December 26th, 2010
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Wow, it’s already been a week since my wife and I left Cleveland on a month-long trip round-the-world!
We were supposed to originally fly in British Airways First Class to Thailand, but Heathrow was closed last Sunday so we rerouted via the Pacific and flew in the too-good-for-words-to-describe 747 First Class on Cathay Pacific to Thailand via S. Francisco and Hong Kong.
We spent a week in Thailand at 2 Starwood hotels and are now spending the night at a Hong Kong airport hotel before heading on down to Australia tomorrow in First Class on Qantas! We’ll check out Melbourne, Sydney, Tasmania, and the Whitsunday Islands near the Great Barrier Reef while down under over the next 2.5 weeks. Feel free to post your tips for activities in any of those place or about kosher restaurants in a comment on this post. (Comments are moderated as always so I’ll approve them as internet access permits)
I priced out our round-the-world trip (as it stands now) if we were to pay for it and it was over $45,000 each! Instead all we needed were the miles from opening a handful of credit cards for the airfare, the Starwood points from the Starwood AMEX, and leftover Hyatt points from their last Faster Free Nights promotion to take a trip around the world for literally next to nothing!
I’ll post a trip report on Thailand soon. Bear with me as we travel and keep on checking back for updates!