I started travel hacking in February 2015. Since that time I have saved thousands of dollars on flights and hotel stays, which has allowed us to travel the world at a low cost. I know for a fact that as a newlywed couple we would not have been able to afford to go on more than one or two trips per year. Travel hacking has changed that. During our first year and a half of marriage, we’ll have gone on two big trips and about five weekend getaways.
One of my favorite quotes about travel is, “Travel is the only thing that you buy that makes you richer”. My wife and I love to travel because it gives us the opportunity to experience new cultures, food, and places. You learn a lot about yourself and each other from these experiences. These are memories that no one can ever steal from you. My wife and I have a bucket list, that we are constantly adding to, of places that we want to visit.
Much like any other hobby, travel hacking takes a lot of time and research. You have to be willing to read and learn. You also have to be willing to take risk sometimes. There is tons of information on travel hacking out there. It takes time and effort to sift through all this information and data. With this hobby, you can invest as much or as little time as you want. Obviously, you’ll get what you put into it. I have to admit that I’ve become quite addicted to it and spend roughly 10-15 hours per week reading, researching, and learning.
Look for communities that allow you to ask questions. When you’re starting out, you’re going to have a lot of questions. At one point in time, everyone was in your shoes. Most other travel hackers don’t mind helping newbies as long as the answer isn’t easily found via a google search or other guides. Most people don’t want to spoon feed you the answers, but they are willing to help you along the way.
I am hopeful that this Travel Hacking 101 Series was useful in demonstrating the basic elements and components of travel hacking. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or email me at: email@example.com.