In my quest to hit at least five new countries this year, I’ve planned three really, really exciting trips, and counting. In the past I may have taken some trips for the wrong reasons, letting the quality of an airline and redemption value achievable dictate my travels.
However, I’ve been able to get the best of both worlds here. I have one huge trip planned for spring break, one huge trip planned for May, and one huge trip planned for November (and I’m working on one for July right now). Most exciting is that all my trips are to new countries, and all my longhaul flights are on airlines I’ve yet to review on the blog.
I’d like to share how I planned these and the redemption values I got, since they are pretty spectacular, though I’ve been thinking about the best way to do so. My initial idea was to have a bit of a contest of sorts to see who can guess the trips most closely. Yes, this time around, “contest” actually equates to there being a (small) prize. I’d give some clues, and we’d see who gets closest over the one week guessing period. Then I’d lay out how I planned everything.
I’m leaning towards a different method, though. Instead, I’m thinking I’ll make these “mystery” trips. The first post I’ll publish about any given trip will be in the airline lounge before I’m about to leave on that trip.
Thoughts? I don’t want to cause my three blog readers any sleep loss, so if the latter plan is going to be an issue, please let me know. 😉
And on a related note, I plan on raising the bar on my trip reports. I’ll be getting a new camera next week (stay tuned for that), which will be much more practical for taking high quality pictures in the sky and on the ground. I’ll also make the pictures bigger, so that you don’t need a magnifying glass to figure out whether I’m eating caviar or hot nuts.