My parents are in the middle of a ten day bucket list trip through California that will end in Las Vegas. I wrote about helping them plan this trip by utilizing some points here. As the trip got a bit closer, I helped them look at the various promotions that were available so that they could maximize their trip even further. Maximizing point redemptions and earnings is super important (at least to me), but what is even more important is actually having a great time on your trip. If you don’t enjoy the trip, then what was the point of any of it in the first place?
Right before the trip my mom got an iPhone 4s, and it appears she has been putting it to good use with the number of picture and video updates I have been receiving from the road. I want to share a sampling of these updates with you today as a reminder of how happy travel, points, and miles can really make someone. I have yet to receive a video clip that doesn’t include a laugh or a smile……well, I did receive a phone call or two without laughs when their Las Vegas to Fresno segment was cancelled on Untied and they had to add an extra four hours of driving to their trip, but that is a story for another day.
Without further delay, here is happiness, brought to you by “bucket list” travel.
This was one of the first video updates they sent me and I could tell immediately that they were having a great time just by the giggling in the video. Hearing three traveling 60 year olds giggling in the foggy forest was cute.
My parents kept commenting that they expected Ewoks (from Return of the Jedi) to pop out from behind the gigantic trees. Now that would be cool!
My dad used my favorite phrase of all time in this clip – “Holy Squat Poopy”. In his language, that translate to “Mother of All Awesomeness” or “Holy $hi&”!
I remember in the “Soarin’ Over California” ride at Disney flying over the orange fields – I guess this is even better than the ride!
These elephant seals were particularly impressive to my folks. We don’t get that sort of ocean excitement in Houston except on the Discovery Channel.
My dad is a huge huge golf fan, so he was excited to check out Pebble Beach. He is also a huge Notre Dame fan, so I find this picture to be a perfect combination of his two loves.
My mom is the one more into castles, so I’m betting the Hearst Castle stop was for her.
This picture was taken from Big Sur. Do they look like they are enjoying their trip to you??
Miles and points aren’t just there so you can stare at huge balances with airline and hotel partners on your computer screen. They are there so you can make life long memories traveling to places you have always wanted to see. My parents are doing just that as we speak, and I am thrilled for them. They are very good about setting a goal with their miles and points and then earning toward that goal. I think that is one of the best tips for those getting started in the miles and points world. This trip is also a reminder that international travel is fantastic and exciting, but there are some really great sites to see here within the US – just in case your family prefers to stay closer to home on their journeys. I hope that many of you have “bucket list” trips of your own planned! If so, I would love to hear about them!