a view of the wing of an airplane

Karma can really get you. I’ve enjoyed ribbing bloggers over the years for taking absolutely ridiculous journeys, just for the sake of taking them – and now I’ve unintentionally joined the pack. Sometimes flight deals pop up that you just can’t refuse and sometimes… they lead to flying 30 hours in a 35 hour window. I’ll explain.

a pool with lounge chairs and a building with water in the backgroundWe’re Taking The Longest Way Home From Australia

Australia is hardly convenient to most people in the Northern Hemisphere, but with Qantas launching a direct flight between Perth and London, while already having countless direct flights between the U.S. and Australia- it’s not “that” bad. Basically- to get from Australia to Europe (our final destination) there are ways to do it fairly swiftly. Because we needed to make a few deals fit in to other deals, we however are flying Australia to Asia to America to Europe.

a view of the wing of an airplane16,000+ Miles With Three Consecutive 9+ Hour Flights

We’re flying Melbourne to Sydney, Sydney to Tokyo, Tokyo to San Francisco, San Francisco to Los Angeles and Los Angeles to London, crossing both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans in one (crazy) continuous trip. But don’t cry for us just yet. Thanks to an error fare, an upgrade trick and a great deal, every one of these flights will be in business or first class, with top airlines like Al Nippon Airways and British Airways.

a room with a table and chairsIs There A Point? Only That This Is Amusing… And Crazy.

Personally, I find amusement a key to life. While this may venture from enjoyable, to amusing to entirely frustrating- it will nonetheless make for some (hopefully) enjoyable trip reports for your viewing pleasure. I haven’t been back to Australia and New Zealand in far too long, and am really looking forward to spending a couple weeks down there- before the madness of getting home. Let’s just hope there are no delays…


Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. When are you in NZ? We arrive 10/10/17. I need a baby sitter….Seemed like a good idea to take 2 kids under 3 on a bit of world tour (economy 😔) Currently in Koh Samui, Thailand. Will let you ride in the Co-Captains chair in our camper!

  2. I would totally take a route like this. Specially if I had elite status on any OneWorld airline that would give me Lounge Acess so I could eat and shower betweens flights.

    The only problem I see is that I would be really worried about checking bags – specially if I cant afford to loose them! I’m aware that I would complete my journey, but I’m not sure about my bags!

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