Last year about this time I had just quit my job, sold almost all of my things, packed my 19 liter bag and left the country to travel around South America for six months with a loose agenda which included things to do like “learn to scuba dive”, “sail through the San Blas Islands”, “go to Carnival” and “see Machu Picchu”.
When I tell people about my trip the most common question they ask is:
“How’d you do it?”
That question could be interpreted many different ways but what I think people are most curious about is “how did you pay for it?”
There’s no real secret. I cut costs before the trip, worked hard, saved a bunch of money, sold all my stuff and built a huge stash of frequent flyer miles.
Understanding the frequent flyer mile system and the credit card bonus rewards available to consumers was by far the #1 travel hack that I came across. This single hack extended the money I had budgeted for my trip by months. After 7 months of Central and South American travel, upon returning home I still had 80,000 US Airways miles. I couldn’t rest with that kind of freedom in my pocket, so I flew round trip to Indonesia and went surfing for a month.
The most expensive part about traveling is typically the travel itself. If you could cut that cost out of the equation would that dream trip of yours be within reach?
I want to help you get there. I want to help you navigate the designed-to-be confusing treacherous waters of the credit card bonus miles system. I’ve laid it out as clear as possible; I even throw out a few credit card recommendations to get you started. It’s addicting to build the miles, and its fun to dream about where you’re going next.
So sign up below (or in the sidebar) for the free guide and I’ll send it your way. All I ask is that if you find this stuff useful please, PLEASE use the share buttons below. Pimp it out to your friends!!