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Travel Hacking?

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There are dozens of websites and books dedicated to the fine art of “travel hacking.”  A travel hacker often tries to game airline, hotel, and rental car “loyalty” programs to get free trips.


I travel a lot.  I think travel hacking is a waste of time.  I don’t even belong to any airline frequent flyer benefit programs.  For me, the money I save wouldn’t be worth the hassle involved in the process.  I like my freedom and don’t want to be tied down to a single airline or hotel chain.


My opinion is the minority in the travel world.  I’m glad someone else recognizes that travel hacking isn’t always the best way to do business.


“Let me tell you what you do – this is the new travel hacking I’ve adopted as someone living the Nomad Capitalist lifestyle: when you go to book a ticket or hotel, you take out your wallet, look at your credit card number, and then you simply pay the full price. 

That’s my new way of travel hacking.”


Read the article below for more details.


The New Travel Hacking For Nomad Capitalists


You may not agree with my opinion.  That’s OK.  If you are going to “travel hack” your way to cheaper vacations, do it right.  Join the Facebook groups described in this article.


Nomad Capitalist Citizenship by Descent Series

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The Nomad Capitalist has a great six-part series on how to obtain citizenship by descent in different countries.  If I had relatives that made me eligible for this process, I would most certainly go through it.  Alas, I do not.


How to Obtain Greek Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain Croatian Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain German Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain Ukrainian Citizenship By Descent


How to Obtain Spanish Citizenship By Descent




On the same topic, Travel and Leisure has a summary article detailing the process for a few more countries.  Check out:

You Can Get a Second Passport If You Have a Grandparent From One of These Countries (Video)




Can You Find a Country That is Both Cheap and Safe?

Can You Find a Country That is Both Cheap and Safe? 1172 375 Greg Ellifritz

The Nomad Capitalist attempted to address this issue in an article and video.


The Cheapest and Safest Countries to Live In


A lot of their suggestions are in Eastern Europe.  I have zero experience in that area (hopefully rectified soon), so I can’t weigh in there.

With regards to places I’ve visited, I think I could live safely for less than $2000 a month in the following countries:










I’d also consider Costa Rica, Chile, Singapore, and Belize as safe locations, but they may require a little more money to live a lifestyle similar to what you may be used to.

Check out the article for another take on the issue.