- PanAm was the only exception, which occurred in the 1980's. My wife and I went west on Pan Am One, and it was a learning experience.
- In 2012 I used mostly miles to fly to Japan for the cherry blossoms (plus an OTEC dinner), then on to Amsterdam for the tulips, ending in Las Vegas, when I went golfing on Kenji's Safari. Well, not quite, for I then went back to Denver for an American Solar Energy Society gathering to participate in an OTEC panel. Here is a summary.
- My Ultimate Global Adventure occurred in the Spring of 2013 (MUGA 2013): a $50K extravaganza in First Class with Michelin 3-Star and Pellegrino Best 50 restaurants. At Matsumoto Castle a gold koi swallowed the capsule of Pearl's ashes, I suffered from choking air pollution in Beijing, went on another Kenji golf safari and barely survived two weeks of wine tasting in Napa, Sonoma and Alexander Valleys. Here were my final thoughts.
- My Ultimate Fantasy Adventure, in the Spring of 2014, might have actually been more enjoyable than MUGA 2013, and some day I might be able to say why. Here is a comparison of the two. However, MUFA 2014 was not global, only around the Pacific, the final leg being a Crystal Symphony cruise from Tokyo back to Honolulu.
- Little packing/unpacking.
- Minimal airport/taxi stress.
- My Fall trip will cost $538/day: Oceania's odyssey would only be $222/day.
Another sensible option is to preserve my life by remaining in my 15 Craigside cocoon. Frankly, I've seen everything I would want to experience, and travel is stressful. Ah, but just one more adventure before it gets too late.