Sunday, November 14, 2010

Mini-Retirements and Discount Travel

Tim Ferriss discusses the concept of the Mini-Retirement" in his book, "The 4-Hour Workweek". In his view one or two week vacations are simply not enough to break free mentally from the old grind at work. He advocates for smaller 1-to-several month long mini-retirements throughout your working lifetime rather than postponing for the sometimes elusive end-of-work retirements that is more common for most people.

He also chooses to travel extensively during his mini-retirements and, fortunately, a number of discount travel sites have sprung up recently that have made it within the financial grasp of more people. Following are some of the discount travel sites I have been able to locate during my research. I also thought these might come in handy for the upcoming holiday travel season. Enjoy!

Fly and Stay Cheap with

"OneTravel provides you with the tools you need to book cheap flights and cheap tickets. Our site promises to find you the best flight deals around and our expert travel advice ensures that you’re getting the best airline tickets, car rentals, and hotel deals possible."


Domestic Super Saver Round Trip Fares at

"Start saving on air fares to top Domestic & International destinations & choose from 100 million flights options. CheapOair is a 7-time award winning travel website, ranked #7 amongst travelers by We offer one of the largest selections of airfares, hotels, car rentals, vacation packages and travel deals obtained from multiple sources, including three of the most respected and widely used reservation systems and fifteen other negotiated rates data sources to bring the best value to our customers."

One Bag

One Bag

"Pack light with One Bag. One Bag is a great site with lots of advice on travel and packing light. There's no question: overpacking easily heads the list of biggest travel mistakes. Thus this Web site, offering exhaustive (some might say exhausting) detail on the art of travelling light, living for an indefinite period of time out of a single (carryon-sized) bag."

Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet

"Welcome to the Thorn Tree Travel Forum, the place where the Lonely Planet travel community get together to exchange travel information, advice, hints and tips. Get help, get connected, get inspired, have your say. Please choose from the Branches below or sign in to start posting."

BootsnAll Travel; The Ultimate Resource for the Independent Traveller

BootsnAll Travel

"The BootsnAll Travel Community is, we like to think, the soul of the company. It’s the place where like-minded travelers come to talk and exchange stories, travel tips and ideas. Our membership includes thousands of people from more than 90 countries – including experts in the travel industry – all interested in talking and reading about travel!

Becoming a BootsnAll member allows you to interact with the members of our travel community, whether you’re planning a trip and want feedback from others who’ve been there, in the middle of a trip and want to share your excitement, or you’ve just gotten back and can now answer questions for people who are in the planning stages. It’s wonderfully circular!"

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