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SECRET TRAVELER

Good transfer tips

There should be a manual on the art of getting to and from an airport in a smart way whichever part of the world you find yourself in. Let's start on our own version – with my four favorite means of airport transport.

Paris – CDG by motorcycle
This is my new favorite transfer! It's been on my to do list for ages but it was only this week when I overslept in Paris and woke up 2 hours before departure. I tried to book a taxi but none was available straightaway and it would still take 90 minutes to get to the airport in rush hour traffic. Time was tight, in other words.

So I called a motorcycle taxi whose number I already had, but never tried. He arrived ten minutes later. I was given protective clothing, jacket and helmet. He even had room for my two cabin bags on the bike, and then set off. I was in my element on this crisp, sunny morning as I leaned back on the bike, while we slipped past all the queuing cars. We reached CDG 25 minutes later. A fantastic experience that meant I saved an hour and managed to catch my flight. 

Transport on Bali
As a general rule, it's difficult to travel round Bali easily, but with a driver, you can go wherever you want quickly and cheaply (Skr300-400 for a few hours). I’d got the number to my Bali driver Edhie before my first trip here, who met me at the airport on my first visit. Since then, he’s driven me all round the island during my three stays and then dropped me off at the airport again. I’ve even taken little presents for his children. Almost all the Bali regulars I know have a similar relationship with someone on the island. 

UberCopter in Cannes
Something I personally have still not tried. But it's supposed to be a pretty smart helicopter service from Nice Airport to Cannes that you book via the Uber app just like any other ride. It also includes a car ride from the helipad to your accommodation in Cannes. 

Heathrow Express in London 
It's really great to avoid the London traffic and the underground that takes forever. It's even better to travel in First Business Class if you have Star Alliance gold status (e.g. EuroBonus Gold or Diamond). However, I have to deduct points for the new ticket system as the app always seems to get stuck. 

Bus-Boat-Taxi on Galapagos
From Seymour Baltra Galapagos Airport (that you can fly to on EuroBonus points), I first took the bus, then boat and finally a taxi through 3-4 climate zones that all offered fantastic views, to reach Puerto Ayora, which only takes a couple of hours. 

Must remember..

To take a Gyllene Tider CD for Edhie when I see him again in January. He's namely a big fan of Roxette. 

Not a flight transfer but still a bit of advice

The SL boats in Stockholm are a perfect way to see the city if you're visiting Stockholm. 

I wonder why…

People absolutely have to sit next to me when there’s an empty row behind me. Why do they do this?

November 22, 2018

Secret Traveler

Age: 31
EuroBonus level: Diamond
No. of times around the world by air: 20
Total time in the air per year: 1,6 weeks (3%)
No. of countries visited: 34
Most frequent destinations: ARN, LHR/LCY, OSL, DPS
Favorite destination: The Ligurian coast
Never leaves home without: Noise Canceling Headphones (Bose QC35) and Passport

I’m an entrepreneur in Europe with the entire world as my workplace. It’s lucky I love traveling as I spend much of my working day on the move as well as my leisure time - there’s so much to see and new people to meet.

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