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Stefan on using miles to visit 192 countries!

Stefan (of RapidTravelChai) is each a travel professional – having been to every country on the earth, besides Syria, and because of his deep and in depth travels, he’s one of many smartest and most well-rounded miles & points individuals I do know.

We turned our dialog with Stefan into two (simultaneously launched) episodes.

Half 1, Stefan talks about ending the aim of visiting each nation on the earth (1 left!) and the adventures along the best way.

Part 2, we speak about turning into an “expert” in the miles and points world – every little thing from not being a generalist, to networking.

When you don’t consider this guy is a miles & points genius, pay attention for 6 minutes and also you’ll shortly see how a lot information he retains in his head and how much awesome experience he has reserving crazy things.

Drew Macomber
This week Dave and I had Stephen Krzyzewski of speedy journey Chai on the podcast, we’ve decided to cut up these into two simultaneous episodes which you could download and pay attention to. You’re presently listening to part one, which is all issues journey. Stephen is a journey professional. He’s been in each nation on the planet besides Syria. And half two, which you’ll be able to pay attention to next is all about miles and points and the conversations Dave and I have with Stephen around miles and factors because he’s additionally an skilled there to hold a lot info, as you’ll see straight in his head.

This is half one, with Stephen on travel, and I hope you take pleasure in it.

Dave H
Probably the most fascinating things I think about having Stephen on is Stephen and drew have truly traveled together they usually have utterly totally different travel types. You’ll be able to’t get more totally different between the planning of stuff and

and the shortage of planning of drew so for example drew will present up, landed an airport and not understand how to get from the airport to the town, let alone have a lodge booked. Stephen would never do this. And I feel it’s really fascinating that they’ve truly traveled collectively. So I’m type of curious to ask Stephen how he found traveling with Drew

Stefan Krasowski
Nicely, there was an A second on a day in Namibia where I used to be pushing to get to a UNESCO heritage website of those rock carvings. And we pause somewhere once we coming off the Skeleton Coast, we finally discovered fuel almost empty. And drew had a wild look in his eye and he stated, You imply we’re not going to eat lunch, and I assumed he was gonna knock my leg off and starvation however close to the fuel station, there was a lodge that had a basket of sweet bars and we obtained it to him and I received to my UNESCO website before they close

Drew Macomber
That was the factor I didn’t have a selection.

I’m sorry, go forward. I didn’t hear that. I’m saying you’re saying that I didn’t have a selection so I did high-quality. But I really just stated Stephens answerable for this trip I’m going to sit back and luxuriate in it and that except the eating planning

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah, that’s the best way we made that one work I feel for lots of trips it’s it’s good no matter type the trip is whether it’s supposed to be ultra leisure or that was a drive from Cape City up via South Africa and throughout the media was in case you for those who decide somebody who’s going to be kind of in command of the group and never not attempt to make every little thing a democracy day-after-day. Yeah, it may be a lot Yeah, rather more simple. So drew

and Carrie have been implausible travel companions. And it was it was a visit that had loads of spontaneity all of the occasions we almost destroyed that that poor Corolla with broken tires and underside ripping apart and things

drew drew was a spontaneously discovered how to change tires and all types of stuff. So we we obtained alongside very nicely by by setting these floor rules prematurely of what we have been making an attempt to obtain. What what the choices what the days have been going to be like and

when it comes to myself being very trustworthy that I’m not essentially the perfect individual to journey with, however these are the issues we’ll do and and I’ll attempt my greatest to be to be amenable and in genial.

Drew Macomber
Truthfully, for me, although, it’s I don’t like being bored more than I dislike planning ahead. So that labored out very properly. I used to be by no means bored. I didn’t have time to be bored.

So anyhow, have been you gonna say Dave,

Dave H
I used to be gonna ask stuff. After which once you travel, and you have destinations as a priority, do you? Like deliver meals with you’ve gotten some granola bar sort issues?

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah, I’ll convey snacks in the course of the day. If Yeah, if it’s if it’s traveled by myself and destinations, I gained’t focus on the food. The meals fashion trips are once I travel with my spouse and that’s her massive precedence. But for me, I’ll push on by means of the daytime hours and grabbing go as we go along and eat in the morning eat within the night time. and in all places in between. I max out my time. However I mean, Dave, you You and I have traveled together in a sense you you plop down in Seattle final yr for a number of hours and and received a acquired a style of taste of my fashion of touring Seattle and your limited time. What was your takeaway?

Dave H
Oh, it was it was fabulous. I can’t imagine seeing extra locations with wonderful explanations and getting as much completed as we did. I assumed you have been fabulous host and drew my spouse

Stefan Krasowski
My run requirement is that I wouldn’t have to cease and cope with parking so anyplace there was a three minute waiting zone a 10 minute waiting zone It was right here you’re this is what you’re seeing get out of the automotive.

And then after, after the tour masking all totally different points of downtown, the library Park Pike Place Market all the spheres out within the gasworks Park across the lake, totally different elements of Magnolia then then we sat down for an exquisite leisurely lunch however I needed to maintain it shifting and getting caught up with with parking and treating the meter and all these sort of things simply would would eat away from it. So he did it the he did it the fast type and he can come again another time and leisurely take pleasure in Seattle with that primer.

Drew Macomber
And Dave, perhaps you didn’t see this as a result of Dave, are you on Twitter?

Dave H
That’s good. Just say no. I consider I do know.

Drew Macomber
Stephen corrected my last comment I stated he employed a taxi driver to take them by means of Egypt. And the last episode. He truly hired he tweeted he employed two taxi drivers to take him by way of Egypt. So they might rotate sleeping.

And the crazy thing you stated you stated that uh, properly, that roadblock I assume it’s like from Luxor to the Pink Sea. Is that right?

Stefan Krasowski
That’s from going into Sinai. So coming in. Not not Luxor. However it’s all the best way up. So in that case that trip Alitalia lots of the flights in Egypt come and go from Europe at midnight hours. So Alitalia acquired in at three 330 within the morning. And so these guys have been waiting for me. And my objective was to get to Mount Sinai by midday. As a result of totally different days of the week, the monks that run run the church there have very totally different

hours and numerous occasions closes for the day at noon at that point. And so we we drove throughout so that ranging from Cairo, you cross over to Sinai, and then there there can be a straight line kind of street to get to Mount Sinai. However on the time, this was 2015, because of security considerations, we had to go all the best way around the southern part of Sinai all the best way to the japanese aspect with the resorts. After which there was a couple of proper government convoys a day. So it was it was a wierd thing to visit this extremely holy to a number of religions spiritual website, and the convoy was crammed with all of those Russians in bikinis and speedos and sandals, going out on their day trip in a army convoy. Where did these individuals assume they’re visiting, however had an excellent, great climb and visited the mountain and then that afternoon, again down all the best way round and up to port aspect for the night time and continued up to play locations like Alexandria, LMA on the earth warfare two website down to Cairo, after which from that, that journey, so that was what, two, two and a half days, left the drivers there. And I flew down to Luxor, and then used local transport and trains in Overland getting working my approach back up in the direction of Cairo.

Drew Macomber
And the way a lot time was all that?

Stefan Krasowski
The automotive part. So mine sign that was day at some point to day, day to night time was flying to Luxor. And then Luxor I spent the day and then that might have been day three, and websites round there.

Drew Macomber
That’s loopy. As a result of we spent we spent 47 days also 2015 I feel we went right after you. And I was like, I keep in mind considering how loopy it was because even we took a taxi from the Purple Sea, which is Marcel Olam to Lux or, and that was a crazy drive can also be fairly fascinating because the scenery was just loopy. But like that, that was a crazy day for us to have that lengthy and a automotive and Egypt, Egypt, an intense country. I mean, it can be it may be totally different. And yeah, and we spent 47 nights to do the same factor that you simply did in three days. I’m not I don’t assume we saw more than you either.

Stefan Krasowski
It’s totally different. And I’m not saying this can be a smart way to journey. This was the time I had allowed I on the time I used to be in a corporate job with typical restricted American vacation hours as well as a lot of people that, like me try to get to each country on the earth, they depart a string of wrecked personal relationships, and I worth my marriage very a lot and check out to reduce time away as as a lot as I feel is cheap, which continues to be still excessive when it comes to what what a lot of people do. So I really feel like my fashion travels more like watching a film than then studying the entire e-book. And I might love to return and spend 47 days in Egypt I really like to spend a yr there. The time I had I it’s it’s achieved tonight and and maximize that. And every each fashion of travel has its own sort of rewards. So for that trip arising from Luxor I used to be notably within the purple and white monasteries, these well-known painted monasteries assume along the strains of the the the Sistine Chapel. They usually’re there in a area that has had on and off safety sort considerations for many years. So the security forces don’t usually like foreigners going overland there. But that was the simplest approach up from Luxor. So the taxi driver that I had had round Luxor for the day and the websites within the nearby Aereo does it didn’t our IP DOS, these I hadn’t gotten snug enough with him. So I stated here’s what I would like to do. Is that this going to be attainable and so he he put me in local headdress, and it was like Keystone cops of various roundabouts the place there were checkpoints the place he’s like oh, we’re simply going to go around the incorrect path. In order that they assume we’re heading east and then we’ll do a U turn and circle round and then it appears like we’re not coming from the tourist space so we’re going back north so it was this this ridiculous factor the place we go in these roundabouts waved to the guards had the improper means flip round wave the opposite method after which everyone could possibly be completely satisfied that they weren’t sending foreigners up this manner. So I noticed these Coptic

monasteries and then took the practice all the best way back up to Cairo and in that I keep in mind it was a vacation time and I there was not forgetting the identify of the the town close to the monasteries the place I might decide up an area practice and I went to that 4 or 5 banks and never a single one was open because of the vacation all of them had damaged ATMs out of money so I had I had US greenback euro exhausting foreign money I but I hadn’t I had run out of Egypt and pounds and and received to know on the practice of local gross sales rep for hearth for a pharmaceutical firm that helped organize the ticket and acquired me on a practice that was it was leaving it was a type of The only time in life for the practice was actually pulling out of the station. And he stated that’s the practice you want run will leap on, jumped on and and

took care of some Egypt and kilos for me to get my tickets. I wouldn’t be a scofflaw on this stuff. So everyone has totally different experiences and adventures out of their journeys. For me it’s making an attempt to do some of this really shortly leads to those type of interactions and studying experiences that that I really take pleasure in.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, that’s, that’s fairly excessive. I I, which type of leads me to another query. I used to be fascinated by it even the foreign money thing that’s totally different than me as a result of I typically don’t retaining us dollars because I’m not apprehensive about not discovering an ATM, I can all the time take my time. But you have got to. One factor I’ve observed is I’ve never heard any loopy stories from you which are notably damaging. And like for example, one time, like I received checked, I acquired checked out of Cambodia, and Vietnam wouldn’t let me in. So and so now I can’t go back into Vietnam. And I’m not allowed it in I mean into Cambodia, and I’m not allowed into Vietnam. So I was in this horrible scary moment the place I can’t get into either nation and I would like this like dust street bridge in between them. After which I find yourself paying someone to get me a Vietnam visa last minute but so I’ve had I’ve had all types of moments the place

Stefan Krasowski
Why have been you not allowed into Cambodia?

Drew Macomber
No, I checked out of

Stefan Krasowski
there like I miss

Drew Macomber
it. So the blokes prefer it. The blokes like no, we already stamped you out you’ve got to have one other stamp earlier than you stamp me earlier than we stamp you back in, which I feel is

Stefan Krasowski
nicely I don’t perceive. Like I want to keep in mind once I went from 7am to French Guiana the drunk French border guard on the river crossing that is normally the newest flag locals via they don’t need to stamp however he’s, he was so drunk. He stamped me with the out and then he simply stored re stamping it until it see thought it was sufficiently went away. And then stamp me with the top. So you might you just need to go to a French speaking

Drew Macomber
charge. But that it that would have simply gone dangerous. You understand what I mean? So like, do you might have any? Like,

I don’t know, do you’ve any crazy border crossing issues the place you’re like, that is horrible. I by no means like, like I have nowhere to sleep. Or I’m by no means going to get into this country. And I’m like, anytime otherwise you’re like I’m screwed. As a result of that’s how I felt that day. I’m like, I am screwed my bus left, I’m in the midst of nowhere. I’m screwed. Have you ever ever had that?

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah, I assume I don’t overdramatise stuff. And in that, but there’s definitely moments and issues have gone flawed once I went to Bosnia, which is a

self declared nation that’s part of what can be the territory of the nation of Georgia. So you, you’ll be able to enter both from Russia when you enter from Russia, like Sochi, or the Olympics the place you need to go back by way of Russia otherwise get in hassle with the Georgian authorities otherwise you go through Georgia forwards and backwards. So in that case, I went by way of Sochi, it was a number of months before the Olympics. So I used to be curious to see that metropolis. And

they, for no matter cause, they shut down the border for several hours that day. And then they lastly opened it up within the evening. So by the time I acquired to the primary city, it was almost midnight, simply totally abandoned streets and a guy came up. And I have my backpack because touring of the backpack and on the move and man came up and tried to bug me however he was so drunk, that he might barely do something.

I just I used to be in a position to just shove him off and then finally discovered what led numerous previous info. However lastly found one of many places that was supposed to be a lodge truly nonetheless existed and was open and received to a room so that that sort of factor might have gone very in a different way. In hindsight, should I have simply not not crossed that that late in the evening and alter my plan, however it ended up understanding and people kinds of tales have been

so minor compared to all of the tales of people popping out of the blue to do nice things and helpful things and, and being affordable. I do at occasions lose my mood and some of those moments I’ve regretted as a result of it’s virtually all the time been counterproductive. But otherwise staying calm and in working via and figuring out what what allows the the individual you’re dealing with their individuals you’re dealing with to do either save face or get what they need or appear to be they’re doing this like I stated the Egypt visitors circle example they only did their job was to be certain that foreigners coming from Luxor weren’t heading north, it wasn’t forestall a foreigner from turning east and you’re turning and going north. So that that work for everyone. And that that wasn’t my that wasn’t my inspiration. It was just a local driver. Nevertheless it was sufficient to just comply with alongside and and observe the way it all labored out.

Dave H
Do you might have any sort of random acts of kindness?

tales of individuals going out of their means to show you how to whenever you’re making an attempt to make your method by way of a unique country that you simply’re not used to? Oh, yeah, they

Stefan Krasowski
in all probability every country has had something like that one. The primary one that jumps to thoughts was once I was touring overland in Central America, in LA Salvador and and so that you guys say I plan the whole lot I I plan my itinerary quite a bit, but I typically don’t plan where I’m sleeping, definitely not the place I’m consuming. And this was

so I took a bus I’m forgetting the identify but from San Salvador to the the center of the country, there’s what appeared to be a very major city and that’s where lots of the buses terminated or a junction and

not that far like an hour to away there were there was one vacationer town or one thing so I received on the bus within the afternoon. The flight came in center of the day. And by the time I get to the town I noticed that it isn’t truly a town it is just actually a junction the place all the buses change. And there was no accommodation of any type anyplace it was already after darkish and because of the security considerations in the country there the buses all the things shuts down at night time. And so the younger ticket taker man a youngster in all probability 16 perhaps years previous by means of by way of my restricted Spanish found out and he simply motion to include me so he took me to his little you may name it kind of a dorm room where he had a hammock robust in the room and a rest room outdoors. And he gave me He gave me the hammock he slept slept close to on the ground and, and 430 within the morning, it was time for a shift and he simply awakened and the dominoes and we have been off. Yeah, and you realize these these sorts of things are

sound extraordinary, but they occur everywhere in the world and, they usually even they even happened in the US and I feel if we speak about a number of the points travelers, a variety of what the points travelers do by going to probably the most luxury experiences are find yourself shielding themselves off from from the type of memorable fun interactions that that you’ve by by doing the common stuff. So I’ve been just lately wanting to finish my us 50 states and as nicely began visiting the US Nationwide Park so I went to Channel Islands Nationwide Park in California last month. Implausible day journeys, Catalina islands, probably the most famous however that’s uninhabited, very developed Island. So the from the parks Conservancy as well as the US Nationwide Parks the rest of the islands are either army or uninhabited where you possibly can camp and do day trips. And so I went to Santa Cruz famous for the Channel Islands Fox Fox that walks around virtually virtually like the dimensions of a cat that you simply see everywhere in the island for the day and it was I like to recommend that to any travelers to California but its means up the boats depart principally from Ventura which appears prefer it’s close to LA nevertheless it’s it’s an hour and a half two hours plus in visitors and stayed at a motel six there and checking within the the $35 night time motel six keep in mind that woman a verify in and she or he’s just going of the questions you’re alone Do you need a pesky smoking room and and she or he seems to be she goes Oh, you don’t odor like a smoker, no smoking and in that and these type of things and you realize that you simply’ll never get that at a five star lodge. But that’s that’s the odor. That’s the sort of thing and then we get into speaking about this and that and her family and and i feel in the same trip by by Joshua Tree which is close to the Arizona border in Southern California. And there’s it’s one California forces excessive tax and in several issues about produce in that in Arizona, you felt the fuel tank over on that aspect. So I feel that was that was another motel six or something like that. I’m the I’m the California aspect they usually begin speaking to the to the supervisor and he had just moved from good move from Michigan from the East Coast originally and within a minute he stated yeah, I really like this city. I imply what no matter you’re making an attempt to run your you recognize, the the cop just appeared the opposite method.

Within a minute. After which he’s off to talking about all the time barbecuing with the cops.

You recognize, that is this is the Americana they speak about. And until you keep at a dumpy motel six or super eight or any of these, you’re simply you’re never gonna encounter it.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, it’s not how I picked my metropolis, however a

Dave H
totally different priority. But and I mean, there’s quite a bit to be stated for me. Properly, not essentially motel six particularly. But staying at a, a much less fancy place. I keep in mind anyone doing a publish about how they stayed at a very fancy lodge in Hong Kong, and the way they received the free breakfast and the free orders they usually didn’t have to go up there for dinner as a result of they acquired the free orders and individuals are like, Dude, this is like a few of the most superb, you already know, whether or not it’s eating places or road food or no matter, you’re really missing out on doing the posh lodge thing in a city with greatness.

Stefan Krasowski
And Hong Kong is certainly one of our let me for those who aren’t familiar my background. I lived in China for eight years. I studied in Chinese University of Hong Kong for a semester and it is one in every of my favorite locations on the earth. We spend every week there every year if we will. We have been simply there in January for every week and the having a unbelievable lodge is good and this time we had a Marriott travel package deal we use at the Renaissance that we self upgraded the class or two and the breakfast the lounge the afternoon lounge, the clotted cream on the scones. I imply my wife loves all of that. But that doesn’t stop us from going out and consuming and in the present day’s point to me. One of the few events I went to a guy got here up to me and stated yeah, I simply spent every week in Hong Kong and the identical thing as Dave stated that I didn’t have to eat a single meal outdoors the GW Marriott had every part in the lounge and it’s just me fly all over the world simply to eat our favorite cuttlefish balls and all of the the the Hong Kong breakfast the pineapple buns and all that stuff we just discover unbelievable and it’s it’s a lot part of the tradition there in the event you’ve should you’re ever in Hong Kong simply completed any neighborhood road walk into the one of many neighborhood cafes the chanting is that they’re referred to as and order a Hong Kong french toast and their take on french toast is so scrumptious and so awesome. And also you get it as a day tea set with a multi it’s it’s unimaginable. So our rule in Hong Kong is daily we now have a minimum of five meals, which just about mirrors how the locals go because the locals could have a breakfast typically a mid morning snack. And these these cafes are arrange with particular meals and special units at all totally different occasions. After which they’ve lunch after which afternoon tea after which a dinner and typically a late dinner. It’s it’s a meals, intense culture and totally skipping out on that since you’ve obtained lodge advantages is is a real disgrace.

Drew Macomber
And it’s not prefer it’s as as expensive as London or Switzerland where you’re saving like 30 $40 a meal. Not that you could’t find eating places in Hong Kong, definitely, which might be that expensive, however I’m simply saying it’s not like for those who’re in case you’re simply eating the most cost effective approach attainable in the GW space, then it’s not such as you’re then you possibly can eat for $1 a meal in Hong Kong for those who needed to. When you’re should you’re Oh yeah. It’s not the most important profit the

Stefan Krasowski
odd the odd thing in Hong Kong is extra traditional Chinese language eating places are often moderately costly. But the the Hong Kong type locations these cafes and locations in the native neighborhoods in the buying malls are very, very affordable. And even a few of the extra international delicacies restaurants may be might be nice offers as properly. However it’s it’s definitely definitely a extra price range friendly when it comes to consuming. You don’t want to really make any effort. I imply, you’re staying at a lodge at Pacific place in Admiralty or central simply strolling in the neighborhoods of Central at lunchtime. That’s where all the workplace staff exit and you’ve got your decide of choices.

Drew Macomber
Nicely, I’ve I have one last travel associated question before we move on to miles and factors as a result of I do assume seven yr your you keep extra miles and points information in your head then. Inside most individuals it’s it’s pretty superb. So it might be a disgrace for the listeners if we didn’t spend a variety of time there. However the the journey to Sokoto I’m just tremendous jealous. So I’ve to, I’ve to hear more about it. And I assume, I assume it ought to be described as a Galapagos or Madagascar from what I’ve learn, they name it a bio

variety hotspot or one thing like that. However and also you’ve been and you’ve been to Galapagos and Madagascar.

And so is how how would this examine to those

Stefan Krasowski
scorching cultures an Indian Ocean Island, a part of Yemen, nevertheless it’s it’s quite distant from mainland Yemen, each when it comes to culture, and particularly when it comes to the hostilities which were occurring on mainland Yemen. There’s been no preventing throughout the battle. What’s the difficulty has been is that the island has been minimize off whereas the airspace has been closed to civilian flights. So that the state of affairs continued for several years. Late last November, you most of the nationwide airline was in a position to begin up weekly flights that go from Cairo to say Yemen and mainland Yemen, an airport in the midst of the country managed by the Yemeni authorities after which to Socotra. And in addition to it’s potential with with plenty of effort to go overland from Oman, and take an overnight bus experience some travelers have been doing to get the Segway on, which was slightly beyond my danger tolerance.

Drew Macomber
However However my understanding is that it’s protected as a result of it’s part of the the UAE primarily claims that it’s they don’t they don’t view it as Yemen. And Yemen has type of stated they don’t have the manpower to reclaim it as their own. That’s, that’s my understanding my considerably right I

Stefan Krasowski
assume as somebody is, as it’s, it’s troublesome to get a clear image. It’s it’s truly a 3 get together state of affairs. So you’ve acquired mainland Yemen, you’ve obtained government, you’ve obtained UAE government, and there are two UAE charter type flights each week that take patients in search of medical gear, many psychiatrists islanders have gone to UAE to work through the years in addition to even serving their military. So there’s lots of deep household ties with UAE. And you then’ve obtained the UAE, Li Saudi Arabia, which is also there and like all Alliance, it’s difficult between the two so in the intervening time once we have been there in April

the Saudis have a presence and the UAE ease have a decreased presence and the Yemeni Authorities is growing their presence so totally different government minister The only lodge on the island had totally different government ministers working on different things to rebuild the island Following several hurricanes over the previous few years that that basically hit the restricted infrastructure notably for for tourism issues on the coast. So it’s it’s a difficult geopolitical state of affairs it’s not one that I have a lot expertise just comply with the occasions as intently as I might and in hoping to make a journey it’s it’s one thing that I had waited a number of years for like many conflicts of huge powers it’s it’s the native people who have a very robust time and so for several years they’ve been minimize off aside from a couple of help flights and occasional ships so now it’s it’s finally common rising the the flights are totally packed however individuals touring forwards and backwards. Mainland Yemenis are starting to come to Sokoto on the lookout for for various work opportunities so the populations growing a bit it’s the inhabitants of the island to get a census presently somewhere between 60 and 100,000 individuals and so it is there are a couple of small outlying islands but in contrast to say like Galapagos It’s primarily targeted on the primary giant island and the large highlights so the what what it’s actually famous for our the dragon’s blood timber, the bottle timber and numerous flora that you simply assume only Dr. Seuss might have dreamed up that someway nature produced their spectacular and seeing these have been as unimaginable as as I dreamed and it needed to for this and so these are rugged, arid landscapes within the middle of the island and then what the two massive surprises have been is one the quantity of seashore and water activities so the the perfect beaches I’ve ever seen on the earth can be there Seychelles or Fernando de niro India Brazil

these these rival these and virtually undeveloped aside from the occasional camping hotter shack or rest room amenities for campers. So for those who like completely

totally undeveloped white sand seashores, considerably towering sand dunes behind one sand dune I made a decision to climb climb to see if it was attainable and it was attainable

our are simply spectacular. So there was a lot more beaches snorkeling then than I had expected, there’s dolphin watching that you can do. So there’s there’s plenty of water stuff and then the meals was unimaginable. So one of many things in my travels is all the time looking what locations have unimaginable seafood that my spouse would love. So there one in every of her nice pleasures in life is is seafood. And she or he’s very specific and

nice seafood does not mean taking an excellent piece of seafood and deep frying it to the purpose that it’s it’s dry and flavorless. So whenever you go to much of the Caribbean, that’s primarily all you get. And a few of these some of those might be very good however there’s only a few locations that within the Caribbean that I’ve ever stated I might want to convey her right here because she would actually enjoy the seafood after which Guadalupe the French territory as well as Martinique as a result of they’ve so much of that French cooking influence or perhaps the exceptions Senate race to Providence to the

islands which are a part of Columbia as properly can be the exception so getting the Yemen I we’ve been warned supplies are low there they don’t have much meals deliver snacks So yeah, I had all these I had all these snack bars as well as good thing you don’t need

Drew Macomber
Yeah,

Stefan Krasowski
so I had introduced all this and the food was was completely unimaginable the the fish and they usually have native lobsters which which I’m allergic to however others tried and in that the steaming grilling baking loads of the tourism once more, there’s only one functioning lodge on the island of the primary city so the few vacationers which might be going there usually it’s first night time and last night time at the lodge and the remaining are tenting at totally different features and sites across the the island and what these what these guides can do exactly on these beachside camps, the seafood is unimaginable. And, and it’s it’s a lot that, that I might convey my wife halfway the world over to take pleasure in it. And that that I might, was only a complete shock again, the the image that had been painted prematurely by the by the locals of what the food state of affairs was, as well as, I assume to them, a part of the factor is that they like eggs and for some cause they don’t they don’t like chickens in order that they they bring about in all their eggs from the mainland they usually don’t increase chickens on the island. It’s It’s It’s a specific very peculiar place and that each one the animals like it’s mainly goats and which are free vary. So additionally they don’t have any canine on the island. Because the canine would terrorize the free range animals so it’s, it’s it’s a uncommon expertise to not see any canine for every week.

Dave H
But yeah, undoubtedly

Stefan Krasowski
there they’re upset because they’ve fewer eggs. And right here we’re saying you’re simply pulling probably the most unimaginable fish out of the ocean and cooking it good delay. It’s unimaginable. So if I know drew you’re fascinated by it, it’s it’s now attainable the the tourist season when it comes to one of the best weather is often October to Might, this the Might via September might be very excessive winds, which limits a number of the waterborne activities. After which September October could be early October could be fairly rainy. So the the perfect time is, once more late October all the best way into mid Might.

Drew Macomber
Is there any questions of safety with it like there can be with mainland Yemen? Like I’m not going to Yemen?

Stefan Krasowski
No, they don’t have any weapons, the locals don’t have any gun possession.

The

there’s, as I stated, there’s been there’s been no preventing, there’s none of that culture of kidnapping. I mean, it’s it’s it’s a really distinct tradition, it’s it’s successfully unbiased, it’s there’s an id and into a degree of a feeling that they should be ought to be one thing absolutely unbiased. So it was not not something that any of my analysis indicated considerations nor, nor once I was there any type of considerations. And I as I stated, my danger tolerance, I might I might not be going to primarily Yemen proper now as a reference level.

Drew Macomber
Proper. That’s good to know. Yeah, it’s a great reference point. But I mean, there are numerous places that

even when they only sound overseas individuals will get frightened of it. I’ve truly, there was a weblog just lately that was speaking about a spot in Southeast Asia.

That I guarantee you, we’ve both been to multiple occasions, or we know, I imply, it’s just a place with a number of resorts they usually have been talking about it as this crazy, faraway place. And, like did all this analysis on safety. And I’m like, Man, that’s one of many largest seashore areas within the, you already know, in that part of the world. So individuals simply have utterly totally different perspectives and plenty of that area on what you’re acquainted with. And the factor is, is we’re acquainted if you

Stefan Krasowski
take a look at the the Rick Steves Fb group, and these are all People that perhaps have lived their entire lives wanting to perhaps go to Europe sometime and and, you realize, they’ll they’ll make it sound like you understand, strolling down the street in Rome. You’re going to be Rob stripped, gagged and sure. And I feel Rick Steves and his his newbie guidebooks has this excellent tarot card where he tells you get a dummy wallet, put in 10 euros and it’s in like 5, six languages. It says, Thanks for robbing me in the present day, please take pleasure in your 10 euros or something like that. And I’ll attempt to attempt to take the sting off the the concern nevertheless it’s Yeah, I imply it. Yeah, positive it. I’ve had lots of these moments, many locations I’m going to it. It’s unknown, it seems scary. And then you definitely get there and also you understand that that lots of these locations have individuals those individuals have youngsters, the they go to work every single day and totally different totally different tips, we talked about, perhaps a trip was my factor has all the time been are the ladies and youngsters out and about in a spot if it’s in the event you solely see males on the streets, that’s just a little nerve wracking and, and Darius his thing was are the are the aged individuals out and about, and

in the event that they’re out and about in plenty of societies that they’re on the watch and and their respected. I imply, Dave was asking about occasions where things have gone flawed. And once I was in Cameroon on yesterday, one yr,

I went to totally different churches that have been having these these beautiful, a couple of ceremonies and then I walked by means of a market and I knew I knew it’d be very cautious about not have my telephone or my digital camera out and I just received complacent. And so I used to be walking down the market with my digital camera with my telephone in my hand. And abruptly the man hit me and grabbed and started dashing, simply because it was an in depth and shut quarters and that I was in a position to lunge and grab them. And it was this teenage kid who just appeared terrified. And, and I might have just simply due to my measurement in contrast to him I might have harmed him and, and but inside received the telephone and within moments, one of many elders of the neighborhood and man in a skullcap came operating up. We don’t converse the identical language, it’s French speaking territory. But he instantly scolded the younger boy and took me and took me strolling and and you realize that that sort of factor when individuals like which might be out and about even if something happens, it’s it’s it’s very a lot a group factor. So so in search of these cues, is an effective sign of what areas are, are better. Which, which one you might want to be cautious to?

Drew Macomber
Yeah, truly, my mother and father,

I assume, they have been concerned about our Mexico Metropolis journey, which I assumed was fairly funny. So I texted them a bunch of pictures of previous individuals and youngsters out within the parks at like 11pm.

I imply, this isn’t like the local space or whatever. So it’s a nice area. However that’s the place we have been staying and it’s only a good area. So

Stefan Krasowski
Mexico Metropolis is likely one of the most implausible cities on the earth and that the archaeological museum there’s one in every of my favorite museums on the planet. It really is an unimaginable place there’s areas that you simply’re not really helpful to be and yow will discover that info very quickly. However even the metro has very protected ladies’s solely automobiles that ladies travelers can really feel snug in and are very, very intently patrol no males allowed. So there’s there’s loads of things in place. I feel all through throughout Latin America, there’s totally different taxi corporations now for example, that that particularly it’s ladies solely drivers that that ladies ladies, vacationers can name in and feel feel a lot safer in summer time carried out and cutesy colors and that and so there’s there’s a whole lot of these methods, Peru these these luxurious, so referred to as luxurious but not essentially in worth in contrast to what we’re used to paying for journey, tour buses. I keep in mind going from Cusco to Nazca to see the strains there, and multiple security checks, digital camera checks, Id checks, and all of these procedures in place. Even taking a picture of each passenger in their seat with their baggage, making it clear that it’s truly protected to go to sleep and also you’re here bag might be not going to stroll away. When you’re on the bus. There’s loads of this stuff on the market. And and as I stated, it’s the factor things can go mistaken. But the

Properly, you’ve heard I get both of you guys have heard once I’ve achieved totally different talks on on travel expertise and getting individuals began in international journey and in certainly one of my roles is the 3ds which is don’t be drunk drugged your system. And you recognize should you’re going to do this sort of stuff, and I reside in Washington state now the the only comfort store we have now on my road is a pot shop. So in case you’re curious about making an attempt out or if I’m interested, I do know the legal system. I do know the help community, I know the numbers to name. If I would like to attempt one thing that it’d be lots smarter for me to do one thing here than to go to a country where I didn’t concentrate that it says dying to drug traffickers on the immigration farm or one thing. And so a lot of people, lots of people go overseas and since it’s so totally different assume it’s like enjoying with Monopoly money in a sense. And I observed that myself once I’m driving that I’ll drive quicker, be a bit more careless overseas at occasions for no matter purpose, then, than I am in the US. And and I feel lots of people that that go and social gathering and do things which are method beyond what their judgment would say make sense. in their residence nation. That’s that’s once they get to lots of issues. Yeah. Yeah. I really like that,

Drew Macomber
that you simply stated that you’ve this worry earlier than you go to a spot and you then get there after which it goes away. And because you’ve been to every nation on the earth, I mean, I lacking one. Syria.

Yeah, so. So I mean, you’ve been, you’ve been almost in all places on the earth. And that that feeling continues to be there. As a result of the the unknown is that powerful. And even once I went to Columbia,

I didn’t assume something of it my first time. So this is sort of humorous, given how common and vigorous and it’s just so fantastic to be out on the street in Columbia. But

my first time going, I had a good friend message and he was like, man, I might never go there. Like, have you ever appeared up about kidnappings there. And naturally, it’s like, he’s considering of just like the Pablo Escobar era. And,

and however I still seemed it up and I acquired freaked out. After which it was all of like, two minutes after being there. I’m like, that is the What was I considering. And that occurs all the time the place I’ve some unknown scary expectation for a spot and then I land. And it seems, such as you stated, they’re simply regular individuals

Stefan Krasowski
simply advantageous. So it’s not one thing to be in cautious or careless. However it’s also that being so nervous, and, and on guard, and that may make you act in ways that that may get you into extra problems or make make situations more tense. And that so it’s, it’s I’m considering and Dave was asking about pleasant tales. Once I went to Nigeria, I had every one of the

stories about scams and frauds and all of this swirling in my head and, and it was a pain to get the visa because that they had modified totally different rules about getting in your house nation, various things. So I was already in a nasty state of mind. And I land there lengthy flight from Addis Ababa, it’s like 5 or 6 hours from Addis Ababa, and undergo immigration, every thing is so clean. And then simply as I’m about to exit immigration, a guy like one of many guys in uniform, the final guy standing there stops me passport plays. And I assumed, Oh, boy, this is this is once they’re going to get me. And, and I felt so embarrassed. As a result of a number of moments later, he flipped by way of, noticed the within, gotten the entry stamp. And he stated, thank you so much for visiting my nation welcome, and handed me the passport back and sent me on my means. Now that’s not to say different individuals have had dangerous experiences in Nigeria, even even on the airport, but that I used to be I was so tense, and I was ready to battle or get into an argument. And it was it was totally pointless. And and I’ve never been to in all of the nations I’ve been to I’ve never been to one the place we’re at customs officer welcome me to like, simply revisiting.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, I feel that’s, that’s that’s an ideal instance. And it is a good level that it doesn’t mean that you have to be with none smarts in any way. Clearly. I like we do think about this stuff. And we do take primary precautions. And there’s a purpose that I’m guessing that you simply haven’t been to Syria yet. Although a few of that’s in all probability visa or there’s I imply, but once you do go to a place like Syria, or mainland Yemen, I’m guessing you’re pretty strategic, you rent someone who is aware of what they’re doing. Or I imagine you’re very intentional, and also you don’t just go, should you do have a sense that there’s precise hazard, you then’re using more smarts than normal. And I used to be gonna say, I’m guessing that’s true. However I know it’s true. As a result of I keep in mind

Unknown Speaker
perhaps,

Drew Macomber
properly, why did you rent the for that gorilla trekking?

Stefan Krasowski
Was that in Dr. Cairo? I mean, definitely, our guides work with the park and that’s part of the nationwide park system. They usually they put collectively the visa however yeah, there’s there’s definitely nations I mean, that

I travel Normally, I journey solo, and I really like the planning and I really like putting collectively a visit on my very own. So I simply thought of selection and my enjoyable and curiosity, I usually don’t work with tour guides or tour businesses, I’ll constitution a taxi or one thing for a day, if it’s not a spot, I’m driving, things like that. But

in sure nations, in fact, it’s it’s required. And then others, it just looks like I don’t have any read on the state of affairs. I don’t have any expertise in the language or her understanding of the background. And I might assume it will just be silly to, to stumble round without, without some steerage. So So a few of the nations which have had extra battle. So I’ve finished that and been very careful of choosing who I’m who I’m working with. And a few of these corporations take just like the the extremely high profile armored strategy that some company vacationers do, which is like hire armed bodyguards, and all of this to, to go to Brazil or Johannesburg, even even places that appears ridiculous to do it. However other ones that work with journalists or work with scholars, so individuals which are referred to as fixers, you might have heard the time period that usually attempt to work on a way more low key foundation, you already know, they don’t stay on the five star lodge, they stay at an unmarked Lodge in a spot or

they

maintain a low profile, extra local gown type of things underneath the radar, not making an attempt to make you appear to be Hello, I’m a VIP, please goal me, type of factor. So, and I don’t I don’t rush to a spot you recognize that there’s numerous vacationers which are similarly making an attempt to get to each country on the earth which might be making an attempt to set a document for one thing either it’s for promotional purposes or self achievement, they want to be the primary you realize, x y&z to get some place and and that that can cloud your judgment and and make you’re taking more possibilities then you then may otherwise do. So it’s, it’s tempting. Yeah, it’s irritating that I’ve obtained for several years now I’ve been had these two nations now I’ve been to the lads, nevertheless it’s been virtually three and a half years that I’ve gotten out this one to go. And it’s it’s very irritating. But I have to put it in perspective that it’s, it’s not value making an attempt to do something that that doesn’t make sense. Within the case of Syria, the effectively nobody what the US passport is getting visas at this point. So it’s out of my arms. But However still, it has to be a state of affairs that makes is sensible for me. And,

and the place I can have a top quality visits. I mean, the past yr or two individuals have been going to Yemen where they go to the Oman border, they usually get any person to get them throughout the border for a couple hours and go searching. And when you’ve ever seen footage of mainland Yemen, I mean there, it’s incredibly lovely and very totally different architecture and landscape sensible from any of its neighboring nations. So there’s a time I hope that that I can be in a position to properly visit mainland and have an extended visit in that, that someday toe tap, that wouldn’t be worthwhile to me to do attempt to pull it off simply to tick a field. So I I’ll, I will wait and unite. And I attempt to hold perspective. I imply, this is an incredibly once you take a look at it and incredibly egocentric pursuit and pastime it’s like, please Why? You understand, why don’t the Syrians give us visas, and he’ll take a look at all the struggling of the individuals there. So it’s a I hold, I hold that bat in at the start in thoughts and in hope that someone like me having the ability to travel and then others later, when it gets higher and higher signifies that there’s lastly good things for the local those that have suffered so much.

Drew Macomber
Properly, Dave, anything before we transfer on to miles and points earlier than we begin choosing Stephens brain?

Dave H
I assume the one query that does come to mind is with all your information in so many various areas of so many obscure nations, have you ever ever toyed with the thought of probably putting together journey packages for others and perhaps main some excursions.

Stefan Krasowski
I’ve toyed with the thought. If I do something like that, it will start with China, which is the country I do know greatest. I’ve as I stated, I lived there for eight years, I converse Mandarin, I’ve been to every province and actually know that deeply. And that’s that’s something that I’ve taken buddies at, at totally different factors and really much enjoyed. It’s a it’s a troublesome enterprise to scale. As a result of if the enterprise is about you, then it’s your time away. And, and it’s exhausting to economically make that work as properly. As I stated, relationship sensible, it’s, I don’t want to tell my wife that I’m going to be touring 10 weeks a yr or something. So right looked at alternative ways to do it. It could possibly be one thing like, a few times a yr to do something very special or one thing that might be meaningful to me. And I feel to other vacationers, China, one of many things is

from the US, you will get these unimaginable excursions, it’s $1,000 for every week from New York with airfare, inns, and also you see the Forbidden Metropolis you see the terracotta salt, you see all that it’s a it’s a worth that can’t be beats, and it’s sponsored by hours and hours of pressured present purchasing on the silk museum so referred to as. And the Jade museum so referred to as that are really just dusty gear and shows that lead you into a gift store that’s like a timeshare sales sort of strain thing and the guy disappear and watching cameras as their numbers ring up. And only once they hit their targets, they emerged a pair hours later, so Wow. Yeah, it was fascinating once I was dwelling in China, there was when sea trip, you realize ta rose up one in every of their improvements was that they might worth, two totally different tours, they’d be the same factor at a Hong Kong tour with all the traditional drive buying can be will say 2000 RMB. After which they might name it the notice and just like the no buying, the no problem journey can be like 50% more. And wow. However we’re prepared to pay it because they understood that that assure that they might spend their time and others needed the the cheaper trip that had the purchasing they usually didn’t mind that. But plenty of first time guests to China aren’t conscious of what it means to be getting that finances worth and the amount of time you’re going to spend on these present outlets in that. So

something I might do can be far more definitely not the present the present purchasing sort of one however but to numerous destinations that I feel curiosity individuals there’s there’s thought-about in China for holy Buddhist mountains they usually’re all very totally different or 5 tallest mountains. And every of those you possibly can have like a two week itinerary that that link up these for those who are interested within the religion and philosophy and the scenery and see these sort of issues. And there’s there’s not likely individuals providing that sort of strategy because there’s so much locked into the the identical several itineraries of of great highlights. However for those who have had been to China and seeing these a few of these first trip highlights they could be in search of extra so might might put together something like that. Though

Drew Macomber
for those who do this, are the friends allowed to eat? or sleep? Is that simply is that only for me that you simply keep away from these issues

Stefan Krasowski
in China, I guarantee or there can be plenty of consuming, I can’t guarantee your for each country. However yeah, it’d be a completely totally different factor. And it’s it’s figuring out that entire mannequin and it’s

versatile reflexively. For me, solo travel, I feel is probably the most rewarding form of travel. And so it’s it’s rethinking my perspective on what what makes a gaggle work and what makes a gaggle useful. I feel there’s, there’s some operators out there which might be actually good at bringing in folks that take pleasure in traveling collectively, after which the group is the large highlight of their trip, they usually take pleasure in that time together and the place they’re going is, you realize, in essence, kind of a sideline when it comes to their reminiscences. So it’s connecting with that group. So somewhere in between rice, nonetheless assume that destination must be forward and prime of mind, but what a gaggle that that features nicely. And, and I mean, the challenge of the group is all the time a gaggle as all the time as as sluggish as the, the fastest, the slowest individual and all of that. So figuring out teams that have a pace, and that works. All of that that’s, that’s something that’s I assume, it’s more durable to deliver. And that’s that’s why there’s, there’s so few corporations that I feel do it rather well.

Dave H
I feel that might be fascinating. And I also assume now can be a great time for you to mention the place individuals might discover more information about you.

Stefan Krasowski
Right, properly my weblog is onboarding space referred to as speedy journey Chai and I also have a Facebook group referred to as every passport stamp. So the weblog is extra targeted on the point aspect boarding areas a, a number of many points blogs, after which every password stamp on Fb is could be very little of the points it’s far more targeted in the direction of getting to each nation on the planet so and what I’ve actually enjoyed about that’s the membership while there’s a lot of people from the US and Europe there’s quite a bit from everywhere in the world that I never would have met some other method and the knowledge sharing on on locations like Syria like like Yemen, but in addition very mainstream locations however doing it in a lot, rather more intense ways or, or things that which are creating I feel the Vatican what just some weeks in the past open some sort of stairway that that hadn’t been open for a number of hundred years to view and these type of issues and other people have been sharing it as quick as news got here out that I actually enjoyed and it’s a free Facebook group too.

Drew Macomber
Thanks for listening to Part One on travel with Stephen. For those who loved that in any respect or for those who take pleasure in miles and factors and accumulating miles at all, then I promise you you will take pleasure in Half Two with Stephen. He knows as much about miles and factors as he does journey.

I hope you be a part of us and pay attention to half two subsequent.

Drew Macomber
Nicely, we’re gonna change pace somewhat bit and begin speaking about miles and factors. Stephen. I feel

I stated this about Gary left on another podcast by some means he is aware of about every thing and it keeps it straight in his head. I feel I feel you’re the same approach and you keep you keep excessive details like credit card insurances. I can ask you about anything, which is actually an fascinating topic but you’re in a position to, to hold all of it in your head. Are you simply are you studying every little thing or how

Stefan Krasowski
to get someplace from 1% of what Gary knows to perhaps 10%

I don’t attempt to claim the league. He’s in his he’s this all understanding seer of the other

of the factors world. And that, for me, it’s it definitely is, it’s a topic that that I actually take pleasure in and the bank cards particularly, I’ve enjoyed as well as the airline award journey and since my travels have been

primarily that getting to the least visited nations on the earth is usually an incredibly expensive thing when it comes to airfare. So the one hour flight in West Africa can value $500 cash or, or it may be a a method inter regional airlines award on Brussels airways or one thing. So these have been my two specific pursuits. And people have led to

requiring quite a bit, much more broad information than then say a variety of the factors travelers which are rather more targeted on on one sort of traveler one, one set of locations and if they’re just Europe in Hawaii, they don’t want to interact or attempt to maximize the range of packages that that I’ve had to out of necessity.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, I do know, I do know you’ve finished properly, with the United layovers not I wrote quite a bit about stopovers but you’d drive and layovers. I don’t know in case you did that with Alaska as much, however you used to find a way to jam in as many layovers as as you needed.

It. Yeah. So I do know, I know you’ve taken benefit of that, given that you simply’re making an attempt to see every place and typically you don’t have a variety of time. So that’s labored properly, in your profit. Am I right?

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah. My final parting kissed United’s all layovers was a five day a method from South omega to Ghana to Kenya, to

Rome for the Vatican to the Azores. Atlantic islands to Portugal again to New York. You already know, the worth is a a method Africa. Wow, that’s unimaginable Africa.

And that’s, that’s the sort of factor is I’ve nonetheless by no means correctly visited Rome. I’ve by no means seen any of these websites of Rome. I

Been in different elements of Italy I have many extra Italy trips coming sooner or later. However I used to be taking a look at all the connections so that one I used to be in a position to drive like 23 hours in Kenya. So

there will probably be other Kenya trips. Other occasions in this case, I used to be in a position to lease a automotive exit to parks like Hell’s Gate have assume I had what, three, three totally different flat tires on this horrible rental automobiles, you already know, the day of going to totally different parks and in all of them. So I packed quite a bit in these 22 hours after which and then so I might drive like 10 hours or so in Rome. So I figured this Rome, I’ll go spend weeks sometime in my life, but I knew that was exactly enough that I might see the sights in the Vatican.

So just arrived at daybreak had the breakfast of the Vatican ticket to skip the strains at the museum and all of that and then acquired again to the Azores. And so these these awards once they exist are attainable. I’ve had a lot less luck with Alaska.

So Alaska is on paper, fantastically generous and stopovers. And in actuality error code 1580 will appear on many many searches and I feel the opposite error code is what 1430. So 1430 is said to routing guidelines and 1580 is is when simply companion stuff doesn’t work and that

so probably the most simple stuff goes someplace in the US stopping in Seattle and in continuing or San Francisco wherever they have a kind of hub.

the all the problems get in like I’m planning some Alaska travel right now. In order that they have two native carriers Penn air and Raven which might be partners, and each of them do however various things to award pricing So Raven,

every it screws up the whole lot even on connecting tickets, so the Seattle to Anchorage to Homer, Alaska. So the anchorage to Homer is operated by Raven, that may worth out as one ticket costlier than reserving these two with with mileage plans individually. And it doesn’t matter which save or nevertheless you figure it out. All of the raven flights are 17,500 miles. And but one way or the other it screws it up.

Drew Macomber
Sounds like you’re having worse luck than I’m on that. But but I’ve by no means been in a position to do something with Alaska that, such as you did with that united I mean, that’s going the improper path. And then coming proper again. I imply to go from

Western Africa.

Race by way of Kenyan Rome is just nuts, since you might have thrown a rock from one to the opposite.

Stefan Krasowski
That is what what drew you’ve taught me quite a bit was posts about your your numerous hop overs and stop overs is considering taking a look at the place these have been air airways put regions on there. And a variety of them even if they’ve gone kind of income base did nonetheless have airline regions and routing guidelines and where they put territories. So Azores is Portugal. They usually just treated as Portugal. So connecting via them. Yeah, why I used to be in a position, the one cause on that why I was in a position to undergo Portugal and again via Portugal was I related by way of Lisbon a method and Porto coming back I feel was it and Azores had flights to, to both. So figuring out these areas and testing issues, and loads of it is no one at these corporations. And I’ve once I go I don’t have that many business connections. However I’ve been the issues just like the Freddy awards, the place loyalty program individuals, and you very quickly understand that Loyalty Program Manager is a mid degree job in the corporate run that any person spends a couple of years in and hopes to get promoted to something greater up the pay scale and advertising. And to them, it’s just a every day corporate job and how many individuals can say that they pay intense thought and a spotlight to the small print of their day by day company jobs. So these individuals, they once they go house, they consider gardening or yoga or whatever their hobbies are, they don’t go residence at night time serious about these things like we do. In order that they they program, something no one at United in all probability ever actually heard of Azores are considered it, or why I might connect, they are why I might cross from one aspect of Africa, all the best way to the opposite. And that includes like 15 hours of flying or one thing, it’s to date, but now they say oh, it’s just Africa. It’s like connecting between, you recognize, San Francisco and Houston or something, you realize, it simply know these these sort of issues. So testing it, seeing the chances, seeing the place individuals didn’t have the imagination to think of the stuff that we’d consider that’s that’s lots of what you’ve opened my eyes to. And it’s it’s helped me a ton in these journeys.

Dave H
And do you keep in mind what number of miles that ticket was?

Stefan Krasowski
Was that South West Africa that was was at 42,500 or 37,540, or

Dave H
42 and a half and superb worth.

Stefan Krasowski
Here’s a guide financial system for myself and enterprise for my wife. And that that very much helps. So know the questions you guys have discussed about family journey, it’s very straightforward once we travel as a pair that solely want one seat. So subsequent week, my spouse is making an attempt Jet Blue mint. And I don’t have a seat task as a result of all the free seats are are taken up on Jet Blue, and I’m making an attempt to see if meaning they put you into a pleasant seat or they only stick you into a center seat that comes out

Drew Macomber
on the finish. Simply examine in on time, I assume. Do you assume there’s anything equal to that? Is there any program you’re taking a look at now? to do

Stefan Krasowski
stuff like do more with UVA? UVA is one which it’s not so much equivalent. I had my thoughts still again when it comes to the one business class phrase I feel if you’re discussing with Spencer, you talked about packages which have totally different availability for their members and not and

that that still performs quite a bit so EPA is an effective one for that one business class seat that they’re not giving to companions. When it comes to the crazy stuff. They stated I’ve been making an attempt to make Alaska work for different issues and not had as much success as as it’d supposed to be on paper. asia miles ama and Japan mileage financial institution gel are all packages that through the years I’ve bookmarked every time individuals have written about them and that i’ve i’ve meant to research and determine them out and simply haven’t nonetheless in the long run I imply Delta has gotten worse and worse for most of the stuff I tried to do however I’ve gotten all these nations virtually completely on on Delta sky miles and united mileage plus one world is far less helpful to me because it’s when it comes to destinations it’s not important. There’s the there’s places on the sky group goes there’s places solely Star Alliance goes but there’s nowhere that one world goes kind of that that I can’t cover with the other two. In order my largest stability that I hardly use. I’m making an attempt to assume what what other packages have been dabbling with just lately

I’ve been placing some rental automobiles at Nash nationwide you can now earn miles and totally different packages. So I’ve been placing Lufthansa miles

some nationwide rentals in addition to the hurts days last the large promotion that they had final yr. So Lufthansa has some fascinating stuff for United, that’s altering primary ninth, the costs are going up slightly but not not horrifically. In order that that may do some stuff on united. I’ll be a well-liked one that I’ve used some for more simple stuff, however not, not to the degree that

some individuals have discovered with with totally different mics, cabin type lighting varies.

Drew Macomber
Do you ever buy miles from them? Do you ever find that value it? I mean, when Avianca was doing

a whole lot of their bonuses, is that something you didn’t see, it is sensible I

Stefan Krasowski
haven’t wanted to I’ve had enough for what I want with bank card transfers. And part of that has been the weaknesses of Avianca are a variety of airports usually are not included or routing rules. So I’ve never had luck with them for stuff I used to be making an attempt to do in Africa. And these the even just certain one ways like South Sudan to Ethiopia means it’s a a method and Ethiopian, however they don’t have the airport code supported. And so that’s it for them. So I’ve only just lately began using them for more typical issues like us to East Asia. Those these do make good sense that you already know, I feel when it comes to my very own journey, I’m completely fantastic sitting in financial system swell simply by money tickets or points of money. And then stuff for my spouse is wherever you Avianca Star Alliance awards from us to East Asia. make a variety of sense.

Drew Macomber
I really like that. That’s the extra typical. Yeah.

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah, I imply, I’m struggling to find ones that that basically do the weird. And so plenty of it is and I my largest pet peeve blog posts about award subjects is when any person writes a theoretical award submit, which is that they take a look at an award chart they usually say this must be bookable and I know drew you hate that stuff, too. And you truly check it out. So loads of the Eddie exhausting stuff has,

Unknown Speaker
although I did get in hassle with that lately, however

Stefan Krasowski
it was up there, Morocco stopovers or one thing. But

Drew Macomber
I had, I used to be pretty sure that that was doable. And I properly anyhow, and then the other thing I did was, I just put I just compared however that is one thing else. This is perhaps a bit of totally different than what you’re speaking about. But I attempt to get charts in cross examine things I identical to, I like the visual show of cross evaluating issues. So I put all of the round the world award charts back to again and, and arrow Mexico by that by that chart is killing it. It’s simply by far the most effective award chart and other people when man was like I went into the workplace. He’s like, I do know Spanish. I attempted calling. He’s like I went into their workplace in Mexico. I mean, in New York, the arrow Mexico office, they usually’re like, No, we don’t see, we don’t see any availability, and doesn’t matter what it is for any companion flying, they only don’t see award availability. So it’s just

Stefan Krasowski
left the juice well worth the squeeze is to win the award. I assume what I’ll do is I’ll ask award Booker’s, like like Gary like Tiffany funk, like Matthew, Clint, do you employ this program, after which once they say we don’t touch it. Now, these are people who are doing it full time, and typically even converse the local language of the airline. They usually nonetheless say it’s just, it’s just such a Canadian and Europe, Mexico is one I’ve heard is you’ve acquired to be very patient, very fluent in Spanish, very flexible, very, very persistent, very native to

Drew Macomber
make it work. My pal is fluent in Spanish. And he stated that he calls in he’ll, he’ll have up a word availability on one display and he’ll say, okay, flight, whatever, whatever. They usually’re like, we don’t see any order availability there. He’s like, I do know that there’s a word availability on that flight. They usually simply, they only declare that there’s, they see no companion capacity. My

Stefan Krasowski
only tip is ask for the coconut juice. So the for some cause, even in the event you’re sitting in enterprise class, they serve it any financial system, not in not in business, you got to ask it for the for the financial system. Good. It is best to

Drew Macomber
have informed me that a month ago.

I really like

Stefan Krasowski
the airline itself. I take pleasure in and I like Mexican City Airport. But

Dave H
yeah, it’s these these packages.

Stefan Krasowski
I had a convention in Australia once I did an entire lecture. This isn’t all American telling them what what they don’t find out about Virgin Australia. However it was solely about Coco’s Christmas Island. So these are two Australian abroad territories and method West. So virtually nearer to Malaysia and Indonesia than then mainland Australia. I needed to see the large annual pink crab migration, which I ultimately did, however it was a 4 yr means of

getting the pure circumstances timing once they once they migrate, and you only know a couple of weeks before. And so years of booking all these awards a yr out hoping that the dates line up and all the things works completely. And and this can be a great one that a number of the leading websites in Australia publish these theoretical award charts, as they are saying, I imply, for those who take a look at the Eddie scorching friends web site, they have these awards charts for Virgin Australia, they usually particularly named these airports and other ones. And some of them are very massive destinations, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast sort, Great Barrier Reef sort islands that you simply go to, they usually publish, particularly this city to this metropolis value this many miles. However you possibly can name them 100 occasions and each time was they Oh, this is operated by Virgin Australia regional so we will’t e-book it. And that is operated by this. And this is operated by that. So Singapore, Chris fly or the identical factor. They publish Cocos Keeling, they publish Christmas Island on the reward chart, tried many occasions over a number of years, never as soon as was in a position to get them to truly affirm area, the only program that would reliably do it aside from Virgin Australia velocity was Delta sky miles with a whole lot of exceptions of how they show it. And there’s there’s things about technical stops and flight numbers altering it. It looks like a really obtuse technical case. But the level is, these are ones Eddie had Singapore, they publish proper on their award chart. These cities they named them and so far as I can inform, and all of my efforts and asking different individuals they are, some of them are completely unbreakable.

Drew Macomber
I’ve to say, Stephen, this could be a could be a Stephen drawback. As a result of

Stefan Krasowski
as I stated, this occurs to these nice barrier reef Island destinations that folks truly will need to go to greater than more than simply me, but that you already know, so that that’s an excessive case. However that’s one the place it simply gets frustrating. And so when individuals simply quote the award chart and say you possibly can guide this, properly, typically you’ll be able to and it’s incredible. And different occasions you just you simply can’t and and in order that

that that will get a bit irritating.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, I understand. I’m just saying, Dave and I haven’t had points finding Cocos Island nice. Christmas Island.

Dave H
haven’t lost any time in any respect. Once I was

Stefan Krasowski
young.

Dave H
It wouldn’t have been by no means however

although that I do have to say the pink crab migration footage that you simply took have been just fabulous. Superb. Yeah. Really superb. Simply hundreds of

Stefan Krasowski
uncommon claims. In case you search What does it really feel seashore on Christmas Island on Google Earth you’ll see me in an orange baseball hat and gray t shirts.

Dave H
Know so everyone can see what you seem like they

Unknown Speaker
blow out the face however

Dave H
okay.

Stefan Krasowski
I don’t know what you’re doing the the migration, the park ranger with the digital camera on his backpack. So it’s various enjoyable to see that course of anything?

Drew Macomber
Sure. Cool.

So how, how are you earning miles lately? Are you?

I mean, you’re principally a bank card. individual, but do you do you Ms ever or I imply you used to simply curious what you’re up

Stefan Krasowski
To lately, this is where the sandbagger Dave lastly gets will get involved, as a result of on the prior episodes, he’s not doing an excessive amount of. And but

I take Dave’s point that it’s all relative. And

my thoughts is I’m undoubtedly earning rather a lot fewer miles. And it’s costing me more than than I did up to now. Once I moved from New York to Seattle, I assumed issues would improve they usually went the opposite course because with there’s very particular demographics that tend to get into miles and factors and a variety of those demographics work at Amazon, Microsoft, T Cellular, all their Expedia, all the remaining which are in the Seattle area. And so a lot of people just slashed and burned and killed off stores. One thing that’s I observed about Seattle is particularly inside Seattle Metropolis Limits, but even surrounding areas is as a result of labor prices are fairly excessive. Many shops customer support desks,

operate restricted hours they usually only have one individual. And for those who don’t have two individuals and you’ve got some Ambassador with a garbage bag filled with Visa present playing cards and needs to run 50,000 in volume that shuts down the customer service desk for a couple of hours a day. And that that shuts down a store actually fast and there’s been enough of those individuals in the Seattle area that they say it’s accountable and grasp and and the one you understand in a Walmart was truly shopping for something and saw this guy and it turned out I knew him on on flyer speak by a deal with from from years ago. And he was upset as a result of individuals have been irresponsible doing doing 80,000 a day and he was doing an inexpensive amount of 50 to 60 a day.

But he was truly solely doing a number of thousand like 5 minutes and then letting the subsequent customer in line undergo so he was truly appearing in a in a approach that may not destroy the stores but others would insist on doing

their entire factor. And in that just about destroyed but in individual things of Seattle until you’re prepared to drive a minimum of an hour in several directions. And so that that type of stuff I’ve I’ve principally stopped. So it’s it when opportunities come up which are are things online that have larger charges, I imply, paying taxes or invoice pay, I imply, these type of things are our typical examples. And if I’m hitting a bank card signup bonus, if I’m

hitting one thing that like on a Hilton card that triggers a lodge server that I’ll run the prices and see Is it’s it good for me to pay that charge, in contrast to the payoff and all the time savings. And I’ve I really

in addition to things getting harder is true to a selected classes one, I’ve discovered that that I have been means an excessive amount of of a generalist and the really profitable point generator

masters these varieties that I do know they don’t have a broad factor they’re they’re working on one or two deals and making it as environment friendly as potential and so when something like a comes out I feel final Christmas that they had this promo was like dude, every of these 15 totally different duties sign up for lifelock do this or that. Every one earns a number of hundred miles and it’s enjoyable and addictive but for those who go through it, you’ll spend hours and hours to simply get a couple of thousand miles in contrast to the really efficient MSers is that they’ve just acquired this one or two thing going. However it’s it’s an hour earlier than work. It’s an hour after work on their commute. They’ve received it down to a science they usually generate rather a lot from it. So I’ve tried to resist my pure inclination to, to spread around and research things and focus and I’ve additionally just, I’m working for myself now and it’s it’s I feel one of the simplest ways to be an awesome Ambassador is to have a corporate job that puts no demands on your your

time. And so in case you have a company job the place you’re simply sitting round and fascinated with this stuff, and figuring them out, and the direct deposit comes either means, then you possibly can afford to spend an hour at Walmart after work or this type of stuff, once you’re working for yourself. But you actually are faced with that trade off is does this hour does this two hours Make sense? Does it exhaust me so if i in Seattle, if I bought a automotive, if I spent two or three hours going to Tacoma day by day, I I’ll generate extra factors, but I know it can harm my enterprise. So I’m actually making an attempt to focus on on things that don’t take loads of time even when they’ve greater fees.

Drew Macomber
So what sort of things don’t take a whole lot of time,

Stefan Krasowski
bank card signups the quantity of style, as I stated, things like Bill Pay, and that’s something you are able to do from your keyboard.

Metropolis retention gives with to at&t access Moore’s,

between my spouse and I, we’ve got five chase freedom, in order that’s an individual five x but at scale by five, and those classes are often pretty straightforward. And if I’m taking a street trip somewhere within the US, I can I can say if a so that’s, that’s 1500 occasions five, that chunk of present playing cards, I can go someplace and do these freedoms somewhere in the US that’s that’s more amenable to, to the MS fashion methods than the my local space and just be achieved with that over a day or two in the middle of a visit I’m taking after which it’s not, it’s not one thing out of my day by day routine making an attempt to go there on a regular basis. So these these type of things that I feel where

a whole lot of the large masters are, it’s it’s no massive secret when it comes to it’s simply numerous strategies to get Visa present cards or other present cards and either resell them, which is a full business or discover locations that may get them to money, order invoice pay these type of things. You already know, that’s, that’s all been out there. The trick is, is finding locations that that can do it. After which there’s completed there’s more of the black hat and sort of travel hacking stuff, which a few of it I get, I get advised and hear about and I just assume Oh, that’s fascinating academically, however it’s it’s not something that I might ever feel snug with doing myself. And that’s, that’s the place a whole lot of the power can also be going.

Drew Macomber
But you you even have talked about maintaining and using passive benefits greater than any anyone else. And I feel most individuals overlook those issues. Are there something like I mean, there used to be extra annual free night time bonuses with with Fairmont in case you hit the 12 okay i feel. And now that’s gone. The town status factor is altering however there are there some other passive benefits that you simply that you simply truly use

Stefan Krasowski
every single one of the lodge certs i feel is value it. And the annual fees don’t don’t hassle me. I’ve never had one go expire, then I don’t perceive the lodge snobs on-line that which might be like, Oh, it’s unattainable to find a Marriott that’s value it at 35,000 factors a night and you already know, there’s some spectacular places and and yeah, that’s loopy, you already know, and it’s and it’s just completely nuts that

that that you’ll find something I mean, even if

you possibly can, so perhaps your objective is opulent lodge. But when in case you also need to go visit New York or Hong Kong or Tokyo, you find these lodges and so I’ve lodge certs from all of them. I imply, we now have a nights within the

Drew Macomber
public don’t reside by the best way of the Marriott, resorts, the category 5 or now they call it slightly below 35,000. But I revealed the entire record of St. Regis and Ritz Carlton motels and there’s like 40

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah, and so I imply, we’re solely limited by the number of cards we’ve got between my spouse and I, we use all of the certs and I mean even we have now an evening next week, New York JFK and we had an previous Radisson certain days. They usually don’t have many resorts left in some cities, but they do have a JFK Airport one so positive. We get there at nine at night time. We’re out within the morning. The cert begins advantageous. It’s the Hilton cards I feel are particularly the Hilton ascend. In order that’s the $95 one not not the not the benefits rich Aspire one that I don’t even in Ariana point, Jason wrote the identical thing just lately that I don’t even know where all the points seem to come from. As a result of late final yr, they only stored being these 20,000 bonuses that didn’t even appear to be provides that we have been targeted for. And it simply the purpose stability on that just keeps appears to growing the healthiness by are the premium card that comes with diamonds, are you able to broaden on that you simply just maintain getting targeted? Properly, I mean, just like the so proper now I’ve the Aspire the Hilton sandwich I’ve had for many years, and the Hilton business card. In order that they’re all from Amex, and the Ascend particularly.

Each, each other month or so it’ll be it’s been a bit quieter this yr. However it’ll be one thing like get 20,000 points for spending 2000 get another 20,000 for spending 4000. So when you’re doing grocery retailer type sort things like present cards, you hit 15,000 per calendar yr, you also get a weekend nights are plus the earning is what six points $1 had grocery shops. And and you get these type of bonuses. After which there were different bonuses, like in December January for issues on in the event you spent like $500 and Amazon so that that they had all of these and, and each her and I used to be taking a look at our accounts independently just making an attempt to work out, it appeared like there have been much more 20 hundreds that by no means ought to have been awarded. So it’s like they they even had promos that they in all probability didn’t even didn’t even e-mail us or we never observed their inbox, they didn’t require registration. In order that that card just truly that basically appears notably beneficiant.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, no concept.

Stefan Krasowski
I don’t have that. And that’s not one thing that’s not something you possibly can really guarantee and it’s not something I might just get the card, you recognize, hoping for good luck, however it’s an honest card to have anyway, if you are able to do grocery retailer stuff and and get that weekend certs and get the get the incomes and and you realize lots of these. Another factor I’ve discovered from from each of you guys and and other people which were doing it longer is you’ve received you’ve obtained the revealed phrases and a few of the stuff we do bank card purposes. And that’s just maximizing the, the the letter moderately than the spirit of the terms and circumstances so

after which the other the opposite aspect of stuff is when it’s stuff that the phrases and circumstances explicitly say is just not supposed to occur, like a purchasing portal that claims does not rely for present card purchases, however it truly does. And so going out and testing issues and seeing if they work seeing when you obtained the at&t access extra testing websites to see, is it is it going to be the three x on-line? And may I get a retention supply for an additional two x? So it’s 5 x online? For all this stuff? Does this bill pay service rely issues have come and gone with that card. But for those who hold experimenting, even when it says it’s not supposed to work? That doesn’t necessarily imply it was programmed that method. So don’t you realize, don’t be like those those weblog commenters that always say I referred to as once the agent stated you possibly can’t do that the top. Right?

Drew Macomber
However however you type of study what to look for in these areas. Like you talked about phrases and circumstances with with, you understand, earlier, you talked about phrases and circumstances with routing guidelines, however like I, I type of ignore, and I just see what the pc permits. And so once I’m making an attempt a new program up to now, my program was you realize, I did. So now I’m in search of other packages where I can simply check things. And I’m and I usually know the issues to check. So if I, for example, if I take a flight within Northern Africa, will it route me via Europe for a similar worth, that’s just a factor to check? as a result of then I can look for how how the computer prices, this stuff. In those instances, I utterly ignore what the written routing guidelines are. And I’m going see what the pc truly does. As a result of it’s it’s, it’s not often the same. Within the case of credit card stuff. It truly is about phrases and circumstances or messing. Like the first thing, if we discover something new, the very first thing you’re going to do is go search the terms circumstances for the phrase limit. So I feel I feel every of us have discovered there are Dave, do you might have an instance of something where you you went straight to the terms and circumstances and also you searched for a phrase like I used to be simply considering I searched the phrase restrict lately, because I assumed I found a brand new thing we’ll see. I’ll inform you later, the place

have been someplace Carrie truly despatched money to you, Dave, and it acquired despatched to my automotive on accident and it didn’t get it didn’t charge a charge. I do not know why this occurred. So so $80 acquired put on my card $80 received sent to you. And the very first thing I did is went in search for the word restrict within the phrases and circumstances. And I don’t see a restrict within the terms and circumstances. But that’s simply an example of one thing you go and search for immediately.

Dave H
Nicely, and and I truly assume it’s more necessary to minimize to speak more about what Stephen was talking about, of making an attempt to push it if it says present cards don’t apply. Those are the things that folks need to attempt which might be listening to us which are making an attempt to find out how to do this because

As soon as you work that out, you’re not talking concerning the whatever retailer in downtown Seattle that’s getting overrun. You’re speaking about your personal little honey pot that’s going to produce for a very long time. So it’s like, do you set in this effort on, you already know, 510 15

totally different places? Perhaps once you do strike gold on one in every of them, although, you’re simply set for some time. So I mean, that’s the place it’s value making an attempt to put in that additional effort up front to develop something that may have an extended life that you simply normally don’t see on lots of the extra public that’s simply testing issues, proper?

Stefan Krasowski
Yeah, I imply, one, right, relatable cards prepaid cards that I had just written off for years, truly. And it had been closed on me as a result of I had an early account, and I hadn’t been using it. I had written off because the Publish restrict was so low that I just didn’t assume it was value my time to get out to a store the place I might do the reloads. And then they stated, Nicely, have you truly ever tried to use it? what they stated, nicely, the publisher,

It’s one factor, however for those who’ve used it for a couple of weeks, you are able to do much more because they only publish limit as that, however they only they course of much more. And that’s something that individuals are sensible sufficient, I wasn’t sensible sufficient to simply say him over the restrict says X number you possibly can load per thirty days, but I’ll simply attempt one other one does it go through, it’s going by way of and the subsequent one wins by way of and the subsequent one wins by means of. They usually and it’s not something that they’re shut down at the finish of the month. It’s individuals been doing this for several years. They usually they ultimately realized their precise limit on their card is three or four occasions what the Publish limit of the hundreds are. And I was a dope and didn’t didn’t use the card or check it out in that approach. And that’s that’s what I’ve tried to get better at.

Dave H
And that’s an ideal instance. And I mean, and that also falls into the category of tradable info. So when you discover a heavy hitter, and you say, Hey, I have one thing it’s on this basic space, do you could have something after which unexpectedly you

have road

credibility and you’ve got something of worth to commerce. Properly then that opens extra worlds for you. Yeah, and I feel I feel the

Stefan Krasowski
rapping again to what’s revealed and all of that, I feel the one of many largest errors individuals very new on this interest make is they assume all the things is on-line. So like what the phrase availability, many companions, a just began displaying it he had, but they don’t show a cafe in jail. And so you’ve got to study that not every little thing is on-line. And then I feel somewhat bit down the street of development, individuals start considering that, Oh, now I have to call in they usually call in is the word of God, after which they get misled by info of customer support reps which are are usually not not that properly knowledgeable or don’t know the way it works. And then they’ve received to get to that, you’ve obtained to get to the purpose to understand that it’s a hybrid of both on-line and in individual calling and neither is ideal. And both have alternatives which are beyond what either is telling you exist.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, I even have an instance from a methods again where it wasn’t me being sensible sufficient is

me being over aggressive, I assume, with the web spend playing cards.

There, they’re meant to be reloaded. And so you purchase, you purchase the preliminary $500 card, after which you’ll be able to continue to reload it. And I received banned from this system. And so once I went to register it, it’s like, sorry, the social security number doesn’t it not works with this thing.

However just use the final 4 digits of the pin. So now my social security quantity triggers turning all of these right into a debit card.

So I mean, I don’t I don’t understand how I might have found that. Otherwise, then then and then I found you recognize, there are fairly straightforward ways to do this. However

you realize, typically you simply you simply obtained to begin testing things. And in that case,

I don’t I don’t understand how to repeat the experiment and have the identical outcomes.

Stefan Krasowski
For someone else type letter to each financial institution, please banned me. Right here’s my Social Security.

Drew Macomber
Which works till they put out something you truly need.

I had to write Google and like once as soon as a month to ask them to and banned me from their

their cash, you’re banned or cash switch thing, however it ended up being a huge pain.

Stefan Krasowski
Because your entire account, right? Tiffany wrote about a problem with Google 5 and it shuts down Google phi. When you’ve obtained it.

Drew Macomber
I did not have Google hearth at the time. However it does use Google funds my Google phi account now. So I can’t think about if I did not get that overturned. So typically being aggressive. You understand, it’s just a free means to unload cards for a while and I

would have not been value it. I don’t understand how much I did it was in all probability a couple of thousand but I obtained I received banned so it’s not all the time value getting banned. That’s my point is you don’t want to just go attempt to get banned to see if you will get your personal honey pot as Dave stated, because I don’t need to be banned from Google. That’s one thing.

Stefan Krasowski
Dave you talked about concerning the networking and I feel that’s it conferences events that’s all the time the most important query that comes up and also you’re the type of individual that folks want to get to know and and as as useful and amenable as you’re lots of others together with your talent degree are usually are not a lot they usually they get uninterested in individuals asking for the free secret and operating away. So what’s what’s the best way out of your perspective for somebody to truly construct a relationship with with someone such as you that that’s mutually useful and opens the door but I’m nonetheless making an attempt to get Dave to inform me secret. So I’d like to know the reply to this. I’m

Dave H
And ultimately drew will in all probability earn some type of degree of trust with me. Simply kidding.

I, the most important thing comes again to what, you recognize,

what would that individual have to supply? If that individual comes up to me and says, Can you tell me the secrets and techniques are can? Can I buy you a coke? Can you tell me the secrets and techniques?

No, you already know, but when they’ve executed, you recognize, if there’s a extra equal relationship, they usually stated, Did you know about x or y, then that’s more doubtless to construct that kind of belief. And I mean, there’s some stuff that’s more

you already know, that doesn’t, that’s sort of out there that that gained’t get blown up if one other individual or two hears about it. But then there’s other stuff that’s extra fragile. So the fragile stuff? In all probability, you understand, that may be tremendous long run, if in any respect, that may provide you with there’s definitely other things of value. And I imply, in that the you already know, it will be a two method road. In my mind, that may be the simplest means to accomplish something like that.

Drew Macomber
However are both of you want on a standoff with like telling different individual a secret to earn the belief?

You realize, what I’m making an attempt to say?

Dave H
I don’t know, I feel there’s sure individuals that you simply, you understand,

Drew Macomber
you simply get in dialog and you say, I have one thing that may aid you.

Dave H
I mean, that happens for proper, or, or there’s just a few people who you realize, are enjoying at a excessive sufficient degree that they have one thing proper, yeah, that’s true. And it is perhaps now it could be in a half a yr, they’re going to come throughout one thing. So

you realize,

there’s going to be extra of an tried a relationship with someone like that, whether or not they have something now or not, then you realize, what I mean? And I simply find all of it fascinating and interesting. So I mean, quite truthfully, a whole lot of these things I hear I’m you recognize, I’m sort of in this stuff in camp of academically? I’m glad I heard about that. However I’m just not going to do it for no matter Positive.

So however however to me, it’s more, it’s more the hunt and more the figure it out, and what else can work? And what else can I usher in, you recognize, and I get an enormous thrill out of discovering one thing that can assist any person else and telling them, you recognize, I’m not going to use this, however this ought to be actually great for you. They usually get actually excited. They usually say, Oh, thank you so much. I recognize that. So I imply, even simply, you already know, the I don’t know my mind.

Stefan Krasowski
And it doesn’t essentially may be saying that you’ve something completely unrelated. I imply, one man that that I’ve

met at considered one of my ny meetups and now a couple years later has grow to be this big MS heavy hitter.

We’ve, he doesn’t share that kind of these items was with me, however he shares business sort stuff from from his work that that ends up serving to me and so it it’s one thing that I know that there’s another individual in New York is identical approach that we’re good pals, and I know he does a ton of stuff he’d like five years, I don’t assume he’s ever shared a reside tip with me. And I’ve by no means pushed him for it. However I’ve helped with stuff. And he’s helped me in different ways, because these are often very resourceful individuals. And similarly that I do know they do. They’ve folks that that they’ve worked with that that have tried to do like save the reselling sort enterprise, they’ve helped and coach those that have gone up and needed to do the extra tit for tat equal in sort stuff when those individuals have stated I’ve acquired this deal and I feel they have like your your cheese example someone needed to go in on 5000 bucks of cheese and you realize, when it’s a joint undertaking that you simply’ve acquired, you’ve acquired some the power to, to each each get a win win and build a few of the belief that only comes with wiring anyone’s money and hoping it doesn’t vanish.

These these kinds of issues, so it doesn’t have to be you should show me the a method to get ms present playing cards there’s there’s issues I requested Dave I requested drew that have nothing to do with, with with this specific topic simply because you guys know so much about numerous sort of things and and the good friendships and relationships that that aren’t just based mostly on, on this this one specific topic.

Drew Macomber
Dave, I really feel like this can be a good time to plug the Ann Arbor do as a result of that that’s genuinely a gaggle

of people that have been doing this a very long time. And a variety of the individuals there have been doing this a very long time. And the tales from the final time I was there. have been awesome. And talking of which, you’ve obtained to report some of these tales like that man

who had the eBay coupon that may be a hilarious, superb story. You gotta you gotta does he come commonly?

Dave H
he does, he truly lives in so

Drew Macomber
you bought to document all these stories, that’s going to be an episode. And and, and,

Dave H
and and only for? Yeah, I’ll. I’ll put this out there. This was

like, outrageous. So he acquired a 20% off coupon.

And he appeared in the terms and circumstances to see Was there anything that wasn’t allowed to be bought? And the answer to that was, was

Drew Macomber
there a limit?

Dave H
After which he and was there a restrict? And the answer to that was no.

And let’s just say he bought one thing very, very, very costly on eBay. And he was in a position to promote it for most of what he paid for it. And he obtained 20%. Yeah, it was superb. And he

Drew Macomber
found somebody to purchase it beforehand. In order that that’s like the security internet half He’s like,

Unknown Speaker
right.

Dave H
Right. So So yeah, so for people who don’t know, or haven’t heard concerning the artwork truthful do. There’s a Facebook web page. It’s personal. But should you reply a question, you’d be allowed to enter the Facebook web page. It’s also posted on hearth speak, which I’m going to, not fairly often. But I put that information about the broad truthful deal on that web page on hearth speak. And principally, it’s a get collectively this yr might be July 20. There’s no payment, there’s never been a payment. I asked audio system that I feel can be fascinating. And it was it this yr and this yr. Properly, there’s two individuals there’s going to be one individual speaking about road art.

And her flyer speak identify is Katie Oh, her actual identify is Karen. And she or he goes throughout and takes footage of road art. And one of many other individuals shall be coming in from Texas and he will probably be talking about getting school degrees in overseas nations for reasonable to no cash. He acquired an MBA from in Germany. So he’ll be speaking about that experience. So I mean, it’s, you already know, there’s x, Pat’s stuff, there’s miles and factors stuff, there’s cool travel stuff, stuff in stock there Jews speak, they’re bunch of different individuals speak, there’s been going on about 15 years. But if anyone’s interested, be happy to enroll, and we’ll be sure we get a large enough place that everybody needs to just

Drew Macomber
search and our model new flyer speak, or an arbor to 2006 2009

Dave H
and Arbor, Ann Arbor Artwork Truthful do can be would in all probability get you there even

Drew Macomber
2019. Two

Dave H
and then. Right? Yeah, there’s another ones it’s been going on, like perhaps 15 years. But then one of many things drew alluded to is we’ve got a tip part the place you possibly can win some sometimes bizarre aviation sort prizes.

But bottom line is individuals will give ideas that they might by no means give on-line for worry that it will unfold too quick. So there’s sort of a code of honor that folks what gets shared in there sort of stays with you until you speak to the person who initially shared it and get permission. After which you end up with some pretty cool ideas. Numerous occasions,

Stefan Krasowski
I keep in mind what, two years in the past, the man together with his his entire outfit designed to get himself flight upgrades was hilarious. I endorse the occasion and I’ll, I’ll truly I shall be there this yr.

Dave H
That’s proper. That’ll be cool. It’ll be good to see you once more.

Stefan Krasowski
I feel for simply shortly for two individuals beginning up,

Should you’re in case you’re wanting to get to know MSers is a head of an arbor truthful dude to blogs you may take a look at million mile man is a guy out of Minneapolis and I feel he’s he’s the only actually heavy hitter MSers that’s writing lots online lately. So if you need to see the psychology and means of that, and like the brand new marathon man

Drew Macomber
or extra extra of a blogger than

Stefan Krasowski
Minneapolis has, it has a great group, I’m going to these meetups, that’s my hometown once I can. Nevertheless it’s weblog and he’ll he’s very targeted and very particular. However you get to see how how that course of works. And then the opposite one I feel is beneficial in this space, miles per day does a deal lifeless collection. So he solely reveals offers once they’re already lifeless. But learning the learning how these work does, how you find yourself discovering the brand new things that that do work. these assets are increasingly rare when it comes to stuff you’ll be able to read of that world and getting a sense of what it’s like. And,

Dave H
and and simply to make clear enter in our broad truthful can we’ll speak very little If none about MS. I made that mistake about six or seven years ago to usher in any person to speak about MS and like loads of stuff in Ann Arbor went till after that so I would like to by no means never make that a matter of the enterprise it’s a fun social thing and however getting to know these sort of characters I assume.

Right, right.

Drew Macomber
So I’ll I’ll move in the direction of wrapping up the whole thing. But, Stephen, I was going to ask you another thing. I feel like I’ve requested you about this a pair occasions. However it just the power to retain it in my head just isn’t nearly as good however just talking about journey insurances with credit cards.

So we will speak about auto and journey and another ideas you may need. However so let’s begin with travel.

What sort of safety if I if I purchase a flight with no matter Chase Sapphire most popular? Or you tell me if there’s a better card? what what what’s going to be the utmost? I’m going to get? Is it reimbursed or a lodge? If there’s a delay, like what are the principles here?

Stefan Krasowski
The primary differences journey delay versus journey cancellation on the trip cancellation stuff i feel is more durable to trigger and very specific events. The trip delay is more widespread to numerous us frequent vacationers. Metropolis prestige proper now has probably the most beneficiant advantages. A number of the chase cards have it. The primary thing is they may cowl say up to $500 of bills embrace lodge, meals necessities, what a what none of them embrace as a alternative flight. So I’ve had that have been they The only flight the only choice out there was was one other flight on one other airline that luckily was was cheaper even than the motels. And that was the one factor that they might deny they are saying they pay 500 for our lodge, but they wouldn’t pay 130 for a alternative flight. So when you’ve got to be elsewhere, you’re going to finish that day and you need another airline, you’re in all probability not coated however every part else. So my ache with this

Drew Macomber
if I paid with a with my city status card for a flight, and it’s it’s gotten delayed. So let’s just say a climate delay. And I’m going to be caught in Chicago in a single day, I can e-book a lodge, and just put it on my card after which later I’m going back to city and file a claim I assume have some Yeah,

Stefan Krasowski
they have a they have a type you’ll be able to you possibly can fill out and you will get it from the town advantages builder part of the card website and submit it they usually’ve changed certain issues about how they deal with connections and that however when you comply with the terms, it’s it’s pretty, pretty simple. Chase I discovered has more exceptions that they inform you about after the very fact doesn’t want to be a spherical trip doesn’t want to originate from your own home house nation metropolis is a little more broad. So most of these, the difficulty is if they will the administrator that’s hired to adjudicate these claims will discover methods if they will to not pay things and I feel like metropolis I had an odd one where I had a trip to LA for a snowstorm in a single day and the only factor they denied was my New York Metropolis subway fare as a result of they stated their phrases included floor transport, so I might have taken a automotive share service like 100 bucks from New Jersey to JFK. But since I took the subway, they stated that’s not brown transport. After which once I referred to as they overruled, they stated yeah, that’s silly and stupid. can pay you the 275. But united did it. I mean, I I the subway was quicker even then I wasn’t what was this, that is what.

So those sort of issues can be coated by that. I mean, all of those benefits, the bank cards cowl rather a lot. In the event you’re doing an enormous cruise that costs a lot of money, an enormous household occasion, a wedding or reunion or something. There’s going to be gaps on the credit card coverages that you simply’ll need to take a tough take a look at and determine do you have to purchase a more comprehensive insurance policy for that and particularly that that doesn’t have a number of the gaps of where things fall in. For probably the most half, the credit card coverages. You do need to pay with that bank card, whatever you no matter you anticipate to have coated. I feel there’s a couple of exceptions. medical evacuation for Amex platinum, so long as you’ve the cardboard or you’re an instantaneous family member, you could have medical evacuation protection, even in the event you didn’t use the cardboard to guide the journey. After which things like that, like a medical evacuation that can sound like an ideal benefit but certain cards come with just like the Platinum include a lot of money to pay for that evacuation and other playing cards just connect you to a medical assist line the place they provide help to organize it and you get the bill. So I feel freedom miler has completed some great tables evaluating the varied premium card travel protections, Chase Sapphire reserve, metropolis Nationwide Financial institution, Crystal vs infinity city status, these are Ritz Carlton card, these are a number of the ones that which have one of the best, the most effective general coverages across a bunch of classes. The other rental automotive thing very quickly is that no card covers legal responsibility, which is an issue within the US. It’s a problem in Mexico, Central America, it solely covers injury to the automotive itself. So when you own a automotive and have an auto policy, you’ll have liability coverage that may prolong to your rental automotive. For those who don’t own a automotive, any credit card that has main or secondary rental automotive protection will cowl the automotive itself. However you are not coated for legal responsibility. Every automotive in the US is by state minimums. And those are very small like five or 10,000 in some states which are hooked up to the rental automotive. So liability you should purchase from the rental company or should you lease automobiles lots like me, you will get what’s referred to as a non house owners liability policy, it’s arduous, you bought to make a whole lot of telephone calls to totally different insurance brokers. You’re not going to discover that online to get a policy like that. But I’m paying like, virtually 600 a yr for legal responsibility coverage. For any rental automotive, I have a automotive I function all year long, which compared to 15 to $18. a day for rental automobiles ends up ends up understanding for me, however I lease quite a bit. As I don’t own a automotive in Seattle, so I’ll lease every weekend or every different week for a day.

Other other insurances medical sort stuff.

The bank cards cowl medical evacuation, however not a variety of medical care. In case you you will get annual multi trip policies, which I exploit. One that’s referred to as geo blue, tracker selection. Plus, it’s a policy obtainable in lots of US states. But not all, it’s an annual multi journey as long as each trip doesn’t prolong greater than 30 days every. All your medical and evacuation is covered. They usually have an excellent community of docs.

And that’s a less expensive coverage than as an example, comprehensive sort travel insurance that embrace medical, however embrace plenty of

trip cancellation and different benefits. So our coverage for my wife and I is a bit of beneath $300 a yr. Whereas a complete coverage that features a number of the non medical stuff may be seven or eight or $900 a yr. So we’ve had good success with that I had two minor claims in Hong Kong and Japan this yr on that coverage, and it was direct under what the supplier I never crammed out a type never, never paid a cent up front. I’m very proud of that one.

Drew Macomber
You recognize, you understand why you retain all these things straight in your head is since you travel sufficient to use it. So that you’re the only individual I know that has filed a declare for a subway

ticket to be coated.

Stefan Krasowski
It wasn’t just the subway ticket mentioning. I

Drew Macomber
know, I know, I do know.

Stefan Krasowski
I stated I’m dumping this couch as a result of I didn’t need to danger a $400 Lodge in case they determined to deny it. I mean, a few of these policies, individuals are simply grasping or ridiculous. It’s like up to 500 benefits. So I’m going to go to the the apple merchandising machine and the airport and say that I needed a brand new, new, you recognize, $200 dongle that I couldn’t reside with out as a result of it was in verify baggage router, which is ok, besides you make it denied. And then you definitely just spent $200 on a dongle. And so how are you going to be assured that your lodge is going to be coated, you’ll be able to call after which they say, please submit the shape. And we’ll make our willpower that and you may’t be 100% confident you will get and you it’s kind of after the very fact but most of the main airlines have on-line process both immediate or pretty fast response where a few of them name it like it’s like a cruise ship page or no matter, the place you’ll be able to simply put in your your e mail and your ticket and you get on airline letterhead, a PDF that says your flight was delayed for these reasons. In the event you get that airline letter,

but, it’s pretty certain that it matches the reasons match the terms that that

that your bank card profit has in place, you’ve gotten a reasonably good probability of getting your declare accepted. However yeah, I’ve all the time been cautious. As I stated that New York one I slept on my pal’s couch as a result of I used to be already on that sofa the night time before and I didn’t want to danger an expensive lodge that I didn’t want to danger there was simply no profit to me doing that.

Drew Macomber
Nicely, that’s the lots of info. So thanks for sharing that. It’s like, like I stated, I feel that’s as a result of you’ll be able to hold all that straight. Since you truly use all these things. And similar factor with the nations like you recognize, you will have suggestions on every place, since you’ve been to virtually every place and you recognize, I discover myself I can hold it. I mean, I may give you recommendations for locations and Albania as a result of I’ve been there and I gained’t give you the option to. You already know, I know a bit of bit about someplace I haven’t been perhaps, nevertheless it’s exhausting to hold straight. But so I feel, Stephen, that’s what makes

what makes you an awesome visitor is you’ve accomplished it. I’ve completed every thing and been all over the place. Dave, do you’ve any more questions? Are you ready to log off or?

Dave H
I’m ready to log off. I feel it was wonderful that we had Stephen and that was just a ton of data in this past podcast.

Drew Macomber
Yeah. So thanks, Stephen, for joining us.

Stefan Krasowski
Thanks My pleasure. break it right into a two part collection then we will build inclusion.

Drew Macomber
Yeah, so thanks, Stephen for joining and thanks everyone for listening. You possibly can comply with Stephen at speedy travel Chai

which is his blog on boarding area and he’s on Twitter and you may see him at Daves in Arbor do in July. You’ll be able to look that up on flyers Hawk. Once more, thanks for listening