Travel Made Easy
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Travel Made Easy

A step by step guide to how to travel better. This course explores how to make travel easy, fun and cheap.
4.7 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
31 students enrolled
Created by David Hearle
Last updated 5/2015
Current price: $28 Original price: $30 Discount: 7% off
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently plan their next holiday
  • Have a tool box of great travel strategies
  • Rent a car at the best possible price
  • Be equipped to avoid scams when travelling
  • Create a better holiday/travel experience
  • Save money when travelling
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  • There are no prerequisites for this course, just an open mind and a desire to learn.

David Hearle is the Editor of eGuide Travel, one of the world's leading digital travel guides. David knows travel! He is passionate about sharing all his extensive knowledge to fellow travellers which he presents with knowledge and intimacy.

In this Travel Made Easy course David hearle shares all the tips, insights and ideas he has picked up over the last 50 years from a journey that started as kid flying from Manchester to Boston in the days when the pilot invited you onto the flight deck. A journey that has taken him to the heights of Africa, to the slums of Bangladesh, to the remoteness of the Sudanese Desert, the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, and the dangers of Pakistan. And every other place in between.

David invites you to join him on this course, Travel Made Easy, and welcomes you to the world of eGuide Travel where our mission is to share our passion to travel without stress, making it an enjoyable, fun and rewarding experience.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for everyone. We all love travelling, and this course offers useful resources for people who have never travelled, and those who have travelled for 40 years.
Curriculum For This Course
25 Lectures
To Begin
4 Lectures 09:23

Quick, think of an activity that is social, inspirational, educational, and exciting, all at the same time. Did the word 'travel' come to mind? You'd be hard-pressed to find a single human endeavor that delivers more satisfaction than traveling –and in this session we ask WHY TRAVEL?

This year 3.3 billion people are expected to board a plane, and this number will more than double in the next twenty years, if stats are to be believed. But just because everyone's doing it, doesn't mean that you should be joining them. Or does it?

Like mining the depths of the most lucrative gold mines in the world, travel can only enrich one's experience of reality. Packing your bags with a ticket to somewhere is so much more than just exchanging one location for another; it is a sense-altering, rejuvenation of the soul, mind, body and spirit.

In the words of Melissa Allegra Williams –to travel is to live (well).And I wholeheartedly agree. The life that has not traveled has not lived, merely existed. And even if you don't take the road less traveled by (Robert Frost), any road traveled is going to make a world of difference.

So let's start the journey together.

Preview 04:36

The article adds a bit more depth to the talk in the previous lecture by David and something to read later.

Preview 2 pages

There are numerous travel websites and we list in the next lecture.

In this video David shares some of those he has found most useful in planning travel and ensuring best value.

Preview 04:47

In this article details on all the main travel websites that David has found useful. Some you might not have heard of but could be just what you have been looking for.



Seat Guru

Trip Advisor

Lonely Planet

Last Minute:

The Man in Seat 61

Rough Guides

Weather 2 Travel

Secret Escapes



CDC Travel Health

Hostel World



Travellers Point





Small Luxury Hotels of the World

Airline Meals

The Hotel Guru

501 Places

Green Traveller



Holiday Pad

Welcome Beyond

Camp in my Garden


Work Away


In Your Pocket

Responsible Travel

Rent a Local Friend

Hotel Chatter

Meet Plan Go




Much Better Adventures

Mr and Mrs Smith




Context Travel

The Festival Calendar

Spotted by Locals

The Bald Hiker






Stay 4 Free

We Love 2 Ski

Just Park

Globe Trooper

The Posh Packer

Global Help Swap

Hotels We Love


Eat With



Nomadic Matt

World Route Planner

List of Great Travel Websites
5 pages
10 Lectures 40:13

Are you day dreaming about a travel adventure to an exciting destination far away? Planning your big trip can be a lot of work, but it's also quite thrilling to finally book those flights and start packing your bags!

If you are new to travel planning, there are a few things to learn. There are many details that you will need to arrange in advance when you are planning a trip, including buying flights and choosing the best time to go.

In these notes we provide some important points that you should keep in mind when you are planning a big trip.

Choosing Your Destination

Booking Flights

Choosing the Right Season

Making a Budget and Managing Your Money

Safety Concerns for Your Destination

Planning a world trip
2 pages

A quick world tour! David gives a brief overview of all main Regions and provides a very useful thought provoking summary of where to go.

Preview 08:47

A very useful summary of where to visit in the World. This provides the detail following the lecture on Where to Visit.

All the main regions are covered in this document,

So read and enjoy.

Where to Visit
7 pages

Who with travel with makes a difference to the type of trip we embark on. David discusses some of the implications.

Who To Travel With

Some very practical ideas on booking flights and saving money.

Booking Flights

In this session the comparative costs of travelling to different countries and regions is shared along with some useful money saving ideas.

Travel Budgets

These notes provide tips on budgeting travel and some useful money saving ideas.

Budgeting travel
4 pages

Travel Guides are quickly becoming a thing of the past as more and more travellers rely on apps and the internet to get their most up-to-date holiday news and places to go.

Most people prefer the newer technology since it is constantly updated, and full of people sharing their own personal experiences.

But travel guides certainly still have their place - especially when going through an unknown area that might not always have wifi, or when that inevitable situation comes up where your phone battery dies!

Here David shares some ideas about travel guides that really make an effort to give you the most honest views possible.

Travel Guides

Cruising has always had a most romantic image, which even the ill-fated Titanic was not able to tarnish.

Setting off to sail the Seven Seas was once firmly the prerogative of the super wealthy, who would set sail with a mountain of fabulous Louis Vuitton cabin trunks for the high-society adventure of a lifetime.

These days a wonderful restorative sea cruise is within the reach of just about all travellers, particularly if you know how to source the best deals, and in many instances a cruise could even cost you less than your average holiday at the coast.

In this session David shares with you some very useful tips on cruising and most useful if you have never thought about this type of holiday or you going on your first cruise.


These days a wonderful restorative sea cruise is within the reach of just about all travellers, particularly if you know how to source the best deals, and in many instances a cruise could even cost you less than your average holiday at the coast.

In this article we share all you need to know on cruising. Print it off, read on your computer and plan that cruise.

- First... Pick the Perfect Cruise

- Mega-ships versus smaller liners – Pros and Cons

- Loyalty Programs – do they deliver?

- Does the Early Bird get the best deal? Pros and Cons of Early Booking

- Last minute cruising

- Tips for First-time Cruisers

- Should you choose early, late or free-time dining?

- Excursions – all you need to know

- Beverage and other on-board packages – are they worth it?

4 pages
Practical Lectures
6 Lectures 28:30

Tips and ideas on how to explore when you arrive at the destination.


Many times when you travel it just makes more sense to have your own car. It's cheaper than traveling by cab everywhere and more convenient than relying on public transportation.

Of course, getting a good deal can allow you to spend extra money elsewhere on your vacation.

Renting a car doesn't always seem budget-friendly, but there are lots of ways to get discounted rates. We share our experience with you.

Rental Cars

Deciding to plan a trip abroad? Well before you book that plane ticket just yet, you should determine whether you will need a travel visa, also known as a tourist visa.

Visas provide a person with legal permission to both enter and stay in a country for a specified period of time. While some countries require tourist visas granting entry for 90 days, other countries do not.

Often citizens of one country are allowed to enter certain countries to travel without visas because the countries have signed specific international treaties and agreements that provide visa exemption status. Furthermore, some countries allow travellers to receive a travel visa upon arrival in the country, instead of requiring travellers to apply for visas in advance.

In this lecture David provides general advice on visas.

Travel Visas

We don't always blend in when they are visiting somewhere.

There are a few things you can do, if you don't want to be viewed as a common tourist, wherever you happen to travel in the world. All it takes is a little bit of research and consideration before you go somewhere.

David shares some of those useful tips and things learnt first hand.

Behaving Like a Local

So, you've been excitedly planning this vacation for months, anticipating all the spectacular sights and thrilling rides that will form the moments that will be etched in your memory forever.

You arrive at your destination, check into your hotel, and eagerly make your way to that attraction that has filled your dreams.

Then…you see the long, winding line of other eager tourists. In that moment, all of your excitement is replaced by the dread of the wait ahead.

There's no quicker way to spoil a holiday and its key attractions than long, dull lines.

Here a few ways you can avoid them.

How to Avoid Queues

Some parts of planning a trip away can be great: booking flights, imagining itineraries or choosing the right camera. Other parts can be as boring as watching paint dry.

Choosing and buying travel insurance probably falls into that second category. However, travel insurance can represent one of the best (or worse) investments into your trip, and it is worth getting it right.

Sadly, there is no golden bullet – you just need to set aside some time, concentrate and read the small print.

This session will provide you with a few tips on how to make sure you get a policy that suits your needs and works for you without getting lost on the internet.

Travel Insurance
Loyalty Programs
2 Lectures 08:52

Everyone is well aware of the frequent flyer programs of the airlines which, as the name suggests, aims to reward loyal passengers through class upgrade, freebies, concierge services et al.

However, there is no loyalty program that is ideal for everyone. An individual needs to choose a loyalty program very carefully as certain parameters needs to be taken into account such as flight options, flight prices & the procedure of earning a free flight.

If you always prefer to fly first class then you must choose a program that will look to reward you on the basis of dollars spent than on the miles flown.

To help you weigh your options we have collated data from all major and minor airlines in the world that have loyalty programs for their customers and summarize in this lecture.

Airline Loyalty Cards

There are an ever increasing variety of ways to book hotels and accommodation online. A simple search for a hotel may reveal a whole list of websites and agencies keen to make the booking. With increased transparency and many companies offering “Best Rate Guarantees” it is common to find the same property costing the same rate from all sources.

There are though major differences between booking direct with hotel chains and booking on other websites. Those who book direct will be able to participate in the hotel chain loyalty program. These all operate around the same structure.

They offer both rewards based on hotel stays purchased, typically free nights or airline miles, and benefits for the member during a stay. These benefits typically improve the more you stay, with members receiving an "elite status" or tier level based on the number, or value, of their stays over the previous year. Using an agency website will not allow participation in these programs, but may offer their own form of rewards.

We explain here each of the major hotel chains' loyalty program, highlighting the areas that are good and bad with each, and how they compare with each other. Recommendations are offered for who would benefit most, helping travellers to work out which schemes will be of most use to them.

It is generally useful for travellers to participate in a number of schemes, especially as most offer benefits just for signing up.

Care should be taken to choose which are the best schemes to concentrate on for multiple stays, as the benefits of elite status vary widely.

No matter which loyalty programs are used though, participation in the schemes run by agencies and booking websites is important too, as these will cover not only the branded chain hotels, but also many smaller independent hotels, inns and hostels around the world.

Hotel Loyalty Cards
Travel Safety
3 Lectures 15:11

Useful and very practical tips on travelling safely. Do listen to this one.

Travel Safety

With social media and the 24-hour news cycle, we hear so much about air disasters these days. We also see much more of them, thanks to the omnipresent cameras and cell phones that capture every incident. While this makes it seem like there are more incidents, the truth is that there has never been a safer time to fly.

However most of us are curious to know which are the safest airlines and we share how you can judge an airline on. We use a mix of safety records, aircraft age, and airline practices to rate these airlines. We also look at how well their country of origin oversees these airlines, as measured by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) – an organization unaffiliated with any country, but operating with the intention of promoting safe and orderly development of civil aviation across the world.

We also share the ones that are regarded as least safe.

Airline Safety

Sun, Sea and… Scams? The latest wave of tricks for travellers to watch

Taking to the road and riding off into the sunset – people cross off the days of the calendar, count down the sleeps and watch the hours on the clock for that precious moment to arrive.

Full of excitement and anticipation, it's hard to carry the burden of stress alongside the fully crammed suitcase. That is, until the worry-free mood is shattered as a result of falling victim to a scam.

Travel scams can be just a small glitch that leaves a sour taste in your mouth, but they can also turn out to become a disastrous nightmare that could leave your travel plans in tatters. Most savvy travellers are clued up to common scams.

Distractions whilst thieves frisk valuables and shady sounding time-share companies offering suspiciously good perks are frequent opponents, and, no one wants to be in the never-ending taxi line outside the airport either.

Unfortunately enough, travel scams are fully-fledged money makers, offering pitfalls baited with booby-traps. Even the veteran venturers have to keep their wits about them, before, during and even after their journey.

For every demographic – there's a scam. From backpackers to business men, gathering relatives to globetrotting vagabonds.

In this session we share some of the latest tourist traps causing a stir.

Travel Scams
About the Instructor
David Hearle
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Travel advice and information.

David Hearle is the Editor of eGuide Travel, one of the world's leading digital travel guides. David knows travel! He has travelled to nearly every country in the world and experienced the utmost luxury and also those places where you wish the night would pass faster. A journey where every mode of travel has been used and where achieving value for money and travelling safely are paramount.

He is passionate about sharing all his extensive knowledge to fellow travellers. He has also worked in training and development for many years and is an experienced presenter. His goal is to present useful information with knowledge and intimacy.

David, from his base in Brisbane, Australia, leads a team of travel writers who research every detail of travel and places to visit.

This collective knowledge has been compiled in the course Travel Made Easy and is a series of talks, combined with some clearly written articles, that summarise and provide practical information and advice on travelling.