A New Approach As I Fly Around The World

The odds are that if you are reading this now, you’ve probably stumbled on here in the past reading about one of my adventures whether across the US or to a far-flung land. As some may know, right now I am just at the beginning of a three-week “Around the World” trip that is going to take me from South Africa, to Dubai, the Seychelles, Bangkok and Tokyo. I obviously enjoy recaping my trips, but it can take many months for me to wrap up an entire week long trip and this one is going to be even bigger. I plan on doing my usual style of post-trip writeups, reviewing inflight experiences, hotels, and my impressions of the destinations I visit. However, I want to try something new: posting short updates here in the interim as I progress on my journey.

I’ve had this good intention before, but never actually got around to doing it. I’ve got more than enough time in airports and airplanes on this trip, so I am going to hold myself to it! Hopefully every few days I will post a brief synopsis of what I am up to and hopefully a small selection of photos that I capture of my travels.

So to start…I am actually writing this as I sit in the domestic British Airways SLOW Lounge at OR Tambo International Airport. I’m flying down to Port Elizabeth where I will pick up a rental car only after getting into Johannesburg last night onboard the way-too-long 15.5 Hour flight on Delta Air Lines from Atlanta. I took a brief stroll last night from the hotel on the streets of Johannesburg and found myself at where else but an Irish Pub. Of course it was off to bed early as my flight here out of JNB leaves in about 50 minutes – so I hailed an Uber (works fantastically down here just as it does in the states) from the Hilton a little before 0430.

Also, it’s ridiculously cold down here. I know it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere and all, but it was 36F and extremely windy at the hotel this morning. I only packed a light windbreaker that isn’t insulated, so this should be interesting. I guess I put too much faith in the long term weather forecasts when I was getting ready last week. I probably should have packed a jacket!

Time to finish up my latte here in the lounge and get my act together to head to my gate here in a bit. The adventure continues!

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