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About Hop197.com

118 Countries travelled together and counting till 198 … Our Journey of Passion and Perseverance round the Globe

World Tour with utilization of Hotel, Credit Card and Airline Points

About Us – Ms Sharmistha Dey and Mr Sujoy Mitra

We are a passionate traveller and our journey started 3 days after our marriage in Dec, 2011. In past 7 years, we have travelled 110 countries across all 7 continents

Our passion now converts into aspiration of travelling to all 198 Countries (193 UN Nation + Vatican City, Kosovo, Taiwan, Palestine + Antarctica) .

We will be the only couple globally to have travelled together to all 198 countries. As of now only Individuals have travelled all countries and we aspire to be the first couple to have done this.

Majority of the travel we did was in budget utilizing Hotel, Airline and Credit Card Points.

Travelling Inside

As we travel the globe physically we also travel the journey within us. The journey of learning across different cultures, meeting people and belief to make travel happen. Travelling to many risk to visit countries like Afghanistan was possible with our belief that we can do it and explored ways to make it with safety and security.

Importance of Loyalty Points

An important functionality of loyalty points is those who can collect them usually don’t have time to explore the benefits. The business or HNI who are frequent business class travellers, stay at 5 star suites and spend a lot on credit card usually don’t have time or might not be interested to optimally utilize them.

The point’s optimization is a never ending research and I would like to be a lifetime student of this subject.

Destination Research

We need to have a deep research of destination to optimally utilize the Loyalty points and travel on budget. In Europe we can study the metro/tram map and choose and hotel connected to metro line. Use grocery/retail stores to purchase cheap food and know all the places to visit using public transport. The research requires a deep understanding of public network, places to try food in budget, best season to visit and non-traditional destination visit like Antarctica.

Safety and Security

Travelling to a new destination do read the travel advice form USA, UK, Canada and online media reviews. This is critical when travelling in many countries like Afghanistan, Chad, Niger, Mali, Republic of Congo and many more. If possible and presence available inform your embassy, stay in high secured hotels, ensure transportation arranged from known sources or secured hotels, don’t walk around the city alone are few of the safety measures. These countries are rarely visited by Tourists and for those few intending to visit them as a learning of culture, lifetime experience, passion or adventure should do an in-depth research to ensure safety. 

In Johannesburg when we entered an interior region walking and were lucky to escape a robbery attempt by able to identify the criminal movements and running to main road secured place.

Our best trips

  • Antarctica
  • Devils Pool in Victoria Falls – Livingstone, Zambia
  • Wild Beast Migration, Kenya

Our mission to make 1 Million People travel 100 countries in next 30 Yrs

Traveling has humbled us and has helped us expand our circle of sentiment. Travel has bestowed us with continuous wisdom and creativity. This triads of humility, wisdom and creativity is helping us live a better life. And it is now our mission to enable many more fellow beings to experience these learning. Hence we are embarking on a mission to enable 1 million people travel 100 countries in next 30 Yrs with our online informative blogs, travel talks and will be supporting International travel of few people from sports, culture, education studies. We would like to have your support for this mission.

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