One of the greatest perks of using miles and points to travel is the great freedom you have knowing you have access to the entire world at your finger tips; however, travel hacking and balancing a family life is not always easy.
It’s a double-edge sword because that same adrenaline that runs through your veins when you score the latest deal is self-defeating when you realize how draining the globetrotter lifestyle can be.
Before kids, I traveled like a maniac – to the tune of as many as 90 flights a year. My travel plans were the result of whatever mistake fare came my way. Flying over 20 hours to Asia in economy just for a few nights? No problem.
I’ll admit that those trips were some of the greatest memories I have, but the nonstop “go, go, go” lifestyle was wrecking-havoc on my body and overall wellbeing.
I remember the precise moment when I vowed to never mileage run again. It was September 7, 2013. I was just in the beginning of my second trimester, but I needed to secure elusive American Airlines elite status.
I booked a cheap fare from New York to Anchorage, with a same-day turn around. In the end, I would have a grand total of 18 minutes on the ground in Anchorage.
The moment of dread hit me during my layover at DFW. I tried to get it together by hoping for a few peaceful moments of zen at the yoga studio at Terminal D. I was on the verge of just calling it quits and crying to any gate agent who’d pity me enough to just let me go back to NYC.
In the end, I pushed through, but I knew was entering a new chapter of my life. It’s been 4 years since I took the pledge to forgo flights to nowhere for the purpose of earning miles and/or status, and I’m happy to report that I’ve held myself accountable.
On a similar note, now that I am a mom, I couldn’t agree more with Mommy Points and her argument on why parents should fly business class on solo trips.
A sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy airplane and lounge food, and sacrificing workouts and sleep are all things most road-warriors can relate to at some point.
Heck, even on non-travel days, I’m more than guilty than skipping a workout or missing a chance to enjoy some outdoor playtime with my family because I’m compulsively glued to my computer waiting for the next deal. Finding that perfect balance is still very much a challenge for me.
The one thing that has always been a saving grace for me is tea. For those who know me on a personal level, there’s one thing I never leave my house without – travel days or not – and that’s tea.
Since my teen years, I’ve consumed tea obsessively, and it’s a habit I’m proud of. Health benefits aside, drinking tea is a simple way to help me pause, bring me back to center, and allow me to savor the peaceful moment.
I owe it to tea when I traveled through my entire pregnancy and the smell of the food heating up in the galley (you know exactly the smell I am referring to) made my stomach churn. Tea saved me during morning sickness and cranky travel days.
Right now my tea of choice is Twinings of London, a brand I am sure you are more than familiar with since they’ve been a provider of quality and innovate tea for more than 300 years.
Twinings of London has a new herbal blends line (including 17 varieties for every mood) that I’m really enjoying – specifically Lemon Delight and Berry Fusion.
Lemon Delight is light and sunny blend of hibiscus, lemongrass, lemon peel, verbena, and natural lemon, and Berry Fusion is naturally sweet and a perfect blend of rosehips, hibiscus, orange and blackberry leaves, apple pieces, liquorice root and natural berry flavors.
Twinings Tea has gotten me through some of my toughest travel moments, and I am delighted to be part of their #BeYourBestBlend campaign.
The holiday season gets busy. Life gets busy. Let’s remind ourselves to take a step back and breathe.I encourage you to share how you strive to be your best blend while traveling on your social channels with #BeYourBestBlend. Feel free to tag me, @angelinatravels and @twiningsteaUK.
What helps you get through your tough travel moments? How do you balance traveling and family life?
Full disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Twinings of London. All opinions and stories are my own.