2017 In Review

It’s time to take a look back at my travel for 2017.  According to TripIt (a great app for keeping up with all your travel reservations!) here were my statistics for 2017:

Jet Lovers, a cool site that reads your Swarm or Facebook check-ins and maps your travel from that, calculated my distances as a little further, but still pretty close.  I also like the map they create that highlights airport names.  The more prominent the airport name, the more times that airport was visited during the year:

The Great Circle Mapper, which I used to create the maps below, lists my distance at 39,342 for the year which I think is my most ever.  This was the first time I’d ever flown across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in the same year.

2017 Domestic Travel

January

I started off the year on vacation with a ski trip to Snowmass, Colorado where I stayed one night at the Stonebridge Inn and the rest of the week at the Top of the Village Condos.  Due to weather delays at the Aspen airport I spent a night at the Hyatt Place DFW Airport on the way back.  MEM-ORD-ASE on United, ASE-DFW-MEM on American = 2638 miles

February

Another Colorado ski trip, this one to Beaver Creek.  I flew in and out of the Vail/Eagle County Airport and we stayed at the Highlands Lodge Condos.  MEM-DFW-EGE-DFW-MEM on American = 2305 miles

View of pool and one hot tub from the back balcony. The slopes are just to the left outside of this frame.

March

In March I enjoyed my first visit to Palm Springs, California with a couple of friends.  We stayed at the Residence Inn in Palm Desert and enjoyed a bike ride through the desert as well as taking the cable car up Mount San Jacinto where snow still lingered.  MEM-ORD-PSP-DFW-MEM on American = 3701 miles

Residence Inn Palm Desert

June

2017 Trans-Atlantic Travel

I took my first-ever business trip in June, got to visit the new Polaris lounge in Chicago and flew to London on United and then headed out to the small town of Hinckley where we stayed at the Sketchley Grange Hotel before returning to the DoubleTree by Hilton London Heathrow Airport on the night before our flight back.  MEM-ORD-LHR-ORD-MEM = 8889 miles

Sketchley Grange Main Entrance

August

No flights in August but I did enjoy a long weekend in New Orleans for a trivia tournament.  We stayed at the Hyatt Regency where I got upgraded to a junior suite.

October

In recent years October has been my big travel month and this year it was bigger than ever. My trip to China let me experience Cathay Pacific Business Class for the first time, the Regent Beijing Hotel, intra-China flights on China Southern, the Shangri-La Hotel in Xi’an and another Shangri-La in Lhasa, Tibet, a cruise down the Yangtze on the Viking Emerald, the lovely Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai, the New Otani Hotel in Tokyo and finally, ANA First Class on the way home.  I hope to start posting the trip report in January. MEM-ORD-SFO on United, SFO-HKG-PEK on Cathay Pacific, PEK-XIY-LXA on China Southern, LXA-CKG on Sichuan Air, WUH-PVG on China Southern, PVG-NRT on Delta, NRT-IAH on ANA and IAH-MEM on United = 21,813 miles

2017 Trans-Pacific Travel

All in all it was a wonderful travel year where I got to experience new-to-me hotels and airlines.  I’ve found some I liked and others I didn’t but it was never boring!  I don’t expect to cover nearly as many miles next year unless I get to go on more business trips but I do have plans to return to Europe and we’ll see what else pops up!

Where will you go in 2018? Tell me in the comments.

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