Giveaway & Review: Travel Hacking For Canadians

Travel Hacking For CanadiansI've been travel hacking and churning credit cards for big rewards myself since about 2006. As a result, I've taken several very nice trips paid for primarily with miles and points including Paris, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Chicago, Los Angeles, the Philippines, Vancouver multiple times, and more.

In 2012, Steve Zussino, the founder of Grocery Alerts approached me about a joint venture related to travel hacking specifically for Canadians. I was intrigued by the idea and initially accepted, but it was soon apparent that I didn't have the necessary time to devote to the project so he had to continue the endeavour alone.

Now, 2 years later, Steve has successfully launched the website Canadian Travel Hacking and his new book Travel Hacking For Canadians has just been published.

5 Copies To Give Away

Just before the book was set to launch, Steve contacted me about doing a review and I readily agreed with the simple condition that he provide me with some free copies to give away to my readers. At the time, I thought he was publishing an eBook and it wouldn't cost him much to give away a few copies. However, when my own copy arrived in the mail shortly thereafter, I discovered that it is a beautiful 200 page soft cover book - thanks for being so generous to my readers Steve!

How To Win Your Copy

For a chance to win one of the five copies, all you have to do is leave a comment below sharing with Steve and I what your dream vacation is that you haven't yet been able to realize or afford. I guarantee you can use the information found in this book to help make it happen for a lot less money than you thought.

When you leave your comment, be sure to use your primary email address, because that is how I will be contacting the winners. I will randomly select 3 winners from the list of comments using and 2 additional winners that I think shared a really compelling dream vacation or travel story.

The giveaway will close in one week on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 and I will contact the winners shortly thereafter.

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My Review Of The Book

It took a little while, but I read every part of the book word by word. As I was reading it, it was like going through a mental checklist of all the ways to save money on travel that I've been meaning to write about myself on I'm pretty experienced in this subject, so I can tell you with confidence that he didn't leave much good information out. I even learned of a few things while reading it that I wasn't previously aware of, which I'm sure will come in handy on my future travels.

Is It Worth Buying?

If you were previously unaware of travel hacking, you read this book from cover to cover, and then put the strategies into practice for the next 10 years even traveling only once or twice a year, then you will save thousands of dollars. Realistically, you could save that much after taking only a few trips but it really depends on how you travel and the type of trips you want to take. Over 10 years, it could easily be tens of thousands of dollars that you actually save.

In short, at $19.99 for both the soft cover book and the PDF version plus free shipping and handling, this book will pay for itself after the first few pages. It is 100% worth buying as you won't find all this information so conveniently packaged anywhere else!

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Things You Will Learn

Only A Little Room For Improvement

While I can't say enough good things about this book, there is always room for improvement. One thing in particular I found was that he didn't call enough attention to the best way to do something. He tended to present all the information and leave it more to the reader to decide the best course of action.

That's a fine approach and he did mention certain stand-out deals from time to time throughout the book, but I think he could have called more attention to which "travel hacks" save the most money practically speaking so that people know best where to put their focus.

I'm sure he will continue to update the book over the years as travel hacking continually shifts and evolves and he will find ways to up the quality even further which is something to look forward to.

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Leave a comment with your dream vacation or travel plans below.

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Mike's picture
I've always wanted to do more traveling, at least once per year, but after the cost of the plane ticket and hotel, we're left not feeling like we can truly enjoy ourselves because we're so hesitant to spend more money once we are actually on our vacation. This unfortunately makes the vacation very stressful, when it's supposed to be a relaxing time. It would be amazing to know some tips to have a great, relaxing, fun vacation without having to constantly stress out over the amount of $ we're spending!
August 19, 2014 @ 11:49 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I agree Mike, one of the most expensive parts of vacationing is getting to your destination and then once you are there the accommodation costs can be just as high if you aren't doing something unconventional like couch surfing, backpacking, or camping. When I used to go on vacation before I started travel hacking I would always keep a detailed tally of every expense incurred while on vacation. Not only did that detract from the enjoyment of the vacation, but it made sure I was constantly thinking about money. Now I do all of my penny pinching before we leave the ground so when we're there we can spend freely knowing we've already saved a bundle on the airfare and hotel costs. It makes for a much more enjoyable trip, that's for sure!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:09 pm
Vicki H
Vicki H's picture
Want to use my miles to go to Hawaii
August 19, 2014 @ 11:53 am
Susan's picture
Would live to travel to Egypt
August 19, 2014 @ 11:56 am
Tina's picture
My husband's family lives in Austalia. It has been ten years since he has moved here. We can never seem to put together the funds to go on vacation to see them. It would be amazing for us to find a way to make the trip happen.
August 19, 2014 @ 12:33 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Australia is certainly a long and expensive journey from here. Travel hacking can help!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:10 pm
Nicole's picture
I would love to take my whole family on a vacation..... Even to the carribean. I thought it would be impossible to find a deal with 3 kids.... I hope you prove me wrong :) We have never taken a family trip further than NH, because we can drive there.
August 19, 2014 @ 1:02 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Taking a big family is problematic even with travel hacking. You do have a chance at reducing the costs but you have to be VERY flexible to make it work. Getting 5 people on the same plane when most reward seats are capacity controlled on any one given plane is very difficult. Not impossible, but difficult. You will have to book almost a year in advance and be flexible on dates for sure.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:11 pm
Jose's picture
Brazil! - I can't wait to visit the amazing beaches of Rio, the faded grandeur of Salvador, and the modern architecture of Brasilia - the city and its man made lake is said to look like a bird from the air!
August 19, 2014 @ 4:56 pm
Wes's picture
I would love to tour Europe! Got some friends there, and I miss them a lot! Does it cover family vacation or just solo ? I have 2 young kids, it would be intresting to see how to fly and travel on a budget with kids.
August 19, 2014 @ 5:06 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Reducing costs via travel hacking can apply to individuals, couples, and families. Like everything with travel, the more people involved the more complicated it can become ... but you will still save money for sure!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:13 pm
Brent's picture
2015 is a special year for me and I would like to celebrate by traveling to my dream destination of New Zealand.
August 19, 2014 @ 6:19 pm
Mel's picture
You can make lots of money but you cannot make memories unless you take a vacation. That's a quote I read somewhere and can relate to it. I have been lucky to see 36 countries and numerous cities in the last 10 years. My dream vacation would be Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Have yet to step into the S.American continent
August 19, 2014 @ 11:05 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
We've made lots of memories while traveling and they do last a lifetime! It's great to experience the world. Even with travel hacking, it is still somewhat expensive ... but worth it!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:14 pm
peter's picture
My son is attending university in Australia. I would love to visit him there. Thanks so much.
August 20, 2014 @ 5:09 am
Razia's picture
I would love to visit my family in India every 2 years without feeling the pinch.
August 20, 2014 @ 6:48 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Being an immigrant with family back home is definitely tough. I've never experienced it and don't want to for sure. Good luck!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:15 pm
JOSEPH's picture
I would love to eat and site see my way thru the far east coastal countries, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore, Vietnam,Thailand, Cambodia. It would be a lifetime thrill to visit any of the above. I am 60 yrs old, not much healthy time left to touch this planet.
August 20, 2014 @ 7:26 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Enjoying the different food while traveling is definitely a highlight of any trip.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:15 pm
jLO's picture
I dream of the lad down under - Australia!
August 20, 2014 @ 7:44 am
Christine Warwick
Christine Warwick 's picture
My husband and I are full-time working parents living in an old red brick farmhouse and surviving paycheck to paycheck (like the majority of middle-class families, I assume). We are just about the cheapest people I know, always looking for ways to save and make a little extra money. I commute on bus more than 3.5 hours per day to save the more than 300$ per month it was costing to drive in. I price-match and use loyalty programs and hubby does odd jobs, metal recycling and has recently undertaken the job of replacing our roof himself (which he is doing an amazing job of). My family lives 7 hours away and we manage to visit approx. 4x per year. Hubby and I have been to Costa Rica (before baby #2) and were married in Antigua 4 years ago. We're craving another getaway!!! At this point in our lives, we'd just like to go someplace sunny and relaxing for 10 days or so.
August 20, 2014 @ 7:59 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Good work doing what it takes to make ends meet. I hope you've managed to squirrel some of your money away so you will have a little for your later years. Good luck realizing your dream vacation to a sunny destination. I love beach vacations although I haven't done that many so far.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:17 pm
Frank's picture
New Zealand is on my bucket list as a place to visit to experience its culture and natural beauty!
August 20, 2014 @ 8:13 am
DGM's picture
I have been married 22 years and could never afford a vacation get away with my wife. She has always wanted to see Paris.
August 20, 2014 @ 8:17 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Paris is amazing! One of our most memorable trips for sure. Learn everything you can about cheap travel and you'll be well on your way to that once in a lifetime vacation. Start with this book!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:18 pm
Adam's picture
Germany! My wife moved here from Germany for me and as our family has grown so has the cost to visit Oma and Opa. We have used Aeroplan but I want to kick it up and find more ways to save...
August 20, 2014 @ 8:17 am
Reine's picture
My husband and I have now retired and want to travel Canada among other places such as Hawaii,USA, Asia,India, Paris,Belgium etc. but on a pension it's hard to make it to all of those places. We know it's a dream but I have faith that most dreams come true. I have Air Miles since 1995, and Aeroplan miles since 2007 but they don't accumulate fast but as I said I am still hopeful. August 20,2014@ 7:35 am
August 20, 2014 @ 8:34 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Then you need to figure out how to make them accumulate fast. It IS possible. Have you read my Air Miles guide and my Aeroplan guide? Those are good places to start!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:19 pm
Ann's picture
I have been retired for several years, living on a fixed income. For several of these past years I gave been primary caregiver to a parent. I would live to go to Ireland to do some more geology research and see that lovely country. It has always been a dream of mine and now have the time., and health for such a trip.
August 20, 2014 @ 9:12 am
Lorraine's picture
I would love to do an african safari.
August 20, 2014 @ 9:23 am
Tricia Cooper
Tricia Cooper's picture
I would love to travel across Canada!
August 20, 2014 @ 9:30 am
Leigh's picture
A trip to Jamaica would be nice.
August 20, 2014 @ 9:43 am
Julia's picture
I would love to take my husband to somewhere warm with white sandy beaches and blue crystal clear water. I am thinking it would be nice to visit Cuba, Aruba, Maldives or a small secluded Caribbean island. He works away for long periods of time, and it would be wonderful to spend time together in a beautiful place.
August 20, 2014 @ 10:28 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Sounds romantic. The Maldives sound nice, wish I had been there myself!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:20 pm
Patricia's picture
Since I was a kid, I've always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand. When my grandparents' generation left England about 100 years ago, one came to Canada and the rest went to Australia. From time-to-time an Australian relative comes over for a year or so but I've never made it there! I want to take my whole family over in the next two years and need to find a way to make that possible. Would love to learn more about travel hacking!
August 20, 2014 @ 10:36 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
If you don't win, you should buy the book. Flying to Australia without using points is a scary thought! SO expensive!!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:21 pm
steve 's picture
My wife and I would like to do a cruise of the Panama canal
August 20, 2014 @ 10:48 am
Janet's picture
It has always been a dream of mine to do a cruise of the Greek islands followed by a land tour of Greece. My husband and I are getting older- both in our 60's with some health issues- and would love to be able to travel before it become physically impossible. Would love to learn how travel hacking can make it possible!
August 20, 2014 @ 10:51 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I'm trying to do some travelling while I'm still young and able to enjoy it. I have Type 1 diabetes (very different than Type 2, which most people have) so I know what it is like to have your health fail ever since I was 24.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:22 pm
Mel's picture
OMG we have something in common Steve. I'm living with type 1 diabetes since I was 6 years old. It's been 33 years now but it does not stop my thirst for travel.
August 28, 2014 @ 10:54 pm
Cheryl's picture
Like most seniors we dreamed of travelling once we retired. The possibilities are endless but the finances are not. One reflects on camping again because it is not expensive but the body doesn't take well to sleeping on the cold and lumpy ground, not to mention rain in your tent and the bugs! Our dream vacation would be to travel to Hong Kong again to visit an adopted son and his family then tour China. There are not many healthy years left to squeeze in the travel and to squeeze more $$ out of the pocketbook to do so.
August 20, 2014 @ 11:14 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I want to see Hong Kong as well sometime and maybe visit my good friend who lives in China now as well. This book will help make the financials a lot less of a problem with some patience and perseverance. Where there's a will there's a way!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:25 pm
Jerri's picture
I want to travel Canada. We have so much beautiful natural wilderness that I want to explore. I want to go to Churchhill, Nunavit, and the East Coast for starters. Train and car would probably be my two choices for transportation. I'm not sure how much of this book would apply to these travel dreams, but I would love to take a look and see if it would help!!!!!
August 20, 2014 @ 11:28 am
Angie's picture
I would love to take my children to Australia and the South Pacific. It's always been a dream of mine, and Australia is similar enough to Canada yet has enough geographical and cultural differences that my young children will learn and experience a lot without too much of an uncomfortable culture shock that young kids sometime experience when travelling far abroad. The South Pacific - well that's just one of the most beautiful and intriguing places to me, and not often spoken about as a destination place among my fellow Canadians. Given how far it is, we can only really afford to do it on points. Fingers crossed that someday we'll realize that dream!
August 20, 2014 @ 11:41 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Interesting idea trying to acclimate your kids to foreign cultures in that way. I'm sure that experience would serve them well in their later years.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:26 pm
Miriam Kearney
Miriam Kearney's picture
When my daughter turned 40 our family got together and went on a Bahamian cruise. It was lots of fun and we finished our trip at Cape Canaveral on her birthday with a (failed) rocket launch! (at least we were there, the rocket had malfunctions). My twin sons will turn 40 next year; they haven't said yet what they want to do BUT in 4 years I turn 70 and would love to take a cruise I saw that goes from London to Amsterdam, Helsinki and more finishing in St. Peterburg, Russia. You get to go on a canal excursion and after dinner to the Russian Ballet! Couldn't think of a better way to celebrate my 70th. But expensive! Any way to save money would be appreciated.
August 20, 2014 @ 11:52 am
Ashvins's picture

We would love to go to India every year to visit family..!.

August 20, 2014 @ 12:26 pm
Brian's picture
Thanks for the giveaway! My dream vacation is to travel to spend a year in Europe and soak in the culture and history.
August 20, 2014 @ 1:23 pm
Jane's picture
As a single Mom with a 9 year old son - it is my dream to take him to Europe - we have family there and would love for him to meet them while also educating him on the vast history of the area. Unfortunately the cost of air and hotels makes it a very hard trip for us to take. Thank-you
August 20, 2014 @ 1:45 pm
Suzanne's picture
My ideal vacation would be a trip to all 3 coasts of Canada.
August 20, 2014 @ 1:49 pm
Leslie's picture
We are a frugal retired couple , which is why we are subscibed to your site. We would love to be able to afford to travel more. We would really like to take our adult children and as a family travel north to see the Northern Lights. I have gone online to check out where it is best to go and have seen pictures of the Northern Lights but know the real thing will be spectacular. I have heard it is beyond words. I have just started learning about travel hacking and have signed up for the American Express Aeroplan Credit Card and recieved 30,000 aeroplan points which is a start to our travels. I am excited to learn more and am willing to spend the needed time to read up and follow up on travel hacking suggestions. I have seen sites for Americans so it will be great to have another site besides yours for Canadians. I will sign up for his website so thanks for that referral.
August 20, 2014 @ 1:54 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Glad you're enjoying the site. Sorry there hasn't been more info on travel to date. I'm going to try and change that this year and moving into 2015. Sounds like a good start with the 30,000 from Amex. That's one ticket anywhere in North America with Aeroplan anyway. The northern lights sound beautiful and you'll get good value for your miles flying up north in Canada because it can be very expensive to fly there. Still only 25,000 miles though :)
August 22, 2014 @ 9:29 pm
SHERRI's picture
We found a great way to travel & to learn more about our world. It's unique AND frugal and develops meaningful relationships! We host visitors forom all over the world in our suburban home while they are here to go to work or school in Canada. We learn more about their worlds and have visited them in return for our vacations. We get to VISIT a country instead of just being a tourist when we get there, and has also made us deeply appreciate just how great our own country is when seen through the eyes of those who are from 'away'. The friendships are precious! the travel is bonus!
August 20, 2014 @ 2:14 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Yes, that's a fantastic idea for those that are comfortable with that sort of thing. There are so many venues online now that support this kind of activity, the possibilities are nearly endless.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:30 pm
Andrew Wade's picture
For me, travelling is all about the different kinds of people you get to meet, so I would love a chance to go explore Iceland, to see their unique manner of looking at the world. It IS a land where most people believe in elves, after all.
August 20, 2014 @ 2:24 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I'd like to take a swim in the hot springs they are famous for!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:31 pm
Arlene's picture
My great-grandparents immigrated to Canada in the late 1800's from Iceland. Last year a group of dozens of Icelandic relatives came to Canada to meet their Canadian cousins,and unfortunately I was not able to be there. I would love to travel to Iceland to meet my cousins and see the most spectacular scenery in the world. This trip is definitely at the top of my bucket list.
August 20, 2014 @ 2:32 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
You and Andrew from the comment above yours should hook up and take a trip to Iceland together :D
August 22, 2014 @ 9:31 pm
su 's picture
looking to take my daughter travelling to europe-
August 20, 2014 @ 2:55 pm
vignesh's picture
wants to go to loswages or cruise
August 20, 2014 @ 3:15 pm
Erick's picture
I'd love to visit my Dad's birth country: Norway
August 20, 2014 @ 3:19 pm
Aldora's picture
We would love to take our family to Hawaii, and would love to learn some smart money strategies to get there. Thanks!
August 20, 2014 @ 3:34 pm
John's picture
As I've hardly had the chance to travel at all, a vacation anywhere would be nice :)
August 20, 2014 @ 3:37 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
A lot of people are like you and just have no desire to travel or think affording a good vacation is just out of reach. With the tips and tricks found in this book and on our websites, you'll soon realize that most people can afford at least one good trip if they really try.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:33 pm
Erin D
Erin D's picture
Saint Augustine is quoted "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page." I have been to all the continents except Africa and Antarctica and really have no desire to go where it is cold so Africa it is. I have MS and Africa may not be accessible enough for me but I can still dream :)
August 20, 2014 @ 4:12 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Good for your managing to see so much of the world even with a debilitating disease such as MS. I knew a girl in my teenage years that didn't make it out of her teenage years because of MS. So sad.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:34 pm
Bonnie's picture
I would love to take an around the world trip with my husband when we retire in 4 years. I am madly saving points to be able to achieve my goal.
August 20, 2014 @ 4:17 pm
Ray Desloges
Ray Desloges 's picture
My wife and I have travelled quite extensively across North America and Europe and have briefly visited some countries in the Far East. Our next dream trip would combine Nepal , Tibet, Bhutan and India. We were originally planning on doing this through an excursion company, primarily because of language issues at destinations, but that is a very, very pricey approach. A more economical approach would be welcomed
August 20, 2014 @ 5:17 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Those are some of the most unique destinations mentioned so far. Good luck!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:35 pm
John's picture
Mediterranean cruise! Can't think of a better way to explore different countries than taking a cruise and unpacking once!
August 20, 2014 @ 6:40 pm
Dianne Arsenault
Dianne Arsenault's picture
August 20, 2014 @ 7:30 pm
Be'en's picture
I love Roman History and would love to visit Rome and other Roman archaeological sights!
August 20, 2014 @ 8:36 pm
Anne's picture
I would love to go to Australia!
August 20, 2014 @ 9:09 pm
Cindy's picture
Bali, Bali, Bali. Did I mention that I would love to travel to Bali? It would be the vacation of my dreams. The weather, the beaches, the culture, the people, the food. Oh how I dream of Bali.
August 20, 2014 @ 9:56 pm
Michael 's picture
I would love to celebrate our milestone wedding anniversary in Hawaii where we spent our honeymoon almost 10 years ago! Hawaii is so expensive!
August 20, 2014 @ 11:55 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
We may end up trying to take a trip there around our 10 year anniversary. Although our honeymoon was in St. Lucia, so it would be a new destination for us.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:35 pm
Dale's picture
I love to take family vacations and with my husband been retired it can take a long time to save up. When we take a family vacation I like to involve my son and his wife and my two grandchildren and my other son and friend. The air fare is always so expensive so I do try to save airmiles and aeroplane points but the timing of flights are always so long. My son is a teacher so we can only take family vacation during prime time so any help I can get on traveling cheaper will help.
August 21, 2014 @ 11:43 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
If you're going to use points to travel with a lot of people during prime times you need to book 355 days in advance and you still might have trouble!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:36 pm
Elaine H
Elaine H's picture
Would love to go to Hawaii for a family vacation, but it's expensive for a family of 4!
August 21, 2014 @ 12:46 pm
Nicole's picture
I would love to travel to New Zealand.
August 21, 2014 @ 1:45 pm
Irene's picture
I live in Northern Alberta and while there is a regional airport here, I must drive 5.5 hours to get to the nearest International Airport (Edmonton) and certainly the travel deal from Edmonton, as opposed to Calgary (7.5 hour drive) with the best travel deals. I like to escape the cold in every winter, but the roads can be brutal, so I always have to pay more to leave from the local airport and the connections are not always great and often result in an overnight stay in a larger centre. I'd like the book just to help me get out of town to a warm and sunny locale for at least 2 weeks each and every winter cheaply. Dream: Tahiti or Fiji, not likely ever going to happen.
August 21, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
That's one great thing about traveling with points. Small airports don't cost any more (in points) than larger airports do. People like us who live in smaller cities get the most value out of our miles.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:38 pm
AndrewL's picture
Dream vacation ?! To have a year or at least 6 month of free time ( and money) to travel through Europe. Travel in a fashion when you stop at the city/town/village for a week, or month, and explore it and surrounding area thoroughly, not just visiting popular tourist's attractions, speeding through it with couple photos left for the FB, but also finding less known/popular places, getting to know local life, finding your popular cafes, parks, walking trails, etc. . Going to concerts, festivals, happenings. Enjoying every day of your stay without stress of hustling. Then- move to the next place and repeat it again.
August 21, 2014 @ 4:47 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Sounds fabulous ... where do I sign up?!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:38 pm
WACM's picture
Well... if this is a "dream vacation" then it is going to have to be a long one! If there are endless funds, then a year to explore Europe would be my first choice. I have done very little travelling as I never thought traveling was worth the major expenses that accompany it until just a couple years ago. Now I definitely see the value in learning about other cultures by actually placing yourself in the country itself. Although, I'd love to see all of Europe, Italy would have to be a major stop of this trip. I was born in Canada; however, my mother is from Italy, so to experience the Italian culture in all parts of Italy would be amazing. Nonno and Nonna would be coming too, of course! :) On a side note, keep the articles and tips coming! I love your philosophy of finances. It is nice to get advice on this topic from someone local for once.
August 21, 2014 @ 7:36 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Thanks for the vote of confidence. I can't give you time you need (1 year) but this book will help with the means of getting there and staying there for an extended period.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:41 pm
Elizabeth R.
Elizabeth R.'s picture
For sure Hawaii is on my list, but pricey, would love travel saving tips for there.
August 21, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Sharon B
Sharon B's picture
I am 52 years old and went for the first time to Europe on a two week trip through Italy and Greece. This was the first time I had left North America about time eh! LOL. Anyway I caught the travel bug but cost is a factor traveling to Europe is expensive if you are not the backpacking type. I was thinking about the fact there is probably a much cheaper way to travel and someone out there should write that book. I was thinking about Tim Ferris who touched on cheap travel when he wrote 4 hour work week. So maybe I should email Tim and put the bug in his ear about his potential new book? Then, I stumbled upon this website and it's Canadian! YES! So yes, I want the book. Please choose me randomly!! I promise I will make good use of it and maybe write about it too, somewhere, when I start that blog some day.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:01 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Stephen and Steve have got you covered! Thanks for the back story. Can't wait to go to Italy myself.
August 22, 2014 @ 9:43 pm
TJR's picture
Inner China, where they grow the tea plants in the wiyu green spire mountains.
August 22, 2014 @ 2:19 pm
Simon's picture
I want to fly into Las Vegas, see the Grand Canyon, then slowly tour up the pacific coast of California, Oregon and Washington until Seattle. I sure haven't been able to afford it yet!
August 22, 2014 @ 2:55 pm
Lydia's picture
I am really torn between so many places - South Africa, India and Hungary being the top of my list right now. I am always up for an adventure! This book sounds like a great fit for us as Canadians who loooove to travel! Thanks for your review and recommending it - we will have to check it out.
August 22, 2014 @ 5:08 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Well you definitely go for the conventional vacation hot spots. I'm sure you will make it to all of those destinations. Enjoy it when you do!
August 22, 2014 @ 9:44 pm
Jeffery's picture
I've wanted to travel to Europe and go through each part of it to experience the different cultures there
August 23, 2014 @ 11:35 am
Sandra Baines
Sandra Baines's picture
I would love to tour parts of Europe. On my to do list is France, Prague, Spain and Amsterdam, Belgium.
August 23, 2014 @ 1:25 pm
Jennifer L.
Jennifer L.'s picture
I'd love to visit Alaska some day.
August 23, 2014 @ 4:25 pm
KAE MERN TAN's picture
I came to Canada for university as a 19 year old. My dream/goal would be to travel and see all of Canada before I even set foot in the United States. Being a student and an immigrant at the same time means working with a a small budget when travelling. I've already travelled throughout East Canada on a road trip and recently made a trip to Banff. I know the content of this book can help me achieve this goal.
August 23, 2014 @ 6:21 pm
Erin C
Erin C's picture
My dream trip would be a cruise or tour to the Eastern Mediterranean to see places like Istanbul (#1 on my list!), Ephesus, Petra in Jordan, Alexandria/Cairo for the pyramids. Hopefully this will be a safe and stable place to travel!!
August 23, 2014 @ 11:38 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
I don't know how safe and stable that region is. I've heard some negative things about Egypt but it would be an interesting place to visit for sure.
August 25, 2014 @ 11:04 am
Karen E Hill
Karen E Hill's picture
My travel bucket list includes Tuscany and Italy. I love the culture, history and lifestyle. I would love to see the countryside, visit a winery, sample the cuisine and meet the natives. The flowers are the piece de resistance. The architecture of the old churches and piazza's are something to behold and I could die a happy person knowing I had fulfilled my wish.
August 24, 2014 @ 10:10 pm
Annie D.
Annie D.'s picture
Hello- Thanks for doing the giveaway, and thank you for giving me the reason to write out my dream vacation. The process of writing makes it feel less like a dream and more like an ideal plan! I'd like to fly to Europe, rent a car, and drive along the majority of the Mediterranean coastline. Starting in Marseille, I'd drive up the French Riviera, through Monaco and into Italy. I would drive all along Italy's western coastline, down through the Amalfi coast, and then head east and north. My dream road trip would continue through Venice, Trieste, and then Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and finally Greece. Hopefully this book will teach me how to avoid the hefty drop off fee I would surely incur for a one-way rental from Marseille to Athens!
August 25, 2014 @ 4:13 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
One way car rentals are extremely expensive and I don't think the book covers that specifically and I'm not sure it is really avoidable. You will definitely get some tips on how to compare car rental prices but I can't think of a way to reduce that fee off the top of my head other than planning a more circular trip. If you come up with something, let me know!
August 25, 2014 @ 11:06 am
Dian Anderson
Dian Anderson's picture
Love to travel and my wish list is Antarctica. I find it hard to churn cards in Canada and I'm totally envious of US citizens who are able to. All the travel tips I can find are always helpful and your never to old to learn. Thanks for the giveaway
August 25, 2014 @ 5:39 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Are there even any major airlines that fly to Antarctica?! I think you're among the few people who actually want to go there for a vacation :) Churning credit cards is definitely harder in Canada, but there are SOME options just not a LOT and the offers aren't as good as in the USA.
August 25, 2014 @ 8:09 pm
Carol M
Carol M's picture
My dream trip is to Africa, but I've already done it LOL. One whole month all by myself. It was truly one of the few times that expectation met reality. Now I can't say it was exactly on a budget, but for me it was the best $ I ever spent. Memories for a lifetime. It's too bad that I couldn't collect airmiles on all the flights I took, 22 in all. Not sure when I want to head next, but quite possily Australia and New Zealand. Thanks for the giveaway!
August 25, 2014 @ 7:45 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Why couldn't you collect air miles? If you have an account with an airline in all the major airline alliances then you can collect miles on almost any carrier. A lot of carriers let you reclaim miles from past trips too but it's usually within 6 months or a year. Steve covers that in the book.
August 25, 2014 @ 8:11 pm
Sustainable PF's picture
SM definitely knows his travel hacking stuff. He helped me out with some travel booking tips in 2012. I can't remember them all but perhaps this book will lend a hand if I win one! Compete for this contest folks - should be a great read.
August 25, 2014 @ 11:18 pm
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
Wish I actually was the one to write it, but Steve Zussino knows his stuff just as well as I do. Probably why we share the same first name! Glad to see you back around and commenting again Simon. Are you going to be taking another serious go at blogging? I noticed you slowed down there for the last year or two, probably because of your growing family. Hope to hear more from you soon!
August 26, 2014 @ 1:04 am
RonP's picture
Italy and southern France are where I want to go.
August 26, 2014 @ 1:25 am
Debbie Cheeseman
Debbie Cheeseman's picture
My husband and I are avid motorcyclists. We want to do the self-directed Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland.
August 26, 2014 @ 2:01 pm
catherine's picture
Good luck with the book launch! Right now I'd say I want to go back to Europe the most...not exactly sure where but I'm thinking Austria and Switzerland :)
August 26, 2014 @ 10:49 pm
Tamara's picture
Firstly, thank you for all the information on the Air Miles and other reward programs, its a lot to understand when you are new to travelling. We recently took are first two week vacation driving out to Halifax to see our daughter. While a stunning beautiful drive, I was surprise how much I under estimated the cost of travelling. Gas, hotels, food, parking, incidentals and entrance fees. We did a combination of camping, staying with my daughter in her 1 bedroom apt (all 6 of us) and a few hotels and motels. One even Captain Obvious would be concerned about! If it wasn't for the generous hospitality of the folks in Halifax and my daughters volunteer efforts that got us into the NS Gallery and Discovery Center for free and finding out you can get into the Maritime Museum after 5 for free and the Citadel last half hour for free, we would have been broke shortly after arriving. We managed to camp at a Kedji National Park, swim in the Ocean, stay at a motel right on the Bay of Fundy, stay in a hotel and view the Grand Falls, tour Quebec City and make it 3 hours from home before the VISA said bust! We would like to travel to the Badlands of Alberta next year, but we have a lot of learning to do about traveling and saving on travel before this is possible. We have only ever camped locally because we thought we could never afford to travel with a family as it is too expensive. I saved all my receipts to see where we spent and saved. I look forward to learning more about how to save on travel. I keep sharing this with all my friends and neighbours. Thanks for all the great information.
September 03, 2014 @ 12:41 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture
You're quite welcome Tamara. Travel is definitely an expensive luxury no matter how you look at it but there are ways to make it less painful. I'd definitely suggest buying this book and keeping tuned to my site for travel related posts so you can learn to spend a lot less.
September 03, 2014 @ 12:11 pm
Jon's picture
Europe! Scotland and England, though I'd love to backpack around..
October 30, 2014 @ 11:48 am
allen cunningham
allen cunningham's picture

we have always dreamed of going to Australia and New Zealand and feel we would have to stay there about a month each with a stop on the way back in Fiji because we are kind of there any way but the hotel costs $8000 and the rental cars $2500 , cost is daunting not including the air fare of $4700 , I have contemplated buying a car there and trying to sell it when we are done but that is a poor bet and the hotels or bed and breakfast houses are a choice , we have a timeshare that would be good for about 2 weeks with 7 weeks to go on the trip , expecting $20,000 , what can you suggest

December 01, 2014 @ 3:55 pm
Christine's picture

My dream vacation is to go to South Korea. A few years ago I found Korean dramas and got addicted to watching them, then listening to kpop music and then learning more about the culture and history. What really draws me in is the history of the country now though. South Korea, or Korea in general has such a vibrant history and culture that I have been wanting to go there for a long time now. I eventually fell in love with the country so much that I started to teach myself the language and I now have friends who live there. Between paying off school debt and home problems I have not yet been able to realize my dream of going there. I think this book would help me immensely in teaching me how to keep costs down so I can afford to go sooner. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and I will keep my fingers crossed!

August 21, 2015 @ 10:39 am
Stephen Weyman
Stephen Weyman's picture

The giveaway is long over, but maybe you can purchase the book and use the techniques to get you to Korea. My wife got in to Korean dramas for a while too and wanted to visit there but we haven't gone yet. I'm not sure if she still wants to go anymore though. 

August 22, 2015 @ 1:14 am

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