Maybe one day they’re in Thailand, and a few weeks later, they’re somehow in New Zealand or Dubai or something.
How the hell do they do that? Wouldn’t that cost a fortune? These people have to be a bunch of trust fund babies with a hidden pot of gold in the Cayman Islands and their dads probably play golf with Richard Branson or something, right?
Well, actually no. I mean, you don’t have to be a trust fund baby to live like this.
I know because I spent nearly 7 years traveling the world, living in some of the most beautiful places on the planet, eating at amazing restaurants, partying all over the world, seeing some of the most breathtaking scenes nature has to offer, meeting some of the most interesting people, and making some of my best friends—all for less than the cost of what you probably pay to live in your city now.
Escape Plan: The Long-term Travel Course is my guide to show you how you can do the same thing.
You can get this course, and a whole lot more, as part of the subscription to my site. Your copy of it can pay for itself—over and over again—with all the travel tips and secrets you’ll discover.
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Escape Plan Lessons
Introduction: How I Travel the World For Less Than You Pay to Stay at Home
You can read the entire introduction to this course for free here to see if it’s something you’re interested in.
Lesson 1: Priorities
In this first lesson, I give a little real talk about nailing down your priorities. If this is something you really want to do, there are a few important things you need to consider first. Like anything else worth doing in life, traveling the world has a cost, and you’re going to have to give up some luxuries and maybe even some of your long-held beliefs about the world and who you are.
You have to step outside your comfort zone at some point, and I lay out what exactly that means in this lesson.
Lesson 2: Nuts and Bolts of Travel
Cut through the million and one minor irritations that are part and parcel of travel. This lesson explains what really matters: what to pack and how much, cell phone plans, insurance coverage, visas and residency, what vaccinations you’ll need, and anything else you have to know.
How to cope when things go wrong. Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you from getting on a plane. I bust some myths about some so-called ‘dangerous’ countries and show you how to avoid getting robbed or taken advantage of, and let you know what to do if it happens anyway.
Lesson 3: How to Fly For Cheap (Or for Free)
The information in this lesson alone will more than pay for the price of the course—many, many times over.
Cheap flights. I thought that my flight from Bogota to Rome for $285 was pretty great. Then I flew Texas to London for $197.
There are a million and one ways to ‘cheat the system’ and get cheap airfare. Information on finding obscure re-routes, daisy-chaining flights, secret discount airlines, racking up thousands of points, and round-the-world tickets: it’s all in here. This information by itself will save you thousands over the course of years.
Bugs in the system. Take advantage of loopholes in airline booking websites to add an extra leg to your journey for free, or learn how Google translate will change how you search for flights forever.
Around the world in 80 days. Or more, if you like. Round the world fares are perfect for the traveler who wants to cram in as much variety as possible for the cheapest fare. Escape Plan breaks down when to use them and who offers the best deal.
Frequent flyer miles, without the flying. Learn how you can stack up frequent flyer miles without getting off the couch. Then convert those miles into free airfare.
Lesson 4: Accommodations
The accommodation you choose is likely to have the single biggest effect you have on the experience of your trip.
Whether you want a nice hostel, to get an apartment near where locals live, or if you’re trying to find a luxury hotel, your experience in a country is going to differ dramatically. Escape Plan will show you how to find the best place no matter what you choose.
Lesson 5: Your Escape Plan
If you don’t know what’s possible for you, all your dreams of travel are likely to remain just that: dreams.
There’s so much to do and see that most people deciding to travel don’t realize the potential in front of them, or are overwhelmed by it. This course can help you with finding a job overseas or quitting one you already have and taking off. It will let you know which countries you can afford to go to, for how long, and what quality of life you can expect there.
Don’t set limits, discover them.
Lesson 6: Regional Guides
Here I break down some of the highlights (and lowlights) of various regions of the world to help you get a better idea of what you might like to see and do. I’ve been to over 60 countries, and while I don’t pretend to know everything about them, I feel like I can give most travelers a reasonable and fair evaluation so they can make up their own minds as to whether or not they want to see it for themselves.
Lesson 7: How to Learn Languages Quickly
Learning a language cheaper and faster. I spent months in a group class trying to conjugate Spanish verbs, but what I did when I arrived in Buenos Aires taught me twice that – in just a few weeks.
Every day people waste hundreds of dollars on language learning software, language classes, and expensive tutors. The best ways to learn languages are often free, and that’s not what companies selling language learning products want you to hear.
Lesson 8: Making Friends And Avoiding Enemies
How to find local friends anywhere you go. As you’ve probably heard or experienced before, despite all the amazing monuments, hair-raising adventures, and eye-opening experiences, the people you meet are usually the most memorable and life-changing part of travel. Escape Plan teaches you how to make friends the world over.
A few notes on personal safety. I also give some practical advice on safety while traveling. Contrary to what many people think, the rest of the world is not a slum-ridden shithole full of dangerous people trying to rob you, kill you, sell your kidneys, or whatever. That said, there are some things you need to be aware of when traveling in foreign countries.
Lesson 9: Personal Growth Through Travel
Don’t let it get you down. People don’t talk about this much but travel can be tough. The stress of being away from your home, friends and family, combined with the challenges of new cultures, a foreign language and a lack of routine means a little loneliness is inevitable.
I’ve learned how you can make sure the lows don’t get too low, and the good times last longer. I share my lessons as a seasoned traveler who wants to squeeze out every last drop of the hedonism, emotional soul baring, heartbreak, celebrations, hangovers, and bittersweet goodbyes that make travel so breathtaking.
Create Your Own Escape Plan with Actionable Exercises
Throughout the course, you’ll be completing exercises that will turn into your very own Escape Plan.
Not only will you create realistic budgets, find the right insurance, book cheap flights, and find the right places to go, you’ll also create a plan that you can start working on today that will allow you to make a living and support yourself while you travel (if that’s what you’re after).
Everyone’s situation is different and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. This course and these exercises are designed to be flexible so you can create a unique Escape Plan that fits your budget, your lifestyle, and your travel goals.
I’ll walk you through all the steps you need to take to ditch the rat race and travel the world long term. Whether you’re on a shoestring budget or you have the means to live a little larger while you travel, you’ll create a plan that will allow you to live in amazing places and experience so much more of what the world has to offer outside of your current zip code.
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