I used to travel a fair amount, but I looked down on my older brother (who's a Flyertalk evangelist) for what I thought was his obsession. So what happened? I think for most of us there's a moment where something clicked and this became a big part of our lives. So I decided that it would be fun to share. If this has been done to death in another thread please pardon me, since I'm fairly new here. And hopefully my "in a paragraph" restriction doesn't seem too restrictive, but everyone (myself included) has a tendency to blather on when talking about himself, so I think a nice tidy paragraph will keep them being fun to read rather than a chore. In any event, in 2008 I hadn't left the country in seven years. But then I went on a cruise to the Bahamas, I went on a Birthright trip to Israel, and finally my Dad took me on a sweet graduation trip to Argentina (DTW-ORD-MIA-EZE-ORD-DTW) in business class. I bought a guidebook, took us on a daytrip to Colonia in Uruguay, and realized how much fun travel was. The business class sure helped too, even if I have now learned that AA's J product only exists to be mocked After that it was just up and up. I started flying a lot more, got status on Delta, convinced my wife--who put up very little resistance, bless her heart--that travel was the best thing to do with our time and money, and it's been a blast ever since. So what about you guys?