A while ago (like back in June), my blogger friend Steven Zussino from Canadian Personal Finance, Grocery Alerts Canada, and now Canadian Travel Hacking sent me his new book Travel Hacking for Canadians because he knew how much I love to travel on a budget. I read it as soon as I got it, but then summer rolled around and I just didn’t get around to writing a formal review of what I thought…until now!
Part of my motivation to keep saving and living frugally is so I can keep on travelling to new and exciting places. I was bit by the travel bug early on in my life, and since one of my life goals is to travel to every continent before I die, I’ve definitely got my work and budget cut out for me. Thankfully Steven’s book has a number of great tips on how to save money on travel, a lot of which I’ve never tried before. He goes in-depth on acquiring and using frequent flyer miles, taking advantage of discount travel sites, and provides handy info on hotel loyalty programs, car rentals, and other great things too.
To get an idea of what kind of stuff you can find in Steven’s books, here are my favourite “I didn’t know that” pieces of info scattered throughout the pages:
- Through the program WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), you can get free room and board by volunteering on a farm.
- WestJet has a loyalty program called WestJet Dollars via their WestJet RBC Mastercard.
- You can actually buy frequent flyer miles instead of just earning them.
- You can set up a free price alert to send you an email when a flight has reached a specific price through Kayak.com
There are a ton of other useful tips in his book, and if you want to know what they all are it’ll only cost you $20 to buy your own copy of Travel Hacking for Canadians.
Thanks so much for sending me a copy of your book. I’ll definitely be using some of your tips for my upcoming trips to New Orleans for FinCon 2014 and possibly New York this fall!