HI, I’M ARCHER CLIFFORD!
Entrepreneur, Brand Consultant and Founder of Arctrails and few other tech sites. But first of all, I am a traveler. I took journeys worth taking in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America. Besides having a home in Sherman Oaks, California and another one in Dehradun in India, I consider myself a nomad. As a result, I founded the Arctrails two years ago and every month we help 3000 plus tourists to see the world in a new and amazing way.
Probably, you are also a nomad to some degree and probably, you always wondered that:
- “How do I find time and money to travel? Travel is an expansive hobby.”
- “Where do I travel and how?”
- “How do I save 50% money on flights, hotels and other major expenses?”
- “What is the best way to plan my itinerary?”
- “How do I maximize my travel experience while staying safe and healthy?”
- “How to take the first step?”
You are not the first one to ask these questions. I started this blog to share my experience and knowledge gathered in a span of 12 years. Hence, having my own share of bad experiences and disasters and I learned a great deal from them. As a conclusion of 12 years, I made some amazing friends all around the world. Some of them are here to help me on this blog.
Arctrails is the collection of stories, tips, guides and in addition to reviews of micro parts of a larger itinerary enough big to keep you roaming for few years. We covered mainly South East Asia, Europe, India, Africa and South America although the main focus is on India. Here are questions and their answers in especially relevant manner to quickly find, what you need before picking up your backpack and leave the door behind.
WHAT MAKES ARCTRAILS DIFFERENT?
Unlike other blogs and sites, you won’t find sponsored articles and paid trips. I am a leading Brand Consultant, working for some top tech firms in LA and I have my own means to cover my traveling expenses and household responsibilities. Every place, café, restaurants or destination have been personally experienced by me or my team and we pay for everything from our own pocket although sometimes we save money with some genuine travel hacks like a smarter traveler. We set some standards for us. Here is the checklist for you, if fall into the same category with us:
- We sleep in clean rooms without TV or air conditioner (unless it is a necessity) but with a nice view.
- We do not stay in five star or four-star properties.
- Hygiene is a priority everywhere.
- We eat local and food chain restaurants are out of our league. So no Starbucks, KFC or Mcdonald.
- We save time in transit. Instead of taking buses or trains, we prefer motorbikes or cars. Having an international driving license is a big plus. I will tell you in some other blog that how you can save half transit time by driving yourself.
- Try everything and encourage everyone to do so.
- Leave no chance of saving few bucks.
- Do not compromise with our comfort and safety.
If you think you have the similar mindset, you are welcome to join the league and we will be more than happy to listen to your story. We are real travelers from LA looking to see the world from our own perspective.
Unlike other companies, we do not sell stuff here unless we really use that product and it is something, we discovered to be useful. We know that we are losing tons of money for being honest and little rude but we are like that and we want to keep it in this way.
This blog is a first-hand account and we do not edit the first draft or spice up the content. Because it is an experience, so please do not expect it to be a regular itinerary. You will never find here any hotel, restaurant, company, website or services that is below our standards and does not help you to be a smarter traveler.
FROM BRAND CONSULTANT TO TRAVEL WRITER AND TOUR OPERATOR
Growing up in Tustin, I was never a big traveler. My father was. He was always worried that if left free, I will just fall into some kind of trouble. So, whenever my school was off, he used to take me out with him. My first overseas trip came at age of 9 and by the age of 17, I traveled three continents and 17 countries courtesy of my dad. At the same time, I had nearly 500 friends all around the world and just two in the Tustin.
He mixed his business and travel perfectly. My first solo trip came at the age of 23. Two years later, I quit my dream of sitting in a big office in Santa Monica. My father’s legacy and my dreams took me on a long journey of 8 years in a row covering Africa, South East Asia, and India. Another two years in Europe before marriage and I was back in Tustin for one year.
One year later, I connected my friends together and we found Arctrails in India. Bought a home in a small hill town to operate the day to day activities of my small company. I still consult firms for their Brand Management, Promotions, and expansion but my best time is devoted to helping travelers.
A 2005 TRIP TO INDIA CHANGED EVERYTHING
You won’t find India on top travel blogger’s list because it is too big to grasp for them. Their tricks and hacks do not work in this subcontinent. I visited India first time in 2005 and I fall in love with it at first sight. It is a crossroad of the world where you can meet people from every corner of the world. I am a devout Christian but India opened my horizon where religion is secondary but values are the primary concept of life.
I met some travelers who settled down in India or Thailand to travel more. Low living cost, flexibility, and a fast-growing economy – few developing countries got it all to cater the long-term travelers. They taught me that how it is possible to work 2 days a week on the laptop and enjoy rest of 5 days without limitation. Unfortunately, Arctrails is not about “How to make money online?” therefore I will not go in depths of my working and earning but It gave a solid foundation to my plan to travel more.
Since then, I’ve traveled to over 50 countries and territories, flown hundreds of thousands of miles, tried every mode of transport on the earth except space shuttle and rockets, furthermore slept in all sorts of accommodations, tried thousands of new food (including Yarsagumba), made life-long friends, learned multiple languages, and in conclusion, learned that you don’t need to be very rich to travel. You just need to be smarter and hardwired to travel.
It’s my goal now to help traveler like YOU to realize YOUR travel dreams the same way my father and fellow travelers helped me to realize mine.
Arctrails had been featured on top travel websites and tour guides (although we never bought ads or ask for a review) time and time again, because it’s probably the best travel advice out there:
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN HERE
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to travel smarter, turn your dream trip into a reality, save money, or travel the world, you are in the right place! This website will give you proven tips, advice, and suggestions so you can see more for less and furthermore make your dream trip a reality.
On this blog, you will find:
- Proven travel tips from years of experience.
- Interviews with other travelers and explorers.
- Case studies and profiles of other travelers from various background, gender, color, and nationality.
- A community of supportive travelers.
- Detailed cost analysis to help you better budget for your trip.
- Travel tips that can be applied to any destination in the world.
- In-depth reporting that lets you know which sites really do help you save money!
- Few selected packages from Arctrails Tours and other similar tour agencies.
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