As I wrote about several days ago, I’m in the middle of one of my craziest trips ever, as I’m flying more than 33,000 miles over the course of a week. I’m super excited about the trip in general, as I’m getting to try a bunch of new airlines, some of which are quite exotic.
Here are the flights we’ve taken so far during this journey:
What you can’t easily tell based on the map is that we flew from Colombo to Doha to Casablanca and back, so now we’re back in Colombo. It has been a really fun few days, as flying is sort of my natural high. Stuff like this always gets me excited. I just love being at airports and on planes.
While the trip has been exhausting, we’ve had three hotel stays, with one night in Shanghai, one night in Colombo, and one night in Casablanca. Ultimately I didn’t sleep especially well during any of those stays between jetlag and trying to work, but at least I got a few hours per night in a “real” bed.
Now we’re technically on the return journey of the trip, which looked great in theory, back when we booked. However, this is hands down the most insane one-way journey I’ve ever had.
Why? Because we’re flying from Casablanca to Doha to Colombo to Jeddah to Manchester to New York to Los Angeles without stopping. That’s three days of straight flying without any hotel stays.
Yesterday we flew from Casablanca to Doha, then this morning we took a Qatar Airways redeye to Colombo, and now we have a very long layover here.
I’m dead tired at this point, and we’re only in Colombo, with another ~12,000 miles of flying ahead of us. On top of that we have super long layovers at all stops enroute, though they’re not long enough to actually leave the airport and stay in a hotel.
Now, it’s one thing if there were a 12 hour international first class segment somewhere in the middle of the trip where I could get a proper night of sleep. However, all of these are flights that are 5-6 hours, and most of them don’t have flat beds.
I’ve done a lot of crazy flying in my day, but flying for over three days nonstop without staying in a hotel or having an international first class segment is probably among the craziest.
Boy, am I going to sleep well when I finally get a hotel bed again!! Of course this is all self inflicted so I’m not complaining, though I also didn’t fully process what I was booking at the time. Travel always seems less tolling on paper. 😉
So, would anyone else be crazy enough to fly for more than three days nonstop?