Obviously, Pete and I have never not loved to travel. We each spent a summer abroad as students, he in Asia and I in Norway. (In China in the late 1970’s he was a curiosity for his blond hair and blue eyes, and was mobbed on the street.) More recently, we have journeyed separately to Europe, Minnesota’s Boundary Waters, Mexico, Canada, New England, and together to New York, Boston, the Gulf Coast, California, Las Vegas, our beloved Lake Superior and the North Shore, and of course, our new love, Alaska. We’re nowhere near done!
After reading The 4 Hour Work Week, by Timothy Ferriss, I experimented and confirmed that all I need is a phone line and an internet connection to work from wherever I happen to be. Pete’s vacation schedule, hard won after more than ten years with the same company, affords us many travel opportunities throughout the year. Although circumstances will require us to continue working past the traditional retirement age, we are taking steps to integrate work within a flexible structure. We want to travel and experience as much as we can together.
The economic downturn could easily put the kibosh on our plans, if we let it. Instead, we view current circumstances as a challenge. While we’ve always been expense-aware and sometimes downright frugal, there is no denying that we are going to have to implement as many cost-cutting strategies as we can to continue with our journeys.
Enter Chris Guillebeau. He is a self-employed writer, traveler, social entrepreneur and learner. Chris writes an extraordinary weblog, The Art of Non-Conformity, which he bills as “unconventional strategies for life, work and travel.” Chris has the lofty goal of traveling to 100 countries, and so far, in six years, he has made it to 89.
It’s not a stretch for us to read and relate to 30 year old Chris as we might one of our kids. He is smart, idealistic, enthusiastic, thoughtful, and engaged. Chris tries “to live a life of gratefulness and purpose every day.” He’s worked and traveled throughout Africa, meeting and speaking with a host of U.N. officials and leaders. Since 2006, Chris has been pursuing a graduate degree in International Studies at the University of Washington, all the while continuing with his travels throughout the world. In 2008, his average round trip flight cost has been $321. That’s right. $321! We’ve paid more to get to New York, for crying out loud! When my daughter, Robin, and I went to Europe in 2002, we paid $900+ in round trip airfares from Minneapolis to Paris. Ouch!
“Of all the steps required to change the world in the way you see fit, the decision to be remarkable is the most important,” says Chris. In that spirit, Chris has developed a product to share the methods and tricks he uses to achieve what most people only dream of: traveling throughout the world and keeping it affordable, safe, realistic, and memorable. He’s called it The Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare.
(You should know: If you use our link to purchase this guide, we will earn a commission. Chris provides an excellent value; otherwise, we wouldn’t be calling it to your attention. Our basic motivation in doing so is to turn you on to valid savings, and we are confident that you will realize far more than the UGDA’s purchase price by utilizing its knowledge base.)
What keeps you from traveling more? We’ll bet one of the answers is money, especially nowadays. The Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare is much more than a list of discounts, and goes far beyond typical savings methods. You will learn:
- How to get into “private” airline member lounges wherever you are
- How to obtain instant Elite Status and leverage it with other airlines
- Why you won’t get the best deal with online budget sites
- How to play Priceline Roulette for better results
- How to pick up cheaper international seats with lesser-known flights
- How to use a stopover loophole to add more destinations when you want them
- Tips on contrarian, overland and driveaway travel
- Alternatives to “Euroshock” – keeping more of your dollars to spend across the pond
- How to access bargains galore in Asian countries
- Premium and upgrade travel tips
- Tips when traveling to exotic destinations
- Round-The-World and regional passes
- Creative ticketing methods
But wait, there’s more! I love saying that, just like on TV! As if all the above isn’t enough, Chris offers anyone who purchases the e-book (at the extremely low price of $24.95) one free personal support email. This is just crazy! No one does this! Use Chris’s expertise for a pesky travel dilemma or a specific planned journey, it’s up to you. If you can’t recoup your small investment from all these benefits, we’re thinkin’ you’re not really serious about value-based travel!
Unconventional times require unconventional solutions to pervasive circumstances. Haven’t our leaders just said the same thing these past few weeks in Washington? Well, the UGDA is a remarkable solution. This is a tool you will turn to time and again to make your travel dreams affordable. In fact, Chris offers free lifetime updates, so you’ll be in the know as things change in today’s fast-paced environment. His “boots on the ground” perspective is invaluable when day by day, it’s so much harder for the average person to travel.
If you’re fed up with high prices and poor service from the airlines and discount sites, the UGDA is for you. While air travel will never be free, the information in Chris’s book will help you make it as inexpensive as possible.
How do you purchase? Click our link: The Unconventional Guide to Discount Airfare. Chris accepts PayPal or credit cards. Once your payment is approved, you can download the UGDA immediately, up to 5 times in total. Print it out, or save it on your hard drive.
Get moving toward some great ideas that will keep more of your hard-earned money where it belongs: With you, doing what you love to do, and going where you want to go.