28 Jun Who am I and what’s the deal with Getting There Better?
“Hi, I’m Julie/Julia and I have a travel addiction.” (Hi Julie/Julia!).
Or something like that. So, what’s the deal with me and this blog? Frankly, it’s an outlet for me and hopefully helpful for you — more than anything, it gives me a place to write down all the stuff I tell people all the time!
As background, I’m a Washington, DC native with a full time job in financial services — one I love — that keeps me on the move but also facilitates a very active personal travel life. I’ll fly about 175,000 miles this year, touch down in six continents and hit 11 countries along the way. My job takes me to Dallas almost every week for a night or two but all the international travel is personal. I get a bit antsy if there isn’t a trip on the calendar 🙂
My parents were both well-traveled and instilled a love for different cultures in us early on — why go to Disney when you can take advantage of a strong dollar and skiing in Switzerland instead? Mom’s a travel agent and both parents lived overseas during periods of their life so travel and exposure was a priority. I did my master’s degree and subsequently lived in Sydney. I’m genetically hard wired for this.
Eight years ago — just when my current job started to require some more air time — I stumbled on FlyerTalk, the mammoth global community of frequent flyers, and was hooked. Lurking there taught me an astonishing amount, fast tracked me to a very comfortable travel style, and exposed me to the vast complexity and opportunities built into the airline and hotel industries. Since then, travel has been not only fun and mind expanding, but pretty cheap and easy.
The landscape is changing — driven by consolidation, cheap fuel and a fairly strong economy — so what worked five years ago no longer exists. But there are still amazing opportunities to get wherever you’re going — or want to go — cheaper and more comfortably than you’d think. It’s all about knowing what’s out there and how to take advantage of it — that’s where I come in!
I’ll share a wide range of things, some of which may work for you, some of which may not. We’ll talk about what makes a great fare and how to find it, airline and hotel status, credit cards, the little things that make your time on the ground better, apps that smooth the way, how to recover from trouble and much, much more. How you choose to use them is up to you but I’m always happy to answer questions — go ahead and ask me directly or drop a note in the comments section and we can get the community to weigh in too.
Welcome – I can’t wait to learn from you all