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My first Co-op semester comes to an end…….38,250 Miles Later

It is amazing how fast these past few months have gone by. It really is true that time flies when you're having fun. This week I will finish up my first semester as a Co-op for one of the United States' largest airlines. It has been a great opportunity so far and having real world experience in the commercial aviation industry will be invaluable to my career. Lucky for me, I still have 2 or 3 semesters left in my Co-op career. I don't think there is any better company to intern or Co-op for than a major airline. Seriously, what other kind of company allows college students to travel literally anywhere in the world they want to go for free? While some students use their Non Revenue, or "nonrev", flight benefits to fly around the country to see friends and family, I have taken full advantage of them and travelled about as far away as possible. Up until I started Co-oping, I had never left North America. In the last few months alone, I have crossed the North Atlantic 8 times. I have done everything from touring pretty much all of Germany to flying to South Carolina for lunch with my mom. First in January, I flew to Stuttgart, Germany for a weekend which served as my first experience in Europe. There I visited the Porsche Museum and Factory and explored a less traveled, but still awesome, German city. Next up was a weekend away in Madrid with a couple of friends that I work with. We fit pretty much everything there is to see in the Capitol of Spain into about a 20 hour time frame. A few weeks later I decided last minute to go see London for a weekend. By last minute I mean that I showed up to the airport having no idea where I was going. I was at the gate for the flight to Brussels, Belgium and changed my mind last minute and headed to London. Having the freedom to do that is awesome. There I saw just a small fraction of the tourist sights and spent some time checking out the massive London-Heathrow Airport. I also went to see the downtown London-City Airport in action which is one of the most unique out there. Luckily I'll be spending more time in London this summer before I head to the Paris Air Show. Last month I had the opportunity to take a longer trip to Europe, a whopping 5 days. My Dad and I flew into Munich and spent a few days there before heading down the Autobahn to the Medieval town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber and flying out of Frankfurt am Main. My Mom and I also flew to Washington-Reagan for the day last month to see our nation's capitol for this first time. This past weekend I flew to Charleston, South Carolina for lunch. This weekend I am going to take one more short trip and head to St. Louis, Missouri for a few hours just to see the Gateway Arch.
My route map from this Semester. I crossed the Atlantic Ocean 8 times and travelled a total of miles.

My route map from this Semester. I crossed the Atlantic Ocean 8 times and travelled a total of 38,250 miles.

Stuttgart, Germany (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Stuttgart, Germany (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Stuttgart from the 767-300ER (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Stuttgart from the 767-300ER (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Bull Flight Stadium in Madrid (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Bull Fight Stadium in Madrid (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Royal Guard near Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Royal Guard near Buckingham Palace in London. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

My Dad really enjoying his pretzel at the Hofbrauhaus Munchen in Munich, Germany (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

My Dad really enjoying his pretzel at the Hofbrauhaus Munchen in Munich, Germany (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

The Medieval Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Central Germany. It looked like it came right from the movie "Shrek" (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

The Medieval Town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Central Germany. It looked like it came right from the movie "Shrek" (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Part of the Lufthansa Headquarters at the Frankfurt Airport. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

Part of the Lufthansa Headquarters at the Frankfurt Airport. (Photo by Kyle Dunst)

What trip to Europe would be complete without some intense airplane spotting, even if it about 10 degrees?

What trip to Europe would be complete without some intense airplane spotting, even if it about 10 degrees?

This Summer I have about a month off between the time I finish Co-oping for the term and when I return to Auburn University for classes. It took me about 10 minutes to decide what I would do with all that time off. I will be flying around the world. 2 weeks from today on May 12th I will begin my first "Round The World" trip which will take me to 5 Countries over the course of about 17 days. I will be NonReving from Atlanta to Dubai where I will spend a few days. I will then take Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong where I will also take a day trip to the Special Administration Area of Macau. I will then continue on to Singapore, also on Cathay Pacific. I will spend a couple days there before NonReving to Tokyo-Narita. A few days later I will NonRev from Tokyo's downtown Haneda Airport to LAX before finding my way somehow. In total, I will spend about 50 hours in the air and travel about 40,000 miles. I will definitely have a lot to write about upon returning and I hope to even do some Blogging while on the trip. rtwmap A few weeks after returning from my Round the World trip I will be travelling to London with a friend before we head over to Paris for the 2013 Le Bourget Air Show. That will add about another 9,000 miles to my total for the year. Right now my goal is to travel 200,000 miles this year and 1,000,000 miles by the end of my Co-op. I'd say I'm off to a pretty good start. map   Follow along with me as I go on all my journeys by liking Thirty Thousand on Facebook or following @30ThousandBlog on Twitter. You can also subscribe by email or RSS using the links on the right.

2 Comments

  1. May 10, 2013    

    I really enjoy reading about this “co-op” adventure. However…pardon my ignorance, but what do you mean by, Co-op’ing for a major airline.” I’m a total avi-geek…all things planes and airports..but I haven’t a clue what you are doing and how you landed such a cool gig! Do tell!

    • Kyle Dunst Kyle Dunst
      May 10, 2013    

      Hey there. It is basically an internship. But instead of being just one semester long, I rotate between semesters of work at the airline and semesters of College for a total of 4 work semesters. Lucky for me, I get my flight benefits the entire time, even when I am in school.

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I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Aviation Management. I spend my time as an airline industry professional, private pilot, blogger and world traveler. I have visited 36 countries to date and don't plan on slowing down. This blog is my way of sharing the latest developments in the airline industry as well as experiences from my world travels. All views and opinions are strictly my own.

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