2016 Travel has started!
Any time I log into my American Airlines account, I see 6 trips on the horizon, one was already completed so I will have completed 7 total between now and October. There could be more! I’m not here today to bore you with details of my work travel, but more or less to talk about being flexible, because not everything always goes as planned.
I have less than 100 days until the Riga marathon now, and so probably more like 90 days until I leave. I booked all of my flights back in October and November and then, Air Baltic and Ukrainian Airlines changed their flight schedules. Not a huge deal, but it kind of affected my time in Paris - which is so short and I’m visiting a friend and I wanted to maximize my short time there. So I actually asked for a refund to find another flight and Ukrainian Airlines refunded me! No questions asked! I was actually very shocked. I don’t think that would have happened with a domestic carrier but maybe I’ve never tried.
I decided to leave Vilnius a night earlier (Thursday instead of Friday to go to Paris). There were not any reasonable flights - price or time spent traveling. I do not wish to spend 15+ hours in any airport. I was weighing my options and thinking about my desire to see 6 countries a year to achieve my goal of 40 countries before 40 and I decided to book a ticket to Amsterdam. I’ll be there for less than 24 hours, but I have a friend coming in to visit from Rotterdam (I met him in Reykjavik) and I am going to make the most of my short time there. I’m thinking of it as a taste of Amsterdam. On my list: seeing the canals, maybe riding bikes, hopefully seeing tulips, and the Van Gogh Museum. I’ll take an afternoon train into Paris from Amsterdam Centraal. Now I need to work on my Dutch!
Being flexible, part 2, coming up later this week.