After a conference in New York, our member drron certainly isn’t taking any shortcuts on the trip back to Australia. Instead, our member has put together an envious itinerary involving many different modes of transport, and many different countries. With stops planned in Philadelphia, Paris, Copenhagen and Bangkok, just to name a few, our member is certainly travelling back to Australia the long way around!

Of course I am only going for a conference this weekend in New York. The problem was finding a way home. However putting together a combination of planes, automobiles, trains and ships the problem was solved.

First we have to fly to Atlanta and take a week driving up the Blue Ridge Parkway finally reaching Philly. That was so we could fly to Paris. Unfortunately we then have to waste 10 days driving to Amsterdam before we can catch a flight to Helsinki. Then off to Copenhagen where we again have to waste some time driving around southern Sweden. In Copenhagen we are booked at Geranium and FormelB. Noma just doesn’t appeal to us. We then embark on the Silver Cloud and cruise to Murmansk and Archangel before returning to CPH for the flight to Bangkok via HEL.

After taking an (almost) direct routing with Qantas and American Airlines in first class, our member arrived in the Big Apple. There is always plenty to see and do in the metropolis that is New York, from the shopping, to the restaurants, to Central Park. It seems our member was even lucky enough to get a hotel room with a glimpse of Manhattan’s Central Park.

Once the conference in New York was over, the long journey home began with a bit of travel around the United States. Destinations on the cards included Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington DC and Philadelphia. One attraction our member found time in between shopping to visit was the Space and Flight Museum in Washington DC, which our member found was well worth a visit.

A little rest then off we went. Plan was to drop mrsdrron at the Galleria Mall whilst I went of to the Space and Flight museum at Dulles. Hint-arrive at 4pm and parking is free-before then it is $15. Admission to the museum is free. I had a ball. A bit rushed but still got to see most.

A stop at Valley Forge, an area significant in American history was also in order as our member wound their way to Philadelphia for the onward flights to Europe.

Will things go to plan for the flight to Paris? And what will the rest of the long trip home entail? Our veteran trip reporter drron certainly has an interesting trip planned. Follow the trip report HERE.


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Matt Graham
The editor of Australian Frequent Flyer, Matt's passion for travel has taken him to over 60 countries… with the help of frequent flyer points, of course!
Matt's favourite destinations (so far) are Germany, Brazil, New Zealand & Kazakhstan. His interests include economics, aviation & foreign languages, and he has a soft spot for good food and red wine.

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