Welcome BoardingArea readers!
Less than two weeks ago I shared some exciting news about my upcoming move over to BoardingArea and now the time has come.
I am thrilled to be posting for the first time as a BoardingArea blogger but this isn’t the first day of my blog. In Spring 2011 I got some amazing news which would keep me grounded from traveling for about a year. My wife Kim was pregnant with our now 19 month old son Lucas Miles. I wanted to still be able to dedicate some time to the hobby that I love (travel) so Michael W Travels was created in October 2011.
While Kim was pregnant we often heard that our days of traveling would be over once Lucas was born but boy were they wrong. I was determined to travel with Lucas and that’s what we’ve done!
Michael, Lucas & Kim in Long Island City, NY
Having a child doesn’t mean that you have to stop traveling, it just means that you need to adjust the way you travel (just a little bit). Lucas started flying at about 2.5 months old and has already traveled internationally to Barbados, Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, Russia and Japan.
We’re leaving on our next adventure tomorrow. Don’t forget to check back to see where we are going!
Some of you might wonder what kind of travelers we are?
Kim and I consider ourselves to be budget travelers. We use miles and points to pay for quite a bit of our travels. For flights we prefer to fly economy so we can stretch our miles to get us to as many places as possible. The flight is not the highlight of our trip, it is just a way to get to the amazing places we want to see. I’m not saying that we don’t like to fly in premium cabins, we just don’t do it all of the time.
As for lodging, we try to do a combination of points, hostels and other budget accommodations. Hostels (in private rooms with ensuite bathrooms) are my favorite place to stay. They tend to be in good locations and the prices are usually reasonable. Most of all, the information you receive is generally more authentic than that of a big hotel. Ever ask for a restaurant recommendation at a fancy chain hotel? Odds are they will point you in the direction of their own restaurant. Ask in a hostel and you’re more than likely to be sent to a favorite place among locals.
The content on Michael W Travels varies daily. I like to cover topics ranging from trip reports & planning, miles & points offers, travel with kids, food, travel news, offers & contests and quirky posts like Jumping Pics and Ridiculous Street Signs.
I’d like to invite you all to take some time to check out my blog. I hope that you will like what you see and come back, making Michael W Travels a part of your daily blog reading list.
Check out a few of my previous posts (in no particular order):
- Amex Does The Right Thing- I Got My 100,000 Points
- Progress In Planning- Our Next Big Trip- Russia
- Credit Card Miles & Points Earned in 2012
- Hotel Review: Intercontinental Singapore
- The 6 Oddest Foods That I’ve Ever Tried
- Packing For Two (Or Maybe 1.5)
- An Unlikely Place For A Souvenir- Easter Island
- The Shit Fountain
- A Swim With The Coney Island Polar Bears
- A Shocking Collection Of Oddities: The Kunstkamera- St Petersburg, Russia
- Our First Time Flying Southwest- I’m Impressed
- The Oddest Checked Luggage I’ve Ever Seen
- Heavy Metal Burgers At Kuma’s Corner
- Lucas Tries Out New Southwest Lie- Flat Seats
- How I Upgraded To First Class For 7500 Miles
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