Why We Travel and Giving Back

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“You… you said… what’d you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of traveling. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they’re so old and broken down that they…”

Okay, yes, I modified that quote from “It’s A Wonderful Life” a little bit (it was “own a decent home”), but it’s why we travel when and how we do. One time when I wasn’t sure if we should take a trip to visit my cousin in Germany because of work my husband asked me, which decision do you think you’ll regret 20 years from now? Point taken. A few years ago my mother-in-law mentioned to my husband how she always wanted to go to Israel. My husband took her on a trip there a year-and-a-half later.

We know we are not guaranteed 10 years from now, 10 months from now, or even 10 days from now. Life is change, it can happen in an instant, and you never know what’s coming next.

My friend’s husband has been battling brain cancer for several years. They are trying to remain optimistic but he is not responding to treatment like he was before. My friend knows we travel a lot and she wanted my advice on a trip their family wanted to do. They (obviously) want to do this sooner rather than later. She told me her plan and her budget, and I knew that even with finding the best deals possible they couldn’t pull this off with the budget they have in mind. They have two kids and I knew, especially given everything they have going on, signing up for credit cards to accumulate miles and points wasn’t a good option for them either.

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After talking about this with my husband, we discussed it with some mutual friends (who also travel a lot) and came up with the idea of doing a gofundme page for this family. We want them to be able and go on that trip they always said they were going to do “someday”. We want to raise enough money where they can go when it best fits their schedule in between work, school, and cancer treatments, without worrying about the cost.

We’re trying to raise $10,000 for them. Right now we are at just above $6,200. If anyone is interested in reading more about them or donating for their “trip-of-a-lifetime” you can go to this link:


Thank you. 🙂


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Tiff's first big vacation was a Caribbean cruise when she was six. She first started getting interested in deals when her husband showed her the tricks to getting bought off your flights back in the late 90s. She started flying nonrev when they got married; the first unusual nonrev she did was in '05 when her family flew through San Juan to get to Dallas from Philly. They have two boys, ages 11 and 7, who she usually drags along on their travels and hopes they will grow up to love traveling as much as she does.

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