Its beginning to look like this trip might actually happen.
Okay, first let me say this is my first blog of any sort. Second, I never needed a passport before this trip despite visiting Canada and Mexico in the past. Now, of course, you can't visit those countries without a passport but things were easier in days past.
The neat thing about this trip is how much I am not 'paying' for. With many days on the road for work those airmiles began to pile up even though the standard trip for me was less than 1000 miles each way. You can imagine then how hard getting to gold status (thank you Alaska Air) is with short trips. I even asked one of the executives during a gold member luncheon who benefited the airline more the longer trippers or those of us that pounded out dozens of flights to make the grade? Of course they appreciate both types of travellers and I am glad since those miles are paying for two tickets to Australia. I actually accumulated plenty to make the tickets Business class but wouldn't you know it, there wasn't a seat to be had in 1st or BC for a month in either direction of our planned departure.
Well beggars should not be choosy. I am happy to be headed there with only a few dimes, well okay $100, of my money to get there.
The second benefit is having a time share that has locations in the places of Oz that we wanted to see. I really wanted to dive the Great Barrier Reef and see Sydney. With another stop in between we have the rooms covered so no hotels to deal with.
As we close in on the 5 week before departure, everything seems to be in order. Passports, insurance, babysitters all on track. A month off of work, check. I don't have a problem with that either since I just donated (read had taken away) 4 weeks from last year since I was over my limit of stored vacation.
As I checked the web for helpful hints I found Travellerspoint and was amazed that all of this wonderful information, and people, were right here. And I didn't have to sit through ads or pop ups. I guess I'll have to give something back one my trip is over to help others the way Traverspoint has helped me.
Well this is it for my first log. More as things get going.