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In September & October 2015, I traveled to Northern Europe & the Baltics. After a day in New York City, I traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to visit friends for a few days, then went to Copenhagen, Denmark via London. From Copenhagen, I flew to Riga, Latvia on Norwegian Airlines, then went from Riga to Tallinn, Estonia by bus. Finally, I took the ferry from Tallinn to Helsinki, Finland, where I eventually flew back home. It was a great trip, filled with friends, beer, and brisk Northern European early-autumn weather.
The transatlantic portions of my trip were booked in first class & business class on American Airlines & Finnair. The total cost of those flights was 125,000 AAdvantage miles (10% of which was refunded to me thanks for having the Citi AAdvantage credit card), plus $91.60. That’s a great value to be able to fly in first & business class. Additionally, I booked some of my hotel stays with points (I used cheaply purchased Choice Hotels points at the Hotel Skt. Petri in Copenhagen, and I booked an IHG PointBreaks stay in Helsinki for just 5,000 points per night). Between all of that, and some other good hotel bonuses, I was able to take this trip for much less than you’d expect. Travel doesn’t have to be expensive, and if you do your research & maximize your miles & points, you can go far.
Here are all of my posts from my trip to Northern Europe:
Traveler. Writer. Photographer. Terrible dancer. 40+ countries & major territories so far, slowly working his way through the rest. Related interests: craft beer, street food, cocktails, culture, sporting events, history, value travel, credit card bonuses, hiking, visiting non-touristy places, bacon, seafood, & cheese