The Time I Went To The Airport With No Ticket

I arrived by bus around noon, walked up to the airport counter, and said, “I’d like to get on the next Jetstar flight to Singapore. I saw online that there’s one at 2:30, but it’s too late to buy it on their website. Where can I buy my ticket?”

The response I received was a wall of blank stares by all three of the information desk customer service team members. A few moments later, one of them said, “You don’t have a ticket?”

“No” I replied, “I want to buy one now.”

It turns out, Jetstar does not sell their tickets at the Phuket International Airport in Thailand. I had to buy one online, and it wasn’t the 2:3o flight. Unfortunately, I was going to have to wait for six hours for the following flight in an airport consisting of one small gift shop, a Dunkin’ Donuts (which I was excited to see because it had been nearly a year since I’d been to one), and a Subway sandwich shop. I read a lot, sat on a few different benches, and ate a sandwich.

So, how did this happen?

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Country Living

I’ve lived in Napa Valley, California for six months now. I moved here to learn more about wine and get my feet wet in the US wine industry. I work for one of THE best wineries, and I’m so grateful for that. While I’m living here, I’m planning to see a lot more of California, and hopefully get to Oregon, Washington, and maybe Vancouver in the next few months. Continue reading

Should I Stay Or Should I Go

Fourteen months away and here I am. I’m back in my hometown, staying at my parents’ house. I haven’t lived here in over two years, which isn’t very long, but it is long enough for it to feel very strange to be back. Sometimes it feels as if I’ve never left this place, as if it was all a dream.

So much has changed within me, but everything here seems basically the same. The time would have gone by regardless, but I did so much more with it than I ever would have by staying here.

So, now that I’m here, the big question is, should I stay or should I go? Continue reading

Travel Mishaps: Flights & Timezones

Travel mistakes happen. One is booking a flight for the wrong day, like my friend did when he showed up at the airport to fly out of New Zealand in May and realized that he accidentally booked his ticket for August. Or like my mistake, when I made plans with multiple people on different occasions and told them the wrong dates of my arrival.

This most recent travel mishap is one that I messed up not once, not twice, but three stupid times.

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The End Of An Era

You know that feeling you get when you’re on your last day of vacation?

You’re trying to soak up the sun one last time, but you feel restless on the beach because in just a few hours, you’re going to have to head home.

You start thinking of the upcoming week and all the things you have to do back in “reality,” and you have a bit of a bittersweet feeling. You might let out a sigh and think “Ah, well, this has been wonderful, but it’s time to head home.”

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How To Obtain A Vietnam Visa On Arrival

When I was thinking of going to Vietnam, I was intimidated (or just lazy) about needing to get a travel visa. I knew it was something I would have to deal with, but I left for SE Asia without actually looking into it. When I met up with a friend at the start of my trip, he was saying it can take up to 3 months to get the visa. What?! I wanted to go to Vietnam within the next month and a half. Was I going to have to skip the country that I wanted to see most? Continue reading

How To Plan A Self-Guided Wine Tour

Wine tours can be great! You have a designated driver, you have the whole day planned out for you, and all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the wine!

Wine tours are a lot of fun, but sometimes it is even more exciting to plan a day in wine country on your own. You can hand-pick the wineries, stay as long as you want at each one, and have the flexibility to change your plans as you go.

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