Trip de Americae: Singapore Airlines SQ26 A380 FRA – JFK Suites / First Class

Welcome to another series of my flying! This time around I am continuing my journey around the world and flying to the United States of America on Singapore Airlines in the Suites. The Frankfurt to New York City 5th Freedom route is definitely one of the best way to cross the atlantic. The 8 hours flight was definitely too fast! Especially when you are in the Suites. I am fortunate to be able to do this way. A slight disclaimer, I may have fall asleep for 3 to 4 hours or so on the flight as well. I was actually doing this leg of the journey as part of a single ticket that I first flew on back two months ago, where the first leg took me from Singapore to Frankfurt. All in all, I paid 120,000 Miles and about 400 SGD in tax, this is definitely the way to fly!

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Trip de Americae: Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge Frankfurt

A great Star Alliance alternative will be the chic Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge that is nearby. If you are travelling with a Star Alliance ticket or a holder of a member frequent flyer program, this lounge might be a good choice in comparison to the Lufthansa offerings. The Maple Leaf Lounge is on the second level as well, located near the Mcdonalds. The lounge opens as well at 6am. I was there bright and early. It is definitely one of the better moments for me to check out the lounge fresh and bright. Definitely the perfect moment as well for me to snap all the pictures while the crowd isn’t around. This is a good offering in comparison to the frequent overcrowded lufthansa lounges. I love that the Maple Leaf Lounge have such a chic exterior and entrance.

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Trip de Americae: Lufthansa Senator Lounge Frankfurt

Nothing feels better than a hot shower after hoboing at the Airport overnight sleeping on a hard bench! That is my exact thoughts when I was in the Lufthansa Senator Lounge in Frankfurt Terminal 1. A little recap on my itinerary, on the previous night, I arrived from Bologna on Air France with a long transit in Paris. What a day of travelling it had been. I was expecting to make my way to the transit area in Terminal 1 after dropping off my bag with Singapore Airlines, but it turned out that the check in counters were closed for the night. That means Seeing The World In Steps spend its first night in an airport! It was surely different seeing one of the busiest airport in Europe turning into such a quiet place. At 5am, I managed to be the first to check in my bags and got the golden suites ticket printed and then immediately rush to the Lufthansa Senator Lounge for a much needed shower!

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Trip de Americae : Introduction

Hey Guys! Seeing The World In Steps is finally back! Following on, Chapter Wanderlust, after my amazing sabbatical around Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, Czech Republic, Austria and Italy, I will be continuing on the astounding trip of mine in the United States with my parents. I have to say this have been an amazing trip that I am still enjoying it till this moment. It has been tiring, heading out continuously for close to 50 days, but everyday is simply that magical and  Coming to think of it, making the decision to leave the comfort and fuss free life at home is not an easy decision! There might be a slight few moment where I do think of Singapore, but I would never regret taking this opportunity to undertake this adventure. After planning for more than a year I am hoping that it will turn out as much as I had expected. This is actually my first time heading to USA! WHICH MEANS! SEEING THE WORLD IN STEPS HAD MADE IT TO ANOTHER COUNTRY. Full of premium travels and adventures, the experience from this trip would definitely be amazing! 68 days away from home, it certainly isn’t an easy one.  Furthermore I will be spending my first ever thanksgiving in the USA at one of my mum friends place in New York. Stay tuned for that as I expect it to be pretty special and adventurers. Back to the point. I’m currently in Frankfurt meeting up with my parents to fly to New York City.

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Chapter Wanderlust: Thoughts on Travelling Solo & Couchsurfing

All good things comes to an end, including my amazing trip around Europe. It was sort of a bittersweet feeling. 44 days of my life and many more spend on planning this trip itself. I felt like it was a milestone of my life personally. The first time I travelled alone, The first time I travelled out of my comfort zone, to pursue my adventures and my lusting for travel feels! Speaking about this, I have no idea where I found the courage to do so, I have not travelled alone before, not even to Johor Bahru which is just across the causeway and yet, I found the courage to just fly 10,000 KM away alone and for 44 days. Heck, that was a little brave for the scary cat me. It is something that I have never regret. Which brings me to this post, I felt like I should do a little reflection, a little sharing, to sum up this milestone of my life and share with you guys my experience that I encountered. All I knew in the lined up to this trip was my need for a break, the feeling of being free, exploring and seeing the world after my National Service. Then I also had the dream of the flying SQ Suites. With everything planned, I flew off a week after finishing up my service in search of the next chapter of my life, Chapter Wanderlust!

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Chapter Wanderlust: How Much did I spend for 44 Days in Europe?

I guess this is one of the most awaited sharing that you have been dying to hear from me. Many of my friends, will like Wah, Very Rich hor! How did you managed to spend so much! Let me first clear your doubts, I am not rich, just a very normal guy that is very willing to spend on my travels neither is TRAVELLING TO EUROPE VERY CHEAP! Frankly speaking, expenditure in Europe is much cheaper in certain places like Japan, USA. If you would like to spend even lesser money, head to Eastern Europe, they are much more cheaper but definitely not lacking in their culture and heritage! To put a point of comparison, using Singapore as a base, since it is my home, I frequently see promotion tickets to Europe getaways at around the 900 SGD mark for a return ticket, compare that to probably 600 that you will spend on a ticket to Japan or Australia. Heck it is even cheaper than promotion tickets to New Zealand!  I will share on the amount that I spend on this post!

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Chapter Wanderlust: Star Alliance First Class Lounge Charles de Gaulle

I was coming off my flight from Bologna, making my long journey to Frankfurt and then my SQ flight the next day to New York City for the second part of my adventures. Due to scheduling and flight timing, I would need to arrive the night in Frankfurt before to make it in time for the SQ flight to NYC. What a long day of travelling. I actually made 3 cities, 3 flights all in less than 30 hours. I had a long transit in Paris CDG, more than 7 hours actually. Once arrival in Terminal 2G, I made the long way to T1, which is the international departure and main airport in CDG. I first made my way to the tax refund counter to get everything settled since this is technically one of my last stop in Europe. I then headed my way to the SQ counter to see if I could try to get a lounge pass. I had a long layover and then I am going to spend the night at Frankfurt Airport from 10pm till my next flight to NYC at 8am. It is going to be crucial if I can rest for a little while and feed myself.

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