By the Numbers: Flying Around the World Twice in Three Weeks
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I’ve had the chance to experience some pretty wild itineraries in my lifetime, but nothing quite like this. Over the past three weeks, I’ve flown a whopping 42,753 miles, circling the globe twice before finally returning home to New York City in time for Thanksgiving. And it was all for work!
I tallied up some of my stats along the way, including everything from flight distance to the number of miles I walked over the course of these three weeks on the road (nearly 191!). It’s been one hell of a ride, and I’m about to fly around the world two more times before 2017 is through, so stay tuned for some very exciting coverage to come.
So, let’s see where I landed after my final flight this Saturday…
Longest flight: 8,770 miles (Los Angeles-Singapore)
Shortest flight: 201 miles (Boston-Newark)
Total miles flown: 42,753
Total redeemable miles earned: 71,558
Number of in-flight meals: 18
Hours of in-flight sleep: 34
Airlines flown: Emirates, Finnair, Korean Air, Lufthansa, Turkish and United
You can view the full flight breakdown here.
Hotel stays: 7
Total hotel nights: 17
Number of aircraft tours: 10
Total photos and videos captured: 10,246
Instagram posts: 191
Cups of coffee: 52
Runs at Ski Dubai: 21
Most steps in one day: 43,164
Most miles in one day: 18.7
Total miles walked: 190.7
With all of the food I eat during flights and on the ground, getting significant exercise is key. Time permitting, I always walk instead of taking a cab, and I use almost all of my free time to explore the cities I’m visiting — I almost never turn on a hotel room TV, except in the gym, which I try to visit daily in addition to my walking adventures. As a result, not only did I not gain any weight despite eating a lot of amazing food on this trip, I actually lost about five pounds!
I love seeing and flying on new planes, but for me it’s the experiences on the ground, and the connections I make with people — both professional and personal — that matter most.
Aside from a fun Google Translate-d conversation with my Turkish seatmate from Istanbul to New York (see above), here are some of the posts covering the highlights of my 2x round-the-world adventure:
- Check Out Emirates’ Fancy New Airbus A380 In-Flight Bar
- Flight Review: Finnair (A350) Business Class From Singapore to Helsinki
- The Best Meal I’ve Ever Had on a US Airline
- What It Was Like to Sit in the Nose on United’s Final 747 Flight
- Emirates Hit a Home Run With This Incredible New First-Class Suite
- This Incredible Private Dreamliner Is the Ultimate $300 Million Flying Home
- Step Aboard Emirates’ Suites-Equipped Airbus A319 Private Jet
- My Experience Successfully Entering Turkey En-Route to the US
Beginning next week, I’ll be flying around the world two more times, including a trip in Emirates’ fantastic new first-class suite on the December 1 inaugural flight. You can follow along in real time on Twitter and Instagram — I’ll be posting on both platforms throughout each day.
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