What would you do if you traveled back in time, like waaay back, to the early 2000s and had to get around a new city without a smartphone?
Some times that's how it feels when I travel because I don't pay for data and have my phone in airplane mode the whole time. My service provider charges like $10 a day which adds up quickly with how long I travel. I don't get a sim card for each new country because I usually change countries every week or less. I just use the wi-fi at the place I'm staying or restaurants if I need to look something up or stay in touch with people using iMessage, What'sApp, e-mail, or Facebook Messenger.
With no international service Google Maps allows me to travel efficiently while discovering new cities. Here's how I use it!
If you read my initial post about travel hacking you know that I had the Southwest card at some point but wasn't in an area where they flew so it was inconvenient. Well, I've moved to Phoenix and it is a hub for Southwest so I'm about to be back!
In 2019 I'm going through Chase cards building up their Ultimate Rewards points which aren't a bad option but that was to kill time as I built to what I really wanted. Beginning of 2020 I'm going for the the holy grail of travel rewards. THE SOUTHWEST COMPANION PASS!
If you trust the opinion of scientists, which what do they know, traveling is more rewarding than material possessions. Clearly, what they are getting at is traveling is pretty great! I wonder what they would say if I told them I've flown to places like Puerto Vallarta or Asia for free?!
HELLO AND WELCOME!
I'm Jake, a dude interested in personal finance and travel creating the life I choose.
In 5 years I went from living in a basement with Craigslist roommates to paying off 90k of debt, backpacking 3 continents, getting a house for myself and 5 rental units.
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