It’s been a month since we’ve been home, and it’s almost as if it never happened. Lucky for us, we have the pictures as proof of our adventures! I literally took thousands upon thousands of pictures along the way, but I thought I would pick just 14, one for each month we were away. These aren’t necessarily my favorite moments (though they’re all great memories!) but the ones I thought really showed what our trip was all about.
This was the first of two flights on the day, and honestly the one I was least looking forward to. I was just personally looking forward to our long haul flight back to Boston a little more. It’s also a short-haul flight and European carriers are known to use a EuroBusiness model, which is a glorified economy. That being said, I did have a great experience on my short-haul flight with Turkish Airlines last month. They have a proper business class on their 737, instead of the one seat blocked off cabin like most other European carriers.
I can still remember the first time I ever heard of the Czech Budweiser. It was 2011 and I was in Vienna, drinking at the hostel with my buddy Dominic. I asked the bartender what he had for good beers and he replied “Budweiser”. I gave him some wise crack somewhere along the lines of “listen buddy I didn’t travel halfway around the world to drink a Budweiser”. At this point he must have thought I was some ignorant American (and rightfully so), and proceeded to explain where the name Budweiser comes from and how the original Budweiser is really a Czech beer.
The first time I entered an airport lounge was over ten years ago. I was flying to Peru with my god family and my godfather traveled frequently for work so he had status, thus getting us all access to a lounge in Dallas during our layover. I can’t remember exactly what the lounge was like, but I remember him telling me that if I ever had a job that required me to travel often he would pay for my lounge membership because lounge access made frequent travel infinitely better. From the moment Anthony and I set foot in our first lounge back in August, I’ve known his words could not be more true. Lounge access is easily one of the best parts of travel hacking, and a few weeks ago we were lucky enough to have access to one of the best lounges in the world: Turkish Airlines International CIP Lounge at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.
The title is a little clickbaity I admit, but this really is the first thing I do. What is it, you’re wondering? It’s one simple Google search, and one that has benefited us immensely in cities all across the world.