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I'm a 37-year old Seattle girl who was bitten by the travel bug on my first tour of Europe in 2004. This personal blog follows my attempts to visit as many countries as I can, as often as my budget will allow. Since starting this blog in 2007, I've also worked as a freelance copywriter for an online travel publication. This only served to add even more must-see locations to my already extended list.
Follow me as I try to balance "real life" with exploring the world, all while trying to conquer a wickedly ironic case of homesickness.



27.11.08

My shameful confession

Since being bitten with a chronic case of wanderlust in 2004, I've attempted to get on a plane and explore the world as much as financially possible. However (and this is the embarrassing part) I only just now signed up for a proper miles-earning credit card.

I wasn't entirely foolish; Hubby and I do have little piddly mileage accounts at multiple airlines from our various flights on different airlines. However, that hopelessly slow accumulation doesn't really help one make even a single free flight, does it? What's worse, I didn't even earn the last three London flight miles from British Airways since I never changed my surname after getting married. Not that they would have given them to me anyway with the bargain price I was paying...but I digress.

Hubby and I finally signed up to stash away miles like mad people with the best option for Seattlites: the Alaska Airlines Visa Signature. Alaska is a major hub airline around here, but the most important part is their membership in the immense Oneworld Alliance. This means our miles are going to work on 17 different airlines, including all of the ones we currently have miles accrued on. Plus, their perks, including one free domestic ticket annually and a$50 companion fare, really do make it worth it.

It may be an idealistic pipe dream, but I'm going to beg them to let us mass-dump all of our miles into this one account. We're then going to use this card to pull all our monthly purchases through. Our apartment complex will even let us pay our monthly rent with it! Paying it off every month will accrue no interest and no additional debt, but the miles should hopefully start piling up big time. It's time for Da Man to start working for us a little.

26.11.08

I have trouble standing

Now, I'm familiar with the Thrill the World concept. We have quite a massive Seattle following. And I must say I'm in major support of anything that encourages spontaneous public dancing.

However, this is the first time I've seen these guys:



Why can't I ever get on this Tube car? All I ever get is the way-too-much-to-drink football fan whose team just won a match and he's decided to sing "God Save the Queen" at the top of his lungs in celebration. Just once, I'd love the good lookin' English bloke standing next to me in a suit jacket to break out in dance simply for my public transport entertainment. Heck, maybe I'll be that American tourist who gets up and starts dancing with them!

Okay, I won't. Because let's be honest here; I have been known, in all my clumsy glory, to have trouble simply remaining upright on a wobbly train.

Sobering day for tourism

Today's attacks in Mumbai make me exceptionally ill.

My prayers go out to India and all those affected by this completely senseless, disgusting act.

Keep traveling; we can't let them win.

4.11.08

Robin Larkins, the plot thickens

Since posting my frustrations with Robin Larkins of Real World Rental in London, I have discovered 4 other people who've been waiting for a promised refund of deposit from this company. One such person, let's call him Mr. T, took action and created a website using Mr. Larkins' name as the URL. This site contained warnings to others, records of inconsistencies during phone conversations and emails between himself and the company, and a place for others in the same situation to possibly build a big enough case for a lawsuit.

This site finally got Mr. Larkins' attention, and he called Mr. T directly.

Mr. T has since gotten his money back after a long phone conversation filled with additional inconsistencies. However, Mr. T was repaid, and that's what really matters. In response, Mr. T agreed to transfer the ownership of the website to Mr. Larkins, which is why that URL will now take you directly to the Real World Rentals website.

Hearing that Mr. Larkins was finally budging on his stubborn lack of response, I immediately gathered my information and set about contacting him myself. And guess what? No answer. Again. I find myself in the exact same situation as before. It has been nearly 2 days since he claimed to Mr. T to be addressing my situation immediately. Nothing.

I won't stop recording this information, Mr. Larkins. I'm aware that you now have direct links to this blog and I certainly hope you are reading them. I'm going to continue to warn people about you until my money is in my account.

You have expressed frustration regarding defamation of character, threatening a lawsuit against us. But our contracts, the contracts you sent us, said you'd return our money within two weeks; it's been 7 months and 2 weeks for me. I'd say that falls under breach of contract.

My next step is to contact my editorial journalist friends in London and the travel community.

Check your email, Mr. Larkins. You have my information.
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