Let’s get right into it. My name is Mitty and I’m the owner of this modest blog. I live in the San Francisco bay area in California, where I grew up. I am a web designer and entrepreneur by profession, and travel hacking addict + foodie by obsession. Chances are that if you’re reading this, you know me or someone you know knows me. Either that or else Google steered you to me (thank you Google).
No matter how you’ve come by reading this, you should know that the purpose of this blog is solely this: to share deals, strategies, and techniques for making your money work for you.
Make my money work for me? What does that even mean? Let’s be honest here. Whether you are making a six digit salary or you’re still working paycheck to paycheck on a minimal wage job, saving money on great deals is smart and fun. For myself–and many Asians out there (stereotype)–it’s not just smart and fun, but it’s also part of the mentality that my parents instilled into me when I was young. A typical response from my parents growing up was… “Oh. Too expensive. We go to other store to buy that instead. Half off there!” When I was young, that frugal-nature was embarrassing more often than not–especially if it meant having to stand around while my mom would argue over a 10 cent difference on an item.
But the truth is, over the past few years in the workforce, I’ve grown to adopt that frugal mentality. It isn’t just about saving a dime here and there–but it’s about making sure your money goes the extra mile. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still happy to tip extra when I see good service, or to pay more for a better quality product than another, or even just to frequent a more expensive establishment than the one next door just because I know the owner. But if I don’t feel any obligations, my mind is always on finding deals and traveling to places for dirt cheap.
Deals? Dirt cheap travel? How cheap are we talking about? For the deals, I’m talking about anything 50% off of the normal retail shop price that you see at the local shops. I’m definitely talking about cheaper than the usual Amazon price or what you can find on Ebay–both of which is already highly discounted versus what you’d find at your local Walmart. As for the traveling… I’m talking about traveling from San Francisco to Europe for $50 roundtrip. I’m talking about traveling from San Francisco to Bangkok, Thailand for $55 roundtrip. I’m talking about San Francisco to New Orleans for $15 roundtrip. Ridiculously cheap and practically free traveling opportunities. That’s what I’m talking about. “Travel hacking”, is what it’s called these days.
San Francisco to Bangkok, Thailand for $55 USD roundtrip?! I don’t believe you. You better believe it, because that’s how much I paid when I flew to Bangkok this past May (about two months ago). How? Airline miles. Points programs. Special deals. It’s a whole WORLD of excitement and frugal travel and deals that will make even just about everyone’s inner deal hunter tingle.
So where are these deals? How do I travel from across continents for a few dollars? Tell me everything, now. Hold your horses, young padawan. Everything will be revealed to you in time. First, I’m putting together a few articles on just how to get everything started. For now, I’m rolling out this blog with super deals that are floating around right now. The best thing you can do right now is bookmark this website or add it to your daily RSS feed reader. Also add me to twitter, and let’s become friends. Let’s both save thousands of dollars every year, and travel the word for pennies. (OK…so there’s a lot of pennies in $55, but it just sounded better when I used the word pennies in that phrase.)
Keep reading on.