A few days ago I posted an article explaining some of the details about my upcoming trip to Fiji. In the article I detailed my expenses for the trip and which hotels I planned to review.
I’m not surprised that I received a few emails
questioning my sanity inquiring about my strategy and why I had planned to switch hotels, essentially, every night.
One of my favorite subscribers commented on the actual post and said:
“I have never been to fiji. I also have never stayed at multiple hotels in one trip (staying in the same country). Is there a reason you switch hotels so much? Especially the ones you paid out of pocket for..”
I think this is a great question and I responded on the post. However, I thought it would be worth supplying a bit more detail in case anyone else is interested.
I post photos of my travel fairly often on Instagram. I also receive quite a few messages from people inquiring about the details of my trip. Typically, they’ll say something like:
“How much did that cost?”
“How do you travel so much?”
“I don’t want to be all in your business but I’m curious, what do you do for a living?”
In responding to messages over the course of a few years, I’ve discovered the intentions are genuine but the “root” of the question is often “how can I have those same experiences?”
Additionally, I receive questions about travel even when I am not actively posting from that city. For example…
- Have you ever visited [insert city]?
- What did you do in [insert city]?
- Any recommendations on hotels in [insert city]?
- How did you get from [insert airport] to [insert city]?
- Do you know if [insert city] has uber or lyft?
- Have you ever flown [insert airline]? What was it like?”
In response, I created this blog not only to document my own adventures but to show others how it is possible to afford luxury travel if you make it a priority. To provide perspective, I include how many points I redeemed or the cash prices.
HOTEL AFTER HOTEL AFTER HOTEL
I want my site to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ to answer those questions above, for both individuals that travel all the time, and for individuals that have limited PTO and are looking for inspiration to maximize that time.
For example, I’ve never been to Fiji. I’ve heard stories about the “best” places to stay (and/or avoid) but let’s be honest…anyone that has booked a vacation has worked hard to be there. Regardless if you’re spending points or money, no one enjoys surprises (particularly if they are financial in nature) or terrible service during a trip-of-a-lifetime.
Typically, I would not stay in 4 different hotels in one city, or visit 4 lounges in one airport, or fly on 4 different airlines over the course of a few days. However, I do want the best for you!
Ultimately, when you purchase your trip from Los Angeles to Fiji, I want you to know my secret on how to get through LAX security faster, the best lounge to visit, your options for traveling from the airport to your hotel, your options for great hotels, and showcase experiences that could (hopefully) make your trip enjoyable.
Personally, I love travel but there is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY that I could afford a $23,000 First Class ticket or paying $1000/night at a hotel. However, credit cards and points have allowed me to book those experiences by doing what I am already doing…buying groceries, paying my cell phone bill, paying my daughters daycare bill, putting gas in my car, etc.
Again, I want you to easily be able to read my reviews and determine which lounges / business class cabin / first class cabin / luxury hotel fits your preferences. I also want to highlight alternative options. For example, I don’t always stay in luxury hotels [READ THIS] or take the expensive high-speed train into the city, I take the city bus [READ THIS].
Let’s be clear…everyone has different travel goals, everyone has different amounts of PTO from their job, there are variable levels of income, spending habits vary from person to person (for better or for worse), but one thing is universal…we all have to spend money.
Anyone (and I mean ANYONE) can replicate my template, improve their credit score, and travel. Yes, I paid out-of-pocket for these hotels (and did not redeem points) but I am laying a foundation for more advanced topics later on. When I post the more advanced topics, this will all make sense. And trust me, it will get A LOT more complicated (in a good way).
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