145,086 miles and 124 Flights – 2012 year in review

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I have been traveling every week as a business consultant for a little over four years now.  I average around 4 nights per month in my Chicago apartment but I am OK with that. At the beginning of 2012 I made the (mighty difficult) decision that I value my personal relationships and community over a life on the road.  That being said, the extreme flexibility I have now is an opportunity I did not want to let go to waste so I set out to make 2012 my ‘all-in’ travel year.

The results

I set a personal record with 124 flight segments and 145,086 butt-in-seat miles visiting 28 different airports.  Surprisingly, only 2 flights were out of my home city Chicago’s international airport, O’hare.


Pushing my miles to their limits in 2012 ensured there was never a dull month.  Here are my highlights month by month.

January in Denver for the Broncos Playoff Upset


Hotels and Airlines: Southwest

Highlight:  Witnessing Tim Tebow win an NFL playoff game is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

February in Fort Lauderdale at the W for a Super Bowl Watch Party


Hotels and Airlines: W Fort Lauderdale, Southwest

Highlight:  Super-Bowl sized upgrade for Super Bowl weekend

March in Japan (Part I)


Hotels and Airlines: Park Hyatt Tokyo, Westin Kyoto, Japan Airlines

Highlight:  I learned that Kyoto is my favorite city on Earth.

April in Boston for my birthday


Hotels and Airlines: Southwest, W Boston, Hyatt Regency Cambridge

Highlight:  “Destination Birthdays” are a great way to test if your friends think you are worth traveling for……kidding.

May in Peru, Chile and Easter Island



Hotels and Airlines: LAN, Tambo Del Inka, W Santiago, JW Marriott Lima

Highlight:  Machu Picchu and the Moai of Easter Island deserve their titles as Wonders of the World.

June/July in Norway visiting the top of the world



Hotels and Airlines: Lufthansa First Class, SAS, Radisson Blu Spitsbergen, Radisson Blu Oslo

Highlight:  Longyearbyen, the northernmost city in the world, is a feast for the eyes.  The pictures don’t do it justice.  Back on the mainland, Norway is more expensive than any city I have ever seen.  I am already planning a return trip but next time I will stick to eating only dried meats.

August/September in Australia to SCUBA dive the Great Barrier Reef



Hotels and Airlines: Qantas A380, Park Hyatt Sydney, Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Highlight:  I argue the Park Hyatt Sydney is the best Hyatt property of all.  The Great Barrier Reef most certainly earns its ‘Great’ designation.  Go now before its too late!

October in Denver for the Great America Beer Fest


Hotels and Airlines: Southwest

Highlight: The Great American Beer Fest is probably the best thing ever.  If you like beer in the slightest, mark your calendars and book your tickets to Denver right now for 2013.  The PMM Team did some serious damage with the unlimited samples this year.

November in Bermuda



Hotels and Airlines: American Airlines, Fairmont Southampton

Highlight: An exotic island with great weather whose primary economic driver is not Tourism makes for an truly unique island.  I am perplexed how the Bermudans afford living there.  Bermuda is stunningly gorgeous but a little too overbuilt in my opinion.

December in Germany and Japan(part II)


Hotels and Airlines: Lufthansa First Class on A380, Japan Airlines Dreamliner, Park Hyatt Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Hakone, Marriott Nagoya

Highlight: I couldn’t even wait one full year to return to Japan.  This trip confirmed that Japan is one of my favorite places on Earth and the country I most recommend new travelers experience.  The best place to take in the immensity that is the Tokyo metropolis is with a good martini and good company at the New York Bar atop the Park Hyatt Tokyo.


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About alex

Alex loves to travel and does so a lot. Logging 100,000 flight miles each year over the past 4 years, Alex uses points and miles to power his passion. Alex is continuously striving to experience the far reaches of the globe. In his day job, Alex is a Management Consultant frequently on the road advising Technology organizations. I love thinking about, reading about, and talking about all things travel. Feel free to reach me at pmmalex@gmail.com

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  1. so where is work? looks like it is all fun and game. 🙂
    were these places you go to because of work or these were fun places you go during work travel?

  2. Mind sharing how much vacation time you get per year? I am a consultant as well but cant seem to find so much vacation time in between projects!

  3. @DavidY – My adventures working late night at an airport Hyatt Place probably won’t interest many on the blog. 😉 I try to stick to the fun and games.

    @JettyBoy – I work toward annual hour total goals so that adds flexibility.

    @Mileage Update – You know it!

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