How to save money abroad and at home – free Miles, free food, super cheap Taxis, etc

Read this to the end for the ultimate free Miles hack.

15% commissions at ATMs, really??
30% commissions at cash exchanges??

Are you tired of these levels of extortion? I am!
So here are a few tips i have come across out of sheer necessity! Yesterday i needed to get some cash out with a foreign card and the ATM wanted 15%. That was was going to add up to an abusive 45€ for 300€, ie you spend 300€ and receive only 255 € in cash! I said **** that & went home to figure out a better way. And i found it! Here it is.

If you are planning to go abroad, or are already abroad, find online banks that work on your mobile and that support bank accounts in various currencies. Two examples of that in the Czech Republic are Revolut and Air Bank. Beware Air Bank’s app is only in Czech, and also it seems that conversion rates with Revolut are WAY better than they are on Air Bank (EUR to CZK or vice versa).
Installing these takes a few minutes, is free, and will get you a free bank account. Air Bank will require a visit to the branch. So i highly recommend Revolut. Full disclosure, the link is an affiliate link, ie if you sign up & use their services i might receive something, however i wouldn’t recommend them if i wasn’t using them myself and if i wasn’t honestly convinced it was a good option. There may be better options out there, i’m just sharing my experience. Same goes for any other links here.

So yesterday, here in Prague, Czech Republic, i gave up on my cash withdrawal from my French card when i saw the immensity of the fees. Instead, i went into Revolut, where i have a CZK account AND a EUR account (and i have one in USD and i could instantly add one in any other currency, for free). So i went into my EUR Revolut account and asked to top it up from a card (it’s amazing you can do that). Simply add a card, in this case a French VISA from a EUR account, and the amount you specify gets credited instantly to your account. 300 € left my FR account and 300 € arrived on my Revolut account, within a few seconds. No fees whatsoever.

In order to withdraw, go into the EUR account and choose ‘exchange’, and convert the EUR into CZK. The commission? 3 € ! 1% instead of 15% at the ATM !
I was then able to transfer the CZK for free to my landlord’s Czech account, or i could have withdrawn cash at the ATM for free, and deposited it to her CZ account.

If you go outside of the EU, simply create an account in the currency you require. USD, GBP, JPY, etc.

If you want to save money whilst traveling, here is something i do : i use an Air France / KLM American Express. This Gold card isn’t cheap, it’s around 170 € per year, however, they have brought out a Blue card that is FREE FOR LIFE, and gives you 50 € back shortly after joining, plus a cashback on everything you spend. You also get 22000 Miles for free, which is pretty good, and the first year for FREE! In other words, you can get free Miles, free 3 month payments, 170€ off, and other advantages, for 1 year, and then just cancel if you like.

The advantages of the Gold card have really saved my a** sometimes : you pay 1 month later, and you can spread the cost of plane tickets over 3 months at 0% interest. That has really saved me many times when i needed to travel for work but couldn’t afford it. I never paid a single cent in fees or interest, AND the best thing is that every spent € is a free Mile, sometimes you even get more than that. Finally, the cherry on the cake is that this card gives you 30 free XP with the best airline loyalty program on the planet, Flying Blue. You only need 100 XP to get to the first level (free suitcase on every flight), and you can make 20 XP on a cheap short EU flight. So reaching 100 XP is very easy, especially if you fly once across the Atlantic.
The result is that i quickly reached Gold (level 2 of 3), which gives me 1 free suitcase per flight, a massive advantage, saving me up to 150 € per flight. I also get priority check-in, priority boarding, and free access to the Business lounge at every connection, meaning free drinks & free food, and sometimes the opportunity for a shower. None of this would have been attained without my Air France / KLM Amex card.

Note that you can use other airlines, you just need to buy the ticket on the Air France / KLM websites. That covers quite a few airlines, such as Czech Airlines, Aero Mexico, Delta, and many others.

Every month i accumulate free Miles thanks to my Amex card. And it also works with PayPal & other services, such as food delivery apps like Wolt, so i make Miles on the food i order, and on the online PayPal purchases too.

Another way to save a lot abroad is to install 2 or 3 competing taxi service apps, and to compare trip fares. I use Bolt and Uber, here in Prague, and what happens is that because you use them less often, they give you promo codes to encourage you to use the app more often. The result is that i often get discounts, sometimes big ones, like 40% off, and i can compare prices, sometimes saving me up to 50%.

Finally, if you want free food, register for all the food delivery services, such as Uber Eats, Wolt, Bolt Food, and wait. Don’t use the service, just wait. Sure enough, you will receive the most outrageous promotional offers. Check this out : Uber Eats in France sent me promos for 2x 12 € off, i didn’t use it, so they kept adding more on. The most they sent me was 10×10€ off ! Imagine, 100 € of free food!

If you know of other tips, please write a comment so we can all benefit.

Thank you
Yann

P.S. Oh, that ‘ultimate free Miles hack’, i almost forgot. You are not going to believe this. I invented this one myself, it works, and it’s free. It gives you FREE MILES without buying anything, instantly.

Here is what you need :

  • An Air France Amex
  • A PayPal account
  • 2 people, or two cards and two PayPal accounts.
  • No funds required, everything is advanced to you by American Express at no charge to you.

    Follow these steps :
  • When you get an Air France / KLM Amex, you can link it to your PayPal, as i mentioned above. This money will be charged to you up to 1 month later.
  • Your friend with an Air France Amex card also sets it up to use his PayPal account.
  • You send money to your friend via PayPal, for free, instantly.
  • This generates FREE MILES for you.
  • Your friend sends you back the same amount.
  • This generates FREE MILES for your friend.
  • Everything you send comes back to your bank account, at no cost.
  • At the end of the month, everything you ping-ponged back has generated Miles for you, AND for your friend.
  • Basically you are generated 2x the Miles of the amount that you send to your friend.
  • It’s a win-win for you and your friend, and, yes, it really works.

Enjoy ! 🙂

Q&A : Mr Mindset podcast with YannWithAyahuasca

My two appearances on the Mr Mindset podcast. Links below.

Some people are achievers and you can see it right away, by the way they stand, by how fit they are, and sometimes by how well they are trading through the waters of financial life.
Ondrej Maly, aka ‘Mr Mindset’, is one such character.

He was a client of mine, just over a year ago, came several times, then got a bit lost in it, and then came out of it seemingly a lot clearer. He has a growing following, understandably.

A few weeks back, he came to my small flat for what will hopefully just part 1 of a Q&A for his podcast, Mr Mindset.
You can listen for free below while you get on with your day.

We cover some of the basics about Bufo Alvarius & 5-MeO-DMT, its synthetic counterpart.

Click the link below to be taken straight to the Questions & Answers & hear me chat with Mr Mindset.

https://open.spotify.com/embed/episode/7m79eDkNAphGhUs5hXgNhA

Update 23/12/2021

I was recently on the Mr Mindset podcast with Ondrej, and this time we spoke not only about Bufo Alvarius but also the current situation, and crypto too, plus probably a few other things along the way.

A free chat this time, with someone whose awareness is very high. Ondrej is great. 🙂

🐸💛✨
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXvjsR1NT-k

The ‘Who Am I?’ retreat in Europe

This interview is fresh from today and discusses all sorts of things, from the contents of our upcoming 5 day retreat to the meaning of life, and how i started this work & what it means to me.

Interview with podcaster Katerina Andelova, in English.

Our retreats get great feedback, but this next one takes things one step further.
We’re adding Constellations. If you don’t know what that is, please feel free to contact me via the contact page, or look up ‘family constellations’. I’ll be making a video on that & some other things that may interest you, so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel so you get notified of my new vids.

And if you’d like to get an idea of what our retreats are like, check out this short video, that captures the great atmosphere (English subtitles are available, just select them) :

Feel free to ask me any questions at all, via the contact page.

And to sign up for our retreat, simply follow this link :
https://raisingconsciousness.as.me/who-am-i-retreat

Maybe see you there! 😉

All the best 🙂
Yann

Inside-outside-in…

Yes, these thoughts have occured to me often.

We can keep diggin into the small, and we can keep diggin out into the big.

The similarities are just too big. There are very clear patterns. Lungs, trees & their roots, galaxies, eyes, etc.

Do cells in our body suspect they are inside a living body? Does an ant on an elephant’s back know he is walking on a living “floor”? Do humans know they are walking on a living planet? Inside a living universe?

We tend to think that things stop at us. We are the smartest intelligent life-form and so on. And little by little we realize that ourangatans can solve some problems quicker than humans can. And that plants have 3 times more genes than we do, and maybe a whole lot more awareness, and that crowes know what they know, and that dolphins can manage telepathy…

Maybe all beings think they are “at the top”.

Looking for ‘intelligent life’ may be looking for the same thing twice : if it’s alive it’s intelligent, and if it’s intelligent it’s alive…?

‘Who am I?’ – The Retreat

The following video is in Czech & English, i hope to have a version with English subtitles for you soon, follow this blog & my YouTube channel for notifications. For more information on the retreat, use the email in the video.

Our latest retreat was in July 2020 and was overbooked. It was also, i promise, way more of a success than i thought it would be. 😉

Let me explain : we had several new elements/activities to our program, and i was concerned we couldn’t pull it off. We did, and the feedback during the closing circle was 100% positive, everyone was very pleased with their stay & their experience.

Even if you don’t speak the language, the video will give you an idea of what to expect.

The next retreat will be from September 2nd to 6th 2020, in South Bohemia, Czech Republic. There are cheap flights to Prague from all over Europe. And from Prague car-pooling can be arranged with other clients attending.

We have approximately 20 spots available, for a staff of 8 !

The food is 100% healthy & vegan, very tasty, and will not leave you wanting anything more. 🙂

For details & pricing, please use the email in the video. Beware that last time we were overbooked so i recommend you do not delay if you are interested.

Who is this for?
– Anyone who wants to find out who they are.
– Anyone with addictions or depression but not taking SSRIs.
– Anyone wanting to re-connect with themselves and find their purpose in life.
– Anyone curious about connecting to ‘The Source’ and feeling more, or wanting more gratitude in their life.

The retreat will be preceded by an introduction call, and followed by an integration call.

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Râpé for rookies

If you know the answer to the below questions then don’t waste your time, this article & its accompanying videos are not for you. 🙂

What is râpé ?
How do you use it ?

Below you will find two videos for rookies, made by a rookie, telling you & showing you what this medicina is and how to use it.
I even filmed a whole ceremony i did for myself this morning (feel free to speed it up or fast-forward, there are bits where i am processing / crying and not talking).

I’m going through a rough period with my partner and it came up during my process, as you can see.
So if it disturbs you to see a man cry then avoid the second video. 😉
I have plenty more work to do on myself, and recent events have been forcing to me evolve & adapt, to grow a bit too, hopefully.

Râpé is a true ‘medecine’, powerful, and not to be taken lightly. It can knock you out for hours, make you throw up, make you travel to other spaces, vibrate, connect you with your higher Self, and so on.
So start lightly, with soft râpé, in small amounts, and NEVER abuse it. Do NOT get addicted to it, treat it with respect, and by that i mean take it when you feel a true calling from within your heart. When you know you need to work with it.

There are thousands of types of râpé, mostly from Brazil, but also from other Amazonian areas. It is, as far as i understand, usually made from Mapacho (black tobacco) and ashes of plants/trees. Every râpé has its purpose. Some are designed to make you purge, in preparation for another medecine, such as Ayahuasca, maybe, while others may be intended to open the heart. I am by no means a specialist, my experience with goes back about 4 years and a few dozen applications, some in Mexico, some in Europe, and most of my experience has been acquired here in the past few weeks, through almost daily work and self-application.

It has helped me gain many insights, i think. For a minute or two, it usually connects me to my higher Self, where answers reside or where they stem from.

Focus on your breathing, calm the mind, avoid trying to understand / figure things out and breathe, let your higher Self, this awareness, this consciousness provide you with the answers…and you shall feel them. It’s never about understanding with these things, always about feeling. Remember that on your journey with these medicines : breathe, relax, and start over. You’ll be fine. 😉

Finally, a word about my process in the second video, the full “self ceremony”.
You can see me crying because i feel i am losing my partner, whom i love with all my heart, and i do. There are only two things i know: i love her with all my heart, and i don’t know how to resolve the current issues we are facing as a couple. Or were facing, for i see no solution, precisely, so i am now focusing on moving on.
The fact is there is nothing that needs resolving by me for us. I have work to do, evolutions to make in my daily life, habits to break, new habits to create, new perspectives to gain and old ones to let go of…and so does she. We got to this situation together, it was perfectly mutually created. All i need to do is love myself more, love her without the pain of attachment & loss, and live my life as best i can. Whether that will include her or not, i don’t know. I know only that i shall most likely always love her in a very deep way. She is the only woman i have ever been with for more than a day that i feel i love completely.
However, i know i can love other women completely too, and the stalemate situation we are in needs to end. It will very soon, and that actually brings me relief and optimism. 🙂  Sure, i will do a lot more crying & feel a lot more pain than i suspect right now, but on the other side of that i will be better off. Out of a decaying relationship that has no room for change, into the open. Into the wild. 😉

I hope these videos are useful to you in some way. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog & also the video channel, and encourage me with a kind comment or a like if you feel like it. 😉 It’s always nice to receive this. 🙂

Thank you, and be you, shine. Love. Embrace. Feel. 🙂
All the best,
Yann

Video 1 : what is râpé and how to apply it.

 


Video 2 : full self ceremony with râpé, and live descriptions of what i am feeling, plus my own personal process this morning.
 

ENOUGH

you-are-enough

I am enough. You are enough.

With or without you. With or without them.

And fuck everything else.

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There you have it: today’s spark of wisdom. 😉

Great videos you might not remember

I am eyeballing you

Some of you will know this about me: i’m old! Oh yes, and i’m too sexy for my shirt, plus a few other things, open up your fruitcakes! YEAH BABY YEAH!
Are you catching these references yet? If not, please pay attention. Geez, it’s like being at kindergarten with you youngsters all over the place!

First up, we have a video that, admitedly, simply doesn’t qualify as ‘great’, some might argue it’s not even ‘good’! So what on earth is it doing here, i hear you scream. Well, i thoroughly like the tongue-in-cheek attitude of our “singer” here, and they all seem to be having a bunch of fun, whilst making fun of people who thing they are just too hot…for anything. 🙂 Urban legend has it that the two bulky brothers in the band owned a gym where many models could be seen, and they decided to take a poke at them in this song and video.
Makes me a tad nostalgic of the era, which is the early 90’s, in case you didn’t know. Which you probably didn’t. Hence why i said it. 😉
In addition to the jaunty attitude of ‘Fred’, let’s call him that, we have the raunchy extras, which are probably largely responsible for the 20 million views this video is currently boasting.
I used to think of Right Said Fred as a one hit wonder, but a quick look into their bio shows me they sold 30 million records, had number 1 hits in dozens of countries, and even were the first band since The Beatles to go to number 1 in the US with their debut single, a record that was over 25 years old at the time of ‘Too Sexy’, which also won them some fancy awards.

Ladies & genitals, I’m too sexy for my shirt:

 

Next up, a classic that dates back all the way to 1986. Not only a great song, perfectly produced, the video has to be one of the best in music video history. That’s Peter Gabriel, by the way.

 

 

And, last for today’s selection (stay tuned for more!), we have something wildly unexpected from a special & brilliant actor, who is apparently a gifted dancer to boot.
Christopher Walken is indeed Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice.

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The Word

When everything’s wrong, it makes it right.
You’re never alone, you have it inside.
And i know sometimes we forget it,
But, i swear, it’s always been there.

Don’t know what you were
Expecting, when you don’t
Love yourself, you love
Nothing at all

When we are lost, it turns on the light.
When we feel empty, it makes it all bright.
And all we need to do is remember
That inside our chests is where the answers reside.

YMS, 27/03/2017

Don’t break it

You have my heart, ‘don’t break it’, i keep saying to myself.

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