The Best Father’s Day Gift

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Happy Father’s Day to all you dads, grandpas, and father figures out there.  Being a good dad is one of the toughest and most important jobs out there, and we all appreciate every one of your piggy back rides, daddy/daughter doughnut dates, baseball practices, and more.  We couldn’t do it without you, and to celebrate I wanted to offer a bit of inspiration for those who are trying to figure out how to do something really special for dad.

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My Dad enjoying time on the slopes!

Not to set the bar high or anything, but I think the best Father’s Day gift is to make his dreams come true.  Or at least his travel related dreams.  My own husband is not a traveler by nature, but thanks to miles and points, he has learned how to travel without breaking the bank, and do it in a way that is comfortable for him.  It was a process and didn’t happen overnight, but being able to see corners of the world that both made him feel at home while opening his eyes to new experiences was I think one of the best gifts we could give him.

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Josh’s first overseas flight in the US Airways Envoy Suites

In fact as I write this he is spending Father’s Day weekend camping (well, camping in a cabin) with lifelong friends in the mountains in Colorado.  He was able to get there without it being a financial burden on his family thanks to miles, and thanks to air travel he will be back in time to start the work week.  Many of his friends that were able to make it had to drive from various spots around the country, and due to our schedule it wouldn’t have worked out if he wasn’t able to just fly right in and out.  Miles made it possible, and I think the gift of sometimes getting to just be “one of the guys” with lifelong friends is better than any set of new golf balls or homemade coffee mug (though I totally want to make the mug, too!).

If you have a dad in your life who has somewhere he wants to go on his “list” then for Father’s Day consider committing today to make it a reality.  Whether he wants to visit Alaska like my dad, go to Ireland like my husband, or has somewhere totally different on his list, commit to making it happen.

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Beautiful Alaska

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My husband in Ireland – a top spot on his “list”

One of the ways Josh grew to be a traveler was to start with the places that had always called to him, and for Father’s Day that is a great place to start for the dad in your life.  Make a plan to get him to the mountains, to the ocean, to the city, to his friends, to the other side of the world, or to wherever he wants to be.

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If you are still figuring out how to make travel dreams a reality then feel free to check out my Beginner’s Guide, this post on How to Get Started, or just ask and I’ll do my best to help.  Make this the day you move from talking about taking him on that vacation of a lifetime one day, to making it the day that you start actively working toward that goal!

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there – especially to the ones in my life.  I look forward to being a part of many more “trips of a lifetime” with you guys!

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