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It’s Tax Day. Yeah, not the most awesome of the 365 days of the year for many of us. So, let’s shift the focus to something way better. Travel.
I want to know what upcoming trip you are most looking forward to. There have been plenty of set-backs in this hobby of ours recently, but for most of us the purpose of putting the time and energy into collecting miles and points is to redeem them for amazing trips. I’ve read plenty of studies that say a large chunk of the enjoyment of the trip is actually tied to planning and anticipating the event, so let’s all do that together to make our collective trips even better.
I guess I’ll go first. I almost hate to single out one or two trips since I’m excited about so many of them, but I’ll limit it to two trips here.
First, I’m excited about my husband’s very quickly approaching 40th birthday trip around the world. We aren’t really stopping in tons of cities around the world, but we are technically flying around the globe to visit Amsterdam, then on to the Maldives, then coming home through Asia with enough hours in Singapore to get out of the airport and eat some food. It’s all being done in business class on Star Alliance partners thanks to United miles, but the flights aren’t the part I am most excited about.
I am excited to sit in our over-water villa in the Maldives and have nothing we have to do. I want to stare at the beautiful water, dive right in from our villa, and bask in the amazingness of where we are and how miles helped us get there. I want to hang out with Josh and have the most pressing issue of the day be at what time our spa appointment is…if we even bother to do that. I want to eat fish for dinner that he will catch on a fishing trip an hour or so before (if he’s lucky) and see stars twinkle from the middle of the ocean. That may sound like tortuous boredom for some, but it sounds like my Heaven…at least for a few days.
The other trip I am very much looking forward to is our return trip to Kauai this summer. Last year just my daughter and I went, and we loved it. Last fall my husband and I went to Maui for an anniversary trip and loved it. However, we have yet to all go to Hawaii together, and for a long enough period of time. This year we are all going, and we will be in Kauai for a full week. I’m sure that still sounds short to some, but it is doubling the length of our last trips, so I’m very excited. I just want to have long and lazy days filled with shave ice, swimming, shrimp, perfect weather, beautiful green scenery, and our family together in our paradise.
I’ve been working harder this year at not just earning more points, but being smarter about how we spend them. There is such a thing as “too many trips”, and we’ve been guilty of that for a variety of reasons. However, when we sit down and think hard about which ones we are looking forward to or enjoyed the most, we learn a lot about where our vacation miles, money, and time should be going.
Mine will keep going to the beaches and the mountains. Where are you looking forward to?