A Big Thank You!

It is hard to believe another Thanksgiving is here! It truly is my favorite holiday of all and always has been. I love the time with family, I love the traditions involved, I used to love the way that retailers were always closed (guess that is gone forever!) – it is just a wonderful day!

For years, it would start with running a favorite 10K Thanksgiving race and I almost always ran it with my younger brother. We were a consistent second place team in the brother-brother rankings and always enjoyed each other’s company. After that, our Thanksgiving day would unfold like many other Americans.

This year (as has been the case for the last three Thanksgivings), we are out of the US. It is almost like the country of Greece knew how much I like things closed down since they had a 24 hour government strike in place today – limited public transportation, no air traffic control systems, etc. So, thanks (I guess) to Greece for making me feel like I am home.

Thanks To You!

I cannot express how grateful to you, the thousands of readers who choose to visit this site on a regular basis. I had originally started the blog a few years ago with the idea of helping friends and runners with travel tips and never thought that it would grow as much as it has. In fact, this month has been the best month yet – an over 300% increase from last November!

Thank you to for visiting, for contacting me, for commenting, for engaging in topics here, for correcting me when I have made a mistake – all of this makes me try harder each and every day to put something out of value that I hope can provide a form of help to you in the area of travel or running. I just told someone yesterday that I never thought I would approach blogging with as much excitement as I have and it is because so many of you keep coming back. Thank you so much for sharing a few moments of your day with me.

Thank you so much for clicking on my affiliate links. I had never started this blog with the idea that I would be able to make money blogging but am fortunate enough that I have been able to make some money that has been a big help to me and my family. For the last couple of years, writing and researching has pretty much taken a part-time job slice of time each and every week. It is great to be able to receive something for that time and I have you to thank for that!

Many of you may not know this, but whatever I get each month from purchases made through my Amazon links go towards giveaways for all of you. November has been a very good month and will help to make possible a whole week of giveaways in another week or so – stay tuned! We are talking about some pretty good stuff – e-readers, media devices, iPad, elite status, Hyatt points, free internet, software codes, and some other stuff. By purchasing through my Amazon link, you have helped make that happen – thank you!

Thanks to Randy Petersen and the whole House of Miles team. They handle the hosting and all the backend work for my blog and it has truly been a relief to not have to deal with that. In fact, even when I went to type this, I found the BoardingArea site down and they were working with the provider – on Thanksgiving – to get it back up and running! Thank you to all of you for all that you do!

This year has been a great year here with Running with Miles and I am planning for even greater things in the coming year. Please feel free to let me know what you think I could do to make the blog a better place – always willing to help with what I can.

Thank you! To those in the US, enjoy your Thanksgiving! 

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.