2014 Year in Review

I know this is a couple of weeks late, but better late than never, right?

2014 was my heaviest year for travel yet. I flew 189,524 miles in 2014, almost all of which were for leisure (5,739 miles were for work).

Map courtesy of gcmap.com

Map courtesy of gcmap.com

Most of my miles came from flying to Asia. I started off 2014 in Tokyo, and I would return to Asia 7 more times throughout the year.

I requalified for American Airlines Executive Platinum status this year by flying nearly 110,000 revenue miles at an average cost per mile of just over 6 cents. I didn’t miss flying United at all.

Here are some highlights:
Best flight: Singapore Suites from NRT to LAX (still to be written up)
Best lounge: JAL First Class Lounge Narita (I know many will disagree considering that I also visited lounges like the Thai Royal First Lounge in Bangkok and the Qantas First Lounge in Sydney, but the JAL lounge has a sushi bar in the lounge! With actual sushi chefs!)
Best hotel: Conrad Koh Samui
Favorite food: all of Thailand; all of Singapore; Ester in Sydney; Maido in Lima
Favorite travel experiences: visiting a maid cafe in Tokyo; Patara Elephant Farm; relaxing on Koh Samui; cruising on Halong Bay; participating in early morning exercises with locals in Hanoi; eating until I couldn’t move in Singapore; getting “befriended” by two old Chinese ladies on the Great Wall of China who proceeded to fleece me; a four-hour long brunch at Temple Restaurant in Beijing; eating at a temple in Kuala Lumpur

This year, I’m probably going to try to fly fewer miles, but spend more time abroad. There were multiple times during the year where I would be gone 4+ weekends in a row, which made it hard to be a good friend to my friends in San Francisco. Of course, as I write this, I already have over 40k miles planned before the end of February…

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