One of the downsides (and there are few) to living in Australia is that it costs the equivalent of a house deposit whenever you want to travel overseas with the whole family. Even going to New Zealand would cost us about $10,000 so we’ve stuck to travel within Australia over the past few years.
But, recently I re-discovered travel hacking and now, for the first time in years, we’re planning a family adventure overseas.
What is travel hacking?
Travel hacking is where you use frequent flyer points programs to quickly build points so you can score free and low cost travel deals. We’ve actually been doing this for years but not in any systematic way. And then I discovered the Travel Hacking Cartel through a friend’s blog post about the Problogger conference and woohoo! A new hobby was born, one which involves the whole family.
Our Progress So Far
We are doing a free trip in 2013 to South Australia because we have a family reunion happening but the kids and I had a chat about where we’d like to travel to and the favourite destinations were New York City, Paris (because that’s where the Minecom convention is next month) and, for me, Rome (just because). So, we’re aiming to build enough points in a year to travel to at least one of these destinations.
Now that we’ve selected our cities of choice, we’re in the process of signing up to partner airline frequent flyer programs and keeping an eye out for bonus deals on the Travel Hacking Cartel website. You can join in the fun too! Where would you most like to travel to?
ps: Disclosure: If you join via my link, we’ll get some bonus points to help us reach our travel goals.
pps: If you do want to join, I’d love to set up a Facebook group so we can join in the fun together! So, let me know if you’re interested.