Well, guys and gals, 2017 is almost over. How crazy is that? Nancy and I will have a bit of a hiatus over the next few weeks, so posting schedule will be sporadic. But before we officially sign off, we wanted to do a giveaway to thank all of our wonderful readers. Though only one of you will be wonderful enough to get the gift card. Sorry!
Here are the rules. Leave one comment telling us about your favorite redemption of 2017. If you are new to the hobby, let us know what your travel goals are. You have to comment by 11 AM Eastern, December 22nd, in order to be eligible. We will then select the winner randomly. Make sure to leave your correct email address in the comments section when signing in (it won’t be published), because that’s where I will be emailing $50 Amazon gift card.
Now on to a few reflections from Nancy and myself.
First, let me say that I appreciate all of you guys stopping by. I’m especially grateful to those of you who took the time to comment, email and contribute posts in 2017. Without some sort of feedback, it would be very hard to keep this thing going. Speaking of feedback, my advice to new bloggers is to filter everything you read online. I’ve been called an idiot and a dumb housewife more than once. On the other hand, many readers have told me that this is the only useful blog for middle-class families. Neither is actually true, though the latter is obviously nice to hear!
Of course, I’m incredibly grateful to Nancy. If you look up the definition of a perfect business partner, you would probably see her photo right there. She has been through so much this year, yet she continues to show up and publish high-quality content, despite very modest pay.
We both have poured a ridiculous amount of time into this site, so hopefully our posts have enhanced your life in some way. Blogging regularly is not always easy, but we gave it 100%. Well, as much as busy stay-at-home moms are able to give. Ironically, I still call myself a SAHM, though in reality, I’m very much a work-at-home mom. But that’s a rant for another day.
At times, it’s hard to motivate myself to keep feeding the beast (a.k.a blog) day after day, week after week. But there is something really special about staring at a blank page and creating a post out of nothing, other than your thoughts. What is the future of the blog? I honestly have no idea. I don’t plan things far ahead.
I do feel like the blog is still relevant, and Nancy and I are still having fun. She mentioned to me the other day that she hopes we’ll still keep this gig going when we are in our eighties and living in a retirement home. Done! We’ll just have to rename this site to “Miles for Senior Citizens.”
If you are a new reader, you’ve probably noticed that Nancy is the normal one around here. Deep down inside, I’m still that weird Eastern European kid with a quirky sense of humor. My personality doesn’t really gel with the “pleasant lady blogger” image that, according to experts, I should be portraying online.
Have you ever seen the episode of “Cheers” where Diane’s friend Rebecca recites a (made-up) Russian poem? It goes like this: “Mischa the dog lies dead in the bog. The children cry over the carcass. The mist chokes my heart, covers the mourners. At least this winter we eat.” It sounds like something I would write!
So, I’m glad you are still around despite my not-so-traditional writing style. If my humor has offended anyone, whether it’s another blogger or reader, I’m truly sorry. It’s never my intention. I didn’t have a “mean girl” reputation in high school, and not about to go down that road now, when I’m in my late thirties. Wait! I’m in my late thirties? How did that happen?
Huge thanks to all the bloggers who’ve linked to our site in 2017: Doctorofcredit, Mommypoints, Rapidtravelchai, FrequentMiler, Dannythedealguru, PFDigest, Travelbloggerbuzz. I’m probably forgetting someone. If so, my apologies.
There is no shortage of online advice on how you should spend your miles and points. While Nancy and I are here to help, we encourage you to always do your own thing. I’m not a big fan of Apple, but their motto “Think Different” resonates with me.
So I encourage you to figure out your own path and don’t forget that travel is the whole point of this hobby. Not large balances that are sitting there collecting dust, but the sheer joy of new discoveries. And whatever you do, avoid chasing after someone else’s dreams. That applies to travel, blogging and life in general.
As always, thanks for your suppor!
I’m gonna keep this short and sweet. Thank you, Leana, for keeping me around. Thank you, blog readers, for reading and commenting and sharing with us. Your travels inspire me!
This is the Best. Job. Ever! Seriously. I love traveling and I love writing, so I feel like I’m living the dream!
Don’t forget to comment with your favorite redemption of 2017 or your travel goals for a chance to win the $50 gift card. Good luck!
P.S. Don’t forget to Like our Facebook page because we plan to share most important industry news there while we are on hiatus.
Leana is the owner and 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.