I am Taking My Dad On A Shock Evaluation Journey…

I’m going to be dragging my dad alongside on a visit shortly. He has no clue the place we’re going, and for that matter, I don’t even know precisely the place we’re going…

I haven’t traveled a lot with my dad recently

I really like touring with my dad and mom, and through the years I’ve made an effort to take action as a lot as doable. It’s the least I can do for them for all they’ve completed for me, and for that matter, I actually take pleasure in it.

I’ve gone on some superb journeys with my dad through the years — a pair are most memorable. Again in 2014, I took him on a shock around the world journey for his “spherical” birthday (under is a brief video from his first Emirates top quality flight). Then in 2019, I took him on a shock safari for his subsequent “milestone” birthday (1 / 4 century milestone, however we gained’t say how outdated he’s). 😉

Sadly up to now few years, I simply haven’t had a lot of an opportunity to journey with him. That’s as a result of 4 years in the past on Mom’s Day, my mother was recognized with most cancers. I’m so grateful she has fought and continues to be with us, and albeit I’ve prioritized touring together with her as a lot as doable, and we’ve been on some superb journeys, from Large Sur, to Hawaii, to Greece.

Anyway, it’s about time I take one other main journey with my dad, and that’s precisely what’s about to occur. Luckily he’s all the time down for a shock…

My dad desires to go to Germany, however…

My dad want to go to Germany, to return to his hometown, and likewise to fly Lufthansa top quality and go to the First Class Terminal in Frankfurt. 😉 We have been going to tie this in with visiting a few different nations within the area that I haven’t but visited, together with Luxembourg and Slovakia.

Nevertheless, since he desires to fly Lufthansa top quality, I’ve requested him to be affected person with me. Particularly, I need to go to Germany with him as soon as Lufthansa brings again the Airbus A380 this summer time, since that may be a brand new product to evaluation (I’ve lately reviewed Lufthansa’s 747-8 top quality and A340-600 top quality).

Lufthansa A380 top quality cabin

He has agreed to that, however I figured I’d as properly take my dad on one other journey within the meantime.

The journey I’m as an alternative taking my dad on

Right here’s the place it will get a bit difficult. Up till a number of years in the past, my dad didn’t also have a smartphone or mobile phone, so I may weblog about my journeys with him right here upfront, with out worrying about him studying the small print. Properly, these days he has a mobile phone and reads the weblog, so I can’t fairly get away with that anymore.

All I’ll do for now’s drop some hints. To start with, I’ve warned my dad repeatedly that he’s occurring a evaluation journey with me, and whereas will probably be very snug, we gained’t truly be on the bottom for very lengthy. Why am I subjecting him to this?

  • Like I mentioned, it is a evaluation journey, so I feel OMAAT readers will take pleasure in this
  • On condition that we’ve got an toddler, I’m making an attempt to reduce my time away from residence, so need to take advantage of this journey when it comes to evaluation materials
  • I’m fairly positive my dad will nonetheless have a good time

So, the place are we going? To be trustworthy, there are nonetheless a few components of the journey that I’m making an attempt to determine based mostly on some shifting components.

First I’ll share the trace that I shared with my dad (pardon the half about dinner, it’s a part of my dad’s nightly replace on what he’s consuming, which I all the time take pleasure in)…

My dad desires to know the place we’re going…

He likes a shock, so I wasn’t going to disclose any extra. However that didn’t cease him from asking once more…

My dad nonetheless desires to know the place we’re going…

And once more…

Yep, he nonetheless desires to know…

I’ll provide you with guys some extra clues about what I’m planning to take a look at this journey, with out gifting away an excessive amount of. Some clues are summary, whereas others aren’t:

  • This journey consists of what I’d think about to be a “unicorn” award, which is among the many hardest on the planet to snag
  • I’m hoping to go to the one factors resort that almost all intrigues me for the time being
  • There’s a selected airline lounge I’m significantly eager to go to on this journey
  • I’m hoping to include one thing slightly Russian into this journey

One further clue is that I’m making an attempt to restrict the entire variety of segments we fly, in order that this isn’t too exhausting for my dad (regardless that we’ll cowl a whole lot of miles). So no, we gained’t be flying from Chicago to Hanoi through Vienna, Rome, Bahrain, Singapore, and Ho Chi Minh Metropolis. 😉

This gained’t be as wild as my Bamboo Airways journey!

Backside line

Whereas there are nonetheless a few particulars I’m making an attempt to iron out, I’m planning on taking my dad on a evaluation journey shortly. I really like how he’s all the time up for a shock journey, although this one can be a bit totally different than traditional, as we’ll be protecting a whole lot of airline and resort merchandise in a brief time period.

Since my dad reads the weblog these days, I can’t share all the small print right here anymore whereas hiding it from him, however y’all are free to guess based mostly on the above clues. And if anybody has any particular requests that they’d probably like me to include into this journey, I’d welcome it!

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