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 16) Heraklion – Cairo

Cairo is a place that I have always wanted to visit in real life. I have a great interest in the ancient Egyptians and the civilization they created. The amounts of artefacts that can be seen in the British museum and many others across the world are a testament to how big a stamp they made.

The pyramids are obviously the first thing that comes to mind when visiting this majestic city and I was eager to see this from the air as I flew in.

Crossing the expanse of water towards Egypt I was flying directly for Alexandria on the north coast. Alexandria is somewhere I think would be worth visiting. I am skipping it on this tour but I may jump at the chance if I ever get the opportunity to see it in the flesh. Spotting the mouth of the longest river in the world, The Nile, I followed it south and saw the small strip of vegetation on either bank of the river in an otherwise desolate landscape. As Cairo came into view the city sprawled out in all directions. I knew the pyramids were on the west bank, but I didn’t know where. I flew low and circled once before I saw all 3 of the largest pyramids. I flew closer and spotted the sphinx too.

The sun was beginning to set and cast a lovely glow over the sides of the pyramids and I decided I would take a helicopter over the sights of Cairo before I left the city. Although I survived my attempt at virtual helicopter piloting, I can admit I need much more practice.


Cairo Pyramids



Cairo Guide:

Life in Cairo:

Walking in Cairo:

National Geographic – Inside the Pyramids:

Tour of the Pyramids HD:

Alignment codes:

Gateway to the stars:

Anunnaki Documentary: