Compression socks giveaway: And the winner is…

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We had an overwhelming response to our first-ever giveaway! So, we couldn’t bring ourselves to have just one winner. We have randomly selected THREE new subscribers to receive a pair of Coolover compression socks!

If you missed our article about wellness on long-haul flights (and why you might want to own these compression socks), you can check it out here.

The winners of our Coolover compression sock giveaway can choose between black, light blue, lime green, orange, or white
Our winners will have to choose between practical neutral and bright fun colors!

The winners are…

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WIN A FREE MILES MAKEOVER

In addition to our current giveaway offer, The Trip Takes Us has an exciting new contest. As announced on the We Travel There podcast, you can now enter to win a free Miles Makeover that will teach you the tips and tricks you need to fly for FREE.

Kathy and Jim from The Trip Takes Us dance on the beach in Kauai. The Miles Makeover can help you get to YOUR dream destination.
The question we receive most often from readers is, “How do you travel so much?” We’ll teach you!

Kathy Forest, from TheTripTakesUs.com, will meet with you for a one-hour Miles Makeover session to customize a plan for you to be able fly for FREE to your dream destination. She will give you all the tips and tricks you need to make this happen (and don’t worry, you don’t even need to step foot on a plane to earn free travel). 

Whether you are looking to go to Orlando or Oman, Montreal or Mumbai, Kathy can help you make it happen. 

With your Miles Makeover, will you choose to take in this panoramic view of tranquil Hanalei Bay on Kauai.
Start dreaming!

To enter, send an email by Wednesday, July 17, 2019 to kathy@thetriptakesus.com and tell us where you dream about traveling for free.

Consultations will be done via FaceTime/Skype. The miles and points landscape varies significantly from country to country, so these sessions are designed for a U.S.-based audience. 

Our wonderful Canadian peeps can learn more about miles and points in the True North at Ricky Zhang’s site PrinceofTravel.com. UK-based? They have you covered over at the TPG UK site

We can’t wait to hear where YOU will go with your Miles Makeover.

Tips for Surviving a Long Flight

In just over a month, we are off to Sydney, Australia (from Washington, D.C.). The question has crossed my mind more than once, “How are we going to survive the trip?” Long-haul flights can take a real toll on your body and mind. Here’s my plan for surviving our 20+ hours in the air:

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Want to staying well while traveling halfway around the globe (or even across the country)?
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Earn Points and Miles with Lyft

Did you know that you can earn points and miles every time use the ridesharing service Lyft?

It couldn’t be easier to be on your way towards free travel. We will show you how.

Rideshare service driver transporting passengers to the airport
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 
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Having a Travel Goal or List

The opposite of a great truth is also true.”  — Gretchen Rubin

Last week, I talked about the pitfalls of competitive travel and letting your travel decisions be driven by a checklist, selecting destinations you aren’t passionate about simply to say you have been there. I still believe everything I said there is true. Except when it isn’t. (See that? “The opposite of a great truth is also true.”)

Let’s look at why having a travel goal or list can be useful!

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Image by TeroVesalainen from Pixabay
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How Many Countries Have You Been to? And Does It Even Matter?

In the world of travel, there is a relatively small group of competitive travelers seeking to set records. Who can beat out the youngest person to have visited every country in the world? Who will be the first African American solo female traveler to do so? The joy seems to lie in collecting the passport stamp and checking another country off their list.

What does their influence mean for the rest of us? Does it even matter how many countries you visit?

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Image by Stefan Schweihofer from Pixabay.

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Air Travel & Service Animals

Warning: This post contains adorable puppy photos!

We here at The Trip Takes Us love all things travel-related, so we recently accompanied a service dog in training on a familiarization trip to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) for his first exposure to all the craziness an airport has to offer.

Come meet Hero Dogs Captain as he explores this new environment and find out what  we learned!

Hero Dogs Captain posting in front of photo of the U.S. Capitol
Hero Dogs Captain reporting for duty at DCA

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Never Lose Your Hard-Earned Points Again!

How to Prevent Your Frequent Flier Miles from Expiring (Without Setting Foot on a Plane)

One common complaint about frequent flier miles is that, if you do not fly enough, they can expire before you have the opportunity to redeem them. It is indeed frustrating to diligently credit flights to your account only to find that, after a certain period of inactivity, those miles have disappeared.

Here are easy ways to not only prevent miles from expiring, but also to earn a few extra in the process. If you protect your points, soon you could be sitting pretty here!

Maui beach seen from water
A Maui cove is a great spot for some snorkeling. What’s your dream destination?

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