A Travellerspoint blog

The Joy of Travel - Pt. 1

Planes trains and Automobiles (not necessarily in that order).

overcast
View rtw on pmunson's travel map.

Ahh the Joy of traveling. I am writing this in the Darwin airport and hopefully we get into Singapore with less difficulty than we have gotten out of Sydney. We were able to catch the shuttle, in which would not bring us to Glebe from the airport on arrival to Sydney, without much difficulty other than the driver arriving 20 minutes early. Fortunately we were prepared. We got off at the international airport only to find we needed to go to the domestic airport (as opposed to what the airlines website indicated). A five dollar train ride and a 120 second trip, we were at domestic. After a quick panic attack when Meghan temporarily could not locater her passport we got in the line to check in. We learned here that we needed to have proof of onward travel from Singapore, which we did not have. Frantic but still with plenty of time we went to the service desk to purchase a fully refundable ticket out of Singapore that we would later have refunded. The friendly Jetstar representative slowly found us a ticket while answering phones and holding a conversation with her coworker and proceeded to tell me that all three of my credit cards were declined. Or at least she thought they were declined. This lead to a longwinded phone conversation with her supervisor who could not run our cards either and left me a little sweaty and generally nervous that we were going back to Glebe! Meghan still had her whit’s about her and came up with the idea of booking the flight ourselves online. The only internet computers were in the terminal so I had to jump in line, go through security, and locate a CPU in the terminal. This was easy enough and when I got to the cash only CPU I realized I only had enough Australian dollars for 14 minutes of internet time. Convinced it was not enough time I raced through the online booking process and had tickets purchased in 7 minutes. Onward! After Meghan got checked by security for explosives we were on to the terminal were we were told that our flight was 45 minutes late. That is 45 minutes out of the 90 that we had in Darwin to collect our bags, check into our flight to Singapore, and clear customs. My fingers are crossed!

Posted by pmunson 03:08 Archived in Australia Tagged air_travel

Email this entryFacebookStumbleUpon

Table of contents

Comments

Looks like you were witness to Australia's fabulous service industry at its finest. Growing up in Australia I never really cared that you had to beg for water and your bill in a cafe, and I never noticed that everyone is very laid back... But after living in the US, it drives me crazy to suffer the service in Australia. Laid back suddenly seems disinterested and downright lazy. I apologize on behalf of my countrymen, but can't guarantee that it won't happen again!

by Katy Martin

Hi Meghan and Peter!
Your travels look amazing! I'm glad to see things are going well, keep up the blog it's great to see what you're up to.
I'm busy working in Bolivia, but having a great time. I know it's a long way off, but I hope you can make it this way at some point.

Safe travels and much love!
julianne

by Julianne Chandler

imangine no atm no credit card no ticky no washy!!dad

by robin

Comments on this blog entry are now closed to non-Travellerspoint members. You can still leave a comment if you are a member of Travellerspoint.

Login