By the Numbers: Flying Around the World Twice in Three Weeks

Nov 20, 2017

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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.

My November 2017 adventures. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.
My November 2017 adventures. Image courtesy of Great Circle Mapper.

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:

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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