It’s Nice to Be Still

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Wahclella Falls – Oregon USA

Wow! Jaden has been gone for 2 weeks now. He’s having a great time in Oklahoma with the family. I’m so glad he has a strong sense of family and enjoys his time there.

I personally have enjoyed being back home in Doha. I feel like I’ve been going non stop since June. I look back over the last couple of months and can’t believe the amount of travel I’ve done. It was fun yet exhausting. Being home is good. I’ve managed to have a few home cooked meals, catch up on a book I should have finished on my first trip (The Invention of Wings), and spend some time with friends.

Thinking about what I wanted to share in this blog, I thought I’d share a few travel related things that some may find helpful. While living in the US, I did some traveling and living abroad has allowed me to travel in a way that’s nearly impossible while living in the states. I’ve learned quite a bit over the last year so this post is really for those who are less traveled than me 🙂

  • Learn to Pack Light – I’ve always taken pride in the fact that I can pack light. The fact that I took a large suitcase to the US in June annoyed me but I had gifts to deliver. I shopped a little while I was there and I had to buy another bag. Ugh! Since moving to Doha, packing light has become a bit of an obsession. Jaden probably thought I was crazy but he did learn some things about packing. We managed to share one bag when we went to Budapest. Then I discovered packing cubes through the amazing tribe members of @NomadnessTribe. All I can say is #packingcubes changed my life. I bought the Eagle Creek brand (@eaglecreekgear) and my new goal is to only carry on a 15.6 inch laptop bag. I managed to use this bag for an entire week in Rome. Packing cubes are essential for travel. Check them out!
  • Get a Credit Card with Great Travel Benefits – Now I don’t condone just racking up credit cards for the sake of it. If you have good credit and are disciplined enough to use your credit card for everything and pay it off each month, you can certainly benefit from a card with great travel rewards. I recently learned about the @Chase Sapphire card. WOW! This too has become a bit of an obsession. Watching points accumulate is fascinating. Some of the benefits include: double points on dining out and travel (including taxi rides and I take a taxi to and from work each day), triple points when you book travel through their site, & no foreign transactions fees + so much more! My next trip, I should be able to use points for my airfare. Now, I’ve had other cards with travel rewards but none accumulate as quickly as the #ChaseSapphire. It’s amazing!
  • Get to Know Airport Lounges – Check with your credit card companies and/or banks. You may have free access to airport lounges. (I believe I mentioned this in a previous post) Most lounges offer free food, drinks (alcoholic too), and Wi-Fi. If you have a considerable layover, it’s worth checking out a lounge. If you don’t have free access, you can pay a small fee to gain access.
  • Apple TV – Yeah, I’m a little late with the #AppleTV. Although I got it in February, it was only recently I discovered what all it can do. There are some limitation because I’m in a different country but it’s wonderful. Watching a little TV has been quite entertaining.
  • Connect with Other Who Love to Travel – In the professional work, we value networking. The same is true for those who love travel or are well traveled. Find a network and link in. It’ll make your travel experiences so much richer.

It’s been an exciting year and I am going to enjoy the next four weeks. I am going to be still and enjoy it. Then in September, on to Thailand…

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