (where I learned):
- The 5 Million Frequent Flyer Challenge: Part I and Part II
- 24 Ways to Travel for (Almost) Free
- How to Travel Around the World for $418
Ways to Keep Track of Your Points + Accounts:
TRAVEL HACKING SPREADSHEET – what I use :)
A Travel Hacking spreadsheet to track your work and progress. (kudos to Chris Guillebeau for the inspiration!)
To Download: (right-click the link below and select “Save Link As”)
>>>>>Travel Hacking Spreadsheet<<<<<
If you’d rather have someone else manage all the details…
- 1Password – for both Mac + PC. Never forget a password again! Try it free for 30 days.
- AwardWallet.com – free or upgrade for additional benefits.
- MileageManager.com – Try it free for 30 days.
Blogs to Check Out:
- Frugal Travel Guy: See the World at Prices You Can Afford
- The Points Guy: Make the Most of Your Travel Points
- Million Mile Secrets: Big Travel. Small Money.
AnnualCreditReport.com: the ONLY authorized source for you to get a copy of your credit report for free each year!
CreditKarma.com: track your credit score and find ways to save money! Free to join.
Mint.com: a free site that helps you manage your money across multiple accounts; also includes tools for budgets and financial planning. Free to join.
CardsforTravel.com: an easy-to-navigate site with lots of tips on credit cards, more on travel hacking, and next steps to take. Highly recommended! :)
Different Ways to get Around:
Megabus: daily bus service in certain parts of the country – there are often outrageous deals to be found!
Ridesharing – the classier version of hitch-hiking. :)
Where to Stay:
Couchsurfing: a free online network around-the-world; wherever you are, there’s likely a couch available. This is mainly how I find places to stay.
AirBnB: it’s like a paid version of Couchsurfing; might be right for you based on your travel needs and preferences.
Housesitting (membership sites I’ve joined)
- HouseCarers.com (aff link)
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More Research + Goodness:
I wholeheartedly recommend two products. They are both by Chris Guillebeau, a veteran traveler hacker how is close to visiting every country in the world (!), the products come with unconditional guarantees, and I have used them to great success:
Join the Travel Hacking Cartel (because what’s the use of hacking if you don’t have a cartel! :). This membership site includes how-to videos, helpful articles, ongoing deals with email/text alert, a hacker community, and the “four free flights per year” guarantee! Join for just $1.
Frequent Flyer Master – this PDF guide is where I began in 2009. This a 40-page travel hacking manual, 20-minute audio download, 4-part report on Priceline Booking Strategies, free updates as they’re available, plus the “1 free plane ticket” guarantee! Get the guide.
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