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WHO'S BEHIND THIS?

Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. 

After traveling over a large portion of the world well before the age of thirty the travel bug really got to me. 

It caught me by surprise, as traveling wasn’t something I was used to while growing up. I don’t think I crossed any borders as a child. My first international travels were probably the trips I took to France and Germany in my early twenties. That sounds pretty exotic from a North American perspective, but since I grew up in Europe those were mostly short day trips by car. After my first plane trip to one of the Spanish islands I realized how much I loved traveling. I started to do more and more of it: both personally, and later on even for work. By now, I think it’s safe to say I’ve seen some of the most beautiful places of this earth, and a lot remains to be explored on future travels. There’s always something new to see, and I’m surprised how I discover a new favorite place on every trip.

DID YOU EVER SWIM WITH PIGS IN THE BAHAMAS?

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Swimming with pigs?!

I recently adopted a new annual tradition, which is to escape the Canadian winters with a week in the Bahamas. On my first trip there, I learned about an interesting “bucket list” item, according to some: swimming with pigs. While one of the beach vendors peaked my interest with this odd type of excursion, swimming with pigs never was on my bucket list. It might have not made the cut because of me being blissfully unaware that swimming with pigs was a thing, or maybe it should have never been really something I was interested in. Either way, it turned out to be an interesting sight.

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I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

The Pigs

The pigs live on Big Major Cay, one of the many islands in the Exuma district of the Bahamas. My new beach-vendor-friend explained the day trip would take us to the uninhabited island Pig Beach. I wonder how they came up with the name. The only way to get there is by boat, his boat preferably. In addition to the pigs some other activities were on the agenda as well, including iguanas and a beach picnic. Not bad, but, as I told him, the cost of several hundred dollars per person to take me from one beach to another beach (albeit with pigs) was a little steep. 

As a general guideline I wouldn’t spend more than $200, preferably quite a bit less. And go there with a tour company that’s affiliated with your hotel or resort. Leaving the beach with a random vendor is not necessarily a good idea, despite the official looking badges.  

Why Money Doesn't Matter

Admitted, the cost of the excursion was’t much of a concern. My entire trip to Bahamas was travel-hacked together. I didn’t pay for flights (just taxes), and didn’t pay for the resort (also again just taxes). My annual trip to Atlantis shows that travel hacking has nothing to do with cheap travel. It’s about upgrading your travel experience.  

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. The question I have for you is: Will you? And where would you go? Watch this video - and you're one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING CUBA

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Why Now Is a Great Time to Travel to Cuba

Travel to Cuba for U.S. citizens is a hot topic these days, with many Americans interested in visiting before the country opens up completely to foreign influence. At the same time, there are still a lot of real and perceived challenges to travel being reported in the media.  

While it is true that the average American can not travel to Cuba for a beach holiday, we believe that a country with such a rich history deserves more than lounging on a beach with a mojito or two. It’s true that most businesses do not take credit cards and that Internet connectivity is next to nonexistent, except in upscale hotels. But the idea that the average American would be unable to disconnect from the Internet long enough to enjoy a foreign travel destination, or that carrying cash instead of credit cards makes travel impossible, is insulting to anyone with a bit of wanderlust. Here are five reasons you should consider traveling to Cuba now.

Need Some Help Getting To Cuba? 

I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

The Diplomatic Thaw Is Real 

In December 2014, President Obama started the ball rolling with the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba would restore the long-broken diplomatic relations. Then in January, trade and travel restrictions were loosened, if not completely lifted. U.S. citizens could now travel to Cuba if they qualify under one of twelve approved reasons for travel. CheapAir was one of the first to begin selling tickets online to qualified travelers, and nonstop flights from various U.S. gateways followed in May. The president announced that embassies would soon be operational on the ground in both countries. This may seem like a symbolic gesture, but if you’re traveling in Cuba and need assistance from the U.S. government, it’s nice to have an embassy in place, just in case you find yourself in Cuba with a lost passport.  

Accomodations Are Better Than You Think

Forget what you’ve heard about overburdened Havana hotels that are already at capacity. If you want to stay at one of the state-sponsored hotels catering to the business traveler, it’s true that there are not a lot of available rooms. But here’s the thing. Those hotels are just as expensive as a 5-star in the U.S. but often have unreliable and subpar service standards. Our preference is to stay at one of the more charming casas particulares. Casas particulares are on par with our idea of bed and breakfasts, and most of them even serve breakfast to guests. Some are in beautiful, colonial apartments, and you’ll have interactions with the local families who many times still live on the property. In the past, your best bet was getting to Havana and then doing the hard work to find a casa particular on your own. Now that Airbnb is in the game with more than 1,000 rentals in Havana, you’ll be booking your affordable rooms with ease. And think outside your comfort zone. It may be years before the Hilton or the Four Seasons come to Havana. By that time, the city will be a very different place. Putting money back into the local economy is the way to go.

Reasonable First Class Travel

The fares for first-class seats to Havana out of Miami are much more reasonable than you might expect. A recent fare search for flights in October show a first-class Miami to Havana ticket for $607, just $136 more than the Economy fare of $471. Sweet!

Cohibas Are No Longer Contraband  

It’s true! For many years now, the only way you could get your hands on an authentic Cuban cigar in the U.S. was through less than above-board channels. With the new relationship, travelers to Cuba are now permitted to return with up to $400 worth of Cuban goods. This includes up to $100 in Cuban cigars and alcohol combined. The $400 limit does not include artwork, music or informational materials that are allowed in unlimited quantities. Good news for cultural connoisseurs!  

It’s Still Kind Of Forbidden  

Wait, wait! Here’s what we mean. It’s true that you can’t just go to Cuba for a beach vacation/pure tourism. But you can go to this tiny island if you have a genuine interest and plan for engaging with the Cuban people and learning about their culture. In the current limbo between an open tourist market and a closed single-party state lies an opportunity to foster some genuine cross-cultural communication before sweeping changes are underway. So while U.S. citizens talk of seeing a Cuba that is frozen in time before it modernizes, it’s also an even better time to normalize relations between Cubans and Americans. And what better reason is there to travel to another country?  

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. The question I have for you is: Will you? And where would you go? Watch this video - and you're one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN PALAWAN, PHILIPPINES

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My Top 3 Places To Visit In Palawan, Philippines

"At the beach, life is different. Time doesn’t move hour to hour but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides and follow the sun." (unknown)

Need Some Help Getting To The Philippines? 

I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

Pandan Island Beach

I have always loved the beach. The smell of the salty water, the wind in my face, the gentle roar of the waves all combine to create a sense of peace and calm. Palawan offers all of those ingredients, and if you’re willing to venture out a bit with an island hopping tour you’ll find the beaches you’ve only dreamed of. For less than 200 dollars I chartered a private van, boat (with crew), tour guide (to deal with harbour formalities, hut and equipment rentals), snorkel guide, and more than enough food for the entire day. The idea was initially to go island hopping, but the first beach was so spectacular I decided to just relax, stay and spend the day right there, soaking in all the beauty (and amazing fresh seafood) the island had to offer.  

Underground River

When traveling I’m not the tour bus type person. Generally speaking, whenever the conditions aren’t of any extreme or dangerous nature, I’d much rather explore on my own and take a side road here and there to soak in everything a destination has to offer. One time when organized tourism came in handy, I had to embark on a multi-hour shuttle van ride, and then transfer to a tiny boat to get to a particular destination on Palawan in the Philippines. At every embarkation and disembarkation point the group was swarmed with extremely pushy street vendors who had no sense of personal space or setting a reasonably fair price for their products.  

The objective of that day however made up for it: to go and explore an underground river, one of the 7 wonders of nature. This fact does depend on which list you choose to use for the “7 wonders”, as there are a couple of variations of this list available. I’ll admit it was a very impressive experience. Just picture the surroundings – you’re in pitch black, thick humid air. Other than a battery operated lamp on front of the boat, which attracts the most interesting flying creatures, there’s no light whatsoever. Numerous poisonous snakes and spiders inhabit the caves, and trying to avoid those is key to a successful return out the complete darkness. I sure was happy hearing the reassuring chatter of the talkative tour guide from the back of the boat. He explained we were only allowed to go into the underground river for a certain distance, as beyond those boundaries special gear and certifications were required to deal with the poisonous spiders and snakes. I could only hope those creatures would abide by the same certification requirements and stick to their side of the river.  

Exploring one of the seven world wonders was an experience not to be missed, and definitely worth being hassled a bit on the way there. It was also something not to be attempted on my own, and I’m happy I didn’t. A rule of thumb for me is to limit these types of excursions. There’s no need to have a jam-packed itinerary and have an activity pre-booked and scheduled for every single hour in the day.  

El Nido Beach

The third in my list of places not to miss is one place I did miss. It’s believed to be the best beach destination in the Philippines, and maybe even the world. From the towering marble cliffs and magical lagoons to its 100 white sandy beaches, El Nido is one of the top tourist destinations in Palawan. Because of its scenic landscapes and high bio-diversity, Palawan is known as “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines”. I’m sad to have missed it, but sometimes it’s great to not see everything on your list, as it gives a great excuse to return to this beautiful island sometime in the near future. See you soon, Palawan!

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. The question I have for you is: Will you? And where would you go? Watch this video - and you're one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING LAS VEGAS

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Going to Las Vegas? You Deserve To Make A Splash

I’ll admit it. I’m a frequent Las Vegas visitor. I’m also a travel hacker, and travel hacking Las Vegas is not only a lot of fun, it comes with insane rewards! For me, Sin City is a perfect little break from the bitter cold Canadian winters. Even in summer, I enjoy the ridiculous heat that just forces you to do nothing for a few days.  

If you’re planning to go to Vegas, stop asking your friends for boring touristy sightseeing recommendat ions and check out this video. Because on your next trip, you deserve to make a splash.

Need Some Help "Hacking" Vegas? 

I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

A Town Called Paradise

I always thought everything in Las Vegas was bigger and better than in real life. Many things are, but they cut a few corners when building the PG rated version of Disneyland in the middle of the desert. The Eiffel Tower, for example, is quite a bit bigger in real. And just to be clear – the real one can be found in Paris, France – not Paris Las Vegas.

Travel Hacking Las Vegas

I don’t gamble a lot. Despite not gambling away my life savings or book royalties, I visit Vegas very often. I enjoy hanging out in the casino for people watching. I maybe spend $40 a night, on a big night. Most days it’s half that. Vegas is my perfect short escape, or at least one of them.

In the movies they always talk about getting “comped” for stuff, and while it sounds pretty cool I never expected to be on the receiving end of that. Did you? Why not get the very best Vegas has to offer and be treated like VIP everywhere you go?It’s actually pretty easy. Let me show you how to upgrade your Las Vegas status.

The Idea 

I got the idea to try travel hacking Las Vegas from a friend, who, after reading my book, commented on how one place that definitely could not ever be “travel-hacked” is Las Vegas.  

Now, let me clarify something first. Travel “hacking”, to some, sounds illegal. If you were to hack a bank’s computer for example, you could find yourself behind bars for a significant portion of your time on this planet. Obviously, when you’re trying to see the world ending up behind bars is not what I’m trying to do. What I teach in my travel hacking book is perfectly legal – and the travel industry loves me for it. I’ve often been upgraded to business class (for free or for a very minimal fee), and I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually stayed in the room category I booked: hotels always upgrade me

The Vegas Challenge

Back to my Vegas challenge: if the travel industry loved me for booking free airfare already, would it be possible to have the big casinos on the Las Vegas strip love me enough to treat me like a high roller. I wanted to experience a whole new side of Vegas… no line-ups anywhere and free food, shows, drinks, attractions and so much more.  

I managed to get all of that – and more – on my last trip to sin city. In the movies they talk about getting “comped” for stuff in Vegas all the time. This Dutch guy never expected to be on the receiving end of that deal but I gotta admit… it’s pretty awesome. What a great week! Not having to pay resort fees, access to VIP lounges, no lines, meal vouchers – for someone like me who travels to Vegas at least once a year – this is something worth getting in on! 🙂  

How it works? Simple. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. In the preview video, I show you how to get exclusive access to networking opportunities and unprecedented benefits, including many elite travel-benefits, including (but not limited to) Las Vegas.

Play  

Some people say they don’t go to Vegas to gamble. Admitted, there’s a lot of other things to see, but if you don’t gamble you haven’t really experienced Las Vegas. Just don’t plan on winning big. I consider my gambling money a donation to the U.S. economy and just a way to have a few (free!) drinks and a great evening people watching. And hey, you might just get lucky and hit the jackpot.  

If you’ve had enough of it all the hotel pool is always a great place to relax, soak up some rays and possibly a few more drinks. Be aware that once you stop playing, drinks are no longer free and especially at the pools you can expect to pay top dollar. Not all hotel pools allow outside drinks to be brought into the pool area, even if you bought it from the hotel lobby. The worst experience I had was at the Hilton Elara (inside/behind Planet Hollywood), where the pool attendant called security on me when I tried bringing in my slushy drink. “We’re fostering a family environment here.” In Las Vegas, of all places. They even check children’s backpacks now. Of course buying drinks from the pool bar is not against their family policy. I’d rather go elsewhere.

Eat  

Don’t try to maintain your diet in Las Vegas. There’s food options for every palate and budget. Most hotels have cheap eateries and some even a food court. But even if you’re on a budget, don’t miss the buffets. My favourite so far has been the Buchannal at Ceasar’s Palace (about $50 pp). A cheaper alternative is the Village Buffet inside Paris (about $30 pp) which you can also reserve on Open Table. If you have an Open Table reservation skip the long lineups and head straight for the “Diamond Entrance” through the red door on the left. If you’re a bit of a foodie, try to secure a seat with one of the celebrity chefs. It’s worth the experience, but comes with a price tag. Two of my favourites are Michael Mina (inside Bellagio), and Gordon Ramsay’s Steakhouse (inside Paris). Gordon also has a burger place, BurGR inside Planet Hollywood. It’s expensive for a burger but at least you can say you’ve eaten Gordon’s food. Don’t miss Gordon’s favourite beer, just ask your waiter.  

Sleep  

It’s easy to find a place to sleep in the city that doesn’t. Las Vegas hotels are often cheaper than what I’ve paid for hostel accommodation in Banff. Being nice to hotel staff always goes a long way. Not only is it good karma, it’s also got me room upgrades and much more – for just a smile. When booking hotels, especially in Vegas, don’t always get the cheapest rate available. Look at what comes included with that rate. I often pay slightly above average to get much better value. Benefits might range from a nicer room, to free breakfast, dinner, and much more. In Vegas, status matters, but there’s ways to get upgraded without gambling too much. Sign up for the loyalty program and watch out for bonuses or partner offers.  

Drink  

As long as your gambling you’ll get free drinks, even at the penny slots. Playing a little and enjoying a drink or two is often cheaper than paying cash at the bar. Please tip your waitress at least a dollar per drink every time they serve you. My favourite touristy drink is the Paris Eiffel Tower souvenir glass. Unlike most other slushy drink outlets Paris does not pre-mix their drinks, so especially if you tip your bartender you’ll get a lot of value for money. Once finished, they’ll refill your glass as a discounted rate which is still one of the best deals on the strip. There’s a bar right outside on the strip, but a good tip is that they also sell them inside the casino, just before the buffet entrance.  

See 

There’s always something to see. Don’t miss the Bellagio fountains. The combination of light and music and water is mesmerizing during the day and night. Some other casino’s offer similar free “shows” too. Don’t miss the volcano eruption at the Mirage, the Fall of Atlantis inside Caesars Palace and the Rainstorm in Planet Hollywood’s Miracle Mile Shops. Share you favourite in the comments below!  

The new 550-foot-tall High Roller eclipses both the London Eye and Singapore Flyer. A ride takes about 30 minutes. Don’t miss the happy “half” hour most afternoons and all evenings which includes an open bar right inside the cabin.  

Vegas is relatively close to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon, and many pushy street vendors will try to sell you tickets. A much better alternative is to fly there by helicopter, but make sure to get the one that actually lands in the canyon. It’s a little more expensive, but the picnic lunch and champagne are usually included and well worth it.  

Don’t miss the Vegas shows, no matter what you’re into the Vegas entertainers always put on a great show. There’s some local deals to be had, but to avoid getting ripped off by vendors that approach you with tickets. My personal rule is to ignore everyone who approaches me with something for sale in Vegas. I always get my Vegas show tix in advance (usually at 50% off) or through the hotel concierge desk. Don’t be fooled: the concierge is the desk you walk up to, usually near reception, and not the pushy people who approach you with show tickets. Most of those are timeshare sales people who give you free tickets in exchange for several hours of your time in a high pressure timeshare sales presentation.  

A closer alternative to the Grand Canyon is the Red Rock Canyon. It’s only a short drive north of the Strip.  

Shop  

You want to go outlet shopping? My favourite is the North outlet mall. There’s a south one too which makes sense if you’re visiting from Los Angeles. You can take the “Deuce” bus to North outlet mall, but always take the express one which is the single level bus, not the double decker! Bus fare is about $8 for 24 hours per person. Once you drop your shopping bags off at the hotel you can take the bus back in the evening to enjoy the Fremont Street experience in the “old” downtown Vegas. Depending on how many people there are in your group, a limo might be even cheaper: they usually go for about $70

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. If you like, I’d be happy to guide you along. I’ll show you exactly how I go about booking free airfare using screen recordings of my own accounts. All you have to do is follow along. You too can get upgraded in hotels (including, but not limited to Las Vegas). Sounds to good to be true? See for yourself. Watch this video - and you'll be one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING PARIS

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Homeless In Paris

I don’t always get it right. I’m just back from traveling through Europe for a few weeks, and one of the stops on the itinerary was (of course) the city of light and love – Paris. When moving to Canada I never expected to return to Paris for a visit, but I did – twice so far actually. Canada might be my country, but Paris will always be my hometown. But this time, things went wrong. Horribly wrong. I ended up homeless on the streets of Paris, and trust me when I say that the light and love quickly disappear when you have nowhere to stay.

Need Some Help Getting To Paris? 

I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

Location, Location, Location

In my travel book “The Freedom Project” I write a lot about picking a place to stay while traveling. It’s all about location, location, location. But on this recent trip to Paris I completely failed. Did I not follow my own steps and guidelines while booking the hotel? Quite the contrary – I practise what I preach, and followed all of them. I researched reviews, and used a well-known, major booking site to make the reservation. But got caught by surprise when on arrival the hotel I thought I had booked had no record of my reservation. There turned out to be two hotels, with exactly the same name. The first one, where I showed up, met all the expectations – just as the reviews and online pictures had suggested. The other one, the one I apparently had booked, did not – by any means. I’ve stayed in disappointing or even bad hotels before, but this one didn’t even register on a scale of good or bad. Simply put, I felt unsafe. Calling it a brothel would be a compliment. So I decided to leave, less than five minutes after check-in. I didn’t even care about losing the pre-paid “accommodation” – my health, safety and wellbeing were more important to me.

Homeless in Paris

So now I found myself homeless on the streets of Paris. Tired, angry, and frustrated. But Paris has many hotels, so finding alternate accommodations was going to be easy, right? Wrong. For some reason everything was “complet“, which is French for fully booked. The last few available rooms (if any) were offered at any random amount ranging roughly between 500 and 4000 euro per night for a standard double room. Contrary to what I believed at first, those numbers contained no typos. I roamed the streets for hours – becoming more tired, angry and frustrated by the minute. When darkness was already setting in, I caved in and took the one last room regardless of the extraordinary cost. “Welcome to Paris”, the receptionist said after swiping my credit card. Suddenly I understood why people say they love Paris, but hate the French.

The Experience 

So was it a bad trip? Not at all, even though it started a bit off-key. I shot some some new work for my Paris portfolio, some of which is featured in my gallery this month. And I learned some valuable lessons about myself and my style of traveling, which I’ll share below. Because Paris is awesome – and if you haven’t already been there you should really make it a priority to go. Enjoy the photographs, and bon voyage!


Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. If you like, I’d be happy to guide you along. I’ll show you exactly how I go about booking free airfare using screen recordings of my own accounts. All you have to do is follow along. Sounds to good to be true? See for yourself. Watch this video - and you'll be one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING COLOMBIA

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When Colombia Calls You

Once a very untouchable country, Colombia today is more open to international travelers than it has ever been. The soaring peaks of the Andes and the motley ecology of the lowlands contributes to the indefinable nature of this ever-evolving nation. You will be able to swim in the Caribbean, hike through the Amazon, climb to exhilarating heights and, at the end of the day, sip premium coffee and cocoa with the locals.

Need Some Help Getting To Colombia? 

I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

Visiting Colombia

The independent nation of Colombia is located in the northwest corner of the South American Continent, just across the Canal from Panama. To understand the infinite diversity of Colombian travel, one must understand its size and neighbors. Colombia is more than twice the size of France and is the only South American country to have a border with both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Airfare to Colombia is also a fantastic place to start in South America as Colombia shares borders with Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.  

One thing you sure don’t want to miss when you’re visiting the city of Cartagena, is the colourful architecture in the beautiful old walled city. You’ll see both colourful streets as well as the tradition white mansions – all in the same area.  

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. The question I have for you is: Will you? And where would you go? Watch this video - and you're one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING COSTA RICA

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Pura Vida: The Opposite Of Our Modern Way Of Living

On one of my trips I discovered Costa Rica and it’s lifestyle of “Pura Vida”, which translates to as much as enjoying life and taking your time to celebrate it. Also known as pretty much the opposite of what we’re doing in the west: we’re always in a rush and never really taking our time to do anything, let alone “celebrating life”. I found Costa Rica to be an interesting mix of local, North American, European and Argentinean cultures. The people are mostly friendly, helpful and laid-back. The cost of living is 30 to 50 percent lower than most American cities – and with that the stress levels are considerably lower as well.

Need Some Help To Get To Costa Rica? 

I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

Travel Hacking Costa Rica

With a well-developed health care system, good public education, a stable political situation and clean drinking water, Costa Rica is a very progressive country. It’s also an environmentally blessed country: Costa Rica contains six percent of the world’s biodiversity, and has 12 different climate zones to choose from. It’s home to more than 850 species of birds, more than all of North America combined.

You’re welcome to explore some of the photographs I took on my trip to Costa Rica.  

A Permanent Vacation

Costa Rica is becoming more and more popular with people looking to permanently moving here, in an attempt to get away from the hustle and bustle of Western Life. It’s easy to see why. Owning property in Costa Rica is open to everybody – foreigners have a legal and constitutional right to own property. Even if you don’t want to live here full time it’s not a problem, since there is no residency requirement. Although foreigners without a work permit are not allowed to work, you can own a business here, or enjoy your retired life.  

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. if you’ve ever dreamed of getting away from it all, Costa Rica could be your answer. Is it time to make this dream a reality, and get away from it all for a while? As they say, the worst day at the beach is better than the best day in the office. It’s easier than you think: Costa Rica is truly the land of the dreams, and it’s surprisingly painless to get there, especially if you use my travel hacking principles to get free airfare. If you like, I’d be happy to guide you along. I’ll show you exactly how I go about booking free airfare using screen recordings of my own accounts. All you have to do is follow along. 

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING NEW YORK

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How I Traveled To New York On A Shoestring

When I went to New York City for the first time, I was still in college. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend, and I had most of my meals at a food court in the basement of the Rockefeller Center. I personally love food courts, so I didn’t have much of an issue with eating there at all, and I still don’t today.

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Travel Hacking New York

On a later trip, funded by a corporate expense account, I had a little more money to spend. I decided to have dinner at the restaurant that’s right at Battery Park. In summer they have a lovely patio, and I watched the sun set behind the Statue of Liberty, while having a great meal and a true New York Cheesecake for dessert.  

Needless to say my bill for that night was slightly different from my usual food court bill. I loved both experiences equally and even today I don’t prefer one to the other. I simply enjoyed being able to have dinner in New York, regardless of whether I had a little or a lot to spend on that meal. It’s all about the Experience Value I get out of it – read more about my definition of Experience Value (and how to maximize it) here. 

Alone In New York

Alone in New York” turned out to be one of the most popular photographs in my fine art photograpy gallery. I’ve visited this amazing city several times, traveling solo. In this post I want to share some of my travel tips to help you prepare for your visit to the city that never sleep.

New York, New York – so good they named it twice – is one of the most fascinating, exciting and cultural cities in the world. Within the 20 square miles that comprise Manhattan can be found some of the world’s greatest museums, shops and restaurants, as well as a spectacular skyline that’s known the world over.  

You could spend a lifetime in New York without experiencing everything fully. Some of the sights that any first time visitor to New York must see include the Empire State Building – for many years the world’s tallest building, which is what inspired my taller than Empire state photograph – the immigration museum at Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square and the United Nations Building.  

One of the joys of visiting the city is simply to walk through the different and varied neighborhoods – Greenwich Village, Chinatown, the Theater District, Harlem and Little Italy. The outlying borough of Brooklyn has several attractions including the botanical gardens and the famous amusement park at Coney Island.  

One of the biggest attractions is the city’s diversity – in New York you can hear virtually any language spoken and dine in a different ethnic restaurant every night for at least an entire month. Apart from Manhattan, the borough of Queens is also well known for its wide selection of restaurants.  

Shopping in New York is equally satisfying, offering world class department stores with famous names like Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdales. At the other end of the shopping spectrum are street markets, designer boutiques and specialty stores.  

New York has some of the greatest museums in the world – several of them are conveniently located together at the edge of Central Park. The Metropolitan Museum of Art attracts more visitors than any other place in the city and offers everything from Egyptian mummies to 20th century masterpieces. The Guggenheim is another museum you don’t want to miss – afterwards grab an espresso in the little cafe next door before exploring Central Park.

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING HONDURAS

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Honduras: The Perfect Hiding Spot In Central America

The island of Roatan could be called a perfect hiding place in itself, but this secluded beach area definitely was the perfect hiding spot to soak up some rays during my last trip to this beautiful island.  

Central America offers mesmerizing insight into the beauty of life and tradition that has sustained centuries of repression, shifting political alliances and some of nature’s mightiest forces. It’s a destination of contrasts  

Bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, the Central American isthmus is a narrow tropical and volcanic landmass that connects Mexican North America to the northwestern lowlands of South America. Early in the 19th century, this region was known as The United Provinces of Central America but today is comprised of the seven independent nations of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama.

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Relax, Explore and Discover

The most spectacular Mayan ruins can be found in Guatemala at Tikal, a ceremonial center of pyramids, plazas and museums tucked beneath a thick and enchanting rainforest canopy. Belize provides the traveler with a slower pace along its white sand Caribbean coastline dotted with world class reefs for the passionate scuba diver. The entire landmass is a geographic wonder of active volcanic chains, which also provides highly fertile soil for agriculture necessary to sustain the incredibly dense populations in urban centers like San Salvador. Costa Rica attracts adventure-seekers from all corners of the world to its thrilling white water rapids and mystic cloud forests, while the truly daring are drawn to Nicaragua’s smoking and belching Santiago Crater, tucked between two active volcanoes. If you’re considering a destination off the beaten path, both Central and South America are places you might want to consider (or even combine on a longer trip).

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING SAN FRANCISCO

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Reconnect with your passion in San Francisco, California

To some, San Francisco is the quintessential American city, and most first-time visitors discover a similar feeling upon leaving. The tumultuous rollercoaster of the city’s history, tied in closely with the history of the United States, has created a mecca of modernism and tradition, revolution and reaction, sassy style and sophistication. 

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Yerba Buena

San Francisco has experienced a parallel history with America’s evolutions and revolutions. San Francisco began as the Spanish colony of Yerba Buena, followed soon thereafter by the California Gold Rush, which exploded the city’s population nearly 25-fold within a year. An earthquake followed by the Great Fire nearly destroyed the entire city in 1906. Since San Francisco’s early cityhood it has been a mosaic melting pot of Chinese, Japanese and Italian immigrants (to name a few), many of whom were held at Angel Island, the West’s own Ellis Island equivalent. Today you can catch a ferry out to the historic island which is now a beautiful park suited for most outdoor recreation including cycling and jogging.

That Groovy Feeling  

San Francisco has been a bastion of social movements and progressive thinkers over the last century. Although it may not be the Summer of Love anymore, this city is still a product of its Hippie parents, civil rights protests and beatnik artist generation – as well as the dot-com boom and burst that came in the late 90s.  

The Critical Mass ride on the last Friday of each month is true to form for San Francisco. Hundreds of bicyclists gather and ride a route through the city streets to a predetermined destination to claim their rights to the streets (make sure you are not driving that day!). A walk through The Castro, the predominantly gay and artsy neighborhood, is also a must do. You will find exquisite boutique stores, antique book shops and some excellent independent movie theaters.

Sea, See and Scene  

The sights in San Francisco are just as diverse (and just as groovy) as its history. Discover the rugged terrain and map out the seascape of San Francisco from atop Telegraph Hill, where Coit Tower stands as a former beacon to sailing ships. From here you can drop easily down into North Beach where Fisherman’s Wharf is buzzing with street performers, sea lion shows, and some delicious seafood. Golden Gate Park, larger than Central Park, is an escape in many different forms with its numerous gardens, exhibits and memorials – you can even encounter some roaming bison!  

Sophistication is certainly everywhere you so desire it. San Francisco’s ballet, symphony, opera and theater rank the city’s performing arts on a level unparalleled. Dining in San Francisco is as good as it gets, with superb Chinese, Vietnamese, French and Californian inspired fare. For dessert, take a visit to Ghirardelli Square; the famous chocolatier was founded in this American city. Or, head to Citizen Cake after the opera as they are the self-proclaimed “best dessert in the world.”  

Whether nightlife or daylife is what you are seeking in your perfect travel destination, you can be sure that San Francisco has everything to offer and then some. Discover the intense history and vibrantly ecclectic reality of this Northern California metropolis by booking your airfare to San Francisco today!

Your Turn

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING BUENOS AIRES

Wilko van de Kamp

My All-time Favourite Travel Destination

My favorite destination is always the place I’m going to go visit next, no matter what that is. Because every time I go somewhere new, I find something else: my favorite restaurant, my favorite souvenir, my favorite hotel, my favorite shopping street, anything. It’s can be anything I discover next.  

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I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

The Paris Of South America

if you want to ask for one specific place, I still love Buenos Aires, Argentina. They say it’s the Paris of South America – and it really does get under your skin. By going there I found out that that’s very true, it’s a place that really does get under your skin. It’s the perfect blend of the culture, the people, the atmosphere… it’s one of those places I’ve really come to love.

Your Turn

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING TOKYO

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Finding Inspiration In Tokyo

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a public talk and share some of my photography and stories from my trip to Tokyo, Japan. All the things I do somehow seem to boil down to sharing stories at some level, and speaking is one of my all-time favourites. In preparation for the event, I enjoyed reviewing some of my photographs in Tokyo, and I discovered some images that I haven’t shown publicly before. It’s funny how sometimes it takes a while until I “discover” an image in my collection somewhere. I didn’t really see Higher than Empire State until months after my visit to New York, which quickly became one of the most popular images in my gallery.

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I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

The Largest City In The World

Tokyo just might be the largest city in the world, comprised of 23 individual wards, all with their own unique characteristics. Foreigners are easily intimidated by the sheer expanse of Japan’s capital city. The best way to explore Tokyo’s frantic bustle is to allow the subway to lead the way. A loose itinerary will draw you into true Japanese life through unexpected encounters and more intimate experiences.  

Travel to Tokyo with an open mind and willingness to get lost among the hustle and bustle of this city of extremes. When you get overwhelmed with the neon-lights, maybe you’ll find yourself again in the silence of a shrine. The expansive city and system of subways make it nearly impossible to make a wrong turn.

A Consumer Capital  

One of the most expensive cities in the world also has one of the most rampant and flamboyant consumer cultures. Tourist attractions in Tokyo consist of many shopping complexes in addition to the cultural favorites. The Ginza shopping district is a must-see, with thousands of mega-stores, boutiques and an excessive array of non-functional novelty stores. For a taste of New York in Tokyo, visit Shibuya, which is filled with higher-end shops, shrines, oversized plasma TV screens and the busiest pedestrian street crossing in the world. While you’re there, don’t miss the statue of Hachi.

A Culture of Retrospect and Reflection  

In Japan’s ocean of technology it’s easy to become desensitized by the neon lights that line the city streets. But if you venture a few minutes away from those busy streets, you’ll find that Tokyo also possesses some of the most idyllic and serene shrines and pagodas in the country. Meiji-jingu is the most impressive of Tokyo’s Shinto shrines, built with Japanese cypress and copper plates for the roof.  

Just north of the city, Bonsai Park treats visitors to the zen-like art of cultivating these meticulously placed miniature trees – dedicated to the calming of the mind.  

Another essential experience for anyone traveling to Tokyo is the view of Mount Fuji in the early hours of dawn. You don’t have to go far, as this is possible from within the city. Just ride the elevator to the top of one of the massive skyscrapers such as the Government Building in Shinjuku.  

Directly in the center of Tokyo, the Imperial Palace (Kokyo) is an inner-city sanctuary that is home to the Imperial Family. The public can visit the surrounding East Gardens and walk along the double bridge over the tranquil moats of the palace grounds, but the palace buildings and inner courtyard are closed to visitors.

Your Turn

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING CANADA

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Romancing Canada – A Brief Guide For First Time Travelers

If you’re looking for scenery, Canada is definitely a place to consider. Canada occupies most of North America and is, size-wise, the second largest country in the world. There is nothing small about Canada and, even if you don’t choose to settle here permanently, this makes this country the ideal place for broadening your horizons, and experiencing an adventure or two. The options are endless.

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I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

When To Travel To Canada?

Canada’s tourism peaks, generally speaking, from mid-June to mid-September. During these months, travel and accommodations are usually quite a bit more expensive. The rest of the year can be generally referred to as “winter”, we are in the great white north after all – but that doesn’t mean your travel options should be limited to these few warmer months. As I share in my photography book and ode to Canada “A View to Take Home“, my first exploratory trip to the great white north was in the dead of winter. I figured dealing with the country at its “worst” (many people told me winters get pretty bad) would be a good test to see if I could make it. If you can make it here in winter, you can make it anywhere.  

In deciding when to go to Canada, you have to review your reasons for going. Are you going to Canada for the less crowded winter sports (compared to Europe)? Winter might just be the perfect time for you. If you’re looking for some other outdoor activities, such as hiking, boating, or fishing – schedule your visit during spring or fall.

What To Do?  

There’s a lot to do in Canada and your list of options ranges from being a ski bunny at Whistler to looking for bears in British Columbia. You could even go on a wine tour in the Okanagan. The options are endless.

Where To Stay?

There is nothing small about Canada, and there shouldn’t be anything small about your Canadian vacation, either. Depending on your home currency, the somewhat weaker Canadian dollar might just allow you to go all out in your accommodations and splurge on the many luxury vacation rentals Canada’s different cities have to offer. If you’re looking for alternative options to stay there’s plenty to choose from too. 

Wine?!

While many people think about the larger vineyards of the Napa Valley right away, as a side effect of putting together my photography book celebrating Western Canada, I’ve also discovered some wonderful local Canadian wineries much closer to home.  

Sometimes people don’t even realize that there are wineries right around the corner from their own homes. If you live in Florida, did you know that you have 10 wineries spread out all over the state? New Yorkers looking to visit a winery can find 53 of them in the Seneca Lake area alone. There are even wineries in places such as Ohio, Colorado and Hawaii. Even the Calgary area in Alberta, Canada has a few good wineries. A quick search online for the winery closest to you is the first step in planning your perfect day trip or weekend away to a fantastic relaxing and fun winery trip!

A View To Take Home

Canada has been called one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and I would have to agree. I fell in love with the exceptional things I saw and the remarkable people who crossed my path. Spending hundreds of hours on the road collecting images for this book has changed me. Photographing the stunning beauty of this country has made me feel more inspired than ever before. I’ve had close encounters with bears, roamed mountain roads lead by a pack of wolves, and I found many other little tiny wonders of nature. My full-colour photography book A View to Take Home is a celebration of life in Canada, in all it’s forms. 

Your Turn

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING NEW ORLEANS

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Letting The Good Times Roll In New Orleans, Louisiana

A while back, I had the privilege of visiting the beautiful city of New Orleans, Louisiana. My liver is still recovering from the adventure, but “Noo Aw-lins” has a lot more to offer than cheap drinks.  

New Orleans, the largest city of Louisiana, located on a Mississippi River bend near the Gulf, the so-named Crescent City offers a mixture of American, African, Caribbean and European architecture, culture and cuisine. Despite its economic and geographical disadvantages, New Orleans is famous for being a city of entertainment and excitement, both exuberant and hedonistic.  

In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina smashed into the heavily populated city. The city was ruined, however the soul of New Orleans is something that can’t be killed.

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I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. I've visited nearly every continent on our beautiful planet - meeting many inspiring people and uncovering new cultures. Finding the next destination is simple. Getting there is as well. We often get rewarded with completely free trips. As with many things it’s about having the right kind of involvements and memberships that open doors that otherwise remain closed. I'll show you exactly how.

The French Quarter

The heart and soul of New Orleans is the French Quarter that has many shops, elegant art galleries, restaurants, bars, jazz club, so a terribly good nightlife. If you walk through Bourbon Street, the French Quarter’s liveliest and wildest thoroughfare, you’ll hear the rhythmic sounds of jazz, country western, Dixieland and sultry blues permeate the air.  

On the corner of Rue Bourbon and Rue Bienville, you’ll find the Old Absinthe House bar. The copper-topped wooden bar captivates patrons as they sip their favorite beverages while the sights and sounds of the French Quarter trickle into this comfy bar.  

Jackson Square, located on the Mississippi River, on Decatur Street, is a must-see place. It is full of street painters, musicians, jugglers, historical buildings and the Moon Walk, providing a breath-taking view of the Mississippi River.

What To Eat?  

New Orleans is also world-famous for its food. Specialties include beignets, square-shaped fried pastries that are sometimes called French doughnuts (served with coffee and chicory “au lait”), Po’boy and Italian Muffaletta sandwiches, Gulf oysters on the half-shell and other seafoods, etouffee, jambalaya, gumbo, other Creole dishes, and the Monday evening favourite of red beans and rice.

Your Turn

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Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING AIRFARE

Wilko van de Kamp

Why I Feel Like The Luckiest Guy In The Sky

After traveling over a large portion of the world well before the age of thirty the travel bug really got to me. It caught me by surprise, as traveling wasn’t something I was used to while growing up. I don’t think I crossed any borders as a child. My first international travels were probably the trips I took to France and Germany in my early twenties. That sounds pretty exotic from a North American perspective, but since I grew up in Europe those were mostly short day trips by car. After my first plane trip to one of the Spanish islands I realized how much I loved traveling. I started to do more and more of it: both personally, and later on even for work. By now, I think it’s safe to say I’ve seen some of the most beautiful places of this earth, and a lot remains to be explored on future travels. There’s always something new to see, and I’m surprised how I discover a new favorite place on every trip.

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I've used the travel hacking principles from my book to trave all over the world. One of the biggest things from my book ‘The Freedom Project‘ is the ability to get on board of aircrafts for free, or for really cheap. You can learn to do this for yourself using my book, but for those who like to get results fast - In my travel hacking course I'll show you exactly how.

Getting To Where You Want To Be

The biggest hurdle in traveling is to actually get to the destination. I’m forced to spend hours in an air-pressured cabin to get to where I want to be. For that reason alone some people choose to not travel at all, simply because they either hate or are too afraid of the experience of flying. Whoever said that it’s not about the destination but about the journey probably either likes flying a lot or has never seen the inside of an actual airplane. “The goal justifies the means”, seems more appropriate when it comes to boarding economy class airplanes.  

Personally, I don’t mind flying. It’s a great way to physically remove myself from everyday life on this planet. Seeing the world, with all its problems and worries, reduced to ant-sized creatures, puts things in a great perspective somehow. This is why I still appreciate the simple pleasure of having a cup of coffee at 30,000 feet (as well as those airlines who pride themselves in serving decent coffee). If you have a low caffeine tolerance and are planning to get some sleep on your next overnight flight, you might want to pass on the coffee as well as the alcoholic refreshments, since caffeine, alcohol and medication are typically doubled in strength thanks to the altitude and air pressure. That applies to sleeping pills, too. In my case, coffee soothes me so I’ll sleep better after a hot cup of Joe. I guess I enjoy the simple things in life, especially when those simple things are offered to me high up in the sky, in a seat I got for practically free.  

Crack The Code And Fly For Free

After spending most of my life savings in exploring this planet, and spending the rest of it on a transatlantic move to Canada, I thought I was done traveling for a while. That idea didn’t really appeal to me. There’s so much more out there to see. One of the reasons for moving to Canada was to explore North America more. Doing that from a North American base seemed like a good idea at the time. With little savings left after the move, I was determined to crack the “code” and fly for free, or at least really cheap.  

The good news is, that it’s actually possible to get on board of a plane and pay nothing or next to nothing for the ticket. It’s been just about 5 years since I last paid for an airline ticket, and in that time period I’ve been able to travel all over North America, South America and Asia. And I even managed to squeeze a trip to the homeland in there, which adds Europe to my list of continents I’ve traveled to in just the last couple of years only.  

The concept I apply to fly for free is generally referred to as “travel hacking”, but that makes it sound much more complicated than it actually is. I tried to follow the principles of travel hacking for a while, and found it took a lot of time and effort, with very limited results. Maybe I just wasn’t dedicated enough or too lazy to really make it work. Anyway, my method is simpler, easier, and best of all: it can be followed by anyone. It doesn’t cost anything to get started, and if I can do it anyone can. 

How It Works

I wrote an entire book about my travel hacking principles, but the one question I keep getting is about the magical free airfare. I’ve even seen people post quotes and images on social media stating, “If travel were free you’d never see me again”. Well, I replied, it is, and if I can do it anyone can. Most of them are still where they were when they posted their wishful status. So, I’m not going to give all the insights from my book away in this post, but I’ll uncover the tip of the iceberg in the preview video. In the video, I'll share the golden rules of travel hacking, and help you get a free roundtrip flight anywhere in North America for starters.

Business Class: Why Not? 

For example, I’ve flown from Canada all the way to South America for only $150 in taxes. When I got to the airport, the check-in lady asked me if I wanted to upgrade to Business Class, and she offered me a Business Class seat for only $135. Needless to say I took that option, so for a total of 300 dollars I flew Business Class from Canada all the way to South America. The guy sitting beside me in Business Class was ranting about the fact that he paid over $3000 for that very same seat, same level of service, same everything.  

Your Turn: Fly For Free

Learn how to get on board of airplanes with free or deeply discounted tickets, business or economy class. You choose where to go and how to fly. In the Fly For Free module of my Travel Revolution course I share step by step how I implemented the travel hacking principles from my book The Freedom Project. Using screen recordings of my own accounts, I show you exactly how I go about booking free and deeply discounted airfare. Start with a complimentary preview today - and you'll be one step closer to your next destination.


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

TRAVEL HACKING HOTELS

Wilko van de Kamp

Why I Never Stay In The Hotel Room I Booked

Ever realized that hotels make money by selling the same room at multiple price levels to different people? Read that again, and you’ll realize the travel industry has been using their profit maximization schemes against us travelers for years. And they’ll continue to do that. I don’t mind…

Need Some Help Getting Upgraded?

Staying in the cheapest hotel possible is not the experience that’s worthwhile remembering. I hardly ever stay in the room category I booked - hotels always upgrade me to something nicer. Quite often much nicer than what I paid for. Instead of shopping for the lowest price, learn how to get the best experience with many extras and benefits included, like free meals, room upgrades and other bonuses.

The Large Fine Print

Now you have that knowledge of hotels making money by selling the same room at multiple price levels to different people - it’s time to turn the tables. If you know the room is sold at varying price levels, why not get the one that’s well below average.  

AND – why not leverage elite membership levels to get UPGRADED to the best room of the house on check-in, even if you booked a “normal” room.  

I Do This All The Time

I literally do this all the time. It’s been years since I’ve stayed in the actual room I had booked. It always gets better. Usually there’s an envelope waiting for me with some complimentary meal or show tickets… and if I can do this, anyone can.  

I’m featuring the third and final module of my Travel Revolution course today, in which I share how to upgrade your travels with access to insider hotel rates and best kept secrets of the travel industry. You’ll understand how you can upgrade your experience in hotels around the world.  

HOW? Click here and let me show you. Access to the first video is complimentary. 

Why I never stay in the cheapest hotel room

Staying in the cheapest hotel possible is often not the experience that’s worthwhile remembering, but yet a lot of travel agents have issues selling the better hotel rooms and asking for a little more money. My travel agent hardly ever gets me the cheapest rate; instead they get me the best experience with many extras and benefits included, like free meals, upgrades and other bonuses. If you take those into consideration, some of my stays weren’t only free, but I actually made a profit by staying at a high-end hotel, even though my initial payment was higher than when I would have stayed in a cheaper place across the street.  

The real value of something has very little to do with the price tag that’s associated with it. Remember the last time you went shopping, and found exactly what you wanted at a price that was well below what you had imagined you would pay. We call that a “good deal”, because we think the dollar amount is less than expected. The real value has nothing to do with the dollars, but with the idea that you wanted that item to begin with. The value is in what that item means to you. It’s not about the lesser amount, it’s about the higher value you associated with it that makes you want it.

Your Turn

I did it – and so can you. The question I have for you is: Will you? And where would you go? Watch this video - and you'll be one step closer to your next destination.  


Wilko van de Kamp

About Wilko van de Kamp

Bestselling author Wilko van de Kamp wrote travel hacking book "The Freedom Project" that explains the theory behind the secrets of travel he has used to explore the world, and fly for free. This course takes the next step, and takes you step-by-step through ALL the programs and services he uses. He will literally show you how to book airfare, hotels, and much more. Click here to request an invitation and watch the complimentary preview.

QUESTIONS? WE HAVE ANSWERS!

Does this all sound too good to be true? Looking for "the catch"? Look no further - we have answers. We called this program the Travel Revolution for a reason: it'll revolutionize the way you think about travel. You could be missing out on massive opportunities to see the world in a way you never thought possible. Request an invitation to see for yourself - or read below for more details on the most common questions we got.

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IS TRAVEL HACKING LEGAL?

Travel “hacking”, to some, sounds illegal. If you were to hack a bank’s computer for example, you could find yourself behind bars for a significant portion of your time on this planet. Obviously, when you’re trying to see the world ending up behind bars is not what I’m trying to do.  

What I teach in my travel hacking course is perfectly legal – and the travel industry loves me for it. I’ve often been upgraded to business class (for free or for a very minimal fee), and I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually stayed in the room category I booked: hotels always upgrade me. Watch the preview video and see for yourself what I do.

IS THIS ABOUT CHEAP TRAVEL?

There seems to be a misconception out in the world about travel and the money we pay for it. There are permanent nomads who claim to “travel” all the time. They tend to sleep on other people’s couches, camper vans or hostels. On the other end of the spectrum is the belief that travel is expensive. A friend once told me she was saving for a trip to Germany with her son, and her savings goal was 20,000 (!) dollars to turn that dream into a reality.  

I’m not (at all) about cheap travel. I usually enjoy staying in luxury properties around the world. You don’t need a lot of money to travel well. Read that again. The key is to travel well. I’ve stayed in hostels before, and there’s no shame in that. But there is a time in life to enjoy the finer things. It’s up to you to decide when that time starts.

DO I HAVE TO WATCH TIMESHARE PRESENTATIONS?

No. Forget about timeshares. I don't own one and have met very few people who enjoy their timeshare ownership. Their sales tactics lure people in with "free" show tickets and other "perks". But in exchange you have to spend your vacation time in a high pressured sales presentation of timeshare properties. My time is precious, and I don't waste my time like that. I strongly recommend you don't do either. 

ISN'T TRAVEL HACKING JUST PRACTICAL ADVICE ON PACKING MY BAG?

Some also think that travel hacking is nothing more but to organize your bag a certain way. I’d be happy to share my packing tips with you, but that has nothing to do with real travel hacking. Travel hacking is to take advantage of certain memberships, promotions and tactics to leverage the travel industry to get what you want, in a way that is a win-win for everyone.

THIS SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE

Still looking for the "catch"? Don't believe you deserve to upgrade the level of travel you're experiencing in your life? Have a look on the other side - just request an invitation and we'll send you a note when a spot in our program opens up. 

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