The Long Journey Q4-15

This is a retrospective post of our quarterly newsletter for the last quarter of 2015.

In each newsletter, we talk a little about the main travel activities we had in the preceding quarter. This quarterly thingy is so corporate, but you see I have little time to really write and usually lump all of them together at one go.

Click The Long Journey Q4-2015 to view the PDF.

Between July – September of last year, we used up quite some miles in our timeshare. We have 1700 points per year – enough for a week’s worth of stay at any of the 6 resorts across Thailand and Indonesia. However, in between traveling to more distant places and my business trips (which we combine with leisure = “bleisure”), we had not used our timeshare points such that had accumulated – some close to expire!

Never one to lose anything lest alone travel miles, we redeemed two separate stays – one in Chiang Mai and the other on the Indonesian island of Bintan. All this just to use some of the points and run the total down to a manageable level that expires only in Dec 2016. Now the same challenge awaits us in the 2nd half of the year…

For those who contemplate buying timeshare, don’t. Many years ago when we bought this, it was worthwhile. Today, you can take a flight like taking a bus (except the boarding takes longer…). Plethora of “advisers” out there to tell you where to go, what to do, eat, shop blah… In other words, timeshare is so passé. But we are stuck with it and not having it easy to sell away, thus will continue to make the best of it.

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

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