that trip to italy was supposed to be super economical..i was doing my assignment one night when an email notification attracted my attention..it was from one of the budget airlines promoting its 10pounds fare..so there i went, hurriedly making mr banker to decide if it could be a ‘go’ and fortunately enough for me, he gave me a very supportive green light..so hooray for that! 😀
well, let’s just say luck was not on our side on the day of departure, and we missed that flying machine that was supposed to take us to venice treviso..
it was a very fine morning that day..it wasn’t windy, it wasn’t too cold..a perfect, sunny spring..as we sat at the airport border control waiting to be cleared out, i saw jack restlessly flicking and tapping on his phone, trying to look for the cheapest next flight out..all his concerns and worries were clearly shown on his frown, on his sighs..i perfectly understood why he was bothered that bad..everything was pre-booked, and it was a trip he very much anticipated to have..
we got cleared out eventually..and by that time, i learned a very important lesson as a traveler..do book your taxi/shuttle to the airport at least 24hours before your departure..some countries like england and new zealand did have a 24-hour taxi service but they could not necessarily get to your place on time as you wished..especially when you’re calling them on odd hours such as 4 or 5 in the morning..because at those hours, they might take more than 30 minutes to arrive at your place, which could further delay your arrival at the airport..
so we had to spend so much more than we expected..especially when we had to take a train to birmingham airport and paid for new flight tickets..here’s another tips..if the train fare was ridiculously expensive online (especially when it’s a very last minute thing) do not buy it online or from the self-service machine..go to the counter, and ask them if they could give you the cheapest fare possible..they usually would break down the fare according to the main stops the train would be making..so instead of paying for a direct fare, you’d be paying for a series of journeys’ fare..you won’t be having transits or stops it’s just you’ll be given a discounted fare 🙂
so off we went, trying to reflect on our faults, and trying to swallow the painful truth that we’re spending on new tickets, and tried not to spoil the holiday mood..the train ride was long enough and calm enough that we managed to stay calm and contented..i slept some time off..letting the train attendant to do his job of selling coffee and snacks much easier for not having to attend to another customer..and said thank you half-awake to the ticket master who did the checking from time to time..
i leaned comfortably on jack’s worried and sad shoulder..trying to share some remaining peaceful state that i still owned..he hadn’t been around for months..rain or shine, sad or happy, i’d cherish the trip still..