Leana had a fun post about how much to tell your kids about “The Hobby”. I actually have the opposite problem with the Deal Kids, especially Deal Girl: she’s a blabbermouth and constantly gets me into awkward situations with all the “My Mom is The Deal Mommy and gets everything free” talk! It’s one reason I make sure to have a family dinner at #FT4RL. It’s the only time the Deal Kids will be in a room with other kids who have flown International First Class and who can knowledgeably compare Hyatt Club Lounges. As I’m sure many of you have learned- travel hacking can be a touchy subject.
One funny thing I’ve noticed over three FT4RLs- two of which have been local: none of my friends (as in IRL friends- I LOVE my Hobby friends! ) have ever bought a ticket. I’m not bringing this up to complain, rather to illustrate a stark divide I’ve noticed between those who have a passion for what we do and those who don’t.
Talking about travel has become uncomfortable in some of my social circles- almost like talking about how much you make or boxers vs. briefs. The part I find frustrating about the awkwardness is that how much we travel is not a result of HOW MUCH we make but of WHAT we do with the income we do have.
I also have to own up to my part of the problem: an inability to shut up if someone does ask “how do you do it?”. At least now I’ve learned to start with “Stop me when your eyes glaze over” or a similar warning, but I imagine some see me as they do a religious zealot asking if they’ve heard the Word. I’ve become an evangelist for The Hobby.
So I’m curious: how do you choose with whom to share your excitement about travel? Do you have “civilian” friends and family who really DO want to know or do their eyes dart furtively for the exits? Is sharing caring? Please share your thoughts in the comments- and share your travel hacking victories, too. This is a safe space.
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