I am referring to the upcoming conference in miles and points world. As far, as my weather forecast, it’s probably wishful thinking. Let’s face it, it’s smack in the middle of a hurricane season. I wasn’t sure, if I would go. If you read my posts, I probably come off as confident, slightly arrogant and a little “full of it”. In reality, I am very insecure, not arrogant, but yes, a little “full of it”.
I am very afraid , that all the cool kids will make fun of my little blog behind my back or even to my face (gulp). But, since I live 1.5 hours from Tampa, I decided to take my chances. I look forward to meeting mr. Leff, Daraius, Summer , the mad scientist aka Frequent Miler and Becky from “New girl in the air”. I am on the fence about Seth from “The Wandering Aramean”. On one hand, I get a kick out of his take on things. On the other hand, I have a strong suspicion, that he turns into a vampire by night. Maybe I can meet him, before the change occurs?As far as sessions go, I am mostly interested in Ben’s presentation on award booking.
So, here is a little glimpse into my life, to save time at the event. I grew up in Europe in a poor family. Because of that, going to Rome was as likely, as going to Mars. Ironically, it took a move to US, for me to finally be able to explore all the ancient sites, I read about as a child. You probably can’t tell it from my blog, but as a teenager, I won some competitions, based on my writing skills. That, coupled with the fact, that I graduated at the top of my class, meant, that I was accepted to the top university in the country on a full scholarship.
I do not rank people, based on their education, however. The smartest person, I have ever met, did not go to college and cleaned businesses for a living. My plan was always to continue writing, but somehow it just never materialized. So, at the height of blogs saturation in this industry, I finally decided to pursue my passion, while helping families like mine, travel on a budget. Great timing, no?
I don’t hold status in any airline , hotel chain (other than through credit card), or country club. If those things are critical to you, I will probably disappoint. I have nothing against first class, and even enjoyed it once, after getting bumped from the flight. If I had millions of miles, I would only fly upfront. But I don’t, so I won’t. My goal is to fly on award tickets for as long, as the banks will let me.
So, please, come say “hi”. I will be the tall, older (I am in my thirties) lady, nervously looking around. I am still wondering, if I should just sell that ticket on Ebay. But, I am hoping for clear blue skies, even if not in the weather department.
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Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.
Thank you, Tania, for taking the time to comment and your kind words! I am kind of nervous about Tampa, but the ticket is bought. So, I may as well go, right?
Tania P. says
I love your interview on MMS. We are a family of 3 and thanks to all the wonderful blogs we were able to travel almost for free, stay in great hotels and treat our families as well.
Last year I attended the FTU in New Jersey and at that point I was not in the game yet. But I didn’t want to pass the opportunity to attend an event close to home (I live in NYC).
I was very hesitant to go, because most of the attendees were guys and most of them were on a league of their own($). But my husband pushed me to go and I found this community is wonderful, welcoming and helpful. I had a chance to chat with Darius/Emily and Summer. They are the sweetest people you will ever meet.
The presentations with Gary and Seth were so much fun and even when people were talking about stuff I didn’t care like status or mileage runs. To meet this top dogs in the game was very inspiring. Because they are so passionate about what they do.
I love your blog focus on family travel without the crazy spending.