First off, this post is a bit late! I’ve been running around a lot September and October, and haven’t had the time to get this post together until today.
I consider the day I applied for the Barclaycard Arrival+ to be the true beginning of my travel hacking journey. That means as of September 24th, 2016, I’ve been addicted for exactly one year. So, this post is a month overdue.
It just so happens that I’m wrapping up my year of travel hacking coming from last weekend at the Chicago Seminars. I’ll write up a bit more about this event soon, but it’s basically a conference for travel hacking, run by some great FlyerTalk folks. What better way to commemorate one year in the game?
If you remember, I was spurred into this new hobby by my trip to Peru last year. It was nothing short of eye-opening. I knew I wanted to travel more.
I had caught the travel bug.
I also knew I didn’t want to pay big money for travel, like everyone else seems to think you have to. Travel hacking enabled me to meet both of those goals: travel and frugality. Using the miles gained from the sign up bonus on that first card, and a bit more everyday spending, I cashed in those Arrival+ miles for $500 towards flights to Florida to see some of the family, and enjoy a few days at Disney World.
Let’s see where I’m at now, shall we?