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.

Detour… Flight 28) Blantyre – Harare


At this point in the journey, the official flight plan is to travel to the east shores to reach the city of Durban. After travelling this far south within Africa, I really would like to reach Cape Town. I have sat down with Google Earth and planned out a little African detour which will give me a few more stops on my journey but ultimately take me to the major city of Cape Town. Although this will add an extra amount of flights to the tour, it would be silly not to visit, so the next few flights are my own detour stop offs.

Flight 28) Blantyre – Harare

The first flight on my added detour to Cape Town departs from Blantyre and takes a small trip south west to Harare. Flying over mostly green land below, I crossed a rather large river which I saw on the IPhone map that this was the Zambezi River.


Zambezi River

As I continued towards Harare I spotted a very small landing strip in Kotwa and wondered what it would be like to be a local of that area and use a dirt runway on a common basis. I think I would be pretty nervous taking off or landing on a strip like that in real life.

Finding a main road (A2) which I could follow all the way to Harare The rest of the journey was very straight forward. Harare is a large city again with the airport to the south. As I landed I could see the city lights out of my right hand window and made me want to check out what the city had to offer.


Harare City, Zimbabwe.

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Harare City Center: