The Obsessed Family Traveler and Aviation Nut: Meet Team Member Jasmin

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The Obsessed Family Traveler and Aviation Nut:  Meet Team Member Jasmin

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Hi, I’m Jasmin.  And I’m a bit of an aviation nerd. 🙂

I had the tremendous good fortune of growing up in Canada with parents who worked for the airlines.  Wanderlust was instilled in my psyche from a very early age – and once travel gets into your blood, you’re hooked for life.

In college, I took a part-time job working as an airline customer service agent, and one of the best perks was nearly-free standby tickets.  I did some crazy things, like spontaneously hopping on an airplane with my co-workers and flying down to Cancun – for the night.

I hung on to that job well beyond college.  But in the meantime, airplanes and travel grew into a personal obsession.  I loved flying so much, I became a pilot myself.  Before joining the Million Mile Secrets team, I worked as a flight instructor and taught students how to fly for ~18 years.

The Obsessed Family Traveler And Aviation Nut Meet Team Member Jasmin
Cathay Pacific Business Class Is as Civilized as It Looks! Here’s My Daughter and Me in Our Lie-Flat Seats Between Vancouver, Canada, and New York

Now I’m a single mom to 3 terrific kids, who keep me on my toes and love to travel as much as I do.  Miles and points have made it possible for us to travel around the globe for a fraction of the price.

Without this hobby, we couldn’t have afforded trips all over the US and Canada, and to spots like the Philippines, Germany, France, UK, Czech Republic, and more.

My travel style mostly revolves around my children, because I believe travel is by far the best education for kids.  We’ve stayed in 5-star hotels and flown international Business Class.  But the kids are just as happy sleeping on an air mattress or taking Amtrak for a weekend getaway.

We’ve celebrated my son’s 2nd birthday in Prague, visited the magnificent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, and made multiple trips to Florida to enjoy Disney and Universal Studios.  None of these trips cost even close to full price, thanks to miles and points!

The Obsessed Family Traveler And Aviation Nut Meet Team Member Jasmin
At the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, Female Tourists Are Given Abaya (a Loose, Hooded Cloak) to Cover up With Before They Can Enter

I get the greatest joy from experiencing travel through my kids’ eyes.  They’re fearless and open-minded, and are eager to dive into new cultures, foods, and friendships.  My favorite memories are the trips that took us off the beaten path, like Holguin, Cuba, or Palawan, Philippines.

It’s important to me that the kids know we’re very fortunate.  We’re not wealthy people by any means, but we’ve struck it rich with miles and points.  I’m so grateful for the opportunities this hobby has given us and the doors that it has opened.

The kids have realized many aren’t as lucky as they are.  And they’ve also learned the importance of giving back when you can.

The Obsessed Family Traveler And Aviation Nut Meet Team Member Jasmin
My Daughter Helping Serve Meals at a Mission for Indigenous Aeta People in Pampanga, Philippines

But it’s not always about the kids.  I’ve also used miles and points for trips I couldn’t have paid cash for, like a short hop over to Berlin for my buddy’s 40th birthday party or a week in Kauai for a friend’s wedding.  Not quite as wacky as jetting off to Mexico for the night, but still pretty cool!

I’m so thankful for Million Mile Secrets.  It was here I learned the ropes of award travel and how to make the most of credit card sign-up bonuses and spending to achieve my dreams.  Now I’m truly blessed to work with an amazing team of folks who love to geek out over travel as much as I do.  🙂

But when I’m not planning a trip or coming up with creative ways to earn more miles and points, you’ll usually find me hauling the kids around to lacrosse games, tinkering with new recipes in the kitchen, or playing trivia at the local pub with my bestie.  And I love 80s music and all things retro.

Fun fact:   Friends and family joke that I’m a “famous people magnet” when I travel.  A few examples:  I’ve sat across from Pet Shop Boys at a restaurant in Finland, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the lead singer of Glass Tiger at a baggage carousel in Puerto Rico, and sunbathed by the pool next to Rod Stewart in Brazil.  And when I was little, I sat next to Colonel Sanders in First Class on a flight to Chicago and met The Captain and Tenille at a resort in Hawaii.  🙂

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I enjoyed your post about the comments from family and friends about your first class travel lifestyle. My husband is a school psychologist so I sent it to him so we could talk about it. Since he works for the public school system, his colleagues assume that he gets to travel (Australia, Mexico, chicago and indianapolis since December) because he “married well”. If “well” means that his wife is obsessive about points then yes, because yes, we make a good salary together but we travel on miles on points!!!! The most recent colleague response to him when my husband was specifically asked where he was going over spring break was “ that’s nice, I might get to go to Florida to watch my grandkids when my son and his family go to Disneyland”. It broke my heart to hear this response. I told him to just respond when specifically asked “ you don’t want to know,” I married up and smile. 🙂

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Hi Rnc – Thanks for commenting! Got a chuckle out of the “married well” angle. I’m curious what your hubby’s thoughts were from a child/school psychologist angle?

Sorry for delay. like most things, only share with people who will be happy to hear your news. Let the kids know that it’s fine to be excited about trips but it makes some people feel bad about the fact that their family can’t or doesn’t do the same for whatever reason. Even friends might feel felt out and respond unkindly. It’s not about the kid who traveled, it’s a reflection of the insecurity/wishes of the kid who didn’t travel and it comes out mean but what it really is is a bit of hurt and feeling left out (FOMO). So kid should be excited and shouldn’t lie but shouldn’t tell all the fabulous details as it makes others feel bad about their own lives. Some people will be happy for you; some people will be jealous of you. that’s life. Try to figure out who is who. As for being “rich” because travel, you said it, not rich but different priorities so rich in adventures. Your family prioritizes travel and hustles to make it happen. Nothing wrong with working hard/ harder than the next person to achieve your prioritities. That’s how life works and there will always be people who wish they could, and actually could but don’t prioritize whatever and don’t do what’s needed to make it happen even though you do. But no one wins if you make someone else feel bad about their choices.

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Thanks Rnc. That all makes total sense and I ran it by the kids … we had a good chat about it. I appreciate you writing back!