My Travel Year In Review 2010

Happy New Year from chilly Florida! If you are following me on Twitter (), then you know I missed the California rains and the Northeast blizzard by just a few days. I’m actually upset about it too, because I love a good snowstorm (as long as I’m not traveling). This past week, I had quite an adventure myself. From New York, I flew to West Palm Beach to see my sister, then to Seattle (via Atlanta) to pick up a brand new Air New Zealand 777-300ER plane at the Boeing plant. It’s not just your regular old 777 either – this one has their highly anticipated new Skycouch and Spaceseats. That’s right – the Skycouch is the new lie-flat bed for economy class passengers. And you gotta see it to believe it. After the handover ceremony, I took the delivery flight from PAE to LAX and then hopped on another plane back to South Florida just in time to spend Christmas with my dad. It was a lot of bouncing around but nothing compared to the big guy in the red suit!

Here are the slideshows/stories of my trip to Seattle:
-Four Seasons and W Hotel
Behind-the-scenes tour of the Boeing plant where I saw the 787’s final assembly line (Note: photos are normally not allowed but my group was granted access).
Handover ceremony and delivery flight of Air New Zealand’s new $200 million plane.

Since this is my last newsletter for 2010, I thought I would share with you (as I always do) my final travel numbers of the year. In 2010, I flew 144,979 miles on 88 flights and 31 different airlines. I achieved my goal to making elite status on all three alliances: Star (United), Sky Team (Delta) and Oneworld (American) and I stepped foot on 20 countries (USA, Switzerland, , , , France, England, Italy, Vatican City, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, French Polynesia, Scotland and Ireland). I also visited 18 states (CA, HI, , NY, RI, NC, FL, VA, GA, CT, CO, NJ, MI, PA, OH, TN, NV, WA) and was away from home 223 days, which is not enough when you love to travel but stinks when you live in Manhattan Beach, CA. Here’s my 2010 photogallery.

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I used to be afraid to fly and at times even leave the house! I conquered my fear (long story) and now I travel to 20+ countries a year sharing my firsthand knowledge, tips and deals with friends, family and readers. Please sign up to our free newsletters and tell your friends!

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