Flying to Ashgabat
Buying an air ticket to Ashgabat took longer than expected. The favoured route was via Frankfurt with Turkmenistan Airlines. This had the advantage of being the cheapest option, the best times and also direct. Unfortunately however it was impossible even after months of trying to get a price for my luggage (bike box) or to even have the airline confirm that they would take this. So in the end the option via Istanbul worked out the best and taking the short train and bus journey to Malpensa saved nearly 1000 Euro over taking the equivalent flight from Zürich.