One of the greatest things about the miles & points hobby is being able to share incredible experiences with family & friends. The main reason I write trip reports is to share my travel experiences with you guys in hopes of everyone being able to travel as comfortably as possible. But another reason is that it’s sort of a fun record for me to have of some of the amazing experiences I’ve had over the years.
Given that Throwback Thursday is a thing, I thought it would be fun to share a trip report I wrote a couple of years ago, which I was going through earlier in the week, as it put a smile on my face. Since readership has grown exponentially over the past couple of years, I assume a lot of you haven’t read it yet.
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to take my mother on a trip for her “round” birthday. I love my parents more than anything, and my mom works far too hard, so I was really looking forward to the chance to spoil her a bit.
That being said, this was one of the most challenging trips I’ve ever planned. You’ll want to read more about the planning and decision-making process before diving in to the full trip report.
Eventually, I met my mom in Chicago, where we had a brief visit to the (mediocre) SAS Lounge Chicago before boarding our Cathay Pacific First Class Chicago to Hong Kong. The crew was incredibly attentive, and loved that mom was traveling for her birthday.
We had a brief stay at the Conrad Hong Kong, then continued our journey via the Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge Hong Kong. We then flew Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Bali before two incredible stays at the Amandari Bali and Amankila Bali
Bali is one of my favorite places in the world, and one of the places I find most relaxing. Being able to experience the nature and culture with my mom was really special, and a memory I’ll always treasure.
For our return journey, we flew Malaysia Airlines Business Class Bali to Kuala Lumpur then connected to Malaysia Airlines Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong, before finally boarding our Cathay Pacific First Class Hong Kong to San Francisco.
I learned a lot about traveling with my parents on this trip, and since then have booked itineraries with fewer connections and longer layovers whenever possible. My mom wrote about her thoughts on the trip as well, which adds a nice touch to the entire experience.
You can find the full series here:
Mom’s Bali Birthday Bonanza
SAS Lounge Chicago
Cathay Pacific First Class Chicago to Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific “The Wing” First Class Lounge Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific Business Class Hong Kong to Bali
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Bali to Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia Airlines Business Class Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong
Cathay Pacific First Class Hong Kong to San Francisco
And if you haven’t checked out my Trip Report Index, there are reviews of just about every flight I’ve taken and hotel I’ve stayed at. Hopefully it will prove a useful resource the next time you’re planning a trip!