Around (Half) The World In 80 Hours. Ish.

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And this is not even an April Fools Day joke! As you are reading this, I’m well on my way back to work. The only catch is I’m starting in Asia and my ship is in the Caribbean. I guess this translates into a ridiculously long itinerary.

A little over a month ago, I had to endure 3 flights which meant I stepped foot on 3 continents over 24 hours and crossed 13 time zones. That sounds like a walk in the park compared with what I will have to do this time: 6 flights over 80 hours!

Admittedly, this involves a 36-hour stopover in Malaysia, but still. I started in Phuket on Friday morning flying to Penang. From there, I flew to Kuala Lumpur. On Sunday, I fly to St Martin via Tokyo, Los Angeles and New York.

Here are a few more stats:

Total flights = 6
Hours flying = 29 hours 20 mins
Hours waiting in airports = 18 hours
Miles = 13936 (slightly more than half the circumference of Earth)

I really wish it was as exciting as it looks on paper. But in reality, these days flying economy is as exotic as taking an inter-city bus. The only difference is you sometimes get free booze on planes and your chances of dying, in the event of an accident are exponentially higher. Sounds like a fair trade-off.

I just hope my luggage makes it to my final destination. Last time an airline lost my bags, I had to resort to wearing women’s underwear!

I think I’m going to get very drunk on the plane(s).

About Me

In 2004, I sold everything I owned and left New Zealand to go see the world. In that time, I've run with bulls in Pampolona, watched the Man burn at Black Rock City, volunteered at a special-needs summer camp in New York, hosted & couchsurfed with 100+ people, taught English in Prague, trained with Muay Thai fighters in Phuket, worked on 5 different cruise ships, hugged strangers on streets in 7 countries and this one time, I even hitchhiked naked (but that was back home, so that doesn't really count). I moved to Vancouver, BC in 2012, to embark on new adventures. It's nice here, I think I may stay awhile! Let's connect: @roymarvelous, facebook & RSS.

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  • SR1

    See you soon…ish

  • Amberr Meadows

    Brutal. I am no longer nearly as jealous of your exploits as I was before.

    • Roy Marvelous

      Ya. Feel like I lost a chunk of my life. And my feet swelled to twice the size!

  • Ola Jaggers

    I think this sounds pretty impressive! I absolutely can not wait to read more!

    Thanks for sharing!!!


    • Roy Marvelous


  • Jess @UsedYorkCity

    I got a horrible neck cramp and stiff knees just reading this! Happy travels!;-)

    • Roy Marvelous

      Haha, it was rough!