After many changes and delays due to COVID restrictions and isolations since 2020 (see 2020 and 2021 travel planning posts) I’ve now made a significant step for my next big international trip to Central Asia and Turkey.
I just booked my first flights to get from Melbourne, Australia to Istanbul, Turkey via Singapore to start this adventure late April 2023. The best thing is I managed to redeem business class seats using Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer miles, which came to 86,000 miles and $109 co-payment. As a result I also submitted my leave request which my work has just approved for this 42 day trip.
As a fan of tennis, and a regular attendee of the Australian Open every since it moved to Melbourne Park (previously Flinders Park) in 1988 I had a unique and unexpected COVID related opportunity this year to attend the AusOpen 2022 Women’s Singles Final.
Now that 2022 is here after the crazy rollercoaster years of 2020 and 2021 living with the COVID pandemic it is to be hoped that this situation now becomes more like a endemic situation i.e. contained to a degree or at least only expected cases but relatively mild.
While the health component was always needed it become urgent after a testing and depressing 200+ days in lockdown and working from home during 2020 that had some terrible physical and undesirable mental health outcomes.
These plans were finished both early and successfully. Now it’s time to consolidate and maintain strong forward momentum in 2022 and avoid going back to bad habits.
A major success on the weight loss side marked the fourth stage of my Wealth, Weight and Wellbeing Planas the end of the 26 fortnight ambitious and hopefully long term life changing challenge comes into view. You can find the first check in here (15 April 2021), the second here (25 June 2021) and the third here (02 September).