A bit about me
I was born in London and, although I have lived here all my life, I have always enjoyed travel. I was an only child and I think that is why I have always been independent and, as much as I love meeting new friends, I am quite happy in my own company. As a schoolboy I found it a thrill to explore London on a Red Rover bus ticket, but since then I have travelled much further a field from having gone as far to the West as Hawaii and as far to the East as Taipei. As well as travelling for pleasure my work gave me plenty of travel in the UK, Europe and further afield. Thanks to all the business and leisure travel I now have BA Executive Lifetime Club Gold status plus lots of BA Avios. I also have Lifetime Platinum Status with Marriott Rewards. Alas the good days are now over on that front. I have travelled in all classes from economy to first, including Concorde. These days I normally travel in business class on short haul flights and in first class on Long Haul, but I have been able to use those Avios for some first class flights. I retired in 2014 so now all my travel is for leisure and more enjoyable!
I was a late starter when it came to flying. My first flight was from London to New York in 1981 when I was 25. Because of my “fear of flying” I thought at the time that I would only be making one trip by air so I arranged to travel around the States on Amtrak trains. I went from New York to New Orleans, then onto Los Angeles. From LA I went to Chicago (stopping in Flagstaff for a trip to the Grand Canyon) and then back to NY for the flight home. I thoroughly enjoyed my first flight and within a year I had done three other trips to the US (Florida, Dallas and then back to the West Coast). Since then I have made up for lost time, having taken well over 1,000 flights!
In 2016 I finally achieved Lifetime Gold Status with the British Airways Excutive Club which sits nicley with my Lifetime Status in the Marriott Rewards Program.