As many of you know I graduated from college back in April, and at the time decided to “pursue” miles and points full time. The good news is that between everything I’m doing it has worked out incredibly well, and I couldn’t feel more fortunate to be able to do what I love everyday. So thanks to those of you that have supported me. I owe you all Diet Cokes with lime (and the especially loyal ones among you a ramekins of hot nuts).
I’ve spent most of the last six months on the road, given that one of the beautiful things about what I do is that I can “work” from anywhere. Starting December 1 I’ll be taking on a new travel related gig (hope to reveal the details of that soon) that will “clip my wings” just a bit, so I’m actually in the process of moving. I got my own place with a real home office and landline, because at a certain point spending 22 hours a day “working” from bed isn’t good for you, or so my mother tells me.
With that in mind, I’m hoping I can just give my mom my credit card (ahem, Chase Sapphire Preferred card, of course!) and she can decorate my place, because I have the fashion sense of Homer Simpson… and no patience for shopping.
That being said, I find myself wanting to incorporate as much of the road into home as I can. The beauty of being on the road isn’t just seeing new places, but also the “signature” amenities and simplicity that comes with many of our favorite travel brands.
For example, the most important thing to me is getting a W/Westin bed. They’re both great and probably the best investment out there, so that’s what I’m most excited about. Points, Miles & Martinis posted a promo code a few days ago for 35% off the W Store, though it seems to no longer work on beds as of a couple of days ago, at least not on the website. As expensive as they are I’m probably willing to pay full price anyway, though does anyone know a way to make them work? Maybe by phone, or no? Otherwise I’m tempted to wait till Westin has their next sale, though who knows how long that will be.
Anyway, I’d love to hear the things you’ve run across on the road that you can’t live without at home. This includes everything from ridiculously soft towels to one-cup coffee makers that require you to only push a single button. Any suggestions at all would be appreciated, no matter how minor/crazy they are.
Oh, and not necessarily travel related, but bonus points to anyone that can help me out with the following:
a) I’m addicted to ice coffee (I don’t care if it’s 100 degrees outside or snowing), and there’s not a Starbucks within five minutes of my new place (yes, I didn’t know such a place existed). How do you make good ice coffee at home?
b) I’m mildly obsessed with blackout curtains/shades. By that I mean a room that’s so dark that even after your eyes adjust you can’t see anything, even when it’s sunny outside. Thoughts on the best way to make it happen for a room with just “standard” blinds?
Anyway, can’t wait to hear some ideas!