26,000 miles. It all came to this. Four years of blogging, maybe a few people who follow it and a whole lot of fun. But 2015? Yes, 2015 will go down as the year it all came together. Three trips of a lifetime, made in the span of 6 months. For some who read this, they may view it as no big deal. But if they thought back to the time when something this monumental didn’t seem possible, they’d recall the feeling when it all fell into place. For us it was Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Barbados and Hawaii in the span of 180 days.
I haven’t even included a baseball trip to see the Yankees in Atlanta, Harry Potter in Orlando or a redux of our trip to New England.
I’m stunned, I’m speechless, but most of all, I’m humbled. For these past few years, I envied those who made their way through the world and spent very little cash doing it. Obviously we are not rich and don’t expect that designation anytime soon, but we sure can fool some folks. We’re what you would call memory millionaires. Sounds funny but it’s true. I’ve preached the good word of travel hacking, credit card churning and all that goes with it, but the proof is in the pudding. Just now, beyond some close friends and those who became close friends through travel, we are seeing what this new-found, too-good-to-be-true life can offer. This world, with all of its glory and majesty, is within reach. As I said we don’t drive big cars and we don’t snub our noses at those less fortunate (probably because we’re not too far from that ourselves), but we know travel and we know what it does. Travel isn’t only a word readers. It’s a lifestyle, and one that we are now comfortable enough to say, we get it. We are part of a club, an exclusive club mind you, but one you are eligible for, I promise. Have we made it to the first class business class elite club yet? No. But, we have 2 kids who have logged each of those 26,000 miles and you know what? They’re in the club too. There’s nobody more special than anyone else in this club because the membership fees are universal. You just have to make the choice. And this choice can, and will, change your life. You’ll meet people, you’ll see sights that only your mind could have manufactured before and you’ll discover, they were not just dreams, but premonitions of things to come. What used to take weeks and months and even years for people to do, you can make happen in a matter of hours. Wake up in Nashville? Go to sleep in Rothenberg. Eat breakfast in Miami? Eat dinner in Maui. Sound simple? It’s not, but it’s achievable. And now, after this amount of time invested with gift card buying, mall runs, Wal-Mart debacles (when is Wal-Mart not a debacle), I can attest…and as previously stated, preach. Because this life shouldn’t be a secret, it should be a life-preserver for all those who asked, “Is this is as good as it gets?” Guess what? There’s more and it is awesome. From Bathsheba, to the North Shore, from Neuschweinstein to the Newport Mansions, it’s yours if you really want it to be. I’m no superstar, but I sure can act like one. What’s holding you back? This is YOUR life! You only get one shot, don’t miss your chance to blow!