Travel, Award Points and Miles
Podcast#18 - Free National Park Road Trip
In and outside of the loyalty and reward points and miles space, there's plenty of talk about "free" travel, almost all of which doesn't end up to actually be free travel. In short, so many people omit details and costs that negate exactly what they claim to be promoting. I like to create goals, and one goal that lingers every time I'm ready to create a new trip somewhere, is to travel for free - free as in no out of pocket expense.
This episode is about a pretty cool road trip that culminates in a summary of an example of a free trip. As an early birthday gift to my friend, we flew then drove around and across Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, and Minnesota in mid-September. This is our trip:
Alaska Airlines flight, MSP -> SEA -> FCA (Kalispell, MT)
Glacier National Park (MT)
Big Sky (MT)
Yellowstone National Park (MT, WY)
Beartooth Pass Scenic Highway (MT)
Devils Tower (WY)
Mount Rushmore (SD)
Wall Drug (SD)
Delta-09 Missile Silo (SD)
Badlands National Park (SD)
We hit just about everything we could in the 6 days that we had for our road trip. The only other things that I can think of along our journey that would have been nice to see are Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and Custer State Park in South Dakota. Each of those would take some time, and in the case of Grand Teton, likely a significant amount of time that we really didn't have. Even with wildfires all around us and Covid still going strong, we managed to have a nice trip.
Part of how I overcame extra expenses on this trip was through the Dosh app. It's pretty simple, just plug in the credit cards that you use most and cash back posts to your account after purchases. Please use my code for Dosh (https:/link.dosh.cash/JEFFREB113) if you don't already have and use it!
Thanks for listening and enjoy!
Cheap Flights with Steven @ Notiflyr - Podcast #17
Notiflyr is one of the best cheap airfare services in the world, period. Although I've kept tabs on the best cheap airfare websites around the world, until fairly recently I hadn't heard of the company. After digging into more details and looking more closely at the quality of the flight deals they offer, I was hooked, and am now a proud member. Notiflyr sources their own flight deals, they aren't copying other deals from other websites and companies. They are US based, and grew from humble beginnings, basically a couple of smart guys who learned technical skills on how to find the best airfare deals. The quality of the deals and related information is outstanding, and will only get better. This is an interview with Steven Ryals, one of the founders of Notiflyr. We talk about how he entered the world of cheap flights and what the current state of affairs is like.
Varanasi, India - Podcast #16
Podcast explores a special and unusual place in NE India called Varanasi. India's most religious city, millions of people come here each year to bathe in the holy Ganges River and also to die. Audio from the Aarti fire ceremony, interviews with locals, and a first hand account of what it's like in this special place.
Travel Music 2019 - Podcast #15
Music is an interesting aspect a lot of people ignore when traveling. I almost always try and hear what's being played in the destinations that I travel to. Music gives me a look into where I'm at beyond the tourist sites, local food, and landscape. In a way, the music being played is an audio overview of the people and area that you're visiting. This podcast is just a quick mix of some varied songs. Some current, some a bit older. Some domestic and others foreign. Some from my travels, others just songs I thought you might enjoy.
1. Polo & Pan - Nana
2. Jim James - Wild Honey
3. Elza Soares - O Mundo Encantado De Monteiro Lobato
4. Gnonnas Pedro - Yiri Yiri Boum
5. Chastity Belt - Seattle Party
6. Irma Sokhadze - Oranzhevaya pesenka
7. Edith Piaf - Non je ne regrette rein
8. The Tallest Man on Earth - Thousand Ways
9. BRONCHO - Try Me Out Sometime
10. Kaiser Chiefs - Remember You're a Girl
Travel Is Free Interview - Podcast #14
I caught up with Drew from Travel is Free, one of my favorite points and miles related websites. Drew and his wife Caroline have done a significant amount of International travel together, with much of it documented on his website. His travel resources, tips, and tricks are fantastic, with a good deal of unique and creative content. Drew and his co-host Dave together run the Travel is Free podcast, and are usually on the other side of the microphone asking questions to their guests. In this episode, it was my turn to ask him more about himself, his travels, and a deeper dive into how things evolved to this point. He's a unique guy with a unique story! For more information, go to www.travelisfree.com or search for the Travel Is Free podcast on iTunes or similar media.
Delhi, India - Podcast #13
Delhi is a big and wild place. As part of a recent around the world trip, this episode dives into all things Delhi, from an unexpected visit to a local hospital to seeing chickens slaughtered with bare feet. I thought I was ready to travel in India. I wasn't. The city has major issues, but it's uniqueness is appreciated even after leaving. Enjoy!
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