My First Travel Failure

I booked said trip via Orbitz, it was my first time booking through them and it will certainly be the last. I’ll give you a short recap of what happened:

  1. Orbitz overlaps our flight from Bejing To Bangkok. AKA our flight to Bangkok leaves before our flight to Bejing lands.
  2. We find the mistake and call them to fix our travel times.
  3. They give us a new set of flights that adds one day of travel to our itinerary (for a total of three days to get from Boston To Bangkok), gives us one hour inbetween our connection from Boston-Bejing to Bejing to Bangkok, AND gets us into Bangkok at 11:45 pm at night.
  4. We initially take the flight and then realize that we now need to get a hotel because of our additional day of travel, the chances of us missing our flight to Bangkok is pretty damn high, and we will be maneuvering our way through a new country at 12 am at night.
  5. We call customer service back and ask for a refund. They initially tell us that because the flight has already gone through that they can’t give us one BUT by staying assertive but extremely polite and appreciative our customer service rep gets on the phone with Air China ANDDDD GETS US OUR MONEY BACK!

Yes, I just said six hours.

So we took a serious hit. Luckily we had been totally slacking on planning our travels within Thailand so we haven’t had to cancel any extra flights or Airbnb’s.

There’s a serious lesson to be learned here though (besides not booking an international flight with Orbitz).

Life is all about rolling with the punches.

There’s two choices in this situation:

  1. To be angry that it happened

In life, when things don’t go to plan we resist the new changes.

We see opportunity where we once saw a closed door.

If we can make the concious decision to embrace these changes instead of fighting them-life becomes obvious.

But it can be done.

All it takes is ONE concious decision to see a change in plans (big or small) as an opportunity. An opportunity for the unknown, an opportunity for life to create something special, and opportunity for something to happen that you may not have realized you even needed.

Don’t let opportunity disguise itself as failure.

Embrace change.



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