Welcome to Thrifty Traveler! I’m Jared, the blogger-in-chief. I don’t have an exciting story like many other travel writers. My parents didn’t take me traveling around the world when I was a kid, nor do I have a big trust fund to travel with. Regardless, I’ve always been immensely curious about the world around me. Since I’m not rich, I’ve had to learn how to travel on the cheap and now I want to help others get on the bandwagon. I know traveling is expensive, but over the years Mrs. TT and I have devised a simple strategy that allows us to travel to amazing places, without emptying our bank account.
There really is no trick to our strategy, we fund our travels using frequent flyer miles and hotel points, primarily earned from credit card sign-up bonuses. It’s a simple strategy that almost anyone can take advantage of, even if you don’t travel often. Miles and points can be incredibly valuable if used right! Even our friends are getting in on the action! Our hope is that readers will be able to utilize our tips to see more of the world for less.
I’m a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and my prior job required a significant amount of traveling, which has acquainted me with many airline and hotel rewards programs. I’ve spent years researching points and miles, and I hope to pass along some wisdom. Following this site will teach you how to find the cheapest flight deals and minimize costs by maximizing credit card and travel rewards.
This site primarily deals with travel, but there are so many other ways to save money. Thrifty Traveler will also include tips such as the best way to save on an engagement ring, cut your cable bill, reduce student debt, lower the cost of your phone bill, or even save on new appliances. My goal is to help readers save more of their paychecks, allowing them to travel more. If you love travel and saving some coin, you’ve come to the right place!
Have a hot tip on a flight deal or just a general question? Feel free to email me at jared (at) thriftytraveler (dot) com or message me on Facebook or Twitter. Also, don’t forget to follow our travels on Instagram!