I’m writing this post from my annual free trip to Bahamas, and walking down the resort last night I realized how lucky I am to be able to stay here. It’s a big resort, so there’s lots of walking to do and they literally have everything here from sea turtles, sharks, and even some really interesting people to talk to.
When I took the ferry to downtown the other day, the captain said that one of the rooms they have at the resort here is rented at about $25,000 a night. The minimum stay in that room is four nights, so you can imagine the total bill for that room. I can assure you that the room I’m staying in is a bit cheaper than that. As a matter of fact, I got invited to stay at this resort for free. It’s part of my travel hacking principles.
The Idea Behind Travel Hacking
I love travel, but it’s not something that I grew up with. Growing up as a family there wasn’t a lot of money. There’s some days now where I know I make more money in a day, than we used to get as a family in a month. Imagine the difference! It doesn’t mean that travel has to be expensive or extravagant. Having seen almost every continent now, it does make me appreciate everything that I’ve been able to see and explore.
I want to invite you to do the same through my travel hacking book, The Freedom Project. I share the world-tested travel hacking principles that I use and continue to use to travel the world and fly for free almost all the time.
Even though travel hacking has nothing to do with cheap travel, I always say travel doesn’t have to be as expensive as most people think it is. I’ve both traveled very, very cheap on a budget as well as had more extravagant experiences like flying in helicopters, going on private tours and charter trips. It’s both a lot of fun. What matters to me is exposure to different cultures, seeing different parts of the world, and being out of your comfort zone and learning from everything that you find and explore on the way.
Introducing VIP Experiences
Part of that is allowing yourself some time to experience to those things in life, experience the finer things in life. It’s one of the principles that I teach in my Millionaire Mindset Course that I have available online. Amongst other things, the course teaches a simple money management system that will allow you to create a bucket of money specifically for those extravagant experiences. Whether it’s chartering a limo, staying at a resort like this, or doing something that you normally wouldn’t do. I’ve been lucky to have experienced some of those finer things in life. I’ve enjoyed VIP lounges in Vegas, I’ve stayed in upgraded rooms and even had complimentary stays in both Vegas and the Bahamas. I’ve done private limo charters instead of taking a taxi to and from the airport. For some of you that might sound very expensive or very extravagant. It’s not as much about the money as it is about the experience. Once you get used to it, you get a little spoiled. You have to learn how to behave and set those standards for yourself.
I want to invite you to set aside some money and have an experience for yourself that you don’t think you’re able to afford today. Just look into it. See if it’s possible for you, and see what it would take to actually have that experience in your life. Once you get used to the limo driving and the VIP lounges and experiences like that, it’s kind of addicting and you’ll want more of that in your life. But when you first start doing those things, like when I first set foot on this resort, you might feel out of place. It’s almost similar to the first time I boarded a cruise ship. I’d never been on a cruise ship before, and I didn’t really know what it looked like other than pictures I had seen. Everything looked amazing, and people took such good care of me that I felt lost and overwhelmed.
Growing up with less money to spend I didn’t know what it was like to be treated that way. I actually didn’t really know how to behave initially. Slowly but surely I started getting used to the idea, and today I enjoy those experiences on a much more regular basis. You might feel out of place too, and wonder “is this for me?” Is this something I get to experience in my life? And the answer to that is a resounding YES, for you as well.
What To Do Next?
Figure out something that you would like to experience. Allow yourself to have that experience in your life, even if you think that’s not possible. Because I’m here to tell you that it is. And it’s up to you to start getting used to those experiences and making them a habit in your day-to-day life, even if you start once a month by enjoying something. In my Millionaire Mindset Course I teach you how I do that and how you can set aside some money, regardless of the income you have today, to start building those experiences into your mindset and life. Raising the bar on yourself, and building those experiences into your expectation on a small scale is the first step to attract “VIP” experiences into your life on a larger, more consistent scale.
Last but not least. Check out some of the jetskis as they go by while I recorded this video. They may say money doesn’t buy happiness, but I’ve never seen anyone cry or be unhappy on a jet ski. Something to think about?Join The Millionaire Mindset Course
Wilko Van de Kamp is a travel writer, as well as the best-selling author of the Freedom Project book series, but most of all just a guy who really loves to travel and tries to see as much of the world as possible.