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30 minutes, 60 hacks
me
me: travel junkie, need monthly fix,
too old to bum, 5* luxe at 3* prices
what stops you

me
01

what stops you: don’t have leave?
yes, you do. ask for time, not cash
02

don’t have money?
you don’t need much. read on.
03

you’ll take a package tour?
oh heaven, please don’t.
visas etc

what stops you

me
04

visas: go without prior visas to
59 countries.
oh.pn/visa
05

have a valid US, UK, Schengen visa
and add another 50 countries
who to go with

visas etc

what stops you

me
06

who to go with:
don’t go with the obvious
07

best test for love and a relationship.
strangers in strange lands.
08

kids? till the age of 7, please don’t
bother. leave them behind.
09

if you do take kids, buy diapers &
milk locally. don’t kill your luggage
when to go

who to go with

visas etc

what stops you

me
10

when to go: any time really. there is
no good or bad season.
11

don’t wait for once a year.
try micro-holidays. 3 days is fine.
12

off-season is often the best season.
goa rains. scandinavian lights. fares.
13

indian holidays a great place to start
Jan 26, aug 15, oct 2, nov week
14

don’t be scared of the cold or heat.
experience it, live it.
15

joobili etc will tell you what’s up.
edm festival? thai lights? sakura?
16

don’t do unconnected countries.
you always will come back.
when to go

who to go with

visas etc
air travel

what stops you

me
17

air travel: theory says tue is best time
to buy. disregard this.
18

subscribe to all email, get on every
useless frequent flyer program.
19

jump on to every air sale.
now announced on twitter & fb.
20

air asia: the ecstacy & the agony:
7 kg baggage, charge for everything
21

see ixigo & akbar in india.
skyscanner & kayak for outside.
22

many lcc’s are not on ota’s. check
wikitravel for all airlines to a city.
23

take the less popular airline. 3 seats
in economy beat 1 in business.
24

bom-nyc return for 27k, bom-male
for 12k, bom-gau for 8k, ibz-lon 3k
25

be on it, sink into it. get into
the zen of airfare deal hunting.
when to go

who to go with

visas etc
air travel
surface travel
what stops you

me
26

surface travel: so much better, to
actually see the place
27

rent a car with a gps. completely
worth the little cost. Or buy one.
28

international license not needed. our
license works most everywhere
29

europe by eurail is more fun. buy
thomas cook guide. sleep free.
30

usa by amtrak is hugely underrated.
first class flights at ground level.
stay
when to go

who to go with

visas etc
air travel
surface travel
what stops you

me
31

stay: all hotel rooms look the same
when you’re asleep.
32

on tripadvisor, look at ratings not
recommendations.
33

on tripadvisor, look beyond hotels to
b&b’s and specialty lodgings
34

connect your facebook and enjoy
airbnb
35

pools don’t matter. free wifi,
breakfast, access & parking do.
36

learn the zen of priceline, better
bidding & score 5*s at 2* prices.
37

goibibo, travelguru give the house
away with promocodes. enjoy
38

use google + agents to find amazing
well-fought deals
39

Rs. 1,500 for a lifetime at IYH is great
for $10 beds around the world.
40

thorntree.lonelyplanet.com for the
really local take on places.
41

JW Lon for $65, Hyatt SFO for $40,
JW Sing for $70, Pat-mase for $100
stay
packing

when to go

who to go with

visas etc
air travel
surface travel
what stops you

me
42

packing: never, ever check luggage in
especially going out.
43

at best, check in on the way back
with your shopping
44

7kg, not more. 1 extra over-shoulder
half the weight, double the fun
45

100ml is more than enough for
liquids. Try it.
46

You need half the clothes you think
you need. And then less.
47

Travel / technical /stretchable clothes
Not denim.
stay
packing

when to go

who to go with
what to take
visas etc
air travel
surface travel
what stops you

me
48

what to take: cameras aren’t really
needed any more.
49

switch off international roaming. Get
free wifi all over.
50

don’t take books. download guides.
stay
packing

when to go

shopping
who to go with
what to take
visas etc
air travel
surface travel
what stops you

me

what to do
51

shopping: almost everything is
shipped by amazon / borderlinx.
52

Obscure, local foods. Easy-to-pack
stuff. Or freight it.
stay
packing

when to go

shopping
who to go with
what to take
visas etc
air travel
surface travel
what stops you

me

what to do
53

what to do: please stop eating and
meeting desi.
54

eat local.
55

drink local.
56

party local.
57

work local.
58

live local.
stay
packing

when to go

shopping
who to go with
what to take
visas etc
air travel
surface travel

what to do

what stops you
inspiration
me
59

inspiration: flexibility. Buy a flight in
10 minutes. Do the impossible.
60

first, I let the planet leave a dent on
me.
maybe then I can better leave a dent
on the planet.
@maheshmurthy

mahesh@seedfund.in
+91 98922 49969

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