Kids fly free on Frontier!

I love it when this awesome community of JGOOT travelers helps each other out…

The Points Guy posted this news, and one of my savviest JGOOT subscribers – Brooke Merkle – shared the details with me so I could get the word out. Thanks Brooke!

I won’t steal TPG’s thunder, so you can read his review (and fine print) here, but if you’ve got kids, have flexibility on days you can travel (like this Summer), and don’t mind being on a budget airline, it can be a great deal (especially if you can find those occasional $29 round-trip flash-sales Frontier is so famous for.)

Happy Travels!

–Joel

Photo Credit: FlyFrontier.com

Photo Credit: FlyFrontier.com

Seriously???

I’m in a few Facebook travel groups, and one of them in particular is an especially active one. The average post gets over 20 replies, but one in particular got over 100 replies in the first hour, and is up to over 350 comments.

The post was “How do you guys travel so much?”  and all of the replies had one common theme; “You have to make travel a priority.

Although I agree that the first step in traveling more is making it a priority, I couldn’t disagree more with HOW these people were making travel a priority.  I can’t tell you how many responses utterly shocked me:

 

Other shocking responses:

  • Eat Ramen every day, and put the savings towards a travel fund.
  • Sell your car, take the bus and apply what you save on payments and insurance towards travel.

Seriously???  If you’re needing to take the bus, work a second job, or eat crappy food just so you can afford to travel – you’re doing it wrong.

Why not just watch for deals every day, and when you find a deal that is too good to pass up – book it? 

They happen all the time. You just have to be watching for them (because the odds of them still being available the exact moment you decide to look for a trip are about zero).

Watch this interview where I play the skeptic and interview a JGOOT subscriber who spent 3 to 5 minutes a day watching for travel deals and took 3 trips for 1/3 the cost of what they have paid in the past for those exact same trips.

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From one of the greats

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Wayne Gretzky is among the greatest hockey players in history.

When asked what he attributes to his success he quoted a simple lesson his Dad gave him: “Skate to where the puck is going, not to where it has been.

Want to spend so little, your friends don’t even believe you when you tell them what you paid for your vacation?  

Stop “chasing the puck” by trying to go to a specific place at a specific time. Instead, find the 1% of trips that are 75% to 90% below market value, and go there.

They’re out there every day. But if you’re not watching for them – they’ll pass right by and someone else will get them.

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Your “Travel More” New Year Resolution

So you want to travel more, huh?

Let’s get you started on your first step toward actually getting to your dream destination affordably within the next year, shall we? Below is a blog post (And video if you prefer not to read) with my BIGGEST secret to finding the deals I find: Watching every day (whether I’m planning a trip or not.)

  • Step 1: Think of a destination that is on your bucket list
  • Step 2: Go to a site called AirfareWatchdog.com, and search for their “fare alerts” feature.
  • Step 3: Enter your home airport and then enter as many destinations as you can think of on your bucket list. (If there is more than one airport to that destination, go ahead and enter all of them.)
  • Have friends & family around the country? Now, start a search for every one of their airports too.

Don’t be shy about this! The more destinations you watch, the sooner you’ll stumble across a deal that you can’t afford not to go on.

Don’t worry – Manhy of your alerts will be expensive at first, but have faith – they always go down. Always.

You just have to be watching for when they do (and guess what; If you followed steps 1-3 above, now you are! All you have to do is take about 30 seconds to check each subject line of what they send every day.)

Remember – you’re not just looking for a good deal. You’re waiting for a deal so amazing – you think it’s a mistake. (It won’t be. It’s just a pricing anomaly that usually only lasts a day or two, and if you grab it – it can save you hundreds, if not thousands more than what everyone else on the plane will be paying a month or two later.)

Happy travels!

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Ummmmm… Hell no.

[TL;DR? Watch a video at the bottom of this post instead.]

I bargained with my sophomore son and told him if he took a free ACT practice test on Friday, he could take a friend snowboarding today.

I was going to go boarding today too, but it was NEGATIVE TEN DEGREES outside, and was only going to get up to a high of 2.  Ummmm… Hell no.

Unlike the out-of-state visitors who all paid thousands of dollars to ski in Colorado during the second-most crowded week of the year – One of the nice things about living just over an hour from the slopes is that you can occasionally say “no thanks” if conditions aren’t absolutely perfect.

Instead, you can grab your laptop, a hot coffee, and work by a warm fire while your kids freeze their butts off on the slopes.

Wanna know a secret?

Traveling for pennies on the dollar works the exact same way.  Unlike the suckers who decide to look for a travel deal every once in a blue moon and settle on somewhere in Mexico (again) because that’s the only destination where they could find a flight for under $400, you can be a lot more picky about the trips you take and the prices you pay.

  • Mexico? Not unless it’s under $150.
  • Europe?  Not unless we can spend less than $400 per person AND get a week of lodging included.
  • What? $29 flights to my Alma Mater for a big game? Let’s grab some friends & go!

But there is a catch…

Since the majority of those fares only last days (if not hours), you HAVE to watch for them every day.

The best way to do that for free?  Airfare Watchdog. Simply enter as many destinations as you want to go to, and they’ll send you the best price they can find to that destination. Every day.

99% of the time, you’ll say “no thanks” and go on with your day.  But about 1 in 100 times the fare will be so low – you’ll think “Ummm… OK!!!” – and you’ll snatch the fare up knowing it will likely be the cheapest seat on the plane.  (The best part? These trips are often months in advance so you can easily work your schedule around them.)

Try it & see for yourself. For your convenience, here’s a link to their free site.

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Reach out and touch someone

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In the late 70’s – long-distance calling was extremely expensive ($.10 to $.25 per minute), rates were very confusing, and most people only called for really special occasions. So AT&T launched a campaign about how their new calling plans allowed you to “reach out and touch someone” for $.02 to $.10 per minute and forever changed how people treated long-distance calling.

Now, nearly 50 years later, at $.10 to $.25 per mile, most people think flying is too expensive, meaning traveling across the country to visit a friend or loved one “just to say hi” is reserved for special occasions only.

Just like AT&T revolutionized the way people stayed in touch 50 years ago, “The JGOOT Way” is changing the way friends & family stay in touch today.

Every week, I share a few dozen different flights with my premium subscribers that are between $.02 and $.05 per mile.  That’s about 1/4 of what most people pay to fly, 1/10th of what most people pay to drive, and believe it or not – a better value than what you would pay when using frequent flyer points. (Here is an article describing that math.)

As a JGOOT premium subscriber, any time you see a trip alert in a city where you know someone, you can either:

  • Have one-click access to the flights I found so you can go visit them
  • Use my “reverse search” link & fly them out come visit you.
  • (Fares I find in the Domestic US are rarely over $100, and as low as $29 round-trip, so there is rarely an excuse for not “reaching out and touching someone” you care about.

Don’t want to pay $.26 per day to have me find those deals for you? No problem. Here is a post on how you can regularly find $.02 to $.05 per mile flights yourself for free.

Just for fun, here are a couple more AT&T commercials:

“I wish I could travel like you”

Every time my wife & I get together with friends, they comment on our most recent Facebook travel pictures saying “I wish I could travel like you.”

The funny thing is…
if you want to travel like me, all you have to do is… Travel like me.
  • When you travel like me, you spend an average of 85% less than what everyone else is paying for the exact same trips.
  • And when you spend 85% less than everyone else on the same plane as you, you tend to travel more.
It’s that simple.

Here is how you can take an entire family on trips that cost less than what most people pay for just one person:

  1. For vacations, watch every day for deals that are months in advance.  Don’t just look for “good deals”… Keep an eye on hundreds of destinations, watching exclusively for AMAZING “needle in haystack” deals that are too good to pass up. They’re out there every day – you just have to watch for them.  When you find one that’s 60% to 90% less than what you’d normally pay, book it well in advance and plan your schedule around it.   Trips my subscribers and I have taken include $110 flights to Cabo, $192 flights to Aruba, $154 flights to Cancun… $325 to London, $290 to Spain, and so on. (Those are all round-trip prices, BTW.)
  2. I also keep an eye out every day for cheap fares where I have friends/family who I like to visit. I’ve booked $29 weekend flights to Indianapolis (where my wife grew up), $39 flights to L.A to visit friends, $84 flights to visit my brother’s family in Raleigh… When I found $50 flights where my friends Peter & Tania lived, I invited them to visit us for a ski weekend. The list goes on.  None of these trips are trips I would have planned. But when you can take a long weekend visiting friends/family for those prices… Why not? 
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    Finally – As a last resort – I always keep a stash of at least 100,000 frequent flyer points for scenarios when I CAN’T find a cheap trip that fits my schedule.

    • For example:
    • When my wife wanted to go to Hawaii, but my cheap ass refused to pay $1326 PER PERSON just to get there??? Points to the rescue. We went for $22 each.
    • When friends from Indianapolis snatched up a JGOOT deal to Turks & Caicos & invited us, we’d have normally had to say “no” because flights from Denver were over twice that. ($650). But we dipped into my stash of points, joined them for $96, and started a multi-family “friendcation” tradition that is now 3 vacations strong.
    • When we had to fly to a friends’ Dad’s funeral and couldn’t find tickets less than $450 each, we used points and went for $11.

So there you have it.

If you want to travel like me, all you need to do is… Travel like me.

My blog and my Facebook Page are open books on how you can find travel deals yourself for free.
Don’t have the time to sort through hundreds of fares per day to find a needle in a haystack? As a premium JGOOT subscriber you can:
  • leave the haystack behind, and have the “needles” delivered on a silver platter every day. (With “needles” being unbelievably good travel deals that have been cherrypicked from thousands of regular priced trips.)
  • I’ll share a far more comprehensive guide than this one, webinars on how to easily collect 100,000 frequent flyer points in the next 60 days, and…
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The 60 second method to finding amazing travel deals

Remember that scene from Karate Kid where the culmination of all of Daniel’s “karate training” painting fences, waxing cars, and sanding floors comes together?

Click on the video clip below and watch Daniel’s face as he instantly goes from exhausted, discouraged and pissed – to seeing a whole new world of possibility.

 

Daniel’s breakthrough is like travel

Just like Mr Miyagi had Daniel do a bunch of stuff he didn’t think would help at all with Karate… I’m about to tell you the most powerful thing you can do to find a mind-bogglingly cheap trip:

Look every day. Even when you’re not planning a trip.

Let’s first talk about how most people book a trip.

  • They decide to book two or three months before a trip. They spend hours hunting down the optimal times/dates, and sometimes they get an OK deal.
  • Sometimes, they give up and have to repeat the procedure several other nights.
  • Eventually they either settle on something that seems like the best deal they can get, or they don’t go at all.

“The old fashioned way” is impossible…

Looking for a travel deal “the old fashioned way” might get an OK deal with enough work. But getting an exceptionally good deal is simply not possible except by random luck.

The exceptionally good deals only last days or hours, and came and went while the average traveler wasn’t even looking. The result? The average traveler ends up settling for mediocre deals or not traveling as often – never even knowing they could have paid 50% to 90% less.

The JGOOT Way: “Give me 60 seconds a day & I’ll show you the world”

Whether subscribed to my free or paid service, you get several trip-alerts a week – all from your home airport. Every one of them represent the best travel deals I could find on the internet for that day.
    • Whether you’re planning a trip or not, take 60 seconds a day and read the emails I send you with an open mind.
    • Rather than thinking “This trip doesn’t fit my schedule.”
    • Try thinking “Could I slightly adjust my schedule (or slightly adjust the dates) to take advantage of this ridiculously affordable trip?”

Most days, the trips either won’t interest you, or they won’t fit your schedule and that’s fine. You’re only out 60 seconds.

But some days…

You’ll see a trip that’s so affordable you won’t even have to think about whether it’s in the budget. You’ll know that going any other time would cost two to ten times as much, and if you adjust your vacation schedule just a little – it won’t impact your budget nearly as much as finding that exact same trip “the old fashioned way”. (It won’t take as much time either.)

I promise

Whether you use my service, or set up dozens of free Google fare watches and watch fares yourself…

If you simply take a minute a day to look at trip possibilities for 7 days in a row – you’ll begin to see a whole new world of affordable travel that are physically impossible to find “the old fashioned way”.

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JGOOT rule number 3: You MUST be flexible

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Actual screenshot of a text from Brooke Merkle

As you hopefully know by now, there are 3 simple rules to “The JGOOT Way” of travel.

  1. ALWAYS have at least 50,000 miles for when rules #2 & 3 don’t work.
  2. Look for trips every day (whether planning a trip or not)
  3. You must be flexible. (Case study below)

Since being interviewed by CBS News over a year ago, Brook Merkle, her husband, and their two kids have gone on ten trips that she found with the help of her JGOOT subscription.

TEN trips!!!

But all the trip alerts in the world wouldn’t do her a single ounce of good if she looked at each of them thinking “Nah. That doesn’t fit perfectly with my schedule.” If you want to save 50% to 90% every single time you travel, you’re going to need to have at least a little bit of flexibility.

Don’t worry though. I’m not talking about massive changes to your schedule.

  • They went to Hawaii for less than what most people pay to go to Cabo by snatching up a trip she found 6 months ahead of schedule and working all future plans around that trip. (This saved them nearly $1000 per person on their flight alone.)
  • Another time, by taking a 4-day weekend over MLK weekend, she snagged $78 flights to Florida to visit family (saving about $1800 compared to everyone else who paid $450 to $600 per person for a 3-day holiday weekend flight).
  • By booking a Thursday-to-Thursday flight to Vancouver instead of Saturday-to-Saturday, they saved enough to take a private helicopter tour.

Do you need JGOOT to have flexibility?

Absolutely not. This rule can be applied to any trip you take – and at the very least – I hope it helps you get out of town more affordably.

We just make it interesting by sending you 4 or 5 of the most affordable 1% of trips on the internet each morning – for you to dream about over your morning coffee.

Happy travels!

–Joel

 

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Travelocity did to Travel Agents what Wal-Mart did to Mom & Pop Stores

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Let’s talk about travel agent commissions.

  • Travel agents get 0% to help you book a domestic flight. (But they usually help in hopes that they can book your hotel & car too.)
  • They get between 4% and 8% to book an international flight.
  • They get 5% or so to book a rental car for you
  • They get 10% to 20% to book a hotel or cruise (That’s where the money usually is.)

NOW let’s talk about mistake fares…

  • Whether an actual mistake, or intentional fare dump to get 4 or 6 butts in seats to keep from cancelling an under-sold flight – travel agents get paid ZERO commissions on mistake fares.
  • On top of that, sites like Travelocity and Expedia HEAVILY discount hotel commissions when you bundle air and hotel together (including when you pay next-to-nothing) for the flight. (Sometimes, so much so – that you can get air PLUS hotel for less than the cost of the flight alone.)

The result?

Although travel agents can offer great assistance with “normal” trips – they cant compete when it comes to mistake fares unless they charge an additional fee to you.

Don’t get me wrong – Travel agents still provide plenty of value in the right circumstances (Just like Mom & Pop store owners offer way more value than the minimum-wage Wal-Mart employee when you need to pick out the right baseball glove.)

But when it comes to prices… Even if a travel agent rebated their entire commission back to you – they still couldn’t come close to the price you can find by booking a mistake fare on a major travel site.

So you’ve got three choices:

  1. Pay a pretty penny for the convenience of finding a flight that goes to the exact place, at the exact time you’re looking for.
  2. Have a little flexibility and use a free system to find the mistake fares that happen every day from your home airport…
  3. Have a little flexibility and use a paid service that focuses exclusively on mistake fares. (Just don’t plan on them doing it for free – because they’re not going to get a dime when you eventually book a trip.)

With enough patience & flexibility – both choices 2 and 3 will have you traveling for 50% to 90% less than option 1. (And not some bullshit department store “Mark it up so we can say it’s marked down 50% to 90%…” crap…

Put a little energy into finding mistake fares, schedule trips around them when you find them and you will ACTUALLY pay 50% to 90% less than what most people on the exact same trip as you are paying.

Here is an article on how to find mistake fares on a daily basis – for free.

Traveling affordably (with no math involved)

In case you didn’t know it. I’m a numbers guy. My co-author and I wrote a book about cracking Google’s algorithm with paid advertising (Google AdWords for Dummies), and after that, Google hired us to write two books for them to give to their advertisers.  Now, I use algorithms to find mistake fares the same way.

But rather than writing a book about how to calculate the value of a flight – I do that math behind the scenes with every trip I share on JGOOT.

I analyze over 20,000 flight options per day, and rule out the 99.9% that are too expensive.  In a nutshell, if you can’t find it on JGOOT.com, that’s because I already analyzed the dates you’re thinking of – and ruled them out as “too expensive to pay cash for”.

My advice?

  • Use this site to watch for ridiculously affordable trips that you can work your schedule around whenever possible. (Which should be about 1/2 the time.)
  • Don’t waste time searching for a good fare for “need to go to a specific place at a specific time” trips. They will almost always be too expensive and you’d be FAR better off just paying with points.
  • Don’t have points? You should. Download this free quick-start guide & I’ll show you how.

* Wondering why I bother with mistake fares if I can travel on points for practically nothing?  Here is the math on why just about every fare I publish on JGOOT is a better deal than paying with points.  

 

 

 

That feeling when you’re driving and you see a radar gun pointing at you

Have you ever been driving down the highway and have your heart skip a beat when you see a police car on the side of the road with a radar gun pointing at you? Fortunately, I just got a new car that has a pretty cool sign recognition technology that keeps track of that for me at all times.

Don’t get me wrong… I’m a safe driver, but it sure is nice to know my car is “watching” for the speed limit, even when I’m not.  Now, whenever I see a cop with a radar gun pointing right at me, I’m a lot more relaxed because I know the exact speed limit (regardless of the last time I paid attention to the speed limit in the area.)

What does this have to do with travel?  Even if you’re good at finding OK deals whenever you want to take a trip – If you don’t have a system in place to watch fares FOR YOU – you’re going to miss a lot of amazing deals that will have come-and-gone by the time you get around to looking for them.

Here are three suggestions:

  1. Stick with “Aggregator Sites.” Whether you’re preferential to Travelocity, Expedia, or Orbitz, don’t use them to set up your searches because they all receive large commissions for the trips you book on their site. The fares you’re looking for are so low – they don’t pay commissions. Although the big travel sites are required to display those commission-free trips on their site, they don’t make it easy for visitors to find them.  Below are suggestions for aggregator sites that are paid to send traffic to the above sites and are NOT on commission. Your odds of finding those unbelievably good deals will be a lot higher by sticking with the aggregator sites.
  2. Flexible on when you want to go? Airfare watchdog is a great aggregator site, and you’ll get alerts for the best prices possible for as many destinations as you want to watch.  (Don’t forget to watch domestic flights where you have friends & family too. $29 and $49 round-trip flights across the country happen all the time. Besides – it’s pretty cool when you get to call a long-lost friend or family member and say “Hey – I just found $39 round-trip flights from your city to mine. Want to come out & go to the big game?”)
  3. Have specific times you need to go? You’ll end up paying slightly more when you don’t have flexibility on departure and return dates, but mistake fares still happen during peak travel times, so watching every day (as early as feasibly possible) will still pay off.  Either Google flights or Kayak.com are GREAT for setting up fare watches for specific dates.  The more destinations you watch – the more likely you’ll find not just a good deal – but an unbelievably good deal.

Just be sure to watch every single day!

No matter what method you choose – be patient and remember that finding these kinds of deals is a marathon, not a sprint.  I don’t care how good you are at finding good deals, it’s not physically possible to find a good deal that doesn’t exist at the tiny moment in time you get around to looking for it.  Look every day, and I assure you-you’ll be traveling sooner than you thought, spending less than you thought, and going to cooler places than you ever imagined.

Happy travel

–Joel

PS – Speaking of police cars, if you drive one for a living – don’t forget that you (along with other community first responders, teachers, and non-profit employees) are eligible for a FREE premium subscription valued at $100 per year. Click here for more info.

Free pair of shoes from Nordstrom’s! What would you choose???

Let’s say you got a coupon from Nordstrom’s good for any pair of shoes in their store.

You’ve been needing a new pair of running shoes… Maybe you should use it for that.

Ummmmm. NO! The coupon said ANY pair of shoes!

  • Pay cash for the $80 sneakers
  • Use your coupon for the $2200 Jimmy Choos

Use the same philosophy for traveling and you’ll NEVER pay for an expensive flight again.

  • Only pay cash for mistake fares that are 50% to 90% off.
  • Keep a stockpile of points for everything more expensive than that.

But unless you want a “George Costanza Wallet” full of credit cards, you have to be wise about how you spend your valuable frequent flyer points. Just because you have 50,000 frequent flyer points, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a good deal by using them to fly to Hawaii.

  • When flights are $1000 to $1500 a piece – by all means – pay the $22 in taxes and use those points!
  • But when you can regularly find mistake fares for $280 (by shopping “The JGOOT Way”), you’d actually be a lot better off paying cash for the flight and saving your points for a more expensive trip some other time.

Huh? How is $280 a better deal than $22?

No matter what frequent flyer program you’re with, your points can usually be converted to cash in one form or another for a minimum of a penny per point. That means that 50,000 points is worth at least $500 in cash (and if used wisely, those points can be worth as much as $3000). Using $500 worth of points on a fare you could pay $280 for would be a huge waste. (Just like using a “free pair of shoes” certificate would be a waste on some $80 running shoes.)

In a nutshell:

  1. Always be on the lookout for mistake fares that might fit your schedule and never pay cash for a flight that is more than 50% below normal prices (preferably 90% off).
  2. Always keep an emergency stash of at least 50,000 frequent flyer points and use them for ALL flights that aren’t at least 50% off. (In other words, if it’s not on JGOOT.com – you should probably pay with points.)

You’ll travel more, you’ll spend less, and you’ll spend WAY less time trying to find good deals when good deals aren’t available via traditional methods.

Don’t have frequent flyer points? Click here & discover how to get 50,000 to 100,000 points in the next couple months (and learn how to calculate what a “good” price for a fare is no matter where in the world you’re flying.)

Still not convinced? Watch this video of my parents AND my parents-in-law as they talk about how easy it is.

A $29 lesson about communication in relationships

When my wife and I had been dating 8 or 9 months, we were pretty serious (but not THAT serious.)

We’ve both lived in Colorado for over 20 years, and she was from Fort Wayne – a little town a couple hours North of Indianapolis. I hadn’t been there yet.

Anyway… One day I texted her at work and said “Hey – If you can get a Friday off some time next month, what do you say we go back to Indiana?

Man, did the rumors start flying!!!

Friends from Colorado were wondering what the ring was going to look like…

Friends from Indiana were setting up gatherings…

My (now) Father in-law set up a couple different “perfect opportunities” for the anticipated conversation…

No engagement happened that weekend, nor did an “asking for her hand” conversation. That happened later, but it was still a great weekend! (Let’s just say I’m still learning about communication with my wife. 😉

In hindsight, I probably should have said “Hey Michelle. If you can take a Friday off next month, I found $29 flights to Indy. Since they’re normally about $350, we should grab them & you can show me your home-town!

Frontier still has those kinds of crazy-low flash-sales all the time. They usually only last a few days, but if you keep an eye out for them (or, ahem, know someone who keeps an eye out for them) – taking advantage of them can almost certainly guarantee great stories you’ll carry with you the rest of your life.

The moral of the story:

If you watch for deals every day (vs just a handful of days a year when planning a trip), you’re 20 to 50 times more likely to find an amazing price on a trip you can’t resist but Just Get Out Of Town.

Here are a few places to set up searches:

  • Sign up for Frontier, Southwest, Jet Blue & Spirit, United, American Airline & Delta trip alerts from your home airport.
  • Airfarewatchdog.com (set up a search for as many destinations as possible. (Don’t forget cities you have friends you’d visit.)
  • Bookmark Kayak.com/explore and visit them at least daily. (Seriously – this is an amazing resource. Prices change hourly and you never know what amazing deals you’ll find.)

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“It’s not safe to travel”

After objection #1 (“Your deals seem too good to be true“), and objection #2 (“I don’t have the funds to travel right now“), third most common objection I hear regarding travel is : “It’s not safe to travel outside the U.S.”

I couldn’t disagree more.

Other than a handful of politically unstable countries, the majority of places around the world are just as safe (if not more safe) than right here in the U.S. As long as you have a little bit of self-awareness when it comes to not making yourself a target – travel outside the US is no less safe than any big city in the US.

Nas daily – one of my favorite travel vlogs (Video Blogs) has multiple videos on the subject. Nas has even left laptops, bikes & purses out for people to take in various countries, and items that wouldn’t last 2 minutes at most big cities in the U.S. can sit there untaken for hours.

If you do want to travel more, I recommend the following 3 things:

  1. Set money aside for travel. (It takes FAR less than you think with proper planning, but without setting aside a travel budget – travel will continue to take a back seat to things like broken furnaces, braces for the kids, etc. Next thing you know, you’ll be looking back on your life – wishing you had traveled more.
  2. Follow different travel bloggers to stay inspired and informed.
  3. If you’re really concerned about your safety, take a self defense course. You’d be surprised at how little you need to know to drastically increase your odds of A) not being a target, and B) protecting yourself from the other 99.9% of attackers who have no training at all.  If you don’t want to attend a class in your town, there are plenty of great resources online. Click this link (or this one) for a couple great ones that cost less than a month’s membership at a brick-and-mortar martial arts studio.

Happy travels!

–Joel