It’s that point of the yr to look again and make a abstract of all of the locations I visited however first I want to thanks for following CTB International and need you a cheerful 2019! That you could be travel quite a bit, keep wholesome and have a affluent 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 actually 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 a terrific yr as I concentrated extra on trips I actually needed to do quite as simply going the place I didn’t go earlier than. So, that’s nonetheless 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’ll proceed this manner of travel. To go locations I REALLY need to go to! In fact, I’ll proceed to make use of low cost air fares, resorts and loyalty packages assist finance this. One pro-tip: when you use the Flying Blue airline loyalty program ensure to e-book tickets on codeshare flights and never on KLM / Air France tickets. It will earn you miles based mostly on distance and never euros spend. It may be a distinction as big as getting 25000 miles as an alternative of simply 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 present you what I see. It’s not about me however concerning the vacation spot I’m going to. I don’t have to be a VIP. I hold travelling my means and mix enterprise & leisure which I hope evokes you to travel extra typically too.
For now, examine my 2018 abstract under! Keep tuned for extra tales and subscribe to the publication or comply with CTB on social media (Fb, Twitter, Instagram together with Instagram tales; on all social media you will discover CTB @christravelblog) to get up to date info.
My statistics for 2018
Let’s begin with my flight map of 2018 (click on hyperlink for an interactive map) and don’t thoughts potential white strains; these are deliberate upcoming flights for 2019 already.
and a few statistics first
- 89 flights; 16 financial system, 5 financial system+, 67 enterprise class and 1 in first. The rationale for the large quantity of brief enterprise 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 primarily Skyteam companions however I’ll fly the most cost effective choice on any alliance as I’ve sufficient miles to turn out to be Flying Blue platinum for all times already. Flying others makes positive I simply attain Star Alliance Gold and OneWorld Sapphire in order that I can all the time take a free bag and go to lounges.
- Complete of 231858 kilometers; 5.8x around the globe
- 345:42 hours within the aircraft that’s 14.four 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 ebook at the very least 6 longhaul enterprise class return flights.
- I stayed about 174 days of the yr in resorts which earned me numerous factors. 119 nights have been with the IHG group and I completed the SPG/Marriot Platinum problem with simply 18 nights which provides me standing until March 2020.
- I visited 34 nations of which eight have been only a fast stop- or layover (not counting these to new nations). eight nations have been utterly new to me.
- I saved some huge cash utilizing loyalty packages, use of promotions and being versatile with the leisure trips
Now let’s look the place I went!
First quarter with Vanuatu as spotlight
I began 2018 in Takoradi, Ghana, the place I completed a one-week Ghana itinerary. From there I went again to Sao Tome & Principe to complete the Christmas holidays of 2017. Each nations have been excessive on my 2017 bucket list. Throughout January and early February, I simply had a number of enterprise solely trips to Amsterdam and Berlin. In mid-February my youngsters had faculty holidays however this time they didn’t be a part of! I made a visit to Tel Aviv, Israel (see additionally my 2-week Israel itinerary of a yr earlier) and Istanbul, Turkey (first new nation) with simply my spouse. We celebrated our 12 ½ wedding ceremony anniversary. Yeah, I’m simply 38 however 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 identical air fare all originating in Bergen, Norway. Air France/KLM had an superior deal to fly enterprise 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 again in 2017. On the finish of March, I used to be in Vanuatu the place I visited an lively volcano (see photograph above) which was the primary bucket list merchandise and second nation I might cross of in 2018. Ensure that to examine my 7-days Vanuatu itinerary, Vacation Inn Port Vila and White Grass Tanna hotel evaluate too. An awesome begin of the yr it was!
Second quarter with Tunisia as spotlight
Vanuatu wasn’t the top of my 2018 Pacific journey as I continued to the Solomon Islands. One other bucket list merchandise of mine and the third new nation in 2018. Examine my 7-day Solomon Islands itinerary to see what I did there together with an superior dive on Munda organized 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 spotlight of the 2nd quarter however I put Tunisia because the spotlight as that was with my household.
Keep in mind that I discussed the very particular air fare from Bergen? In Might the youngsters joined too and we flew to Bergen once more for a direct flip round again to Amsterdam, Paris after which Tunis. Incomes, as traditional, numerous miles on the best way. In Tunis I stayed on the Sheraton hotel to finish my Platinum problem. It was low cost and now I’ve this standing until 2020. Examine my 2-week Tunisia itinerary to see all of the magnificent locations I visited with my spouse and youngsters. Tunisia was additionally the 4th new nation I visited in 2018. From Tunis we flew for a couple of days to Istanbul (once more) because the tickets allowed extra stopovers.
In June I simply made one journey to Bangkok and Hong Kong. I needed to go primarily for enterprise, however I had a couple of days off. A good friend joined to discover a little bit of each cities with me, primarily craft beer. I paid about 1400 euro for a British Airways ticket which was all proper in enterprise class for a mixed ticket on particular 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 earlier than. It was early July once I returned again house 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 spouse and youngsters to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis. We began in Tunisia once more as China Southern Airways provided a enterprise class fare from there for almost 700 euro. As a consequence of a schedule change we didn’t have to return all the best way and will simply disembark in Paris and fly to Amsterdam. I usually all the time end my tickets together with final legs. Take a look at my Ho Chi Minh Metropolis to Siem Reap itinerary together with Mekong Cruise what we did there. I might verify off two bucket list gadgets: Mekong Cruise and a homestay in Cambodia.
Again within the Netherlands I had precisely in the future to repack and fly to Philadelphia for my annual convention in the USA. Earlier years I all the time added a visit within the states like my west-coast street journey or metropolis hopping within 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 simpler because the Pacific! St. Lucia and my keep at Jade Mountain Resort was yet one more bucket list merchandise I might cross off. Most of September I used to be at residence within the Netherlands with only a day journey 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 common
I had huge 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 once more on the Intercontinental Buenos Aires. In Costa Rica nevertheless I didn’t see extra as San Jose. October is NOT an excellent time to go there because the wet season is in full swing. The very fact that there have been some protests and street blocks on the similar time made me simply 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 instantly after.
This yr I flew from Warsaw to Amsterdam and onwards to Chengdu. KLM modified their originating metropolis for a budget flights because it was all the time Prague within the earlier years. After the convention in Beijing I went to Shijiazhuang and Taiyuan. I made day trips to Anyang and Pingyao. On the best way again, I had at some point to discover extra of Chengdu’s craft beer scene. Every week later I used to be on my method for a weeklong convention in Bangkok. I might have beloved to discover extra of Thailand because the Thailand street journey I did earlier wasn’t lengthy sufficient to see the entire nation.
On the finish of the yr it’s household time. This yr I booked flights to Singapore from the place we made an overland journey to Kuala Lumpur. New Yr’s Eve I celebrated in Kuala Lumpur with magnificent fireworks. I’ll cowl this journey quickly so keep tuned. Now it’s time to plan 2019 trips!
Till summer time 2019 I’ve already booked every thing! A tip of the iceberg: Lebanon, South Korea and I hope to go to Niue and Tonga after my annual Singapore journey. I’ve already flights booked to Auckland (New Zealand) however planning trips to those two islands now!
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