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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Why Long-Term Travel Ruins You For Life

I have a friend that I met in Thailand. He’s from Germany. Thailand was his first solo trip abroad.

Before he left home, he planned to go on the three week trip, return to Germany, and start working toward a Master’s Degree in his field.

When he got to Thailand, he made really close friends. These people had been traveling for months or years, and they were going to continue traveling. His eyes were opened to a whole new way of life. Continue reading