I’m Ian.

ferry_shotAnd I love to travel. For most of my adventures my darling wife is along for the ride. We aren’t one of those crazy families who does nothing but travel (see my post on the Macombers), but we maintain it as a healthy hobby. There is a lot to life. Work, for example, since one must make a living. And family. Those will always come first. I also love the beautiful coastal valley in which my family and I live, and we hope to call it home for many years. Part of the dynamic of setting out on an adventure is returning home again. Whether I am gone a few days or a few weeks, returning home always elicits a wonderful feeling of contentment.

Traveling is decidedly my hobby. Over the years I have become far more adept at it through the use of reward miles and points. My adventures have taken me to such interesting places as the highlands of Scotland, the rugged isle of Newfoundland, the rolling hills of Tuscany, and the plains of Russia. I have also been on numerous trips domestically within the United States. Many of these experiences have been paid for either partially or overwhelmingly with rewards gained via credit cards and travel loyalty programs. This is one of the things I wish to share with readers. Affordable travel is within easy reach, if you know how to play the game. See the “Getting into the Travel Game” section if you want a place to start.

One other plus that my wife and I currently have is my flexible job. My primary responsibility is helping maintain our company’s internal applications. The cool thing is that this can be done from nearly anywhere with a reliable internet connection, which in our technological age is essentially any populated area. Yes, there would certainly be severe limitations if one was backpacking in Alaska or taking a safari in the Serengeti, but these are edge cases to most of the traveling that we do. The ability to be flexible in work location and hours has allowed my wife and I to greatly extend our time away from home. Working for 4-6 hours per day for a few days in a new place still gives you a lot of hours to explore! And the funny thing is, I often focus better working from a coffee shop in a new city than I do in my office.

At this point I am not sure where this love of traveling will take me, literally. My wife shakes her head when I have her apply for new credit cards. “You want me to get another credit card?!” “Yes! We can earn 80,000 IHG points with this one. That’s anywhere from 2-16 free hotel nights!” I get that crazy look from her, but she willingly goes along since she knows how much we can do with the points. Plus, she loves me. Her love is easily reciprocated since she is simply the most lovable and wonderful wife a man could ever ask for. Period. I thank God for her often. My love for traveling has nothing on my love for her.

Far more than any love for traveling, however, and even above my wife, is my love for my Savior, Jesus Christ. The fact that this world exists, that I exist, and that there is meaning in life, is because of Him. He purchased me by His death on the cross, taking the punishment for my sin upon himself so that God the Father could be both merciful, in that he pardoned me, and just, in that my sin was atoned for by Christ. My life is committed to Him. If you know anything about me, this is what I want you to know. A decent portion of my international travel has been to do ministry, encourage believers, and to share the Gospel of Christ with others. I pray that you do know Him, or that you will seek to know Him. Ask me anytime here.

Thanks for visiting,

Ian Snyder


Hometown: Ferndale, California

Favorite Places:

  • San Marino
  • Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
  • Sedona, Arizona
  • Niagara Falls

Hope to See Someday:

  • Malta
  • Switzerland
  • Austria
  • New Zealand
  • Japan
  • Nepal
  • The Pyramids in Egypt
  • Machu Picchu
  • Tahiti
  • Maldives
  • Iceland
  • Tierra Del Fuego