2016 was a great travel year for me—the most travel I’ve completed in a single year.
I flew 52,575 miles (84,611 km), which equals to 2.11x Earth circumnavigation, and spent 120 hours and 13 minutes, or five full days, on planes. I visited 10 countries, eight of which for the first time. I set foot on the African continent and flew my longest flight from Johannesburg, South Africa (JNB), to New York (JFK) at 7,982 miles (12,846 km) – 15 hours and 45 minutes in economy!
Seriously, I can’t complain. I’m thankful for how flexible my job has been. And I couldn’t have done this much traveling without diving into the world of points and miles head first. Some of the flights were booked with cash at a killer deal, some with miles, and some with a combination of cash and miles.
To finish the year off, I’m posting a photo from each country I visited.
I’m hoping this year will be just as productive for my travels and I will add some new countries to my list. However, it’s going to be hard to beat last year, especially with how much time off I managed to request at work. Here’s to 2017!