Ok guys – it’s pep talk time! Time to get your butts in gear…
Between the blog posts, tweets, Foursquare check-ins, and Facebook status updates, it’s no secret that I love to travel, and that I try to do it as frequently as possible. For me personally, I’m grateful that I grew up in a
frugal points and miles family, and I’ve been taught the importance and value of loyalty programs and frequent flyer accounts as a child (thanks, Dad!); a basic foundation been embedded in my brain at an early age.
Over the past few years, I’ve also decided to take it to the next level on my own in continuing my points and miles “education” by attending events, meeting admirable people, being active in the community, and just generally being aware of what’s going on in the travel world. I was inspired. With anything in life, if you’re not inspired, dedicated and persistent – it’s very difficult to be successful in getting what you want.
When speaking of people who “just don’t get it”, two prime examples come to mind:
Exhibit 1: The Uninspired
While I love to talk about travel 24/7 and I’m more than eager to offer tips to my friends and family when I see them, at times it feels like I’m beating a dead horse with some people – they just don’t get it. They’re attracted to the idea of traveling fabulously for close to nothing, but are blinded by the work that comes along with being points and miles savvy. Yes people, I said it – it takes work. But the work isn’t strenuous; most of the time it’s just being mindful. You don’t just wake up having a million points and miles to burn (though that would be pretty sweet). You have to be inspired.
I have a friend who constantly asks me to teach them how to be a savvy traveler. I have put a lot of effort into helping this person. Said person then takes several flights over the past few weeks. I asked them how many miles they earned from the flights. They responded saying that they never even bothered to make a frequent flyer account because they were too lazy to do so. I will not be helping said person anymore.
I chuckle a bit at a comparison I came up with. Someone who “doesn’t get it” it reminds me of someone who wants to magically wake up being a size 00 without ever thinking twice about what they’re eating or how active they are. If you want to be fit, make changes to your habits. If you want to travel without breaking the bank, make changes to your habits. It’s not that hard.
Exhibit 2: The Clueless
Then we have, my favorite – the clueless.
Here are some common
ignorant remarks misconceptions I hear in regards to my travel patterns (I’m not kidding):
- “You’re SO lucky to be engaged to a man that takes you around the world!” Actually, Kevin’s the lucky one – before me, he didn’t even have a passport.
- “Are you working for the government?” Yes, did I forget to tell you that I’m also a part-time secret service agent?
- “You only travel so much because you’re a blogger and get free stuff.” ….Right… forget the term “starving artist” – it should be “starving blogger”.
- “Does Kevin suspect that you have a sugar daddy?” Really? You had to pull that card? Come on, I graduated college with a 4.0…
- “You have 12 credit cards? It’s not worth it to be drowning in debt for a free flight!” Yes, I have 12 credit cards and not a single ounce of debt. I also have credit score of 784 and an impressive credit limit. I pay all of my balances in full each month and I never spend more than I earn (wow, common sense?). Having multiple credit card accounts has actually improved my credit worthiness. thankyouverymuch.
- “I’d rather pay for my travel than do something illegal.” Wow.