As a Suitcase Entrepreneur I travel a lot. In fact since the age of 2 I’ve managed to visit 63 unique countries, many of those several times over. I can’t begin to imagine how many flights I’ve been on in my lifetime and how many kilometers I’ve racked up.
Despite all that it’s taken a while to get savvy to how I can travel for less and sometimes free. Below are some of the tools that help me do that. As well various tools to help you to fit in with the locals as best you can.
Naturally I’m an affiliate of some of the travel tools below since I only recommend what I use and love to my community of suitcase entrepreneurs. Enjoy!
If you travel a lot and end up having more stuff to lug around then you want, you should check out Luggage Forward, the most trusted door-to-door luggage delivery service. By shipping luggage ahead to your destination it creates a true freeing travel experience. Forwarding luggage also allows you to save time at the airport by avoiding the long check-in lines and skipping the wait at the baggage carousel.
Luggage Forward offers a wide range of services including luggage pickup and delivery. Click here to check it out.
My good friend and world traveler Chris Guillebeau runs the most excellent Travel Hacking Cartel and I couldn’t be happier!
For me it’s the perfect membership program because it allows me to save money on flights and hotels and earn free air miles so I can be a sophisticated suitcase entrepreneur.
It starts at just $15 per month!
Plus it’s backed up by the World’s Greatest Guarantee – you’ll earn at least four free plane tickets for every year you remain a member!
Perhaps you’re not as travel crazy as me or Chris Guillebeau. I’m trying to see half the countries in the world, he’s aiming for all of them! But that’s alright—even if you don’t travel very often I’m sure you’d still like to be jetting off on some mini vacations each year.
If you’re excited about travel as an adventure or lifestyle choice (like me), you can be as active in chasing down miles as I am and accumulate a big balance of 100,000 or more, probably in less than a year.
If you DON’T travel that often or aren’t interested in seeing the world, you can still earn enough miles to travel once or twice a year for free. Head on over to the Unconventional Guides page and grab yours now
If you want to save yourself serious time and still find great flight deals then I love Flightfox. Basically you post your flight wishes and experts go about finding you the best deal. You then `hire’ the winning flight based on cost, duration and layovers.
It’s well worth the small fee and the trouble you’d go to if you did it yourself. It’s especially good for more complex routes and itineraries too and they get back to you in 24 hours. If you’re about to fly, click the link to save a fortune and get a 25% discount!.
When I landed in Buenos Aires in December 2010 I quickly realised my Spanish learned 7 years ago now sucked. Despite taking some 1 hour one on one Spanish lessons I realised I wasn’t make the most of every opportunity to just get over my fear of sounding like a foreigner, and practicing.
In fact I think I got worse. I couldn’t even communicate with the lovely guy who looked after our building and ask simple things.
About that time I decided to get serious and take up this Irish polygot’s offer to get fluent in 3 months. I love his energy and enthusiasm and interactive ways to learn a language. His program has been really helping me to spice up my Spanish and communicate with locals on their terms. If you’re going to live a Suitcase Entrepreneur lifestyle – this is a must.
Getting a visa is no longer nerve-wracking or time-consuming. Whenever you require to get a visa, VisaHQ is all you need to get in touch with. They offer a really impressive, fast and courteous service, and have excellent staff on board to assist you out. You get real-time status updates to your email or mobile phone. Their service starts at just $44.95
What I like about World Nomads is not only do they offer great rates, they also are passionate about travelers and have built a community around them plus other cool initiatives.
World Nomads travel insurance is available to people from over 150 countries and is designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and activities such as skiing and snowboarding. Sweet!
Check them out here.
If you’re moving around the world with your business it can sometimes be lonely when you arrive in a new city. If you want to hit the ground running and meet some great locals then check out Tripping.
Tripping is a global network of travelers who believe cultural exchange makes the world a better place. Members connect with each other for travel tips, shared cups of coffee and even home stays. Tripping is safe, free and good for the world.
There is also a network for Solo Female Travelers in the Tripping Community. Join us to share advice and stories, be inspired and empowered, and discuss the unique experience of traveling around the world as a solo female.
Tripadvisor helps you find real hotel reviews you can trust. You can get info on anything – worldwide hotel chains to cozy boutique hotels. Travelers have shared their reviews of hotels, bed & breakfasts, inns, and more.
Tripit is an application for travel planning and reviews. It makes your life easier by managing booking airline tickets, hotels, rental cars, and restaurants for you.
Airport Transit Guide is a traveler’s complete guide to some 460 airports around the world, covering just about all the options for airport access. It is one of my favourite travel apps at iTunes.
Free Wi-Fi Finder lets you search for free Internet Hotspots anywhere in the world, both online and off.
Skype Wi-Fi allows you to get online at over 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide.
Private Wi-Fi is a virtual private network service (VPN) that encrypts your communications.
Prey Project is a feature-rich and stable open-source program to protect your laptop’s contents.
AirBnB connects travelers with places to stay, that aren’t as expensive as hotels, and are more like renting your own apartment or house.
This travel adapter lets you charge iPad, razor, laptop etc. in any foreign country you are in. It has a patented all-in-one country slider system which includes six different country plugs. It can give you a safe power connection in more than 150 countries on all continents.
This High Tech Multi-Tool Adaptor has great looks and uses smart-sync technology to charge smartphones quickly. It even syncs them with your computer for sharing music, photos and videos. Its built-in SIM card holder can be used for safe SIM card storage. This multi-purpose device also serves as a viewing stand for convenient video viewing.
Lifetrons High Performance Digital Power Charger claims to be the world’s smallest high capacity portable charger. It is capable of Duo-Charging, that is, it can recharge the Charger main unit and your portable device simultaneously.
Anker Astro Pro2 charger provides 1 full charge to most laptops or approximately 9 cycles to most smartphones. Its slim and stylish aluminum body ensures efficient heat dissipation, lighter weight, and durability.
Mophie Juice Pack Plus can power your tablet, netbook, notebook, laptop and smartphone. It has pass-through USB charging and syncs with iTunes. Standby switch offers choice of battery or case.
PowerSkin Protective Case with Built-in Battery is another handy device that works for Motorola DROID X and DROID X2. It employs patented XPAL Powered battery technology and provides twice the power.
Seagate’s Portable External Hard Drive is an indispensable gadget especially for travelers. It keeps copies of your precious digital files. It features USB 3.0 for quick data transfer rates.
My Passport portable external hard drive storage has sleek, compact design, and has automatic backup software. It offers data transfer rate on USB up to 5 Gbps.
EatSmart Smart Grip has two-handed design that facilitates easier lifting of heavy luggage. Its Compact and lightweight design is perfect for any traveler.
DOODAD is a data-only travel SIM card which you put into your unlocked smartphone or tablet, to gain access to pre-paid data (which lasts a year). It is an international SIM card that provides simple, cheap data roaming in over 60 countries at attractive rates.
Powerbag is the ultimate wearable solution, as a backpack with a built-in battery system.
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