Yesterday, I wrote Booking Advice: Before Checking Points, Check Wiki Airports! In addition to listing all the airlines that fly to a certain city, Wiki Airports also shows cities that have direct flights to that airport. For my #NoCollusion, No Albania for TPOL Trip Report, I’m hitting some obscure cities and want to maximize my time exploring on the ground instead of connecting in the air. For example, I was trying to find the most efficient way to visit Tirana, Skopje, and Ljubljana, before heading back to Western Europe. Using Warsaw as my starting point, I searched the airport codes of the aforementioned cities.
I then ‘Control F’ Skopje and find there aren’t any direct flights. The cheapest way to fly there is via Istanbul on Pegasus!
If you want to spend 30 hours and $192, this is the flight for you. Alternatively, you could take a bus from Tirana to Skopje. The next step is to pull up Skopje’s Wiki Airport page. Fortunately, there is a direct flight to Ljubljana.
On a roll, the next step is to figure out how to go from Ljubljana to Anywhere, Western Europe since I eventually have to return to Madrid for my business class flight back to San Juan on Iberia. Visiting Ljubljana’s Wiki Airport page is where it gets fun. Look at all the possibilities on Adria Airways.
Do you know where all these cities are located? I certainly do not. What’s clever is that you can hover over a city to get quick details about where that airport is.
Who knew that Heraklion was the primary airport in Crete? Who knew that it was the second busiest airport after Athens? The next question inevitably is, “How much does it cost to fly to Crete?”
This ‘name your adventure’ game can go on forever as each Wiki Airport page reveals new possibilities and new destinations that may not be options for this trip but may become options for the next trip. For the purposes of adding another pushpin to my Where I’ve Been Map, I only consider cities in countries that I have not visited.
Before getting too excited about the possibilities, let me caution that engineering the route map is a preliminary step. Finding flights for the right price and the right time can quickly turn this process from fun to frustration. My proposed WAW-TIA-SKP-LJB-ZRH was busted by the lack of decently priced flights. Perhaps I’ll go to Pristina, wherever that place happens to be!