I’ve always been fascinated with travel, and as my high school choral teacher once said, “Traveling is the best classroom.” It really is. You learn so much from traveling, and I think there are many young people out there that either don’t understand the benefit, or don’t understand how to do it on the cheap, because there are always budgetary concerns.
I’ve always loved to travel, and fortunately my parents fueled that passion. As a kid we used to take trips all around the US, taking advantage of my mom’s sabbatical time from work, and my dad’s flexible work schedule. We went to many cities, national parks, and explored the best the US had to offer. In high school, I went to Germany and the Czech Republic on a mileage ticket my dad got me…in first class. That’s when it began. That’s when I realized that traveling up front is the only way to go. 3 years later, I went to China, and I loved it. I loved the culture shock. I loved not knowing what the menu said, or what the “mystery meat” was. In college, I pre-scheduled my classes to allow for 4 day weekends where I would go home, or explore places I hadn’t seen before. The mileage game was addictive, and I learned quick that in order to make the most of this unique hobby, I’d either have to rob a bank, or accumulate enough miles and points to do it on the cheap. That’s why I love to do what I do, and share my knowledge and experience. While I do cover general information on miles and points and am happy to answer any questions, I have specific interests and research in Amtrak, and Kimpton Hotels, which are largely uncovered programs.
Let’s travel the world…in the forward cabin!
Jamie Larounis is an avid traveler and miles/points educator. Traveling well over 100,000 miles a year and staying in hotels for over 100 nights, he leverages miles, points and other deals to fly in first class cabins, and stay in 5-star hotels. His blog, The Forward Cabin, shares his experiences, musings, reviews, tips, tricks, resources and industry news with you, the fellow traveler. Today, in addition to writing The Forward Cabin, Jamie also supports the Frequent Traveler University, a Frequent Traveler Education Foundation project, as a member of their organizing staff where he’s spoken in-depth on the loyalty programs and operations of Amtrak, American Airlines and Kimpton Hotels. He’s an organizer with MegaDo, LLC and a business partner with the Travel Quality Awards. Among several media spotlights, he’s spoken at the New York Times Travel Show, been quoted in The New York Times and The Fiscal Times, been featured on CNN, written for InsideFlyer, Road Warrior Voices/USA Today, 1000TravelTips.com, the official content platform for the Travel and Adventure Shows, and makes regular guest appearances as a featured expert discussing the travel industry on FOX News.
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float; To gain all while you give; To roam the roads of lands remote; To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
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