Travel hacking, in its broadest sense, is really anything you do to optimize travel, whether by saving money or increasing efficiency through tools and tricks (hacks). The focus of this post, and the common definition, is all about playing the credit card points game to get free airfare and hotel points/stays.
While I’m a big believer in traveling light, I’m an even bigger believer in self-reliance. You don’t have to be a field medic or Jason Bourne to learn how to handle medical and safety scenarios that you may encounter in your travels.
One of the main things that separate travelers from tourists is the traveler’s self-reliance and freedom to choose their own path each day.
When I was young, my motto was, “It’s not fun if you can’t die.” It was luck rather than skill that I survived my youth. I still have a thirst for adventure, but now believe in informed risk taking and mitigation where possible.
Fortunately, I learned early in my career to maximize business travel and sleep when I got home. It seemed crazy to fly to a place I’d never been and sit in a conference room and then hotel room the entire trip.
For my first post, I thought it best to start at the beginning. It’s hard to travel if you don’t know where you are going. Great insights like this are why I’m called the Analytical Traveler. We will explore a methodology to aid in determining a vacation destination. This is particularly useful when multiple people are involved.