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No Time to Waste
46. The Points Guy Brian Kelly | “Travel, mi amor”

No Time to Waste

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 41:53


Brian Kelly aka The Points Guy has become one of the top influencers and experts in the travel and hospitality space. Anyone in my close circle knows how passionate I am about travel, my first true love, and my borderline obsession w points. I think I've visited 21 countries now and wouldn't be surprised if guy's been to the remaining 175. Brian's quickly become the go-to-guy when it comes to the Points Game - using lucrative credit card signup bonuses and strategic travel to accrue rewards points that can be redeemed for free trips. For those that play (like me) it's a legit hobby we take very seriously and all I wanted to do was share my proudest points trips and use up all the recording time. Brian and I decided to throw the standard interview script out the window and “just have a real conversation” so we could relish in gushing about our passion for travel, revisit some memorable experiences, and chat about the healing power of animals and our shared Pennsylvania roots. And now after our convo, I'm back to planning my Japan trip again, cancer be damned - I might just need to wrangle up a tour guide. @briankelly @thepointsguy www.thepointsguy.com More at www.notimetowasteproject.com or follow IG @notimetowasteproject

Geobreeze Travel
Episode 52 - How to Travel in the Wake of a Pandemic with Victoria Walker

Geobreeze Travel

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 38:56


Victoria M. Walker from @vikkienotvicky is a senior travel reporter at The Points Guy covering deep-dives and features, currently focusing on giving you the latest and greatest news on Coronavirus and travel. In this episode, Victoria and I discuss what to expect in the post-pandemic travel world, how to approach travel visas, and how to mitigate the risks of your travel getting completely upended by the pandemic. Traveling is definitely more challenging than it used to be, and we've all heard various horror stories about having to reschedule or losing money on a trip because plans just didn't work out. But not all hope is lost! Come join us for this month's masterclass and group coaching session all about travel horror stories and the different resources and tools that you can use to get an actual human on the phone, get your money back, handle a medical crisis, and more. Did you know you can get 5x to anything with the Fluz app? Here's how: link up your PayPal account to the Fluz app and link your Chase Freedom Flex card to your PayPal account, which earns 5x on PayPal purchases this quarter. Buy a gift card to Bowery Labs -- this will generate a fee-free Visa or Mastercard for you that you can use virtually anywhere! Download the Fluz app using the link in the show notes. Thank you to Fluz for partnering with this episode of the Geobreeze Travel Podcast! Download the Fluz app at: https://joinfluz.app.link/GEOBREEZETRAVELPODCAST You can find Vikki at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vikkienotvicky You can find Julia at: Website: https://www.geobreezetravel.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geobreezetravel Credit card links: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/cards Masterclasses: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/hangouts Patreon to access recordings of masterclasses: https://www.patreon.com/geobreezetravel Award travel coaching call: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/calendly Sign up for the newsletter and get exclusive access to sign up for free coaching calls: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/free-coaching Geobreeze Travel is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as MileValue.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Unstoppable
192 - Brian Kelly - Founder and CEO of The Points Guy

Unstoppable

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 37:20


“It's like solving a puzzle where the prize is getting to go to the Maldives for the cost of going to Orlando.” How do you travel first class on an economy budget? Today's episode features our guest, Brian Kelly, Founder and CEO of The Points Guy. Known for generously sharing how to use points to unlock first class travel experiences, Brian shares how his passion for points accidentally turned into a business. This conversation is full of insightful entrepreneurial advice and some great travel tips during the pandemic. Get through this hump day and plan your next vacation with the latest episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow Enjoying this episode of #TheKaraGoldinShow? Let Kara know by clicking on the links below and sending her a quick shout-out on social or reach out to Kara Goldin directly at Kara@drinkhint.com Follow Kara Goldin on Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karagoldin/ Follow Kara Goldin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/karagoldin/ Follow Kara Goldin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/karagoldin Follow Kara Goldin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KaraGoldin/ Check out our website to view show notes: https://karagoldin.com/podcast/192 List of links to resources mentioned in episode, suggested reading & social media handles: Website: https://thepointsguy.com/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/thepointsguy/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepointsguy/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ThePointsGuy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thepointsguy/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/thepointsguy/ Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/talking-points/id1441659097

Squawk Pod
Debt Default Drama; Theranos Texts on Trial; Smart Travels with The Points Guy

Squawk Pod

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 33:44


Fed Chair Jerome Powell signaled a rate hike and a stimulus taper, prompting a positive day on Wall Street. In Washington, Congress may be at a standstill to raise or suspend the debt limit, thus averting a government shutdown, and a debt default. Eric Cantor, former Republican House Majority Leader and CNBC's Ylan Mui discuss the debt ceiling and the possible economic fallout. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer and BioNTech's Covid-19 booster shots for people 65 and older and other vulnerable Americans six months after receiving the first two doses. Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes continues her trial, and CNBC's Yasmin Khorram has obtained 600 pages of Holmes's private texts with her ex-boyfriend Sunny Balwani. Khorram reveals details of their relationship, now in the courtroom spotlight. Plus, The Points Guy Brian Kelly offers his tips for making the most of a credit card, capitalizing on the best ways to leverage Amex and Chase points for travel. In this episode:Eric Cantor, @EricCantorBrian Kelly, @thepointsguyYlan Mui, @ylanmuiYasmin Khorram, @YasminKhorramJoe Kernen, @JoeSquawkBecky Quick, @BeckyQuickAndrew Ross Sorkin, @andrewrsorkin

CBS This Morning
The Points Guy on what you need to know before traveling

CBS This Morning

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 18:18


Brian Kelly, the CEO and founder of The Points Guy, joins CBS News transportation correspondent Errol Barnett to discuss the decrease in travel expected for this Labor Day weekend amid the surge in coronavirus variants. Kelly shares how COVID is changing how we travel and what to expect when traveling. He provides tips on booking travel for this fall.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!
The Gang Digs Into Chase Sapphire Changes And Elite Status Recaps

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 45:09


The Fearsome Foursome is back! Richard Kerr is back with us and he's not alone. Returning to the show are Julian Kheel of CNN Underscored and Summer Hull of The Points Guy. We're talking about the Chase Sapphire changes, lots of new bits and pieces to analyze, then over analyze! Here's Julian's update on the changes to both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve. We also catch up on elite status and talk about the newest pandemic precautions in Hawaii. We have a new way for you to reach us with your questions. You can text us at (571) 293-6659‬. Listen for your question on a future show! If you have a question you can e-mail me at ed@pizzainmotion.com. And, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and ask your question there. If you enjoy the podcast, I hope you'll take a moment to leave us a rating. That helps us grow our audience! Hope you enjoy the show!

The View
Monday, Aug. 23: “The Points Guy” Brian Kelly (Repeat Episode)

The View

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 40:53


This is an encore episode of “The View.” The co-hosts will return Tuesday, Sept. 7 LIVE for our season 25 premiere and celebration! Meghan McCain announces that after four years on “The View,” she's departing from the show at the end of the season. “The Points Guy” Brian Kelly shares travel tips and top destinations for this summer. In Hot Topics, the co-hosts react to Bill Cosby's conviction being overturned, and more.

Cruise Radio
653 Carnival Mardi Gras Recap + Cruise News | Carnival Cruise Line

Cruise Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 53:06


Ashley Kosciolek from The Points Guy, and Doug answer listener questions about Carnival Cruise Line's newest mega-ship Mardi Gras.  Richard has cruise news on:  The latest in the Florida and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) lawsuit  Disney Cruise Line returning to sailing  Mardi Gras completes inaugural voyage Carnival Cruise Line changes health protocols in August  First Cunard Line ship returns to service Question: How do we know the protocols in each port of call we visit. Thoughts or questions? doug@cruiseradio.net  Want daily cruise news? Subscribe to the Cruise Radio News podcast feed.  Get in-depth cruise news and industry insight at www.cruiseradio.net. 

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!
Special Guests Talk New Chase Transfer Partner And International Travel

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 40:23


Boy, is it a full house on this week's episode! Richard Kerr is back with us and he's not alone. Returning to the show are Julian Kheel of CNN Underscored and Summer Hull of The Points Guy. They've all been guests before but never all at the same time. We've been trying to make this happen for a while and the stars finally aligned. I'm hoping we can make it happen again soon. We're talking about the newest transfer partner for Chase Ultimate Rewards, Aeroplan. The popular flexible currency travel program has added another great option for card holders to redeem their points. We also discuss whether you should be booking great international travel deals right now. We have a new way for you to reach us with your questions. You can text us at (571) 293-6659‬. Listen for your question on a future show! If you have a question you can e-mail me at ed@pizzainmotion.com. And, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and ask your question there. If you enjoy the podcast, I hope you'll take a moment to leave us a rating. That helps us grow our audience! Hope you enjoy the show!

The View
Thursday, July 1: “The Points Guy” Brian Kelly

The View

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 37:32


Meghan McCain announces that after four years on “The View,” she's departing from the show at the end of the season. “The Points Guy” Brian Kelly shares travel tips and top destinations for this summer. In Hot Topics, the co-hosts react to Bill Cosby's conviction being overturned, and more.

Guy Benson Show
Jobs Report: 559,000 Jobs Added, Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.8%

Guy Benson Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 109:32


Guy Benson Show - 6-4-2021 [00:00:00] 3:06 pm - Guy's Opening Monologue [00:16:56] 3:28 pm - Guy's Opening Monologue Continued [00:18:21] 3:35 pm - Chris Wallace- Host of Fox News Sunday [00:35:24] 3:56 pm - It's Working! Ohio Vaccine Lottery [00:36:42] 4:06 pm - Woke Medicine: Monologue [00:50:54] 4:25 pm - Woke Medicine: Monologue [00:54:47] 4:35 pm - Kat Timpf, Fox News Contributor, Co-Host of Gutfeld! [01:09:50] 4:54 pm - Friends Reunion [01:13:00] 5:06 pm - Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy [01:28:06] 5:26 pm - Ice Cream [01:31:19] 5:35 pm - REPLAY: Chris Wallace [01:38:33] 5:46 pm - Homestretch:

The News with Shepard Smith
Hack Attacks, Miami Shooting & Covid Reopenings

The News with Shepard Smith

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 49:15


Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of The Points Guy, discusses the Covid reopening as vaccination rates rise across the country. Over the Memorial Day weekend, travel picked up as airports and entertainment venues got busier. Representative Jim Langevin (D-Del.) discusses cyberattacks on U.S. businesses, adding that he is concerned for the country’s infrastructure. This comes after meat supplier JBS experienced a ransomware attack from Russia. NBC’s Sam Brock reports on the Miami shooting that killed two men outside a nightclub over the weekend. The Miami Police Department is offering a $130,000 reward for information on the shooters. Plus, warming climates and wildfires are devastating California vineyards. NBCLX’s Chase Cain reports.

Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin
Change Maker: Brian Kelly, The Points Guy, on Post-Pandemic Travel and Going to Europe for Free

Money Rehab with Nicole Lapin

Play Episode Listen Later May 28, 2021 20:58


Meet the guy who wants you to travel for free: The “Points Guy”, Brian Kelly. Discover the perks of points and how to maximize the value of cash back cards, airline miles and more. Plus, Brain covers the shocking (and costly) mishaps your card just might reimburse you for! Quick disclaimer: this episode is not for listeners who have a plastic problem because Brian Kelly *will* convince you to open up a new credit card. Have you been wondering how to get the most bang for your buck now that travel is reopening? Can you guess how many credit cards The Points Guy has? Listen to find out!  Read more about Brian’s work here: https://thepointsguy.com/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Marketplace All-in-One
What you need to know about Apple’s new tracking update

Marketplace All-in-One

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 16:33


If you have an iPhone or iPad and your software is up to date, you may have seen a prompt pop up in Instagram, Facebook or other apps. It asks if you want to allow the apps to track you, and it’s a little confusing. On today’s show, we’ll try and help a listener clear it up. Plus, immersive travel, jobs numbers and Kai Ryssdal’s “Top Gun” days. Here’s everything we talked about today: “Apple releases privacy update that clamps down on data tracking” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “Disney announces Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open in 2022, shows off ‘real’ lightsaber” from The Points Guy “The Amazing Ways VR And AR Are Transforming The Travel Industry” from Forbes “Americans set another pandemic-era record for air travel” from the Associated Press “Top Gun: Maverick“ Molly Wood’s “Awesome Key Changes” playlist on Spotify “Make Me Smart” is a part of your daily habit. We run on listener support, so make donating part of that habit, too! Give what you can today: marketplace.org/givesmart

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly
What you need to know about Apple’s new tracking update

Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly

Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 16:33


If you have an iPhone or iPad and your software is up to date, you may have seen a prompt pop up in Instagram, Facebook or other apps. It asks if you want to allow the apps to track you, and it’s a little confusing. On today’s show, we’ll try and help a listener clear it up. Plus, immersive travel, jobs numbers and Kai Ryssdal’s “Top Gun” days. Here’s everything we talked about today: “Apple releases privacy update that clamps down on data tracking” from “Marketplace Morning Report” “Disney announces Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open in 2022, shows off ‘real’ lightsaber” from The Points Guy “The Amazing Ways VR And AR Are Transforming The Travel Industry” from Forbes “Americans set another pandemic-era record for air travel” from the Associated Press “Top Gun: Maverick“ Molly Wood’s “Awesome Key Changes” playlist on Spotify “Make Me Smart” is a part of your daily habit. We run on listener support, so make donating part of that habit, too! Give what you can today: marketplace.org/givesmart

All the Hacks
Pro Travel Hacks for Every Aspect of Your Next Trip with Leigh Rowan

All the Hacks

Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2021 54:50


Travel pro Leigh Rowan joins Chris to discuss the travel hacks you need for your next trip, including getting the best prices on flights and hotels, having authentic local experiences and not getting ripped off changing money.Leigh Rowan (@leighrowan) is a serious travel hacker. He is the founder and CEO of Savanti Travel, a travel management company for executives and prior to that was the COO of The Points Guy.Full show notes available here.  Selected Links From The EpisodeLeigh Rowan: Twitter | Savanti TravelBest flight search tool: Google FlightsFind travel advisers who might have flight/hotel deals: VirtuosoFind your airline’s seat map: SeatGuruGreat deals on rental cars: CostcoAirline Vacation Portals: American | Delta | UnitedFind guides from your local library using this extension: Library ExtensionFree concierges from your Credit Cards: Amex | Visa | MasterCardFind a local to show you around at your destination: ShowAroundEat with a local: EatWithDo a photography session at your destination: FlytographyLocal guides to what's happening: TimeOutSwitching to an eSIM: Verizon | AT&T | T-MobileOffline mode to save data: Google Maps | Google TranslatePhone Plans for International Travel: Google Fi Show Notes01:40 Leigh's background in the travel industry03: 14 What to do before planning any trip  06:35 What if you just want the cheapest trip or just a warm destination?07:30 Should you pay with miles or with cash?08:34 Why you shouldn’t book flights from Expedia and book from the airline directly instead.10:11 How do you get access to lower corporate rates for flights?10:31 How to pick the best airline for your next international flight?12:18 Making sure your rental is still available and being treated like a VIP.14:16 Which Costco travel deals are good and which ones are bad.15:48 Take advantage of COVID flight flexibility policies for future trips16:26 When on google flights, make sure to add this to your search17:05 How do you narrow down your hotel search?18:58 Should you pay for Tripadvisor plus and how does it work?20:48 How does your experience change depending on how you book your hotel? 22:43 Doing this may help you get perks at your hotel, you might even get upgraded.25:09 Why speaking to the hotel beforehand really matters25:30 Should you trust hotel concierge food recommendations?26:52 How to get the best price on a vacation home or villa.28:49 Why you should do a food tour as soon as you arrive at your destination.29:40 More tips for planning your trip 32:00 How you can plan experiences you won’t find in a guidebook33:31 What is a destination management company?34:14 A photography session is the best souvenir you can get when you travel.34:47  How can you find hidden experiences and what your credit card concierge might know.36:44 Services your credit card concierge probably does and whether you can trust them.38:58 Where to find the best food and how to avoid tourist food traps?42:33 The safest and cheapest way to have cash on hand when traveling.44:20 The best way you can get rid of local currency at the end of your trip without getting ripped off45:40 Don’t fall for this bank travel scam.47:37 Getting a local cell phone service or data.48:55 Preparing your phone for travel.50:53 Trips where you shouldn’t bring your main phone/laptop51:48 Leigh’s upcoming trips.52:34 What is Savanti Travel? Connect with All the HacksChris Hutchins: Twitter | Instagram | LinkedInAll the Hacks: Website | Newsletter | Email

The Morning Toast
79: Throupling with Brian Kelly, The Points Guy: Friday April 30, 2021

The Morning Toast

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2021 55:51


The Morning Toast with Claudia (@girlwithnojob) and Brian Kelly, The Points Guy (@briankelly)Merch: https://shopmorningtoast.com/The Morning Toast Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/themorningtoastGirl With No Job by Claudia Oshry: https://www.girlwithnojob.com/book1. ‘Real Housewives’ all-star cast jets off to start filming (via Page Six)2. Sonja Morgan calls BS on Luann de Lesseps’ claim about her ‘shocking’ new neighbor (via Page Six)3. Suspects in Lady Gaga dognapping case arraigned (via Page Six)4. Josh Duggar Arrested by Federal Agents in Arkansas (via E!)5. European Union expected to welcome vaccinated Americans this summer (via The Points Guy)RuPaul’s Drag Race RecapTPG Q&A

Geobreeze Travel
Episode 26 - What it's Like to Write for The Points Guy with Benji Stawski

Geobreeze Travel

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 35:50


Benji Stawski @benjistawski is a strategic travel reporter at The Points Guy. In today's episode, Benji and I walk through his career journey of how he got started writing for TPG and other outlets while he was still in college, not majoring in journalism. He also provides us with some behind-the-scenes info on what it's like to report these travel stories from first-class cabins for one of the largest points and miles media outlets in the world. Many points and miles platforms, including this podcast, make money through our fans using our credit card affiliate links. Please please please make sure that you never ever just Google a card and then apply from there. Always use a referral link from a friend or a content creator if possible. you might even get a better offer that way, so make sure you do your research before you sign up for a card. If you'd like to support this show when you sign up for your next card, please use the links in geobreezetravel.com/cards. You can find Benji at: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/benjistawski You can find Julia at: Website: https://www.geobreezetravel.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geobreezetravel Credit card links: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/cards Hangouts: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/hangouts Patreon to access recordings of hangouts: https://www.patreon.com/geobreezetravel Free 30-minute coaching call: https://www.calendly.com/geobreeze/free-introductory-chat Geobreeze Travel is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as MileValue.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Teach Me Something New with Brit Morin
Credit Card Tips & Travel Hacks with Brian Kelly, AKA The Points Guy

Teach Me Something New with Brit Morin

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 48:44


Get money smart in this week's episode with famed credit card and loyalty points hacker, Brian Kelly. He founded The Points Guy a decade ago and ever since has been on a mission to find the best credit card and loyalty points deals to maximize our spending, up our credit scores, and travel the world for less. He's here to break down the most useful credit cards based on our spending habits, the money mistake he wants us to avoid at all costs, plus his predictions for what travel will look like in 2021. With 25 credit cards and an 800 credit score to his name, let's just say Brian knows his stuff. To follow Brian, check out thepointsguy.com. And for more from Brit, follow her at @Brit or @BritandCo. Happy listening! Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!
Is It Time To Start Burning Miles And Points?

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!

Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 35:46


It's a great question. After a year of largely staying home and earning miles and points from credit card purchases, it's time to start traveling for many folks (and will be soon for many more). Should you be paying cash for airline tickets and hotel rooms or burning down that pile of miles and points? Richard Kerr from The Points Guy and Kyle Potter from Thrifty Traveler are helping me answer that question on this week's episode. If you enjoy the podcast, I hope you’ll take a moment to leave us a rating. That helps us grow our audience! Hope you enjoy the show! If you have a suggestion for a future show find me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and let me know what you’d like to hear about!

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!
What Both Business And Leisure Travel Look Like Right Now

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 26:18


I've been keeping tabs on the travel world as I get closer to being back on the road. This week I caught up with folks who traveled within the past 10 days. First, we catch up with Paul Singh, a friend and co-investor in a number of startup companies. He's been on the road a couple times a month, hopping on airplanes, connecting in hubs, renting cars, all the things road warriors used to do. Then, we catch up with Summer Smith-Hull, Director of Travel Content at The Points Guy. She just got back from a ski trip with her family, and she's got all the lowdown on ski slopes, luxury resorts and leisure flights. If you enjoy the podcast, I hope you’ll take a moment to leave us a rating. That helps us grow our audience! Hope you enjoy the show! If you have a suggestion for a future show find me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and let me know what you’d like to hear about!

Rich Ad Poor Ad
How ONE Ad Brought in $600k for 20 of Holistic Media's Chiropractic Clients

Rich Ad Poor Ad

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 34:11


Caleb Hodges is a veteran of online marketing with millions of sales produced for his clients. With 7 figure launches, winning evergreen campaigns, and hundreds of thousands of Facebook ad spend under his belt - he is now focusing on his passion: Helping holistic practices prosper by connecting them with new patients every week. He has worked with Dr. Axe, 10x Doctor, Health Experts Alliance, The Points Guy, The Foundation, and many others.

She Speaks Bougie Podcast
Season 03 Episode 06: Bougie Travel … On a Budget

She Speaks Bougie Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2021 51:56


Senitra of PointsTravelher shares pragmatic tips and tricks to travel domestically and internationally practically for free! $300 trip to London… roundtrip? She’s got you. Full beds with turndown service on the plane? She’s got you. Stays in Waldorf Astoria and the Four Seasons ... for free? She. Has. Got. You. Hear how she roasted marshmallows on active volcanoes and swam with sharks in foreign countries. In this episode learn how to get those stamps in your passport for the low as we kumbaya, subscribe & share, drink some tea, kiki and mind our business together.   Episode links: Host: Tennielle, She Speaks Bougie      IG: SheSpeaksBougie      Donate via PayPal      Join Us on Patreon  Guest: Senitra Horbrook, The Points Guy      IG: PointsTravelher      W: Frequent Traveler University

Melanin and Miles Travel Podcast
The Traveling Child: How to Work Full-Time in Blogging and Travel the World with Family| EP. 80

Melanin and Miles Travel Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2021 55:34


In this week's episode, Joi interviews Monet Hambrick, a full-time working woman, wife and mama of two. Monet is the writer behind this family travel blog, The Traveling Child. In addition, she is a contributor for The Points Guy and Essence.com. Monet talks about how she started her blog and travel brand + how she's been able to collaborate with amazing brands to travel for free as well as make a full-time living from travel blogging. Lastly, Monet gives tips on traveling with family when it comes to keeping things affordable and packing light.

The Daily
The Sunday Read: ‘The Man Who Turned Credit Card Points Into an Empire’

The Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2021 52:34


In recent years, travel — cheap travel, specifically — has boomed. Like all booms it has its winners (including influencers and home-sharing platforms like Airbnb) and its losers (namely locals and the environment). Somewhere in that mix is The Points Guy, Brian Kelly, who runs a blog that helps visitors navigate the sprawling, knotty and complex world of travel and credit card rewards.Today on The Sunday Read, a look at the life and business of Mr. Kelly, a man who goes on vacation for a living.This story was written by Jamie Lauren Keiles and recorded by Audm. To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android.

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg
Black History Month Special: Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights Author Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Jet Black CEO & First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country in The World Jessica Nabongo and more

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 26:15


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the reality of being Black and present-day racism, a modern day Green Book and traveling to every country in the world as a Black woman with Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights Author Dr. Gretchen Sorin, The Points Guy Travel Reporter Victoria Walker and Jet Black CEO & First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country in The World Jessica Nabongo.

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
Black History Month Special: Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights Author Dr. Gretchen Sorin, Jet Black CEO & First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country in The World Jessica Nabongo and more

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 19, 2021 26:15


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the reality of being Black and present-day racism, a modern day Green Book and traveling to every country in the world as a Black woman with Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil Rights Author Dr. Gretchen Sorin, The Points Guy Travel Reporter Victoria Walker and Jet Black CEO & First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country in The World Jessica Nabongo.

Vacation Mavens
183 Tips for Saving for Travel

Vacation Mavens

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2021 42:39


Budget is often cited as a top reason why families don't travel. Given how many of us are having our budgets squeezed right now, how can we start to save for a future trip? This week we talk to Danielle Desir from The Thought Card podcast and get some insights on turning your dream vacation into a reality. About Danielle Desir Danielle Desir, and she is an author, blogger, podcaster and Founder of The Thought Card, which is an award winning affordable travel and personal finance blog and podcast, empowering financially savvy travelers to make informed financial decisions, travel more, pay off debt and build wealth. She's also the co-producer of Millennial Wealth Builders, a three time grant funded audio docu series highlighting women of color building wealth. Follow Danielle on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also subscribe to her podcast, The Thought Card or purchase either of her books:  Affording Travel: Saving Strategies For Financially Savvy Travelers Planning Local Trips During A Pandemic  Tips for How to Save for Travel Start with creating a monthly household budget so you are tracking how much you spend (and how much you can spend) in different categories Sit down at least quarterly and review your budget to see where you might need to adjust Create a wants versus needs list and see what you can take off of your wants list and do without Streaming services, gym memberships, ordering in using delivery services...these are common expenses that can be reduced Create a separate bank account that will be your travel fund, so you it isn't intermingled with money that you use to pay bills or daily spending Look for a bank account that you can open with little or no money to start, that doesn't charge a lot of fees or have a lot of restrictions, such as with Charles Schwab or Ally online banking See Danielle's tips on why you need multiple bank accounts Take a look at your top three expenses. Usually you can't reduce your housing expenses but can you reduce your transportation expenses (especially now when more of us are working from home) or food expenses (avoiding expensive delivery services, cooking more, etc.) Automate as much as possible using direct deposit, including contributions to your travel fund Danielle recommends the Digit app. It will automatically take a set amount out of your account everyday and put it into different funds that you set up for different expenses (such as travel) Have your family buy into your savings plan and name your bank accounts for that specific trip you are saving for to give everyone an incentive to save for that purpose Make sure you educate your kids about how to manage a budget and talk about spending decisions Think about what you value when you travel to determine where to spend your money. For example, do you prefer to have a better hotel experience or more money to spend on activities but you don't need a luxury air experience To find affordable airfare, Danielle recommends SecretFlying.com for finding cheap deals online Signing up for airfare deals emails lets you establish a baseline of flight costs to particular destinations, so you know whether or not you are getting a deal when you are ready to book, as well as helps you find those special deals that you can jump on when available TheFlightDeal.com and The Points Guy also offer daily flight deal emails. For hotels or package combination deals with flights, hotels and activities, Danielle recommends TravelZoo. TravelZoo is especially good when looking for deals to China. They have a Wednesday top 20 list Gate 1 Travel also has a weekly deal list every Monday and they do both independent travel and packaged group trips You can often find good deals even in expensive locations if you travel off season Lisbon and Mexico are very affordable international destinations Traveling locally is also a great way to travel now and you can save money on transportation If you are using an Airbnb or vrbo now, be sure to start looking about 4-5 months earlier. Fees and rates have increased recently because of demand and cleaning costs Local hotels, especially in towns/cities that don't usually cater to leisure travelers are very affordable right now For those traveling locally, be sure to check each state's travel and quarantine restrictions Full Episode Transcript [00:00:00.120] - Kim Here's some tips for filling up your piggy bank for your next trip.   [00:00:15.730] - Announcer Welcome to Vacation Mavens, a family travel podcast with ideas for your next vacation and tips to get you out the door. Here are your hosts, Kim from Stuffed Suitcase and Tamara from We3Travel.   [00:00:30.550] - Kim Tamara, we are fast forwarding through 2021. Some of us knew it wouldn't be a big reawakening. But I can't even believe that we're in February. So have you been thinking about travel? Do you see hope on the horizon? Are you making any plans yourself?   [00:00:48.580] - Tamara Well, I'm definitely thinking about it. It's kind of all I can think about because otherwise I'm just so bored. You know, the other day was Groundhog Day and it feels like that. Like every day one of my friends had texted me and saying, like, how are you doing? And I'm like, you know, same old, same old.   [00:01:05.290] - Tamara She's like, pretty much like work, work out, cook, eat, TV, sleep, repeat. But I'm starting to think about it. I've started to look into a couple of things I think I have mentioned before that like our Greece trip, but I doubt it's going to happen.   [00:01:19.900] - Tamara So I'm trying to come up with other kind of backup plans and we're still kind of hoping that we can go look at some colleges this spring. So we're looking into that and booking things tentatively. Everything is like, if things are going well, so I guess it's written in pencil, not in pen.   [00:01:39.940] - Kim Yeah. I felt all excited. We, you know, attended a conference recently, virtually, of course. So our listeners don't get shocked. But it was just nice to talk about travel again. But it really it made me excited and I would love to plan a trip for spring break and do something. But I'm kind of torn on, you know, will California like, we've done the road trip to California, a few spring breaks and it's always such a nice trip and I'm tempted to do that again. However, California right now doesn't want people from out of state and even people in state are not supposed to go without like 100 some miles from their house.   [00:02:21.400] - Kim And so I'm kind of torn on do I make plans or because I'm kind of tired of canceling stuff, it's it's almost discouraging. So I'm almost in a holding pattern.   [00:02:31.000] - Kim I thought about booking a Lake Front Cabin or something on Airbnb, where for spring break we could just go and relax and bring Sophie and just kind of get out of our space. But we you know, we have this nice backyard now and some of our space, we live on a lake. And so, I mean, we're not on the lake, but we're, you know, very close.   [00:02:52.510] - Kim So it seems kind of stupid to spend money to go have kind of a lifestyle that we already sort of have. And yeah. So I'm just torn. I guess I don't really want to cancel anything. I don't know what to book. I don't I still don't know. I probably need to just make a tentative plan of doing something in state, even if it's a weekend getaway, just kind of having a hotel stay again. It was so nice when we did that for Christmas. We went to one of our local hotels and did a shopping trip and just kind of stayed in the hotel. And it was it was nice. It was nice just to get out of our house for a little while. But yeah, I guess the cancellation is holding me back.   [00:03:27.910] - Tamara I brought that up to Hannah recently. Like, what about doing like a staycation at a hotel? And she's like, well, it's like dumb to spend the money. And part of me feels like, yeah, you know, I would like to save it for like real travel. But on the other side of the coin, like, I do know that it's just been so long that you forget. But I do know that every time we have gotten away, you know, even for a weekend, we always look at each other and we're like, we feel like we're so far away. Like we feel like everything changed so much. Like, you know, it's just so nice to have that change of scenery. So I do think we're all craving it right now. But it is definitely a cost consideration, right.   [00:04:06.580] - Tamara Because like you said, do you want to still do those fun things when they come up? And I know the episode we're talking about today with Danielle is all about how to save for a trip. And so spending on things you don't need is probably not the advice, but sometimes mentally you do need it. But I mean, as we're looking into different things, I'm definitely seeing like a trend in terms of pricing. Like we're looking at doing this road trip to visit some colleges. And there we would be staying close to the college and, you know, more like in a city or small town kind of thing.   [00:04:41.230] - Tamara And those hotels are actually really affordable because there's just not a lot of that kind of tourism happening right now, you know?   [00:04:49.750] - Tamara So I've even been like, well, if we do this, I want to book a suite because I want to have space. Like, I don't want to feel like we're on top of each other, but I also want to have a place where we can bring food in and eat because, you know, it's still going to be cold.   [00:05:02.920] - Tamara And so we're not really doing outdoor dining, but we're not going to want to do much indoor dining unless something has a very low capacity, you know?   [00:05:10.810] - Kim And a place where the microwave is helpful because we are in a hotel that had a. And it was nice to get the food and take out and bring it back, but, you know, every once in a while you'd want to heat it up and we didn't have it.   [00:05:22.040] - Tamara So, yes, I found that actually for what I thought would be the cost of a regular room, I can get a suite, so that's good. But then when it comes to summer, I'm looking at doing something that feels more resort, like more, if we can't go to Greece, I would like something. I know it's not going to be Greece, but can it be something like nice? And I think you know me. You know that I don't really love the big high rise hotels and that type of thing because I want something a little bit more intimate, more personal, has more character or whatever.   [00:05:56.410] - Tamara and also like now in times of covid, like, I don't want to have to always be in an elevator, in a hallway or a crowded pool area or like any of that kind of stuff, like I want more like open air. So I found a couple of places that I absolutely fell in love with in the Florida Keys. But oh my God, the price like it is insane. So it was one of those moments where I've always told Glenn, don't show me things that I can't afford. I don't want to look at houses that I can't afford, and I want to look at cars that I can't afford. I don't want to look at clothes that I can't afford.   [00:06:27.220] - Tamara And there's also some things where it's like even if you could afford it, like there are times where I've gone to, like, shopping for a store and I'm like, I'm sorry, but I am not spending 100 dollars on jeans.   [00:06:37.840] - Tamara It's just not like I grew up so frugal that it's like really hard for me to, like, spend on certain things. And I am more willing to do it on like travel. And I look at it, I said, look, I want something special. Like we gave up, you know, our special trip last year. We're probably giving up this year. I still want to do it in the future.   [00:06:55.240] - Tamara But can we have something special like not just we went away for like four days, but like, can it be to a special place, you know, to try to find that in an environment that feels safe, knowing that this summer is still, you know, all the protocols are still going to be in place. Like whether or not we will be vaccinated is still a big if. And so they're still going to be a lot of travel and safety concerns. And, you know, I wanted to feel special, but I can't spend two thousand dollars a night. I mean, it's just insane.   [00:07:24.850] - Tamara Every time I look at things, I'm like, are there really that many rich people in the world like? And then I realized, there are.   [00:07:32.320] - Kim yeah, obviously. So I mean, I'll never forget the time that I spent five hundred dollars for one night at a Disneyland hotel and I thought that was just stupid. I felt like an idiot then. But it was important for me to have the extra hour and make the most of our time and stuff.   [00:07:46.960] - Tamara I feel like sometimes I'm willing to do it like it gives you enough pleasure. It it provides something that you're really looking for, you know, and I would I would even spend, you know, a good amount more than that, but not two thousand dollars a night.   [00:07:59.810] - Tamara And then have to buy food, you know, food and drink and everything else on top of that. And so all I can say is if anybody just won the lottery, look up little Palm Island in Florida and you'll be very happy. And I found another place that looked really good, too. It's called Bungalows Key Largo. They look pretty good.   [00:08:15.970] - Tamara It's like an adult, only all inclusive in Florida because we're just trying to stay where can we get that tropical feel without necessarily leaving the country and having to deal with, like, all the bubbles and testing and, you know, just all the kind of hassles for a fairly short trip.   [00:08:31.280] - Tamara So anyway, I'm still searching and maybe using some of Danielle's tips will help me, you know, continue to save, although I don't think I'm saving quite that much.   [00:08:42.160] - Kim Yeah, well, maybe she'll inspire you to realize that you don't need the 2000 night hotel that you know. I know. But now I've seen it. I definitely think that Florida is probably attracting a lot of those kind of, you know, snow escapers right now. So I'm not surprised to hear that there.   [00:09:01.240] - Tamara This is because I'm looking for July, everybody's making plans. Everybody wants to make it now. Well, and I think the other tip is like, you really do need to plan in advance. The reason I want to book something now is because for those things that if you want what you want, like, so does everyone else.   [00:09:18.670] - Kim I think that's a good tip. Well, let's talk to Danielle and hopefully she can inspire us all to put away a little bit of savings so maybe we can splurge on something that's safe and fun for this summer.   [00:09:28.780] - Tamara Sounds good.   [00:09:38.030] - Tamara So this week, we're here with Danielle Desir, and she is an author, blogger, podcaster and Founder of the Thought Card, which is an award winning affordable travel and personal finance blog and podcast, empowering financially savvy travelers to make informed financial decisions, travel more, pay off debt and build wealth. She's also the coproducer of Millennial Wealth Builders, a three time grant funded audio docu series highlighting women of color building wealth. Welcome, Danielle.   [00:10:03.950] - Danielle Thank you so much for having me.   [00:10:06.230] - Tamara We're always excited to talk to another podcaster here. And we focus so much on family travel that sometimes we forget we need to get out of our little family travel bubble and talk to some new people, too. So I know you have a very interesting, back story when it comes to paying off debt, building wealth and traveling while you're doing it.   [00:10:26.220] - Tamara And I think this is a time, especially so many families are struggling right now, given everything we've all been dealing with for the past year and trying to afford a vacation when the time is right is definitely a challenge. I think now is the time maybe to start thinking about strategies and ways for that. So that's why we want to talk to you today. But before we jump into that, can you tell us a little bit more about your own personal journey?   [00:10:51.200] - Danielle Sure. So I would say that I have a love for travel at a really young age. And I also grew up in a family where money was talked about all the time. So it wasn't a secret. My mom was very transparent about how to save, how to spend. I even remember seeing her student loan with so many zeros at the end, like a really young age, so that that love of travel and that love of, I guess, the love of money or appreciating money and understanding, using it as a tool came early on. Now, my family, every summer we would go to Haiti.   [00:11:28.010] - Danielle That's where my family's from. And that's where I would spend all summer there with my grandparents running around with the chickens and the farm and learning the culture, the food, speaking the language. So, I mean, since I was like five years old, so I was about 15 when it kind of became uncool to, like, leave your boyfriend back home for the summer. So that's really like my back story of like how travel has been a really big, integral part of my life since I was really young.   [00:11:53.990] - Danielle And money, again, was talked about all the time. Now, I would say when I got to high school, I started to see travel as being uncool. It was taking me away from my friends.And like I mentioned, my boyfriend at the time. And I was I was really hanging out with my friends and I was really friend focused. So I gave up travel. It really just the left it alone until I got to college and travel emerged again.   [00:12:21.530] - Danielle But now it was like, it's the cool thing to do. Everyone was going on spring break trips and, you know, study abroad programs. And unfortunately, at the time my study abroad, I couldn't study abroad on a financial aid package. I had a ton of scholarships that helped to put my costs down for school, but they weren't going to cover studying abroad. So I had asked my mom, I said, Mom, listen, I would love to go to spend a semester in Paris. Is that possible? And she was like, of course I would do anything that I can. And that was great. But the back stories that we were losing our home to foreclosure. So a part of me felt so guilty that my mom couldn't even keep the lights on. Right. We're about to lose our house. And here I would be gallivanting off in Paris.   [00:13:08.480] - Danielle So I made the decision that I wasn't going to study abroad, but I made also the vow to myself and a promise to myself, which ultimately has helped me become the traveler I am today, that once I graduated from college, graduate from grad school, I would work really hard to be able to save and prioritize travel in my life. So that vow now, like almost ten years later, has been something that kept me grounded. I went on my first trip in 2014. My had graduated in 2011, so it took me three years to, like, get out to save enough funds.   [00:13:46.280] - Danielle But it started off with saving twenty five dollars every two weeks when I actually did get a job so that twenty five dollars every two week transformed into a week long trip to Paris in 2014. And then every single year I just try to learn more about being a savvy traveler, saving more money, you know, going on more trips. And here we are in twenty, twenty one.   [00:14:09.470] - Tamara That's nice. It makes me think of like growing up, we really didn't do any travel and we were just visiting family and I had such a passion for travel and stuff like travel posters on my walls. And my first real trip was to Mexico with like a school class in high school. And I think my mom, like, actually cashed in an insurance policy so that I could go on that. So, yeah, I've had my own little journey to being able to travel, but it means so much and you can make it happen.   [00:14:38.240] - Kim I agree. I was kind of in the same situation. My family did not have a lot of money growing up and there was travel wasn't really anything a part of it. The most I traveled was for like a softball tournament to a nearby city. And I think I went from Kansas, Oklahoma once for a tournament. And then I remember taking one epic trip to visit family in Southern California in like fifth grade. And that was kind of a big you know, that was a big deal for me.   [00:15:02.270] - Kim But once I got married, I was like, OK, travel is going to be a part of our life. And so I kind of started planning and getting into it more. But it's interesting how it can, you know, like you have this passion even if you didn't experience it as a kid.   [00:15:15.770] - Danielle So, yes, I totally agree. One of my dreams when I was a little kid was to go to Disney World, I'm sure, as a lot of kids have that goal. And it wasn't until I was, you know, 22, 23 that I actually ended up going to Disney. And I make fun of my mom now. I was like, mom, like, you never took me to Disney. We could laugh about it now. But I'm at the point now where it means so much more to me that I can take my mom and Disney when I have the finances to do that.   [00:15:45.200] - Danielle So I think sometimes when you are growing up and you may not have the ability or maybe maybe like for me, I was going to Haiti every single summer, which was a part of travel, but I also did dance lessons. I also did like so many extracurricular activities. So I think when it comes to like family saving and prioritizing and travel, there are a lot of other things that may come before travel. So as an adult, I feel so much like more equipped to to make it work.   [00:16:15.680] - Kim Yeah, exactly. Well, I know that there's probably a lot of people right now and then in in the grand scheme of things that feel like they can't afford to travel. I know I've had people say to me, like, how do you afford to take so many trips? And of course, being a travel writer now, they don't ask that as much. But when we first started traveling all the time, they would ask that all the time.   [00:16:35.390] - Kim So what do you think are some top budgeting tips that you would give for people who, you know, want to travel but don't see how they could financially do it?   [00:16:45.650] - Danielle So I know that budgeting is a bad word for a lot of people. It's the B word that everyone tries to avoid. But I definitely see budgeting as empowering because who set your budget? You do, right? Like, of course, we all have limitations based off of our income, but we have the ability to dictate how our money is moved around and where it gets allocated to. So no one seeing your budget as a tool that's going to be that you're going to use to really determine what your future is going to look like.   [00:17:16.160] - Danielle Another thing I want to say is that when it comes to budgeting, I really like to sit down, I would say on a quarterly basis, especially after and during the pandemic, like right now, it's a good time to reassess and to do of wants versus needs list. So out of all of your expenses for the month, what are the things you absolutely need to survive versus the things that are nice to have?   [00:17:38.450] - Danielle And the easiest place, if you're looking to save more for travel is to reduce from the wants list. So things that maybe maybe nice, maybe not. Maybe you have Hulu, Netflix and HBO. Maybe you don't need all three. Right? Maybe you just need one of them. So that that needs versus wants list is really, really powerful and it can help you to remove some unnecessary expenses. Like for me, I've been doing a lot of jumping rope at home, which has significantly reduced my gym costs. But I was paying for my gym for like the last six months because I just kept it on autopilot.   [00:18:15.260] - Danielle So this is the time to go through. What are you spending your money on and what are things that, OK, I no longer need. Maybe that was my old life and now I can move on and and make sure you capture that and put it towards your travel savings.   [00:18:28.940] - Danielle So my third tip is to create a travel fund. So a travel fund is simply a separate account that's devoted solely to your travel savings.   [00:18:37.430] - Danielle There's a number of reasons why you want to do this, because no one at a glance you can see undistracted how much money you have available to go on a trip. That is very empowering. And also you're not commingling with other funds. So just being able to see it separately is really helpful.   [00:18:54.950] There are a lot of online banks right now, for example, like if you're in the U.S., Ali or Charles Schwab, actually have a blog post on my Web site that recommends about three different big accounts that where you could open up a bank account for no money, you know, little to no money compared to brick and mortars, a lot of them have like maintenance fees and minimums and and it has all these and restrictions.   [00:19:20.360] - Kim So, yeah, I was just chiming in again, one of those tips of those online, don't they? Also, a lot of times the ATM cards work well, like overseas and things. There's not fees on those as well. So that's another like travel perk. If you have your travel fund in a in one of those, then it also works for helping you get cash if you're overseas. Sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt. I just wanted to add that is another little thing.   [00:19:46.550] - Danielle And also, realistically speaking, like you're not necessarily going to be needing to run over to your brick and mortar to take out money on a consistent basis when it comes to your travel fund. It's usually going to be maybe a couple of times a year. So an online bank is just a great way to have some buffers and a little bit of a boundary and a space from just being able to go to your brick and mortar and take money out like willy nilly whenever you need to.   [00:20:09.800] - Danielle So I definitely think a travel fund is just a just a great budgeting tip.   [00:20:14.450] - Danielle And last but not least is to really take a look at your top three expenses. So for a lot of people, that's shelter like your housing costs, which is primarily fixed, like if you can't house hack or anything like that, like your housing is fixed. Transportation is another category that I've seen that I have significantly reduced since the pandemic. I'm not commuting as much. I'm not really driving that much. So that has been a place where I can funnel money into my travel fund and other goals and food.   [00:20:45.200] - Danielle Food is a huge category, especially if you're like using insta cart, which I've become addicted to recently. So those are my my budgeting tips that's to get you started, really prioritizing, figuring out the things that you need versus the things that you want and try to funnel as much money as you can toward your travel savings.   [00:21:09.860] - Tamara I mean, I love that you have these concrete tips because just the idea of putting it in a separate fund and watching that grow, it's such an incentive. You know, like when you see something, whether it's like in your business or whatever it is, when you see it growing, it's just I don't know. It's almost right now Kim knows this. I'm like lacking for positive, like a feedback loop in my life right now.   [00:21:32.480] - Tamara And so even like a little thing like watching my bank account grow would be like, yeah, I'm doing it and feeling good. So I love that. I was also just thinking that my credit card expires or will renew, you know, next month. So I need to sit down with my bill and go through and see what's automatically billed every month, because you know how I will then stop being automatically billed, because your expiration date came up and I thought this is going to be a good time for me to look at it and figure out what things do we really not need.   [00:22:01.760] - Tamara You know, because sometimes just looking at that bill, you skim it. But, you know, if you're not looking at every line item and realizing how much that that adds up, it's a good exercise to kind of go through every now and then just to say, hey, do I really need this? Do I really need that? But, you know, those are some great budgeting tips.   [00:22:18.710] - Tamara But I'm wondering when it comes to actually saving for travel, do you have any other ideas? You know, how do you take the budget and make it a reality?   [00:22:29.030] - Danielle So once you've identified areas where you can start funnelling into your travel fund, I would highly recommend to automate as much as possible. And I think you referred to this year, like, I just want to set it, forget it and just watch it grow.   [00:22:42.470] - Danielle And that's so powerful, being able to dictate where money is going to go and not having to actually think about it. So I try to best as possible. I have a direct deposit automation since I have a 9:00 to 5:00 employer. Even if you're a freelancer, you can still do like a bank transfer every so often except the frequency. But that's been really helpful. So throughout the entire pandemic, I've been fortunate enough where I did not even touch that automation at all. So now I have a stash of cash to pull from to go on that bigger, bigger trip one day when we can travel because it's been automated. So automation really allows you to just kind of let things happen in the background.   [00:23:27.260] - Danielle Now, one of my favorite apps to help me save a little bit extra cash for travel is digit. So digit is a auto saving app. There is a small monthly fee, but for me, it's been able to pay like it's paid for itself, just one little automation it's been able to pay itself. But what it does is that every single day it takes maybe a little bit like a couple of cents out of your account to a couple of dollars out of your account every single day.   [00:23:56.720] - Danielle Or you could also say whenever you're swiping your card, you could really determine how frequent you want it. And it just stashes it for you and you could determine what type of goals you want to have. So I have a mini travel fund goal. I have a mini shopping spree goal. So all of these automation's happening in the background is actually in twenty nineteen. When I went to Disney for a week, I didn't even look at my travel fund because I just pulled from digit. I was like, oh there's just all this cash sitting there like I did even I literally did not even feel it. And if you're worried like oh my gosh, are they going to overdraft my account? They do have stops in place, which prevents that from happening. So and you could even say, listen, pause this until X, Y, Z, which is helpful.   [00:24:41.780] - Danielle So in addition to my travel fund, I also have like this digit stash I pull from, which has been been awesome. And then the last tip I have when it comes to money saving tips for travel is having family buy in. So getting your family involved in the process of planning a trip, saving for travel from start to finish, getting them involved as early as possible. One of the things that I like to do is I like to name my bank accounts with my with my husband. And that allows us to both say, OK, what is it that we're both really excited about for our next trip?   [00:25:20.870] - Danielle And we named that account and we we both collectively try to work on that goal together. And then when we're going to plan the trip, all that hard work we can celebrate. I just think it's really great to not only the practical tips, but also just getting your family involved as much as possible with the planning process.   [00:25:39.000] - Kim We've always kind of said that with family travel, especially like with getting kids involved in it and, you know, excited about the destination, giving them a little control over it. And I think when people you know, when you when you combine the enthusiasm and the focus, it can make a difference. And I think that's a good tip. And that digit sounds really cool. Like I remember in the old days I don't remember which bank account would let you round up. So every time you would swipe your card, it would round up and that money would go into a savings account for you. And so it's really it's a really clever way of just kind of I think automating it, like we've mentioned, is a huge factor so that you're not feeling like it's costing you something to put the money away.   [00:26:20.850] - Tamara It makes me feel like going and looking at how much is in there would be like when you find the 20 dollar bill in your pocket, they forgot you had there, you know.   [00:26:29.310] - Danielle Or like when you're doing laundry and then you find that money in your pocket, like, oh, my gosh.   [00:26:35.970] - Kim And I think my girls have experienced that recently, you know, that we have savings accounts for them. And I started giving them the savings account like their statements and then being able to see that, like, interest does add up, even though it's so minimal now. But that's, I think, seen how interest accruing and all that works is very motivating for a lot of people.   [00:26:56.730] - Tamara And I feel like even when you make a decision, like I know I always try to talk to Hannah about things like when I'm making a decision, I'm like, well, you know, I just feel like that's too much money to spend. And I'll explain why, you know, kind of explain the rationale behind it.   [00:27:10.260] - Tamara And you know why making the choice that I am and maybe what that then allows us to do, you know, versus if we did, you know, X, Y, Z all the time, you know. So I think having those conversations, like you said, Danielle, like your mom was very open with you, I feel like it's really important to kind of it's an education, too. And it's really important to educate our kids about how to manage their money.   [00:27:31.560] - Kim Yeah, I totally agree. So, Danielle, do you have any, you know, top you mentioned digit is one of your favorite apps, but do you have any other tips or apps for finding travel deals? So once you've saved money, maybe, how can you get a good deal on your vacation?   [00:27:47.010] - Danielle Yes, this is my favorite part about both parts of my favorite parts, because that's what I think makes up a financially savvy traveler, is not only being able to accrue enough money to go on a trip, but also to be able to spend it as wisely as possible. But value based spending.So it's really like, what are you valuing and making sure that your spending aligns with that versus just spending frivolously.   [00:28:12.960] - Danielle So just to just to really think back in terms of what is a financially savvy traveler for me, prior to the pandemic, I was I was cornering the cheap flights market like that was that was me that I was finding the cheapest deals ever.   [00:28:31.980] - Danielle And it was just so exciting. And this goes back to the Value-Based Spending Idea, because for me, I just want to arrive safely at a destination. I don't really care that much for luxurious comforts in the air, but everyone is different, right? If you prioritize your your flight experience and you may not necessarily prioritizing your hotel or accommodation. So everyone has something that they're prioritizing. For me, it was not airfare. So that's where I focus my energy on trying to maximize like just spend as little as possible.   [00:29:04.830] - Danielle So some of the sites that I I look at when I'm thinking about cheap flights and I'm going to also offer some sites as well, that's more general travel planning because a lot of people are not flying right now. One of my favorite is secret flying. So secretflying.com is a free website which offers daily flight deals every single day, which is really helpful from all over the world. So I would sign up for their free newsletter and everyday they will send you a couple each day.   [00:29:35.160] - Danielle And this is important because it's helping you to establish a baseline for your flight costs, which is important because you want to be able to know when you're maximizing and when you're finding a really good deal. Not everything that comes across your desk is a good deal. But how are you going to know that if you're not using data, making a data driven decision?   [00:29:54.120] - Danielle So I would use websites like Secret flying to just really understand, like, OK, to Europe baseline, how much do I expect to spend? And then I'm always looking for like that below average costs. So secret flying is a good one.   [00:30:07.620] - Danielle The flight deal is fantastic they are another free web site that again offers you daily deals, which is helpful. I really like to keep an eye on. The PointsGuy also has been really helpful. They have a daily deal section. Those are more for like the flights now.   [00:30:25.440] - Danielle I really love Travelzoo. So Travelzoo dot com. They have a weekly Wednesday top twenty list now prepandemic make those deals were amazing.   [00:30:36.510] - Danielle Those deals were amazing. And I'll give you like a quick example of the deal that I found there. The deal, one of the deals that I will never forget is I found a 299 dollar deal, a ten, ten day all expenses like flights, hotels, some food to China, China.   [00:30:53.980] - Kim Yes, I saw that my my husband and father in law did that deal.   [00:30:58.980] - Danielle Yes. I mean, there there are some pros and I believe that's its own episode. There's a lot of with that.   [00:31:03.600] - Danielle There you go. Yes, you're right. It is. It's own episode. It's its own episode. We'll put an asterisk on that for everyone who also wants to go book that there's an Asterix.   [00:31:12.090] - Danielle Yes, there's a lot of Asterisk on that. But it was a deal that I spotted through Travelzoo, which is incredible. So Travelzoo not only offers flights, but sometimes they offer hotels or combined packages. So that's a free newsletter that I highly recommend to.   [00:31:28.620] - Kim Some other hotel deals are amazing, unlike luxury, you know, nice four and sometimes five star resorts. They they offer some great deals.   [00:31:36.660] - Danielle Exactly. Exactly. And then the last website that I really like is gate one travel. So gate one travel. They have not only independent trips where they pretty much like book your flight and they book your hotel, but they also run tours, too. So you could have like the full fledged experience where you have a tour guide and all of that and they have a weekly deal list every Monday, which they've actually reinstated since the pandemic. And it's just good to see like they have frequently like a thousand dollar deals to Dubai or other other really cool destinations. So I'm really all about signing up for all the free newsletters and keeping an eye out to see what's happening.   [00:32:17.370] - Danielle And then, you know, being able to not only couple that with the finances and then book it and go and love that, especially it does.   [00:32:26.010] - Tamara When you see a lot of those deals, you kind of get a sense for not just like what that base price, you know, is what is a good deal, but also just. What are some of the destinations that come up a lot for deals, because there are certain places that you'll see pop up like kind of over and over and you're like, OK, so I know if I want to go there, I'm going to be able to find a deal. I just need to hold out and wait for it. You know what I mean? And I really like your point about prioritizing. It's one of the things that Kim knows that we really like to enjoy local food. We're kind of foodies. And so we will spend a lot more on food when we're in a destination than some other people.   [00:32:59.600] - Tamara So it's one of those things when I'm looking at, you know, like my overall budget, I'm like, well, we spent this, but you may not need to, you know, like, there are other options. So like you said, it all depends on what is important to you. So it sounds like you probably have found a lot of your kind of budget trips through some of these deals and such.   [00:33:21.250] - Tamara But through your travels, have you found some destinations that you feel are more, you know, kind of favorite budget destinations, like places where people kind of should keep an eye out? Because if you're looking for a budget deal, you're apt to find one?   [00:33:35.920] - Danielle Yeah, I think it depends on the time of year. So I would frequently go to Ireland. I've been to Ireland twice in January because I found years apart the same or similar price deals to go to Ireland, to go to Dublin. So I it's funny because Dublin in Ireland is not necessarily the cheapest, the cheapest places to go do. And it's interesting because I the places I love to visit are actually some of the most expensive in the world. So Iceland. I love Iceland, I love Bermuda, I love Ireland.   [00:34:08.500] - Danielle These places are not necessarily cheap, but again, it's all about like the expenses and how you spend there. But in terms of my own personal experiences, I found Lisbon, Portugal to be affordable, especially as a European destination. I found that pretty affordable. I also found Mexico to be affordable as well, which has been really helpful. And let's see if there's any other. China was also very affordable as well.   [00:34:39.690] - Kim Tamara and I were in Lisbon and, you know, so that's great. And we were actually been in Ireland together, too.   [00:34:46.060] - Kim So I can remember in Lisbon, we had that like five euro lunch. That was a lot of food.   [00:34:51.340] - Tamara Yeah, I was thinking of that. I think Tamara and I both realized that in some ways Lisbon is extremely affordable as a European destination. Like even there are tourist attractions that you go to are still like priced fairly well.   [00:35:06.550] - Danielle Yes, there's a couple, actually, a family, a family that they're on YouTube. They're called Our Rich Journey. And they recently moved to Portugal after retiring early and being financially independent. And it's just really interesting to hear why. Like, why did they pick Portugal out of all the places in the world? So, yes, definitely. I definitely agree. Lisbon has really great food beaches. So many great things to do at a at a really good price.   [00:35:35.320] - Kim So we've covered, you know, kind of some big destinations and definitely places for a lot of our listeners that they would be putting off right now. But, you know, one of the hot topics I think right now for a lot of us is kind of local travel, you know, sticking around your own backyard or maybe, you know, around your own region. Do you have any tips for families that might be thinking of exploring around them that you think could, you know, be beneficial from a savings standpoint?   [00:36:03.040] - Danielle Yeah, last summer was, for me, the Great Awakening, because I realized, like, OK, travel's changed completely for me. I'm no longer flying. So I did a lot of more road trips and I live in the Northeast. So I visited towns or cities like between four and five hours away from home. One of the things I personally think that's important is to really think about if you prefer to stay at a hotel right now or if you prefer to stay at an Airbnb, each of them have their own pros and cons.   [00:36:37.780] - Danielle If you want to be necessarily like, let's say, secluded or you prefer to be like in a more remote location, then you have a lot of more options with Airbnb. Now, the problem with Airbnb is that there's so much more expensive now. A lot of hosts actually have higher fees, the cleaning fees. That has been astronomical. So if you are thinking about going on a, you know, more local trip or road trip, definitely start looking at Airbnb early. I would say anything from like four to five months early just to start to see, OK, what are price trends? Is it even affordable to stay at an Airbnb or do I prefer to stay at hotels? Now, in the countryside, a lot of hotels are offering really deep discounts. So a lot of financially savvy travelers are telling me that staying at a luxury hotel is like the most affordable it's ever been, right, because the capacities are down. The demand is down, which means prices are down, which is really helpful. So that I think is is number one is really great.   [00:37:45.970] - Danielle I think for the majority of all the money saving tips and ideas I was sharing before are all relevant, like using digit and making priorities in your budget and and getting your family involved. These are all things that regardless of the destination or the type of travel they could, still going to be beneficial.   [00:38:05.050] - Danielle Some other tips I would just share for those who are thinking about local travel. The thing about it right now, especially what I've discovered from last summer, is that each state has its own restrictions. Each state has its own quarantine. Or I mean, there's 50 states and each state is different. So really making sure that before you set out and go looking at what the state requirements, not only the state that you want to visit, but also your state as well, because some states are actually fining folks if you're not like being compliant. So that that's really helpful. And I would also say look at the tourism board website.   [00:38:42.560] - Danielle So tourism boards are going to keep you up to date with what's going on. And that's one of the places I actually look for for the most important information.   [00:38:51.520] - Tamara And sometimes they have deals to like sometimes they might have like a pass or, you know, sometimes some of their attractions. If you book online, you get a little discount. So Kim and I always talk about like looking at the tourism board website. And it's amazing. Kind of the I don't know, it's very helpful just to figure out what's there, but it's just helpful, you know, also finding some of those little deals and things that you may not have known about, like which restaurants offer kids eat free or which, you know, might have a Monday half price wine night or something like that, you know?   [00:39:23.500] - Tamara Well, you've given us a lot to think about. And I love that a lot of your tips have given us some apps and things, too, that we haven't necessarily talked about with some of our other guests. But we do have a question that we ask all of our guests, and that is, what do you wear when you travel? Do you have a favorite brand? You know, any particular go to travel outfit?   [00:39:43.750] - Danielle I would say I'm more of obsessive over footwear, so I really, really want to make sure that I have something comfortable with my feet. So I usually go to with vans. I like that their slip on that they're super comfortable and that I can just be more relaxed in them. No high heels for me, no high heels.   [00:40:04.210] - Tamara I'm with you there.   [00:40:05.470] - Kim Yes. So Danielle, why don't you tell our listeners where they can find you online?   [00:40:11.500] - Danielle Well, thank you again so much for having me. It was really fun chatting all about traveling money. You could head over to thought car dotcom. That's my affordable travel website. I also have the thought card podcast, which is my Affordable Travel and personal finance podcast. And I actually have two books that I think would be relevant to today's conversation. So the first book I have is called Affording Travel Saving Strategies Financially Savvy Travelers. And another book I published recently is planning local trips during a pandemic. So I think those two books would be really great to take the next step.   [00:40:52.810] - Tamara So thank you again for being on and chatting with us and looking forward to following your future travels. And I need you to tell me which luxury resorts in the Northeast are offering discounts, because I'm telling you, all the ones I've been looking at are way beyond my price range.   [00:41:07.360] - Danielle You know, it's so funny. I've been sticking to Airbnb, so I've been hearing rumors that they're cheaper. But I just prefer Airbnb out. They have been out in the cabin. So the countryside   [00:41:18.280] - Tamara We've done some of that. So I'm looking at something for the summer. I'm like, oh, man, I know the hotels are hurting, but these prices are outrageous. So I'm going to keep dreaming on that one for a bit. Keep dreaming and keep saving.   [00:41:31.000] - Kim Now, if you keep saving, maybe something, then sign up for some emails. You never know what I'll fall.   [00:41:34.690] - Danielle You never know. You never know.   [00:41:37.390] - Kim Thanks so much, Danielle. It was great chatting with you.   [00:41:39.490] - Kim Thanks so much as always. Thanks for joining us. For another week of vacation mavens next time, which is two weeks away, we're going to be celebrating something big. It's our fifth year anniversary of Vacation MAVEN's. We are five years old, so we are celebrating in a manner that, you know, truly is fitting for Tamara and I, for those of you that know us, we are going to be talking all about wine tasting and wine tasting tips.   [00:42:05.410] - Kim So I hope you will join us in two weeks and we will talk to you again soon   [00:42:10.510] - Tamara Come raise a virtual glass with us to celebrate and look forward to it and send us a picture. Yeah, definitely. Say cheers to us.  

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
The New York Times Washington Correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg, USA TODAY Consumer Travel Reporter Dawn Gilbertson and more

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 49:38


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the new bans set in place for specific countries by the new administration, COVID-19 test requirements when traveling and airline quarter losses, the latest updates in the cruise industry and the current situation in Hong Kong with The New York Times Washington Correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg, USA TODAY Consumer Travel Reporter Dawn Gilbertson, The Points Guy Senior Cruise Reporter Gene Sloan and CNN Travel Editor Lilit Marcus.

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg
The New York Times Washington Correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg, USA TODAY Consumer Travel Reporter Dawn Gilbertson and more

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 49:38


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the new bans set in place for specific countries by the new administration, COVID-19 test requirements when traveling and airline quarter losses, the latest updates in the cruise industry and the current situation in Hong Kong with The New York Times Washington Correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg, USA TODAY Consumer Travel Reporter Dawn Gilbertson, The Points Guy Senior Cruise Reporter Gene Sloan and CNN Travel Editor Lilit Marcus.

Ready For Takeoff - Turn Your Aviation Passion Into A Career
RFT 469: ONE MILLION DOWNLOADS! The COVID Flight From Hell

Ready For Takeoff - Turn Your Aviation Passion Into A Career

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 11:04


An outbreak aboard a September flight from Dubai to New Zealand offers researchers, and airlines, an opportunity to study in-transit contagion. In an effort to reassure, the airlines have updated and adjusted their requirements for travelers, with patchwork results. Some airlines work to maintain social distance, both at the gate and at boarding; others are less vigilant. Mask-wearing is dependent on passenger compliance, and not predictable; nor, increasingly, is flight capacity, which can range from 20 percent to nearly full. Given the variables, infectious disease specialists have had a hard time determining the risks of flying. But a study published on Wednesday provides some clarity. After an 18-hour flight from Dubai landed in Auckland, New Zealand, in September, local health authorities discovered evidence of an outbreak that most likely occurred during the trip. Using seat maps and genetic analysis, the new study determined that one passenger initiated a chain of infection that spread to four others en route. Previous research on apparent in-flight outbreaks focused on flights that occurred last spring, when few travelers wore masks, planes were running near capacity and the value of preventive measures was not broadly understood. The new report, of a largely empty flight in the fall, details what can happen even when airlines and passengers are aware and more cautious about the risks. The findings deliver a clear warning to both airlines and passengers, experts said. “The key message here is that you have to have multiple layers of prevention — requiring testing before boarding, social distancing on the flight, and masks,” said Dr. Abraar Karan, an internal medicine physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School who was not part of the study team. “Those things all went wrong in different ways on this flight, and if they’d just tested properly, this wouldn’t have happened.” The new infections were detected after the plane landed in New Zealand; the country requires incoming travelers to quarantine for 14 days before entering the community. The analysis, led by researchers at the New Zealand Ministry of Health, found that seven of the 86 passengers on board tested positive during their quarantine and that at least four were newly infected on the flight. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-300ER, with a capacity of nearly 400 passengers, was only one-quarter full. These seven passengers came from five countries, and they were seated within four rows of one another for the 18-hour duration of the flight. Two acknowledged that they did not wear masks, and the airline did not require mask-wearing in the lobby before boarding. Nor did it require preflight testing, although five of the seven passengers who later tested positive had taken a test, and received a negative result, in the days before boarding. The versions of the coronavirus that all seven carried were virtually identical genetically — strongly suggesting that one person among them initiated the outbreak. That person, whom the report calls Passenger A, had in fact tested negative four or five days before boarding, the researchers found. “Four or five days is a long time,” Dr. Karan said. “You should be asking for results of rapid tests done hours before the flight, ideally.” Even restrictive “Covid-free” flights, international bookings that require a negative result to board, give people a day or two before departure to get a test. The findings are not definitive, cautioned the authors, led by Dr. Tara Swadi, an adviser with New Zealand’s Health Ministry. But results “underscore the value of considering all international passengers arriving in New Zealand as being potentially infected, even if pre-departure testing was undertaken, social distancing and spacing were followed, and personal protective equipment was used in-flight,” the researchers concluded. Previous studies of infection risk during air travel did not clearly quantify the risk, and onboard air filtration systems are thought to reduce the infection risk among passengers even when a flight includes one or more infected people. But at least two recent reports strongly suggest that in-flight outbreaks are a risk: one of a flight from Boston to Hong Kong in March; the other of a flight from London to Hanoi, Vietnam, also in March. On the Hong Kong flight, the analysis suggested that two passengers who boarded in Boston infected two flight attendants. On the Hanoi flight, researchers found that 12 of 16 people who later tested positive were sitting in business class, and that proximity to the infectious person strongly predicted infection risk. Airline policies vary widely, depending on the flight and the carrier. During the first months of the pandemic, most U.S. airlines had a policy of blocking off seats, or allowing passengers to reschedule if a flight was near 70 percent full. But by the holidays those policies were largely phased out, said Scott Mayerowitz, executive editor at The Points Guy, a website that covers the industry. All carriers have a mask policy, for passengers and crew — although passengers are not always compliant. “Even before the pandemic, passengers weren’t always the best at following rules on airplanes,” Mr. Mayerowitz said. “Something about air travel brings out the worse in people, whether it’s fighting over reclined seats, or overhead bin space, or wearing a mask properly.” Temperature checks are uncommon and are less than reliable as an indicator of infectiousness. And coronavirus tests are not needed for boarding, at least on domestic flights. Some international flights are “Covid tested”: to fly from New York to Rome on Alitalia, for example, passengers must have received a negative test result within 48 hours of boarding. They are tested again on arrival in Rome. Dr. Karan said that, unless all preventive measures are in place, there will be some risk of infection on almost any flight. “It is surprising and not surprising, on an 18-hour flight, that an outbreak would occur,” Dr. Karan said. “It’s more than likely that more than just those two people took off their mask at some point,” and every such lapse increases the likelihood of spread.

Worldwide Exchange
Holiday travel, Covid and flu season, Hot housing markets

Worldwide Exchange

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2020 45:14


Americans are traveling less this year, but that could lead to more travel in the coming years—Scott Mayerowitz of The Points Guy says to book now. Plus, some good news about the state of public health, with flu season looking less intense than prior years. Dr. Nahid Bhadelia on why that is. And Brian’s RBI focuses on the increases in home prices across the country: find out the top five cities seeing a spike. 

Facing Fear
S4E8 - The Travel Fitness Guru (Chris Castellano | Author, Army Veteran, FDNY firefighter)

Facing Fear

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2020 35:20


Chris Castellano is the author of Fit For Travel and has been featured on The Points Guy, Blacklane, PolicyGenius, and The Travel Wins podcast. He is a U.S. Army veteran, an FDNY firefighter, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Briarcliffe College. On today's episode, we talk about how to take your fitness with you when you travel, how to pivot your business, ideas and passion and finally, what it's like to write a book. Chris also shares some of his life experience from being in the Army and a part of New York City Fire Department. We connected through Instagram a few years back when I became obsessed with combining two of my favorite things in life... fitness and travel. I pitched to him an idea about doing an Instagram takeover and providing step by step instructions on how to workout in an airport. I've also guest written for his blog where I've shared my own tips and experiences on staying fit while traveling. Chris is passionate about this topic and encouraging us to get our fitness in while we travel. He's built an entire world around this topic include a website, blog, providing training plans and by writing a book.HOW CAN YOU SUPPORT THE FACING FEAR PODCAST? I'M GLAD YOU ASKED!WEAR & SHARE - Visit facingfearwithsara.com/merch to shop the carefully selected and designed merchandise to remind and encourage you to face fear wherever you go in life.MAKE A DONATION - 100% of the contributions provided go towards purchasing tools to grow, develop and advance Facing Fear, giving anyone in the world the opportunity to face fear.LEAVE A REVIEW - Tell me what you think using the Apple Podcasts App or Facebook.PURCHASE A FACING FEAR TOOL EmPack - The world's first and only water as weight training backpack. Visit www.evolvedmotion.com/saramac and use code EMPOWER.Little Viper - A small, discrete, wearable pepper spray made for those who adventure outside. Visit www.littleviper.com and use code SARAMC.CONNECT Subscribe to the monthly newsletter at www.facingfearwithsara.comInstagram - @facingfearwithsaraFacebook - @facingfearwithsaraWebsite - www.facingfearwithsara.comEmail - hello@facingfearwithsara.com Chris Castellano- Website, Blog, Purchase his book Fit for Travel, InstagramSupport the show (https://www.facingfearwithsara.com/checkout/donate?donatePageId=5f4e4328efa7cf4ad82065ca)

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg
Travel Weekly Editor-in-Chief Arnie Weissmann, NYC & Company President & CEO Fred Dixon and more

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 41:27


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the incoming administration as it relates to travel, New York's Covid-19 recovery and mileage redemption with Travel Weekly Editor-in-Chief Arnie Weissmann, NYC & Company President & CEO Fred Dixon and The Points Guy Founder & CEO Brian Kelly.

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
Travel Weekly Editor-in-Chief Arnie Weissmann, NYC & Company President & CEO Fred Dixon and more

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 41:27


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the incoming administration as it relates to travel, New York's Covid-19 recovery and mileage redemption with Travel Weekly Editor-in-Chief Arnie Weissmann, NYC & Company President & CEO Fred Dixon and The Points Guy Founder & CEO Brian Kelly.

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg
The Points Guy Senior Cruise & Travel Reporter Gene Sloan, USA Today Los Angeles Bureau Chief Chris Woodyard and more

Travel Today with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 46:13


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the first major cruise to sail since the beginning of the pandemic, the politicization of wearing masks (and the federal laws that ought to be put in place for mask-wearing on the plane) and how the incoming administration will affect travel and tourism with The Points Guy Senior Cruise & Travel Reporter Gene Sloan, USA Today Los Angeles Bureau Chief Chris Woodyard and Wall Street Journal's Travel Editor Scott McCartney.

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
The Points Guy Senior Cruise & Travel Reporter Gene Sloan, USA Today Los Angeles Bureau Chief Chris Woodyard and more

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 46:13


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the first major cruise to sail since the beginning of the pandemic, the politicization of wearing masks (and the federal laws that ought to be put in place for mask-wearing on the plane) and how the incoming administration will affect travel and tourism with The Points Guy Senior Cruise & Travel Reporter Gene Sloan, USA Today Los Angeles Bureau Chief Chris Woodyard and Wall Street Journal's Travel Editor Scott McCartney.

The Frommer's Travel Show
S1E378 - The future of cruising, what it is like to move to Barbados, and pandemic-era Paris.

The Frommer's Travel Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020


Episode Notes With guests Gene Sloan (of the Points Guy), Kerry Cheeseboro (of Cheeseboro Kitchens), and Lily Heise (author of There's Only One Paris).

Bibbidi Bobbidi Basics
Planning a Disney vacation using credit card points

Bibbidi Bobbidi Basics

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 76:03


You guys asked for more 10K so were bringing him back for another episode all about maximizing your Disney vacation with credit card points! Now were no Points Guy, but we definitely have a strategy that we can share to help plan your Disney vacation! Find the Pod on Social Media @BibbidiBobbidiBasics on Instagram, Facebook, @BBBasicsPodcast on Twitter, and Pinterest. Follow Us Instagram and Twitter @magicalvetnurse, @magicallykatelynmay @magicalkatmay! Send us mail - hello@bbbasicspodcast.com Remember to use code BIBBIDI20 for 10% off your orders at Leah's House of Mouse Ears! Find her on Instagram @leahshouseofmouseearsllc! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bibbidibobbidibasics/support

Geobreeze Travel
Episode 3 - Finding Your Community as a Solo Travel Hacker with Senitra Horbrook

Geobreeze Travel

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2020 34:40


Senitra Horbrook (@pointstravelher) is a frequent solo traveler who first began using miles and points in 2012 to travel on a shoestring budget. Senitra is a contributing (freelance) writer at The Points Guy and has been a featured speaker at Frequent Traveler University. She enjoys sharing her tips for solo travel, along with her strategies to earn many frequent flyer miles and hotel points through credit card rewards, in order to inspire others. You can find Senitra at @pointstravelher You can find Julia at: Website: https://www.geobreezetravel.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geobreezetravel Credit card links: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/cards Hangouts: https://www.geobreezetravel.com/hangouts Patreon to access recordings of hangouts: https://www.patreon.com/geobreezetravel Free 30-minute coaching call: https://www.calendly.com/geobreeze/free-introductory-chat Geobreeze Travel is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as MileValue.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Terms apply to American Express benefits and offers. Enrollment may be required for select American Express benefits and offers. Visit americanexpress.com to learn more.

Up in the Air
Brian Kelly, The Points Guy

Up in the Air

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2020 58:48


Imagine if no matter where in the world you are, at pretty much any airport lounge, you could find people who knew who you were. That’s what life is like for Brian Kelly, better known as The Points Guy. In 2010 he started a blog which has blossomed into a travel media company that teaches millions of people how to travel more and to travel better. When I was applying for my first credit cards, I read as much as I possibly could about the process and how to use my points on their site. Fast forward about eight years and I found myself creating a video series with them called Have Points Will Travel teaching people how to do the same. Brian and I chatted about all things miles and points, what we can expect from the new TPG app, what his favorite ways to spend his miles are, and how to travel safely during the pandemic. Don't forget to subscribe and if you listen on apple podcasts, would be amazing if you could rate and review the show! You can find Brian on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/briankelly/?hl=en You can contact me on social at any of the links below: https://linktr.ee/ianagrimis

Am I Doing This Right?
Credit Card Points: How To Earn While You Spend

Am I Doing This Right?

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2020 43:05


Our Hosts: Corinne Foxx - https://www.instagram.com/corinnefoxx/ (@corinnefoxx) Natalie McMillan - https://www.instagram.com/nataliemcm/ (@nataliemcm) What we're drinking: https://www.starmontwines.com/review/2015-starmont-chardonnay-carneros/ (2015 Starmont Chardonnay, Carneros ) INTRO Before diving into credit card points, our hosts discuss Natalie's COVID-19 anxiety. Corinne also talks about her opinions on Lord of The Rings and why it takes so long to get to that damn volcano. TOPIC Want to build credit AND get rewarded? We'll show you how! This week, our hosts are talking about credit card points and how you can earn while you spend. It's win-win situation, all topped off with a glass of Chardonnay.  In this episode, we discuss: Why credit card points and rewards matter How using your debit card is, frankly, useless The trips that we've acquired through credit card points The definition of credit card points The unique benefits of a rewards card How to choose the right card for you Our favorite rewards cards: https://creditcards.chase.com/rewards-credit-cards/sapphire/preferred (Best Overall -- Chase Sapphire Preferred) https://www.capitalone.com/credit-cards/venture/ (Best Travel & Dining -- Capital One Venture Card) https://www.citi.com/credit-cards/credit-card-details/citi.action?ID=citi-double-cash-credit-card (Best for Cash Back -- Citi Double Cash) https://www.americanexpress.com/us/credit-cards/card/blue-cash-preferred/ (Best for Families -- American Express Blue Cash Preferred) How to utilize your credit card points END OF SHOW This week, Corinne and Natalie rate the https://www.starmontwines.com/review/2015-starmont-chardonnay-carneros/ (2015 Starmont Chardonnay, Carneros ) against Harry Styles. https://www.starmontwines.com/review/2015-starmont-chardonnay-carneros/ (2015 Starmont Chardonnay, Carneros ): 9/Harry Styles To wrap up the episode, Corinne and Natalie play Would You Rather? Natalie answers, "would you rather be completely insane and know you're insane or be completely insane and think you're sane?" Corinne answers, "would you rather be told unattractive or unfunny?" If you have any questions or future episode ideas, feel free to DM us https://www.instagram.com/amidoingthisrightpod/ (@AmIDoingThisRightPod) or email us amidoingthisrightpod@gmail.com Check out our new website: https://www.amidoingthisrightpod.com/ (amidoingthisrightpod.com) Don't forget to rate and review the podcast! It really helps us grow! HELPFUL LINKS https://thepointsguy.com/ (The Points Guy) https://www.nerdwallet.com/ (The Nerd Wallet) https://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/ (Ramit Sethi) Find your local polling station -- https://www.vote.org/polling-place-locator/ (vote.org)

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, U.S. Travel Association President & CEO Roger Dow and more

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2020 34:44


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers the current state of the airline and cruise industry and domestic travel's impact on the nation's travel industry with Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, thepointsguy.com Cruise and Travel Writer Gene Sloan and U.S. Travel Association President & CEO Roger Dow and more.

Black Women Travel Podcast
Chapter 61-Victoria M. Walker of The Points Guy

Black Women Travel Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2020 65:56


Truly hope you enjoy and are inspired by this week’s episode with Vikkie. In this chapter, Vikkie talks about taking cross-country road trips with her family, and a volunteer opportunity through Howard University that incited her application for a passport, and further international travels. She … The post Chapter 61-Victoria M. Walker of The Points Guy appeared first on Black Women Travel Podcast.

Live Different Podcast: Business | Travel | Health | Performance
MTP4: Credit Card Points, Frequent Flier Miles, & Travel Hacking with Nick Ewen of The Points Guy

Live Different Podcast: Business | Travel | Health | Performance

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2020 60:31


Credit Card Points, Rewards Miles, & Travel Hacking with Nick Ewen of The Points Guy MTP3: How to Optimize your Frequent Flier Miles and Rewards Points to Travel for Free!  Nick Ewen is Senior Editor at The Points Guy.  He caught the travel bug at an early age and spent over a decade as a road warrior, earning and redeeming points & miles to visit over 40 countries across six continents. I got Nick’s story on how he was able to travel while his wife was still in school and how they did it for free. Nick says, start small, and not worry about signing up for every single points and mileage program in the world, and really helps us focus on what we want out of the travel hacking game.  He gives his recommendations for best travel credit cards, best frequent flier programs, and how optimize rewards points. Nick has 21 open credit cards and claims that there has been no effect on his credit score! We talk about what the top no annual fee cards are and how someone with a small budget can travel frugally without paying fees.  We also talk about what the best frequent flier allegiances are and how to navigate this complex game! We also do a rapid fire round where Nick gives me his favorite travel related recommendations... Favorite book Gear Recommendations Favorite Airline Favorite Hotel in the world Favorite Airline Lounge You can find the links to everything here on millennialtravelpodcast.com and if you are looking to escape more, spend less, and make travel a priority in your life, I hope you check out my #1 best selling new release, The Millennial Travel Guidebook.

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg
The Points Guy Founder Brian Kelly, Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle and more

Eye on Travel with Peter Greenberg

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2020 57:27


This week's Eye on Travel Podcast with Peter Greenberg covers major airlines' pandemic performance, the challenges of running an airline during Covid-19 and the nature of the Coronavirus' effects on the travel industry and world economy with The Points Guy Founder Brian Kelly, Frontier Airlines CEO Barry Biffle and more The Economist Editor Charles Read.

HerMoney with Jean Chatzky
Ep 224: Using Credit Card Rewards When You Can’t Travel

HerMoney with Jean Chatzky

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2020 37:01


When’s the last time you took a trip somewhere other than your local grocery store? And what are we supposed to do with all those credit card miles and points we’ve been accruing? We discuss with The Points Guy himself, Brian Kelly. He tells us how to get the safest flight possible for the best price, how to decide if you need a new kind of credit card, and what to do with our points right now. In Mailbag, Jean and Kathryn talk through credit freezes for 5-year-olds, how to allocate retirement investments, and UTMA/UGMA accounts for kids. In Thrive, car insurance companies offering refunds. 

She Made Points
Beside the Point: Sexism in Travel (with Katherine Fan)

She Made Points

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2020 28:33


Katherine Fan, Senior Travel Reporter at The Points Guy, talks to Alyssa about traveling solo, imagining diversity in new spaces and overcoming some of the hurdles of being a woman in travel. It's uplifting, it's empowering, it's special. Enjoy. Follow Katherine Fan (@katherinefangirling) on Instagram. Follow She Made Points (@SheMadePoints) on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Ask Alyssa questions on the She Made Points Instagram Story every Saturday for a chance to have your question answered on the following episode.

She Made Points
What Are Points and Miles? (with Zach Honig)

She Made Points

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2020 20:47


Alyssa chats with Zach Honig, Editor-at-Large at The Points Guy, to answer some fundamental questions for points and miles beginners. Beyond the basics, they delve into one of Zach's most memorable delivery flights, a redemption fail and much more. This episode is a very good place to start. Follow Zach Honig on Instagram and Twitter. Follow She Made Points on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Ask Alyssa questions on the She Made Points Instagram Story every Saturday for a chance to have your question answered on the following episode.

Miles to Go - Travel Tips, News & Reviews You Can't Afford to Miss!

Points and miles guru Richard Kerr stops by and hijacks the show this week! If you enjoy the podcast, I hope you’ll take a moment to leave us a rating. That helps us attract more listeners! Richard Kerr, Loyalty and Engagement Editor for The Points Guy, seemed like the perfect person to take me to task for everything in my wallet, and the sizable stack of cards that don't even fit into my wallet. You be the judge and give me your own letter grade! If you have a suggestion for a future show find me on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and let me know what you’d like to hear about!