Happy New Year From Istanbul!


In a few minutes, i’ll be on a boat in the middle of the Bosphorus River to celebrate New Years. If many of you don’t know, the Bosphorus is the river that separates connects Asia & Europe! Turkey puts on an amazing Fireworks display on the Bosphorus bridge and I cant wait to see it!

I’ve taken a few moments to reflect on what i’ve been able to do this year and thought i’d share.

In January, I celebrated New Years on the Singapore Flyer. It was an amazing experience that i’ll never forget. I remember seeing fireworks as far as Malaysia from 42 stories in the air!

In March, I took an amazing trip to Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi with my family. That too was a great trip because we got all got to fly in Cathay First & Business Class!

In August, I took a trip with my best friend to Hawaii and although i’ve been there before, I remembered nothing because I was so little! Hawaii was so lush and tropical and I couldn’t get enough of it!

In September, I started my blog and it was AWESOME! People from all over the world would email me and ask me random questions! I started doing award bookings for free and then slowly started charging for them. Eventually, I decided to merge with Scott here at MileValue. It was a great idea and has beamed into an amazing partnership.

In November, I became one of the first people to fly the United Airlines Boeing 787! It was a truly jaw-dropping experience as I had never flown a plane so quiet or technologically advanced.

In December, I started my trip around the world, which had me going to 6 different countries and traveling over 25,000 miles! I’m currently on my 6th country (Turkey) and I cant wait to keep writing these reports.

I’ve been honing my award booking skills into helping readers and people all over. It’s given me such a good feeling to hear people be so excited about a trip they never thought could happen. For me, there is nothing more than hearing a person on the phone tell me how happy they are that their dream trip has come true. It means the world to me!

I just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for reading my posts and asking me questions. I would be nothing without you guys.

I wish everyone a Happy & Prosperous New Year.

-Bengalimilesguru (Tahsir Ahsan)

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  1. With your help in booking his flights, we have enjoyed Christmas and will enjoy the New Year with our old exchange student who has become a part of our family. Thanks for helping us out and getting him here for the holidays! Have a great trip yourself!

  2. What a great holiday present discovering your blog. I have been searching for just such an information system as you are providing to subscribers. I want to wish everybody a HEALTHY JOYOUS NEW YEAR & HAPPY TRAILS IN THE COMING YEAR!


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