5 Things I’m Thankful For

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5 Things I’m Thankful For

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I’m incredibly, incredibly fortunate.

Emily & Daraius in Portugal
Emily & Daraius in Portugal

Not a day goes by, when I realize how lucky I am, and as I get older I find myself asking more often, “why me?”  I’m lucky to have a great partner (that’s you, Emily!), a great hobby, great parents, great readers, and a lot of other great things.

Here are the top 5 things I’m grateful for in 2011:

1.   Emily said yes.  She’s the most hard working, kindest, sweetest, prettiest, gentlest, and smartest girl I’ve met.  Miles and points let me ask her to be mine in a very special way.

2.   Blog readers.  Seriously, I’ve got the best blog readers.  I love the community which we’ve built at Million Mile Secrets where we help each other out and share tips and tricks.  Emily and I would love to meet each one of you to personally thank you for reading and supporting the blog.  You guys are terrific, and I will always put your interests ahead of mine!

3.   Our hobby.  There is absolutely no way that a couple with enough student loans to buy a small house should be traveling as much as we do!  From having the Iguaçu Falls to ourselves, to traveling in a private suite on Jet Airways to Emily’s surprise getaway in Miami to lots of other trips to visit family and friends which miles and points have made possible.

We’ve earned over 1 million miles and points this year and traveled to places we never thought possible.  When I look at the map in my study, I’m lucky enough to be able to go anywhere I want.  I just don’t have the time off to do it!  Yes, it really is possible to travel for close to free, and I love replying to emails from readers who are just starting off in the hobby.

4.  My parents.  As I grow older, I realize how much my parents sacrificed for me.  And what an ungrateful little brat I was (am?) at times.  Thank you dad and mom!

5.   A job.  Times may be tough, but I’ll never starve, always have a warm place to stay and never have to worry about not being able to provide for my family.

Here’s hoping that you are taking it easy this week and spending lots of quality time with friends and family.  The miles and points deals will still be there when you return so take some time off and enjoy the time with others.  We sometimes get too worked up when things don’t go our way, but we forget the times when they did work out.

Let’s spend today being thankful for all the times when it did work out!

And thanks for reading the blog over the last 6 months.

Happy THanksgiving!

Daraius & Emily

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A toast to a truly trustworthy miles/points blog, with no self serving agenda! I am truly thankful to have found this selfless, clearly written blog, and trust your advice wholeheartedly. THANK YOU SO MUCH, DARIUS AND EMILY!!

both you and your wife/girlfreind EMILY look nice together,

my question is, do you travel ALL THE TIME?

You are posting pics of your travel at so many countries!

You are very welcome Daraius … which hotels did you end up staying at in Thailand … a trip report, if you will! Thanks.

What a great post — lovely sentiments. Enjoy your blessings!

I enjoy your blog so much. Have a great Thanksgiving Daraius and Emily! 🙂

Million Mile Secrets

@alohastephen – Looking forward to meeting you too!

– Hope you and your wife had a happy Thanksgiving too!

@Steve Schwartz – You can thank Emily for keeping me smiling. 🙂 I’m lucky to have you read and comment on the blog and will try to be as informative as possible.

@IPBrian – Thanks, and hope you and the family had a happy Thanksgiving too!

@Kalboz – Thanks for your kind words! I love seeing your Thailand pictures on flickr – it helped me select a hotel for our trip!

@Jason – Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thanks for the clip – it was shot at the Chicago seminars in October where over 500 miles and point collectors and bloggers met!

– Thanks, but stop making me blush! You’re spot-on – that picture was taken on the wall of St. George Castle!

@Jeff and Jo – Wow – that’s quick! You guys were already discussing credit cards on the 3rd date?! I agree with you that you should be able to have your good credit and reputation pay off. Thanks for that detailed note and I loved the 2-card-play with the Capital One card for the taxes and the BA card for the flight. You really did get 2 free flights! I also agree that it is better to spend the miles and points than to hoard them. You don’t know when the next big devaluation will be.

– Thanks for your kind words! I’m considering putting credit card links, but want to do it in the best possible manner. There are lots of conflicts of interests with putting credit card referrals and I’m working on a way to help mitigate that. Thanks for your support!

@sarvi – Thanks for your kind words and looking forward to meeting you too! Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving as well.

@Jana – I’m very happy to know that you’ll be able to spend more time with your son in college. That’s what mile and point collecting is all about!

@toomanybooks – You nailed it too!

@Jenny – Thanks, Jenny and hope you had a great Thanksgiving too!

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