I locked myself inside this weekend and planned trips. Apologies for the blog laying fallow, trip planning is an addiction that I cannot tear myself away from when in full steam.
My two main spring campaign targets are Belarus and Moldova/Transistria. It took a long while to work out that the best approach will be two separate one week trips. I had been playing with the sub-$700 roundtrip New York-Moscow fares that have popped up so much this winter, but I just could not fit together the pieces, Ukraine to Moldova has crappy options by plane, train and bus. Flights to/from Moldova or Romania to NY were pushing the fares to $900+, even with open jaw to Moscow. The breakthrough was seeing on The Flight Deal the Delta Newark-Istanbul as low as $494 deal.
I could get a Newark-Istanbul Friday night departure, Sunday return, to maximize my time, for just under $600. Or return from Chişinău, Moldova for $641. Yes!
Since I would now be passing through Istanbul I got a bit greedy and decided to head to Sofia, Bulgaria by way of Cyprus. I have a fascination with disputed/breakaway regions. Atlasjet will get me from Istanbul to Ercan in the north, then I will mosey across to the other side of the island where Cyprus Airways will carry me to Sofia, Bulgaria. From there it is overland through Romania to Moldova and the breakaway region of Transnistria. The Altasjet and Cyrpus Airways flights together will add about $300.
Back to New York on Tarom, KLM and Delta.
Ready to roll.