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As some of you may know, few months ago, I wrote a long goodbye post. I was burned out, frustrated and fed up. I felt chained by this site.
Asian theme week is over, back to “white people” stock images. I’m not quite sure what this stock photo (taken with permission from a reputable site) is trying to convey, but my interpretation is that the lady feels trapped by something in her life, in a figurative sense. But who knows? OK, moving on…
Where was I ? So, bailing on the blog seemed like the logical thing to do. Well, a few months have passed, and I realized that perhaps my goodbye was a bit premature. I felt like I had more posts left in me. So, I started writing, then writing some more. Amazingly, even though I gave up on the blog, you, the readers, refused to give up on me. Will my site be around next year or is this my (truly) last post? I honestly don’t know. For now, I’m not making any plans or schedules, and simply enjoying the ride.
The truth is, I never really went away since I’ve continued helping people via my free consulting service. Obviously, readers have the option to use my affiliate links, but it’s not required. As corny as it sounds, I really do enjoy helping others find ways to afford travel. It’s my jam, as the cool kids would say. You might be surprised as to who emails me. Not all requests are from families. I’ve had childless couples, retirees and even a broke medical student looking for advice! I welcome everyone.
Of course, the primary goal of this blog is to reach ordinary families. I try very hard to tailor content and advice to normal people who don’t make six figures. I truly believe that nice (at times even luxurious) travel is achievable for a typical family. We are a living proof of that. We are NOT one-percenters, and none of our trips are sponsored. I’m not criticizing those things, not at all. I have zero problem with people getting paid good money for their hard work. I’ve never been offered a sponsored trip, so can’t really comment on that. But if Tahiti tourism board is reading, I’m interested!
My point is: While a family who makes $120K per year may not think twice about burning 25K Ultimate Rewards on 1 night at a Hyatt, a family who makes $60K probably should think twice, and maybe even three times. Still want it? Go for it, and don’t look back. Splurging without regret is what this site is all about. And let’s face it, travel is a splurge. It’s not like food or shelter, you DON’T have to travel. But it definitely makes life more interesting. And it does make family unit stronger, I’m sure of it.
Anyway, I wanted to highlight one of the requests I’ve received recently, in the hopes that it will benefit some of you. As usual, I edited it and took out names and any personal information.
Here we go:
“Hi! I stumbled upon your blog and decided to take you up on your free consulting for travel. Many of the travel related blogs are all about optimizing for getaway trips for couples. I’m not sure what’s even practical for a large family where award travel seems impossible.
Hi! Thanks for contacting me. You are absolutely correct, most of the miles and points sites focus on solo or couples travel. That’s why I’ve decided to start my blog. While award travel is a bit challenging for someone in your situation, it’s definitely not impossible. In fact, I even wrote a post awhile back, discussing some Disney lodging options for a large family. Read it here
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.