Travel Hacking Saves You Big Money
Maybe before we ask why, let's quickly define what the heck travel hacking is.
My definition: Learning all the tricks of the trade, learning how to save money booking flights, hotel rooms, rental cars, etc. and even in some cases, getting these items for free.
How to get first class upgrades, how to quickly collect airline miles, which credit cards to use...these are all part of the travel hacking universe.
Travel Hacks are different than travel hacking.
Travel hacks are the tricks you learn while traveling, i.e., how to pick the best seat on a plane using websites like SeatGuru or how to roll your clothes so you can fit more in your suitcase, stuff like that.
Travel Hacking focuses mainly on the subject of money, getting the most value for your all mighty dollar.
Stretching a two-week trip into two months, etc.
This leads us to the subject of 'why'.
Why Travel Hacking
Just a second ago, I said,
"Travel Hacking focuses mainly on the subject of money, getting the most value for you all mighty dollar."
Travel Hacking really focuses on the subject of getting the most value from 'currency'. Money isn't the only currency that we have to consider.
Travel Hacking Currencies
- Airline Points, Credit Card Reward Points, etc.
- Cash, Income
Learning all the tricks of hacking travel hacking and putting them to good use, is time-consuming.
So there is a direct currency trade-off. You are trading your time, to save money.
Vice versa, if you don't use any travel hacking tricks and just pay full price for everything on your travels, your trading more cash, and saving time.
Time is a currency that you have to take into account. The time you use to implement and learn travel hacking could have been used to make a blog, sell something, start a business, make money, etc.
For most of us, money and time are inversely related.
When we are young, we have no money and lots of time.
As we get older, we have more money, but less time.
I hope that makes sense, sorry if my explanation sucks.
Travel Hacking Basics
All travelers need to follow the basics.
Here is an excellent guide: Lazy Travel Hacking Guide. Even if you have lots and lots of money, this guide is still for you, all of us.
Travel Hacking Advanced
If you are traveling on a limited budget, you need to learn and implement all the travel hacking tricks.
Study and learn, you can start here.
For some, it's just a super fun hobby. Why pay more, when you can spend less.
Why sit in the back of the plane, when you can relax in first class.