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Welcome to the next interview in our interview series where travel bloggers share their insights on having Big Travel with Small Money!

Miles & Points Interview:  Travel Junkette

Susan has been working seasonal adventure jobs and traveling the world since 2008, so I was looking forward to chatting with her on Friday!

Travel Junkette – Interview with Susan

Susan on Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua

How and when did you start collecting miles and points?

Embarrassingly enough, not until a few years ago.  I’d haphazardly signed up for frequent flyer programs and had one rewards credit card, but 2011 is when I really started getting into it.  I was teaching English in South Korea and had way too much time to browse the internet.

When I came across frequent flyer blogs, such as Million Mile Secrets, I couldn’t believe what I was reading!

Travel Junkette – Interview with Susan

Scuba diving in South Korea

I added a bunch of frequent flyer blogs to my RSS reader, signed up for Award Wallet, and started collecting my miles and points in a smarter way.  I also signed up for a few credit cards with big big sign-up bonuses. After that, I was hooked!

Why did you start your blog? What’s special about it?

I started my blog to show people that you don’t need to work at a job you hate.  Ditch the cubicle!  You can use seasonal adventure jobs to earn money, have fun, AND travel the world.

Unlike many travel bloggers, I’m not a 9-to-5 refugee who saved up money for years for one big trip.  I’m continually on the move — working new jobs, seeking new adventures, and eating lots of ice cream.

Though my blog isn’t focused on collecting miles and points, I think that readers of Million Mile Secrets will enjoy it, as its aim is to get more people working, traveling, and living the way they want to.

What’s the one single thing people can do to get more miles?

Get a mileage-earning credit card — even if there’s not a good sign-up bonus or you don’t spend a lot of money.  I signed up for a FlexPerks Travel Rewards card before college, and even though I had no idea what I was doing (in hindsight, this applies to most of my college experiences) or why I was earning miles, I put almost all of my purchases on it.

Four years later — without any additional effort — I had a free trip to Peru.

What’s your most memorable travel experience?

Travel Junkette – Interview with Susan

With my 1st grade class in Nicaragua

Traveling is a full-time passion and job for me, so I’ve been lucky to have a lot of incredible experiences.  Most recently, I spent three months volunteering at an elementary school in Nicaragua.  Because of the kids I worked with, every day there became one of my new favorite days ever.

The neighborhood was extremely poor; there wasn’t even running water or electricity at the school.  Yet, the kids there were some of the happiest I’ve encountered anywhere.  Their endless positivity and laughter will stay with me for the rest of my life.

What do your family and friends think of your miles and points hobby?

They think I’m a total weirdo, but they like it.  I mean, who doesn’t want to travel for free?  When somebody asks me a question about something miles/points related, I’ll warn them beforehand that it could get long — but most of the time, they seem to appreciate it.

Is there any tool or trick which you’ve found especially useful in this hobby?

I use evreward all the time.  If you do any online shopping, then this should be your new BFF.  You can search for the online store you’re planning on buying from, and it’ll show you how many miles/points you’ll earn per dollar with each participating reward program.

You can then click on the program of your choice, and it’ll take you right to their shopping portal.

What was the least expected way you’ve earned miles or points?

Travel Junkette – Interview with Susan

Getting kissed by the Sphinx in Egypt

Until I started following blogs and really getting into the miles and points “game,” I didn’t know about all the little ways you could earn points — such as watching a video, answering a survey, or liking a company on Facebook.  All those small things add up, and they’re a great way to keep your points from expiring.

What do you know now about collecting miles and points that you wish you knew when you started out?

This is probably too basic for many of your readers, but I wish I knew that I could earn points for one airline while flying with one of their partners.  When I started out, I’d always sign up for the loyalty program of the airline with whom I was flying.  Now I have points spread out over many different accounts — often with airlines that are in the same alliance.  Ughhh.  (Slaps forehead.)

What would your readers be surprised to know about you?

Hmm. I’m not sure.  For better or worse, I kind of put it all out there on my blog.

Ooh, I know!  My least favorite activity in the world is packing.  Kind of strange for a travel blogger, huh? But whenever it comes time to pack, I have a meltdown.  I literally sit on a pile of clothes and put them into my backpack then take them out again.

Luckily, at this point, all of my friends and family are prepared for it and support me (read: hang out and laugh at me) through it.

Any parting words?

Travel Junkette – Interview with Susan

Catching halibut in Ketchikan, Alaska

Just do it.  Travel now, and travel hard.  You’ll NEVER regret getting out there and seeing the world.  And with the free flights and hotels afforded to you by miles and points, why wait?

PS. Thanks, Daraius and Emily, for having me! I’ve loved following your adoreable journey and am honored to be featured here. Keep sharing all your awesome tips and advice, and never lose the bowtie — it rocks!

Susan  – Thanks for sharing your thoughts on having Big Travel with Small Money!

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56 Responses to “I’m continually on the move — working new jobs, seeking new adventures, and eating lots of ice cream.”

  1. You are so awesome. I wish I were as brave as you to leave the daily grind and pursue a life of adventure. You’re inspiring.

  2. This one may be my favorite guest post. I love that you travel as a regular part of your life and work your way around the world.

  3. You are truly inspritational and because you pursue what makes you happy you will become successful because of it.

  4. Balle Balle

    I’d tap that…

  5. globetrotter

    I’m glad that she enjoys her choice of current lifestyle but I personally won’t follow that path. It only works when it is difficult to seek jobs in today’s job market that you must get a job oversea. You need to establish your career with a degree in demand, raise a family, own a house and a car, are free of consumer debts and travel the world. You do travel in the mean time within limited budget. In your 50s you can live and work abroad when you no longer have debts and have pension for retirement . Lots of other countries value your experiences and education, in certain fields, that you have obtained here . You will not have trouble getting jobs oversea and will not have to learn the host country’s official language.

  6. I completely disagree with you, globetrotter. I absolutely hate your mindset, even though it seems to be commonplace now. Basically what you are saying is…
    1. Go to college
    2. Try and find a job in this horrible economy
    3. Pay back student loan debt despite whether or not you actually FOUND a job
    4. Work for years and years in a job you may not like to pay that debt back
    5. Try and raise a family ON TOP of any debts you may owe
    6. Assuming you pay your debts by the time you are 55… now you’ve possibly worked a job over 30 years, which means only 10 more for retirement
    7. This is also assuming you actually, you know, SURVIVE to 65 years old
    8. Now at 65 enjoy traveling

    Absolutely ridiculous. Societal norms are just crazy…

  7. Robert Hanson

    “Unlike many travel bloggers, I’m not a 9-to-5 refugee who saved up money for years for one big trip”

    Many travel bloggers who have only taken one trip, based on years of savings? Can she name even one travel blogger we have ever heard of who fits this description? I know I can’t.

    On the other hand, exactly how do you qualify for ccs with large signup bonuses when you are
    “volunteering at an elementary school in {poverty stricken} Nicaragua”? While the blog doesn’t explicitly mention trust fund income, it certainly reeks of it. How else does one afford to go from snowboarding in Colorado to kayaking in Alaska’s Misty Fiords to getting your “advanced SCUBA certification in the Philippines”, along with traveling from Mongolia to Israel to Tokyo to Kenya, with income from menial seasonal jobs, not to mention “volunteering”?.

    Gotta love this from her blog: ” I offer different advertising opportunities at competitive rates, from paid sponsorships of blog posts….to product/attraction reviews.” Sponsor paid blog posts and product reviews, can’t wait to read more of those.

    Hopefully all of this inspires Daraius and Emily to “Ditch the cubicle!…have fun, AND travel the world”. Who knows, maybe even Gary and Lucky will be inspired to ditch the 9-5 daily grind in favor of “seasonal adventure jobs”. :D

  8. Robert Hanson

    @globetrotter +1 She doesn’t mention any college loans to pay back, most likely because she doesn’t have any, for the reason I suggested. So easy to say “ditch the cubicle” when you have money coming in from other sources. God help anyone who doesn’t have that backup, follows her advice and quits a good job to “travel the world”, only to come back and not find any jobs available to someone without any real jobs on their resume for the past couple of years. :(

  9. I figured after reading this interview this would be a love/hate one that would draw very polarizing views. Boy was I right so far! What I don’t understand is why all the hate. Who cares Susan’s background, her motive, how she travels, how she gets her money, she’s CLEARLY enjoying it…so in my book, it works, simple as that.

    Is it right for everyone, of course not. Is it right for her? Sure seems that way and I commend Susan for that.

    Life short…when in doubt…smile… :)

  10. Steve M
    +1000

  11. Great to see you having such fun, Susan! Your path isn’t the same as mine, but I love what you are doing and thank you for writing your blog and telling us all more.

    Cheers,
    Bob

  12. Hey guys! Thanks for your responses. I enjoy reading all of them — positive or negative!

    I just wanted to give some further explanation, because I think it’s vital for other people to know that you DON’T need to have a trust fund to live this lifestyle. Maybe I should’ve made this clearer — you just need to be willing to work really hard. But it’s worth it; trust me!

    @RobertHanson, thanks for your criticism. It’s important, because it’s given me the opportunity to clarify some things that might be bothering other readers, as well:

    Yes, I’m extremely lucky in that I don’t have any college loans. My parents paid for my tuition. For this, I know I’ve been granted an exceptional gift and will be forever grateful. I did, however, maintain a 3.8 GPA while waitressing 20 hours/week to pay for my food and fun stuff. I also worked full-time every summer (and not at unpaid internships!). I know I’m lucky; I’m not denying that. But, if you do have college loans, I still think this life is possible. Many of my incredible friends are living proof of that.

    I’ve never been supported by any trust fund. I wish! I’ve also never had to ask my parents for a loan. Though the pay at seasonal jobs isn’t high, it’s still completely possible to save up money while doing it.

    Here’s how:

    *While living in Breckenridge, CO, I worked around 60 hours/week at four different jobs. I worked at a ski shop (this included a ski pass + free rentals), hostessed at a restaurant, led a youth outdoors group, and represented liquor brands at bars. It was a lot of work, but all of my jobs were fun and active, so I loved it. (Another way to save money: living in a 400 square foot apartment with three other people and two dogs. My boyfriend and I slept on a mattress in a living room. Sounds ridiculous, but it really was one of the best winters of my life.)

    *I moved to South Korea to teach English because I earned $1800/month tax-free with FREE rent and health insurance, plus 5 weeks of paid vacation. I paid off all of my credit card debt and also traveled to the Philippines, Japan, and Mongolia. Most of the people I met there were paying back student loans. In what other traditional job would you be able to pay back $15,000+ in loans in a single year? This is the option that I most often suggest to people who are struggling with debt or loans.

    *As of a year ago, I started working various freelance jobs online and am now earning a decent income from my computer. While volunteering in Nicaragua, I was still earning American dollars. My income was more than enough to support me there.

    *At the moment, I’m working full-time at my kayaking job in Alaska. Since I’ve been a reliable and hardworking employee, I’ve been asked back each summer with raises and bonuses. One of these bonuses has been two trips to the Misty Fjords. I’m also still working 20 hours/week on my blog and freelance work. At the end of the summer, I’ll have enough saved up for more travels.

    Throughout ALL of this, I’ve been extremely cautious (some would say totally cheap!) with my money. When I’m traveling, I’m staying at the cheapest accommodations, eating street food, and taking chicken buses. When I’m in the states, I’m eating ramen and skipping a lot of bar nights with friends.

    As for “real jobs” on a resume; I completely disagree. There are so many skills to be gained from traveling and working seasonal jobs, and I wouldn’t want to work for an employer who didn’t see that. Also, in today’s digital world, it’s become easier and easier to create your own career and earn a living online.

    I’m sorry if this is way too much detail, but I think it’s SO important to get the message out that this life is possible — without trust funds. I guess I should’ve made it clearer that though this life is a lot of fun, there’s a ton of hard work and frugality involved if you want to make it sustainable.

    There’s an infinite amount of ways to live your life, and that’s the beauty of it. My goals with my blog are to show people an alternate path. It’s definitely not for everybody! If anybody has any questions about how to get started traveling, working seasonal jobs, or being a total cheapskate — get at me! I’m always happy to chat.

  13. @RobertHanson Ever heard of authorized users? Also, what if she worked her @$$ off in college as to not have any student loans? She said ditch the 9-5 cubicle but she didn’t say stop working. There are lots of jobs that you can do remotely (such as blogging, programming, photography, etc)

    @SteveM Although that’s the path I’ve chosen, I completely agree with you. I wish I had the guts to do switch paths!

  14. Robert Hanson

    @Anon Yes, I have heard of “authorized users”. Are you aware that authorized users get zero sign up bonus miles/points? And that for anyone without lots of Corporate paid travel, and/or massive business spend, sign up bonus miles and points are going to pay for the bulk of their “free” travel?

    @Susan OK, thanks for the clarification. I was only partially right, in that you were extremely lucky to have had the bulk of your college expenses paid for you. And with that degree were able to get the teaching job in Korea, which paid far better than I would have ever imagined. It would have paid less than half that much if you only had a high school diploma.

    I must say, the entire attitude, not of ‘look what it’s possible to do if you work hard at it’, but of “don’t get stuck in a high paying corporate job”, was in fact off putting. If you are happy “working 60 hours/week at four different jobs, living in a 400 square foot apartment with three other people and two dogs, and sleeping with your boyfriend on a mattress in a living room”, then good for you.

    Many of us did that sort of thing to scrimp our way thru college. But I can tell you doing that as an post-grad adult, most of us would call living in squalor, and would want no part of it. Along with “travel” by staying in hostels, eating “street food”, taking “chicken buses”, and being “incredibly cheap”.

    Again, do what makes you happy. But I suggest you lose the attitude that living any other way makes one a chump. Only Steve M and Andrew are going to respond positively to that. And I can assure you that people who think “Societal norms are just crazy…” are not going to be the sort of clients you are looking for in an on-line business.

    If everyone “ditched the cubicle” there would be no banks to give out credit cards, no airlines, no schools to teach at, no buses to ride, no society in general. You do realize that “street food” in third world countries is sold from what is in effect an outdoor “cubicle”, probably run by people working 6 or 7 days a week, with no vacation time at all, right?

    Clearly you are highly intelligent, and extremely driven, so you will probably succeed in a digital business, and have no need of a good resume in the traditional sense. Most people are not like you, and following the “ditch the good paying job” advice will really screw up their lives. I’m guessing it’s going to work out just fine for you though. Best of Luck….

  15. @Robert Hanson Great points! “Do what makes you happy” is one of my rules to live by. I definitely don’t think that living a more traditional lifestyle makes you a chump — maybe I should make that more clear in the future. The majority of my friends and family do just that, and I have nothing but respect and love for them.

    I just want people who DO hate their job and/or lifestyle to realize that there are always other paths to take. And with a bit of hard work, I believe that everything works out in the end. I appreciate your insight and responses and hope you have a lovely weekend!

  16. Susan,

    Your responses have been incredibly professional, respectful, and full of grace. Your interview was incredible, however it is your demeanor in this comment section that is truly inspiring. I wouldn’t be so kind as to give the negatives responses the time of day. Keep up the great work with your travels and self-respect :)

  17. Susan, you go girl! I spent my 20′s & 30′s working whatever at home to save money to go backpacking and occasionally living overseas and I am now in my 50′s married, settled down and working lower paying jobs because I never had a career path while others my age are managers working 60 hour weeks. I have a lifetime of memories, they have a lifetime of migraines. I don’t regret a thing,………….and neither will you! PS: I’m still traveling, maybe a bit slower but traveling nonetheless!

  18. It seems pretty apparent that people are being defensive because they may have chosen a path and don’t wish to think they were wrong. It’s fairly childish to be blunt and pointing out her hardships is a cheap way of being a bully. Our society is sick with consumerism and pretty messed up with our values and integrity. I’m sure you can debate until you’re blue in the face but if more people in the world were like her and less corporate power hungry paper pushers, the world would be a better place.

  19. @Susan you rock! I loved reading your interview and responses to all the haters! What’s with all the vitriol, anyways?

  20. Susan, keep doing your thing! I enjoyed your interview and wish you the best. Don’t listen to the haters. :)

  21. Mieke Nicole

    Susan you are totally cool and adorable and the best travel blogger I have read on MMS! Please keep doing what you are doing, people are just jealous. Especially since you are obviously a strong, intelligent and beautiful young woman. You will never regret the amazing life you are living, you know this already, but you are doing what others only dream of– good for you!!

  22. Love, love, love your story! Very inspiring to see what you have accomplished. Probably my favorite on featured so far. This goes beyond what most of us do when earning and spending our points. You have really been able to incorporate it into your life. And very cool experience volunteering at that elementary school. Keep up the great work, the great travels, and keep us up-to-date! :)

  23. Robert Hanson

    It’s hardly “hate” to point out that “Ditch the cubicle! ” is an unworkable message for most people. Note that if we did all follow that message, society as we know it would come to a complete stop. Do you really want everyone at the reconsideration department to “ditch their cubicle”, so when you call to get your cc app approved no one answers the phone? Do you want everyone who works in a “cubicle” at your favorite airline to quit and go teach English in Korea, so when you get to the airport, there are no planes to take you where you wanted to go? Do you want everyone who works in a “cubicle” in management for your local supermarket chain to go work an “adventure” job, so when you show up to purchase groceries nothing is available?

    @ Mieke “you are doing what others only dream of” LOL! “working 60 hours/week at four different jobs, living in a 400 square foot apartment with three other people and two dogs, and sleeping with your boyfriend on a mattress in a living room, and traveling incredibly cheap” is not what I dream of. Unless you mean nightmares….

    Susan will make this work for her, only because her drive to succeed and willingness to work 60+ hours a week, will propel her into a digital business where she will make nearly as much money as if she were working in a cubicle. But for every 10 people who try this, 9 will crash and burn. Just sayin….

  24. Susan great interview. Robert Hanson great questions and responses.
    Susan, any links related to relocating overseas to teach? Thanks

  25. “Lose the attitude”-pot meet kettle.

    One does not need to validate their life choices by castigating someone else’s. Susan’s evident love for throwing herself into unusual experiences and not caring much about the othe noise the world surrounds us with is refreshing and inspiring. She’s a smart enough woman to know that she is not filling up her 401 (k) with these choices, and I bet smart enough to do that when the time comes around in her life.

    I recall a trip report from a popular blogger to one of the major tourist cities of the world. He had been comped a night at a hotel there in exchange for a review. He flew to the overseas city on a Friday, stayed at the hotel, walked around the city for a few hours on Saturday, spent the night at an airport hotel, then took a Sunday morning flight home. I thought to myself how sad that all the art, history, food and other greatness of that city went ignored while he sampled the offerings in the airport hotel lounge.

    Live true folks. It’s a damn short ride.

  26. THEFRUGALMOMPOINTSMILESHACKINGNEWBTRAVELER

    MMS, MAYBE YOU SHOULD INTERVIEW ROBERT HANSEN.

  27. SUSAN! Never change your attitude. Your approach to life is awesome and although I don’t know you, you might now be the happiest person I “know of”. Awesome POSSUM! Keep it up….and KEEP ON ROCKIN’!

  28. It doesn’t have to be one extreme or the other. Some people think either you a) travel the world all the time without having a career will result in minimal financial success in the long term or b) work a 9-5 and never travel until 65 because you are too busy working on your career.

    Life is a balance and you can do both. My wife and I both have 9-5 jobs and we usually take a 2-3 week international trip, Disney world and a few east coast trips in between. We also go to NYC on the weekends with the kids as well since its close. We are happy with our lifestyle because it works for us. We know that by the time we are 55, we will be in a good position to retire with our pensions, 401k plans, and rental income from our real estate.

  29. Totally back Hanson on this one.

  30. I think it’s time, D and E, to stop these interviews promoting fringe newcomers out to get their share of the referral pie.

  31. Robert Hanson

    Rob +1 The most reasonable and eloquent post here. If I’d known you were going to post that, I wouldn’t have had to comment at all.

    @Jack Thanks…

    @Dyhppy “One does not need to validate their life choices by castigating someone else’s”

    Exactly my point, by the way. Susan doesn’t just tell us how much fun she is having and share the great places she has been. On the contrary, she tells us all “you don’t need to work at a job you hate. Ditch the cubicle! ” Which is absolutely “castigating” other people’s life choices. Note that Susan is young, intelligent, pretty, educated, and has no family to take care of. Many hard working parents can’t even think of ditching that cubicle job because they need it to support their children, and perhaps aging parents too. Lots of people also take satisfaction in knowing the jobs they do help keep society functioning. And believe it or not, many people are working at careers they greatly enjoy.

    “if more people in the world were like her and less corporate power hungry paper pushers”, you would go to turn on your computer in the morning, and nothing would happen. Because the “corporate power hungry paper pushers” that keep your Internet service running would have ditched that cubicle job and taken off to see the world. Not that it would matter, because the cubicle workers who oversee the power grid would also be gone, so no electricity either. There is another word for what you call a “society sick with consumerism “, that word is the economy. Which without “consumerism” grinds to a halt.

    I find all the comments about “Societal norms are just crazy”, and a “society sick with consumerism” so ironic on this blog, which is devoted to First Class air travel, aspirational 5 star hotels, private airport lounges, and deluxe resorts with ocean view balconies and over-water bungalows. :D

    It’s pretty clear that people who don’t regularly read this blog, many of whom are in fact opposed to the very values this blog promotes, are being drawn here to defend Susan. But she doesn’t really need defending, she is a very intelligent and articulate woman who can defend herself.

    So if a “consumerist” society makes you feel “sick”, and you prefer doing your own thing on the whim of a moment instead of being tied down to a career, Susan has just the blog for you, and it’s really well done. Why not stick to her blog, you’ll be much happier there.

  32. Careful readers will note that I wrote that one does not need to validate their lives by tearing down others.

    I think Robert’s right. People who want to open their lives and perhaps their mind to new experiences can waste their time reading Susan’s blog. Those of us who know that what’s really important is finding some Vanilla Reloads will have the richness of life and spirit one gets from trolling CVS drug stores.

  33. Chico Escuela

    And the crowd at Shea Stadium has stood up and started chanting,”HANSON, HANSON, HANSON”

  34. there are mainly two types of blogs out there.. One that is miles & points (staying at starwood,hyatt,club carlson, marriott hotels) and the others are destination blogs (staying in hostels, eating street food) . which type should MMS be interviewing?

  35. Robert Hanson

    If MMS sticks to the miles, points, and aspirational travel, and Susan sticks to the hostel and street food style travel, and people figure out what they are interested in and go to the blog that suits their interests, everybody should be happy. :P

    Its when the street food people start posting here about “corporate power hungry paper pushers” {just try to say that 3 times in a row, really fast} :D that it gets a little weird. I wonder what the response would be if I posted on Susan’s blog about the Fidelity Brokerage 50K mile bonus for opening an account with $100,000 ?

    Of course, there will always be a few folks who are bi-blogal. But I’m sure neither Daraius nor Susan will mind, as long as commenters remember the nature of the blog they are reading, and don’t try to make either blog match the purpose of the other one.

  36. Robert Hanson

    @Daraius In line with my previous comment, when can we get an interview with Jamison @ Points Summary ? The beginning of his Shanghai trip report is awesome. And I added a new word to my vocabulary: laviator !

  37. @Robert – My Trip reports are coming slowly but surely.. I am working on 3 simultaneous trip reports at the moment. Thanks for reading!

  38. @RobertHanson I am aware that they don’t get any sign up bonuses. But if they don’t care about the bonuses (like my authorized user) and they use my cards for business travel and they get reimbursed all the expenses, it’s a win-win scenario.

  39. Great interview! Personally, I appreciate the variety you’ve been shooting for Darius.

    I get tired of so many points blogs focusing on 5-star hotel travel. I use points/miles to experience different cultures. I PREFER small, private apartments, street food and train travel when possible. There are many readers in the same position.

    Thanks, Susan, for adding your great perspective!

  40. Miles and points blogs and destination blogs are not mutually exclusive. Don’t confuse travel hacking blogs with miles and points blogs either as only a small percentage of people in the world have access to Vanilla Reloads and the like, however everyone has access to frequent flier programs. Many people would never get to their destinations if they didn’t have miles and points because they couldn’t afford the tickets. I also think the term “aspirational travel” is highly subjective. Not everyone “aspires” to the Hyatt Regency in Paris or the St Regis in Bora Bora. Susan knows what is right for her and she is following her dreams and is happy with her decisions. I don’t want to put words in her mouth, I don’t think she is advocating a mass walkout on people’s jobs. She is just encouraging people not to be afraid to follow their own dreams.

  41. Robert Hanson

    @ Anon “if they don’t care about the bonuses (like my authorized user) and they use my cards for business travel and they get reimbursed all the expenses, it’s a win-win scenario.”

    I guess that would be a win-win situation. Sadly, I have no reimbursed. or even non-reimbursed,
    “business travel” at all and all of my travel is based on CC spend. Or I should say mainly sign up bonuses. So all of my posts reflect that perspective. I care very much about the sign up bonuses.

    By the way, how could they “not care” about the 40K to 75K sign up bonuses they are not getting ? Assuming, of course, that they don’t spend say, $10 Million a year on ccs, in case I wouldn’t care about a “mere” 50K either ?

  42. Robert Hanson

    “I PREFER small, private apartments, street food and train travel when possible. There are many readers in the same position.” Ah, but Susan didn’t say she took the train, she said she takes the “chicken buses”.

    I too prefer private apartments, and train travel in Europe. I use a Eurail pass every time I go there. While I am quite careful about street food, I prefer not to take the train from the US to Europe, or even Asia. It just takes too long… :D

  43. Well susan has caused a stir thats for sure. Looks like she is having fun and enjoying the life she was given. I say be thankful and appreciate life however you chose to live it!

  44. @RobertHanson My AU can’t apply for new/good CCs due to bad credit.. otherwise I don’t think he’d be using mine lol

  45. Puget Sound

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  46. CHASE releases the new AARP CHASE credit card, can non aarp member apply for it?

  47. SUSAN: “The Emperor has no clothes”

    ROBERT HANSON: “My goodness look at that fine cloak. And those shoes! The Emperor looks lovely today.”

  48. Robert Hanson

    mulbry: meaningless mumblings, not worthy of a response…

  49. Clearly.. Robert Hanson is a corporate power hungry paper pusher that doesn’t appreciate Susan invalidating his career. Sure RH, her interview does have a hint of a condescending tone regarding office workers. But, she makes her thing work and I guess you make your work. No need for the negative criticism. You act like she had everything handed to her, but the reality is the only thing “handed” to her was her tuition. She:

    -Went to college, finished with a 3.8 ( no small feat)
    -Waited tables in college (again, not easy)
    -now works different jobs to support her hobby (not a handout, she is working)
    -Stays in unfavorable places like her 400sq ft place (which, office “pushers” would not stay in)

    So really, no handouts. She just takes a different approach from most people and makes it work. No hate needed.

  50. Robert Hanson

    Clearly: JTP doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    I have never worked for a corporation, nor in a cubicle. The “hatred” he sees is a projection of his own hatred of corporations. I’m not commenting anymore on this post, as I’m already guilt of feeding the anti-capitalist trolls drawn here to push their “progressive” agenda, with no interest at all in aspirational travel.

    I’ll leave them all to seethe in their anti-capitalist rage, while I get on with planning my next trip with nearly free International First Class flights, 5 star hotel rooms, and gourmet meals. Living Well is truly the best revenge. :D

  51. Clearly: Robert is offended by Susan’s post and others merely making observations of his comments.

    Not exactly “Revenge” when people reading these sort of blogs are doing exactly what you said you’d be doing to get “revenge.”

    Lighten up a little. Clearly you took offense to something here seeing that you’re constantly trying to defend your comments.

  52. Wow! I’m completely blown away by the responses to this interview. I never would’ve guessed that it could cause such a stir.

    First off, THANK YOU to everybody who’s read and commented. I wish I could respond to each of you, but suffice it to say that all of your comments touched me, motivated me, or made me think. It’s so cool that MMS has such an engaged and supportive community; you guys rock!

    I also want to apologize to anyone who felt that I was condescending towards people working in offices or leading more traditional lifestyles. That never has been, and never will be, my intention. (I should mention that I currently work as an office manager in Alaska!) Whether you enjoy raising labradoodles, running ski lifts, or sitting at a desk, it doesn’t matter. The important thing is to do what makes YOU happy. Happiness can come from your job, your relationships, your family, your hobbies, whatever. If you’re not happy with a part of your life, do something about it!

    I’m a huge supporter of recognizing your priorities in life and making choices based upon those priorities. Right now, my priorities are travel and adventures. I work these jobs and lead this lifestyle to support these priorities. My priorities will likely change over time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. The ONLY thing I’m urging you to do is to carefully assess your priorities, and then try to align them with your life.

    Why? Because life’s too short to be anything but happy.

    (Thanks again for all the wonderful insights, everybody! Please stop by my blog and keep in touch with me there. xoxo)

  53. Do your thing Susan, I enjoy your blog. Forget the haters and keep on travelling.

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  55. Hanson +3 JTP-0.

    There really aren’t haters on this topic. Susans rah rah way is not my way. I work a decent job and took 2 months paid vacations or used 2-4 month leaves of absences in my past. Always had my bills covered before I took off from the states. Sometimes worked jobs over seas and sometimes not. Wanted to enjoy the sights without constantly working or worrying about my next dollar.

    I am a 3rd shift joe who has enjoyed life and travel his way. Have never stayed in a 5 star hotel or traveled 1st class. Just stayed in places with basic good accommodation. I did scrimp by in college living like Susan——-but without chicken buses or big pets.

    I agree with Hanson on many points. 9 of 10 people will crash and burn doing things Susan’s way. Its not for everyone. Anyone wanting to try things Susan’s way should have a back up plan, in case things don’t work out.

    My niece does not know about Susan or her blog. She is in the Dominican Republic and trying to succeed like Susan. At last report she is living in squalor with almost no money. It appears mom will have to pay her way home back to the states within the month

    I see no problem with Susan being happy doing things her way. To be happy, you must succeed. Unless one has won the lottery,has a trust fund, good inheritance, the Susan way is not an easy road to travel happiness. Again one must have contingent plans in case matters don’t work out or one tires of 60 hr weeks with 4 jobs.

    All I say is this. Glad I did travel my way and feel happier for it to this day. It doesn’t make me “a hater” of Susan’s travel way.

  56. Just because you would crash and burn doing what she’s doing, you don’t have to come try and justify your way Roswell. She’s making it work, no need for you to come post a passive-negative response.

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