It’s that time of the yr to look again and make a abstract of all the locations I visited but first I want to thanks for following CTB International and need you a cheerful 2019! That you could be travel so much, stay healthy and have a prosperous life. 2018 was good for me, with 89 flights, 174 hotel nights and a go to to 34 nations of which eight have been new to me.
The yr 2018 wasn’t really a yr of data however that’s additionally troublesome as a result of I don’t need to be away extra as 165-180 days a yr. I merely don’t have sufficient time. It was nevertheless an awesome yr as I concentrated extra on trips I really needed to do relatively as just going where I didn’t go earlier than. So, that’s still a report with Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, St. Lucia, a Mekong Cruise, and homestay in Cambodia all being in my prime 10 bucket list. 5 checked off!
In 2019 I will continue this manner of travel. To go places I REALLY need to go to! In fact, I will continue to make use of low cost air fares, resorts and loyalty packages help finance this. One pro-tip: in case you use the Flying Blue airline loyalty program ensure to e-book tickets on codeshare flights and not on KLM / Air France tickets. This can earn you miles based mostly on distance and not euros spend. It may be a distinction as large as getting 25000 miles as an alternative of just 4000.
Typically I get the query why I don’t publish footage of myself on Instagram or the web site. That’s not as a result of I’m digital camera shy however as a result of I need to show you what I see. It’s not about me however concerning the destination I’m going to. I don’t must be a VIP. I maintain travelling my means and combine business & leisure which I hope evokes you to travel more typically too.
For now, verify my 2018 abstract under! Keep tuned for extra stories and subscribe to the publication or comply with CTB on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram including Instagram tales; on all social media yow will discover CTB @christravelblog) to get up to date info.
My statistics for 2018
Let’s start with my flight map of 2018 (click on link for an interactive map) and don’t thoughts attainable white strains; those are planned upcoming flights for 2019 already.
and some statistics first
- 89 flights; 16 financial system, 5 financial system+, 67 business class and 1 in first. The rationale for the large quantity of brief business class flights was because of the nice AirFrance/KLM air fare originating in Bergen (Norway) with limitless stopovers.
- KLM (with AirFrance) is my prime airline and others are mainly Skyteam companions but I’ll fly the most cost effective choice on any alliance as I have enough miles to grow to be Flying Blue platinum for all times already. Flying others makes positive I easily reach Star Alliance Gold and OneWorld Sapphire so that I can all the time take a free bag and visit lounges.
- Complete of 231858 kilometers; 5.8x around the globe
- 345:42 hours within the aircraft that’s 14.4 days or 2.1 weeks
- 28.eight tons of CO2 I put into the air; not pleased with that
- I earned loads of miles in all of the alliances to guide no less than 6 longhaul business class return flights.
- I stayed about 174 days of the yr in inns which earned me numerous points. 119 nights have been with the IHG group and I completed the SPG/Marriot Platinum problem with just 18 nights which provides me status till March 2020.
- I visited 34 nations of which 8 have been only a fast stop- or layover (not counting those to new nations). eight nations have been utterly new to me.
- I saved a lot of money utilizing loyalty packages, use of promotions and being flexible with the leisure trips
Now let’s look the place I went!
First quarter with Vanuatu as highlight
I started 2018 in Takoradi, Ghana, where I finished a one-week Ghana itinerary. From there I went back to Sao Tome & Principe to finish the Christmas holidays of 2017. Each nations have been excessive on my 2017 bucket list. Throughout January and early February, I just had a number of business only trips to Amsterdam and Berlin. In mid-February my youngsters had faculty holidays but this time they didn’t be a part of! I made a trip to Tel Aviv, Israel (see also my 2-week Israel itinerary of a yr earlier) and Istanbul, Turkey (first new nation) with just my wife. We celebrated our 12 ½ wedding ceremony anniversary. Yeah, I’m simply 38 but have been collectively for 19 years now and have two youngsters (13 and 16 years now). The tickets I booked I mixed with 2 different tickets of the same air fare all originating in Bergen, Norway. Air France/KLM had an superior deal to fly business throughout Europe and even Russia with stopovers throughout for approximate 700 euro per individual. Every ticket earned 25000+ miles too. Later the youngsters would be a part of too.
In March I went to Singapore for my annual convention which was very profitable this yr. After Singapore I went again to the Pacific as I actually loved my Pacific island-hopping back in 2017. On the end of March, I used to be in Vanuatu the place I visited an lively volcano (see photograph above) which was the first bucket list item and second nation I might cross of in 2018. Be sure that to verify my 7-days Vanuatu itinerary, Vacation Inn Port Vila and White Grass Tanna hotel evaluate too. A terrific begin of the yr it was!
Second quarter with Tunisia as highlight
Vanuatu wasn’t the top of my 2018 Pacific trip as I continued to the Solomon Islands. One other bucket list item of mine and the third new country in 2018. Verify my 7-day Solomon Islands itinerary to see what I did there including an awesome dive on Munda arranged by the Agnes Gateway Hotel. I had the prospect to shoot THE iconic anemone fish. Who doesn’t know Nemo? The island was my solo highlight of the 2nd quarter however I put Tunisia because the spotlight as that was with my family.
Keep in mind that I mentioned the very special air fare from Bergen? In Might the youngsters joined too and we flew to Bergen again for a direct turn around back to Amsterdam, Paris and then Tunis. Earning, as traditional, countless miles on the best way. In Tunis I stayed on the Sheraton hotel to complete my Platinum problem. It was low cost and now I have this status till 2020. Examine my 2-week Tunisia itinerary to see all the magnificent places I visited with my wife and youngsters. Tunisia was additionally the 4th new nation I visited in 2018. From Tunis we flew for a couple of days to Istanbul (again) because the tickets allowed extra stopovers.
In June I simply made one trip to Bangkok and Hong Kong. I had to go primarily for business, but I had a couple of days off. A pal joined to discover a little bit of both cities with me, mainly craft beer. I paid about 1400 euro for a British Airways ticket which was all right in enterprise class for a mixed ticket on specific dates to each cities. Between Hong Kong and Bangkok I might attempt each Cathay Pacific and Royal Jordanian which I had by no means flown before. It was early July once I returned back residence within the Netherlands.
Third quarter with St. Lucia as spotlight
The third quarter was a busy one with the standard household summer time holidays, a convention in america and Buenos Aires. Mid-July I flew with my wife and youngsters to Ho Chi Minh City. We began in Tunisia once more as China Southern Airways provided a enterprise class fare from there for almost 700 euro. As a result of a schedule change we didn’t have to go back all the best way and will simply disembark in Paris and fly to Amsterdam. I normally all the time end my tickets including last legs. Take a look at my Ho Chi Minh Metropolis to Siem Reap itinerary together with Mekong Cruise what we did there. I might examine off two bucket list gadgets: Mekong Cruise and a homestay in Cambodia.
Again in the Netherlands I had exactly in the future to repack and fly to Philadelphia for my annual convention in america. Previous years I all the time added a trip in the states like my west-coast street journey or metropolis hopping in the states. This yr I went to the Caribbean for the primary time and made an island-hopping journey to Antigua, St. Lucia, and Barbados. It nonetheless wants planning however travelling the Caribbean is far easier because the Pacific! St. Lucia and my keep at Jade Mountain Resort was yet one more bucket list item I might cross off. Most of September I was at residence within the Netherlands with only a day trip to Berlin and Dusseldorf. On the finish of September, I flew to Costa Rica (one other new nation) to start out my annual South America journey.
Fourth quarter was simply the regular
I had massive plans in Costa Rica with a 6 day keep and a three day keep. In between I flew to Buenos Aires for a convention the place I stayed again at the Intercontinental Buenos Aires. In Costa Rica nevertheless I didn’t see extra as San Jose. October is NOT a superb time to go there as the rainy season is in full swing. The very fact that there were some protests and street blocks on the similar time made me just keep in San Jose. I’ll for positive return to Costa Rica to make a street journey there. On the finish of October, I had my annual journey to Moscow, however I couldn’t plan any further days as I needed to go to China immediately after.
This yr I flew from Warsaw to Amsterdam and onwards to Chengdu. KLM changed their originating city for the cheap flights as it was all the time Prague in the previous years. After the conference in Beijing I went to Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan. I made day trips to Anyang and Pingyao. On the best way back, I had in the future to discover more of Chengdu’s craft beer scene. Every week later I was on my means for a weeklong conference in Bangkok. I might have liked to explore extra of Thailand as the Thailand street trip I did earlier wasn’t lengthy enough to see the whole country.
On the end of the yr it’s household time. This yr I booked flights to Singapore from where we made an overland trip to Kuala Lumpur. New Yr’s Eve I celebrated in Kuala Lumpur with magnificent fireworks. I’ll cover this trip soon so stay tuned. Now it’s time to plan 2019 trips!
Until summer time 2019 I’ve already booked every part! A tip of the iceberg: Lebanon, South Korea and I hope to visit Niue and Tonga after my annual Singapore trip. I’ve already flights booked to Auckland (New Zealand) but planning trips to those two islands now!
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