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Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a safe and fun celebration to bring in 2014. I was safely passed out in my bed at home after enjoying a couple of days skiing in Colorado (more on that this week), but I look forward to lots of travel adventures in 2014!
A couple days ago, I shared some of my best and worst travel and deals moments of 2013. I also asked for you to do the same in the comments section of both posts. You guys had some amazing adventures and some not-so-great moments. They made for very interesting reading, so thanks for sharing!
I really loved all of the stories, but we picked 13 of the best and worst travel stories of 2013 from Mommy Points readers to share here and hand out some some prizes. You will have your choice of a super comfortable Mommy Points t-shirt, a GoGo in-flight internet pass valid on any domestic equipped flight on GoGo’s partner airlines (expires 6/30/14), or a $10 Starbucks e-gift card.
Hope these stories inspire you to travel more using miles, points, and deals in 2014, and try to protect yourself from some of the things that could go wrong.
Many of the stories that jumped out at me at being the worst are related to getting sick or hurt during travels as I’m not sure there is much worse than that…unless of course it is your kid who is sick or injured. Though devaluations, sleeping in airports, getting thrown-up on, and more are also really bad!
#24 Jennifer C who wrote:
My son and I flew to a small town in Manitoba to catch a 16 hour overnight train for Churchill. Arrived at the train station to find out our train was stuck behind another train that had derailed and they had no idea when it would arrive. We had to find a hotel for the night. The train delay ended up being a good thing because during the night my son became very ill and we had to make a trip to the local ER. We spent another night in the hotel and ended up paying for a very expensive flight on the only airline that flies from that town to Churchill. Once my son was better and we made it to Churchill, the trip was amazing. And thank goodness for your travel blog and others where I learned about medical insurance for international travel.
My worst of this year was hitting the 2K minimum on my southwest business card because a vendor accidentally charged me twice for an order. I had applied and received the southwest business and personal cards in Nov/Dec and was excited in getting 100K of the 110K miles for the companion pass for 2014/2015. I started spending a little on the business card to make it easier to hit the minimum spending in 2014. Unfortunately, due to a vendor’s error, i spent 2029! and received the $50K bonus in 2013. By this time, it was too late to hit the 2K spending on my personal card. Now i have 50K from 2013, and will have 50K in 2014.
#32 Diana who said:
Breaking my collarbone today at Alta ski resort. (Although the doctors and staff at the Alta medical clinic were wonderful!!) Flying home tomorrow 6 hours of flights with a Phoenix layover in the middle will be fun!! But that will be a 2014 lowlight I guess;) HNY MP!
Breaking my leg while trying to get a photo of the pitcher plant, which is the provincial flower of Newfoundland! I was able to hike out of Gros Morne National Park, so we all thought it was just a bad sprain. After all, I could put weight on it. So rather than cancel the rest of the trip, I hobbled around Newfoundland and Nova Scotia for 2 more weeks!
On my return home, I decided to have it x-rayed just in case and realized it was broken. Since I had broken the fibula (a thin bone) not the tibia (a bigger bone that supports most of the weight) I had been able to hobble around. I then spent the next three months in a cast!
That’s the last time I’ll wander off the trail on a rainy day, just to get a photo!