One more trip to go, and it will be the end of the year.
And it is a very long year in terms of travel: by the end of the year, I will have flown a total of 124,520 miles. This includes 7 cross-Pacific trips to the U.S., one trip each to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia and a nice southwestern town in China, and the upcoming Christmas trip to Maldives.
Yes, 124,520 miles is a long distance -- in fact, it is five times the length of the Equator. On the other hand, it is another typical year. In 2006, I travelled a total of 122,709 miles, so my 2007 travel diary will break the 2006 record, but only by the smallest margin of 1.5%.
Commercial airlines usually fly about 500 miles per hour on average, so 124,520 miles means 250 hours or 10 whole days in the cabin. It is no wonder I'm developing my rhythm in the cabin like watching videos in my Zune, reading magazines and playing computer games.
If I were paid by the distance I fly, I would be making approximately $2.40 per mile I fly in business trips. I wish I can negotiate a pay-by-mile compensation package with my employer -- it is likely that my job responsibility will require me to fly even more in 2008.
To spin the numbers in another way, for each of the 365 days in the year, I log a mileage of 341 miles, or 14.83 miles per hour, day and night, 24 by 7.
On the brighter side, my travel pattern certainly earned me a lot of miles and premier status in a couple of frequent flier programs. For example, I added 200,000 miles to my Northwest WorldPerks account, and 50,000 miles to my Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer account.
All I can say is: life is not easy, and unless I can finally bid farewell to my job, I will have to continue to fly a lot. But at least, I can still feel good that out of the 110 travel days, 29 days are spent with my family on family trips. We have visited and will be visiting nice places and keeping good memories. Can I ask for more?