The Trip of a Million Lifetimes Was Really Where it is at

I have been running this blog for a little over a year.  In that time I have scribed 242 posts and fielded dozens of comments.  Compared to more established blogs like “View From the Wing” or “One Mile at a Time” mine is extremely sophomoric.  Nevertheless, my key messages got out, that The Trip of a Million Lifetimes is easier to make happen than you think and that human freedom and the primacy of the individual is the key to enjoy travel and existence on the earth.

The trip of a million lifetimes

I have slowed down on posts as of recent.  While I enjoy documenting the infringement of natural rights that is the TSA, I am not sure I want to 100% commit this blog to that endeavor.  And I don’t have the time or noteworthy insights to keep up content like the established blogs.  So I will keep this blog up for occasional musings and to keep the pages and links up for the Trip of a Million Lifetimes, which still gets thousands of views each month.

This weekend I’ll take a quick trip to Seattle to attend Frequent Traveler University (FTU) and hopefully meet some of the other bloggers and thought leaders in the frequent file mile arbitrage game.  It should be a fun trip.  I can’t wait to hear about other people’s epic vacations they have taken thanks to the frequent flier mile game.

49. Concluding Thoughts (And a Sophmoric Treatise to Freedom)

49. Concluding Thoughts

[Charlotte, North Carolina]

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American homecoming wall collage put up by some friends

As promised, Concluding Thoughts on The Trip of a Million Lifetimes.

Before I get into it I want to say thank you again for the Blogosphere, FlyerTalkers, Friends, and Strangers who have chimed in to cheer us along on our amazing journey. Your encouragement was endearing and kept us going with zeal.

Well now that we are a couple weeks back in the thick of things at work Lady Tocqueville and I have had some time to let things digest. It was terrific to return home to see nothing adverse had happened to the house. We are thankful to some of our local friends who were looking after things while we were gone. A couple even decorated the house with Americana for our return. It took us a good day and a half to get our lives back in order. And the jet lag finally caught up to us, it was about 4 nights later before we started sleeping through the night.

Going back to work and getting back to our “routine” lives was surprisingly not difficult. You would think it would have been much harder. Hell, for 10 weeks straight we had been cruising the world in First Class or Business Class, staying mostly at 5* hotels or charming alternative accommodations, and doing nothing but being young and in love and basking in copious amounts of leisure time and exploration. What a treat! But this trip, almost as a culmination of all our past travels, really made us appreciate how good we had it back home. Here are some of the things we have begun to appreciate in new light:

  • We have a beautiful, old rental house that is just the right size for us with wonderful character. It is our nest and it is a clean, comfortable place to live in a fantastically fun and charming neighborhood. After seeing how so many others live, from Saigon to St. Petersburg, from Sao Paulo to Sydney, we have an appreciate for how we really have it made. We are so lucky.
  • We are gainfully employed, paid fairly for the work we do, and get to learn and be challenged every day at our job. Yes waking up at 5:30AM on Monday to go visit the TSA on the way to a client site isn’t the most fun. But we could be working so much harder, at so much more painful a task, for so much less money. In fact most of the world does. This trip really made us appreciate having a job. We are thankful to be working.
  • Our health is our biggest asset. We are young and healthy. We have a solid foundation. This trip just reinforced to us what a gift that is to us and how we have to enjoy it every day. Whether raking insane amount of leaves from the 100 year old tree out front or just laying on the couch catnapping, being healthy and happy and sound is such a gift from God. For some reason this trip really helped reinforce this for us.Life is good. We can owe all that is good to our freedom. Our freedom, inherent in our humanity, is God’s greatest gift to us. If you don’t believe in God, then consider human freedom the Earth’s greatest gift to humankind. Governments all over the world artificially restrict this freedom in the name of safety, false equality or libido dominadi (the lust to dominate). While this is a fundamental shame in the world, and yes, certainly in the USA, we try to enjoy what freedom we have left every day. The USA used to be the freest country in the world. That is what made it truly great. That was “American Exceptionalism”. Slowly our freedoms have been restricted by federal and state government and we are no longer the most free. At least we are still in the top 15 or so most free. Freedom is being free to engage in voluntary transactions with others. Freedom is to not be aggressor unto others. Freedom is the just power to fight back when someone brings aggression or restriction unto you. As somebody way more brilliant than I will ever be, Judge Andrew Napolitano, once said, “Freedom is our natural state and is the ultimate natural right.” Seeing others who have more government restrictions placed upon them all over the world made us look on the bright side of our American freedoms remaining in comparison to them.If you don’t exercise your freedom on a regular basis, it atrophies like muscles unused If you don’t use your freedom at all, or allow others to substitute their muscle for yours, you don’t stay strong. And you become subservient to those with stronger muscles than you whether you consent to it or not. What happens when a benevolent government turns evil? Has it happened repeatedly, all over the world, and in our own backyard in our lifetime? Regrettably, most Americans are no longer of the tradition to exercise their freedoms as the government restricts them of their rights which existed before governments ever existed and is guaranteed to the people in their own constitution. Wasn’t it Alexis de Tocqueville that 175 years ago said, and I paraphrase, “Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom”? This trip reminded us that life is good because of freedom as the natural state of our being, and we still have more than most, even if it is being taken away from us more and more each day. I hope the USA can become the freest nation in the world again. I hope all people in all nations have their artificial restrictions of freedom by their governments reduced in all sectors of society. If they can become more free than us, cheers to them.We saw the good side of people everywhere we went. So many people, of so many nations and tongues, welcomed us with hospitality and open arms. Around the world people shared smiles, stories, and their time with us. As rock and roll hall of fame inductees Rush said, they were… “bearing a gift beyond price, almost free”. And in our case thanks to strategic frequent flier mile and hotel spending it was almost free. There is no price we could pay for the value, learning, insight, perspective, fun, excitement, and enjoyment we gained from meeting and learning from others around the world.We also learned from the bad side of people. As I outline in this FlyerTalk post we got what we felt was an unfair shake by a Brazillian Border Guard. What would you do in our shoes? I found it insightful, interesting, and absurd to read what some other FlyerTalkers thought of us and our perspective on the situation^:td::confused:. Read the thread for yourselves and see what you think. And don’t miss my sophmoric magnum opus on “Responsibilities of a Guest vs. a Host” in a foreign country in response to some of my detractors on FlyerTalk. We are thankful that across our 10 weeks that was the worst that happened to us. There could have been many more bad outcomes from that or other situations while traveling abroad outside of your comfort zone. I guess that is part of the adventure.

    Many people have asked us about the more personal aspects of our trip. That is a fair question considering our blog and FlyerTalk mainly focused on the nerdy Airline and Hotel aspects. Well I will try and share a tidbit or two on each place to paint some more color on the beautiful portrait of a trip we got to enjoy.

  • Cuzco, Peru: Taking the unbelievably full $1.50 public bus the 1 hour trip from Cuzco to Pisac having the opportunity to sit next to some local indigenous people on their giant ruck sack on the hot center console of the bus while having Peruvian mountain flute music blared out on the radio and holding on for dear life around curvy roads.
  • Lima, Peru: Exploring the childhood home of Lady Tocqueville’s mother near the Mira Flores district. Runner up experience: Ceviche in the Chorillos bario.
  • Easter Island, Chile: Renting a ATV/Quad for the day. From beautiful serene sun-up with the Moai keeping watch over us to a dusty day of seeing all the spiritual aspects of the Rapa Nui people and their amazing Moai we enjoyed the adventure cruising around the island.
  • Santiago, Chile: Eating delicious casita empanadas in the historic center of Valparaiso. Runner up: Enjoying a delicious Chillean Asado meat feast in the Andes Foothills after a wine tour at Concha y Toro vineyard outside of Santiago.
  • Mendoza, Argentina: Private wine tasting at Trivento hosted by the head of marketing and a full hour of insight with the Head winemaker himself of one the reserve line of Wines. Runner up: Celebrating my 30th birthday with my lovely wife and her parents in the Andes at a alpine churrascaria in the Historic Manzana village on San Martin day.
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Getting a straight edge shave while Lady Tocqueville sipped Fernet at one of the (#7) 10 best places to get a men’s shave in the world
  • Iguazu Falls, Argentina Brazil: NOT the border crossing which is supposed to be easy. What was awesome: After hiking around and viewing the magnificent Iguazu Falls sitting back in the living room of the Secret Garden with our host Bernardo enjoying homemade snacks and delicious caipirinhas.
  • Sao Paulo, Brazil: Crushing a shrimp and cheese pastel at the Mercado Centrale after moseying around some beautiful neighborhoods all morning
  • Istanbul, Turkey After touring the Hagia Sophia getting into a beautiful 45 minute discussion about Iznik tile art and classic middle eastern antiques with a Kurdish shop-keep in SultanAhmet
  • Santorini, Greece Hiking all the way up the volcano to the fascinating ruins of Ancient Thira. Then coming down and raking our thirst and hunger on awesome gyros wraps and ice cold coca-cola.
  • Athens, Greece: Seeing the Acropolis. Holy smokes.
  • Vienna, Austria: Watching Carmen at the Vienna State Operahouse with Lady Tocqueville, an Italian friend of mine, and his lovely girlfriend. Then coming back to the hotel room at 1Am to watch Georgia beat South Carolina in football.
  • St. Petersburg, Russia Being in Russia with my wife, my parents, and four of my good friends from Zurich. Eating a delicious Georgian feast which included the discovery of Khachapuri into my life. The Summer and Winter Palaces, Hermitage, and St. Issac’s cathedral also did not suck. I’ll give the St. Petersburg ballet for their performance of Romeo & Juliet, but by then I was getting a little of tired of enjoying “the classics”. It was over 3 hours long!
  • Saigon, Vietnam: Taking in the assault on all senses. Favorite assault on taste sense included street food and amazing restaurant food serving street food. We even got to meet up with one of Lady Tocqueville’s friends there who brought us to some incredible insider’s restaurants.
  • Tokyo, Japan: Eating the freshest most delicious sushi ever at the Sushi Zanmai by the Central Fish market. Runner up goes to seeing people performing Cosplay at Asakusa Square at about 3PM on a random Tuesday.
  • Kyoto, Japan: Other than seeing a grammatically incorrect Subway Restaurant napkin, walking hand-in-hand down the philosopher’s path seeing all the temples, zen gardens, and Shinto shrines.
  • Hong Kong, China: Hiking up Mt. Victoria from our hotel to see the stunning views of this amazing shrine to the testament to human freedom and capitalism Hong Kong represents. And the Dim Sum was killer too.
  • Auckland, New Zealand: Catching up with a friend on our quick stop in Auckland.
  • Noumea, New Caledonia En sirotant du vin sur un banc de parc avec vue sur la plage et océan magnifique. Runner up: eating pizza made with Roblechon, which is one of my favorite cheeses in the world. It is restricted from consumption in the USA because the Food and Drug Administration doesn’t want to let American’s choose for themselves if they want to eat unpasteurized dairy. If I eat this back home, I go to jail. They call this a “Free Country”.
  • Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia: Rambling about the gorgeous Le Meridien Ile Des Pins. Being drunk on how nice and relaxing our private beachside bungalow was. Paddle boarding to uninhabited pine islands and frolicking on private beaches.
  • Melbourne, Australia: Taking in all the interesting neighborhoods and enjoying the Anglophone Commonwealth culture.
  • Port Douglas, Australia Snorkeling the great barrier reef. (A few of you have asked for photos, we took none of the reef itself since we didn’t have the equipment- so here is some consolation photos from Google). Seeing a sleeping tiger shark was pretty cool. So was hiking for a few hours through the Daintree rainforest looking out for Cassowarys. I did not know Cassowarys even existed until we came to this place. We did eventually see one at a nature reserve.
  • Sydney, Australia Hiking for hours around the beautiful eastern suburbs with an old friend who I hadn’t seen in five years. It was a treat to catch up with him. Also watching the Sydney Union Rugby League finals at a local bar in Bondi Beach was a lot of fun. My memories are a bit hazy on that one.Can you believe how much fun we had? What a blessing to be able to have the health and resources to take a trip like this. The world and its people are such a gift. How are we so lucky? Our Parents? God? Hard work? Creativity? I would argue all of the above.As of today the FlyerTalk thread about our trip has over 58,000 views. 58,000! In less than 3 months! The Tocqueville Miles and Points: Putting the Free in Freedom blog has over 20,000 page views in the last 3 months! I never could have imagined the response and readers who have followed us along on our journey. Thank you again for your support.I am happy to answer questions about our trip or share our lessons learned, pitfalls, and game changers along the way. Let me know how I can help. And I can’t wait to learn from you.You saw how much of an appreciation we got for our home on our return based on my blathering introduction at the beginning of this post. With this concept in mind, I leave you with a sage quote Lady Tocqueville taught me before she was even my girlfriend or my wife:

    We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S. Eliot

     

     

     

2. CLT-MIA-LIM-CUZ on AA/LA in Y/J/Y

Trip of a Million Lifetimes

2. CLT-MIA-LIM-CUZ on AA/LA in Y/J/Y

 

Even though our Charlotte to Miami flight was at 6:10PM, we had our friends pick us up at 3:15PM to take us to the airport.  We wanted the extra time to have a celebratory toast at Beaudevin in the Charlotte main concourse.  Afterall, we were about to embark on a trip for which we had been impatiently waiting for months.  And now was the time to make it happen.

 

Tapas at Beaudevin in CLT

Tapas at Beaudevin in CLT

My wife has Global Entry, thus giving her TSA pre-check almost always.  I have TSA pre-check as part of my US Airways Chairman Preferred membership.  However, on this day, we were flying American Airlines and LAN, where I have no status and no pre-check.  So my wife received the three beeps for pre-check, I did not.  Yet another #TSAShoulderSyndrome was executed, and I passed through the Walk Through Metal Detector with my dignity, and we went on our way to Beaudevin.

 

At Beaudevin, we had a very friendly waiter from Ecuador servce us some Italian Prosecco and a meat/cheese plate consisting of craft California Jack, Point Reyes Bleu, and some spicy Salami from Spain.  We took altitude sickness medicine that morning, Diamox, to prepare for Cuzco, and apparently it makes all things carbonated taste bad.  That was true with a Coke Cherry Zero I bought earlier in the day.  The Prosecco had a weird taste.  And later, once in the Admirals Club in Miami, even the club soda tasted weird.

 

While munching away, celebrating life, and sharing platitudes about how lucky we were to be able to take this trip, I received a notification from TripIt on my phone’s e-mail saying that our CLT – MIA flight was delayed by 45 minutes.  Me, being the enterprising frequent flier, had an idea.  We are both Chairman members on US Airways.  US Airways also flies CLT – MIA, and there was a flight at 5:57PM that would arrive 15 minutes prior to our originally scheduled arrival time on the AA flight.  First class and Economy were wide open according to FlightStats.  So I called AA, and said I was worried we would miss our 3 hour connection because delays could cascade, and asked to be put on CLT – MIA.  They ablidged, and our eyes lit up at the opportunity to fly on an A319 in domestic first class with free hooch instead of the Regional Jet in Economy.  They said we just had to get to an American Airlines desk to reissue the ticket.  We hustled to the AA desk in terminal A from Beaudevin, as we were only about one hour out from the scheduled US Airways CLT – MIA departure.  Unfortunately, the AA agent had a line of 5 people in front of us, and was helping track down some peoples lost bags, rebook some people to St. Louis, and so on and so forth.  By the time we got up to her, we had only 30 minutes to spare before the flight pushed back.  We asked to be reissued, and she refused.  She was actually quite obstinate, saying that there is no way we would make it to terminal C where the US CLT – MIA flight pushed back, and our delay was only 45 minutes.  As politely and professionally as possible, I let her know that we knew it was tight, and didn’t mind trying, and would appreciate the exercise should we have to come back.  She started stalling some more, getting her coworkers involved in telling us we wouldn’t make it.  She called a US Airways supervisor, to try to get his validation that we wouldn’t make it.  All the while precious minutes were ticking away.  Finally, with only 10 minutes to go until our desired US CLT – MIA flight pushed back, and still no reissued ticket from the agent, we conceded that given all the delays and obstination, we would definitely not make it, and resigned ourselves to the fact that we still be on the Regional Jet and not crushing it up front.

 

So we sat in the terminal and waited for our AA CLT – MIA flight.

 

Charlotte – Miami

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Departure Time: 610PM

Embraer 145 Regional Jet

Economy Class Seat 6A

As far as first world problems go, this was a big one.  Out of our 30 flights, CLT – MIA is the only flight on a regional jet.  No First Class.  Just coach and weak seat pitch.  My wife is 5’9″, and I clock in at 6’4″ (1.93m), so while regional jets are manageable, they are not desirable.  Especially when on a Business Class award ticket.

 

Delayed CLT-MIA flight

Delayed CLT-MIA flight

Regional jet pain train

Regional jet pain train

the amazing comfort of the AA Embraer Regional Jet struggle seat

the amazing comfort of the AA Embraer Regional Jet struggle seat

 

During the two hour flight, I played Civilization V on my computer, and my wife read her book.  Some Conrad novel about South America.

 

We arrived in Miami at around 9PM, and made our way to the AA Admirals Club.  Our connecting flight to Lima was to board at 11:15PM, so we were going to cool our heels for a while.  We got some Malbecs to sip on while we were waiting.  Regrettably, TripIt sent me a notification saying our Miami to Lima flight was delayed for 2 hours, from 11:55PM to 1:55AM.  I was already quite tired as it was, so the last thing I wanted was to sit around for 2 more hours before a red-eye flight.  Nevertheless, I saw this as an opportunity to switch onto the Miami – Lima flight on LAN airlines, which flies a lie-flat seat on a 767, instead of the 757 domestic First Class configuration American Airlines flies on the route.  The LAN flight was full, so we bided our time.  At around Midnight, our AA Admirals Club closed and we were sent to another one down the D terminal in Miami.  I dozed in an out while the creepy bartender would hit on my wife each time she would refill her drink.

 

Admirals Club Miami

Admirals Club Miami

Some munchies in the Admirals Club

Some munchies in the Admirals Club

Free Malbec and Club Soda that tastes funny due to altitude sickness medicine

Free Malbec and Club Soda that tastes funny due to altitude sickness medicine

Miami – Lima

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Departure Time: 11:55PM (Actual 2:00AM)

Boeing 757-200

Business Class Seat 4A

 

We headed to the gate around 1:15AM, and were some of the first to board.  I knew going in that the 757-200 domestic configuration was going to be pretty weak in business class.  In fact, I noted to my wife that of the 7 red-eye flights we have on our trip, this one would be the least comfortable.  I wanted the 767 lie flat on AA or LAN, but they were either not available for award tickets even 11 months out, or were not a red-eye.  Sadly, my expectations were realized.  The seats were old.  The cabin felt old and ratty.  There was, however, a decent sized pillow and duvet.  No amenity kit, eyeshades, etc. on this almost 6 hour international business class flight.  I was exhausted, so I skipped the dinner and breakfast and tried to sleep.  My wife stayed up for it, and had a tasty Mushroom soup, filet with crab meat, and a cheese plate.

 

Preparing to Board MIA - LIM

Preparing to Board MIA – LIM

The AA757-200 Business Class

The AA757-200 Business Class

The AA757-200Business Class

The AA757-200Business Class

Solid legroom on the AA 757-200 business class

Solid legroom on the AA 757-200 business class

I ended up with about 4.5 hours of sleep, which was pretty good for not being able to recline all the way back, or even be cradled in the old-school recliner seats.  I brought earplugs that I use while at a NASCAR race, and an eye-shade, and those were indispensable to get some deep sleep.

 

We arrived in Lima about two hours late, went through the customs and immigration formalities just in time to miss our connecting flight to Cuzco by about 10 minutes.

 

However, we were in luck as there was another Cuzco flight leaving 20 minutes later, and we talked to the friendly gate agent staff who got us on that flight.

 

Lima – Cuzco

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Departure Time: 7:05AM

Airbus A320

Economy Class – Seat ??

 

Lima to Cuzco is served almost hourly in the morning and early afternoon by LAN all economy A320s.  While it is economy, and the seat pitch is brutal, the planes are new and clean, and I found the flight attendants, including one English speaking attendant, to be very professional and responsive.  We were bussed to our remote gate, and climbed up the stairs to the plane.

 

Our original flight had us in 6A and 6B.  When getting put on this flight, the gate agent told us we were now in 1A and 1B.  When we boarded, 1A and 1B were taken.  We figured we would just go with the flow, and posted up in vacant 1D and 1E.  Towards the end of boarding, a gentleman came up and claimed 1E.  We asked the flight attendant about 1A and 1B, even though we didn’t have a boarding pass to justify it.  She said her paperwork had the seats as vacant, but row 2 was empty so we were contento to sit there.

 

Our new flight to Cuzco since we misconnected our first one

Our new flight to Cuzco since we misconnected our first one

Jetbridge to the plane

Jetbridge to the plane

The seat pitch on LAN is tight in coach

The seat pitch on LAN is tight in coach

LAN economy snack box

LAN economy snack box

Contents of LAN economy snack box

Contents of LAN economy snack box

For a short hour flight, a snack plate of local big-Agro snacks were served, including Vanilla Wafers, a Chocolate Wafer, and some table crackers.  I had the Chocolate Wafer and some Hot Tea while my wife slept.  It was an uneventful flight, with beautiful views of endless mountains the whole way.  I used this time to crank out some Trip Report updates.

 

The Trip of a Million Lifetimes – Prepare to Launch

The Trip of a Million Lifetimes30 F/J Flights Around the World in 69 Days on AA, LA, JJ, TK, A3, OS, NH, TG, NZ, and QF

53,979 nautical miles

53,979 nautical miles

So it begins in two days. August 3, 2013. For almost two years, my wife and I have been planning to take an epic trip. We knew we wanted to do it. It was just a matter of coordinating with our work and life goals. To set the stage, here is the breakdown on us:

  • My Wife: Just turned 30, Management Consultant within Financial Services, loves food, wine, and quality time
  • Me: About to turn 30, Management Consultant within Mergers & Acquisitions, loves traveling and NASCAR
  • Us: Just married 15 months ago [Did a short and sweet honeymoon in St. John’s USVI], live in North Carolina, were not afraid to churn credit cards to enhance our butt-in-seat earned miles and points

In September 2011, when we were just dating, we cashed in 120,000 Delta SkyMiles each to go to Malaysia and China. While walking hand in hand on a beach on Tioman island, watching the tide come in, we both came to the conclusion that we were savoring every moment of travel we did together, and should find a way to one day take an epic trip.

Over the following months, we methodically began opening credit cards, using them to get a bonus amount of miles, closing the credit cards, and moving on to the next one. We did this over the course of a year to strategically supplement the miles we were earning from work travel. We earned 330,000 points through this year-long churn.

In October 2012, coincidentally, we had both left our current employers for a competitor. When accepting our new offers, we made one request. “Could we take a sabbatical about a year out for 2-3 months? We wish to travel the globe while we are newlyweds and before we have started a family.” Fortunately for us, our prospective employers were very enthusiastic on the idea. Because our breed of Management Consulting is project based, as long as we give enough notice, our absence will not be too disruptive to our teams and clients.

So in November 2012, I called, and spoke for hours of agents of different airlines, competencies, patience, and customer experience orientation putting business class and first class award tickets on hold. I did the research to see which airlines release what seats and when. And we strategically strung together 3 tickets to give us the trip that we wanted. So on 3 separate award tickets, we dropped a total of 300,000 miles each and got our Trip of A Million Lifetimes locked-in. 23 Destinations. I had over 1m Marriott Points at the time, and my wife her balance of 200k+ SPG points, and we started reserving hotel rooms where we saw the best value for money. For some areas, we are staying in a hostel or a private guesthouse in a residence. In other places, we are staying in 5* hotels with confirmed suite upgrades and lounge access. Overall, I calculate we are getting $90,000 total value for free from our air and hotel awards. This trip isn’t just a once in a lifetime, it is a once in a million people’s lifetimes!

We stay in each of our destinations for 1-5 nights:

  • 1 Night: 5 Destinations
  • 2 Nights: 4 Destinations
  • 3 Nights: 9 Destinations
  • 4 Nights: 1 Destination
  • 5 Nights: 4 Destinations

So as we go I will attempt to give accurate, fun, and insightful trip reports to the blog community fodder. I hope I don’t grow too weary of taking photos and documenting insights of everything, but I’ll try.

Now it is time to go pack our carry-on bags. Damn the TSA and their 3-1-1 liquids/gels/aerosols rules. We will make this work. I hope everyone enjoys!

  1. Introduction
  2. CLT-MIA-CUZ-LIM on AA/LA in Y/J/Y
  3. JW Marriott Cuzco
  4. CUZ-LIM on LA in Y
  5. Sheraton Lima Hotel & Convention Center
  6. LIM-SCL-IPC n LA in J
  7. Steve’s Guest House Easter Island
  8. IPC-SCL on LA in J
  9. Marriott Santiago
  10. SCL-MDZ on LA in Y
  11. Wine Farm Posada in Mendoza
  12. MDZ-AEP on LA in Y
  13. Hostel Ostinatto Buenos Aires
  14. AEP-IGR on LA in Y
  15. Secret Garden Guest House Iguazu Falls
  16. IGU-GRU on JJ in Y
  17. Marriott Renaissance Sao Paulo
  18. GRU-IST on TK in J
  19. AirBNB Guest House Istanbul
  20. IST-ATH-JTR on A3 in J/Y
  21. Starwood Luxury Collection Vedema Santorini
  22. JTR-ATH on A3 in Y
  23. Intercontinental Athens
  24. ATH-VIE on OS in J
  25. Courtyard Marriott Messe Vienna
  26. VIE-LED on OS in J
  27. Marriott Renaissance Baltic St. Petersburg
  28. LED-IST-SGN on TK in J
  29. Park Hyatt Saigon
  30. SGN-NRT on NH in J
  31. Grand Hyatt Tokyo Roppongi
  32. HND-ITM on NH in Y
  33. Westin Kyoto
  34. KIX-HKG on NH in J
  35. JW Marriott Hong Kong
  36. HKG-BKK-SYD-AKL on TG/NZ in F/J
  37. Friend’s Air Mattress, Auckland
  38. AKL-NOU on NZ in Y
  39. Le Meridien Noumea, New Caledonia
  40. Le Meridien Ile Des Pins, New Caledonia
  41. Le Meridien Noumea, New Caledonia
  42. NOU-SYD-MEL on QF in J
  43. Park Hyatt Melbourne
  44. MEL-CNS on QF in J
  45. Sheraton Resort Port Douglas
  46. CNS-SYD on QF in J
  47. Marriott Sydney Harbourside
  48. SYD-DFW-CLT on QF/AA in J
  49. Concluding Thoughts