Category Archives: Travel Hacking

Travel Hack Your Way to Free First-Class Flights with AJ Dunn of Abroaders (BWB 009)

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Ever wanted to know how to sign up for 2 credit cards and fly yourself anywhere in Europe for free?  What about spending $74 dollars on a first class international flight that would cost most school teachers months’ worth of salary?

We’re joined by AJ Dunn of Abroaders who breaks down this reward heavy game where you can play like a baller with some simple creative problem solving.

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Show Notes:

AJ walks us through how to reverse engineer your way to your target goals.  That could be flying first class internationally, taking a ton of domestic flights, or any other number of goals.  We also touch on fundraising, recruiting talent, and building an app.

Keep an eye out for their full app going live in a couple of weeks and visit Abroaders.com to join the Beta Testing!

Outro Song: Jon Bellion – Guillotine ft. Travis Mendes

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How to save $844 on a DIRECT international flight using the reverse skiplagged method

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I flew a lot in 2015…

How much?

Enough to earn a ton of miles and upgrades, hit the American Airlines top tier Executive Platinum status, and “learn” a bit more about how airlines price fares.

Even though I’ll sometimes fly first or business class, I’m still very much a travel hacker at heart and it warms me when I find an incredible deal.

On my last mileage run, I got stuck for the night in Hong Kong. It wasn’t too bad, the always excellent staff at Cathay Pacific whisked me through customs and into a mid-tier business-ey hotel.

By that time it was too late to do anything fun, but the free flowing lounge champagne actually made me quite tired and I slept for four hours before trying to get to Ho Chi Minh City again.

The only thing I seem to remember from the night were the number of signs pointing me towards the ferries for Macau…Continue Reading

Luxury Makes You Weak

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Two weeks ago I’m wandering the streets of Bangkok, back in the city for the Dynamite Circle Conference, a meet up entrepreneurial misfits from around the world. Misfits probably isn’t the proper term, but no one here follows the script that’s been set before them.

My plan is to stay in Asia until the end of the month to:

  1. Radically expand my network
  2. Steal ideas from smart people
  3. Learn about things I know nothing about

The opening party is Friday night, poolside at the Conrad Hotel. I am thoroughly enjoying myself and the open bar when I check my email (a constant habit for me). Enclosed is a response from an executive producer at CNN. Abelard Lindsay, the creator of the CILTEP Nootropic Stack, is getting featured in a segment involving smart drugs and Silicon Valley along with Dave Asprey and Tim Ferriss.

I switch from networking mode to defcon-5. I rush to my room, hop on hipchat and strongly implore Stackhouse to call Roy until he picks up. Roy thinks we’re doing a job interview, but really we’re talking to CNN. He says to give him ten minutes to make coffee… I throw something in my hotel room. It’s a big opportunity and we need to be prepared.Continue Reading

You Know Best

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In 2011, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had reached a turning point. Unsatisfied with kid friendly releases like Tooth Fairy and Race To Witch Mountain, he knew that he desperately needed change in order to fulfill his aspirations of greatness.

“I was told that I had to conform to a standard in Hollywood that would beget me more work, better roles,” he explains. “Which meant I had to stop going to the gym, which meant I couldn’t be as big, which meant you had to distance yourself from wrestling. You essentially had to deconstruct yourself.”

When Johnson’s former agency CAA strongly cautioned him against going back into professional wrestling, he knew it was time to leave. The wrestling fan base built Johnson into a superstar. They were the one’s buying his merchandise and watching his movies. CAA was advising him to go against his base in favor of a Hollywood image that was going nowhere.

“I felt there were bigger and better opportunities,” he says. “I also felt there was franchise potential, hopefully multiple franchises in every genre — whether drama or comedy or action-comedy. I thought, ‘I want people around me who see this, too. And if we fail, that’s OK. We are going to fail swinging for the fences.’ “Continue Reading

A Real Framework For Accomplishing Your Goals in 2014 and Beyond


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A month from now, millions around the world will use the new year as motivation to lose the weight, get an education, make more money, find a lover — and whatever else.

Most of these resolutions are purely superficial desires. And make no doubt most people will fail.

“But Ben, I really do want to make more money in 2014 so that I can finally afford to do [whatever]”

I’m sure that you do. I do too.

But the reality is that you’re already destined to fail.

You’re setting goals for the wrong reasons

It all starts with the motivations behind setting goals or making resolutions. They usually exist only to fulfill a fantasy. The fantasy is driven by the melancholy of our everyday existence. And we expect a direct 1:1 payoff.

It’s easy to dream about a better life when you’re stuck in a cubicle, doing work that you hate, dreading the hour long commute back home stuck in traffic.Continue Reading

7 Things You Should Do If You Want To Be Successful In Life

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Between the outside factors that weigh on us and destructive behaviors we give into; our happiness, productivity, intuition and drive are constantly under attack. By doing these seven things you can immediately free yourself from the unnecessary and focus on the necessary. Almost instantly you’ll be happier, perform at a higher level and be able to achieve more success in life. Make the commitment and embrace the chance.

1.) Stop Complaining

Accept that there are going to be things that happen to you that are unfair, unjust or even evil. At different times throughout our lives the universe conspires against us and sends the world crashing down. One thing after another will happen, until you’re at the lowest of lows. It’s this point that truly defines your character.

Complaining is easy. You might vent to a few of your friends and they’ll agree, but does it really make you feel better or put you in a better position? No, complaining doesn’t improve the situation. Cutting out early and getting bombed at happy hour is totally fine, but if you make it a habit and habitually complain about the things that don’t go your way without taking action, you’ll always be miserable. By accepting what has happened and moving forward in a positive way, you can change life’s course of events.

Complaining is easy. Action is difficult. Take action.

2.) Stop Worrying About Opinions

Whether we pursue a dream, take a risky job or try something different than what’s normal, there will be detractors. They’ll have an opinion and sometimes as a downside of social media, their negative signals can be magnified throughout your network. No one wants to look stupid, but constantly caring about what others think will heavily weigh on you.

You’ll second guess yourself and feel outside pressures to impress certain people. It’s like the opposite of reality because we all want to live in a world where people accept and respect us for our individuality and who we truly are. By ending the constant worry of impressing and living up to other’s expectations, you’ll find yourself progressing faster than ever before.Continue Reading