Category Archives: Philosophy

Daraius’ Diary: The Truth About Strangers

Daraius:  We’ve got a great team at Million Mile Secrets helping with posts.  But I miss writing as much as I did in the old days!  So here I am writing about stuff that I really care about (and which isn’t all miles-and-points related).

“That best portion of a good man’s life; His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.” – William Wordsworth

I don’t like stereotyping people.  At least that’s what I tell myself.  After all, I feel uncomfortable, sad, and mad when folks – sometimes – make assumptions about me based on my darker skin or accent.

Iceland Stereotype

Hello Stranger!

And if there’s one thing I believe very, very strongly, it’s that people are the same the world over.  Sure, we may look different, and talk differently and eat differently and follow different religions.

But beneath the surface, we’re all human beings with the same human needs.  We all want to love and be loved, to be accepted, to care for our families, to dream, to celebrate, to have fun and laugh, to be respected and understood.  And be true to ourselves.


So I’m very embarrassed to say…

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Become a Hero on Your Trip to Hawaii!

Are you planning a trip to Hawaii?

Via, Mommy Points, The Kauai Humane Society needs your help.

Even if you are NOT interested in adopting a dog, you can help save a dog’s life without paying a dime!

If you’re flying on Alaska Airlines and returning non-stop to 1 of these West Coast cities:

  • Oakland
  • Portland
  • San Diego
  • Seattle

You can help the Kauai Humane Society shuttle a dog from Kauai to the mainland where the dog has a much better chance of being adopted.

It’s easy and free!

Become A Hero On Your Trip To Hawaii

You Could Save the Day for Dogs Who Need a Home and It Won’t Cost You a Dime!

So how can you help?

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Celebrity Chefs in Your Home: Other Ways to Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

Update:  The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point offer is no longer available, but check Hot Deals for the latest offers!

I like to take flights (sometimes international First Class and sometimes coach) and stay at hotels by transferring my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to partner airlines and hotels.

But YOU might enjoy different ways to use your points!

So I looked into using Chase Ultimate Rewards points for interesting travel experiences.

Celebrity Chefs In Your Home Other Ways To Use Chase Ultimate Rewards Points

“Fighter Pilot for a Day” Is 1 of Many Chase Ultimate Rewards Experiences

But are these adventures a good deal?

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Make Us Pay for Kids’ School Supplies!

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Emily:  I’ll never forget the first time I traveled outside the US, and went to a small, poor town in Mexico with an organization similar to Habitat for Humanity.  Entire families lived in shacks the size of a small bedroom and were very poor, but all of them were so kind and generous, despite not having much.

I believe in the power of education because it brought my mom out of poverty and gave her the ability to achieve a middle class life.  Providing kids an education will greatly help their future, their families’ future, and the communities’ future.

I previously wrote about our efforts to raise money to help Casa de Orientación y Desarrollo Real (CODR) provide school supplies to children in the Dominican Republic.

So far $435 has been raised!  Thanks to everyone who has donated!

Link:   Make a Donation

CODR’s goal is to reach $10,000, so they can help 500 children attend school with all the tools they need.  To help out we will match your donation up to $2,000!

Dont Lose Your Chance To Make Us Pay

Donate to Help 500 Children and We Will Match Your Donation!

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Because Every Child Deserves an Education: Basic School Supplies Fundraiser

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Emily: Last year, my friend Kristen and I used our miles and points for a girls’ getaway to the Dominican Republic.  We had a fabulous time and stayed in Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro.

Because Every Child Deserves An Education Basic School Supplies Fundraiser

Kristen and Emily On Their Way to Bayahibe

Every Child Deserves an Education

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