This has certainly been a strange week, to say the very least. As the waters recede from New York and airports begin to reopen, I am only now starting to prepare for my airberlin trip of a lifetime (which will hopefully depart on Friday, as scheduled). With all the turmoil and chaos in Manhattan, this is really the first moment I’ve had to reflect on my travel itinerary. I therefore thought now would be a good time to share with you where I will be traveling over the coming days.

What Trip?

Thanks to airberlin,  I am about to tour some of Europe’s most stunning cities. But even more exciting is the fact that, despite my recent travels to Europe, I’ll be visiting four countries that I have never been to before: Austria, Germany, Denmark and Switzerland.

While I can’t bring you with me, I’m hoping that my hands-on travel experiences (which I’ll blog about over the next two weeks) will help you follow in my footsteps.

What I’m looking forward to…

This may surprise some of you, but I’m really looking forward to the 7-hour journey from JFK to Dusseldorf on Friday. Hey, it’s been a long and tiring week here in New York City; I could use the sleep! Although, getting to the airport could be a challenge with mass transit still shutdown for most of the area.

Plus I’m always excited to try an airline that I’ve never flown before. Airberlin, like many of the overseas carriers, is likely to have a very distinct personality. From the food, to the crew, everything will have a flare unique to Airberlin. For this reason I’ve been stalking their website for days now to see if I can get an idea of what is in store for me. Right now it looks like I’ll have plenty of in-flight entertainment, although no power or USB ports in my seat. The cabin, however, is somewhat of a mystery to me at this point. Although, like I said, I don’t mind spending the time sleeping – especially because it looks like I won’t get much sleep while on tour.

In each country, we will be hitting some really interesting attractions. I do not want to give too much away, but we will be visiting the brewery of one of my absolute favorite beers, Carlsberg! While the schedule is jam-packed with tours, it does look like there will be some time to relax, so expect updates on my travels and maybe even some flight deals as well!

I’ll also tell you all about my experiences at some pretty spectacular hotels – including Hyatt, Swissotel and Le Meridien. I’m expecting amazing beds, luxurious rooms and great food, which already sound better than my cramped New York City apartment!

Getting Ready

Right now I’m going through my usual pre-trip routine, like stocking the iPhone with new music/movies for the plane, gathering all power adapters and charging my electronic devices. But clothes packing will be especially challenging because each city has a different climate.

If you want to follow my travels, stay tuned to the blog and @Fly_com Twitter for photos and updates from Europe.

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Matt is an airfare deal hunter, whose amazing finds have been published in AM New York and NYTimes.com. He currently calls New York City home, but frequents Europe and the Middle East. His travels last year took him to Stockholm for $150 and Barcelona for $250 roundtrip, including taxes.

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