Bart Lapers

My Best Travel Experiences of 2020

Bart Lapers at Saint Kitts and Nevis UN country 100

Despite a global pandemic raging around the world, I managed to visit 20 countries in 2020 of which 11 for the first time: Antigua and Barbuda ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Barbados ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ง Burundi ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฎ Democratic Republic of the Congo ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Dominica ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Grenada ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Rwanda ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ผ Saint Kitts and Nevis ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ณ Saint Lucia ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡จ Saint Vincent & The Grenadines ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡จ Trinidad and Tobago ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น. It was also the year I hit the milestone of visiting 100 UN countries. I have now been to 109 UN countries!


Flight Statistics 2020 Bart Lapers

With just 46 flights, the past year has been a low point in my aviation hobby. 39 economy flights, 7 business class flights (limited to Lufthansa and Ethiopian Airlines) good for a total of 44,555 miles flown, 1.8x around the Earth, 115 hours up in the air. My Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles Elite status (Star Alliance Gold) was extended till February 2023 and British Airways Executive Club Silver status (Oneworld Sapphire) till December 2021 as a courtesy by the airlines due to the pandemic.

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10 Tips For Better Travel in 2020

Overview of the best travel resources in 2020

My best tips & tricks for your travel plans in 2020. How to get the best deals for your flights, hotels, rental cars and travel gear. Also check my best flights & hotels and destinations of 2019.

1. Find the best flight deals

Find the best flight deals
These are my favourite sites to keep track of flight details departing from the Benelux:
For Business & First Class deals, the best site is You Have Been Upgraded. If you’re looking for a particular flight deal, set an email alert via Google Flights to keep track of flight fares. Don’t forget to also check Momondo as they tend to regularly find cheaper or alternative fares.
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My Best Travel Experiences of 2019: Destinations

Bart Lapers is a Belgian travel blogger visiting every country in the world

In 2019, I visited 33 countriesย of which 19 for the first time: Albania ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Andorra ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bahrain ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bosnia and Herzegovina ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฆ Cyprus ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Estonia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Ethiopia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡น Liechtenstein ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Moldova ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Montenegro ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช North Korea ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ต North Macedonia ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Oman ๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ San Marino ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Syria ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡พ Tanzania ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tunisia ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ณ Turkmenistan ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฒ Yemen ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ช. It was also the year I decided to visit every country in the world by 2025. At the end of 2019, I had visited 98 out of 193 UN countries. Below are some of my favourite travel experiences of the past year. I hope they inspire you for an awesome travel year 2020.

North Bali, Indonesia

Gitgit Waterfall North Bali Indonesia
Gitgit waterfall (Jan 2019)ย 
In January, I finally explored โ€˜the other side of Baliโ€™. On previous visits I had never wandered up more North than Ubud. It turned out to be a stunning destination with an authentic culture and pristine nature with tranquil, rural surroundings. Check my Instagram Stories for the Northern Bali trip report.
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My Best Travel Experiences of 2019: Flights and Hotels

Bart Lapers Cathay Pacific First Class Lounge London Heathrow Airport Terminal 3

Time to wrap up 2019 with an overview of my travel highlights of the year. In this post I review my best flight and hotel experiences of the year. In a second post, I talk about my favourite destinations of 2019.


2019 was another great aviation year for me with:

  • 107 flights (152,446 miles) (6.1x around the earth, 370 hours up in the air)
  • 3 First Class flights with British Airways and Qatar Airways
  • 24 Business Class flights with Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Cathay Dragon, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Oman Air and Turkish Airlines
  • 5 Premium Economy flights with Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Lufthansa and Norwegian

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16.000 bonus miles with Brussels Airlines American Express card

Brussels Airlines has launched a new offer for their American Express credit card. You can get 16.000 Miles & More award miles when signing up via the link below.
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