We like to go places. We value the many benefits of travel but it does cost money. It is, however, a misconception that travel is too expensive. Traveling costs as much or as little as you so decide. A coworker recently took a two week long vacation to Italy, totaling roughly $8k, and staying in hotels costing upwards of €200 a night in Rome. In contrast, we took a similar trip a few years back with our costs adding up to roughly $4500. Our accommodations cost €58 a night in the same city. A trip to Italy can cost much less- that is, if you opt out of a week-long painting course in Tuscany.
We pay for our travels through disciplined saving but much of it also comes from picking up little tricks from other travelers that help stretch our travelling dollar. That’s where travel hacking comes in. Travel hacking, combined with points redeemed from our travel reward credit card, increases our ability to travel by greatly reducing our travel costs. I was excited to gain new travel hacking ideas when Steven Zussino graciously offered Urban Departures a copy of his book Travel Hacking for Canadians to review and giveaway (details after the jump). Continue reading