The EURO conference series lead me to Valencia, Spain, where despite a busy schedule of talks and unforgiving heat I was able to fit in a bit of sightseeing.
The remote arctic island of Svalbard – or, at least, its main settlement Longyearbyen, is not as inaccessible as you might imagine! Here’s what lured me there, how I managed to visit, and what I got up to whilst I was in town.
Full report on my 2013Q4 project: chasing IHG’s Big Win promotion. I battled the St Jude storm in the UK; discovered CERN and Geneva with Marian Call and fellow fans; flew LCY-EDI-LHR-GVA-LHR-EDI on BA (enjoying the lounges along the way) and, of course, sampled four different IHG properties to meet all my challenges.
In-depth report of my push for HHonors Gold and BA Silver, starting 2013 by hotel-hopping and tier-point running around California. Covers first class train travel in the UK, BA longhaul in premium economy and business, AA domestic first class in the US, various Hiltons, and sightseeing in three cities.
My luxury-holiday-on-a-budget: a 5* London hotel (my first HHonors redemption), business class flights (from the sale), and a boat (cheaper than Gibraltan hotels!) in the Med in June. All wonderful, until weather conditions put my plane home in an entirely different country…