Pre-Trip Planning: How Much Research Should You Really Do?

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What is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions?

Travel.

To help any of you who may have “More Travel” written on that list of things you’d like to accomplish in 2015, we’ve decided to help you plan your trip.

Heather joins me as we chat about our planning process – the more fun, research based side, for the more practical aspects of travel planning check out our Pre-Travel Checklist.

We discuss how we decide where to go, researching things to do at your destination, accommodations, tours, and how to conduct on the ground research.

What are you travel plans for 2015?

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Today’s episode has been sponsored by our friends at Tortuga Backpacks!

In This Episode:

  • 05:19 – Picking a destination
  • 08:45 – Google Flights Explorer
  • 10:48 – The differing costs of cities
  • 15:16 – Researching your destination
  • 20:00 – Planning your itinerary
  • 30:29 – Booking accommodations and tours
  • 34:51 – On the ground research

and much more!

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EPoP Success: The Decision to Become Location Independent

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You asked for it, and you got it.

Today we start a new series of podcasts; EPoP success stories!

Tiffany and Chris have spent the last two years preparing the move to location independence so they could do something amazing.

They’re going on a year long (working) honeymoon!

Today we chat about the steps in the decision to become location independent, from transitioning to freelancing full time (Chris) and just finding anything that would work with their plans (Tiffany).

They share a story of listeners, just like you, who made it work for them. Will you be next?

This is part one of a two part interview. Join us again tomorrow where we chat a little bit more about the actual trip itself and some travel mishaps that made Tiffany shudder while recounting them!

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In This Episode:

  • Why the decided on a year long honeymoon.
  • How Chris transitioned to a full-time freelancer.
  • Searching for anything, and everything that was location independent.
  • The reaction of friends and family.
  • What they did about their home and pets while they travel.
  • The challenges they’ve experienced working from anywhere.
  • Their final verdict on Location Independence.

and much more!

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Destination Diary- Portugal

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Portugal is one of our favorite countries in the world.

It’s also one of the cheapest options in western Europe.

Heather and I talk about where to go, what to do, and the best places to eat and drink! From getting completely lost in a rain storm to finding the Harry Potter bookstore we talk about some of our most memorable experiences in Portugal, and it leaves us aching to go back!

Have you ever been to Portugal? What were some of your favorite places to go/stay/eat?

If you haven’t been yet what are you the most excited about now that you’ve heard us rave about it? Leave your answer in the comments below!

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In This Episode:

  • Getting lost in a rain storm.
  • One of the best places we’ve ever stayed. (and it’s a hostel!)
  • 4 course meals for 7 euros in Lisbon.
  • One of the oldest flea markets in the world.
  • Port and Wine tours in Portugal.
  • Passion Fruit tarts!!
  • The Harry Potter Bookstore

and much more!

Places to Stay

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Porto

Places to Eat

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Places to Drink

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Places to Go

Lagos

  • Walking around the Old City
  • Ponta da Piedade

Lisbon

  • Palace of Sintra
  • Ride the cable cars
  • Wander around the AlfamaFlea Market in Alfama- Fiera da Ladra

Porto

  • Hang out under the Dom Luis Bridge
  • Head to the Harry Potter Bookshop- Livraria Lello
  • Port wineries
  • River Cruise on the Douro

 

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Top 14 Most Beautiful Places on Earth

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Embrace the wanderlust.

Today Jason joins me once again to discuss some of the most beautiful places on earth. Or perhaps to break the rules and throw in honorable mentions left and right. One of these days I’ll make him stick to the rulebook.

From places you can’t even pronounce (don’t worry, we can’t either) to locations that might be just a drive away we travel the world with our choices. And after this episode you’ll be yearning to travel too.

Where are some of the most beautiful places you’ve been? Do you agree with some of our choices? Let us know in the comments!

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In This Episode:

  • A TON of honorable mentions.
  • Hiking the Italian Coast
  • Camping in Hawaii
  • Amazing Roadtrips
  • Michelangelo’s David
  • Unpronounceable locations
  • Jason breaks the rules (again)

and much more!

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Today is the Last Day To Sign Up For Frequent Flyer Bootcamp

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Hey folks, a friendly reminder that today is the last day to sign up for Frequent Flyer Bootcamp.

Many of you have been emailing me with your intentions to sign up, so don’t forget!

[bluebox]If you’re unfamiliar with Frequent Flyer Bootcamp, check out the video above or head on over to the Frequent Flyer Bootcamp homepage.[/bluebox]

Registration will close promptly at 10 pm EST today, Wednesday, August 13th. 

We will not be running FF Bootcamp again until probably 2015, so if you want to start learning all the ins and outs of miles, like:

  • How to book stopovers and open-jaws.
  • How to get free one-ways.
  • The best way to book RTW trips with miles.
  • How to find availability for flights quickly and easily.
  • How to avoid fuel surcharges

and much more, then make sure you sign up.

[bluebox]To sign up, head over the Frequent Flyer Bootcamp homepage or scroll to the bottom of this post. [/bluebox]

Registration is capped at 30, and we’re almost there,  so if you’re interested, hurry up!

Bootcamp is awesome, but don’t take my word for it.  Look at what other Bootcampers have had to say:

Tiffany

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My Fiance and I are planning a year long backpacking trip as our honeymoon.

We knew we wanted to use miles to travel for (almost) free to mitigate our costs, but didn’t really know how to use them easily or effectively.

When I joined Frequent Flyer Bootcamp, I knew our problems were solved.

Travis has a gift he has for explaining complex topics simply and at the end of 4 weeks you’ll know how to book more tickets than you ever thought were possible.

During the Q&A calls he talked about our real life examples, and gives advice on trips we tried to figure out after watching the videos.

Now we feel confident about booking our plane tickets around the world – New Zeland, Southeast Asia & Europe! – and saving an amazing amount of money because we are using our miles wisely.

I can’t recommend this program enough.

And I know that if I run into any issues, the Facebook group will always be there to hep. Thanks Travis for creating such a great program!

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FF Bootcamp is an easy and efficient way to gain the knowledge necessary to book your next dream trip.

The tutorials were straightforward and easy to follow, the weekly calls let you learn from the questions of others, and the Facebook group provides a quick and fun way to get answers to the spontaneous questions that come up while you are researching.

Bootcamp may not be “cheap”, but considering what I’ve learned and what I’ll now be able to save when I redeem my miles on my next trip, I consider it an excellent value.

It’s been great, and I’ll be sure to send you a thank you when I’m enjoying my free stopover in Taiwan on my way to Bali!

Jerri

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What a great experience!  Travis is so knowlegeable – he will know the answer to any question you might have!

There is so much to learn with this hobby and he knows it all –

Before I signed up for FF bootcamp, I was so confused about lots of tricks and methods used to get cheap travel, but the class has really cleared up so much for me. 

Now, I could actually book a pretty complicated itinerary with what i’ve learned through FF Bootcamp!

In fact, I’m planning on visiting Jordan and Cambodia on one single ticket and Travis has showed me how to do just that!

Thanks, Travis, for an awesome program!  I’d definitely recommend this class to anyone.

Who’s Next?

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Confused about how to redeem frequent flyer miles?

Not sure how to find availability?

Overwhelmed at trying book stopovers and open jaws?

If you want to become an expert at booking complex trips like the folks above and really maximize your frequent flyer miles, it’s time to join Frequent Flyer Bootcamp.

We’re waiting for you!

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Frequently Asked Questions about Bootcamp

I get a lot of emails with these questions, so hopefully this clears up the confusion.

1.  When does Bootcamp start?

This Bootcamp will run from the beginning of April to beginning of May.

Each Bootcamp is “technically” 1 month long, but you get to keep all the material forever (and are always a part of the Facebook group) so you can definitely work at your own pace.

Want to fly through it all in one week? Go for it!  Want to save it for later?  Many people do that as well.

2.  When will you run the next Bootcamp?

Honestly, no idea.  I’ll be traveling A LOT in the next 4 months, so most likely not until August, but I can’t even promise that.

If you’re interested, I do suggest you sign up this time around since you can work at your own pace anyway.

3.  Can I join Bootcamp for free?

No, sorry.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours putting together the material to create the premier product in the frequent flyer niche and the value of Bootcamp far outweighs the price to join.

However, Bootcamp comes with a guarantee that if you don’t learn enough to book $500 worth of free airfare, you’ll get your money back, so there really is no risk.

4.  Wait, really?  You’re guaranteeing that I’ll learn enough to book $500 worth of free flights?

You betcha!

Here’s a secret:  It’ll probably be thousands and thousands of dollars more of free airfare.  Hope you’re ok with that!

4.  I’m a total newbie to frequent flyer  miles, can I join?

Yes, definitely.  For this session, I actually created 7 brand new videos specifically for people who may be new to frequent flyer miles.  Those will get you up to speed right away!

5.  I already know how to add free one-ways, book stopovers and openjaws, and how to get round the world tickets.  Should I join?

If you’re already at that level, then no.  Bootcamp is designed for newbies and intermediate people.

People who have earned miles and maybe redeemed them, but want to understand the more advanced techniques like free one-ways, stopovers and open-jaws, and how to find availability quickly and easily.

6.  What if I can’t make the Q&A sessions?

That’s totally fine.  Normally, we have about 50% of people on the call at any given time.

We record the call and send it out to every Bootcamper afterwards so they can listen to it, whether they were on the call or not.

7.  Why does your hair look so weird in the video?

No clue…just one of those days!  Thanks for enjoying the video despite my appearance!

Looking forward to whipping you in to Frequent Flyer Shape!

Cheers,

Trav

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Confused About the Best Ways to Use Frequent Flyer Miles? Registration is Now Open for Frequent Flyer Bootcamp!

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Well, you asked for another session of Frequent Flyer Bootcamp, so here it is!

[bluebox]If you’re unfamiliar with Frequent Flyer Bootcamp, check out the video above or head on over to the Frequent Flyer Bootcamp homepage.[/bluebox]

I’m really excited to be running another session of Bootcamp, and we’ve already seen signups coming in from people who were pre-registered.

Just a reminder, Bootcamp is capped at 30 people to ensure that each person gets individualized attention and that we can help book them a trip to their SPECIFIC dream destination.

So if you are interested, I urge you to signup as soon as possible.

[bluebox]If you want more information, you can find out EVERYTHING about Bootcamp on the Frequent Flyer Bootcamp homepage.[/bluebox]

Frequently Asked Questions about Bootcamp

I get a lot of emails with these questions, so hopefully this clears up the confusion.

1.  When does Bootcamp start?

This Bootcamp will run from the end of August to beginning of October.

Each Bootcamp is “technically” 1 month long, but you get to keep all the material forever (and are always a part of the Facebook group) so you can definitely work at your own pace.

Want to fly through it all in one week? Go for it!

Want to save it for later?  Many people do that as well.

2.  When will you run the next Bootcamp?

Honestly, no idea.  I’ll be traveling A LOT in the next 4-5 months, so most likely not until 2015, but I can’t even promise that.

If you’re interested, I do suggest you sign up this time around since you can work at your own pace anyway.

3.  Can I join Bootcamp for free?

No, sorry.  I’ve spent hundreds of hours putting together the material to create the premier product in the frequent flyer niche and the value of Bootcamp far outweighs the price to join.

However, Bootcamp comes with a guarantee that if you don’t learn enough to book $500 worth of free airfare, you’ll get your money back, so there really is no risk.

4.  Wait, really?  You’re guaranteeing that I’ll learn enough to book $500 worth of free flights?

You betcha!

Here’s a secret:  It’ll probably be thousands and thousands of dollars more of free airfare.  Hope you’re ok with that!

4.  I’m a total newbie to frequent flyer  miles, can I join?

Yes, definitely.  For the last session, I actually created 7 brand new videos specifically for people who may be new to frequent flyer miles.

Those will get you up to speed right away!

5.  I already know how to add free one-ways, book stopovers and openjaws, and how to get round the world tickets.  Should I join?

If you’re already at that level, then no.  Bootcamp is designed for newbies and intermediate people.

People who have earned miles and maybe redeemed them, but want to understand the more advanced techniques like free one-ways, stopovers and open-jaws, and how to find availability quickly and easily.

6.  What if I can’t make the Q&A sessions?

That’s totally fine.  Normally, we have about 50% of people on the call at any given time.

We record the call and send it out to every Bootcamper afterwards so they can listen to it, whether they were on the call or not.

7.  Why does your hair look so weird in the video?

No clue…just one of those days!  Thanks for enjoying the video despite my appearance!

[bluebox]If you’re ready to join Bootcamp, head on over to the Frequent Flyer Bootcamp homepage and register. [/bluebox]

Looking forward to whipping you in to Frequent Flyer Shape!

Cheers,

Trav

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