Who are you?
I am a married mom of a smart and beautiful 6 year old son. In his 6 short years, he has traveled all over the world and wants to see more. It’s my job to show it to him. And since being his mommy is my only “job”, I need to find CHEAP ways to do it!
You realize there are already thousands of travel, parenting and miles&points blogs out there, right?
Yes. But I think there is a niche for me. I will combine all 3 in a “real-world” way.
A lot of travel blogs are geared to certain types of travelers. Backpackers. Luxury. Business. Family. And most of the bloggers who write those blogs are PAYING for their trips. (the horror!) Most of the Miles & Points blogs you see are written by single travelers or married travelers with no kids. And that’s easy. When it’s just you (or you and a partner), it’s very easy to earn enough miles to fly Business/First class on every trip and stay in 5 star hotels on points. When you have to add a kid (and 3rd ticket) into that equation, it becomes considerably more difficult. Not impossible, but difficult! My blog is going to focus on getting your family the miles you need to travel to awesome destinations. And then you have to ask yourself, “I have 350,000 miles. I could fly my family in business class to Europe once OR we could go this year and next year in coach. Which is more important?” In travel, which is more important? The journey or the destination?
Don’t get me wrong, (international) first and/or business class is incredible. I’ve done it and I will do it again if I have the chance! But it’s just not that easy to do with kids. My point is, you will see very few pictures of me kickin’ it with champagne on a lie-flat seat in first class.
Oh and as for the parenting blog – no. People who know me know that I am not Mrs. Sally Homemaker. I rarely cook. I am not an expert on raising children. (I have no idea what’s going on most of the time!) I won’t be writing about how to stop a temper tantrum (unless it occurs at 32,000 ft) or how to teach a 5 year old how to tie his shoes (anybody know?).
Will you tell us everything or are there secrets for Travel Hackers only?
I plan to disclose everything I do, everything I save, everything I spend and every place I look when it comes to planning travel. Many bloggers accumulate and use millions of miles and yet hold Elite status with several airlines and hotels. What? How is that possible? They reap the benefits of Elite status which is earned by paid travel, and yet they are telling us how they travel to the Maldives in first class on award tickets. There is a lot of ticket buying going on somewhere, but they never seem to tell you about that. If I pay (money) for a ticket, I will tell you. It’s not always worth it to blow miles on domestic flights. Why waste miles on a $300 ticket to Florida when those miles could be better spent on a $2,000 ticket to Thailand (even in coach)?
I will tell you now that neither my husband, nor I, hold Elite status on any airline. He does travel for work, but not enough to earn status. We have Elite status at a few hotels that was given with their credit card. But that’s it. You will not see posts on my blog about how to earn Elite status or changes made to programs in regard to Elite status. That is not a concern of most people who are interested in FREE travel. The destination, not the journey – remember? But, if you are interested in that subject, just ask me and I will point you in the direction of a good blog.