Today, Being Home was the Point

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I know that 98% of this blog is about travel, but today it is about being home.  I was gone from home for two nights/three days recently for the fantastic Chicago Seminars, and I am on the road again for three more nights in a couple days to head to BlogWorld in LA.  Trust me, I know it is a bit nerdy that I am going to a blog conference!

It is so hard to be away from Little C.  It is hard on me, hard on her, and hard on those left behind to take care of her without Mommy.  It is worth it, but that doesn’t make it easy.  But, tonight I was home for Halloween.  No Seminar, conference, vacation, or mileage run, or anything would be worth missing trick-or-treating with my baby for the first time.  She was a pro and loves her new bag of candy, or “bounty” as she calls it.  As you will see in the video, she even says “thank you” at the end!

While travel is fantastic, sometimes the point is to stay home with your family and trick-or-treat in your own neighborhood.  I’m enjoying the few days I have with my awesome toddler before I pack my suitcase and head back on the road.  For what it’s worth, I am also enjoying her “bounty”.  🙂

Hope you all enjoyed your Halloween – no matter where in the world you celebrated!

Remember, you have until 11:59PM CST tonight (10/31) to register to win a Chicago Seminars shirt signed by United’s 10 Million Mile Flyer!

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  1. I know that pirate bandana!

    While I don’t have any little ones (other than my pup), I couldn’t agree more about being home.

    I had my first trick-or-treaters in 6 years! We only had one group stop by (I wanted to give them all of our candy), but a meal at home sandwiched between two trips beats that first class upgrade most of the time.

  2. That’s the problem with this hobby — it’s a slippery slope! At first, you do a mileage run here and there, a credit card here and there…just to get enough miles to travel with hubby and your beautiful daughter. Pretty soon it consumes you and you’re doing it for the love of actually GETTING the miles and points! Trust me, I know! But I was lucky: I started this “hobby” a long time ago when I was young and single and by the time I got a family I already had all the status and miles I needed (though of course I itch for more!). Now, with a one-year-old daughter at home, I find myself unable to do what you do anymore. It’s contrary to the whole point of being “with” my family. 🙂 Chicago seminar, LA blog conference…I’m sure you miss your daughter like crazy!! Make sure to set a tangible goal, or you might get lost in the game. But that’s just my opinion and personal experience, so I don’t want to sound all patriarchal! 😉

  3. You are an excellent travel blogger in your own right. But, it is posts like this that keep me wanting to come back and see what is going on. Thank you for keeping it real.

  4. @Howie, it doesn’t take kids to have a family. I totally get it. Congrats on your first trick-or-treaters!

    @AS, it can be a slippery slope for sure. I couldn’t agree more with you about having tangible goals. I think I am going to actually post about that soon as it is so important – especially for families. The trade-off for being gone has to always be worth it for the whole family, not just for the traveler. So far I think we have been on the right side of that line, but it is a fine line for sure. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    @John, thanks for your comment. I love miles and points as much as the next person, but remaining grounded (pun intended) is sometimes the most important thing. Glad you liked the post!

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