Introducing The TravelMore Shop

Why I Love Blogging

If you can believe it, I started Frequent Flyer University 3 1/2 years ago on Jan 1, 2012. FFU was driven by a New Years resolution to find something to do that I actually enjoyed because at the time I was at a job I hated. Long story short, the blog sort of took off and I left my real job to do it full time.

While the money was good, the real joy of the blog was getting random reader emails saying things like, “You helped my wife and I have the honeymoon of our dreams. Without FFU, this wouldn’t have been possible.”

Even just yesterday I got an email from a reader that made my day.

The Best Type of Email

The Best Type of Email

While I love to travel, I realized I get even more enjoyment out of helping other people travel so they can hopefully experience some of the amazing things that I have been lucky enough to see.

If you ask most people what they would do if they won the lottery or didn’t have to work, 99% of people would say that they would travel more…

So I decided I want to be in the business of inspiring people to travel more.

Enter TravelMore

While I wish I could physically force people to quit their jobs and go travel more, I realized that isn’t exactly feasible. However from my own experiences, once people have made the commitment to go travel, I can certainly help them from there.

For example, my friend who traveled with me to Asia asked me what travel gear he should get for our big trip.

I told him exactly what he needed to bring, what backpack to buy, what travel accessories were must haves, etc.

In spite of all that, he still made the mistake of buying the wrong country specific power adapter instead of simply buying a universal adapter that most of us probably use.

After that episode, I realized that instead of me just telling people what gear is best, much like me recommending credit cards, it would be much easier to have a one stop shop where everyone could just buy the exact products I recommend instead of trying to find it online by themselves.

So I decided to create an online shop called TravelMore that does exactly that.

 

Some Of The Things You Can Buy On TravelMore

While most of you probably have your “travel staples” that you take with you on every trip, the main difference between TravelMore and say Amazon is that every single product we sell, we have also personally used and tested on the road.

Additionally, we only sell the absolute best item instead of confusing people with 10 different potential product options.

You’d be surprised but we also have a lot of items that even seasoned road warriors either don’t know about or have overlooked like…

Packing Cubes ($25) which I will say are one of the best travel inventions because they instantly organize your bag and let you “unpack” without unpacking.

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Or a 4 Outlet Travel Power Strip ($15) (thanks Gary Leff) which is absolutely amazing because at airports & hotels there are never enough available outlets.

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Or my favorite Refillable TSA 3oz Bottles ($20) that you can fill with alcohol and bring on the plane : )

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We also have some random travel gifts like Airport T-Shirts

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And a Carry On Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit which I’m pretty sure will be a top seller for obvious reasons…

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The TravelMore Pre-Packed Bundle – $100

In addition to individual items, we have decided to make travelers lives easier and created a bundled package that basically has the 10 necessities for anyone starting out travelling.

If Oprah had a top ten travel products list, this would be it!

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The bundle comes with the following 10 items, all of which I bring with me whenever I travel.

  1. Universal Travel Adapter – $15
  2. Set of Packing Cubes – $25
  3. Sleep Mask With Earplugs – $12
  4. Microfiber Travel Towel – $25
  5. Mini-First Aid Travel Kit – $10
  6. 2 TSA Approved Luggage Locks – $15
  7. Set of Reusable TSA 3oz Tubes – $20
  8. Collapsible Water Bottle – $15
  9. Travel Wallet – $15
  10. Daypack – $35

If you were to buy these items all separately on Amazon, it would cost you $189 but because we are bundling it, we are selling it for $100 flat.

365 Policy & Free Shipping (No Minimums)

One thing I hate about shopping online is return policies and paying for shipping.

So in building TravelMore, we opted to create a 365 policy & have free worldwide shipping both ways with no minimums.

You have 365 days for a full refund on any items you buy, even if they are used.

After 365 days, we offer a full 365 Year Warranty on all products we sell. So if something ever breaks in the future, just let us know and we will ship you a new one for free.

No questions asked. No strings attached.

10% Off Coupon

As a token of my appreciation for anyone reading this article, everyone can get 10% off their entire purchase.

Just use the code SKYPESOS in the checkout box.

Please Share Any Feedback

I encourage anyone who visits TravelMore to please share any feedback with me.

I have pretty great relationships with my suppliers, so if there are any products you don’t see on the site or would like to recommend any new products to add, please do share them and I’ll try to get them.

Thanks in advance!

Also feel free to follow TravelMore on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. We have a lot of cool swag to give away…

-Parag

What I Have Been Doing For The Last 3 Months

What I Have Been Doing For The Last 3 Months

If you are a regular reader of FFU, you have probably been visiting the site and noticed that I have been missing in action for the last few months.

People who follow me on Instagram and Facebook know that I have been backpacking around Asia doing the “Banana Pancake Trail” for the last few months.

As some would say, it was my “Eat, Pray, Love” trip where I basically put everything else on hold and went and had the time of my life.

I flew JAL Business there and did 1 entire month (top to bottom) of Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, & Indonesia. Coming home I burned 100,000 Alaska miles and flew Emirates A380 First home!

If you have never done any of those countries or have thought about doing a similar trip, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

In a couple more days, I will be sharing what came of all this “introspection” but for now here is a quick recap in photos of the trip.

Vietnam

-19F Leaving ORD

-19F Leaving ORD

Japan Air Business Class

Japan Air Business Class

Japan Air Amenity Kit Of Course Had A Face Mask

Japan Air Amenity Kit Of Course Had A Face Mask

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi, Vietnam

Halong Bay. Absolutely Incredible.

Halong Bay. Absolutely Incredible.

Biking Around Hanoi

Biking Around Hanoi

Night Bus Through Vietnam

Night Bus Through Vietnam

Banh Mi

Banh Mi

Cheapest Flight I Have Taken...$18 All In

Cheapest Flight I Have Taken…$18 All In

Ho Chi Minh City

Ho Chi Minh City

Only In Asia

Only In Asia

The Best Angled Lie Flat Ever

The Best Angled Lie Flat Ever

Cu Chi Tunnels Outside of Saigon

Cu Chi Tunnels Outside of Saigon

Motor Biking

Motor Biking

Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar

Yangon "Uber"

Yangon “Uber”

Inle Lake

Inle Lake

Bagan

Bagan

Laos

Luang Prabang

Luang Prabang

Tubing In Vang Vieng

Tubing In Vang Vieng

Bangkok

Khaosan Road

Khaosan Road

Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Indonesia

Bali

Bali

Gili T Island

Gili T Island

Emirates A380

Emirates First

Emirates First

The Famous Shower

The Famous Shower

Business Class Bar

Business Class Bar

How To Backup ALL Your Smartphone Photos FOR FREE

TravelMore Update

Thanks to everyone who has been using TravelMore, my free travel blog aggregation service.

Just wanted to update everyone that TravelMore is now fully automated and 24 hours a day it is now automatically updating every 10 minutes with any new posts from BoardingArea, Prior2Boarding, Upgrd, The Points Guy, Million Mile Secrets, MileValue, Doctor of Credit, Frugal Travel Guy, Travel Is Free, and everyone in between!

If you haven’t checked it out yet, please do and if you have any feature requests or suggestions, I am all ears.

How To Backup Your Smartphone Photos & Video FOR FREE

While I love my DSLR camera,  travelling over the past few years I have realized that the majority of the photos I take are now on my iPhone…

My guess is that I am not the only one who does this, so if you are anything like me then your smartphone’s storage probably fills up pretty quickly.

While there are a ton of different cloud storage options like iCloud, Dropbox, etc to backup your smartphone, most of them cost money once you fill up the free space.

I’ve also thought about just saving all my photos to an external hard drive but if something ever happened to the hard drive, all my photos would be lost!

After a little research, I came across quite an awesome workaround to this problem.

Enter Google+

If you aren’t familiar with Google+, don’t worry you aren’t the only one ; )

Basically it was Google’s failed attempt to create a Facebook clone that no one really uses anymore.

That being said, there is one AMAZING benefit of Google+ and that is FREE PHOTO & VIDEO STORAGE!

Normally Google accounts like Gmail, Google Drive, etc only come with 15gb free storage but in an attempt to seed Google+ with content and push people to use it on mobile , Google+ automatically uploads your smartphone photos to Google+ whenever the app is open and it DOES NOT COUNT against the free 15gb they give you.

Google+ also has Android, mobile browser, and desktop applications. On any of the platforms (including desktop), as long as your photos aren’t larger than 2048px and videos are less than 15 minutes long, you can back them up for free!!

I didn’t know they had a desktop app but now I am definitely going to backup all my DSLR photos to Google, just as a precaution.

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“Google+ Web”

One thing to remember before backing up your photos is to set your Google+ privacy setting to private. Once you do that, you basically have a free unlimited private photo repository.

As long as you open the Google+ app every few weeks and let it automatically upload your photos (like when you are about to sleep), your entire smartphone photo and video collection will be backed up for free.

It doesn’t get much better than that!

If you are interested in more information about Google+ and this awesome feature, check out the full LifeHacker article or the Google+ official post about it here.

Update

If you are having trouble with Google+, another option is Flickr.

They offer 1 terabyte (1000gb) of storage for free and also have a mobile app that auto syncs. I use both Google+ and Flickr currently.

-Parag

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