After an unexpectedly long hiatus (over a month!) I’m back writing Traveling For Miles and getting back into the swing of checking an inordinate number of travel sites and travel feeds every day to keep up with what’s going on in the travel world.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in to see if TFM was coming back and if all was ok – yes and yes are the answers there – and thanks to everyone who sent in bit and pieces of news as airlines announced mergers (Alaska and Virgin America) and as hotel chains announced surprisingly uninspiring promotions while I was away (Starwood).
What I’ve been doing
At the beginning of April Joanna and I took a well deserved vacation to Bora Bora (contrary to popular belief the travel I do for TFM is anything but a vacation!) where we stayed at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort Thalasso Spa courtesy of a large bank of IHG points. This was the first time either of us had stayed in an overwater bungalow and it definitely lived up to (and probably exceeded) expectations. Over the next few weeks I’ll be running a series of posts reviewing various aspects of our trip including Air Tahiti Nui Business Class, Air Tahiti (intra-island) economy class and, of course, the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort itself.
I’ll also be posing details of how I went about booking the trip, how many miles & points it cost, where those miles and points came from and, probably most importantly, how much actual cash was used to book the flights and accommodation.
For a lot of the rest of the time that TFM has been in hibernation I’ve been away from home working on another project that took up an unexpected amount of my time. I’ve been overseeing the rebuilding/renovating of a property I have in the Mediterranean and, because the property is in the middle of nowhere, it doesn’t have access to the electronic wizardry that so many of us take for granted – like the internet or a working phone line. This was quite challenging at first but I actually grew to like it and I found myself pleasantly surprised at how relaxing it is to be 100% switched off from the hectic world around us.
Now that I’m back in the modern world again I’m rapidly catching up with the news and emails I missed during my time away. TFM will be getting back to a regular posting routine as quickly as I can manage so you should expect normal service to be resumed very soon.