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Dolce Does…(or is..) Flying Around the World (afterall)

We did it.

We booked our flights.

After a long short debate, we booked our flights home from Phuket, Thailand.  We’ve officially moved forward with the whole bucket-list-flying-around-the-world/once-in-a-lifetime bit.  Forget disappearing planes, bad weather crashes, and oh, missiles shooting down planes.  YOLO, amiright?  No?  Well — at least if we go down we’ll have a good story behind it. 🙂

Thailand.  I can’t wait to visit you in T-124 days!!!!

Dolce Does…Fly Around The World? Or Just to Europe..

I just wrote all about how we scored this A-MA-ZING ’round the world trip for under $200.

And then for the 3rd time this year, I see a headline along the lines of “plane goes missing” mid-flight….:

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And I’m now I’m questioning if we’re tempting fate by flying from Paris to Bangkok — if these are all signs — or if I’m being over-paranoid.

The day we booked there was a military coup in Thailand (that Wikipedia — always a trustworthy source), and we thought, if things got out of hand, we could always ditch our flight to Asia, and just fly home from Europe.

I want to book flights home from Thailand this week, before prices climb, but now I’m second guessing this.

But, but, but.  I REALLY want to go to to Thailand.

So.  Do we risk it?  I mean — how many flights are there every day, that arrive at their destinations safe and sound, without any glitches?  And I’m focusing on only 3?  Because, I will KICK myself if we don’t go to Thailand and everything’s fine.

Or – do we do the smart, adult, responsible thing, and spend extra time in Europe (ooh, Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, France, England — so many options!) and book a flight home from there?

Something tells me I’m too stubborn to give up this chance to fly, literally, around the world.

In the end, if we have to change course, we could always book a new flight home from Europe..it’s just money, right?!  Decisions, decisions..

Dolce Does…A Trip Around the World for $177.

At the end of May, I spent a Thursday evening (leading up to Memorial Day weekend) catching up on the last few episodes of Scandal on my DVR. It was getting to be quite exciting, so as the clock clicked past 11 pm, I reasoned I could put on the last episode because the next day was a half day at work, before a 3 day weekend. I could manage an easy, quiet day, off of a couple hours less sleep than I normally need to function.

At about 11:30 pm — right as Olivia Pope was in the midst of a lecture, or someone was getting tortured, or we were finding out who planted a bomb (sorry — spoiler alert) — I got a text from a friend. It included a link to a random blog, and text reading “THIS IS STILL WORKING — WANNA GO?!?!”

Intrigued, I clicked the link, to find a post about some crazy Priceline.com “glitch” that was allowing people to book flights to Europe, then to Asia, for as low as $130.

No. I’m not missing a zero there. $130 to fly to Europe, AND to Asia?! Let me read further…to find the catch.

There ended up being no catch. I looked at my husband, told him that we could fly around the world for under $200 each, and asked if he was game. I don’t think I even waited for an answer before I jumped on my laptop (after pausing Ms. Pope, of course), and started looking up flights.

And there it was staring me in the eye. Flights for November to Europe and Asia starting at $159. You had to select “multi-city destination” and plug in New York to Milan, then 7+ days later, fly out of Prague into Asia. The options at the time were Tokyo or Bangkok, and eventually folks found flights out of Lisbon, and to Singapore and Shanghai as well.

First — I have a confession to make. The first step is making the admission, right?

Well…

My name is Dolce. And I’ve never been to Europe.

Yes. I’m 30, I spent 6 years studying French, and I’ve never. Been. To. Europe. I know, I know. Shocking.

Now can I continue? So. I’ve never been to Europe, we were trying to plan a trip this year, AND I’ve ALWAYS dreamt of going to Thailand. Ummmm did I wanna go? Hell yeah I wanted to go!

Because I can’t turn a good deal down — I mean, we couldn’t afford NOT to go! — by midnight, the Mr. and I were booked. We’re going to Europe! And Asia! And…ohhh yeah….we are literally, flying around the world!!!

So. Our flights from New York to Milan, and then 8 days later from Prague to Bangkok, with a 24 hour layover in Paris, were $177 each person — for both flights, taxes and fees included. Because it sounded way too good to be true, we paid the $34 each for trip insurance, agreed it would probably be cancelled, and called it a day.

And then I stayed up until 3 am googling “airline glitches” to see the likelihood our flights would get cancelled before I got too excited.

2 months later, and our flights are still honored! So I’ve spent the last 2 months saturating my brain with all things Eurasia. 4 months from today, we’ll be in…Austria! So excited.

And now I leave you with travel porn of some of our destinations….

 

Duomo, Milan, Italy

Duomo, Milan, Italy

Prague, Czech Republic (and a cool travel article from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/travel/my-hidden-prague.html?_r=0)

Prague, Czech Republic
(and a cool travel article from the NYT: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/18/travel/my-hidden-prague.html?_r=0)