2014 was a year of excitement and change for GFF.
How much change?
Well, one year ago my website looked like this.
I was one step short of becoming one of those “Airlines HATE him! Try this one neat trick to save MILLIONS!” websites.
And I wondered why my friends thought I was crazy…….
Thankfully, I have made a few change since then.
Over the past 12 months I have shared my insights with millions of people, completely scrapped my business model to allow me to give away the vast majority of my services for free, and found the time to take more than a dozen trips all over the world.
And as we usher in another year, there are even more changes on the horizon. Changes that I am pretty excited about, and I know you will be too.
Welcome to the New GFF.
I have spent the last 12 months sharing some of the best money-saving travel strategies on the web.
No, I’m not talking about strategies to save $10 here and there by cutting out small travel luxuries.
Pack your own food to save money? Give me a break.
These ideas are nothing more than worthless click bait, designed to make you believe that a couple of small tweaks can help you save enough to take your dream vacation (spoiler alert: they can’t).
I’m talking about strategies to help you save hundreds, or even THOUSANDS of dollars while taking vacations that you have only dreamed of.
I’ve used these strategies to help many of you book ridiculously awesome trips, save thousands of dollars, and make countless memories that will last a lifetime.
And make no mistake, I will continue to do this in 2015, 2016, and every year that follows.
But in the process of working with all of you I have learned a few things. Things that have caused me to reflect on what I do and how I do it.
Mainly, I have learned that money is not everything.
In fact, saving money on travel seemed to mean nothing to most of you. Which completely baffled me at first.
But after thinking about it I realized what I should have known from day one.
It wasn’t about the money. It was about the opportunity to realize a dream.
The opportunity to finally take that dream vacation. The opportunity to travel home to spend time with friends and family. The opportunity to throw caution to the wind and literally fly off in to the sunset.
Put simply, it didn’t matter that you saved $1,000, $5,000, or even $20,000 on your trip to paradise/home/wherever.
It only mattered that you were actually ABLE to take the trip.
So with that in mind, I have shifted my focus away from savings alone and toward creating tangible opportunities for you to chase your dreams.
Secondly, I learned that traveling does not exist in a silo.
I watched you travel for a variety of different reasons. To relieve stress, to explore the world, to find yourself, or just to get away from life for a while.
Regardless of your reasons, you all had one thing in common.
Travel was never your goal. Travel was the means by which you achieved your goal.
And for many of you, this had a substantial impact on the way that you approached your day-to-day life.
Travel helped you find balance, eliminate stress, and see both the world and yourself from a completely new perspective.
This was life changing for some of my readers, and I want to share these benefits with all of you.
Finally, I realized that I can help you do more than travel.
Learning to travel for next to nothing is great, but many times it started a conversation that led to even more.
I’ve helped hundreds of people do things like repair their credit, create simple and effective systems to manage their finances, become more aware of what makes them happy, and find balance through travel.
Which is why I will be expanding my content to include topics such as personal finance, mindfulness, and how to live life on your own terms.
After all, how can you expect to find happiness through travel if other areas of your life are out of sync?
And after giving it thought I realized that much of what I do boils down to one simple goal.
Put simply, I want to help you create a lifestyle that is centered on being free.
Take a second and think about what that means to you.
Does freedom mean:
- Having the opportunity to fly first class on an international trip and stay in hotels that are way out of your normal budget?
- Being able to visit friends or family that you haven’t seen in months, or even years?
- Finally being able to take control of your financial future?
- Being able to drop everything and take a spontaneous trip, just to get away?
Only you can answer that question.
But whatever you come up with, I want you to tell me about it.
This is freedom to me
To do today:
I want you to tell me what you want to be free to do in 2015.
It can be anything. Traveling, spending time with friends, breaking free from your daily routine, whatever.
This is going to be your new goal for 2015, and we at GFF vow to do everything we can to help you accomplish it.
Welcome to the new GFF, and to the new you.
P.S. On Wednesday I’ll be sharing an opportunity to help you get a jump start on becoming free in 2015. Space will be limited, so be ready to get started right away.