What’s Next – 2019 and beyond

Way back in May 2015 I wrote a blog entry “2016 and Beyond” that outlined possible travel over the next four years as I moved beyond 52 countries. I listed eight possible tours and I’ve ended up doing three of these (or similar tours) to Sri Lanka, Indochina (Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia) and High Road to Tibet (Nepal and Tibet).

I also ended up doing The Great African Expedition from November 2017 to January 2018.

Now it’s time to work out what’s the plan for the next few years and whether I should aim to move from 70 countries I’ve already seen to 100 countries. To start I’d need to work out if there are 30 countries left that I’m interested in and which line up with my Bucket List – To Do , for example seeing Petra in Jordan.

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Asia 2018: Trip Highlights

Well my short trip to Hong Kong, Nepal and Tibet is over and it’s time to reflect. This trip was basically three parts:

  1. Eight Lounge Experiences
  2. Nepal Experience
  3. Tibet Experience

The Nepal and Tibet experience were mostly undertaken via the G Adventures High Road to Tibet tour (review here).

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Asia 2018: Day 19 Hong Kong to Melbourne, Australia

Tuesday 30 October 2018.
Highlights: Cathay Pacific Business Class flight

So after a very quick trip I’m now back home doing laundry and getting ready for work tomorrow :(.

At least I got to enjoy a very comfortable flight back on Cathay Pacific A350-900 business class seat (review here). Four hours+ sleep on an overnight flight is a good way to be refreshed for the day ahead.

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Flight Review – CX105 Hong Kong to Melbourne

Airline: Cathay Pacific
Gate: 25
Seat: 18K (Business window)
Plane: A350-900
Boarded 23.37 (Scheduled 23.25)
Pushback 00.01
Departed: 00.15 (Scheduled 00.05)
Note: Time Change plus 3 hour
Arrived: 11.43 (Scheduled 12.15)
Duration: 8 hour 28 minutes
Distance: 7,387 kms

The final flight of this trip was my first Cathay Pacific business class flight and first time on the A350-900.

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Asia 2018: Day 18 Hong Kong Airport

Monday 29 October 2018.
Highlights: Shoulder & Neck Massage, Private Cabana

So this was the last full day of the trip and it was all about exploring and enjoying the Hong Kong Airport and the various Cathay Pacific Lounges that I had access to as a Qantas Platinum membership (which expires in January 2019).

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Lounge Review – Cathay Pacific Hong Kong “The Deck” Business Class Lounge

When visited: October 2018
Time of day: Evening (9.20 pm to 10.10 pm)

Rating: 3.5 / 5

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Lounge Review – Cathay Pacific Hong Kong “The Bridge” Business Class Lounge

When visited: October 2018
Time of day: Late Afternoon (4.55 pm to 6.05 pm)

Rating: 4 / 5

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