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Welcome to the second weekly wrap-up of 2020. Read my intro in the first one to see how these came about.
1. In the News
- The crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 is a terrible tragedy. May the 176 who lost their lives rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones. Learn more in this article in The Washington Post: Iran admits to downing airliner amid calls for justice, transparency
- CNN published its list of 20 best places to visit in 2020. While I consider myself an avid traveler, surprisingly, I have only been to one place on this list. Hence, I’ve added a few to my bucket list. Go to CNN Travel’s 20 best places to visit in 2020
- The Chase Sapphire Reserve travel credit card has been a favorite in the miles-and-points travel community because of its benefits. However, beginning on January 12, 2020, the annual fee increased substantially and the card dropped some of its benefits. For more details, read this article in Conde Nast Traveler: Chase Sapphire Reserve Changes: What Travelers Need To Know
2. Blog Post of the Week
I am an app junkie! I use a multitude of apps to help organize my travels. In addition, I have vowed to be more organized in 2020. That’s why I found the Fast Company article (January 11, 2020) linked below quite helpful. What was fascinating to me is that out of the five apps discussed, I had only heard of one -Thumbtack.
Clear out the clutter, make better use of your time, get your family on the same page, and more with these great organization apps.Fast Company
3. Twitter Activity
3.1 Twitter Chat
On January 7, 2020, I participated in the weekly #TRLT (The Road Less Travelled) Twitter chat – and answered four out of five questions.
Q1: What originally inspired you to travel? Share your story!
Q2: Share a photo and story that will inspire us to visit one of your favorite #TRLT destinations.
Q3: What recent travels have inspired you? Share your story and photo!
Q4: What place have you visited that inspired you to travel to another destination in that region? Inspire us with a photo!
3.2 Tweet of the Week
Do you agree with his statement?
4. Instagram Shout-out
This week’s Instagram shout-out goes to Noah Smith. His technique is amazing, and I always learn from him. Noah is very helpful and always willing to share tips. When I met him last June at a conference, I bombarded him with questions about his gear, and he was super helpful. This Instagram post of a waterfall in Linville, North Carolina, is one of my favorites in his collection. Go visit his IG page and show him some love.
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Hello everyone it feels good to be back!! I was super stoked to get home and see the pictures I took from a weekend trip to North Carolina. Then my computer crashed on me...which was out of the blue. I went out and bought a new laptop, and made the switch to Apple (it's been tough, still trying to learn haha). However, I was super fortunate enough to salvage most of my photos. Plus I bought and external hard drive so I wont have to worry about that scenario again. So next week I'll post on my normal days again, and THANK YOU to everyone who helped me and gave me advice. • • Also, does anyone else love capturing those smaller trail moments? It's not that main waterfall or that amazing view, but it's definitely awesome to take photos of those candid nature moments. A lot of people just hike the trail to get to the main attraction without being aware of the beauty along the way. Hope everyone has a great weekend and can go out and enjoy nature some more!!
5. Let’s Wrap it Up!
Let’s wrap it up with something I learned this week.
On his January 7 blog post, Michael McHugh of Points With Q focused on how to use the AwardHacker tool. This is a great tool for those who want to book award flights using miles or points but don’t know which one to redeem. While using this tool is straight forward, Michael provides step-by-step instructions. In addition, he discusses some of the limitations of the tool.
Read the article here: How to Use Award Hacker
So long, until next week!
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