2014: A Travel Year in Review

Posted by  Daniël Cronk   in  ,      6 years ago     1287 Views     Comments Off on 2014: A Travel Year in Review  

2014 has turned out to be my biggest year of flying to date, with 28 flight segments running over 39,921 miles.

First up was Peru. Although I had been to Peru once before (in 2002), when United & Delta were having price wars out of each others hubs for about $400 from MSP, it was a deal too good to pass up. Of course, when I found the deal of upgrading to Business for about $500, that too was a deal I couldn't pass up. I spent the majority of the time in and around Cusco, the ancient capital of the Inca people. The main reason for going back was to hike the Inca Trail into Machu Picchu. I had planned to hike the trail back in 2002 but the planning just didn't happen the way it was supposed to. It was on a few months after the Peruvian government started restricting access, mandating that hikers travel with a licensed guide. It was also while the internet was still in its infancy. Everything was chaos, the process archaic and the results devastating. After 3 full days of hiking through the mountains, reaching an altitude of 13,796 ft above sea level (and no sign of difficulties) I arrived on the morning of the 4th day at the sun gate - the true entrance into the citadel of Machu Picchu. What a difference this trip was. In 2002 it was rainy and cloudy while 2014 provided nothing but sun and warmth. A truly unforgettable experience.

Next up was England to visit my friend Alexandra. London is an amazing city. I was extermely nervous about visiting. I was afraid that I would fall in love with it.... and fall in love I did. I managed to see a couple of muscials (Wicked -- twice [my 11th and 12th time] & The Lion King), visit the British Museum, see Big Ben & the Parlament building and ride the London Eye..of course, a visit to the Tower of London to see the crown jewels was also in order.

July I traveled to Rochester, New York for training on a program for my job. Nothing exciting about this.

The end of September I traveled to Germany to attend a friends wedding. I met Andreas, actually, in Peru back in 2002. We had stayed in contact all this time (I've been to visit him and his sister a couple of times in Germany and Prague). So when he called me the weekend before I left for Peru and told me his girlfriend was moving to Germany and they were going to get married, and would I like to go attend, I said yes.

The end of November I traveled to England again. Part of this involved a conference on MRI and part of it was for fun. I saw my friend Alex again and went and saw a few shows (Phantom of the Opera, Miss Saigon, Urinetown, and War Horse). I also spent a few days in the Netherlands visiting with friends & family before my last 2 nights spent in Oslo. Though I was sick by this point and didn't really spend any time in the city (which was a 40 minute bus ride from the airport & my hotel).

2014 Flight Statistics

Airlines Flown:
delta air lines   endeavor air
garuda indonesia   klm cityhopper
klm royal dutch airlines   lan airlines
lan peru   sas scandinavian airlines
swiss international airlines   united airlines
united express    

Aircraft Flown:
Airbus A319-100   airbus-a319-100
Airbus A320-200   A320-200
Airbus A330-300   airbus-a-333
Boeing 737-600   boeing-737-600
Boeing 737-800   boeing-737-800
Boeing 737-900   boeing-737-900
Boeing 767-300   boeing-767-300
Boeing 767-400   boeing-767-400
Boeing 777-300   boeing-777-300
Bombardier Canadair CRJ-200   CRJ-200
Bombardier Canadair CRJ-900   CRJ-900
Embraer ERJ-170-100   embraer-170
Embraer ERJ-190-100   ERJ-190
McDonnell Douglas MD-11**   md-11
McDonnell Douglas MD-88   md-88

Countries Visited / Entered / Exited:
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united kingdom flag
United Kingdom
united states flag
United States

AMS   Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands
CUZ   Cuzco - Teniente Alejandro Velasco Astete, Cuzco, Peru
IAH   George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas, USA
JUL**   Manco Capac International Airport, Juliaca, Peru
KEF*   Keflavik International Airport, Keflavik, Iceland
LGW**   Gatwick International Airport, London, England
LHR**   Heathrow International Airport, London, England
LIM   Jorge Chavez International Airport, Lima, Peru
MAN**   Manchester International Airport, Manchester, England
MSP Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MSP, Minnesota, USA
ORD   O'hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois, USA
OSL**   Oslo-Gardermoen International Airport, Oslo, Norway
ROC**   Greater Rochester International Airport, Rochester, New York, USA
TXL**   Tegel Airport, Berlin, Germany
YUL**   Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Montreal, Canada
YYZ**   Lester B. Pearson International Airport, Toronto, Canada
ZRH   Zürich/Kloten International Airport, Zürich, Switzerland
* Unscheduled diversion airport (medical emergency)
** new airports for 2014

an andean woman creates traditional clothes
An Andean woman creating beautiful clothing.

looking across the Andes Mountains. reflecting at Runkuraqay Pass.
looking across the Andes Mountains. reflecting at Runkuraqay Pass.

Inca Trail: Day 2 - Looking back on our progress.
Inca Trail: Day 2 - Looking back on our progress.

Inca Trail: Day 2 - Dead Woman's Pass
Inca Trail: Day 2 - Dead Woman's Pass

The ruins of Intipata, just above the city of Winya Wayna along the Inca Trail.
The ruins of Intipata, just above the city of Winya Wayna along the Inca Trail.

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu as seen looking down from the summit of Huayna Picchu.
Machu Picchu as seen looking down from the summit of Huayna Picchu.

Big Ben and Westminster Bridge
Big Ben and Westminster Bridge

Buckingham Palace
Buckingham Palace

The Eye over London
The Eye over London

Light trails on the Westminster Bridge
Light trails on the Westminster Bridge

Reflective Amsterdam
Reflective Amsterdam

Light trails over Prinsengracht
Light trails over Prinsengracht

Het Paleis op de Dam voor Kerst.
Het Paleis op de Dam voor Kerst.


I am very passionate about traveling. My goal is to visit as many places and experience as many things as I can during my short journey on this earth.