Friday, February 19, 2016

Round the world trip

I wanted to see if I could create a RTW trip for under $2000 USD to places I actually wanted to visit. I wanted as close to a week at each stop as I could get. I live in Sacramento but for most International flights I drive to San Francisco.  So that’s where my trip begins.

San Francisco (SFO) to Montreal (YUL) — Wed, Mar 30
San Francisco (SFO) to Detroit (DTW) — Wed, Mar 30
Delta 1148
Dep: 10:25 pm
Arr: 6:02 am
4h 37m
Boeing 757
Economy (V)
Layover in DTW
Thu, Mar 31
1h 23m
Detroit (DTW) to Montreal (YUL) — Thu, Mar 31
Delta 4127
Dep: 7:25 am
Arr: 9:13 am
1h 48m
Canadair RJ 900
Economy (V)
Total cost for 1 passenger


 After a week visiting Canada and learning a little French I travel over to France for 6 days.
Montreal (YUL) to Paris (CDG) — Wed, Apr 6
Air Transat 396
Dep: 7:25 pm
Arr: 8:15 am
6h 50m
Airbus A330
Economy (X)
Thu, Apr 7
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $364.94 USD

My husband is Italian and off we go to visit his family for 6 days because honestly who can spend more than a week with family?

Paris (ORY) to Pisa (PSA) — Tue, Apr 12
Paris (ORY) to Copenhagen (CPH) — Tue, Apr 12
Norwegian Air Shuttle 3639
Dep: 9:35 pm
Arr: 11:30 pm
1h 55m
Boeing 737
Economy (Q)
Layover in CPH
6h 30m
Copenhagen (CPH) to Pisa (PSA) — Wed, Apr 13
Norwegian Air Shuttle 3736
Dep: 6:00 am
Arr: 8:20 am
2h 20m
Boeing 737
Economy (X)
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $130.10 USD

I’ve seen movies and heard stories but let’s visit the ramparts of Morocco for ourselves. Bonus: We will overnight in London – Big Ben here I come. Crumpet’s and tea anyone?


Pisa (PSA) to Marrakech (RAK) — Mon, Apr 18
Pisa (PSA) to London (LGW) — Mon, Apr 18
British Airways 2601
Dep: 3:50 pm
Arr: 5:05 pm
2h 15m
Airbus A319
Economy (O)
Layover in LGW
21h 40m
London (LGW) to Marrakech (RAK) — Tue, Apr 19
British Airways 2666
Dep: 2:45 pm
Arr: 6:30 pm
3h 45m
Airbus A320
Economy (O)
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $163.60 USD

From Morocco we travel on to Spain.
Marrakech (RAK) to Madrid (MAD) — Sat, Apr 23
Iberia 8379
Dep: 7:25 am
Arr: 10:15 am
1h 50m
Canadair RJ 1000
Economy (P)
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $123.71 USD

I’m sure a week in Spain will only wet my appetite but off to Turkey I must go.  My mother spent time in Turkey when she was a teenager. She use to tell me stories of walking along the Bosphorus and how beautiful it was. According to her she even dated a prince for a while.  I love my dad; however, seriously, you went from a Turkish prince to him?

Madrid (MAD) to Istanbul (IST) — Sat, Apr 30
Madrid (MAD) to Athens (ATH) — Sat, Apr 30
Aegean Airlines 687
Dep: 12:55 pm
Arr: 5:35 pm
3h 40m
Airbus A320
Economy (P)
Layover in ATH
1h 35m
Athens (ATH) to Istanbul (IST) — Sat, Apr 30
Aegean Airlines 994
Dep: 7:10 pm
Arr: 8:30 pm
1h 20m
Airbus A319
Economy (P)
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $115.30 USD


Two of my three staff grew up in China and I’m always hearing both good and bad stories about the country. Besides after I see the ramparts of Morocco I’m going to have to see the great Wall of China.

Istanbul (IST) to Shanghai (PVG) — Thu, May 5
Istanbul (IST) to Moscow (SVO) — Thu, May 5
Aeroflot 2137
Dep: 2:55 pm
Arr: 6:20 pm
3h 25m
Airbus A321 (Sharklets)
Economy (N)
Layover in SVO
2h 15m
Moscow (SVO) to Shanghai (PVG) — Thu, May 5
Aeroflot 208
Dep: 8:35 pm
Arr: 10:10 am
8h 35m
Boeing 777
Economy (N)
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $322.44 USD

After a month and a half and 8 countries, I will be ready for my own bed again. I hope my dogs will remember who I am. I know my cat will pretend she doesn’t. 

Shanghai (PVG) to San Francisco (SFO) — Thu, May 12
Shanghai (PVG) to Guangzhou (CAN) — Thu, May 12
China Southern 3614
Dep: 8:45 pm
Arr: 11:20 pm
2h 35m
Airbus A320
Economy (K)
Layover in CAN
13h 10m
Guangzhou (CAN) to San Francisco (SFO) — Fri, May 13
China Southern 657
Dep: 12:30 pm
Arr: 10:10 am
12h 40m
Boeing 787
Economy (Z)
Total cost for 1 passenger

This is $550.36 USD

My total RTW flight cost for 8 countries (yes, I’m counting England) comes to $1929.58 USD
So I did it 8 countries for under $2000. AWESOME!


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Ok, so maybe not lightening fast but definitely easier than trying to transfer a file at a time. I transferred 5GB of data in just a few min using CloudHQ from my Dropbox account to my Amazon Cloud account.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Stretching Myself

When I was young I would stand against the wall at parties and watch the other kids laugh and play.  One evening after my friend Krystal’s 6th birthday party my mother told me that the other mom’s had commented to her about me seeming so quiet.  My mom informed me if I wasn’t careful I might actually even came across as though I thought I was better than everyone else.  I was dumb-founded, how could anyone think that?  I was just shy! Well, I certainly didn’t want people to think I was stuck-up so I decided to acknowledge my fear and change.

From then on when I went to parties I made sure I engaged other people and if someone was alone I went over and talked to them.

Over the next 30 plus years I have tried my best to continue to do just that –to stretch myself by forcing myself to leave that wall, get out of the house, and go live life.
Many people live quiet ordinary lives because they fear doing things by themselves. 
I know people who believe going to a movie alone is weird; when I lived in Bakersfield I remember one movie cashier actually saying “just one” in that “are you serious” voice when I asked to buy a ticket.  Of course sarcastic me turned around looked behind me turned back and said “yes just one”.

There is going to a restaurant by yourself; to hear my friends talk you would think this is only for the eccentric.  The first time I went to a restaurant by myself I was 16 years old.  I remember going to a little hamburger place called Chubby’s.  Now this place is only slightly above fast-food but it was still a little scary for me.  I sat down and started browsing the menu.  What I found uncomfortable wasn’t the fact I was by myself though. It was the fact many patrons were watching me.  I mean literally just staring at me.  Now I like to make people laugh but being the source of their sympathy I didn’t like at all.  However I didn’t let it stop me; though I did bring interesting books with me from then on to bury myself in.

If by now, your friends don’t already think you are crazy try telling them you are going on vacation by yourself.  Not a vacation to San Diego to see Shamoo (which after watching the movie Blackfish would make me sad anyway) however; a vacation to Egypt or Thailand. When you come home and show them pictures of you riding an elephant or a Thai sunset, then they too will wish they had gone with you. 

However, that picture of you drinking the snake whiskey in Laos, maybe don't share that one just yet.

As you can see, my mother’s counsel about how people can perceive shyness, lead me to a life of stretching myself and not letting fear hold me back. And to think all she wanted me to do - was play with the other 6 year olds.