Introducing Travel Smarter

April 22, 2018

Over the past year I’ve flown over 70,000 miles across numerous continents and airlines including many you’ve probably never heard of before like Canadian North. My journeys have taken me as far south as South Africa and as far north as Iqaluit in the Canadian arctic.  I’ve witnessed a variety of cultures and had incredible experiences while travel such like zip lining through forests in New Zealand or riding a camel in Egypt. One of the question I get asked a lot from family, friends and fellow travellers is how I manage to travel so often. Many believe that travel is limited to the high flying consultants or salesman who trot the globe meeting clients or retirees sitting using the egg nest they built up.  In reality, neither of these beliefs are true. Everyone can afford to travel if you do your homework before you book.

 

 

It's becoming increasingly cheaper to travel than ever before if you are opportunistic and know where to look and in some cases it’s not on Expedia! Frequent flyer programs like Aeroplan or SkyMiles allow you to book international flights for no more than the price you pay to check in a bag. Sure you’ll need quite a few frequent flyer miles to book that flight but there are ways to get those miles at little or no cost, and without setting foot on an airplane. In addition, the emergence of ultra-low cost carriers like Norweigian and Wow Air allow you to do the unthinkable: fly from North America to Europe for well under $500! 

 

Another common objection I hear to frequent travel is the hassles that are associated with travel be it the long lines for security and immigration, unexpected fees and inconvenience that occurs when flights get delayed or cancelled. However, careful planning beforehand prevents or at least mitigates these common pitfalls to ensure a relatively smooth travel experience. 

 

This section is dedicated to making your travel easier regardless of if you’re travelling on business or on vacation by providing practical advice in layman’s terms for the casual traveller. It’s my hope that this resource will empower you to travel outside your comfort zone by highlighting opportunities for travel and removing much of the stress out of travel. As always, this is a conversation about the travel experience - feel free to comment or drop me a line on your thoughts and questions about a topic I’ve covered. 

 

Safe Travels,

 

James

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