Adventure is not outside a man; it is within.
David Grayson (Ray Stannard Baker)
Do you remember all the horrible stories you have heard about travel rewards programs? I myself have heard how they are hard to redeem and very limited.
I just want to say Thank you to Via Rail Canada (no they are not paying me for this endorsement, I wish).
My story begins with my long-time dream of travelling by train to Vancouver before I was sixty years old with just a backpack. Well, I am not sixty but my birthday is next month, and I must admit I am getting closer. M phoned me and said the words “I’m going to Vancouver.” Wow, I almost fell off my chair.
You see M has been squirreling away Via Rail points since 1999, her first year in a University far from home. She has continued to accumulate them ever since we both agreed that we love travelling by train; it is relaxing and just so much easier. We have always considered it like a vacation for a few hours.
Well; M has always said she was going to use these points someday for her big adventure, a dream I am sure she has mulled over for years. She now has enough points to travel by train from Toronto to Vancouver and then back again, for free. I have always expected this phone call. I had not expected what happened next.
Being the generous person she is and after seeing the tickets were greatly discounted she mentioned she would like to share her adventure with me (her Mom). She had no idea if they would redeem the points for such a huge trip, and did not think they would ever let her buy two adult tickets. This is why I almost fell off my chair.
We are leaving sometime in April. No meal plan, no shower, no sleeping berth, and no plan; Economy Class all the way. One way that is. The tickets were free. We have no idea what to do now. We are definitely going we just don’t know where we will stay, or how we will get back. Now that is an adventure. I am sure it will work out; we have well over a month to plan. Shiver,shiver.
We will be going with one backpack each, and a bag with food for the trip. This is the way I have always dreamed of doing it, but in my dream I was alone. This is going to be wonderful. It would be much nicer if K could go but, maybe next time (she is squirreling away her Via Rail points too).
So this is my big Thank You to Via Rail Canada for honouring these points and making a couple of regular customers very happy. Buttons Thoughts will be going on the road.
I hope to be able to blog, during the trip. I do know I will be taking lots of photos, and writing. Travelling four days, and four nights by train. Arriving in Downtown Vancouver, stay for a few days (not sure where), try to get to Victoria, and then, we find a flight home (I hope). OK as I write this it does sound a little crazy.
Sometimes crazy adventures are good. I cannot wait; I must say I am very excited, and just a little nervous about the unknown. I think I am going to need a bigger backpack. The thought of sleeping in our seats sounds like fun, right?
I am going to need some suggestions, and some tips. Where to stay, preferably safe and reasonably priced? What we can do, what to expect? Any travel tips would be appreciated. My very wise blogger family has some great advice to share I am sure. Email me or leave a comment I would love to hear from you.
Thanks, M this is going to be awesome. Scary but awesome.