What's up everyone?! My name is Deric Poldberg and I'm a 26 year old guy from Carter Lake, Iowa. No, Carter Lake isn't in the middle of a corn field. It's actually just outside of Omaha, Nebraska.
Growing up my family took one plane trip every year. We’d either fly to Florida or Arizona to visit my Dad while he was at spring training with the Kansas City Royals. I’d look forward to this trip literally all year long. I couldn’t wait to get to the airport and board the plane. I'm still not sure how my mom handled flying with three young boys, but she made it work every year.
Baseball has been a huge part of my life. I grew up playing the sport and it actually lead me to Iowa Central Community College and Bethany Lutheran College where I had some great times and met some of my best friends.
After graduating from college in 2014 with a degree in business administration, I moved back in with my parents and got a job at a local bank. I paid off all of my student loans in less than two years and now live debt free (still with my parents though... haha). Like most of you, I work forty hours a week and only get a limited number of vacation days. I don't make anywhere close to six figures, but a strict budget allows me to spend an inflated amount on travel.
A couple of years ago I stumbled upon the blog One Mile at a Time created by Mr. Ben Schlappig. I couldn’t believe this guy traveled around the world for a living. I decided to sign up for a credit card and give it a shot myself. After I earned my first sign up bonus, I booked a trip to Paris for my girlfriend, Elizabeth, and I. From that point I was hooked!
Since then I’ve spent hundreds, maybe even thousands, of hours scouring the web researching credit cards and loyalty programs. I created passengerpoldberg.com to chronicle my journeys across the globe. I hope being a passenger on my journey can help you start one of your own!
Deric "Passenger" Poldberg