One of my readers voiced his criticism of featuring old trip reports. I always welcome readers’ feedback, so don’t ever hesitate to speak your mind. I don’t have too many trips left to cover, but what I’ll do is put the miles segment first, starting next week. That way, you don’t have to scroll down if that’s all you are interested in. The reason for my old trip reports is not to include filler content because I have nothing else to say.
It’s actually to educate the readers and provide a tiny counterbalance to most of what you see in this industry. Look at the trip reports in many (not all) blogs . What do you notice? Most likely another photo of a business or first class seat and a photo of a Hyatt (has to be a Hyatt). It’s not that it’s wrong to enjoy upper-class or luxury lodging. I’ll be the first to admit that the new Hyatt Andaz in Maui and Conrad in Maldives look very nice and are a destination onto themselves.
But I think ultimately, an undue focus is placed on things that should be the “means” and not the “goal.” You see almost nothing about the culture or history of those places or its people. Is travel really about snapping the photos of another first class meal and a Hyatt toilet? Is this why we collect all the miles and points?
Explore the world, and not the hotels or airplane seats!
2004, Ostia Antica village near Rome, Italy
This was a very short, but quite memorable trip. Since we had an early flight to Poland the next day, I wanted to find something near the airport. Ostia Antica village was the perfect choice. We got an apartment located in an old castle. I actually framed the top photo and hung it on my wall in the living room.
Ostia Antica is also the name of an old archaeological site that is often compared to Pompeii. I plan to see the second one next year, so I will have an opportunity to judge for myself.
Ostia was actually Rome’s seaport, but due to silting, the site now lies 3 kilometres (2 miles) from the sea. Ostia Antica is noted for the excellent preservation of its ancient buildings, magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics, which you can see from my photo. If you are ever in Rome, make a side trip there. You won’t regret it!
Miles and points
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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.