We devote thousands of hours of research to help you get Big Travel with Small Money. You support us by signing-up for credit cards through partner links which earn us a commission. Here’s our full Advertising Policy.
In case you haven’t heard, we’re giving away a $4,500 trip to one lucky reader! The contest ends on May 31, 2018, so you’ve got less than a week to get your entries in!
You can enter the sweepstakes by heading over to the contest page and using the widget to subscribe to our email list, comment on that post with your best travel tip, trick, or secret, and tell us where you’d go if you won!
It’s that simple. And you can come back daily and comment to earn more entries!
Here are some tips, tricks and secrets y’all have shared so far!
Million Mile Secret Agent Travel Tips
A big thanks to all of the Million Mile Secrets Agents that have taken the time to enter our contest and share their travel tips with us.
Here are a few ideas to inspire you before your next journey!
Cassandra likes to crowdsource her travel itinerary:
If you are planning an adventure, but have a complex itinerary or need lots of specific details to fall into place to make the whole trip work, I’ve found the Tripadvisor forums to be invaluable.
I have posted for information about numerous trips, in multiple locations and various regions and countries. And very friendly folks were great in helping me to figure out what I should do. Especially if you’ve never been somewhere before, others can provide really important details.
The only thing better than learning from an experience is learning from someone else’s experience! Great idea, Cassandra!
Lauren recommends having a goal:
A few tips – know what’s most important to you (airfare, hotel, etc.).
Make a goal and work from there.
Know why you’re applying for each card, and how it help you achieve a current goal.
I couldn’t agree more! There are so many uses for miles and points, it’s helpful to have a focus.
CB has some great advice if you have specific dietary needs:
If you have food allergies, make up a card in the local language you can show in restaurants, to make sure you can eat safely while traveling. Also, download a few apps to locate restaurants which can accommodate your food allergies or have chefs trained in food allergies.
If you have a severe food allergy, this is critical. Emily knows this from first-hand experience.
Dan likes to be prepared:
Best tip…bring a spare unlocked smartphone. If my phone cannot support local carriers or I don’t want to mess with my primary phone (or it stops working), I can easily buy a local SIM card.
And I can use the spare in iffy areas or where there is a chance of damage. I keep a good amount of music and videos on the spare so I can use it while taking transportation to or from remote locations.
I have a Verizon phone which is nice because almost all of their newer model phones are unlocked.
Marilyn makes her trips easier by:
I’ve got one of those bags! And now that you mention it, I think I’ll bring it on my next trip to carry souvenirs!
Interested in sharing your travel tricks? Remember, you can visit the contest page every day and comment for extra entries to win! We’ll pick a winner within 10 days after the sweepstakes period ends.
Our travel sweepstakes runs through May 31, 2018. You can read our full sweepstakes entry rules here.