Sweet Spots and Travel Hacking – Airfare

Japan Airlines Business Class Sky Suites – Boston to Tokyo

One of the most common questions I get about our world travel plans is how much all the hotels and airfare for a family of five are going to cost. Well, so far we’ve spent $511.16 for all the flights we’ve booked to date. Between the five of us that’s 20 one way flights, seven of which are in business class.  Continue reading “Sweet Spots and Travel Hacking – Airfare”

Boston, A Walk About Town

 

Downtown Boston
Boston

We arrived in Boston and stayed downtown at the Intercontinental Hotel.  It’s a fairly upscale hotel that gets good reviews which are well deserved.

Since this was our first destination we chose to take it a bit slow and test out morning routines and also look to do some walking.  Colleen even came running with me – I think the last time was when we lived in Manor Park in 1995 and it didn’t go so well.  This time it was great!  We ran two mornings – the third we were in transit. Continue reading “Boston, A Walk About Town”

So, How Much is this Round the World Trip Going to Cost?

Well, Boston was our first budget buster location. Though we knew that going in. It came in at a whopping $426 Canadian per day. And that is hacked.

Admittedly it was for a family of five. But if we continue our around the world travel at this pace we’d tap in at a total trip budget of just under $156,000! Let’s add some more exclamation marks there!!! That’s just not an option. Continue reading “So, How Much is this Round the World Trip Going to Cost?”

How to Travel from Ottawa to Boston for only $1.19 (those are Canadian dollars!!) plus fuel…

Our $1.19 one way drop off National Car Rental

Many of you may be wondering why we’re flying out of Boston instead of Ottawa….

It’s certainly a fair question.  And I’m happy to share. So sorry…

The biggest reason is simply because I found five business class seats on Japan Airlines in their Sky Suites. I booked those seats using award miles from Alaska MIles. I have never flown on Alaska Air but I can still earn (and convert to) their mileage program quite easily. Certainly enough for all five of us to fly in business class half way around the world. And with a free stopover to boot!

But it still leaves the question, why are we driving to Boston instead of flying? Continue reading “How to Travel from Ottawa to Boston for only $1.19 (those are Canadian dollars!!) plus fuel…”

Our Round the World Travel Itinerary

Finally, after months of planning and years of waiting, we are starting our world travel adventure. We leave in just two days. Gah!

Writing this first post has been on my long list of things to do. And now it’s one of too many things on a crazy growing last-minute list. I can’t wait to leave so that everything I didn’t do will be too late to bother.

World Travel Itinerary

I tried to be flexible and just wing a large part of this trip but I just couldn’t do it. So, quite a bit of accommodations, flights and cruises for this trip are already booked. This may come back to bite us in the butt, but… I sleep better at night when I have plan.

So here it is!

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