Over the most recent holidays, after 2 years traveling as a married couple, we decided to spend 3 months visiting Asia and circling the globe. After extensive logistics planning and saying many goodbyes, we began our adventure.
Now, 2 weeks after returning home, here we are writing our recap post on the most incredible experience of our lives. We are amazed at what we accomplished in only 85 days: over 36 cities in 14 countries!
We flew 17 times – 2 in international first class, 8 in international business class, 2 in domestic first, and 5 in economy. We are grateful to have been in premium cabins for everything over 2 hours. Also, we used points and miles to book for FREE or for a FRACTION of ECONOMY PRICES on all 17 flights!
As for sleeping arrangements, well, every night of the trip we utilized some trick to save money. When we weren’t burning points and free night certificates, we were booking 4th Night Free deals and boutique hotels at discounted rates.
This trip would have easily costed us over $100,000 dollars for the premium experiences we were able to enjoy. Thanks to points and miles, we were able to do this incredible trip for only a fraction of the cost.
Over the next few months, we plan to break down the techniques we used for each flight and hotel and how we travel hacked via points or cash deals.
Thanks for following our greatest adventure yet!
Japan – Kyoto, Kobe, Numazu, Fujinomiya, Ito, Tokyo, Hakone
China – Beijing, Great Wall at Mutianyu
Hong Kong – Hong Kong, Lantau Island
Vietnam – Saigon, Cu Chi District, Mekong Delta
Cambodia – Siem Reap
Thailand – Krabi, Koh Lanta, Phi Phi, Tonsai, Railay, Chiang Mai, Bangkok
Indonesia – Bali (Kuta, Seminyak, Ubud, Jimbaran)
Singapore – Singapore
United Arab Emirates – Dubai, Abu Dhabi
Greece – Athens, Mykonos, Paros, Antiparos, Ios, Santorini, Thirasia
Spain – Barcelona
France – Marseilles, Cannes, Nice
Monaco – Monte Carlo
Switzerland – Zurich
2 First Class Flights:
Japan Airlines LAX-NRT
Singapore Airlines SIN-DXB
8 Business Class Flights:
Japan Airlines HND-PEK
Cathay Pacific PEK-HKG
Cathay Pacific HKG-SGN
Thai Airlines BKK-DPS
Singapore Airlines DPS-SIN
Etihad Airways AUH-ATH
SWISS Airlines NCE-ZRH
SWISS Airlines ZRH-MIA
2 Domestic First:
American Airlines MIA-IAH
American Airlines IAH-LAX
Vietnam Airlines SGN-REP
Thai AirAsia REP-HKT
Thai AirAsia KBV-CNX
Thai AirAsia CNX-DMK
Vueling Airlines JTR-BCN