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SECRET TRAVELER

To Iceland – on a second date

Flexible tickets sometimes persuade me to be a bit more daring when booking. For example, a trip to Iceland with someone I've only known for a couple of hours.

A few months ago, I went on a date with someone I'd met via an app. We knew nothing about each other, so our conversation was somewhat hesitant to begin with, but after half an hour, the other person started to describe themselves as spontaneous:
“One time, a few of my colleagues had signed up for a cycling race round London. Just two days before the big day one of them dropped out - and I took their place. Have you done anything spontaneous recently?”
I replied:
“Last summer when my flight was delayed, I called the airline on a whim and booked an unplanned round the world trip using my EuroBonus points. Departing a week later.”
Don't know this for a fact, but I got the feeling that, there and then, my date felt challenged to live up a bit more to the claim of being spontaneous. The chance came.

“Should we book now?”

As we were eating dinner two hours later, we started talking about Iceland. It transpired that neither of us had ever been there.
“Should we go there?” I suggested.
My date probably saw the chance to be spontaneous and answered:
“Why not, should we book now? I’m going to be leaving London for a while in a couple of months, so before then, then.”
Unfortunately, I am totally the wrong person to suggest something to if you're not serious. Not only because I like to book trips and don't think it’s such a big deal, but also because I’m pretty competitive and tend not to back down. So, I didn’t back down.
“OK then, how about in a month? Or, you know what, I can do next weekend,” I said.

I saw that despite checking Skyscanner, my unplanned new travel buddy still seemed to expect me to back out and was wondering how far we should pursue this. They came across as crazily competitive and I realized that neither of us was going to back out. Which just left the obvious: book flexible tickets.
“You know what? Let me take care of this,” I said.

A decent second date

When my date went to the WC, I called SAS and made a booking on points. A Friday evening plus hotel in Copenhagen, then 24 hours in Iceland. A decent second date if I may say so myself. When my date sat down at the table again, I explained everything was sorted. 
“WHAT? You did it?”

We realized we had only known each other for about two hours and were about to spend a weekend together. Even though I had booked flexible tickets, we went on that trip. It was incredibly enjoyable, but we never saw each other again after that weekend. But it's a very fine memory.

Back in Europe

First flight after my holiday, was the very early morning SK1530 London to Stockholm. My favorite person at check-in was back, she usually always worries about me and thinks I’m often late - and I just about made it again this time. “Oh, on time today, are we?” Fun to be back in Europe again.

SAS’ new WiFi.

I've been enjoying this for a few months now. Such an amazing game changer.

Unnecessary rule

I flew BCN-LHR with a company outside the Star Alliance last week and arrived at the airport six hours before departure to accompany a colleague and then work in the lounge. Apparently, you can only use the lounge from four hours before departure. Incredibly unnecessary rule, especially for that lounge. 

August 02, 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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