Travel Secrets

Travel Hackers You MUST Know!

By Art Robinson, Contributing Editor

In the world of travel hacking, there are some names you just have to know. These are people who have been all around the world, traveling on the cheap and passing along the very best tips and tricks to help you do the same. Each of these travel hackers has their own unique view of this process and brings something special to the table, so make sure to check each one out to see which are the best fit for you.

6 Must-Follow Travel Hackers you’re not a “travel hacker,” you might be paying too much for flights, carrying the wrong gear, and missing out on readily-available freebies.

We all want to save money, but airlines and hotels are using complicated computer algorithms and multi-million dollar revenue optimization systems against us.

Luckily, you can learn travel hacking from the experts. Online. For free.

Below are six travel hackers you should be following. Subscribe to their blogs and follow them on Twitter. Follow their advice and you’ll be the person who always gets the best seat on the plane.

The Points Guy: Frequent Flyer Miles & Rewards

While working as a recruiter for an investment bank, Brian Kelly learned how to make the most of frequent flyer miles and credit card points by traveling over 125,000 miles per year.

Starting in 2011, he began sharing his knowledge full time on his website, The Points Guy.

Brian can teach you which rewards programs to join, which credit cards are best for what, and how to rack up extra points for damn near anything, including shopping online and liking Facebook pages.

Brian’s tricks are exactly what most people are referring to when they talk about travel hacking. But there’s more to it than just outwitting the airlines…

Nomadic Matt: The Ultimate Travel Blogger

Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt, has been traveling around the world since 2006. In that time, he’s become one of the most prolific and respected travel bloggers. If you’re a new or aspiring blogger, emulate Matt.

He didn’t become the king of travel blogging by putting out mediocre advice. His posts consistently kick ass.

While he doesn’t write exclusively about travel hacking, he’s still an authority on the subject and has produced some classic posts.

Matt’s Ultimate Travel Hacking Guide is practically a reference book on how to hack your trip: from flights, to accommodations, to food. It was even reposted by Lifehacker. You’ll want to bookmark or Evernote his post for future reference.

Following these travel experts will teach you a lot more than just how to save money. Watching their travels can be a true source of inspiration for where to go, how to get there, and what you really want or don’t want from your time spent on the road. Keeping travel experts in your feed can help keep your mind focused on making your travel goals into reality, rather than just letting time pass you by without getting where you truly want to go.

TripHackr: Tips for Techies

TripHackr is a relatively new addition to my feed reader but has quickly become a favorite because of its focus on using technology to improve travel.

Clint, the head traveler of TripHackr, frequently posts apps, gadgets, and tips geared toward the technologically-inclined. For example, his suggestion of the Belkin mini surge protector went directly onto my Amazon Wish List.

If you’re not a gadget geek, you’ll still find plenty of great travel tips on TripHackr. If you’re a techie like us, you’ll subscribe to the site without hesitating.

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6 Must-Follow Travel Hackers

Have you found any travel hackers that you follow regularly? Do you have any secret tips and tricks of your own for making the most of your time and money while out seeing the world?

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