Do you have a bucket list? If you could go on a trip anywhere in the world, where would you go? Think about it; write it down. As you go down the travel hacking road, you’ll want a list of places you want to go. When I was younger, before travel hacking, my list was much smaller. I wanted to visit all of the U.S. states. I figured that I should try to visit Hawaii and Alaska when I was younger because I could visit the others without flying.
Now that’s I’ve been travel hacking for awhile, my list has gotten longer. I still have my original goal and I’ve now included taking our kids to all 50 states as part of the goal and many more destinations. I printed out a map of the U.S. for each of them so they could color in the states that they’ve been to. We also try to instill in them the fact that many people are not as lucky as they are. I told them that I was 17 before I took a trip on an airplane. I’m hoping that traveling will open their eyes to different cultures.
My husband and I went to a wedding in Canada years ago. We were only or one of the only Americans at the wedding. And we were asked one question I will never forget – Why don’t Americans travel (outside the U.S.)? We told them that although we don’t have the same feeling, we believed it was because there are so many places to visit in the U.S. (from mountains to beaches to deserts), that many people don’t see the need to go outside the U.S. I also think that many people don’t have the finances or want to spend what it costs to travel outside the U.S. The good news is that if you travel hack, traveling outside the U.S. is much more reasonable!
Make your list because you’ll be surprised how fast you can collect miles. And you’ll be on your way to inexpensive travel! For example, this coming year, our airfare and hotel for our trips to Maui and Disney this year are nearly completely free. We are paying a grand total of $115 for our trip to Maui and $60 for Disney and we’re even staying on resort property!