Traveling is something just about everyone enjoys, but it’s not always that easy. Whether it be time, money or both, there are always a bunch of trips that are on the waiting list. Mike (formerly known as Michael) Asimos travels for work and pleasure often and recently shared some of his favorite travel hacks. He hopes that by sharing some of his secrets, people have one less excuse when it comes to not traveling as much as they would like.
Alright, first things first: are you a window or aisle seat person?
Well, I’ve been fortunate enough to travel a lot in my life, so I’ve certainly experienced both. I must say that as I get older, I seem to gravitate towards the aisle. It allows for easy access to the bathroom, and more opportunity to spread my legs out.
With that said, I do think early on I was more of a window guy. Whenever you are flying into a new city, nothing is more exciting then catching a glimpse of the city from the sky.
Favorite airline to travel, and why?
I seemed to always find good deals using Delta when I was younger, and that eventually led to getting points to use towards future trips. I can honestly say I’ve never personally had a bad experience with Delta. When there has been a delay, they are always very prompt and upfront with fliers, which I like.
Favorite hotel chain, and why?
When I find a good deal, or feel like treating myself a bit, to me, nothing beats a Hilton. I have always had great service there all around the world. If you do enough shopping and monitoring on sites, it really isn’t that costly either. However, for the more budget-friendly hotel chain, Holiday Inn is my go-to. They just seem a little cleaner and newer on average than their competitors.
What do you look for when booking hotels?
Real photos. I don’t want the photos that the company posts on the website, because guess what? All hotels look great when they have pictures professionally taken. I really love how reviewers have posted pictures to help other travelers find the truth.
What are some ways you can save money without sacrificing quality when traveling?
My favorite way to save money while traveling is to utilize local grocery stores. We are trained to think that travel = eating out for every meal. I usually eat out once a day, and then eat food from a local grocery store the rest of the day. You can still try unique things to that area too if you find a local establishment. That right there can save everyone $10 a day at least. Perhaps a lot more!
Where is your next travel destination?
I have a few small trips coming up that involve work in some way, but my next long trip I am planning for is Croatia in the spring. It is one of the most underrated travel destinations not only in Europe, but the world. I have been there once before, but I’m hoping to see a lot more thing time.
Any other final travel tips for readers?
Don’t be afraid of signing up for points and miles. If you have a favorite airline, start collecting. They come in handy and add up quicker than you think.
Where can readers connect with you?
I am most active on Facebook and Twitter, but I’ll plug my own website MichaelAsimos.com, as well. Anyone can feel free to send me any additional questions about travel via my social media channels.
You can also check out some more of my travel hacks, especially regarding my work in this recent interview, as well.