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…in Argentina. 😉 As of today – 1 June 2018 – yours truly is officially a published author. “Travel Hacker : How to Travel Around the World for a Year Using Points and Miles” has finally been released by the Spanish-speaking world’s largest book publisher, Planeta.
Even though the book is written in Spanish, and won’t be available in the United Kingdom or Europe (at least right away), I still wanted to share the news with InsideFlyer readers.
What is the book about?
The titular travel hacker is me, as you might have guessed. A few years ago, I was inspired to spend the calendar year of 2015 travelling around the world with my Argentine girlfriend. The unique slant I sought was to spend the entire year travelling using ONLY miles and hotel points and to write a book about the experience. It didn’t quite work out that way, because I ultimately felt that I should also demonstrate situations where you SHOULDN’T use miles or points. (i.e. when room rates are low or a low-cost fare option exists for a short flight)
My aim was to tell an interesting story, combining both amusing anecdotes and several amazing travel hacks. Since the general public – unlike regular InsideFlyer readers – is mostly unaware of how travel loyalty programmes work, I also needed to explain how award charts, elite status etc. work. I think I was able – with lots of help from my editor – to combine entertainment with learning about travel hacking.
Will there be an English language version?
That depends… My original English-language draft has gone through so many iterations through the translation and editing process that I would need to spend a significant amount of time to translate the final Spanish version back into English.
But depending on how well my book sells in Argentina, it might be released to the rest of the Spanish-speaking world. And from there… who knows… I am also willing to consider self-publishing on Amazon, especially if enough InsideFlyer or Flying Piggie readers express interest in buying an e-book copy.
And… hey… I can always dream that someone who works in the UK / USA book publishing industry stumbles across this blog post and decides that they like the premise… 😉
I understand Spanish, how can I get a copy?
Since my book is just starting to hit bookshelves in Buenos Aires, I am not exactly sure where it will be available for purchase, especially in the e-book form that would be easier for a European or North American to acquire.
Edit: Amazon now has my book available for sale in the UK, in e-book format. Click here…
But if you follow or “like” my Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/TravelHackerARG – you can keep up-to-date. I’d be grateful for any help publicising “Travel Hacker” over social media.
I don’t normally write InsideFlyer articles about myself, but I wanted to share something I’m very proud of accomplishing. I look forward to hearing your impressions / questions / etc. in the comments section.