Introduction to travel hacking and Laura and Lance 9

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Travel hacking is a term that is very popular in travel circles these days. You’ll see articles, videos and even eBooks on the subject – all selling the dream of free travel or nearly free travel. But it doesn’t have to be a dream; free travel is possible. And you don’t need to spend money on subscription websites, newsletters or books to get in on the action. We’ll show you how.

Travel Addicts at the Temple of  Isis in Pompeii

Laura and Lance of Travel Addicts in Pompeii

Fundamentally, travel hacking involves two related goals:

  • Traveling and experiencing the world for the least amount of money possible. The goal is to reduce your expenses to practically zero.
  • Traveling above your means by employing upgrades and perks that you would not otherwise pay for. The goal is to make the experience of travel more relaxing and enjoyable.

In essence, travel hacking is about value – getting the absolute best travel experience possible for the least amount of money.

Every month, we’ll explain the tips and tricks of travel hacking to get you where you want to go in style. Our travel hacking tips will show you how reduce your travel expenses to practically zero for everything from airfare to hotels to museums and attractions. We’ll be sharing our tips for navigating frequent flyer and loyalty programs. Specific topics will include:

  • Earning and redeeming frequent flyer miles
  • Maximizing the benefit of hotel loyalty programs
  • Decoding how to leverage reward credit cards for maximum benefit
  • Learning the single greatest travel hacking benefit available

And once you’ve earned those perks, we’ll show you how to use them to the greatest benefit. Many loyalty programs have so many blackouts and restrictions that using your miles and points can be difficult. We’ll share strategies for getting around blackouts and restrictions.

As an introduction, we are Laura & Lance Longwell. Since 2008, we’ve been writing about our travel experiences at Travel Addicts. But our travel origins go back much further. Lance began traveling as a child with his parents. By the time he was 15, he’d visited all 50 states and spent a summer exploring Asia.

After graduating college, we moved to New York City. Our corporate jobs had us doing a significant amount of travel. Through experience, we learned about frequent flyer and loyalty programs. Over the years, we’ve leveraged that experience into a significant amount of free travel. We’ve had free airfare to Italy and France. We’ve benefited from free hotel stays in luxury accommodations from Istanbul to Muscat, Oman. We’ve had free museum admissions across the United States.

Travel Addicts at Mont St. Michele, France

Lance Celebrating Free Travel at Mont St. Michele

We’ve learned travel hacking by trial and error. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and helping you unlock the secrets of travel hacking, too.


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About Lance and Laura

Working a 50-hour-per-week desk job with only 3 weeks of vacation per year doesn't mean you can’t see the world. Since 2008, Laura and Lance Longwell have been blogging at Travel Addicts, writing about how to maximize a North American vacation allotment while cave tubing in Belize, cruising the Nile in Egypt, or exploring the French Quarter of New Orleans. Laura and Lance have pretty much always had the travel bug. When he was a child, Lance’s parents ensured he saw all 50 U.S. states by the age of 15. Laura’s parents sent her to England for a month in preparation for moving halfway across the U.S. for college in Manhattan. Over the last 15 years, they have traveled together across 5 continents taking in street art, food markets, music, and the tasty beverages of their various destinations. Business travel and a desire to mix convenience with value have led them to use frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty programs regularly to offset the costs of travel and gain upgrades (who doesn't want to fly first class to Paris?). They write about their experiences with points and miles, teaching others the art of travel hacking. Read about Laura and Lance’s travels at Travel Addicts, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for their latest updates.

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