Just got an invitation to join this amazing expedition by private jet - with a 10% discount. I can't even afford the discount! What a trip, if only I had the $66,000 or so dollars! The invitation comes from our friends in England who's daughter is one of the organizers and is leaving on Monday with 16 crew. We are invited next year as family and friends.
I went around the world twice, just to say I had done it. Very exhausting, but the second time, by pulling strings here and there in the various airlines, I paid a grand total of US$65 to fly Paris-Hong Kong-Vancouver-Seattle-Los Angeles-Tampa-Atlanta-Paris.
This would no longer be possible, because there would already be at least $400 in ticket taxes.
Good heavens Kerouac! $65 for all that - those were the days I heard from Samantha's mom that they flew to Hawaii yesterday. She has the responsinility to see all personal luggage is fetched and carried for the passengers and I'm sure a heap of other stuff too, what with her being the Load Master and all.
In any case, in terms of non-stop distance, Hong Kong-Vancouver remains the longest flight I have ever taken. But the new planes can cover even more distance non-stop now. That flight was something like 13 hours, though, and you really really want to get off the plane after all that time, even if the service on Cathay Pacific is excellent.
Unfortunately, I do not think I would have the stamina for such an expedition, but it would be a fantastic adventure Tod.
I do not mind our 8 - 9 hours flights to Europe, but I would not want to spend anymore time in the air than that. We will hopefully, at some point, visit the Hawiian Islands, but we will stay a few days in Vancouver so the flight will not seem as long.
Have been searching for airline ticket prices for our trip in September and tax for Paris CDG is now $524 CDN! The ticket prices are about $494 right now, about $300 total a ticket more than last year at this time. Not very optimistic about getting a good deal this year.
I find one becomes acclimated to long flights, the Seattle-London and Seattle-Amsterdam flights in Economy are slightly less unbearable than they used to be for me. The prospect of flying over the Pacific to Asia or Australia still scares the crap out of me. I'm not sure planes capable of 14+ hour flights represent real progress for us plebes in the back of the cabin though.