Nearly two years ago, I wrote my first post as New Girl in the Air. I had blogged before in a noncommital fashion, both for personal stories and for trip reports, but never with a focus on frequent flyer miles and other loyalty points. I entered a new arena and have had a ton of fun writing the past 600+ posts. Your readership means the world to me and I’m grateful for all the comments, emails, and conversations we’ve had.
You may have noticed over the past month or two that my content has shifted from when I first started. I realized I had been sharing information on limited time offers and deals — many of which I have no interest in. For me, miles and points are simply a means to an end and not a passion.
Additionally, I’m no longer the “New Girl”. By no means do I know everything, but I’ve visited 10 countries since I started this blog (several of them more than once) and have successfully redeemed hundreds of thousands of points for free travel. I’ve graduated to “Intermediate Girl in the Air”, but that doesn’t have a nice ring to it
As such, I am retiring New Girl in the Air and introducing The Girl and Globe.
This has been a big decision since I’ve grown quite attached to being New Girl in the Air. However, as I share more of my experiences, I need a name and home that can grow with me and reflect the themes of my content. I’m traveling more often, discovering more parts of the globe, and learning about new cultures. I expect to have plenty of travel tips and stories to share with you.
In addition to an awesome new name and design, I’ve got some great things in store for you within my content. Here’s what to expect:
Value Travel: I have a serious addiction to travel and my personal preference is to stretch my dollars (and other currencies) to provide frequent travel without falling into a barebones budget. I stick with coach seating, simple hotels, and economy car rentals while splurging on great food, activities, and entertainment because I find those experiences more fulfilling. I’ll be sharing more tips on how to save on the basics so that you have funds remaining for the fun stuff.
United States Destinations: Although I save my vacation time from work for 1-2 international adventures each year, a lot of my traveling is within the United States. It’s perfect for my weekend getaways since I don’t spend all of my time in transit rather than at my destination. The USA has a lot to offer from a traveler’s perspective and I love to check out regional differences and unique experienes without getting my passport stamped.
Outdoor Adventures: I’ll pick a good hike over a world-class museum any day of the week. Sure, sometimes its because I know I’m burning enough calories to indulge in local cuisine, but I also love to “earn” my memories. If you like to work up a little sweat when traveling the world rather than lying by the pool for a week, check out some of my upcoming suggestions for active exploring throughout the world.
My Reality: I travel more like the average Jane than a rockstar. I’ve got a full-time job with zero business travel, family scattered across the country that I want to visit, trips where driving makes more sense than flying, and a schedule that limits when (and how often) I can pack up for a trip. If you want to make the most of your vacations within your constraints, I’ll be sharing tips and experiences that even your neighbor who knows nothing about miles can appreciate.
Sustainable Travel Tips: I fully intend on sharing long-term tactics for saving money, which at times includes redeeming frequent flyer miles to offset your flying costs. However, you won’t find any posts about today’s airfare sales or limited time promotions to earn bonus points. You’ll find plenty of other Boarding Area bloggers covering those topics in depth and there’s no need to repeat what’s already been said a dozen times.
If there’s anything else you’d like me to write about, please feel free to reach out with your requests or suggestions.
There are also a few logistical changes to be aware of:
- My website is moving to thegirlandglobe.com and all new posts will be published at the new address. Update your bookmarks accordingly, please!
- The RSS feed will also be changing accordingly, so you’ll need to re-subscribe. Please accept my apologies for this extra step.
- My Facebook and Twitter names will be changing but if you were following me in either location, you should be re-connected automatically. If not, check out @thegirlandglobe and facebook.com/thegirlandglobe to stay in touch. Email subscriptions will also be re-connected automatically!
- All of my old posts will still be here (temporarily) but you’ll find my archives also at my new web home.
- I’ve got a fresh design to help you find things easily. If there’s content you’re looking for that isn’t easily accessible, let me know so I can tweak it.
I tremendously value your readership and I hope you will join me going forward at The Girl and Globe. If you’d like to support my blog, the best way you can do so is by sharing my website with anyone you feel may also enjoy my content. You’ll find buttons to share my posts via Twitter or Facebook but simple word of mouth is always appreciated as well. Thank you for your support and remember a new home for my blog is just the first of many adventures you can expect from me.
Without further ado, I invite you to visit me at http://thegirlandglobe.com