Sunday, April 17, 2005

I've Bought A Ticket!

It’s official, I am now really going on this crazy vacation that I’ve planned. With days left to spare before the 100 days left countdown would start, I purchased a one-way ticket that turned my dream into reality.

I went back to SAT to purchase my tickets on Thursday. I looked around for other quotes but no one beats their price. As well, I really liked Greg and wanted to give him the sale. David met me at the agency and I was happy that he was there. That’s a huge purchase!

I was really nervous and excited until I learned 2 things:

  1. I had misunderstood Greg when he gave me the return quote. While I though that the ticket was available, it wasn’t available right now because the airline had not released anything for that far ahead. I really wanted to buy both going and return flights at the same time. I really didn’t want to have to wait some more before that chapter could be finalised.
  2. The cost of the flight ticket on JAL went up by about $78. It isn’t that much money and the ticket was still what everyone else was offering (maybe even a tad cheaper) but I would have liked my total cost to be lower. Now, with the return flight and taxes and everything, my ticket cost might go over $2000. I really liked the idea of paying less than 2k for my tickets!
Regardless, I bought the ticket. I also bought the complete travel insurance package that includes trip cancellation, trip interruption, life insurance, health insurance and other useful travel-related stuff. The cost of that was a little high but it’s really worth it. I’d rather be covered too much than to not be covered enough.

At the end of the day, I still made the biggest purchase of my life. I was not excited as I wanted to be and I was really disappointed about that. And I did not leave STA with a ticket in-hand, only a receipt. But at least I am now really going on vacation. The adventure had really started. And that’s a scary, amazing thing!

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