Special Note: Today Chris Guillebeau's new travel membership program, The Travel Hacking Cartel, is available to the public. The first 1000 people to join will get a 14-Day trial membership for only $1.00. Yep, $1.00. Keep reading for more info!
When I think about some of the boldest things I've ever done, travel is usually involved. It is nearly impossible to travel somewhere new without learning something about humanity, culture, and yourself. Some of the greatest adventures and learning opportunities in life happen outside of the comfort zone of our home or even our hometown. Fearless and exciting living involves stretching yourself mentally, emotionally, and geographically.
We often talk a lot about loving to travel and wanting adventure. But how often do you really do it? I'm not talking about the occasional trip to Grandma's or Wally World. I'm talking those trips that require a passport, or at least a plane or train ticket to a new and different destination. I'm talking about going to places where they speak another language, serve up strange food, and have funny toilets. Or maybe where the landscape is wild and exotic or unfamiliar. Or where you have to put on hiking boots, ride in a raft, or sleep in a tent.
Real, life-changing, soul-inspiring travel involves so much more than sight-seeing. Daniel J. Boorstin reminds that the “traveler was active; he went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him.” To fully experience life and the world around you, become a traveler rather than a tourist.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
So how can you become a real traveler rather than just a tourist on all of your journeys?
- Fully experience places rather than just observe them. Embrace the differences and immerse yourself in a new culture or environment.
- Don't make comparisons with home. You left home to experience something new, so relax and enjoy it.
- Interact with new people — not just the tour guides or shop owners. Talk with the locals, ask questions, attempt the language, be curious.
- Go beyond the tourist spots. Talk with the locals and find the hidden gems off the beaten track. Explore the back roads, the small cafes, or the quiet woods.
- Be flexible and take every opportunity to explore new things. If something wonderful presents itself, go for it — even if it interrupts your itinerary. It could be the best part of your journey.
- Avoid the Western habit of knowing everything and having all the answers. Ask questions and acknowledge that you can often learn more from even the poorest people than we can teach them.
- On occasion, ditch the camera. Live the moment rather than capturing it.
- Don't try to see everything and cram it all in. Take your time. Sit back and watch, listen, smell, and absorb this new environment. Fully appreciate a place rather than skimming the highlights.
- Seek to broaden your mind and your perspective rather than just hoping to get a tan, buy the t-shirt, or see the sights.
I don't know about you, but I'd do just about anything to travel. If I'm going to spend money on something, travel is that something. If I had to choose between a shiny new car and an African Safari — put me on the plane.
Are you a traveler or do you long to be one? Frequently the only thing standing between you and an amazing travel adventure is the cost of travel.
World traveler Chris Guillebeau, the genius behind The Art of Non-Conformity blog and his amazing lifestyle business products, has opened his box of travel secrets to the world.
He has created the Travel Hacking Cartel that allows you to travel for free or at a very low cost. He plans to demystify the process of travel hacking. Cartel Members can “go anywhere, anytime.”
Through the Cartel membership, Chris is going to share with you exactly what you need to do to accumulate Frequent Flyer Miles, and what you need to do to redeem them for fantastic trips.
Specifically, the Travel Hacking Cartel commits to help you:
- Regular “Deal Alerts” sent via email and SMS/text message
(when a big opportunity comes up, members will be the
first to know)
- Tutorials and an extensive Knowledge Base to get people
started (research shows that most people have no idea
what to do with miles and points… we'll tell them)
- The Refer-a-Hacker Program that pays members 500 Frequent
Flyer Miles for each referral (we've tried to make this process
extremely easy – everyone has their own referral link directly in
their account settings)
- The “World's Greatest Guarantee” – if members follow our
directions and spend at least 30 minutes a month travel hacking,
they'll earn enough miles for at least 1 plane ticket every quarter,
or 4 plane tickets a year (we also provide info on how to redeem
miles for great awards)
Chris has kicked off his Cartel membership with a $1.00, 14-day FREE trial membership to the first 1000 people who apply.
After that, you can upgrade, downgrade or cancel at any time. There are three price packages (ranging from $15-$39 a month), all of which include
- 15 travel hacking tutorials
- E-mail and text message deal alerts
- The Word's Greatest Guarantee of 4 FREE plane tickets a year
Upgraded packages include hotel deals and alerts, help redeeming awards, and tips on upgrades and premium travel.
One of my fellow bloggers, Steve Kamb, had this to say about Chris's amazing Cartel:
“I racked up over 300,000 miles without any flying or spending any extra money. It sounded too good to be true, but it was absolutely worth it. This year I’m headed to Australia and New Zealand in Business Class.”
As always, Chris offers what he calls the “No Pain in the Ass” cancellation button if you don't find the Cartel useful. But it will pay for itself easily in the first year if take advantage of the amazing deals that Chris presents in this program.