I know, epic?
Everyone has their own definition of an Epic trip. To some, epic means a six-month round-the-world trip. To others–a long-awaited and meticulously prepared family trip to Disney World. To me, an epic trip occurs when three conditions are met.
1. The trip should have longer than a 10-day span and…
2. The trip should cover an exciting destination I have never been to before and…
3. The value I derive from the trip must be absolutely astonishing (did I mention that it had to be free, too?).
It’s been a while since my last epic trip to Peru and Easter Island last spring. So, the time was ripe.
My itinerary and class of service:
1. JFK-REP (Siem Reap)
1a) JFK-ICN (Seoul) – First Class suite
1b) ICN-REP (Siem Reap) – Business
2. Siem Reap: 4-night Staying at 4.5-star Le Meridien
3. REP-BKK, (Bankgkok Airways (all Bangkok Air fligths are in couch) : 3-day stay in a suite at 5-star Anantara Suthorn
4. BKK-Koh Samui: Stay at Category 10 Conrad Koh Samui.
5. HKT-Koh Samui-Phucket
6. Phuket-Honk Kong on Dragon Air, in business.
7. HKK-JFK in First Class Suite on Cathay Pacific.
The total value of the trip… I really didn’t bother to calculate, but it must be close to 30K.
Of course, we all know that saving $30K on a trip that we wouldn’t really buy under any circumstances is not really savings. It’s an illusion. But as a reference point, it’ll do, because otherwise the scientific definition of an epic trip would not even be possible.