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One of My Craziest Travel Weeks!

I recently completed an exciting crazy week of travel. It was so exhausting, I simply couldn’t get this post written. I hit about six states, ten airports, was in the air for about 23 hours, and traveled close to 8,000 miles.

The planned (and executed) route.

The planned (and executed) route.

Why would I do this, other than for the miles? Some personal and work trips were in order. Here’s the breakdown:

Part 1: Seattle, Washington

My aunt was getting married so a trek home as in order. I am fortunate enough to have a non-stop link to Seattle, via Alaska Airlines. They have a once-a-day non-stop flight from Austin to Seattle. The times are perfect leaving Austin in the evening around 6:00 p.m. and getting into Seattle around 8:30 p.m. If you haven’t been Seattle, check out my picks for what to do in Seattle.

Part 2: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I was last in Victoria when I was a kid. It was so memorable – I think they have gardens there. My friend had never been to Victoria, so we thought we would do a day trip from Seattle.

We decided to do the Victoria Sea & Sky Package offered by Kenmore Air and the Victoria Clipper. With this package, we took the Victoria Clipper Ferry from downtown Seattle to Victoria Harbor, Canada. We putzed around Victoria for a day, visiting the Parliament Building and the Empress Hotel. After a long day in Victoria, we boarded a Kenmore Air seaplane from Victoria Harbor and fly back to Lake Union in Seattle.

If you have never flown in a seaplane, I highly recommend it. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to sit in the co-pilot seat. Not something you get to do often ever on a commercial airplane!

Part 3: Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland

Each year, I attend a research ethics conference, and this year it is in Baltimore, Maryland. It was quite pricey to fly from Seattle to Baltimore, so I thought I would make an adventure out of it! I flew from Seattle to Portland, Oregon on Horizon Air. From Portland, I flew a transcontinental flight to Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. I was there for a few hours and I met a friend there for dinner. After dinner, I took a cab to Union Station in Washington, D.C., and then boarded an Amtrak train from DC to Baltimore.

Part 4: Vail / Avon, Colorado

After the conference, I flew from Baltimore to JFK Airport in New York. There, I had a quick connection and then flew non-stop to Austin. Fortunately I the upgrAAde fAAiry’s were working and I found myself in a first class seat for the long flight. With less than 12 hours in Austin, I got a little bit of sleep and put in a couple hours in the office and  back to the airport I went. I flew to the Eagle County Airport, via Dallas/Fort Worth, where I spent a weekend in Vail, Colorado snowboarding. Phew!

What is some of the craziest travel you have done?

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