A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
— Laozi, Tao Te Ching

I'm Scott Howard, a.k.a. the Analytical Traveler, and love nothing more than swapping travel tales (preferably over a beer) and exploring our amazing world. Don't let the name of the site fool you into thinking I don't embrace care free adventure. I just apply an analytical approach to optimizing the travel experience, whether it be getting free travel via travel hacking, staying like a local, or just packing the right gear to travel light. If you like to pay a bunch of money, sit on a tour bus, and wait in lines, you came to the wrong place. There really is a better way!

Whether you're new to travel or a seasoned vet, I'd love to share and learn with you. I hope you'll stay and become a member of our analytical traveler community.

Here are a few areas to help get you started. Click on one of the images below, or check out my latest post.

  Play the points game for free travel and perks.

Play the points game for free travel and perks.

  Be smart and stay safe when you travel.

Be smart and stay safe when you travel.

  Best sites to help plan your next trip.

Best sites to help plan your next trip.

  Don't be a tourist, stay like a local at unique properties.

Don't be a tourist, stay like a local at unique properties.

  The right gear makes all the difference.

The right gear makes all the difference.

  Tips for packing the  right  gear the  right  way.

Tips for packing the right gear the right way.

Join the community

The community is only as good as it's members. I'd love for you to join and share your tales from the road! If you read a post and it brings to mind an anecdote or trick of the trade, please share in the comments section! I post concise, high quality content once a week, so don't worry about email overload. Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions, comments, or requests for me to cover a specific topic.

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