Last night our “campsite” had a full kitchen and a 32 inch flat screen TV. We didn’t exactly dirtbag it in the traditional sense, but still managed to spend a night on the road for free. A campsite would have cost us at least $15 dollars and we would have had to endure a not so restful night of thunder and rain, but our suite with a king size bed and hot shower did not cost us a dime.
I’ve long been curious to explore the world of travel hacking and now it is finally paying off. The cost of the room was taken care of by using IHG Rewards Club points gained through a credit card signup bonus. It would normally cost $97, but was ours for a mere 5000 points. The basics of travel hacking involve using airline, hotel, and credit card points and mileage programs to your advantage to gain free or inexpensive flights and hotel rooms. If you’d like to learn more, I would recommend checking out the following resources to get started.