I didn’t set foot on an airplane for the first time until I was 19 years old. I flew to Germany, where I lived for two years and completely immersed myself in the language and culture of one of my favorite countries in the world.
But it wasn’t until I spent six weeks on a humanitarian trip in Fiji that my Fernweh — a German word meaning an ache for faraway places — was awakened. On that trip, I spent the weekdays working hard with the locals and the weekends playing hard with my new friends. We went whitewater rafting and skydiving, spent sunny days on white sandy beaches, and a few of us took a short but incredible trip to explore the North Island of New Zealand.
A few years later, I first learned about credit card rewards, and how accessible they made travel for someone like me who had little money. Since then, I’ve owned more than 70 credit cards, often to take advantage of their massive sign-up bonuses and special travel perks.
Through those credit card rewards alone, I’ve earned well over $30,000 in “free” travel (because no trip is 100% free).
During my travels, I’ve also learned other ways to save without sacrificing the experience. I’d like to share some of those tips with you.
I’m also a personal finance writer and co-host of the travel podcast Just One More Trip. Plus, I help other aspiring freelance writers learn how to make more money through the Freelance Writer Academy. My work has appeared in U.S. News & World Report, Time, Money, Credit Karma, NerdWallet, Student Loan Hero, and more.
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