I was born into a family that had a passion for seeing new places and strong convictions on saving money, so it’s no surprise that I recently published a travel book that explains how to see the world and save money at the same time. It’s called Traveling Without the Costs (in the Simplest of Terms) and it can be found on Amazon’s Kindle. If the title didn’t give it away, it’s a book about travel hacking, or creative ways that people can save hundreds and thousands of dollars on vacations and trips. Better yet, I explain it all in a way that’s super simple – I’m talking bullet points, small paragraphs, and short sentences – because who really wants to read any instructional/informational book with unnecessary fluff?
I didn’t get into travel hacking until I entered graduate school. During undergrad, I visited Greece and Peru, but I did so as a college credit course and was therefore able to use scholarship and college savings funds. However, I didn’t have money like that in graduate school. Actually, I had little money as I worked full-time at a bank for less than $12/hour, lived alone and had plenty of bills, plus went to school full-time and had an education loan to pay back.
Yet, I still had the itch to travel and I’d be damned if I didn’t figure out a way to do so. I was lucky enough to have a professor who encouraged me to attend conferences and who shared with me an amazing tip – my university would actually pay me to go to these conference, $1,250 a year, in fact.
That first year, I found an awesome conference in Washington D.C. that just so happened to fall during the week of my birthday. So I invited a few friends, we went to D.C., I presented at the conference, went to some sessions, and then we made a vacation out of it – talk about a win. And it was all virtually free – minus my own personal spending money!
It’s no surprise that I did the same thing the following year, but I started to take it a step further. Could I go to multiple conferences (because they looked awesome on my resume) in a year? If I was going to do that, I was going to have to get savvy on my travel savings which meant cheaper flights and accommodation.
From then on, I was addicted to travel hacking and learning all that I could about it. What was the cheapest days to fly? How could I get the best rate on accommodations when traveling? Was there other options besides hotels? Where could I find discounts on flights, car rentals, and more? Let’s just say that I became addicted to Pinterest and scoured the Internet for other travel enthusiasts who had already figured it out.
Eventually, it became a game to me – how much could I save?
I graduated from graduate school and was out in the real world, and, yes, I still wanted to travel, especially overseas, but I didn’t have $3,000 lying around for a vacation, and even if I did, I did not want to spend $3,000 on a trip.
Thanks to all of my research, I didn’t have to spend $3,000. I went to Ireland for my birthday in 2015 and spent only $1,000 on flight, hotels/accommodations, and a car rental for my 10-day trip to three different cities. Let’s put that in perspective: at the time that I booked the trip, plane tickets to Ireland were $1,200. So, yeah, I saved A LOT of money.
But I wasn’t satisfied. In 2016, I went to Spain and also visited 3 cities in 10 days. I spent only $480 on my flight, accommodations, and train passes. Need more perspective? A flight to Spain from Dallas on the day that I booked was $753.
This is the moment your jaw hits the floor.
See, I don’t take money lightly. I was raised to save where you can and get the most out of your bucks, and if I had to guess, that’s how a majority of people were raised in the United States. And though I’ve only been making between $20,000 and $40,000/year since I was 18 years old, I wasn’t going to let seemingly high travel prices get in my way of seeing this world.
Traveling the world may seem like something you can’t do because you can’t afford it, but I’m telling you – YOU CAN! If I can do it, you can do it – you just need the tools to do so.
So, yes, check out Traveling Without the Costs (in the Simplest of Terms), because I guarantee that what I talk about in the book can save you money.
Some of the topics that you can expect from this book include:
- Travel Rewards Programs
- Credit Card Hacking
- Best Days to Travel Cheaply
- Saving Money with Non-Traditional Travel
- Examples of How I Saved Significantly on Trips
Many of the things that I share in my book, I actually shared with my parents. They’re in their 50s and had an intermediate knowledge about traveling before I shared with them my travel tips. Now, they’re flying all over the place and saving a ton of money doing so (I actually explain how couples can save a lot more money than singles in my book!).
Here’s an example of how these tips helped my parents save: They recently went to an all-inclusive resort to Mexico and paid $1,800 total for the resort and flight (that’s combined, not separate). During their visit, they met other couples who lived in the same part of the U.S. as them and had booked the same exact room types and flown out of the same airports. Those couples paid $3,000-$5,000 for the EXACT same trip that my parents had booked for less than half or more. So, yes, this works!
No, I’m not a travel expert. I’m just like you – I work long weeks and I probably don’t get paid what I’m worth, but I deserve a vacation and I deserve to experience this world, and I’ve figured out ways to do that that fall within my budget. All I want to do is share that with you.
Click here to purchase Traveling Without the Costs (in the Simplest of Terms) for only $3.99.