September 6, 2017

About

Hello, my name is Daniel Kao. I love traveling and I love helping people travel, for less.

 

Introduction

For the last 6 years, I worked as an event coordinator. I traveled around the U.S. putting on events. I’ve booked over 100 trips out of my own pocket.. Most of the trips were for work, some were for family, and a few were for vacations.

When I first started a company in 2014, we didn’t have money and we were never funded. Everything was bootstrapped. But I had to be in various cities almost every week for meetings and planning.

Spirit Airlines was my go-to and I grew to love in that love-hate relationship. If I had to book hotels, I went for $25/night run-down hotels or slept in airports. If I had to get somewhere, I walked or booked the cheapest car rental I could find.

I’ve flown with half my clothes on me to save on baggage costs, walked for miles to avoid cab rides, stayed in airports to avoid paying for hotels, and have done unthinkable things to save money on travel!

Considering an average trip is usually easily over $1000 total for flight, accommodation, and transportation, I had to learn how to travel for less quickly. This blog discusses the various ways I’ve traveled for cheap.

My Pain, Your Gain!

Whether you’re just solo-trekking around the globe or you’re sharing an experience with loved ones, I hope my 6 years of finding ways to travel cheap will help you travel well, for less.

I’ve spent years learning the complexities of airline policies, points, hidden costs, hotels, transportation, travel hacks, travel deals, and anything related to travel so I can save money and travel more (and better) for less. 

1-on-1 Bookings

If you’re looking for private help with bookings, I’ve realized to really help someone find the best deals takes a lot of time and hassle. Often the hassle is even more than what travel agents would want to deal with to find the best deals.

My deal search involves extensive searches and careful, meticulous planning using experience and every trick I know. I don’t take any commissions and I have no plans to monetize this site yet. If I’m able to help you save money, I have a small list of organizations I’d love for you to consider donating to (a portion of whatever I help you save).

My two passions in life: Finding the best deals on travel and supporting life-changing organizations around the world.

Where I’ve Been / Guest Post Opportunities 

Below are some of the places I’ve been where I discuss how I traveled there for cheap.

I have not gotten around to writing about all of them but if you have a guest post opportunity, I’d be happy to write for your blog (about one of the destinations I’ve traveled to below or anything travel related) and link that article onto this page.

North America

Arizona

Phoenix

Asia

China

Hangzhou/Suzhou
Hong Kong
Kunming
Shanghai
Xiamen

Europe

Germany

Frankfurt

Canada

Toronto
Vancouver

Israel

Tel Aviv

Italy

Rome

California

Los Angeles
San Francisco
San Jose

Japan

Fukuoka
Tokyo

United Kingdom

British Islands
London

Colorado

Denver

Korea

Incheon
Seoul

Florida

Orlando

Malaysia

Melaka
Kuala Lumpur

Massachusetts

Boston
Pittsburgh

Singapore

Minnesota

Minneapolis/Twin Cities

Taiwan

Chiayi
Hualien
Kaohsuing
Taichung
Taipei
Taitung
Taoyuan

Nevada

Las Vegas

Thailand

Bangkok
Chiang Mai

New Jersey

Union/Rahway

Vietnam

Hanoi

New York

New York City

Oregon

Portland

Texas

Austin
Dallas
Houston
San Antonio

Utah

Salt Lake City

Washington

Seattle

Wyoming

Jackson