The 80th Flight!

Flight number 80 would be the final flight of the original “Around the world in 80 flights” tour so this should be somewhat of a great achievement. However, due to the number of diversions and additional flights I have added to my own tour, despite reaching the 80th flight, I have not even reached my half way point.

Since leaving Edinburgh in the UK 3 years ago I have racked up over 54,000 Kilometres which works out at over 33,500 Miles! I have passed through 37 different countries whilst I have covered Europe and the length of Africa, all the way too Cape Town before continuing to The UAE and Middle East. I then covered the entire length of India or order to reach the Maldives Islands before returning North to the Himalayas and Mt. Everest. From the Himalayas I continued to Asia and across to Japan where I have now begun to double back on myself a little. This is simply so that I can loop further South as I make my way through the Pacific Islands and eventually reach Australia.

From my home in the UK, Australia will make my geographical half way point around the world. I feel that this should be celebrated more than the acknowledgement of my 80th flight. After all, I still have many more miles to go with many more countries to visit. Having significantly amended the original route I shall be completing a total of 203 flights before my wheels finally touch down in Edinburgh UK once more.

Whilst not mathematically nor geographically “half way,” I shall be considering my virtual arrival to the island of Hawaii to be the half way point of my Around The World Tour.
Hawaii to San Francisco is by far the longest flight I will have to negotiate during the tour and will need to heavily modify my tiny Beechcraft Baron 58 in order to make the huge distance but this is still some way off for flight number 120.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the entire time I have been completing this tour although I would love to hear from people who live in any of the places I have already, or am yet to visit. See below for the offical route map and for the full list of destinations I shall be visiting (virtually.)


Blue Pins = Offical 80 Flights Route
Red Pins = Addional Destinations Added By Me
Yellow Pins = Points Of Interest I Shall Not Land At.

Please continue to follow my virtual adventures around the world and leave comments to help me to make it that little bit more realistic.

Flight 10) Algiers – Palma de Mallorca (& Ibiza)

I was rather shocked at the noticeable difference in appearances in Algiers when compared to the well kept tourist destinations of southern France and Spain. Of course I am only seeing the cities through the videos on YouTube and the images on Google Earth but I have to admit that Algiers is not a place that I would wish to spend a lot of time in first hand.

After my first virtual taste of Africa it was time to return north once again. My African adventures will certainly be worth waiting for. I flew north over the sea the weather was calm with no clouds to be seen. Leaving the airport under a slight layer of fog probably caused by the heat in the morning, the sea seemed to stretch on forever. I wonder what later flights across the Atlantic will feel like. A small gathering of clouds on the horizon was all that hinted of land.

Once arriving at the island, the mountains along the north coast invited me for a sightseeing detour. Finding settlements in the high mountains such as “Pollenca” were a surprise. I must have taken some time flying around the island as I landed in fading sunlight with the runway lights guiding me in from the sea again.

Being that close to the popular clubbing Mecca Ibiza, I found some “Dance Classics” to listen to. I’m probably too old to visit for a real holiday.


Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca:

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Cream Ibiza

90’s Ibiza Classics Music:

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