The most heard excuse for those who do not travel abroad is money. If money is the only thing keeping you from the adventure of a lifetime then start making your dollars work for you.
Most everyone uses credit cards so why not use one that will help get you to your goal. There are several credit cards that reward you with frequent flyer miles for every dollar you spend. There are ample amounts of information and even sites that have done the homework for you. Choose a card that best suits you and use it to your travel advantage.
For those who travel often on business be sure to keep track of your miles. Any airline will give you those miles if the ticket is under your name. You would be amazed at how quickly those work miles add up to a free vacation. Most airlines also have affiliated partners. Make sure you collect all the miles coming to you.
Many airlines not only allow miles to be accrued by flying, but by hotel stays that are involved in the program, or by renting a car by participating companies and even eating in a restaurant enrolled in the system or using your frequent flyer credit card to pay. Your options are limitless.
The programs differ in the expiration of your miles. Some may expire after a fixed time. However, other programs will cancel your miles if the account remains inactive after a certain period of time.
There are stipulations and like most things in life there is truly nothing for free. Most Frequent Flyer programs have black out dates not permitted for frequent flyer travel. Sometimes there is limited seating and you can only fly on certain days. This is irrelevant however if you plan ahead and know your limitations before you book.
People living in Nashville are lucky. The BNA International Airport is small, convenient and accessible. Familiarize yourself with the airlines affiliated with the airport and pick a frequent flyer program that will accommodate accordingly.
Nashville is not a major hub so you will often fly to another city before getting to your final destination to save money. Do not regard this as a bad thing; rather take advantage of a free visit to a city you may not have otherwise gone to and watch the miles accumulate. Long layovers are a perfect opportunity to explore. All airports have information booths on how to go to the places of interests via economical and efficient ground transportation. Why not use it instead of sitting around in the airport waiting on your next flight?
You will be well on your way to a free trip in no time. The more places you see the more free flights that become available. Stay active and see the world even if it is a weekend flight to Las Vegas or a quick flight to see family. Those cheaper flights add up to a free ticket for the more costly trips.
Where there is a will there is a way. You have to be a person excited about travel and eager to learn and see new things. If you are willing to take a step on a limb and trust your knowledge to get you safely back home then soon those opportunities begin knocking at your door. The only way to trust yourself is to be prepared for anything.
Traveling does not have to cost an arm and a leg. All you need is a resourceful curious heart willing to make a few sacrifices.
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