Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute.
First off, we hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. We’re thankful for a lot of
things, including our community here on YouTube. We appreciate all the support
and love, and are so grateful for the opportunity to share our tips with you.
Today, we’re releasing this video a little bit earlier than our usual time.
Since its Black Friday, we want to highlight some of our top travel-related
deals earlier rather than later. (light chiming music) While there are a ton of great deals out there,
we wanted to share some of our favorite products and services. This isn’t an
exhaustive list by any means, but I wanted to share some products and
services that I personally have used and enjoyed, and can recommend without
hesitation. So, let’s jump straight into it. Number one: G Adventures and Intrepid.
G Adventures and intrepid are two group travel companies that I highly recommend
for those of you looking for a small group travel experience. I personally
have used G Adventures on two different trips. One to Panama, and the other to
Southeast Asia, and both experiences were amazing.
They not only handled all the logistics, which is awesome when you need to do a
border crossing with visas, but also provided local tour guides who really
understood the area and culture, and could help maximize our experience. Both
companies promote responsible and sustainable travel – which is important
to me. I also like that they are structured tours, but they do give you
enough flexibility and free time to explore on your own, and often let you
choose which activities you want to do. I’ve made some really great friends on
these trips from all over the world, so I highly recommend them, especially if you
are a single traveler looking to meet new people while traveling.
I’ve not personally used Intrepid, but I know a lot of people who recommend them
as well. I think the biggest difference between G Adventures and Intrepid is the
demographic of travelers. My impression is that since Intrepid is an Australian
based tour operator, you tend to have a lot more Australians on the tour. While
my experience on G Adventures is that we had a fairly strong mix of North
American and European travelers. Both G Adventures and Intrepid
are running pretty aggressive Black Friday sales, so definitely check them
out if you’re interested in booking a small group tour.
Number two: Fluenz. If you’re looking to learn a new language in 2018, I highly
recommend the language programs at Fluenz. I’ve used their Italian and Spanish
program, and both were top-notch. We’re planning to do a full review of
Fluenz in the near future, but in the meantime, if you have any interest in
learning a foreign language, I highly recommend checking out their language
programs. At the moment, they offer Spanish (both from Spain and Latin
America), French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and Mandarin. Their approach to language
learning is different than some of the other popular language programs, like
Rosetta Stone, but I thought their program was a great balance between
teaching me useful phrases that I could use immediately on trips while also
teaching me building blocks to master the language. In fact, I thought that
combining Fluenz with the free Duolingo app gave me the most progress in the
shortest amount of time when learning a language. Number three: GoPro. There are a
ton of deals right now on GoPro cameras. It’s an awesome device to have while
traveling, especially when doing adventurous activities. We recently used
our GoPro 4 Hero when we went swimming with whale sharks in Mexico, and it made
capturing the experience so seamless and easy. Rather than worrying about damaging
your expensive smartphone or DSLR, you can submerge your GoPro without any
worry. Plus, there are a ton of cheap accessories and mounts and you can use
to help capture the moment without getting in the way. While there are a ton
of different models to choose from, you may not need the latest and greatest
model. If you’re only planning to use it while traveling, you might want to save a
few dollars and pick up an older model. Keep in mind that all GoPro cameras have
the same mounting setup, so you should be able to buy and use many of the
inexpensive clips and mounts already available online. Number four: National
Parks, REI, and Lyft. Many national and state parks are offering free or
discounted admission, so it might be a great idea to enjoy the outdoors.
In addition, REI announced this year that they’re closing their stores
on Black Friday and encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors with their #OptOutside hashtag. Lyft decided to partner with REI and is also offering $10 off
rides to major parks, not just national parks, in 12 cities across the U.S. Not
only do I think it’s great that REI is trying to encourage people, including
their employees, to enjoy the day, but it’s a great opportunity to spend time
at a national or state park in your area. I’ll include a link for more information
in the video description below. Number five: Travel Deal Tuesday. While
Black Friday and Cyber Monday tend to get the most attention, it’s worth
mentioning that the Tuesday after Thanksgiving tends to be the best day to
pick up travel deals, especially airline tickets for those of you looking to book
a flight. I highly suggest searching for fares on Travel Deal Tuesday. Even better,
you may want to use an app like Hopper which can help track flight deals. All
you have to do is enter your departure location and destination and your date
to travel, and the app will actively monitor ticket prices and advise you
when to buy based on historical trends. It’s a great way to automate the process
and notify you as soon as it finds a great price on tickets. And those are our
top deals for this holiday. If you have any questions or found an incredible
deal online, let us know in the comment section below. Again we want to thank
everyone for supporting this channel. We feel very grateful for all your support,
and hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Until next time, travel safe and
travel smart.