I’m new here so please consider this an introduction to the blog and to me.
Today is my second day on BoardingArea’s Prior2Boarding network and I’m super excited but trying to baby-step into everything, and there is so much to absorb. I’m honored to be here and look forward to interacting with everyone and getting started on this new crazy ride I find myself taking.
My name is Harlan, and I love to travel. It’s my biggest passion. I’m originally from Mississippi, but found myself sucked into New York at a certain point and now I’m here.
I work in real estate in Manhattan. My favorite places to visit are typically cold places: Iceland, Alaska, Canada are all in my Top 10. But I love South America and Hawaii and lots of other places, too.
I live with my boyfriend and dog in Brooklyn and love my little neighborhood here. It’s an old Italian neighborhood where people still have thick Brooklyn accents and I love coming back to here each evening.
My travel style and award redemptions are very mix-and-match. I like to earn lots of different types of points and use them all to cobble together my trips. Which is another thing: most of my trips tend to start and end in NYC. I prefer JFK, then LGA, then EWR. And my manufactured spend happens here.
In the past, I’ve done marketing and communications, and some public relations, but now I’m mostly doing real estate and, as it happens, blogging.
Connecting with people is what I live for, so always feel free to comment here or to shoot me an email. I love interacting with you guys.
About the blog
Out and Out started in 2013 as an outlet/aside for myself while I worked a 9-5 corporate office job. It was originally intended as an addendum to the other (mostly BoardingArea) blogs, and to this day, I don’t consider myself much of a “news breaker.” I focus on describing how I earn my points, how I redeem them, and impressions of the places I go, with the oddball post thrown in here and there. I don’t know a ton about aircraft or the multitude of premium cabin products, but try to add value where I can. I’m also still learning and like to share what I find.
The wonderful thing about travel, points, and miles is how extremely customizable everything is, and I enjoy reading about how other people put together all the pieces. Out and Out is where I talk about my process, and where I come to express my love and appreciation for the miracle of air travel.
Here are my Top 10 posts from this past year, which is a great place to start and gives an overview of the topics I like to write about it. If you like them, there are a few ways to keep up with the blog:
I always like to have a “bottom line.” The one today is simply that I’m happy to be here.
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