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Y'all know how I recently went on a Travel Hacking kick where I am addicted to amassing a large amount of Aeroplan points, so when I heard that Steve wrote a book on this subject, I was quite excited to say the least.
If you don't know who Steve Zussino is, he is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada (his wife Lina is the other co-founder), a website where they help Canadians save money by posting the latest deals and the latest coupons. More recently, he launched a second website aptly called Canadian Travel Hacking (.com) in addition to writing this great book that I'm going to review. He has been featured in CNN Money, Global BC, Toronto Star, Money Sense, The Globe and Mail, and BC CTV News. Basically he's super famous, all I have gotten is a quote in a Shoppers Drug Mart Glow Magazine 😉
Steve was kind enough to offer a giveaway to youngandthrifty readers for his new book as well! It will be a PDF version so the lucky winner gets to enjoy this book anywhere!
Without further delay, here is the review of his book (disclosure: Steve kindly gave me a copy of the book so I could review it!)
- I really like the colour of the book, it's very sharp and eye catching. Definitely reflects the personalities of those who enjoy travel hacking- adventurous, frugal, and passionate
- The book is divided into sections – Air, Accommodation, Transportation, Cruises- so you can pick what you like and focus on it. Personally I focused more on the Air aspect of it as I usually stay in hostels for accommodation anyway
- The pictures and graphs were very easy to visualize, everything was step by step and clearly defined.
- For example, he explained the Distinction program of the Aeroplan program very well and included pictures to help me understand it more
- Very detailed information with regards to the Canadian Frequent Flyer Programs and the credit cards available to help you achieve your points goals
- In addition, throughout the book there is a Tools area at the end of each chapter with hyperlinks (if you are using the computer version of course) to sites that might be of interest
- I also liked how he gave personal examples of where he has applied the stuff that he talks about in the book- it makes it seem much more achievable and realistic, given that he has obtained that price in the past before
- Like I said earlier you take what you like out of it, for example, I wasn't super interested in the cruising section though when I read it, it did spark my interest in trying a cruise for the first time with a huge discount.
- The Priceline and Hotwire strategies were not completely helpful for me as I haven't stayed using Priceline or Hotwire for a long time.
- Other than that, there aren't really any cons- the headings are nice, the font is large enough, the writing is pretty good.
I definitely think that if you are remotely interested in saving money while you are traveling, or traveling on points, getting this book is a great idea to orientate you to the idea of how to maximize your traveling savings, so you have more time to spend on other things. He talks about Aeroplan points, Air Miles, and a plethora of other things and points programs that would help you out and help you accumulate points fatster.
Let me tell you, after your first trip with minimal costs coming out of your own travel budget, you will be hooked on the initial few sessions of therapy and you will never want to go back!
So in summary, get this book, it will give you a great head start to travel hacking your way out of your Canadian city for super cheap. When you go on your first hostel trip, you will continue calling hopefully!
Readers, have you read Canadian Travel Hacking? If not, what do you think of the idea of travel hacking? Comment below with your favorite travel hack for a chance to win a copy of the book!
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