Abroaders Podcast

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

Picking the right frequent flyer program for your award redemption is critical to maximizing the value of your points. There can be huge differences in pricing, and the travel hackers who know how to find the award chart sweet spots come out far ahead of the casual frequent flyer. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik break down the three most common pricing models and explain how to research and book your next international trip. Shownotes at www.abroaders.com/awardpricing.

Direct download: 007_-_Award_Ticket_Pricing.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

This bonus episode of the Abroaders Podcast features Erik Paquet on The Art of Charm podcast with Jordan Harbinger. You can find links to Jordan's podcast and website with and tons of great information about dating and attraction by checking out the shownotes at www.abroaders.com/charm


 

Knowing how to redeem your points for maximum value is the single most important part of travel hacking. In today's episode, AJ and Erik cover the basics of booking award tickets and provide the core foundation you’ll need to jump to more advanced strategies worth thousands of dollars in travel. You’ll get a high level overview of everything needed for redemption and a preview of our upcoming episodes on airline alliances,  award availability, pricing models, routing rules, and booking strategies.

Direct download: 006_-_Introduction_to_Redemption.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

 

Credit card churning is hands down the fastest and easiest way to acquire enough points for an international flight. In today’s episode, AJ and Erik explain how the strategy works and take you through the process of planning and executing your first credit card churn. You’ll learn everything you need to know to maximize the points you can earn and protect your credit.

Direct download: 005_-_Planning_Your_First_Credit_Card_Churn.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT

Big banks want to give you thousands of dollars worth of frequent flyer miles that you can use to go anywhere in the world. To maximize your earnings through credit card churning, you need to develop strong relationships with each of the major banks. In today's episode, you'll learn about the different types of frequent flyer currencies and how to stay well diversified to maximize your travel flexibility. We'll also discuss how you can give yourself the best chance of getting an application approved with each major lender.

Direct download: 004_-_Building_Relationships_With_Lenders.mp3
Category:Travel Hacking -- posted at: 8:00am EDT