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Tomorrow, I’m flying AUS-DFW-KEF, with a looong layover in Dallas. Then flying to Iceland in a… coach middle seat on American Airlines. 😩
But it’ll be worth it, because shortly after, I’ll be off to Narsarsuaq, Greenland! I’ve wanted to travel to Greenland for so long. This really is a dream come true for me. And a huge bucket list item. ✔️
This time last year, I was in the Faroe Islands, and I tell ya, nothing compares to experiencing the Summer Solstice in 24 hours of constant sunlight.
Next year, I’d like to visit the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut – as I find myself drawn to increasingly far-flung places. And of course, I still need to get to Tierra del Fuego.
But I’m ahead of myself. Next up is Iceland and Greenland. I can’t forking wait!
I also have life updates to share.
Visit to Greenland 2019 + bric a brac
Over the past 6 months, I’ve had personal ups and downs. Breakups, malaise, and a general sense of needing to put myself back together.
While that last part is always a work in progress, I’ve made tremendous headway. So I’m excited to share I’ll be:
- Leaving Austin next month and will be back in Dallas full-time 🌵
- Starting a new job in mid-July, which will bolster my dreams of FIRE big time 🤑
- Thinking a lot more about investments/saving/personal finance 💰
- In a much better place mentally 🧘🏻♂️
And for my points news:
- I’m dumping the US Bank Altitude Reserve and downgrading my Chase Sapphire Reserve to a Freedom Unlimited
- Because I just upgraded to the Amex Hilton Aspireeee – learn more here
- Will be under 5/24 next month (!) and looking to get a couple new Chase cards (I’m thinking the Ink Business Preferred and maybe another Chase Sapphire Preferred)
- I’m moving away from Chase Ultimate Rewards points and getting more into Citi ThankYou points, but would still like to have a stash for emergency travel
- Thinking about getting another Citi card
- All airline loyalty programs are trash now
- Be a free agent, eff airline status, collect transferable points
- Hilton is still my #1 hotel program (with a little Hyatt thrown in for good measure)
Aaaand back to CDMX
Remember my (literally, ew) crappy trip to Mexico City back in November?
Well, I swore I’d go back and so I am. A week after I get back from Iceland/Greenland, I’ll be back in CDMX for Part 2. I couldn’t call what I experienced there a trip – aside from my trip to the pavement that kept me down the entire time.
I’ll be there with a couple of friends for five glorious daze. And honestly, I can’t freaking wait to be back in Mexico! 🇲🇽
The next few weeks will be a fun, busy time with:
- A couple of trips to Iceland/Greenland and Mexico City
- A moving truck or two
- One new card, and two closed ones
- The evolution of my credit card strategy
- Dipping under 5/24 for the first time in forever
- A brand new jobbbb
- My return to Dallas
- More travel meetups (join the Dallas group here!)
- A much-needed reset
I look forward to writing about travels, the new cards I’ll get, personal finance musings, tales from the cubicle, and the next trips I’ll take.
I’m in a good place after a long few months, and feeling optimistic and confident.
Thanks to everyone for sticking with me through this. Ready for many new chapters… finally!
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