Turbulence: great commotion or agitation; departure from a smooth flow.
2017 was a turbulent year for me. But in a good way. It was time for a change and boy did this year usher in changes in my life.
A bit over a year later I am pleased to report that the program is working. This blog is growing rapidly and I remain ever grateful to every reader for making this possible. I love blogging and look forward to what 2018 will bring (we’ll discuss that tomorrow).
Special thanks to Carly and Kyle Stewart for contributing to this blog every Sunday, giving me one day off to spend with my family. I have enjoyed their content immensely.
Every year I look back in late December at the year in travel and chuckle. I always end up traveling more than I figured…this year was certainly no exception. I won’t even list all the places I’ve been. I’m also not even going to count up how many miles I flew, since I don’t do a great job of tracking mileage when I’m burning miles.
But I’ve done fairly well in keeping up with trip reports this year and been all over the world. Admit it: the guy who used to publish trip reports three years late is at least making progress.
A few highlights:
1. My son Augustine’s first airplane trip (he ended up going to Europe three times this year)
There’s so much more, but figure over 300,000 miles this year and 85 hotel nights. That’s quite a feat.
New Countries in 2017
Only four new countries this year. That’s pretty pathetic…I hope to increase that count in 2018.
With a new project that requires frequent travel, look for even more travel in 2018…but not too much. Life is always about balancing priorities. I’m ever grateful to my precious wife for fully supporting my rather unconventional career trajectory.
This year instead of one omnibus post I’ve published a series of “top-10” posts recounting travel highlights of 2017. You can check those out here:
- My 10 Best Flights of 2017
- My 10 Worst Flights of 2017
- My 10 Best Airline Meals of 2017
- My Top 10 Lounges in 2017
- My Top 10 Hotels Stays in 2017
This will become a new annual feature on Live and Let’s Fly.
This blog would not be possible without you. I humbly thank each of you — even the trolls — for taking the time to read what I have to say and offering colorful commentary. It is my goal to make the blog more readable, relevant, and engaging in 2018.