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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus… whatever you may celebrate–or boycott–at the end of the year, I hope you celebrate it well with loved ones. I wanted to send a quick thank you to all of those who support this blog, whether that be through credit card applications, the Award Booking Service, or just by being an active reader and commenter. We wouldn’t be here without you!

And a big thank you for your continued support and patience during this period of transition for MileValue. As previously mentioned, Scott Grimmer founded MileValue in 2012 and at the very end of 2017 he sold the blog to me. Expect some big changes in 2019 with the look and feel of the site, your email newsletters, an increase in content, and various other aspects of MileValue. As always, please feel free to share your opinions with me in the comments of blog posts or by emailing I may not always respond but you can be sure I’ll read what arrives.

I’m in my second home for the holidays: Buenos Aires, Argentina. It’s 80 degrees and you’re hard pressed to find christmas decorations anywhere. Instead, the streets light up with fireworks at midnight on Christmas and New Years Eve. I was happy to spend Christmas Eve last night dining with my closest Argentine friend’s family.

The city empties out around this time of year as locals evacuate to the beaches of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil while the tourist flood gates open. I’ll be traveling for a long weekend in January (Futaleufú in southern Chile), a couple weeks of February (Rio and Buzios, Brazil), and the first week of March (back to southern Chile, to hike the W circuit in Torres del Paine), so my little family decided to stick close to home for the holidays to avoid travel burn-out.

Me, Withers, and Omar in Uruguay a few years ago. Photo by Sarah Page Maxwell
Me, Withers, and Omar in Uruguay a few years ago.

Where are you guys for the holidays? And where are you going in 2019?

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