The Anti-Tourist’s Guide To Unlocking More Meaningful Travel Experiences

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  • What if you could come back from every trip feeling fulfilled, happy, and more knowledgeable… and with a bucket load of unforgettable memories to boot?
  • What if you could stop worrying about coming across as just another “idiot tourist”…and start connecting with local people when you travel?
  • What if you could stop feeling misunderstood by family and friends… and start building the life you really want, with meaningful travel at the heart of it?

Let's face it...

It’s getting harder and harder to enjoy authentic and meaningful experiences when you travel.

The age of low cost flights and Airbnb may have made the world your oyster…

… but they have done the same for millions of others too.

The result?

More and more, when you visit places, they look like this…

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Crazy crowds at the Trevi Fountain in Rome. I took this picture in December, the supposed "low-season"!

  • Instagram posers everywhere
  • Shop after shop flogging the same mass produced tourist crap
  • Restaurants selling undercooked and overpriced “local dishes” on every corner

And it’s not just Rome…

Italy is probably one of the most over-touristed places in the world, but no matter where you go it’s the same.

  • More tourists
  • More pop-up businesses selling tourist “packages” and expensive fridge magnets
  • Fewer and fewer opportunities for real and meaningful travel experiences

When travel is like this… it kind of sucks.

Gone are the days when you could just “show up”, hop off the plane and immerse yourself in a world of discovery.

So is this just what travel in the 21st century is doomed to be like?

Or is there a better way?

A way to go beyond the surface layer of inauthentic tourism that’s all around and uncover deeper and more meaningful experiences when you travel?

I believe there is.

In fact, I know there is. Because I’ve been living it for years now.

It is still possible to have meaningful and authentic experiences when you travel.

You just have to put in a little more effort than the average tourist is willing to.

But you’re not afraid of a little hard work are you?

Not that it's hard work really.

If you’re like anything me, it’s probably better described as fun!

So how can you approach travel in away that allows you to…

  • Discover hidden gems that most tourists never visit?
  • Connect with the local people and learn to understand their way of life?
  • Have the kind of experiences that change how you see the world and stay with you for a lifetime?

The answer… LEARNING.

Why Learning Is The Key To Unlocking More Meaningful Travel Experiences

In a world of  package holidays, hop-on/hop-off buses and guided tours, travel has become shallow.

You pass all the “key sites”, stop very briefly, listen to a short, boring recording of information about the site and then move on.

Travel like this and you’ll never truly uncover the places you visit and understand what makes them tick.

The antidote to shallow travel is learning.

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere” - Chinese Proverb

Specifically, learning as much as you can about the people and places you visit BEFORE you go on your trip.

So that when you arrive, you can enjoy and appreciate every minute.

When you do this, you set yourself up for a real voyage of discovery, that makes your trip more fun and the memories last longer...

When you approach travel this way, you prepare yourself to…

  • Make new friends and connect deeply with local people
  • Uncover the more interesting “off the beaten track” places that most tourists never visit
  • Develop a rich cultural and historical understanding of the world around you… and your place in it

The "Anti-Tourist" Approach To Travel

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James Granahan in bologna italy

I like to call this the “anti-tourist” approach to travel.

All it takes is three little secrets to unlock this world of life-changing and authentic travel experiences…

Master The Basics Of The Local Language

... so you can connect with the locals and show you respect them as equals

Try To Understand The Local Culture

... by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and trying to understand their perspective on the world

Learn About The History Of Your Destination

... so you can fully appreciate what you see and understand how things came to be the way they are

Where Most Travellers Fail...

Sounds simple, right?

And it is.

Until you have to do it yourself.

When I speak to people about these 3 travel secrets, I generally get the same response…

“I would LOVE to do that… BUT….

  • … I’m not a language person. I was terrible at languages at school
  • … and history? History’s interesting and all, but I’m not good with facts & dates”

Look, I get it...

The idea of being able to connect with people by learning to speak their language makes sense…

… but if you hated languages at school and have never learnt one successfully, it can feel quite intimidating.

And being able to understand and appreciate the historical sites you discover on your travels might sound exciting…

… but your traumatic high-school history class might still leave you dreading the thought of opening a history book.

And that’s not even the hard part.

The actual learning, be it languages or history, is relatively easy once you know how to do it. 

(More on that in a moment…)

But the hard part, in my experience, is trying to do it all on your own.

Daring to be the person who’s different.

Wanting to experience something more when you travel abroad, instead of just following what’s written in your Lonely Planet.

And that’s why you need the help (and support) of someone who’s done it already.

"When you get help from someone who’s done it before, you leverage the blood, sweat, and tears of their real world experience to improve the odds of your own success."

Learn From People Who Have Done What You Want To Do

That’s where I come in.

I’ve been where you want to get to. I know what it takes and I can show you how to get there faster.

I’ve also been where you are now…

I’ve lived the pain of wasting time and money on expensive trips that didn’t live up to my expectations.

And when I first began to travel…

  • I did all the overpriced tours
  • I fell for the tourists scams
  • I was terrified of saying as much as “hello” in the local language

I also understand what it is like to feel alone and be misunderstood by family and friends who don’t “get it” and think you crazy for daring to be different.

For daring to have an "anti-tourist" mindset. 

If I Can Do It, So Can You!

By putting learning at the heart of my adventures, I’ve managed to...

  • Teach myself 5 foreign languages (and learn the basics in many more)
  • Visit more than 25 countries on 3 continents and live in more than 10 of them
  • Learn to truly understand and appreciate the history, art and architecture of the places I’ve traveled to
  • Make lifelong friends around the world and share amazing experiences with them

It’s changed my life!

And it's left with me with so many great memories that I'm never short of a good anecdote when chatting with friends back home.


The point is this:

If I can do it, you sure as hell can do it too!

All you need is the support and guidance to get you there.

I want to show you the fastest and most direct path to having these kinds of incredible travel experiences.

So you can skip the years of confusion, doubt and frustration I went through.

And so that you can take advantage of the “anti-tourist” approach right away, on your next trip.

Instead of wasting thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours on missed opportunities first.


The "Anti-Tourist" Club

The Anti-Tourist Club is a training and support centre for curious adventurers who want to do travel differently.

It is where anti-tourists like you and I come together with a common mission:

To put learning at the heart of our adventures and unlock the kinds of meaningful travel experiences most tourists never have

But the Anti-Tourist Club is more than just a collection of training videos. All the training and guidance you need is there.

But it’s much more about structure and order - and support. In short, this is a community. One where I am on a first-name basis with all of my members.

What you're about to find out is that your membership in the The Anti-Tourist Club is your ticket to an ever-growing support network of like minded people.

So you won’t just learn how to have incredible travel experiences. You’ll have the support you need to act on it.

It isn't just about online training and trip preparation. It is about much more.

Let me show you around...

How The "Anti-Tourist Club" Works

Comprehensive Training Modules

The member area includes comprehensive training to help you put learning at the heart for your next trip. You’ll find out how to learn the basics of a new language, discover where to find the best travel and learning resources and master accelerated techniques so that you can learn faster and remember more.

The Anti-Tourist Community

Find like-minded, supportive friends who are preparing for their next adventure, too. Get help when you need it, from James and everybody else. It runs 24/7, and is available on your schedule, on demand.

Lots Of Shortcuts

Our comprehensive library of documents, worksheets, learning tools and shortcuts, all found in one central location for the sake of simplicity. Download them, print them, take them with you when you travel!

Personal 1-on-1 Feedback

Get private 1-on-1 feedback from James on any aspect of your learning. You'll have personal access to a mentor, there to help you alleviate confusions or just give you feedback so you don't feel so alone when you face challenges.

What Exactly Will I Learn In The Anti-Tourist Club?

  1. 1
    How To Learn A New Language Successfully
  2. 2
    Accelerated Learning Techniques To Learn Faster & Remember More
  3. 3
    How To Connect With The People You Meet When You Travel
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How To Learn A New Language Successfully

The fastest way to connect with people you meet when you travel is to speak to them in their language.

And it’s when you connect with local people that you uncover hidden gems and create the most memorable travel experiences.

Whether you want to master the basics phrases you need for your next adventure… or you want to be fluent in Spanish before you backpack South America, you’ll get the training and support you need from someone who’s been there and done it.

Not only do I speak 5 languages and know the basics in many more…

I’ve spent years working with a leading language learning company developing critically acclaimed language training courses.

So not only know how to learn a new language effectively…

I know how to show you how to do it too.


Accelerated Learning Techniques To Learn Faster & Remember More

Have you ever stopped to think about how you learn new things?

Most people don't.

They simply go on "studying" or learning in the same old way they were taught at school.

But there are good learning techniques and there are bad ones.

Unfortunately, in school most of us pick up a lot of bad learning habits.

Things like...

  • Highlighting and underling
  • Re-reading things over and over again
  • Grammar exercises for language learning

Research has shown each of these techniques to be at best ineffective, and at worst, harmful to your learning.

Yet most people don't realise this, because they've never been taught how to learn effectively.

I was one of those people. Chances are you are too.

In the Anti-Tourist Club, you’ll learn proven accelerated learning techniques that you can apply yourself to learn the things you want to before you next trip, be it language, history, culture or something else.

As a result, you’ll be able to learn faster, learn more and most importantly of all… remember more of what you’ve learned when you’re on your trip.

The places you visit will mean a whole lot more to you when you’re there and can truly appreciate them because you remember all of the fascinating things you’ve learned about them.

And when you learn like this BEFORE you travel, you also put yourself in the position to take advantage of every learning opportunity that comes up while you travel.

You can ask intelligent questions and understand a lot more about what you see and hear around you.


How To Connect With The People You Meet When You Travel

You already know that connecting with local people makes your travel experiences more interesting and leads to the kind of exciting surprises you crave.

But for many of us (myself included), meeting new people can feel scary and intimidating.

The good news is… you don't have to be the life and soul of the party to make friends and connect with people when you travel.

In fact, you just have to be willing to show the people you do connect with that you care about and respect them.

It's that simple.

I like to think that it's the quality of the connections you make with people that matters.

In the Anti-Tourist Club, you’ll learn specific actionable tips for meeting new people when you travel and connecting with them instantly… even if you consider yourself “shy” or “socially awkward”.

Get started now for just $197!

Here's how to get started & enrol in the course:

  1. Click the button below - you'll be taken to a registration page
  2. Set up your account, then proceed to payment.
  3. Enter your payment details at our secure checkout.
  4. You'll get instant access to the The Anti-Tourist Club!

Price today: Only $197 (USD)

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James Granahan

Creator of The Anti-Tourist Club

Meet Your Anti-Tour Guide

James is travel addict and life-long learner from Ireland, who speaks 5 languages and has travelled to more than 25 countries (and counting!).

Through his blog, Smart Effective Learning, James helps curious adventurers create the lives they want with travel and learning at the centre of it.

Is The Anti-Tourist Club For You?

You might be asking yourself if the Anti-Tourist Club is right for you.

Let's take a look:

The Anti Tourist Club Is NOT For You If... 

  • If you're the kind of person who loves all-inclusive package holidays or drinking weekends in Magaluf, the Club is NOT for you.

  • If you’re just looking for better instagram beach photos that make your friends jealous, but don’t care about getting to the heart of the places you visit, this club is NOT for you
  • If you’re looking for a “silver-bullet” solution that solves all your problems without any effort on your part, the club is NOT for you.

The Anti-Tourist Club IS For You If...

  • You want to be part of a community of like-minded travellers who strive to better understand the world around them

  • You want to be more than just another annoying tourist and show people you meet when you travel that you respect them and their local culture
  • You crave real life experiences - those moments you know you’re really alive and experiencing something special - and you want to have more of them
  • You're a curious person who loves to learn and is open to the world

Our Member Agreement

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If you join us and determine that the Anti-Tourist Club isn’t right for you, you can ask for a refund in the first 30 days. It is quick and easy.

Personal Support

I’m very involved in the Anti-Tourist Club. When you ask for help, you’re dealing with me directly. TRUE support is integrated into every part of the membership.

Ongoing Updates

The Club is constantly evolving, with new enhancements, additional training, live Q+A recordings and more. You get it all. All updates are included free of charge. As they should be.

No B.S.

I pride myself on being an honest person. Ask my friends and familiar and they’ll tell you I have an extremely low tolerance for B.S. There’s enough people out there talking nonsense. You don’t need me being one of them.

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What Are More Meaningful Travel Experiences Worth To You?

If you’ve read this far, I know you really care about making your travel experiences more authentic and memorable.

You want to explore your interest in different cultures, make interesting new friends and ultimately, learn to better understand the world around you and your place in it.

  • Perhaps you've been putting off learning a new language because it seems scary?
  • Perhaps you've never found the time to think about how you could make your travel experiences better?
  • Or perhaps you just thought there wasn’t really anything you could do about it?

No matter your motivation... think about this:

If the years pass you by, and you don’t go and enjoy the kinds of life-changing adventures you dream about... is that "good enough" for you?

I know it wouldn't be for me. 

After all… our time in life is limited.

“Time, like an ever-flowing stream,

Bears all its sons away;

They fly, forgotten, as a dream

Dies at the opening day”

- Isaac Watts

I believe we have to take every chance we get.

Now, ask yourself how different your life could be when you can…

  • Easily strike up a conversation with the people you meet on trips and make new friends for life
  • Learn about the history of faraway places you’ve always dreamed of discovering
  • Understand different cultures around the world and what it means to be human
  • Build up a treasure chest of unforgettable travel memories that will stay with you for a lifetime and that you’ll recount to your friends and family ad nauseum.

You’ve spent hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars (or euros or pounds) on your trip.

Are you really going to let all of that money (and more importantly, your precious time) go to waste on a bunch of shallow experiences that leave you unfulfilled?

Or are you going to prepare yourself to live the kinds of experiences that most people only ever dream of?

I know which I’d choose.

So join me and a community of others just like you and become the kind of traveller you want to be.

Put learning at the heart of your adventure.

You won't regret it.

James Granahan

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