In October of 2015, soon after our second anniversary, we quit our jobs in Denver to go see the world. We grew up together in small town Kansas but before getting married each took a turn at traveling and living abroad. In 2012 Beth went on the World Race, a Christian mission trip to 11 different countries in 11 months, and Caleb moved to Xian, China. We’ve been longing to travel full-time again ever since.
We discovered the world of miles and points travel (aka travel hacking) in January 2013. Thanks to the points we racked up through signing up for credit card offers, putting all of our expenses on our credit cards and taking advantage of various promotions and deals, we were able to take countless (almost) free vacations. Getting My Points High was started in March 2014 as a way to help our family and friends learn how to travel better and cheaper.
Now Getting My Points High will be the place we blog about our adventures on an around-the-world trip. We plan to visit 26 countries on 6 continents in 9 months, all on a budget of only $20,000, which is way less than our normal expenses in the U.S. Our goal is for our miles and points to cover all of our flights and accommodations. Our travel style is a bit unique. Thanks to our points we’ll be part-time luxury travelers, living it up in five-star hotels and drinking champagne in the front of the plane. But we’ll also be schlepping around our tents, taking overnight buses, eating street food, sleeping on the occasional couch and generally trying to travel as cheaply as possible. We anticipate most of our budget will go towards adventure travel—jumping out of planes, trekking Machu Pichu, rafting the Nile, a safari, road tripping New Zealand and South Africa, etc. We’ll try to be as transparent as possible about our budget so you can see how attainable it is to ditch the 9-5 and set off on your own gap year.
We are thrilled for the opportunity to spend two full months in Kampala, Uganda, serving an organization near to our hearts, Come Let’s Dance. We were connected to CLD through our local church and will be serving alongside some of our friends in February and March.
Thanks for following along during our journey around the world!