Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trip to Australia, Phuket, Bali, Vanuatu and Fiji - February 2017

With 75 countries complete on the World 100 tour with Michelle, we are leaving to check off some more in the Pacific Islands starting on February 6, 2017.

This time, a consulting engagement takes us to Sydney, Australia on Valentine's Day. Looking around the region, there are a number of islands - some hard to get to, some easy (and famous) as honeymoon destinations.

We have all seen images above from places in the Islands - of cottages on stilts on top of amazing turquoise waters. As a kid, I would always hear of places like this and wonder what it was like to explore.

Phuket, Thailand

The trip starts on February 6th out of Newark airport, where Michelle, Brooklyn, Cali and I will embark on a 22 hour journey through Hong Kong to arrive in Phuket on February 7th. We will be staying at the Vijitt Resort:

Bali, Indonesia

Next, we fly over to  on February 9th, routing through Singapore. We will be staying at the Bali Mandira Beach Resort & Spa:

Sydney, Australia

Next, we fly over to Sydney on February 12th, on a direct flight. We will be staying at the Westin Sydney Downtown:

Port Vila, Vanuatu

Next, we fly over to Vanuatu on February 15th, routing through Brisbane. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Resort Vanuatu:

Nadi, Fiji

Finally, we fly over to Fiji on February 18th, connecting directly. We will be staying at the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island:

The trip home is interesting as we stay one night in Los Angeles before taking a morning flight back to New Jersey. We were lucky to use up a bunch of different kinds of airline and hotel points on this trip. 

The permutations and combinations of destinations with flights and times was interesting to say the least! 

Here is what the trip looks like on a map:

The goal of hitting 100 countries is firmly in reach. This is the latest map: