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Organisational Abstract of Our Household World Tour


This report highlights all of the organizational features of our journey world wide. It constitutes the second a part of a three-part abstract :

Organizational abstract of our round-the-world journey – half 2

An itinerary as dense as ours can’t be improvised on the spur of the second. I might additionally say that with out correct planning, our bills may have soared rapidly, forcing us to return earlier than anticipated.

Between that day in November 2017 once we determined to depart and our precise departure in Might 2018, we had allowed ourselves 6 months of planning. That winter had passed by at a loopy velocity!

To place you in context, we had been already journey geeks earlier than embarking on this round-the-world journey. Certainly, I used to plan our journeys in a really organized and methodical method. For instance, as a part of a 5-week journey, my group drove me to plan obligatory and non-compulsory actions with an hourly accuracy, to estimate journey time primarily based on distances to be coated, to design itineraries in every metropolis, and even to make use of Google Avenue View to find parking areas. In brief, journey planning is a pleasure for me, because it permits me to begin travelling earlier than I even do it bodily! The organisation of this world tour was subsequently not tiresome for me.

As soon as we had selected the locations to go to and an itinerary, all I needed to do was e-book flights, rental vehicles and lodges. With expertise, I’ve turn out to be so environment friendly that when planning a vacation spot like Sri Lanka for 15 days (together with locations to go to, itinerary, automobile and all lodges bookings), 2 hours and half-hour is on a regular basis I want!

I invite you to learn the article that explains how we selected our itinerary.

Shwezigon Pagoda

Shwezigon Pagoda, Myanmar

The abstract of our flights

Earlier than our departure in Might 2018, I had already booked the primary 41 flights, which took us to Japan till April 2019. The remainder is now historical past. We ended our journey with 56 flight segments, 50 of which had been at vacation spot and 6 connections. Right here is the checklist of flight segments. All quantities are in Canadian {dollars}.

# Departure metropolis Arrival metropolis Airline Complete price (CAD) Value per particular person (CAD) Distance (km) Cent (CAD) per km
1 Montreal, Canada Reykjavik, Iceland Wow Air 1019.64 254.91 3737 6.82
2 Reykjavik, Iceland London, UK EasyJet 258.56 64.64 1890 3.42
3 London, UK Basel, Switzerland Ryanair 90.53 22.63 742 3.05
4 Basel, Switzerland Berlin, Germany EasyJet 123.67 30.92 684 4.52
5 Berlin, Germany Sofia, Bulgaria Ryanair 234.10 58.53 1306 4.48
6 Istanbul, Turkey Nicosia, Cyprus Turkish Airways 156.36 39.09 736 5.31
7 Larnaca, Cyprus Beirut, Lebanon Cobalt Air 188.52 47.13 208 22.66
8 Beirut, Lebanon Larnaca, Cyprus Cobalt Air 188.52 47.13 208 22.66
9 Larnaca, Cyprus Athens, Greece Cobalt Air 240.76 60.19 932 6.46
10 Chania, Greece Paphos, Cyprus Ryanair 200.71 50.18 765 6.56
11 Paphos, Cyprus Tel Aviv, Israel Ryanair 244.38 61.10 374 16.34
12 Amman, Jordan Abu Dhabi, UAE Etihad Airways 594.00 149.00 2000 7.43
13 Abu Dhabi, UAE New Delhi, India Etihad Airways 678.00 169.00 2281 7.43
14 Jaipur, India Bangkok, Thailand Air Asia 449.76 112.44 2948 3.81
15 Bangkok, Thailand Chiang Mai, Thailand Air Asia 153.86 38.47 565 6.81
16 Chiang Rai, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Air Asia 88.82 22.21 673 3.30
17 Bangkok, Thailand Phuket, Thailand Air Asia 94.66 23.67 689 3.43
18 Phuket, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Air Asia 72.56 18.14 689 2.63
19 Bangkok, Thailand Yangon, Myanmar Air Asia 185.35 46.34 583 7.95
20 Yangon, Myanmar Bangkok, Thailand Air Asia 258.18 64.55 583 11.07
21 Bangkok, Thailand Siem Reap, Cambodia Air Asia 155.44 38.86 351 11.07
22 Siem Reap, Cambodia Bangkok, Thailand Air Asia 170.62 42.66 351 12.15
23 Bangkok, Thailand Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Air Asia 185.35 46.34 741 6.25
24 Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Air Asia 183.55 45.89 1046 4.39
25 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Colombo, Sri Lanka Air Asia 238.06 59.52 2469 2.41
26 Colombo, Sri Lanka Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Air Asia 401.53 100.38 2469 4.07
27 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Manilla, Philippines Cebu Pacific 410.00 102.59 2488 4.12
28 Manilla, Philippines Puerto Princessa, Philippines Cebu Pacific 95.91 23.98 582 4.12
29 Coron, Philippines Cebu, Philippines Philippine Airways 177.88 44.47 469 9.48
30 Cebu, Philippines Singapore Scoot 205.72 51.43 2423 2.12
31 Singapore Melbourne, Australia Scoot 511.44 127.86 6024 2.12
32 Melbourne, Australia Alice Springs, Australia Qantas 105.76 26.44 1857 1.42
33 Alice Springs, Australia Sydney, Australia Qantas 122.24 30.56 2021 1.51
34 Sydney, Australia Golden Coast, Australia Tiger Air 208.56 52.14 678 7.69
35 Golden Coast, Australia Aukland, New Zealand Air New Zealand 789.20 197.30 2219 8.89
36 Aukland, New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Jetstar Airways 205.00 51.25 745 6.88
37 Christchurch, New Zealand Aukland, New Zealand Fiji Airways 198.79 49.70 745 6.67
38 Aukland, New Zealand Nadi, Fiji Fiji Airways 573.44 143.36 2149 6.67
39 Nadi, Fiji Port Vila, Vanuatu Fiji Airways 675.50 168.88 968 17.45
40 Port Vila, Vanuatu Nadi, Fiji Fiji Airways 230.48 57.62 968 5.95
41 Nadi, Fiji Tokyo, Japan Fiji Airways 1689.30 422.33 7095 5.95
42 Tokyo, Japan Osaka, Japan Japan Airways 19.64 4.91 405 1.21
43 Osaka, Japan Taipei, Taiwan Jetstar 474.38 118.60 1703 6.96
44 Taipei, Taiwan Hong Kong, China Hong Kong Airways 540.60 135.15 807 16.75
45 Macau, China Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Air Asia 260.59 65.15 2502 2.60
46 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Kuching, Malaysia Malindo Air 143.22 35.81 970 3.69
47 Kuching, Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Malindo Air 143.22 35.81 970 3.69
48 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Denpasar, Indonesia Air Asia 185.56 46.39 1961 2.37
49 Denpasar, Indonesia Singapore Air Asia 190.62 47.66 1668 2.86
50 Singapore Berlin, Germany Scoot 1222.30 305.58 9938 3.07
51 Berlin, Germany Basel, Switzerland EasyJet 211.14 52.79 689 7.66
52 Dole, France Marrakech, Morocco Ryanair 327.28 81.82 2063 3.97
53 Marrakech, Morocco Milan, Italy EasyJet 128.55 32.14 2126 1.51
54 Milan, Italy Madrid, Spain EasyJet 172.46 43.12 1151 3.75
55 Madrid, Spain Paris, France EasyJet 210.33 52.58 1063 4.95
56 Paris, France Montreal, Canada Stage 1392.37 348.09 5541 6.28
Complete 18676.96 4669.24 95008

As you could have observed, we normally flew quick distances. It saved us in form for the remainder of the day, particularly since we used to go to airport lounges the place we may eat at will earlier than the flights.

Notice that the Melbourne-Alice Springs, Alice Springs-Sydney and Tokyo-Osaka flight segments had been paid for with Avios factors, plus 26.44, 30.56 and 4.91 CAD respectively.

Flying over New Zealand

Flight over New Zealand

I give you a statistical evaluation of those flights.

Value element:

  • Variety of flight segments: 56, the common variety of flight segments for a “regular” around the world journey being 14;
  • Variety of low-cost flights: 40, or 71% of all flights;
  • Complete price for 4 individuals : 18,676.96 CAD (15,114.97 USD);
  • Value per particular person: 4,669.24 CAD (3,778.74 USD), the common price of a round-the-world ticket being 4000 USD per particular person;
  • Common price per flight phase: 83.38 CAD (67.48 USD);
  • The most cost effective flight: 18.14 CAD (14.68 USD) per particular person between Phuket and Bangkok;
  • The most costly flight (prorated in line with the gap flown): 422.33 CAD (341.79 USD) per particular person, to achieve Japan throughout cherry blossom time from the Fiji Islands;

Distance element:

  • Complete distance of all flights: 95008 km, 2.37 instances the circumference of the Earth;
  • Longest distance of a flight: 9938 km between Singapore and Berlin (Germany);
  • Shortest distance of a flight: 208 km between Larnaka (Cyprus) and Beirut (Lebanon);
  • Common flight distance: 1697 km;
  • Median flight distance: 970 km;

Value/distance element:

  • Common price per kilometer: 0.049 CAD;
  • Costliest flights per kilometer (not low-cost flights):
    • 0.226 CAD/km between Larnaka (Cyprus) and Beirut (Lebanon);
    • 0.175 CAD/km between Nadi (Fiji Islands) and Port Vila (Vanuatu);
    • 0.167 CAD/km between Taipei (Taiwan) and Hong Kong.
  • Least expensive flights per kilometer (excluding flights paid for with Avios factors):
    • 0.015 CAD/km between Marrakesh (Morocco) and Milan (Italy);
    • 0.021 CAD/km between Cebu (Philippines) and Melbourne (Australia);
    • 0.024 CAD/km between Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) and Bali (Indonesia).

Remarks

  1. You could have observed that the entire price for our 56 flights is extraordinarily low. The trick is to journey in carry-on suitcases solely.
  2. What could seem most shocking is that we had ZERO flight delay. In reality, this isn’t that shocking, since more often than not we selected to fly on Low Value airways, which have a great fame. For individuals who have no idea, the enterprise mannequin of Low-Value airways is to supply fares that problem all competitors by means of the optimization of organizational processes. And being on time is considered one of their priorities.
  3. Notice that the entire price of the flights may have been even decrease. However by favoring lower-cost flights, we might have had flight schedules too early within the morning or too late within the day. We additionally averted airways with a foul fame, which may have prompted flight delays and fatigue.
  4. Travelling with carry-on baggage implies that we don’t have to verify them in, and thus get monetary savings on Low Value flights.
  5. Lebanon, Sri Lanka and Vanuatu are extra “costly” locations. So, they’ve inflated the entire price just a little. Anyway, it was about reuniting with associates!
  6. I’m all of the extra glad with these fares, since we have now nearly all the time traveled within the excessive vacationer season, as our itinerary was designed in line with the climate.

I invite you to verify my posts on the strategy I take advantage of to purchase low-cost tickets, and the gadgets that accompanied us in our carry-on baggage.

Arriving in Tel Aviv

Touchdown in Tel Aviv

The abstract of our visas

We would have liked 9 visas and a permission to depart Israel. More often than not, functions had been simply achieved on-line.  The exception was Cambodia, the place the visa was obtained on arrival. As my mother and father had been born in Cambodia, I already had a Cambodian everlasting residence and by filiation, Mateo and Luka additionally obtained it free of charge. Solely Jessica needed to pay the Cambodian visa payment.

Metropolis Value of Visa per Individual Complete Value (CAD)
Turkey 60 USD 322.00
Israel (Exit Charge) 100 ILS 148.47
Jordan (Jordan Go) 80 JOD (free for youths) 293.60
Oman (Entry Charge) 85 OMR 123.78
India 80 USD 440.72
Myanmar 50 USD 260.00
Cambodia 30 USD 54.00
Vietnam 25 USD 135.00
Sri Lanka 35 USD (free for youths) 94.50
Australia 18 AUD 70.23
Complete 1942.30

Arriving in Macao

Arriving in Macau

The abstract of our automobile leases

Nearly in every single place, the automobile was our most well-liked technique of journey. This gave us the flexibleness and freedom to go wherever we wished.

  • 33 rented automobiles together with:
    • 3 campers in Reykjavik (Iceland), Christchurch (New Zealand) and Alice Springs (Australia);
    • 2 vehicles with personal driver in India and Myanmar;
  • 14 automobiles on left-hand drive;
  • 50,000 km driving on asphalt, concrete, gravel and dust roads;
  • 285 days with a rented car (2/3 of the time).
  • The entire price of automobile rental is 13,696.02 CAD (11,083.98 USD);
Rental metropolis Firm Rented car Nb of days Value (CAD) Value per day (CAD)
Reykjavik, Iceland Camper Rental Iceland Camper 5 Handbook 9 2462.64 273.63
London, UK Hertz Renault Captur 11 286.50 26.05
Mulhouse, France Hertz Renault Grand Scenic 27 949.50 35.17
Berlin, Germany Hertz Open Corsa 30 797.97 26.60
Istanbul, Turkey Finances Fiat Linea 14 350.33 25.02
Beyrouth, Lebanon Avis Kia Picanto 7 214.84 30.69
Athens, Greece Sixt Renault Clio 5 159.59 31.92
Mykonos, Greece Anemos Mykonos Lease a Automotive Suzuki Celerio 2 97.10 48.55
Naxos, Greece Karabatsis Volkswagen Up 1 45.90 45.90
Santorini, Greece Santorini Lease a Automotive Kia Picanto 3 153.00 51.00
Heraklion, Greece The Greatest Vehicles Fiat Panda 3 153.00 51.00
Paphos, Cyprus Financial system Lease-a-car Renault Clio 4 167.75 41.94
Jerusalem, Palestine Hertz Chevrolet Traverse 3 240.79 80.26
Aqaba, Jordan Avis Kia Picanto 7 271.40 38.77
Abu Dhabi, UAE Finances Toyota Yaris 14 461.81 32.99
Delhi, India Personal Driver Toyota Innova 15 1308.30 87.22
Phuket, Thailand Greatest Lease a Automotive Toyota Vios 10 334.68 33.47
Yangon, Myanmar Personal Driver Suzuki Ciaz 8 975.00 121.87
Colombo, Sri Lanka Automotive Reserving Sri Lanka Suzuki Wagon R 15 475.33 31.69
Bohol, Philippines Bohol Selfdrive Automotive Rental Toyota Vios 2 76.00 38.00
Melbourne, Australia East Coast Automotive Rental Hyundai Accent 2 84.83 42.42
Alice Springs, Australia Apollo Camper Endeavour Camper 3 430.92 143.64
Sydney, Australia Hertz Suzuki Swift 3 197.57 65.86
Golden Coast, Australia Jucy Toyota Corolla 3 85.63 28.54
Aukland, New Zealand Hertz Nissan X-Path 4 223.56 55.89
Christchurch, New Zealand Jucy Campervan Jucy Compass 7 781.33 111.62
Nadi, Fiji Coastal Rental Vehicles Toyota Prius 6 285.00 47.50
Kuching, Malaysia Guesthouse Compact 1 22.67 22.67
Bali, Indonesia CV Bali Automotive Rental Co. Compact 12 229.43 19.12
Marrakech, Morocco Hertz Fiat Panda 14 403.95 28.85
Marrakech, Morocco Sixt Dacia Dokker 5 151.16 30.23
Milan, Italy Hertz Renault Clio 14 361.80 25.84
Madrid, Spain Hertz Fiat 500 21 456.73 21.75
Complete 285 13696.02

Our Camper in NZ

Our camper in New Zealand

Notice that I’ve pushed in 40 of the 50 international locations that made up our journey. The ten international locations the place I’ve not pushed are Bulgaria, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Gibraltar. Probably the most tough and harmful nation I’ve pushed in is surely Lebanon (learn my expertise on the nation’s article). I used to be advisable to not drive in Jordan, Sri Lanka and Bali, however after driving in Lebanon, I guarantee you that driving in these international locations is baby’s play!

As well as, I’m proud to announce that I find yourself with an nearly good driving file, with just one violation in Wales (as a result of the GPS made me take a forbidden lane).

We had been extraordinarily stunned by the excessive variety of international locations the place left-hand drive is the norm. In reality, that is the case in almost a 3rd of the international locations we visited: England, Wales, Cyprus, India, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore.

Aside from the three campers and the two leases with driver, the three costliest leases are:

  • Jerusalem, 80.26 CAD (64.95 USD) per day;
  • Sydney, 65.86 CAD (53.30 USD) per day;
  • Auckland, 55.89 CAD (45.23 USD) per day.

The three most cost-effective leases are:

  • Bali, 19.12 CAD (15.47 USD) per day;
  • Madrid, 21.75 CAD (17.60 USD) per day;
  • Kuching, 22.67 CAD (18.35 USD) per day.
The Westfjords Peninsula

Our camper in Iceland

The abstract of our lodging

Over the 444 nights, we slept in 181 completely different lodging, a median of 2.47 nights per lodging, distributed as follows:

  • 78 nights in 39 Marriott lodges, paid with factors;
  • 8 nights in 3 Greatest Western lodges, paid with factors;
  • 110 nights in 46 lodges, booked on Reserving;
  • 60 nights in 24 lodges, booked on Agoda;
  • 50 nights in 24 lodges, booked on Accommodations;
  • 69 nights in 23 flats, booked on Airbnb;
  • 5 nights in 3 lodges, booked on different web sites;
  • 20 nights in 3 campers (Iceland, Australia and New Zealand);
  • 38 nights with a number (associates and kin);
  • 6 nights within the transports (aircraft and bus).

Or else:

  • 314 nights paid in cash;
  • 86 nights paid with factors;
  • 44 unpaid nights.

The entire price of the lodging is nineteen,537.94 CAD (15,811.75 USD), which quantities to a median of 44.00 CAD (35.61 USD) per evening. Taking into consideration solely the 314 paid nights, the price per evening is 62.22 CAD (50.35 USD).

Listed below are our 5 costliest lodging (per evening):

Notice that our 2 costliest nights had been within the 2 locations the place we had the least consolation.

And the 5 most cost-effective lodging (per evening):

Notice that within the 3 most cost-effective lodging, breakfast was included.

Our Living Room at JW Marriott Hotel Macau2

JW Marriott Resort, Macau

I normally don’t present any suggestions on the lodges the place we keep, for a number of causes:

  1. All of us have completely different requirements relating to selecting a resort: on the town or within the countryside, luxurious resort or youth hostel, alone, with a accomplice or household, with or with out breakfast, with or with out air con, with or with out swimming pool, with or with out parking, with a view or not, and so on.
  2. It isn’t stated {that a} resort will go well with you, simply because it fits us.
  3. An opinion isn’t any higher than a number of dozen opinions.

So, if you happen to don’t need to be mistaken, I like to recommend that you simply proceed as follows if you find yourself on the lookout for a resort:

  1. On Reserving or Agoda, seek for lodges for a given location, with the specified standards.
  2. Filter the lodges to maintain solely those who have acquired the perfect scores from prospects, i.e. greater than 8/10 or 4/5.
  3. Kind by worth, from lowest to highest.
  4. Browse the lodges in sequence and choose the one which fits you, taking care to remove those who have lower than a dozen current evaluations.

By doing so, you may be assured, like us, of virtually by no means experiencing an unlucky scenario. I say “nearly” as a result of solely as soon as in New Delhi, though I adopted this process, we had an disagreeable scenario. The reason being that on the time of reserving, the resort had 11 very constructive visitor evaluations, however the latest of those evaluations was just a few years earlier than. I spotted it afterward. I’ll spare you the small print however keep in mind that the opinions should be not solely quite a few, but in addition current!

Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay

Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, Fiji

The abstract of the photographs

You could not suspect that I took an extreme variety of footage. “Extreme” is the proper phrase as a result of my digicam has triggered at least 152,000 instances, a median of 342 instances a day!

And right here is the rating of the variety of triggers by nation:

  • Portugal: 660 per day;
  • Australia: 536 per day;
  • Spain: 481 per day;
  • Italy: 477 per day;
  • Myanmar: 442 per day;
  • Japan: 440 per day;
  • Hong Kong and Macau: 414 per day;
  • Turkey: 414 per day.

And on the backside of the checklist:

  • Fiji: 180 per day;
  • Taiwan: 150 per day;
  • Vietnam: 220 per day;
  • Iceland: 220 per day.

Seeing Iceland and Fiji on the backside of the chart reveals that the frequency of triggering will not be essentially proportional to the great thing about the realm. This is because of the truth that mounted topics resembling landscapes don’t require as many pictures as shifting topics.

Please observe that I’m speaking about “triggering”, not capturing. As a images fanatic, I all the time take at the very least two footage of a scene, in case considered one of them is blurry. In a standard course of, I solely preserve one third of the photographs. Of those who stay, I course of half of them. Then amongst this half, I solely put up a 3rd on Fb! In different phrases, of the 152,000 triggers, I saved 50,000, processed 25,000 (56 per day), and confirmed you solely 8500.

And as a bonus, listed below are the times once I took essentially the most footage:

  • 1310 in Granada, the day we visited the Alhambra;
  • 1280 in Sydney, the day we took the ferry in Sydney Harbour;
  • 1150 within the Bako Nationwide Park, on the island of Borneo, the day we noticed the proboscis monkeys;
  • 980 in Cappadocia, the day we went on a sizzling air balloon trip;
  • 920 in the course of the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi.
Erg Chebbi

Erg Chebbi, Morocco

The end result of Journey Hacking

The technique for acquiring factors

After we had the sensible thought to embark on a world tour in November 2017, we had scheduled ourselves 6 months of preparation, which we thought of very affordable. Whereas discussing our journey venture with my chiropractor, he launched me to Journey Hacking, a self-discipline that enables me to earn factors by means of the subscription bonuses provided with bank cards, to be able to journey. So, I began to study as a lot as I may about it. Once I realized the large potential of Journey Hacking, I regretted that we solely had 6 months left.

So, I put in all my efforts to attain as many factors as potential, and my technique paid off! We contracted at least 16 bank cards between Jessica and me.  The next desk reveals our technique.

Date Identify of the Card Holder Factors earned Charges (CAD)
Dec 2017 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy Poly 64500 120
Dec 2017 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy Jessica 79500 120
Jan 2018 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy Enterprise Poly 79500 150
Jan 2018 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy Enterprise Jessica 79500 150
Jan 2018 Mastercard MBNA Greatest Western Poly 20000 0
Jan 2018 Mastercard MBNA Greatest Western Jessica 20000 0
Feb 2018 Mastercard BMO World Elite Poly 45000 0
Feb 2018 American Specific Gold Enterprise Poly 45000 0
Feb 2018 American Specific Gold Enterprise Jessica 55000 0
Mar 2018 American Specific Platinum Enterprise Poly 91250 499
Mar 2018 American Specific Platinum Enterprise Jessica 106250 499
Mar 2018 Scotia Passport Visa Infinite Poly 26000 0
Apr 2018 RBC Avion Visa Infinite Poly 25000 0
Apr 2018 RBC Avion Visa Infinite Jessica 25000 0
Sep 2018 American Specific Platinum Private Poly 78750 699
Oct 2018 American Specific Platinum Private Jessica 78750 699
Dec 2018 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy (Annual renewal) Poly 35000 120
Dec 2018 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy (Annual renewal) Jessica 35000 120
Jan 2019 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy Enterprise (Annual renewal) Poly 35000 150
Jan 2019 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy Enterprise (Annual renewal) Jessica 35000 150
Coût complete 3476

I offer you some explanations about this desk:

  • We took 14 bank cards between December 2017 and April 2018 (5 months), aiming to build up as many resort factors as potential;
  • 2 American Specific Platinum playing cards had been requested in the course of the journey, to be able to prolong entry to airport lounges till the tip of our journey.
  • The 4 American Specific Marriott Bonvoy have been prolonged on the annual renewal to learn from 4 certificates of 35000 factors every, which have been used in the course of the second half of the journey in trade for the perfect rooms of our total journey.

Listed below are the factors we had been capable of gather with the bank card bonuses:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Factors : 443 000;
  • American Specific Factors: 455 000;
  • Greatest Western Factors : 40,000;
  • BMO Factors: 45000;
  • RBC Factors : 50000;
  • Scotia Factors : 26000.

As well as, all through the journey, factors had been earned by means of numerous channels, resembling referrals, rewards, different bills and different combos of circumstances:

  • Marriott Bonvoy Factors: 183 000;
  • American Specific Factors : 55 000;
  • Greatest Western Factors : 60,000;
  • Scotia Factors : 46 000.

In the long run, we managed to build up 1,403,000 factors! And the entire price related to bank card subscriptions quantities to a “staggering” quantity of three,476.00 CAD (2,813.07 USD). However wait till you see the worth that we have now gained from it!

View of Sigiriya Rock from Pidurangala Rock

View of Sigiriya Rock from Pidurangala Rock

Factors spending methods

So as to get essentially the most worth out of strategically acquired factors, they should be strategically spent. Because of this, I mounted myself some targets to maintain journey bills to a minimal, whereas on the similar time offering a most consolation. So I had anticipated 5 areas the place our level hunt might be helpful to us:

  1. Sleep as many nights as potential in luxurious lodges;
  2. Scale back the prices of air journey;
  3. Attend airport lounges;
  4. Scale back international trade charges;
  5. Earn journey credit.

I overview them right here, one after the other.

Technique #1: Sleep as many nights as potential in luxurious lodges

This was our primary goal, and we didn’t skimp on the means. For all of the international locations we deliberate to go to, I searched the lodges among the many 30 manufacturers of the Marriott Worldwide resort group, whereas rigorously deciding on those who required the minimal variety of Bonvoy factors to be spent, whereas additionally extracting the utmost worth. To a lesser extent, I did the identical train with Greatest Western lodges.

When it comes to lodges, we had been very nicely off, with a complete of 86 free nights within the Bonvoy and Greatest Western lodges. A complete worth of 22,616.10 CAD (18,302.86 USD).

Bonvoy Accommodations

American Specific Rewards Factors might be transformed to Marriott Bonvoy Factors on the charge of 1200 Bonvoy Factors per 1000 Rewards Factors. An actual cut price!

Firstly of the journey, the American Specific Platinum card gave us Bonvoy Gold standing, which offered us with room upgrades and breakfasts in nearly all of the lodges within the chain. The good thing about breakfast having been abolished for Bonvoy Gold members in the course of the journey, we needed to wait till we reached then Bonvoy Platinum standing (requiring 50 nights) to give you the option to take pleasure in breakfast once more, along with the virtually assured upgrades in essentially the most lovely resort suites, in addition to entry to the lounges in some lodges, which allowed us to refresh ourselves at will.

The next desk lists the Bonvoy lodges the place we slept: 78 nights for 870,000 Bonvoy factors spent, a worth of 18,806.30 CAD (15,219.65 USD).

Metropolis Identify of Resort # of Nights Factors req. / evening Factors spent Worth (CAD) Worth per level (cent)
Frankfurt, Germany Courtyard Wiesbaden-Nordenstadt 2 10000 20000 337.60 1.69
Vienna, Austria Courtyard Vienna Schoenbrunn 3 15000 45000 540.80 1.20
Brno, Czech Republic Courtyard Brno 1 10000 10000 2940 2.94
Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Marriott Resort Asia 5 8000 40000 835.20 2.09
Izmir, Turkey Renaissance Izmir Resort 2 10000 20000 347.20 1.74
Cappadoce, Turkey The Home Resort Cappadocia 2 9000 18000 541.28 3.01
Ankara, Turkey JW Marriott Resort Ankara 2 10000 20000 1064.00 5.32
Istanbul, Turkey Istanbul Marriott Resort Asia 2 10000 20000 281.60 1.41
Abu Dhabi, UAE Le Méridien Abu Dhabi 1 12000 12000 268.00 2.23
Abu Dhabi, UAE The Ritz-Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Resort 1 35000 35000 421.00 1.20
Dubai, UAE Component Me’aisam, Dubai 5 10000 50000 1616.00 3.23
Al Ain, UAE Aloft Al Ain 2 7500 15000 195.00 1.30
Abu Dhabi, UAE Courtyard World Commerce Middle, Abu Dhabi 2 12500 25000 408.00 1.63
Agra, India ITC Mughal, a Luxurious Assortment Resort, Agra 1 12500 12500 270.00 2.16
Jodhpur, India Fairfield by Marriott Jodhpur 2 7500 15000 365.00 2.43
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Component Kuala Lumpur 2 7500 15000 224.00 1.49
Nadi, Fiji Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay 2 35000 70000 2000.00 2.86
Taipei, Taiwan Aloft Taipei Beitou 5 6000 30000 915.00 3.05
Taichung, Taiwan Fairfield by Marriott Taichung 2 7500 15000 299.00 1.99
Taipei, Taiwan Aloft Taipei Beitou 1 7500 7500 180.00 2.40
Hong Kong Courtyard Hong Kong Sha Tin 10 10000 100000 2433.00 2.43
Macao JW Marriott Resort Macau 1 35000 35000 550.00 1.57
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Component Kuala Lumpur 4 7500 30000 542.00 1.81
Desaru, Malaysia The Westin Desaru Coast Resort 2 12500 25000 572.00 2.29
Fes, Morocco Fes Marriott Resort Jnan Palace 1 17500 17500 321.00 1.83
Marrakech, Morocco Le Méridien N’Fis 2 12500 25000 860.00 3.44
Vicenza, Italy AC Resort Vicenza 2 7500 15000 222.00 1.48
Madrid, Spain AC Resort San Sebastian de los Reyes 1 7500 7500 213.12 2.84
Valencia, Spain AC Resort Valencia 2 7500 15000 405.00 2.70
Murcia, Spain AC Resort Murcia 1 7500 7500 111.00 1.48
Gibraltar, Spain AC Resort La Linea 2 7500 15000 318.00 2.12
Sevilla, Spain AC Resort Sevilla Discussion board 2 12500 25000 267.00 1.07
Madrid, Spain AC Resort San Sebastian de los Reyes 1 7500 7500 84.00 1.12
Paris, France Renaissance Paris La Protection Resort 1 25000 25000 505.50 2.02
Montreal, Canada Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Resort 1 25000 25000 362.00 1.45
Complete 78 870000 18806.30 2.16

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal

Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, United Arab Emirates

Greatest Western Accommodations

Because of the “Standing Match” program provided by Greatest Western, our Gold and Platinum statuses at Marriott have successively allowed us to acquire the Diamond and Diamond Choose statuses at Greatest Western. We subsequently loved a number of benefits!

The next desk lists the Greatest Western lodges the place we slept: 8 nights for 100,000 Greatest Western factors spent, a worth of 3,809.80 CAD (3,083.21 USD).

Metropolis Identify of Resort # of Nights Factors req. / evening Factors spent Worth (CAD) Worth per level (cent)
Salzburg, Austria Amedia Artwork Salzburg 2 20000 40000 2884.80 7.21
Kuta, Bali Greatest Western Kuta Seaside 3 8000 24000 410.00 1.71
Ubud, Bali Greatest Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud 3 12000 36000 515.00 1.43
Complete 8 100000 3809.80 3.81

Best Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud

Greatest Western Premier Agung Resort Ubud, Bali

Technique #2: Scale back the prices of air journey

Throughout my preliminary evaluations, I had estimated that it was typically not worthwhile to spend factors on flights, in comparison with shopping for tickets from Low-Value airways. All through our itinerary, I had solely listed these 3 flight segments that allowed us to maximise using air factors:

  • Melbourne-Alice Springs : 10000 factors Avios + 26.44 CAD (21.40 USD) per particular person.
  • Alice Springs-Sydney : 10000 factors Avios + 30.56 CAD (24.73 USD) per particular person.
  • Tokyo-Osaka : 4500 factors Avios + 4.91 CAD (3.97 USD) per particular person.

So as to get hold of these airline tickets, we wanted 98,000 Avios factors from the British Airways Govt Membership program. So, I merely made the next conversions:

  • 50 000 RBC Avion factors for 50 000 Avios factors;
  • 48 000 American Specific factors for 48 000 Avios factors.

In complete, we saved 2,779.36 CAD (2,249.29 USD) on these flights. Extra particulars right here:

Departure Metropolis Arrival Metropolis Airline Value in factors Financial prices (CAD) Worth (CAD) Financial savings realized (CAD)
Melbourne, Australia Alice Springs, Australia Qantas 40000 105.76 1239.5 1133.74
Alice Springs, Australia Sydney, Australia Qantas 40000 122.24 1239.5 1117.26
Tokyo, Japan Osaka, Japan Japan Airways 18000 19.64 548.00 528.36
Complete 98000 247.64 3027.00 2779.36

Flying Qantas

Flying Qantas

Technique #3: Attend airport lounges

The airport lounges contributed to nice moments of pleasure, for us who flew 56 instances throughout the entire journey! In case you don’t know the airport lounges, image us consuming and consuming at will, having a shower, studying worldwide newspapers, and even getting a therapeutic massage (in Thailand solely)! I typically took benefit of this enjoyable second earlier than taking a flight to connect with the high-speed Web of the lounges and advance in my writings or share our newest adventures on Fb. Once more, this privilege was granted to us by our American Specific Platinum playing cards, which gave us limitless entry to Precedence Go lounges world wide.

We now have saved some huge cash on this regard, particularly contemplating how costly airport eating places are! In complete, we attended 55 lounges and 6 airport eating places, more often than not earlier than boarding the aircraft, however typically additionally after getting off the aircraft!

On the worth of 32 USD per particular person entry, I worth this benefit at 10,150.40 CAD (8,214.56 USD), at a charge of 1.30 CAD per USD, for our 61 visits to airport lounges.

Plaza Premium Lounge at Kuala Lumpur International Airport‎

Plaza Premium Lounge, Kuala Lumpur Worldwide Airport‎

Technique #4: Scale back international trade charges

In case you have learn my article on using bank cards when travelling, you recognize that we have now favored just one bank card throughout our total journey: The Scotia Passport Visa Infinite. It was the one and solely card we used for all purchases and withdrawals at ATMs overseas, though we have now dragged others with us for emergency conditions. It was the one Canadian card that was accepted in every single place and didn’t cost any conversion charges, whereas all different playing cards charged 2.5%. Since we put 82,600 CAD on this card to cowl nearly all journey bills, it saved us at least 2,065.00 CAD (1,671.17 USD).

Fish Foot Massage

Fish Foot Therapeutic massage, Thailand

Technique #5: Earn journey credit

Some bank card constancy applications don’t permit conversion to air or resort factors. As a substitute, I needed to apply the factors as journey credit:

  • Scotia Factors: The 25,000 bonus factors and 47,000 factors earned from bills in the course of the journey offered us with 720 CAD in credit score on our journey bills and had been charged to the bank card account;
  • BMO Factors: The 45,000 bonus factors have additionally been transformed into 300 CAD journey credit score;
  • Each American Specific Platinum bank cards offered us with 200 CAD of journey credit score every, for a complete of 400 CAD.

The entire journey credit that we acquired quantity to 1,420.00 CAD (1,149.18 USD).

Bagan Hot Air Balloons

Bagan, Myanmar

The entire worth obtained for the factors

We now have collected factors and we have now spent some. However on the finish of the journey, we nonetheless had 242,900 Bonvoy factors left. That’s sufficient for 48 nights in class 1 lodges in off-season! Based mostly on the common worth of two.16 cents per level that we had been capable of earn throughout our total journey, I estimate the worth of those remaining factors at 5,246.00 CAD (4,245.51 USD). It’s going to pressure us to take a trip. Isn’t it nice?

In abstract, right here is the worth offered by all our factors:

  • Worth of Marriott and Greatest Western Accommodations: 22,616.10 CAD (18,302.86 USD);
  • Worth of Avios flights: 2,779.36 CAD (2,249.29 USD);
  • Worth of airport lounges: 10,150.40 CAD (8,214.56 USD);
  • Worth of international trade charges saved: 2,065.00 CAD (1,671.17 USD);
  • Worth of journey credit (Scotia, BMO, Amex Platinum) : 1,420.00 CAD (1,149.18 USD);
  • Worth of Bonvoy factors remaining on the finish of the journey: 5,246.00 CAD (4,245.51 USD);

The entire worth of bank card advantages subsequently quantities to 44,276.86 CAD (35,832.58 USD).

For an preliminary “funding” of three,276.00 CAD (2,651.22 USD), it’s like a 1352% yield, which is sort of astronomical.

Now, think about if we had extra time to gather factors earlier than our journey!

It’s like residing in a dream, isn’t it? However you would do it too!

Journey Hacking is a self-discipline that will appear advanced, however it may be very rewarding! You can also begin subscribing to bank cards, to be able to doubtlessly journey free of charge, yr after yr! To study extra, I invite you to learn the articles with which I laid the foundations of my factors technique and call me when you have any questions: Journey Hacking 101 and Journey Hacking 102. Sadly, Journey Hacking will not be accessible to everybody, as solely residents of Canada and america can profit from it.

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Nice Ocean Highway, Australia

Conclusion of Half 2

Personally, I imagine {that a} flawless journey group enormously reduces dangers, stress and particularly prices. And that’s how we wish to journey: to have the ability to take pleasure in it to the utmost and at an inexpensive price.

To conclude on a excessive observe, and if my figures haven’t but knocked you out, now you can learn the monetary report of our world tour, the place I current all of the bills of our journey with a breakdown by nation and by class, in addition to observations, analyses and a comparability with the prices I had estimated earlier than our departure.

To navigate to the opposite sections of our abstract:



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