Sounds of Travel

I know you’ve been going through some things
I know you don’t even love the same, do ya?
I know you’ve been running on empty, running on empty
The way you move it’s like you could use a vacation

I Know (Big Sean and Jhene Aiko)

These lyrics instantly take me into vacation mode. My mind instantly relaxes. Big Sean and Jhene Aiko verbalize and understand the stress I experience daily. They verbalize my body and mind’s need to break from my norm and jump into my fantasy vacation.

Usually, Sean and Jhene sing to me on the runway as the plane begins to take off. Then Erykah Badu takes over with her melodic rhythm and voice as Window Seat plays through my ears and I gaze out of the window leaving Atlanta behind…for now.

When I am on my plane for a while, taking an early or late flight my six-hour Jazz Chill Playlists by Apple Music will lull me to sleep. This playlist reduces all anxiety especially because I tend to get anxious on flights over three hours or over water.

When the plane lands I usually switch to the music that will set the tone for the trip. When I landed in London my favorite band Queen took the stage in my cerebral concert, rightfully so. They sang Don’t Stop Me Now to remind me of my bravery and excitement to step foot on land that I only saw on television.

On my way to the Louvre in Paris, tears fell from my eyes. I was consumed with gratitude, disbelief, and awe! My entire life, I could only dream and read about the most elite art museum in all of the world and I was finally there! I finally made it. Beyonce and Jay-Z’s Apeshit was the soundtrack to my arrival to the Lurve. As I stared at the iconic pyramid in the courtyard of the former palace now a museum the lyric ” I can’t believe we made it” echoed through my ears and my spirit.

This is what it’s all about people. Music is the soundtrack to life. It is the soundtrack to my travel. When I am back home in Atlanta and lusting over new destinations I turn on the variety of songs that guided me through previous travels. I take a mental break from the stress of the job, the mundane routine in my life, and anxiety through the lyrics of artists who seem to understand me.

Which musical artists produce the sounds for your adventures?

Musical travel essentials

Travel for FREE-ish by Using Your SkyMiles!

San Juan, Toronto, London, Madrid, Paris.

The Delta SkyMiles credit card by American Express helped me to travel to those cities. I got the Gold Delta SkyMiles credit card in 2016. I got it because I was changing jobs and needed a card to pay for my hotels, Lyft rides, and food. Since then I have earned quite a few miles. The SkyMiles that I have earned added to my personal travel goals and benefitted my family. Read more to learn how you can benefit from SkyMiles!

  • Build Credit

This is America (Childish Gambino voice) don’t catch you slippin’ up with your credit! Credit rules in this country and you need it to make major purchases in your life such as a house, car, or whatever high-ticket items that are required for living. The Delta SkyMiles card can help you build that credit so long as you are responsible.

A good rule to follow is only to spend on your credit card what is in your bank account. If you have $50 to spend on dinner instead of using your debit card use your Delta SkyMiles Card at a partnering restaurant and earn miles. Then pay the charge. This is a way you can build your credit and avoid large debt. Trust me, I have allowed my spending to get out of hand a time or two, but this method keeps me from spending too much.

Also, be sure to always pay more than the minimum monthly payment!

  • Earn Miles Easily

Now that we’ve agreed that you will responsibly manage your credit it’s time to start spending/earning miles! Earning SkyMiles is incredibly easy! You can earn SkyMiles when you go out to eat (something I do a lot!) Delta has a program called SkyMiles Dining This allows you to link your debit card and/or your SkyMiles credit card to your SkyMiles Account. You can also earn SkyMiles when you use Lyft! I am not a fan of Uber anyway. I think they have very sketchy people. I prefer to use Lfyt because I trust the drivers and as an added bonus I can earn miles! The other day I took Lyft to meet my friends for brunch and mimosas. The Lyft ride cost me $14 and I earned miles! You can also use your SkyMiles credit card for everyday use such as buying gasoline for your car or groceries for you and/or family.

You earn SkyMiles when you book flights with Delta and when you book lodging with AirBnB.

  • Free Trips! Well Kinda…

Now it’s time to reap the benefits of the all of that spending! After you have chosen your destination whether it is in the United States of America or abroad remember that you can pay for your entire flight or part of your flight using your SkyMiles.

In April 2017, my grandmother celebrated her 80th birthday in Puerto Rico. I paid for my flight and my mother’s flight to San Juan using the Miles and Cash option. I paid $600 for both flights! Typically from Atlanta to San Juan, the flights cost $600 per person!

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In October 2018, I will go to Washington D.C. for my job. Then from D.C. I will travel to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The round trip flight from Canada back to our Nation’s Capital cost 17,000 SkyMiles! I only paid for the taxes and the flight insurance!

I also booked my trip to Europe using my SkyMiles! My multi-city round-trip flight from Atlanta to London, Paris back to Atlanta cost 63,000 SkyMiles! I am going to let that sink in for a while (pause for a moment of silence and reflection).

It was so simple! I saved so much money on flights I can spend the rest on lodging, souvenirs, food, wine, cheese, chocolates, and croissants!

  • No Foreign Transaction Fees

It’s a cosmopolitan world” as my grandmother would say. The number of people traveling around the world and buying internationally grows daily. Who wants to pay fees for buying something overseas (see what I did there…I made a rhyme lol).

True enough outside of America, American Express (operative word being American) is not accepted everywhere. However, countries like Mexico and Canada accept the card. It is a safe way to pay for something, the exchange rate is automatically converted and it will not cost you anything! For the countries that do not widely accept American Express, I also have the Capital One VentureOne credit card.

I hope that I helped you learn a bit more about the benefits of getting and using theDelta SkyMiles credit card by American Express!

Happy Spending!

Happy Flying!

Disclaimer: I was not paid by American Express or Delta Airlines for this blog post! I am just a happy customer!

Babs Wanderful

I often think of myself of as a little black girl from Stone Mountain, Georgia. Whenever I accomplish a goal or have an experience outside of my comfort zone I am overly ecstatic! I give the six year old Babs a high five and a hug! “We did it! I can’t believe we just did that!” Even though I have accomplished many goals I am always shocked. I am always checking in with six year old Babs to make sure that I am making her dreams come true.

The most important dream: Travel the world.

I have suffered from wanderlust for as long as I can remember. It began when my grandfather told me that he would take me to Kenya. We never went and we may never go together, but he did take my mind outside of my Stone Mountain home and across the world.

Traveling was in mind and seeped into my blood. I knew I had to see the big world around me. I became infatuated with my family’s travels in the continental United States, Hawaii, Scotland and Spain. Because travel was limited as a child (but fun!), I promised myself that I would see the world!

In November 2015, (while in the midst of divorce of which will be another blog) I obtained my passport. The next month I traveled to the Bahamas with my aunt, her Bahamian husband and their three children.

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Since then I’ve travelled to New York, Philadelphia, West Virginia, Charlotte, Denver, Biloxi, Orange Beach, New Orleans, Houston, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Turks and Caicos and the Dominican Republic. This winter I will travel to Europe to see England, Scotland, France and Germany.

“We did it! I can’t believe we just did that!”

Well believe it because we are doing it!