Practical Travel Hacks: Sensible tips for intelligent travel

How to make the most out of your travel goals

4.79 (7 reviews)
40 mins
Oct 2019
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regular price

What you will learn

How to narrow down your travel options and avoid overwhelm

Ways to pay for your travel

Ways to better experience a local culture

Clothing, baggage, and packing essentials

Tips for exploring local food options

The pros and cons of different types of travel lodging

Transportation options and recommendations for different parts of the world

Planning tips

Important travel mindsets

Why documentation and reflection are critical parts of engaging travel

And more!


What this course isn't

This is not the "here's how to use your points to get free flights and hotel stays" course.  I figure if you want to travel, you're going to figure out some creative ways to fund your journey.  I'm not going to offer a ton of secret websites or coupon codes.  Those things come and go and are only somewhat reliable.  I also have no affiliate products I'm hawking. 

What this course is

This course is about mindsets and planning.  About understanding fundamentals of food, clothing, and shelter as they apply to your journey and your experience with the locals.  I've taken my experience of living in six different countries on three different continents, my travels to 48 US states and over 60 countries, and packaged them into a course chronicling all I've learned.  After taking this course you will:

  • Be familiar with the various ways you can fund your journey (including some you may not have known about)

  • Be more aware of the best travel planning resource out there (it's not on the internet) and how to use it to help you plan a reasonable trip you will treasure and remember, not a headlong rush to pick up as many countries as you can in one go.

  • Know what you should and shouldn't pack, as well as what you'll be carrying all those things in.

  • Be briefed on couchsurfing, hostels, airbnbs, and hotels: the differences, pros, cons, and important facts.

  • Understand the ins and outs of budget air travel, rail and bus (coach) travel, as well as find out about some alternative ways of getting around.

  • Appreciate the importance of documenting your journey.

Travel: the best education

Travel has always mattered to me.  When I was making my final decision about where to attend for undergraduate university, I chose the school that not only featured study abroad, but required the entire sophomore class to go together to Rome to live and study for a semester.  Travel is so important.  It takes you out of your comfort zone.  It teaches you the difference between "the" way of doing things and "a" way of doing things (hint: you might move from an understanding of the former to the latter).  It gives you the chance to make lifelong friends.  It asks you deep and serious questions about who you are, where you came from, and where you're going - and not just because you literally need to know where you're headed next on your trip!

If you want a course that isn't about just showing you "hacks" but is about truly understanding and appreciating travel, and how to set yourself up best to do so, come join us in the course!


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Welcome and getting started

Welcome to the course!
Section 1 Introduction
A wide world of possibilities (and how to narrow them down)
Ways that you could pay for your travel goals

Eat like a local

Section 2 Introduction
The case for cooking your own meals

Clothing and baggage tips

Section 3 Introduction
Packing essentials to prioritize on any trip
Luggage recommendations and how to pack your stuff

Shelter and lodging tips

Section 4 Introduction
Couchsurfing: Is it a viable option?
Hostels: Pros and Cons and what makes them unique
Airbnb: Why it's worth considering
Hotels: How to get better deals

Getting around: cost vs. convenience

Section 5 Introduction
Getting the most out of budget airlines
The advantages of trains
Buses: When are they a good option?
Creative options to consider

Planning and mindset tips

Section 6 Introduction
Making the most of your travel itinerary
The best trip planning resource
How to approach relationships made along the way

Remembering your adventures

Section 7 Introduction
Why documentation and reflection are so important


Congrats on completing the course!
Links to my other courses


November 23, 2019
Nothing short of what I have come to expect from Stephen. This course is well written and chocked full of practical tips and advice.
November 7, 2019
As a globetrotter Stephen has a wealth of travel experience to share with the world. I found this course to be short, sweet and packed with valuable insights. The overall value I got from the course far outweighs the trivial cost. Watching this makes me want to plan my next trip immediately. Well done!
October 2, 2019
I love Stephen's take on traveling smart. I also loved the advice re: applying for a working visa and getting a job rather than worrying about saving up a bunch of money before a long trip. I also loved his advice for cooking at home! What an interesting way to experience local cuisine. His tips on documentation and reflection really hit home for me - as a writer I know how important it can be to journal, and I'm so glad that he has the same ideas as I do! Overall an excellent course to learn more about traveling smart. I can't wait to use what I've learned on my next trip!
September 25, 2019
Wow - Stephen is clearly an expert here! You can tell he's walked the walk because he's really realistic about what changes you can make for travel and what you need to have on the road. Definitely going to start planning my next trip around this course now :D



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