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Smalltown USA Ashe County


Smalltown USA Ashe County offers many living and business benefits as well as great real estate value.  See why below.

Merri’s and my business has thrived for many years because we try to avoid financial fashion and always look ahead for value instead.

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See why this home on 47.8 acres offers such good value.

This search for value has led us to the long term focus we have had on three important trends… the falling USA dollar… investing business and living outside the USA and Smalltown USA.

Back in 2005 way before the real estate crash our site looked at five factors that suggested we would see growth in Small Town USA.

Smalltown USA Value Factor #1: Some parts of America were growing increasingly overvalued. Our 2005 message warned about Naples, Florida (where homes were 84% overvalued).  We also warned about  Merced, Ca. 76.7%; Salinas, Ca. 74.8%; Port St. Lucie, Fl., 72.2%; and Stockton, Ca., 72.0%.  We reviewed how 41 of the 65 significantly overvalued markets were in California and Florida.

That message also looked at  how the most undervalued markets were in small towns in Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.

Smalltown Value Factor #2: One of the largest demographic groups in history (Baby Boomers) about to retire.

Smalltown Value Factor #3: A majority of boomers plan to move when they retire and a majority of the movers plan to settle in small towns 25 or 30 miles from where they now live.

Smalltown Value Factor #4: Boomer surveys show that most Boomers plan to keep working part time when they retire.

Smalltown Value Factor #5: Technology now makes it easier than every before for these boomers to move to small towns and continue to work part time.

Smalltown Value Factor #6:  There is a large decline in the purchasing power of corporate pensions.

Smalltown Value Factor #7: The loss of Social Security and the US dollar’s purchasing power will force many  boomers to move to paces where the cost of living is less expansive.

In other words, Small Town USA offered good value and the changes that demand would grow was strong.  This fact remains in place today.

Take for example Ashe County, North Carolina where Merri and I live part of the year.

As of December 2009 the cost of living index in Ashe County was very low 83.2  compared to the U.S. average of 100.

Here are some demographic facts about Ashe County.

Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (26.7%), Educational,health and social services (16.2%), Construction (10.9%), Retail trade (10.3%).
Type of workers:

•    Private wage or salary: 75%
•    Government: 13%
•    Self-employed, not incorporated: 11%
•    Unpaid family work: 1%

Races in Ashe County, North Carolina:
•    White Non-Hispanic (96.1%)
•    Hispanic (2.4%)
•    Other race (1.1%)
•    Black (0.7%)
•    American Indian (0.6%)
•    Two or more races (0.6%)
(Total can be greater than 100% because Hispanics could be counted in other races)

Median resident age:
42.1 years
North Carolina median age:
35.3 years

Males: 12,031
(49.3%)
Females: 12,353
(50.7%)

Plus between the recession and the cold winter this year real estate has really dropped in price as this chart shows.

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There are some very interesting values in this part of the Blue Ridge.

Take for example this 47+ Acre mountain tract with 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom home (shown above) bordered by the Jefferson National Forest.

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Blue Ridge Mountains are in sight.  This is a very private mountain cabin.

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This mountain cabin has wood floors, gas log fireplace, covered wrap porch and full walk-out lower level with expansion potential.

This is an almost new cabin with all wood interior 2-bedrooms, bath and great room on the main level.

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The great room, dining area and kitchen are placed in an energy-efficient cluster.

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An efficiently designed step saving kitchen with ample storage and work space is perfect for the chef who does not want to spend coveted time in the mountains toiling in the kitchen.

There are two bedrooms and a full bath on the main level.

A full partially finished lower level features expansion potential with a multipurpose room that can be used for additional sleeping space and a game room area with lots of storage space.

A large covered wrap porch is ideal for outdoor entertaining and relaxing with the views with the sounds of Nature all around.

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Total privacy, views and lots of room for outdoor entertaining.

Extending the dining experience outdoors is this detached screened picnic shelter where you can enjoy the view while entertaining friends and family.

In addition to the picnic shelter, this second building will work nicely as a workshop or garage.

Jefferson National Forest borders this 47.8 acre tract along one side and the back adding to the privacy. This tract was timbered a few years ago but young hardwoods and evergreens are already reaching for the sky.

Trails meander throughout the property providing excellent adventure, hiking and horseback riding opportunities to explore all that this unique mountain tract has to offer. Located with in the Mount Rogers Recreation Area, this would be perfect for horses.

There are multiple potential building sites with views.

There are also numerous natural mountain springs and streams.

The asking price is $239,500.

You can get details about the property above from Jeff Neal a Realtor/Broker/ABR at Ashe High Country Realty.
email: Jeff@AsheCountyRealEstate.com

Jeff will be at our North Carolina Seminar this June 24 to 27 to answer questions about Blue Ridge real estate.

Merri and I feel great comfort having our farm in the Blue Ridge. This is the type of place where one could live through most economic and social disasters… plenty of good water…. fresh air and fuel… plus enough land and wildlife to provide food.

Yet we did not buy into Smalltown USA as protection from disaster. That is just frosting on the cake.

History suggests life will just get better and I am all for that and still want to be in the mountains during the summer where it is cool and filled with peace, quiet and beauty…. away from the maddening crowd.

Learn more about a great Ecuador grain for weight loss and better health without sacrifice here.

Gary

How We Can Serve You

2014 – 2015 Schedule

Schedule 2014-2015  Seminars and Courses

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Delegates enjoy taking breaks at our winter courses in Mount Dora.

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We conduct our summer camps at Jefferson Landing in West Jefferson North Carolina.

Join us in balmy Central Florida in the winter and the Cool Blue Ridge in summer… plus this autumn our Multi Currency Investing Course will be in Montreal, Canada.

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Montreal Skyline in autumn.

Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.

Here are the courses we will conduct in 2014 and early 2015.

August 30-31-September 1 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, North Carolina. ($999)

October 10-11-12 International Investing & Business Seminar, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ($999)   See details here.

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($999)

January  16-17-18,  2015 Super Thinking + Spanish, Mt. Dora, Fl. ($899)

February 13-14-15,  2015  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (normally $999 for a couple).

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Ecuador Tickets # 4


Ecuador Tickets # 4

This series on buying tickets to Ecuador began with three articles at this site.  If you missed part one see it at Buying Tickets to Ecuador.

See Ecuador Tickets 2 here.

See Ecuador Tickets #3 here.

Here is a rave from a reader about the series on Tickets for Ecuador:  Great to know about  kayak for Ecuador tickets——had tried it awhile ago but did not realize all the good features thanks so much.     Good instructions, Merri……….and love all those Ecuador pics!

Here is another point about Kayak.com that a reader shared from our previous articles about Ecuador tickets.

One thing Merri may wish to mention about Kayak which I  find tremendously useful, is that you get to choose the currency of your country for the prices. This is absolutely a fantastic feature of this website,  truly international and very cognizant of the global marketplace that the web represents.

There are many reasons to buy an Ecuador ticket… like this three floor house on the beach for $110,000 asking.

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1st floor

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2nd floor

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Modern

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Merri’s information on Ecuador tickets continues here.

Award Tickets vs. Pay with Miles

I used to think that the highest thing out there in the “ticket” world was a free ticket!  But look at the cost is of a “free” ticket with Delta!

Our daughter was here for 3 weeks from London before she returned for  a year in Africa, and this was a more or less “instant” decision for her.   Many fares from London were high…and I thought “Oh, let’s go for an award ticket”…

But just to show you how all the rules have now changed, I thought well, let’s make some comparisons…

Here’s what I found…Award Ticket round trip from London to Charlotte:

Mileage required 50,000 and up to 70,000.

Award available on most days, plenty of seats, etc.

Sounds good…right?  A free ticket!  Great for kids as there is no tax advantage and it’s there and red hot!

However, let’s look closer, the requirement for taxes was $316.23!!  Other flights, taxes were $375.10.  Wow!

Well, that’s not really a free ticket is it?

So…then let’s look at Pay with Miles (explanation later in this article):

Same flights, same days…ticket would be $94.43 and 50,000 miles…a big big difference…this includes all taxes and fees.  I could have made it even lower to $40.43  if Gary had an extra 5,000 miles in his account.

Well, what would you rather have?  A “free” awards ticket for 50,000 miles + $316-$375 in taxes or a Pay with Miles for 50,000 miles for $94.43 or even as low as $40.43?

Ecuador tickets will brings you rustic restaurants open air restaurants like this three table authentic pizza parlor complete with dog, cat and dirt floor.

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But great pizza

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Pay with Miles

How does Pay for Miles Tickets work?  Well, there is a small catch that I discovered after recommending this to a client…she called me back and said “Pay with Miles does not appear on my computer”…

Here is that catch.  It says very clearly that this is for Platinum and Gold Medallion Members.  And of course, only people crazy enough to travel as much as we do qualify…but and this is a big BUT it is available to anyone with a Delta Skymiles number if that person holds an American Express Sky Miles GOLD Card, Platinum or Reserve Credit Card.   I have provided links to learn more about how to get these cards at the end of this message.

The first year, the fee is waived and then can be as low as $55 annually…you’ll save that on your first purchase of “Pay with Miles”.

All of this is a bit lopsided…but as I said before “All the Rules have Changed”…and that means ALL the rules.  When you order this credit card you’ll get a bonus 25,000 miles to start.

Gary and I (as you probably know) abhor debt, so we pay off our credit cards each month but we do love credit cards…because we can easily track our purchases for IRS purposes and also because of the Pay with Miles feature.   It is possible to have free (that is really free) Delta Crown Room Use at all airports by showing your American Express Delta Reserve Card.  This Amex card is a bit pricier but has more benefits because your miles are at times doubled and you have access to a Concierge desk when you really get into trouble (which I often do) and also don’t forget all those quiet times in the private rooms.

You don’t really need to be a road warrior who has hundreds of thousands of miles, you just need that little American Express Gold or Platinum card!  Suddenly those magic words, “Pay with Miles” automatically appear on your screen, giving you a free ticket with no blackout dates, the use of any amount of miles you might have (award tickets have a premium minimum), as well as flexibility, AND no fees.  This can be purchased for a group of people (if on the same itinerary) and can be used as often as you have miles in your account.

Pay with Miles is a great way to use those accumulated miles that is fast, easy, Internet friendly and instant.  I just love bringing our kids from all over the world as we did Jake (on the itinerary and dates he chose) last year for $17!

Ecuador tickets can lead you to fancy restaurants in Bahia like at the Bahia yacht…

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simple affairs like this Bahia Cafe on the

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or  at La Piedra Hotel in Bahia…

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where standards are high and…

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outstanding and food is very reasonable.

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Join us at an upcoming Ecuador tour

Learn about the three day Super Thinking + Spanish course

Here is another shot of visit La Piedra Hotel in Bahia. We visit on our Ecuador coastal tours.

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Learn more about American Express Sky Miles GOLD Card

Learn more about American Express Sky Miles PLATINUM Card

Learn more about American Express Delta Reserve Card

Earn in Ecuador as a self publisher.

Writer’s Camps – Join Us & Learn to Write to Sell

Attend our Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer or Florida this fall.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE, plus a pass to our Montreal investing seminar worth $799 to $999.

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Delegates  talking over books at last year’s summer Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge.

Our Writer’s Camps help you learn writing to sell… the business of writing and how to publish.

Attend our Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains this  summer.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

or

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please indicate which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

My wife, Merri, and I have possibly the smallest… yet one of the highest earning… self publishing company in the world.

Our high earnings come from writing, self publishing secrets we learned and refined over the past 45 years of writing to sell.  These secrets have worked so well they have earned extra millions for Merri and me and we share them at our writer’s camps..

Our goal at the camps are to help you “Get Started”… but to “Start Small” and maybe like us stay that way… small… tightly focus but highly profitable.

45 years ago I started writing because I was broke.  These problems over 40 years ago affected me for life.  In fact I am so hung up on this that that Merri and I (we are so thankful that we can) give away money to help create jobs… we have now donated close to a million dollars in our quest to reduce joblessness.

Fortunately we do not have to work for money now.  In fact we kinda retired almost 20 years ago. Now we do what we love and that happens to be writing!

Merri and I are writers and self publishers.  Merri and I began publishing with no money and little background. We started small! As already mentioned, I was bust and had no background in writing. I did not finish college.  Yet we have earned as much as $20,000 for a single day’s work… and have earned consistently year in and year out… while we do what we love… because of a few secrets.

Our self publishing business has brought us millions. We own five houses, a farmhouse, six cabins and over 1,000 acres of land. Plus more money than we can spend, in the bank… safe, secure bonds and shares… no mortgages… no credit card bills and zero debt! We always make an annual six figure income but some years we bring in seven figures…over a million dollars.  That’s because we figured out that the lion’s share of income earned from writing goes to the publisher.

Now we write to be self fulfilled… to share what we have gained from living, working, investing and writing all over the world.

We want to share these secrets with you so you can make a strong income and follow your destiny in a way that suits you and that you love.

There is more good news than the money.  The secrets we share make working fun. You are your own boss. You gain respect so your ideas are listened to.

Most important you can be self fulfilled as you make the world a better place by writing.

We want the work on your publication to begin right away…. tomorrow even.  I’ll explain how you can begin right away in a moment.

Now let’s get to the important stuff.  Our life is less stressed (not stress free – every business has stress) but Self Publishing can be a low stress business… no commuting… choose your own hours… immersed in your passions with like minded souls. Work at home. How refreshing!

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Here I am at our Florida home… at work?

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Here I am at work in the Blue Ridge.  Better than a cubicle for sure!

You can have fun every day doing what you love as you accomplish goals that are important… to you… and are a service to your community.

What do you love? Why not make the kinds of money I’ve just mentioned publishing your passion and do something good for the world at the same time?

Your passion and self publishing create…magic, wealth, happiness.

Three other things you gain.

#1: Respect. If you are not a recluse like Merri and me, you’ll find yourself the center of attention at social events and with your friends and in business because publishing is highly respected.

#2: Power. Everyone wants publishers to distribute good information about them. And everyone fears publishers a bit. The pen IS mightier than the sword!

#3: Protection. Writers are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You do not need a license to publish. There is no government watchdog nor do you have bureaucratic red tape involved in publishing. Publishers enjoy almost more freedom than any other occupation because of the Freedom of the Press. This is so powerful because the first amendment is actually a part of the Bill of Rights. Just in case you missed this in school (as most students did including me) here are the exact words of this amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You become the press and you are set free. You cannot get more protection than that.

You can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle.  Married, single, rich, poor, in good and bad health, educated and not, travelers and those who want to just stay at home. This is who self publishing works for… those who want a gradual part time improvement in life and those who want to make big enhancements now.

This workshop appeals to anyone who would like to write or publish or both.  We will look at how published products can include compilations, catalogues, CDS, interviews. Plus we’ll look at how to develop treks, tours, visits, products and services.

For example, you’ll see below how one delegate who attended the workshop used her publication to sell real estate.

This course is for individuals and couples. We include those who want their own publishing system together as a family business.

This workshop is not theory. Merri and I share our real time experiences. We start at the beginning over 40 years ago but mainly look at how we earn hundreds of thousands and even millions a year in our exciting lifestyle…right now.

We study and listen to many other self publishers as well.  I invite them to our home… to see what ideas we can share and how we can learn from one another.

Self employed, retired, professionals and those who are employed who want to add extra income or who want to change their life entirely will benefit. Previous course delegates have included investors, chiropractors, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, other professionals and those who already own their own business and of course retirees.

Take for example this “get started” inspiration who shows that even busiest professionals can get started writing and self publishing.

Laury Dahners shows how a professional can have an active, full career and write novels and self publish in spare time.  He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics.   He became interested in writing novels and has written a great science fiction series in his spare time.

I discovered Laury’s Elle Donsaii series on Amazon.com and enjoyed reading it so much that I devoted an entire lesson about this series in our online self publishing course “Self Fulfilled How To Be a Self Publisher”.

See the first part of my interview with Laurance Dahners on “How to be busy yet also be a prolific writer” below.

Another example is Hugh Howey… a beginner who has enjoyed great success. 

Hugh is a writer that every self publisher should meet and hear because his educational background has little to do with his writing and he only recently began selling his books.  His self publishing company is already exceeding a million sales.  Yet selling has not been his main goal.

Hugh’s story teaches us many lessons.   First he shows that you do not have to have a degree in literature to succeed in writing.   He dropped out of college and moved from job to job, being a Caribbean yacht captain, doing computer repair, roofing, and finally working in a small Appalachian town as a bookstore clerk.

In 2011 while working at a book store, he typed out a short story “Wool”, during his lunch breaks.  Soon this publication was earning him over $100,000 a month on Amazon,

Hugh’s story shows how offering free or low cost books at Amazon.com to build a list of interested readers is one of the first steps to successful self publishing.  This makes financial sense because low cost books immediately earn more for self publishers than high cost print books earn for writers sold through the old, dying, traditional bookstore route.

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Getting beat in chess by Hugh Howey at our home.

Which would you rather have… 6% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates opportunity for those who want a writer’s life.

Starting with online books allows you to lower price…  increase volume and cut out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

You can start self publishing with no printing costs, no shelf space, no inventory, no postal delivery.  Most of the publishing expenses are eliminated.

The writer keeps 70%.

Amazon keeps 30%.

Another lesson from Hugh Howey’s story is that you can write anywhere… even part time.  Hugh wrote “Wool” in his spare time at home and in his breaks at work.  Part time is how many self publishers start.

You can start anywhere as well.  Hugh H0wey did all this from Boone North Carolina, a small mountain town population 17,189 people.

Not every writer by the way will do this well.  Fortunately most don’t need to.  To see why, keep reading.

Buyers of books fall into niches.   Choosing the correct niche is a first step in the elusive process of capturing the national psyche.  When you tap into this phenomenon, you can earn millions just from online sales.   I know. This process has netted an extra $2,072,614.89 for my business in the past several years.

Yet the income from selling ebooks… as profitable as it can be… is only a part of the earning potential.

In Hugh’s case in 2011, Hugh began selling Wool through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system, choosing to do so due to the freedom of self-publishing.  After the series took off he began soliciting international rights in 2012, including signing a deal for Brazil.

Then Hugh’s book was optioned for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

In 2012, Hugh signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to distribute Wool to book retailers across the US and Canada, but he turned down seven figure offers and took a mid six figure sum in return for maintaining e-book rights.

In the months ahead he’ll be visiting San Francisco, Boston, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Helsinki, Istanbul, Rome, Amsterdam, Milan and Taiwan… not as a tourist… but to help launch his books.  As an aside this is the way to see the world… working with others rather than as a tourist. This is how to see the real part of a country… with its business people… not as a tourist.

That’s just a few of the things that can happen when you tap into the national psyche.

The first step in this process is to focus on a niche and create trust with the readers in that niche.

Take Bob Gandt’s story as another example.  Bob speaks at some of our camps and tells about his niche…. flying and war.  He published his first story at age sixteen – the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has logged something over 25,000 hours, written fourteen books and published countless articles.

At age 20 he was at the time the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy.

In 1965 he began his 26 career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways.   His 1995 book, Skygods (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.

His 1997 book Bogeys and Bandits (Viking Penguin) told of a training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.  This book led to and a CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold.   Bob worked as writer and technical consultant for this twenty-two-episodes, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

When you get CBS telling your story 22 times… believe me you have tapped into the national psyche.

Now  Bob’s focus is on self publishing.  As an author whose numerous books have been published for and sold through book stores… he sees the bookstore  path filled with dinosaurs and feels one of his great accomplishments is to have kept the digital rights to his books.

We have Hugh who started with ebooks and added print.  Then we have Bob who started with print and has added ebooks.  They all come together and are part of the process… but ebooks makes this easier than ever before.

Bob’s passion is flying and the military.  His books reflect this.  Learning and sharing your passion with like minded souls is just fun. There is no other way to say it.  This is how life should be lived and self publishing lets you live it this way.

The lesson is that technology now provides all of us with many ways to write to fulfill our passion and create profits.

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Merri and I with Bob and Anne Gandt at our home.

Author Scott Nicholson is another writer (who also beats me at chess).    See below how he has had over 800 rejections and figures that he has sold 7,500 books for each one.  Scott’s gained such success that Amazon.com’s publishing company signed him to write two books.

The eBook revolution makes this entire process easier because Amazon sales can be like prospecting tools.

Some amazing websites and businesses have been and will continue to be built using eBooks.  Kindle sales act like a search engine.  They are the starting point that attracts the original readers who become the nucleus of your success.

Technology especially favors small publishers today. Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new potential for small publishers.

Laury’s, Hugh’s and Bob’s stories show how writers can write in any type of genre. be any age.  Hugh writes fiction.  Bob writes both fiction and non fiction.

May I add that this workshop has done a pretty good job already?  Here are a few examples of small self publishing businesses that started after attending this workshop.

One inspirational story and lesson comes from Barry and Janae Weinhold who write only non fiction. Barry and Jane were already highly successful authors when they attended our Writer’s Camp. They wrote: We were successful authors before attending the Writer’s Camp, with our first book published in 1989 selling over 200,000 print copies. With the tips from your course last fall, we have published six new ebooks in Kindle format that are now available  at Amazon.com.

Thanks for helping us get the word out about Barry’s 2-part Breaking Family Patterns series. Janae has also released her 3-part Con Job series.

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We’ve co-authored “How To Break Free of the Drama Triangle and Victim Consciousness.”

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Our monthly royalty checks are now coming in and we are very pleased with the response to our new books (656 books sold and 1295 free downloads in seven months). We have six more new ebooks in the pipeline for publication.  Our goal is to publish twelve new ebooks by our one-year course anniversary. We couldn’t have published this quickly without the great support we received from your Writer’s Camp. We highly recommend it to anybody seeking the fast track to becoming independent self-publisher.

Self Publishers can also write in more than one niches.

Nickolette Goff writes non fiction in two niches.  After attending a Writer’s Camp Nicki used what she had learned to help promote her first book… a Quinoa recipe cookbook with 13 recipes.  She had 10,000 downloads of the book in five days and obtained dozens of good reviews!

You can get 13 more great quinoa recipes in Nicki Goff’s book at the links below.

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See more on Nicki’s books below.

She wrote:  Hi, Gary,  Book sales are actually going well, and I’m having a lot of fun with this. I’m so grateful to you and Merri  for pushing me to get some action going!  The free promos really get things going, and seem to reignite sales. Two more in the works – both on gardening topics.  Best wishes for 2013 to you and Merri.   Love, Nicki

Nicki learned at the camp that getting these downloads is step three in a seven step process. We (and others) have been helping Nicki and our delegates walk through these steps so they can earn income through writing and publishing again and again.

Nicki is now well on her way to wonderful self publishing success.   She just completed her fourth book in a totally different genre gardening. This book is “Under Cover Gardening”.

She used the three day free Kindle marketing program again.

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Nicki wrote:  Gary: My book was downloaded exactly 6000 times during the 3 days, and is selling around 5 per day right now.  I’m very pleased with the results – three 5* reviews so far.  Nicki

The Process.

Chances are that most books you write will not tap into the national psyche.  However Nicki’s books show the process that you use to create a steady income as you build inventory.   She is publishing numerous books in each of the genres she loves.  This creates extra income and added inventory if one of your books becomes a big success.

In one of the the Hugh Howey videos you’ll see at the camp…  Hugh tells how he wrote an entire series (called the Bern series) and sold about 3,000 books.   Then when his book Wool (part of the Silo series) took off, he sold 850,000 or so of the Silo series but the Bern series also became a best seller with sales in the 150,000 range.

Let’s look at Nicki’s example again to see these benefits. Imagine this. Nicki writes a half dozen books, three on organic gardening and three on quinoa.

Then imagine that Oprah is interested in quinoa, reads Nicki’s book and has her on the show.  Nicki’s quinoa book sales will go bananas.  So too will all her other quinoa books.   Add further to this example and say that the national psyche just happens to be focused on better nutrition when this all happens.  If so, Nicki’s organic gardening book sales will skyrocket as well.

To sum this up… at the camp you’ll learn the importance of writing a lot for your niche.   The increased number of publications will allow you to keep your price low, but generate income that keeps you writing as you build inventory so any bigger success can grow in exponential bonds.

You can also self publish at any age.  A number of our friends who have used our writers course to self publish are in their 70s and 80s.  Yet college students have self published as well.

The father of the family of four wrote:  Hi Gary and Merri:  Just thought y’all would like to know that today Doss published his first book.  It is called College Confidential and it is currently listed at number 42 on amazon. com.  He would not have done it but for our experience this summer at your Writer’s Camp.

So, here is thanking you both very much.

Bill Winter

This book is written by a student, for students, College Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Success written by Doss Winter is filled with practical tips and insider information addressing everything from Academics to getting your Zzzzs.

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Dos Winter

See how to get Dos Winter’s book below.

Small self publishers are in a win – win situation for many reasons.

Mike Herron who attended our camp loves to travel so he researched places he loved to complete two romance novels. He wrote:   Hello Gary, I wanted to thank you and Merri for once again providing a wonderful and motivating experience at the Writer’s Camp last month.  As with your other workshops I’ve attended, it inspired me to return home and finish my second book and get it published.

I’m pleased to announce that Appalachian Gold is now completed and available for people to purchase and read.  It is available on Amazon in either e-book format or as a print-on-demand hard copy.

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If any of your readers are aspiring authors who have yet to be published I would strongly encourage them to sign up for one of your writing camps at the first opportunity.  I know the experience will provide them with the skills, knowledge and perhaps more importantly, the motivation, to return home and turn their dream into reality.

If you love to travel self publishing can help make this possible and… by the way… perhaps turn your trips into a tax deductible expense.

The workshop provides a Path called the seven Ps. They provide a simple, small and easy path for starting your own publishing business.

The writer’s camp refines both Merri’s and my 40 years of experience into its most essential points. All of us will have to work intensely to cram everything into three days.

This workshop is conducted by Merri and me.  These camps are intimate which allows us to personally work with each delegate to assure that all who attend can create their own publication.

June 13-14-15  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please note which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

We’ll send you an email giving you details and your preparatory assignments for the camp, travel, etc.

We’ll set up our line of communications as well as deliver our online Self Publishing course.

We’ll send you what you need to get started. We’re going to be learning from the first minute, and we want you to be ready.

Get started and work with us and the online course until the camp begins.

Best regards,

Gary

P.S. This is a chance to experience the dream life of a writer and self publisher.

We are going to work hard the entire time from now until the camp but the effects of this retreat won’t end on day 3. They’ll just begin.

One of the finest benefits you gain will be new like-minded friends. Our previous workshop delegates have stuck together…formed support groups and helped each other develop, grow and profit. This is called an “old boys network” in some places. Every major university and educational system has one…this invisible power because “who you know”, not just “what you know” works. We’ll encourage this so your alumni group can enhance your efforts whenever required.

May I share three final examples of how big, your little self publishing business can become from our workshop?

A long time friend, who had just retired from a 30 year career in the oil industry joined our program. His passion was to learn more about health and looking at the deep, more spiritual aspects of life since he had ended a financially successful career. He has gone on to publishing the leading healthy living magazine where he lives.

Not only was he able to publish 20,000 copies of a 48-64 page magazine on healthy living every month, he was able to meet and work with leading health and spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dwyer and even the Dali Llama. What a thrill.

Michelle Toole, an at home mother, made a fateful decision… to attend our self publishing course.

Michelle was disabled when she took the “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” camp.

She took what she learned from our publishing courses and created her own successful global micro website.

Michelle wrote:  “I have some great news, my web site  http://healthy-holistic-living.com is now getting on average 2,000 visitors a day! Yup my little one man show web site now gets close to 60,000 visitors each month!  The power of the internet is amazing as well as the opportunities.  We have said it before but it deserves saying again the internet is truly the great equalizer.

“My web site is at a point now that it is growing without much effort and produces a nice passive income allowing me to continue working on my second site http://home-remedies-and-natural-cures.com and to get my third site up and running.  I am also working on various joint ventures with other web sites focusing on helping others start their own web business. I am doing monthly webinars helping disabled individuals start their own business on the Internet and will be starting a coaching club in the new year.  The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination.

“Again I can not thank you and Merri enough, I look forward to many great adventures and new experiences in the coming years!”

Another successful self publisher who attended our workshop wrote :

“MY HEAD IS STILL SPINNING from all of the valuable input I received. Out in the boonies, 2 + hours from the airport in Charlotte , North Carolina it was not your typical setting for a business seminar.

“It was presented by a fascinating guy with an interesting career history. Gary Scott and his wife, Merri, split their time between their idyllic farm in North Carolina and their property in the mountains of Ecuador . I first heard about Gary through my interest in Ecuador .

“By his own admission, Gary is often ‘a bit ahead of the curve’ which is part of what makes his material interesting. You sense the authenticity of what he is saying but it has not caught on in the mainstream media or pop-culture.

“The input is that is already affecting my life was not just from the instructor, but from other participants. The small group, less than twenty, seemed to be intimately bonded as soon as the seminar started. People from all walks of life and all parts of the country gained insights from the information that was geared to create a ‘life of your choosing more so than just a successful business. A very simple but powerful concept. Why do we want the money in the first place?

“The lifestyle aspect of the course was taught by example. We, as a group, were temporarily inserted directly into the lifestyle led by Gary and Merri. No better way to learn than by doing.

“The course content suited my needs very nicely. It addressed issues pertinent to FilmTrips and my marketing company, MJ Media. New life has been injected into several FilmTrips projects that had been languishing on a back burner for quite some time. Gary talks about being open to ‘connect the dots’ and take advantage of distortions or discrepancies between economies and countries. I am in a very good position to do that. Telephone and Internet technology has certainly arrived to help make it happen. I will keep you posted!”

In the workshop we learn how to use the “Business Evolutionary Process.” Start with a small idea. Let the idea build enthusiasm. Let the enthusiasm lead you to an education. Let the education create action. The action will bring, deeper ideas…so you can start small and grow.

This is what so many others who have accepted Merri’s and my invitation have done and are doing now….as are we. A never ending process for all.

We hope you will join this growth process with us. If you do, this letter…the invitation and the workshop will be fateful and fun.  Register today!

Delegates from our last camp wrote:  My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the Writer’s Camp this past weekend.  We both felt we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on “how to make money with our writing skills”!  Thank you.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Yours and Merri’s expertise on transmitting knowledge to others is phenomenal.  The warm, personal feel of being with you both along with the great people in the class was great!
 
Thank you again for all the added information gained in all areas of life and what I consider gourmet meals served to us all.
 
Donna/Jeanna

Another wrote: Have just returned from the writing seminar conducted at your farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, I thought I’d give you my take on what I experienced. To suggest that the location, hosts, seminar content, and accommodations were adequate would be an understatement.

This was my introductory visit to the northwestern corner of North Carolina and it appears, from looking at the map, that this area could be considered the “foothills” of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Remote? You bet! But a beautiful place for retreating when life or weather calls for relocation.

Corresponding as we have for the past two years was simply a forerunner to our one on two meeting and I am so pleased that we found this opportunity.  You are both most personable with dynamic and pleasing personalities. I was extremely comfortable the entire weekend and thank you for making that possible.

The seminar itself opened a whole new world that I hope to explore in the coming months. I drove away from your farm with a well inflated right rear tire and a wealth of information that could catapult me into a whole new profession should I opt to go that route. I still have a number of professional business ideas that I intend to pursue, however, the concepts and ideas conveyed in your seminar will serve to enhance whatever I undertake going forward.

But if there was one underlying common denominator that I recognized, it was the fact that you are both so well qualified to present in this field of communication. Probably my most prolific observation was how well read and knowledgeable you are. The breadth and depth of knowledge on so many diverse yet associated subjects kept my unswerving attention. It also opened my mind to a variety of fields that, heretofore, I would not have considered relevant to my interests. And as a presenter, Gary is prolific. I drove away knowing that not only did the seminar give me my money’s worth but I was introduced to some very valuable contacts.

The bottom line is your seminar was both eye opening and entertaining. I came, I saw, I learned, and I even ate healthy. Thanks for everything. John

The son of a father son team sent this note:  Hi Merri!  I just attended your writers camp with my dad this past weekend.  I didn’t get to express how much I appreciated all that you and Gary did for us this weekend because we were in a hurry to get to the airport. Letting us stay in your cottage and having us for your writers camp was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Gary and Merri’s stories of adventure, success, your lessons, and advice are truly priceless!!

This camp has inspired me. Writing has always come naturally for me but I never was able to view it as a business opportunity.

This camp has shown me not only that writing can be profitable, but HOW to make it profitable! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. In my lifetime, I could only hope to see the success that you and Gary have achieved.

I not have only signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t stop spreading the word to my friends about my experience. Thanks again for your amazing hospitality,  Mitchell

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

We share David Cross videos abd Skype sessions at the camp.

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.  He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

More who have written about the Writer’s Camp.

From Sandra, a restaurant owner:  “Dear Gary and Merri, Yes I did it! Without you and your wonderful writing class I would not have been able to see my potential!! I THANK YOU BOTH! You told me to write about what I know and I did. Thank you for all the encouragement. Starting today, we are taking orders and I wanted you to be the first to know! So here goes…..I have some exciting news to share! I have just written my first book and very much appreciate your help. This book would make a great gift for any bride-to-be or even the parents of the bride (especially if they’re paying the bill)! Please check it out. I genuinely appreciate you helping me spread the word! Thank you!! Sandra”

From Jerusha, an anthropologist:  “Hello Gary and Merri. I am the first in the class to publish! I published a calendar on www.lulu.com!

From Todd, a wedding photographer:  “Thanks, Gary and Merri name recognition is beginning. Here is my new photoletter that your program helped me develop. I’m getting more clear about my own marketing now, so I may be able to better advantage of it. I am planning now to send out an email once a week showcasing new photos and creating awareness for my products and services. By mid July, I will place my first greeting card order (with a printing company Merri recommended in Cotacachi). So, I will soon have an inexpensive product to offer along with the more expensive prints that I sell. So far, I’ve got 60 opt-on subscribers to my email list, and I am telling everyone I know about it, so it’s starting to grow nicely. My first goal is to have 1000 readers. I’ll see how quickly I can accomplish it. Take care, Todd”

From Micky, a real estate broker:  “I want to say thank you for the inspiration and encouragement that I received through your publishing program. I recently published a 28 page booklet” Naples is Priceless “. This FREE booklet is being distributed through the Chamber of Commerce, banks, hotels, etc. With over 25 years as a Realtor I can now let potential real estate buyers gain knowledge and inside tidbits about this beautiful area. Again, thank you for helping me develop my potential. Micky”

Our online course “Self Fulfilled -  How to be a Self Publisher” is normally $299.  See more here.

Save the $299 and receive this online course FREE now.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

See how to attend two courses for the price of one and save $799 to $999 here.

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See an eight minute video interview with Hugh Howey here.

 

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To see the four minute video with Laurance Dahners, click here

 

See a four minute interview with Scott Nicholson on how he has gained from rejections

See Bob Gandt’s story here.

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Bob’s passion is flying and the military.  His books reflect this.  Learning and sharing your passion with like minded souls is just fun.  There is no other way to say it.  This is how life should be lived and self publishing let’s you live it this way.

Bob Gandt

Read about Bob Gandt’s fiction here.

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Dos Winter

Order College Confidential at Amazon.com here.

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 Appalachian Gold is now completed and available for people to purchase and read.  It is available on Amazon in either e-book format or as a print-on-demand hard copy.

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You can order Nicki’s Goff’s book at Amazon.com.

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You can order Barry and Janae Weinhold’s  “How To Break Free of the Drama Triangle and Victim Consciousness.”

 

 

 

 

Ecuador Tickets #3


Buying Tickets to Ecuador Part Three

This series on buying tickets to Ecuador began with two articles at this site.  If you missed part one see it at Buying Tickets to Ecuador.

See Ecuador Tickets 2 here.

Here is a rave from the first messages on this series.

Merri,  This message on Ecuador tckets is a good one=—thanks for your input.  Shoot, I thought I WAS THE BEST at getting Ecuador tickets!!!!!!     I use Delta, American and Southwest…..I did not have quite enough miles on American for both my son and I so we just bought the extra miles. I am using Delta miles to fly to Calgary and I am getting first class on way back for no extra miles because their coach air mile seats were taken but they had a first class seat available.  I am happy. When I get over 50,000 miles with one airline, I start using the card that needs boosting up to 50,000 —and Southwest is easy—-I like it —2 hours to Columbus from TPA——can go to Orange City airport in California – Seattle – Tulsa – now they are hooked up with  West Jet for  Calgary-!!!    but I loved Avianca and Lan Peru both.  Our airlines do not compare.

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There are many reasons to buy an Ecuador ticket. Miles of safe empty each is one. All the pictures in this message were taken at San Clemente Ecuador around the Vistaul condos. For more information on Vistazul contact Kjetil Haugan at kjetil@haugancruises.com

There are no hurricanes in Ecuador.  This surf is as bad as  have ever seen.

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Most days it looks like this.  Or at best…

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a surf to play in… .. lots of nature… birds and sun!

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Here is the third part of Merri’s tips on Ecuador tickets.

Some suggestions for Ecuador.  I find a lot of people need help on this somewhat exotic country…because there isn’t a lot of information out there.  Gary and I have lived/worked in Ecuador for going on 15 years, so we’ve learned a lot the hard way…that is so you won’t have to!

Here are my list of dos and don’ts:

1.Fly into Quito not Guayaquil (even if the flight is cheaper). Guayaquil is a big, bustling, expensive city full of a lot of things you don’t need to put up with and not much of interest to tourists as well as those who want to look for a place to live.  Quito is orderly and functional and the airport really organized.  We have good friends in Guayaquil and over the years have spent a lot of time there, but that doesn’t mean that we like it.  It also costs a lot of time and money to get up to Quito (over $100 round trip, so that usually wipes out any savings) and since most flights arrive in the evening…you’ll have to overnight in expensive Guayaquil.

The surf at San Clemente is safe enough for kids to play in.

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Merri continues.

2.Don’t fly on a Colombian Airline (Avianca and others), even if it is great deal cheaper.

For instance, right now Avianca is flying from Miami to Quito for $361 while Delta is listing at $362. (round trip).  I’ve been waiting for all of you to arrive in Quito for over 14 years and those which fly from Bogota, Colombia often don’t land in Quito, they go onto Guayaquil and overnight there…or more usual, they just stop in Bogota (unscheduled of course) and then continue in the next day to Quito.

Why do people fly with them?  Often they are the cheapest…but cheap is nothing compared to an American passport holder overnighting in Bogota and not really understanding when the next plane goes out, plus missing your ride in Quito, etc.  I always  say to people this is the prime example of false economy.

Weather can be misty with a socked in airport and Quito can be a tricky airport to land into.  (This will be remedied when the new airport is finished.  It is built on top of a plateau instead of in the valley of Quito.)  All Delta pilots who fly in there are licensed to land in any weather (but sometimes choose not to land and go to Guayaquil…but rarely.)  Colombian pilots are rarely licensed to land on instruments, so the plane just stays in Colombia and comes the next day…not ever a good thing for a traveler!  I’ve waited hours in the Quito Airport with our crew for years looking for those people who don’t arrive until the next day!

Even little children are safe on this beach.

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Merri’s notes continue.

3. Bring your own favorite non heavy snacks and just drink lots of water, skip the airline fare and the drinks…you’ll feel better and the next day not have any recovery time.

4. We never book “Multiple Airlines” tickets.  This can be a combination of all sorts of airlines and can be a reason if anything goes wrong (like lost luggage) that no one claims responsibility.  We don’t like to mix airlines.

5. If you think that Quito might be too high in altitude for you, then just hire a driver to meet your plane, bring you water and fruit and a pillow and blanket and bring you on out to your destination!  That’s what we do!

Ecuador is a charming, beautiful country…buy your tickets with care and enjoy the ride!

Let’s discuss Award Tickets vs Pay with Miles and other variations that  we use tomorrow.

Big children can play in the surf as well!

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Gary

Go to Part Four of Buying Tickets to Ecuador here

Learn Spanish in Three Days

Learn how to speak Spanish in just three days with Super Thinking.

Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster.  We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches delegates to communicate on Spanish in just three days.

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Merri and Pronunciation coach Don Childs teaching Super Spanish.

Here is our 2014-2015, Super Thinking + Spanish schedule.

July 18-19-20 West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Teachers Gary & Merri Scott)

August 15-17  St. Charles, MO  Super Thinking + Spanish (Teacher Mark Frakes)

September 12, 13, and 14th, British Columbia Canada. (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick)

January  16-17-18,  2015,  Mt. Dora, Fl. (Teachers Gary & Merri Scott)

An M.D. who attended wrote:   We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience.   I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties.  Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful.  I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful!  Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks.  We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.

See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Our Super Thinking + Spanish courses are Spanish course that goes way beyond just learning to speak Spanish.

Spanish is the second largest language in the world. Chances are a huge Spanish speaking population lives near you. Yet our language system did not teach us how to communicate with or understand this culture.

Learning Spanish is valuable and important.  Now there is way, to enjoy a long weekend as you learn Spanish at a very affordable price.

Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.

There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills.  Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.

In just three days?

Sound too good to be true?

This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.

In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.

This book exposed this fact and made the system so popular that Dr. Lozanov was allowed to visit the US from Bulgaria to teach this system to just a very few people so they could pass on this vital information on how to learn and think in a more natural, powerful way so we can enjoy life and enhanced memory more.

Merri was among those few who learned how and is licensed to teach the Lozanov system from this Bulgarian master. She has organized a practical course on how to learn faster and better.

With her modified system, you will learn how to think and learn more powerfully in just three days. To prove how good you will be with this process, you learn Spanish as a side benefit.

The learning system you gain expands on Dr. Lozanov’s original work and offers new insights into tapping human potential, drawing from ancient and modern tactics for quick learning such as subliminal memory, music, nutrition, and productivity.

There are three scientific reasons why this course will change your learning capacity forever (and help you speak Spanish in just four days).

This system uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.  This brings forth the three C’s:  Calm, Clarity and Coherence.

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Shawn and Suzanne Bandick teach Super Spanish in Mexico and Canada.

Here is one more rave from Shawn and Suzanne’s Mexico course.
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The Super Thinking system works by focusing on the learner first… the data second.  The system “grows the learner” rather than just expands the information.  The explosion of data we must all process everyday means there is too much information to process already.    Let’s view this learning in terms of plumbing to outline what “Growing the Learner”  means.

If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is to first create a six inch pipe and then an even larger pipe…a never ending expansion of abilities!

You learn how to evoke the power of the senses thus super-charging memory. Ever hear a song from twenty, thirty or forty years past and in a snap know all the words, the tune and remember with who and where your heard it decades ago? Learn how to use ten cycle music to gain almost super human thinking powers.

Dr. Lozanov was totally committed to learning without stress, to enjoy the thrill of relaxed, leisurely learning. These are just two, whole learning, super-thinking tactics you gain at this course.

What is your desire? Do you want to speak Spanish, French, German, Chinese or any language? Would you like to golf better or accomplish more in school? Would you like to easily, quickly zip through projects, chores, reports? Merri’s “Super Thinking” course can help you learn any subject two-to-five times faster, in exciting and innovative ways.

The techniques you gain will help unlock the quantum potential we all possess. This evolutionary program shows how certain types of music can enhance learning and how even altered nutrition can make you a startling 25 percent smarter, how subliminal messages can increase your energy and thinking process, plus much, much more.

Merri’s system follows and builds upon what was taught in the Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 books plus includes techniques and strategies that she has gained in her 42 years of global travel and study with educational masters around the world.

This is a course that shows you how to increase your mental power to better succeed in the 21st century when we can otherwise be overwhelmed by information.

The system you gain is built from old and new sources ranging from yoga to contemporary Russian science, and ultimate zone training already used by many Olympic champions.

“Super Thinking plus Spanish” presents new ways to use music to supercharge your mind. The knowledge you gain about smart food and super nutrition allows you to enhance productivity and creativity.

The tactics you gain enhance your ability to absorb… retain and recall information.

Once these concepts of enhancing your mental powers with music are understood, you will know how to create your own program and build new skills at work in study and play.

Second you gain seventeen, easy to use learning techniques that can help you gain any romantic language in much less time than traditional learning techniques.

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Rick Brown will teach next in Toronto.

Here is our 2014-2015, Super Thinking + Spanish schedule.

July 18-19-20 West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Teachers Gary & Merri Scott)  Single $699  /  Couple $899

August 15-17  St. Charles, MO  Super Thinking + Spanish (Teacher Mark Frakes) Single $699 /Couple $899

September 12, 13, and 14th, British Columbia Canada. (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick) Single $699/Couple $899

January  16-17-18,  2015,  Mt. Dora, Fl. (Teachers Gary & Merri Scott)  Single $699  /  Couple $899

Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words. To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 tactics Merri taught me that gives you thousands of Spanish words in less than three minutes.

Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1:

All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical,  just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.

Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns. This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

Third, you learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor (believe me I know as I use this tactic every day when in Ecuador).

There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.

By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!

A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you.   After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!  Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.  In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) .   In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music.  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi

The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away.  This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective. 

A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days.   This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”

Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.

The article says: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Many Americans don’t learn a second or a third language from birth, let alone a language that the CIA or U.S. Foreign Service might want. The situation has forced U.S. government agencies to learn how to cultivate the most talented second-language speakers from among college students with little to no other-language expertise.

“In U.S. education, we don’t develop early bilinguals,” said Catherine Doughty, a language expert at the University of Maryland.

Doughty spoke as part of a panel on Feb. 19 during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in Washington, D.C. Finding the best.  Government agencies aren’t alone in trying to recruit multilingual speakers; U.S. corporations covet such skills for doing business in the era of globalization.

The article explained how Doughty and her colleagues used tests to train up cognitive processes related to language learning, such as the ability to hold information in the brain while using it for learning.  The tests sought to predict those who can succeed despite everything stacked against them.

The article reviewed changes in the brain.  Lee Osterhout is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Washington in Seattle.  His lab used electrodes placed on the scalp to measure the electrical activity created by the signals of brain cells. That allowed the researchers to see differences in the brain patterns among language learners and fluent speakers. They found some surprising results.

The article pointed out: Repeated studies of French language students showed that their brains responded differently to real French words compared with fake words after just two weeks of classes, even if the students themselves could not tell such words apart.   

“From knowing nothing to a little bit, [there are] huge changes in the brain,” Osterhout pointed out.”[From] knowing a little to knowing a lot, [it is] much more subtle.”  Another surprise came from studies of Spanish-speaking immigrants, because neither age nor language proficiency seemed to predict how quickly the immigrants picked up English. Instead, the fastest learners showed both the greatest motivation to learn and a willingness to use English at every opportunity despite being bad at it (at first).

MY COMMENT: This is the other reason why Super Thinking plus Spanish works. This three day course gets the delegates speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so they can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning. In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.

The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain.  Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.

Travel, accommodations and food are not included.

Gary

Yet your Spanish will just be one result from learning how to think better!  You will be able to use your new learning powers in amazing ways.

Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar. 

“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky

Another wrote:  Thanks for the Spanish course.  This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.  I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school.  The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.

Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote:  The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language.  Again, Thanks for the experience.

One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador!  Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!

Another wrote: Thank you!  We  always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?

Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish!  I really enjoyed the workshop.

Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes.  I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra.  I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life.  I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.

Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words.  This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.

Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish.  As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish.  Thank you again for a Super Workshop!  With love and blessings,

Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me.  I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.

I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving  and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”..  Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me.  As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.

Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me,  I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted.  I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.

I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that?  With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many.  I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.

Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!

Another:  We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol.  We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood.  We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.

I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands.  John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously.  Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below.  Es en BUENO sugestion!!!  I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.

Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us.  It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar!  I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely.  The outcome is even better!  Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.

John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th.  Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion!  Gracias y Abrazos,

Another:
  Muchas gracias para la informacion!  I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!

I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall.  Con mucho apriciar,  P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.

One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary,  I have sent a couple of messages, and  a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person  who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!

We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!)  Muchas Gracias!  Tiene an excellante dias.

One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri!   Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.

Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien!  Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,

Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you!  Saludos!

Whether your goal is to reduce your cost of living… increase your income… enhance the return on your investments or all, being able to speak Spanish… enhances your opportunity and does the world good.

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See an example from a Super Thinking + Spanish delegate who lost 55 pounds after taking our course.   See how Jim Reed used our Super Thinking + Spanish course to enhance his health and wealth as well as speak Spanish.

The ability to speak Spanish… even if you never leave the US is valuable in this day and age.   Spanish opens access to a good labor force and helps you communicate with a useful part of the American population.

Beyond Spanish… knowledge is bliss. Ignorance is dangerous in these times of rapid change.  The more knowledge we can absorb, retain and recall… the better our chances of success… higher income… less stress…. better health and more fulfillment.

So it’s little wonder that the attendance at our Super Thinking + Spanish and Quantum Wealth courses have grown dramatically.   Our changing world not only reinforces the need to speak Spanish but also requires us to be smarter.

One fact that many who enjoyed wonderful positive changes when they have attended our Super Thinking course is they learned to use music in a very specific way to reach the quantum states of their intellect.

Here are more raves from delegates of this course:

I have so enjoyed attending your seminars.  I look at is as a place to gain  “tools for life” as well as  receiving a plethera of information on the topics at hand.

(So far we attended  Spanish and investing.) I get equally as much value out of the tools, and mindset in viewing the information that can be applied to life in general as well as the topic at hand. So thanks for enjoying what you do… it definitely shows up in real world application.

At each seminar we meet many interesting and unique folk – I think the audience you draw  can think out of the box at least a little bit! So again thanks for gathering such a wonderful array of resources for us.

Another emailed:  We so enjoyed the language class last weekend!

Carolyn came back with your simple, common sense approach and the new tools to start speaking.

Most remarkable is that she feels comfortable putting together sentences and ‘communicating.’ Somehow many of us seem to get caught in the trap of thinking we have to say it ‘right,’ and so we don’t even try. It is interesting that we do not see ourselves ‘creating’ communication in our native tongue; each saying it a little different than the other, and yet still all getting the ‘communication’ across the bridge in our own manner.

We delighted to know you both better, and greatly admire your passion for life and generosity sharing what you have learned.

We are planning to attend the next business seminar you offer. Carolyn is talking about returning for the Fall Spanish Super Thinking class with a girlfriend.

We are excited by the many new challenges we have found through your offerings.

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Delegates during a relaxation session.

Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training.  I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German.  Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up.  Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way.  I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.

It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.

Another Wrote: I intended to give it a few days before I wrote to you about my experience in the Spanish + SuperThinking  Course. However, I had such dramatic results today, in the physical rather than the cognitive realm, that I had to share this immediately.

I started my day with Baroque music. Before I began my Spanish lesson, I went through the Mayan Waves Brain Refresher (Brain Sync). I also played an alpha wave composition while I completed a lesson in the morning. I repeated the process this afternoon. Before my high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in the evening, I put on a gamma brain wave video from you tube faster reading gamma waves help with exercise. I preformed the “Halo Of Sweat” workout from an online fitness site. Around the world, people complete the workout and posts their scores, striving to meet or beat the personal trainer. Frankly, my reps have rarely come close to the reps of the woman featured in the video nor have I ever beat her. Until today.

Not only did I come close to her performance, I surpassed her quite significantly with several exercises. I performed my best in the last exercise, Abs Burn Out. Her scores were 38, 34 and 33 and mine were 60, 40 and 47!

I believe several factors allowed me to achieve this acceleration in athletic ability today:

1. My left and right hemispheres are now harmonizing.
2. The meditation and relaxed concentration techniques I learned are coming more easily to me and effective.
3. My focus and concentration are greatly enhanced.

I am a Pilates professional so to have my exercise regimen improve so swiftly is remarkable. Not only am I now able speak Spanish but I am experiencing optimal health as well. I am deeply grateful to you and Merri for your SuperLearning instruction.  Be well,

Here is our 2014-2015 Super Thinking + Spanish schedule.

July 18-19-20 West Jefferson, North Carolina. (Teachers Gary & Merri Scott)  Single $699  /  Couple $899

August 15-17  St. Charles, MO  Super Thinking + Spanish (Teacher Mark Frakes) Single $699 /Couple $899

September 12, 13, and 14th, British Columbia Canada. (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick) Single $699/Couple $899

January  16-17-18,  2015,  Mt. Dora, Fl. (Teachers Gary & Merri Scott)  Single $699  /  Couple $899

Attend all our Spanish and writing courses, plus investing and business seminars and tours FREE or at a discount as an International club member.  See details here.

Buying Tickets To Ecuador


Buying Tickets To Ecuador

There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… miles of sunny empty beach is one.

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When I took my first flight to Hong Kong 41 years ago, I was 21 years old and few on a cheap ticket that was called a student fare.

While in Hong Kong I met a travel agent. Charlie Kwok was his name and he had an office in the Miramar Hotel, Kowloon, not far from the Star Ferry. Charlie was the master of the low cost air fare and over the next half decade he amazed me with some of his great deals…. Especially for people under age  27.

Next decade in London, John Dragonas, a Greek travel agent continued showing the way to get deals. Back then they had VUSA (Visit USA) where prices were really low.

By then Merri and I had met and she became the maven of amazing air fare deals.

In short I have always enjoy incredibly low costs air fares.  However Merri added another dimension because not all low cost air fares are great.

I recall one flight Honk Kong to Portland Oregon that Charlie Kwok arranged… really cheap, because it was a charter with two empty seats and otherwise full of doctors returning from Thailand. What Charlie forgot to mention was that the actual fare went Hong Kong, Seattle, Minneapolis, San Francisco and then I had a connection back to Portland… adding about 24 hours to the flight!

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… such as the high Andean lakes.

John in London ignored the human part of travel to get the cost down once as well… a special VUSA fare. Merri and I wanted to fly London, Miami, Chicago, Portland, London.

To get the lowest fare, the actual flight turned out to be London -Denver, Miami- Denver, Chicago-Denver, Portland-Denver, London…or something like that… low fare but not a great deal.

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… including wonderful colonial architecture.

It was about then that Merri took over finding our fares and she is good…  Let me be humble and say she may be the best. Recently our son visited us from London, Charlotte, London for $17.  That is correct, seventeen dollars.

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… big cities and…

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quaint villages like… Cotacachi shown here.

Recently one of our articles Ecuador Air Fare Update mentioned a $316 Miami Quito fare that Merri found and explained that readers should visit www.farecompare.com

So many readers asked for help on how to get this fare that I asked Merri to prepare an article on how she does it.

Here it is:

Buying Air Tickets

Gary often asks me to write about how I buy airline tickets and especially those to Ecuador…so this is the first in a series of hints including safety, price, ease…

Well, first of all…it’s a tricky business for sure. And to top it all off, it rarely is quick and easy.  I start out with that in mind and sometimes days later I’m still at it!  But there is a pattern that I always use that helps me sort from the beginning the good, bad and the ugly.

Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book, “The Outliers, The Story of Success” clearly states that most people are really good at something, really successful after about 10,000 hours.  Well, for sure I have my 10,000 hours in on travel and tickets.  For over 4 years, Gary and I crossed the Atlantic commuting from our home in London to our home in Naples, Fl every three weeks.  It was always different, always a surprise and very often extremely challenging to buy tickets for Gary’s mom, our 5 children to all our destinations all over the world ON A REGULAR BASIS.  We had homes in London, Gloustershire, Naples, North Carolina, the north coast of the Dominican Republic and…oh, it makes my head spin just thinking about it!

Needless to say, just by the sheer act of plotting, planning and finally buying, I’ve learned a lot…earned my 10,000 hours over the last 25 + years of international traveling.

However, all the rules have now changed…it’s often hard to know which way to jump…some people book for instance a conference and tell me to confirm quickly so they can buy “that cheap ticket” that is 6 months out!  Whoa, I reply…that’s pretty risky…sometimes you can now buy a ticket at a week out for the same price or better than a month out.

Airlines are constantly shifting and changing and hedging their bets…so let’s look at a few things that we can count on.

#1. The internet makes it a lot easier than we’ve had it before.  There is plenty of data and solid information that we can gather from 100s of sources instantly.

#2.  The internet also makes it a lot harder than we’ve ever had it before BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY CHOICES!  We have more information so it is essential that we use this information wisely.

Here are a few ground rules that I am currently using that are working now.

1.    Don’t buy months out.

2.    Sit down with those who are traveling and have a general chat on days/possibilities/flexibilities that might be possible.  Right now, for instance, I am buying for Ecuador.  Gary and I will get a month’s calendar, list our IDEAL flight days and then see which ways we COULD be flexible.

3.    For the past year, it is cheaper (yes, cheaper) in most cases to fly from an outlying airport than direct.  I know a lot of people for instance who drive from let’s say Birmingham, Ala to Atlanta and then fly direct from Atlanta to everywhere.  Don’t do this.  CHECK YOUR POSSIBILITIES.

For example, Gary and I fly mainly from NC to Portland, NC to Quito, NC to London and NC to Copenhagen.  Well, we can fly from Charlotte, Greensboro (Triad) or from a nearby TRI Cities TN tiny airport.  I check out each of these easily and quickly to get a handle on the whole picture.  I don’t just assume that one is cheaper or more expensive, etc.

For instance for years, Charlotte has been very expensive to fly into our area than all the others, and suddenly last fall, it all shifted…now it’s the cheapest.  Well, it could be the aggressiveness of USAir after its near collapse that has caused them to price the lowest since it is their hub and therefore Delta, etc. have followed suit.

When flying from Florida, I look at Tampa (our favorite), Orlando, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.  Takes only a second and sometimes you can really find an el cheapo winner!

4.    Decide whether you are a frequent flyer who needs to accumulate miles or if you are just an occasional flyer.  We for instance are frequent flyers and use Atlanta as our hub to go to our common destinations…Portland, London, Quito, Copenhagen are our patterns.  Sometimes we fly from NC and sometimes from FL (according to the season)…but ALL of these flights are non-stop from Atlanta via Delta.  So, instead of looking at all airlines/all flights, I really just watch Delta.  We accumulate a lot of miles, use them for free tickets for our children and/or for upgrades.  My advice for frequent flyers is pick an airline and stick with it!  This gets the most bang for your buck…although sometimes I pay more for this, in the long run it works out well and suits us.

If you are lucky enough to be an infrequent flyer, then just look for the best deal!

5.    Frequent flyers can gain a lot from loyalty…although not everything as recently we found out on an emergency trip to Portland!  But usually, we can get what WE determine is important. (not that this might be your choice in the line of fire.)

What is important to us is not just the price but the Duration of the Flight…very, very important you might say!  I’ll pay a bit more to fly a total of 7 hours instead of a lot less to fly the same route with a totally of 11 hours or maybe 23 hours!

Another thing that is important to us is that we can upgrade.  We have logged so many miles and usually have to get off an airplane and go straight to work that over the years we have decided that if we can go first or business class (more or that later) we should.  We feel better if we are not cramped in and let’s face it (although we don’t drink alcohol and don’t eat on planes) there are some good perks.  Very important to us is that there is simply more oxygen up front than there is in the back…so we arrive in better shape than if we were tucked in on the last row.

Other things important to us is that we have a place where we can be quiet and not listen to a dozen cell phone conversations and 7 different TV stations.  We aren’t used to this type of confusion and noise and so we want to have the use of special rooms that airlines provide (Delta’s Crown Rooms) that allow quiet areas.  Often we travel with our service dog, and she too is allowed in these rooms.  We just rest and wait there.  IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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Merri even makes sure that we have seats so we see the sunset at night and sunrise in the morning.

But on the other hand, we don’t want to pay for this privilege which can cost big change.

How do we achieve this?  Well, each airline has its own gimmicks, but Delta allows a cardholder of AMEX Sky Miles Reserve (which can cost anywhere from $295 up) to have free access with his/her companions to all Sky Mile Crown rooms at no cost.  You can now have a simple Gold AMEX Sky Miles card (sometimes without a fee) that allows more or less the same privileges.  We find excellent light food (that is fresh) and peace and quiet there.  We also find their quiet desk of agents that will do just about anything to make life pleasant (changing flights/redoing tickets/finding lost luggage, etc.). They will even wake you if you fall asleep in your comfy chair.  That same card allows us to have a free Concierge booking service (that means they will REALLY try everything to help you) as well as double miles for most of our travel…and (and this is a big one) the right to Pay with Miles.

And what is Pay with Miles?  Well, let’s discuss that under Award Ticketing later in this series.

Merri

Click here for Part Two on Buying Tickets to Ecuador

Join an upcoming Ecuador seminar or North Carolina Super Spanish course.

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There are many reasons to buy a ticket to Ecuador… like the wonderful people.  This is a dancer entertaining delegates at one of our recent Ecuador tours.

Learn About Ecuador From Ecuadorians – FREE Night in the Amazon

 

Special Two for One Price

We had a huge number of people requesting that we put the same promotion that we had for our previous seminars. So we are going to do that for all our Delegates. For a Limited time only we are going to offer a “Bring One Person for FREE” on our Platinum and Gold Packages.

This means that if you signup for our Platinum of Gold Packages you can bring 1 person with you at no extra cost. So you can enjoy the beauty of Ecuador and save a lot of money.

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Plus… Those who enroll in the June 2014  “Ecuador Get Together” get a Free night’s stay at the Amazon Lodge.  

There are three Options for the June 23 2014 “Ecuador Get Together”.

#1: Medical Tour.

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Old Quito

#2: Three Day Ecuador Get Together in Quito.

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#3: Tours to the coast and Cuenca.

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Bahia on the coastal tour

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Quito Hospital (click on images to enlarge)

Option #1: Medical Tour – June 23-24, 2014

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Medical Tour Day One – June 23, 2014

Dr. Mauricio Tinajero is one of the leading Dentists in Ecuador. Recommended by the American Embassy in Ecuador who also has a prestigious practice in Quito, is our choice for the Medical Seminar. We will share a list of the procedures that he performs so you know in advance how much money you will be saving by coming to our seminar.

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Dr. Gabela is a lead Doctor in Quito and also the Dean at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. He studied and practiced in the United Estates and after many years and due to the high technology now available in Ecuador, he decided to come to the country and established a successful career here.

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Dr. Pablo Larco is an extraordinary Optometrist. His office and team are among the best in Ecuador. His equipment for eye surgery is at the top and his expertise in the field make us confidant, that is why we chose him for our Medical Tour. He also will share a list of the procedures that he preforms so you can make the math and see the huge difference in prices, without compromising the quality.

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Fybeca is the biggest pharmacy chain in Ecuador. We will be going there to buy medicine and you will see the big price difference and the money that you can safe. We will be requesting that you send us your prescriptions ahead of time so we get a quote on the medicines that you need and have them ready for when you get here.

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Those who do not take the medical tour can visit Huasquilla Lodge in the Amazon June 23 and 24 and spend the night free. (Medical tour delegates can visit after the seminar and also enjoy a free nights stay.

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FREE overnight stay.   No charge for attendees at the “Ecuador Get Together”.

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The owners at Huasquilla in the Amazon, want you to see the place, get an idea of the amazing Lodge and be a part of their project. The only way to really be involved is if you can be there.

So they are inviting you to their beautiful place in the Amazon when you sign up for our seminar. Come to Ecuador and get to see one of the most beautiful places that the country has to offer.  A very unique and wonderful experience.

Option #2:  “Ecuador Get Together” – June 25-26-27, 2014

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Colonial Quito

Day One: June 25, 2014

8:00 – 8:30    Introduction, Welcome To Ecuador by Roberto Ribadeneira
8:30 – 9:15    Mauricio Tinajero Dentist
09:15 – 10:00    Dr. Larco Optometrist
10:00 – 10:45    Dr. Gabela General Doctor
10:45 – 11:30 Coffee Break    Honey and Chocolate
11:30 – 12:15    Insurance, Vladimir Gabela, quotes and Q&A
12:15 – 13:00    IESS (Ecuador Social Security), public insurance in Ecuador and retirement
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00     IRS, accounting and Taxes
16:00 – 17:00    Emigration Lawyer – Jeannine Lopez
17:00 – 18:00    Edward Berr Investing

Day Two: June 26, 2014

8:00 – 8:30    Introduction: Real Estate walk through to schedule for Real Estate tours in Manta and Cuenca
8:30 – 9:15    Expat, why is he living in Ecuador? How to get around?
09:15 – 10:00    Cost of Living in Ecuador, renting, food, health care, amenities, etc.
10:00 – 10:45    Real Estate Manabi Projects
10:45 – 11:30 Coffee Break    Ecuador Products for Sale, Alberto Verdesoto
11:30 – 12:15    Edgar Berrezueta Real Estate Quito
12:15 – 13:00    Real Estate Esmeraldas Armijos
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch
15:00 – 16:00     Amazonas Lodge Bastienne Paliz
16:00 – 17:00    Real Estate Andres Cordova Project
17:00 – 17:30    Economics, Ecuador and the Future

Day Three: June 27, 2014

8:00 – 09:00    Import – Export Business Opportunity
09:00 – 10:30    Moving to Ecuador, all you need to know about bringing your belongings to the country
10:30 – 11:15    Yachay Daniela Calero, Biggest Project in Ecuador and the only of it’s kind in South America
11:15 – 11:45 Coffee Break    Ecuador Products for Sale, Alberto Verdesoto
11:45 – 12:30    Tourism in Ecuador Minister of Tourism
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:45    Adjusting to Ecuador, tips and hints about living in the country
14:45 – 15:00     Closing

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Manabi Beaches

Option #3: Tours – Coastal Tour – June 28 – 29, 2014

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04:30 – 07:00    Traveling to the Airport
07:10 – 08:00    Flying to Manta
08:00 – 10:00    Breakfast at Manta
10:00 – 13:00    Tour Manta
13:00 – 15:00    Lunch and Check in at Hotels
15:00 – 16:30    Tour Manta
16:30 – 18:00    Tour Santa Marianita

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See properties for sale on the Ecuador beach.

June 29, 2014

09:00 – 13:00    Tour Bahia, San Vicente
13:00 – 15:00    Lunch Canoa
15:00 – 18:00    Tour San Jacinto Surrounding Areas

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Central Cuenca

Cuenca Tour – June 30 – July 1, 2014

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June 30 Traveling to Cuenca
08:00 – 12:00    Driving to Guayaquil
12:00 – 14:00    Check in Airline and Lunch
14:00 – 15:00    Arriving to Cuenca – check in Hotels
19:00 –      Getting together for Dinner

Cuenca Tour – July 1, 2014

09:00 – 13:00    Tour Downtown Cuenca – Apartments

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13:00 – 15:00    Lunch Piedra de Agua
15:00 – 18:00    Tour Cuenca – Houses

July 02

00:00 – 13:00    Tour Cuenca
13:00 – 15:00    Lunch
15:00 – 18:00    Paute, land and House to Build

July 03

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Cuenca center

09:00 – 13:00    Tour Downtown Cuenca – Apartments

13:00 – 15:00    Lunch Piedra de Agua
15:00 – 18:00    Tour Cuenca – Houses

End of three options.

Delegates who have not visited Amazon lodge before can visit now and enjoy the free nights stay or book additional tours.

June 23- July 3, 2014

Platinum Package:  #1 – Medical Tour plus – #2 – Quito Three Day Get Together and #3 – Coastal & Cuenca Tours – Amazon Stay is FREE   Singles $1299 – couples $1499

Gold Package: #1 – Quito Three Day Get Together and #3 – Coastal & Cuenca Tours – Amazon Stay is FREE   Single $1169  – coupled $1369

Quito Three Day Get Together only – #1 – Amazon Stay is FREE   $699 single, $899 couple

Two Real Estate Tours – Coast and Cuenca Singles $599 couples $799

One Real Estate Tour – Coast OR Cuenca  Singles $299 couples $499

For questions or for more information contact Roberto Ribadeneira

email: roberto_ribadeneira@me.com

or call        

Toll Free from USA: 1-888-482-3850
Cellphone: 1-954-376-6033
In Ecuador: 593-92380346