Yes, I’m fully aware that it’s mid-March and this is a bit late, but better late than never! It’s already been a very busy travel year in 2014, both actual travel as well has planning out the whole year ahead of time due to:
1) United devaluing miles
2) Planning my remaining 42 countries to visit to ensure I meet my target of Labour Day 2016
3) The hardship of using up all those $10 tickets to Hawaii I scored 😉
Anyways, on to the year in review!
In 2013, I logged a total of 171,863 miles in the air, which was actually my highest total ever! In comparison:
My last year below 100,000 miles flown was in 2002, when I logged “only” 69,592. So far I have around 110,000 booked already for 2014, so with a few more random trips added in I’m sure I’ll be in the 130-140,000 range by the end of the year. The year’s travel map:
For those 171,863 miles I took a total of 109 flights for an average length of 1,577 miles. My shortest flight was only 72 miles from Malabo, Equatorial Guinea to Douala, Cameroon and the longest was 6,512 each way from Houston to Lagos, Nigeria.
As far as aircraft go:
Airbus: 47 total
Boeing: 43 total
Canadair: 3 total
DeHavilland: 3 total
Embraer: 14 total
For these 109 flights, 20 were in economy (of which 6 were economy plus), 56 were in domestic first/business, 10 were in international first, and 24 were in international business class.
For the true first class flights, 9 were on Lufthansa and the other 1 was on the Thai A380.
On the country front, I managed to visit 34 countries, of which 19 were new to me, bringing my total to 149 countries visited:
Benin, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Kazkhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Serbia, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Uzbekistan.
I also flew a total of 25 airlines in 2013, of which 7 were new: Air Astana, Air Burkina, Air Côte d’Ivoire, Air Serbia, ASKY, TunisAir, and Uzbekistan Airways. This brings me to 125 total airlines flown.
2013 also saw visits to 53 unique airports (23 of which were new: Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Almaty, Astana, Belgrade, Bishkek, Cotonou, Cuzco, Douala, Dushanbe, Lagos, Libreville, Lima, Lomé, Malabo, Moscow Domodedovo, Moscow Vnukovo, Niamey, Ouagadougu, Podgorica, San Jose CA, Sarajevo, Tunis), which is my second highest ever after 69 airports in 2012.
So, dear readers, how did your 2013 look? How did it compare to past years?
Impressive accounting. Do you have a map or website to track your airports visited? I’ve been looking for one of these besides just using a spreadsheet.
I actually use a spreadsheet in addition to http://www.flightmemory.com
That is an impressive year! 34 countries in one year is a busy year. I just found your blog and Do you travel for business or mostly for pleasure?
It’s a mix of business and pleasure. I usually do two extended work trips per year, usually in the 2-3 week range, then the rest is pleasure.