Abroaders Podcast


American Express Membership Rewards are one of the most valuable of the points currencies because they offer the flexibility to transfer 16 airline partners and 4 hotels. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik cover the essentials of earning and redeeming Membership Rewards points. You’ll also learn about big unannounced changes with American and US Airways. Shownotes can be found at www.abroaders.com/useamex

Direct download: AP_016_-_Amex_Membership_Rewards.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Teaching English abroad is one of the quickest, most direct ways to achieve sustainable location independence. In today's episode, AJ and Erik interview entrepreneur and English teacher Josh Plotkin about his journey as an Abroader.  If you’re ready to start teaching English or open up opportunities to live virtually anywhere in the world, this episode is for you.  You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/teachenglish

Direct download: 015_-_Teaching_English_Abroad.mp3
Category:Working Abroad -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

This bonus episode of the Abroaders Podcast features Erik Paquet on The Beach House podcast with Ilha and Ryan Brazil and Ilya Brotzky. You can find links to the Beach House podcast and website with and tons of great information about living and working with other entrepreneurs by checking out the shownotes at www.abroaders.com/beachhouse

Direct download: AP_Bonus_Episode_-_The_Beach_House_Podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00pm EDT

Tracking your cost of earning miles and the value you get out of redemptions  is critical to becoming a better travel hacker and making good decisions with your points. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik outline the record keeping and analysis techniques they use to track ROI for their clients and themselves. They also cover two big shifts in the global airline alliances and the results from their most recent round of credit card applications. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/roi

Direct download: AP_014_-_Tracking_Travel_Hacking_ROI.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Credit cards offer more value than just  earning free travel through reward programs. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik take a look at 4 types of benefits included with most credit cards that can save you thousands of dollars, over the life of your account. You’ll also get an inside look at Erik’s frequent flyer account earnings from 2013 bonuses and how you can leverage the same strategies to earn even more points in 2014. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/ccbenefits

Direct download: 013_-_Credit_Card_Benefits.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Where you stay and who you live with can have a massive impact on your experience abroad. Do you want to meet locals and learn the language? Be in the right neighborhood for site seeing? Need to get some work done? In today’s episode, AJ and Erik break down hotels and hostels, staying with locals, and renting a place. You’ll get straightforward advice about the benefits and drawbacks of each and a handful of resources to start planning your next trip right away. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/accommodation.

Direct download: 012_-_Finding_Accommodation_Abroad.mp3
Category:Lodging -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Booking an award ticket is the big payoff that makes it worth all the effort of accumulating points. In today's episode, AJ and Erik will cover best practices for booking with points including real-life examples. You'll also get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial inspiration and a sneek peak at website updates, content, and software being built behind the scenes at Abroaders. You can find shownotes for today’s episode at www.abroaders.com/booking. 

Direct download: 011_-_Booking_Award_Tickets.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Carnaval in Brazil is one of the most famous and popular celebrations on earth. Each year millions of international visitors head to Rio de Janeiro to join the fun. In this week's episode, AJ and Erik share some tips for making the most of your Carnaval experience and host a round table chat about the experience with a handful of Abroaders who joined them this year. You can find shownotes for today's episode at www.abroaders.com/carnaval2014

Direct download: 010_-_Carnaval_2014.mp3
Category:Locations & Events -- posted at: 6:24pm EDT

Knowing even a little bit of the local language can make a huge impact on the quality of your experience abroad. The basics can help you get what you need, avoid headaches, and even make new friends. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik share key strategies for learning the basics of any language when you’re already abroad, surrounded by people you don’t understand. You’ll also get actionable tips to move from the basics to conversational fluency.

Direct download: 009_-_Language_Hacking.mp3
Category:Language Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT


Nobody likes rules! Unless of course you can use them to hack your way to thousands of dollars in free travel. In today's episode, AJ and Erik break down the booking and routing rules that can make or break your award travel redemption. One way awards, stopovers, and open jaws can turn a pedestrian itinerary into a work of art. You’ll also learn about booking rules that dictate how and when you can book or change your reservations. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/rules

Direct download: 008_-_Booking_and_Routing_Rules.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 2:31pm EDT