2018 Year in Travel

(updated )

In 2018, I visited Australia and New Zealand, each for the first time. Other than that, my travel was largely similar in nature and quantity to 2017—frequent routine business trips, with a few weekend vacations thrown in.

Hotels

I stayed away from home a record 131 nights this year. Business travel was down slightly, but my three-week Australia and New Zealand vacation added a lot of personal hotel nights.

A chart of my hotel nights by year. 2018 shows 131 total nights (88 business, 43 personal).

Flights

I ended up flying 109 flights this year, totaling 87 306 miles (140 505 km).

A chart of my flights by year. 2017 shows 113 total flights (103 business, 4 mixed, 6 personal).

A map of all my flights in 2018.

My 2018 flights worldwide.

Flight map generated using the Great Circle Mapper—copyright © Karl L. Swartz

A map of all my flights in the US in 2018.

My 2018 flights within the United States.

Flight map generated using the Great Circle Mapper—copyright © Karl L. Swartz

New Airports

I visited eight airports for the first time this year:

# Code Airport First Visit
79 SYD Sydney
New South Wales, Australia
12 Feb 2018
80 PER Perth
Western Australia, Australia
12 Feb 2018
81 MEL Melbourne
Victoria, Australia
21 Feb 2018
82 CHC Christchurch
New Zealand
23 Feb 2018
83 DUD Dunedin
New Zealand
23 Feb 2018
84 AKL Auckland
New Zealand
28 Feb 2018
85 LBB Lubbock
Texas, United States
8 Aug 2018
86 PVD Providence
Rhode Island, United States
17 Dec 2018

With 86 airports visited to date, I have only 14 to go to reach my goal of visiting 100 airports.

New Airlines

I flew on two airlines for the first time this year:

New Aircraft

I flew on three aircraft families for the first time this year; all three were from my Australia and New Zealand vacation.

Airbus A380.

Airbus A380 (Qantas)

Aircraft illustration by Norebbo

Boeing 787.

Boeing 787 (American Airlines)

Aircraft illustration by Norebbo

ATR 72.

ATR 72 (Air New Zealand)

Aircraft illustration by Norebbo

Superlatives

My longest flight was 8 580 miles (13 808 km) from Dallas to Sydney. This 17–hour flight was the longest I’ve ever been on. I also flew my second-longest flight ever this year: 6 516 miles (10 486 km) from Auckland to Los Angeles.

My shortest flights were 139 miles (223 km) from Dallas to Lawton, and the same route returning from Lawton to Dallas.

A map of flights from DFW to SYD, AKL to LAX, and DFW to LAW.

Flight map generated using the Great Circle Mapper—copyright © Karl L. Swartz

Driving

A chart of my driving mileage by year. 2018 shows 22587 total miles (11616 personal vehicle, 10971 rental car).

I drove approximately 22 587 miles (36 350 km) this year—11 616 miles (18 694 km) in my own car, and 10 971 miles (17 656 km) in rental cars.

2018 driving (rental cars in red, my car in blue).

Map tiles © OpenStreetMap contributors, © CARTO

Frequent Traveler Status

This year, I maintained Platinum status with American Airlines and Diamond status with Hilton. My United MileagePlus Silver and Marriott Rewards Silver were active from last year.

A chart of my frequent traveler status in various programs by year. For 2018, I earned American AAdvantage Platinum and Hilton Honors Diamond. United MileagePlus Silver and Marriott Rewards Silver status was active from the previous year.
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