Oslo: First Class 30th Birthday Trip, Next Part

Planning Re-planning Lufthansa A330 Old First Class DFW-FRA Driving the Nurburgring Nordschleife Lufthansa First Class Terminal Oslo to celebrate Chris Guillebeau Singapore A380 Suites Class FRA-SIN Singapore Airlines Private Room and Singapore 777-300ER First Class SIN-HKG Hong Kong and the Hyatt Regency Tsim Sha Tsui Cathay Pacific’s The Wing Lounge and 747 First Class HKG-SFO Lots of people have done incredible things.  For example: Jesus, Sean Connery, and I’m probably leaving out a few others. Roughly 3-4 years ago (I tried to find the exact date by looking back through my journals, but then I remembered I don’t keep a journal) I started following the blog of a guy named Chris Guillebeau at www.chrisguillebeau.com.  When I happened across his website for the first time, I had the same first thought many of you probably did, “this guy should’ve named his website something easier to spell.”  But my second thought was, “this is genius-level stuff here, not only does he hack frequent flyer programs but he also seems to lead a pretty fulfilled life.”  My third thought was “I need a sandwich”.  Anyhoo, back to Chris.  This is a guy who, when he turned 30, came up with an amazing goal: to visit every country in the world by his 35th birthday. What I liked about his goal is it was very big (goals should be ambitious), very measurable (instead of “I should travel more”, he defined his goal as visiting all countries recognized as such by the UN), and he made it… read more

Travel Muses

muse [myooz] : 1. to think or meditate in silence, as on some subject. 2. to gaze meditatively or wonderingly. (dictionary.reference.com) What inspires travel? Many would say there’s an element of discontent that leads one to travel beyond their own borders. Others say that man works best when there is a journey ahead. Others, seeing family. For me, it’s elements of all of these (non-committal I know). I enjoy meeting people of different cultures and seeing how they do life. I like seeing them interact with their friends and laugh with one another. All of this seems pretty idealistic, and with good reason. Many in eastern thought would say that when we meet other cultures and learn their customs, even if we choose not to adopt them, it moves us closer to our most ideal version of self. I don’t know about all that, but suffice it to say that it is hard for me to return from any trip unchanged. There are many who have caused me to stop and think about traveling and inspired me along the way. Some have simply posted a video and wouldn’t know me from Adam, others I’ve connected with via Twitter and will meet in 2013. I thought I’d share them with you. Matt Harding (www.wherethehellismatt.com) Matt Harding, an American from Connecticut, was working for a video game developer in Brisbane, Australia, when he decided to take a year or so off and go travel Asia with some buddies. He had a goofy… read more



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