Time: 5 days, 7 hours i 55 minutes
It seems that I have spent a lot of time in the air in 2018. Do I fly a lot? What is my air travel experience? Let’s put this in perspective with a crew member who flies an average of 900 hours per year. In this comparison my 128 hours does not look so impressive. However, considering that I am not a crew member – I conclude that I am spending quite a lot of time in the air.
My air travel experience. Statistics 2018 in numbers
- distance – how many kilometers I have traveled by plane – almost 65’900 km
- how the distance I flew can be compared to a flight around earth – I circled it over 1.6 times
- how the distance I flew can be compared to the distance from Earth to the moon – 0.1171. (Well, there is still a long way ahead of me).
- shortest flight: in Turkey on the route Istanbul – Izmir (322 km)
- longest flight: on the route from Munich in Germany to Porto in Portugal (1791 km)
- the most northern airport: Moscow Sheremetyevo, Russia
- the southernmost airport: Izmir, Turkey
My air travel experience. Where did I fly?
Countries I visited during this time (number of visits in brackets):
- Belgium (15)
- Turkey (7)
- Germany (5)
- Hungary (3)
- Czech Republic (1)
- United Kingdom (1)
- Greece (1)
- Portugal (1)
- Romania (1)
- Russia (1)
My air travel experience. Top aircraft types
The list of airplanes that I flew most often (in brackets the number of flights).
- Boeing 737-800 (13)
- Embraer 195 (13)
- Dash 8 Q400 (7)
- Embraer ERJ 175 (6)
- Boeing 737 MAX 8 (6)
I will just add one comment from my side. Despite of many delays in departures and arrivals, frequent and exhausting turbulences and long hours I have spent at airports – I still love to fly and I will never get bored of it.
My air travel experience. Through the airplane window
Why airplian flying is so exciting? Despite the fact that final destination can bring you an amazing experience, I also consider that the travel itself can be amaizing. As a prove of my theory, please see how my “world” looks like through the airplane window.
Frequent flyer program – MIles & More
Where did all this data come from? A few years ago, I joined the Miles & More program, where – as a frequent flyer – I am collecting miles for all my air travels. Miles & More is the largest traveler loyalty program in Europe, and LOT, Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa (those airlines I use the most frequently) are both part of it. The awarded miles can be exchanged later for rewards. You can exchange them also for air tickets, hotel reservations or car rental.
You can read more about the Miles & More program directly on the website. However, this post is not about airline frequent flyer programs, so I will no longer continue this topic. I will just add that I really like to analyze my travel statistics (maybe, because I like numbers and statistics 😊), so I am very happy that my Miles & More program keeps collecting them and makes them available to review.
My air travel experience thru my photographs
My travel statistics can help to understand the number of photos that I uploaded to social media at that time (over 250 posts). Interestingly, despite many foreign trips that I took at that time (10 countries), from my highest rated photos in 2018 – 8 out of 9 were taken in ….. Warsaw, my hometown. What does it mean? This only proves that to make an interesting picture – you do not have to travel to the other side of the world. Sometimes you just need to leave your house and look around you. Your inspiration for making an interesting photo can be everywhere.
This does’t mean, however, that in 2019 I am not going to travel further. On the contrary! This year, there is a faraway journey already planned by me (!!!), about which I will write more soon.
Let’s stay in touch!